Plenty to dig about Shovel Knight [Video Game Reviews]
John Drake of Harmonix talks trying to bring back Amplitude with help from fans [Video Games Interview]
Mad Caddies bring punk, reggae to Chicago in fast-slow show [Live Review]
Polar Bear Club’s Jimmy Stadt breaks bad with Bill Jones Ink

Links: The A.V. Club – HateSong: Chris Jericho on Rednex’s ‘Cotton Eye Joe’

My two all-time favorite wrestlers are Chris Jericho and CM Punk. Seeing as the latter is busy training for punching and kicking people for real, I recently decided I wanted to chat with Chris Jericho. So I pitched a HateSong feature to The A.V. Club, they said OK and I did just that. Chris Jericho takes it to “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex in this fun Q&A, with a little bit of wrestling at the tail end. You can read it in full by clicking here.

Links: Noisey – Bayside Rank Your Records

So, I had a chance to talk to Anthony Raneri of Bayside for VICE’s Noisey. While Rank Your Records is a somewhat paint-by-numbers feature that runs itself, I was happy with some of the extra chats we got to have on most of the albums, and some of the stories that came out of it. I’m obviously biased, but I think it turned out really well, think it’s worth a read even if you’re not the biggest Bayside fan in the world. And I tend to agree with the rankings. You can read it in full by clicking here.

Links: Noisey – Josh Freese Q&A

I’ve been excited about this one posting for awhile now. One of my favorite Q&As to conduct/write up in years was with Josh Freese of Devo/The Vandals/Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle fame, recorded backstage at a recent Devo show. I also learned that if you get a really great drummer to tell a bunch of awesome stories about the bands he has played with, VICE’s Noisey will be pretty stoked to publish it, even though you turned it in at more than 5,000 words. Fans of The Replacements should also enjoy this one. Guns N’ Roses, too. You can read Continue reading

Links: Digital Trends – How OK Go made the video for ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’

I recently did an interview with Damian Kulash of OK Go and Aaron Duffy of 1stAveMachine about how they put together that crazy new music video for “The Writing’s on the Wall” with all those anamorphic illusions. It was something that interested me personally, and I had a blast talking with both of them to piece together the feature. If you’re curious, Digital Trends published it, and you can read it by clicking here.

Links: Vice/Noisey – Good Bands with Shitty Fans

Keeping up with what has been a busy year, I forgot to post this a little while back when it was originally published, but I’m hoping people will still dig it today. Thanks to a kind fellow writer/editor, Dan Ozzi, I got an opportunity to start pitching some things to Vice’s Noisey music site. The first thing he accepted is a piece I called Good Bands with Shitty Fans, which seems fairly self-explanatory. You can read it in full by clicking here.

Links: Digital Trends – Q&A with OAR’s Mikel Paris

I never really got into O.A.R., but I recently had an opportunity to interview keyboardist Mikel Paris about some of his extracurricular activities out on the road. He was a really nice guy with a great perspective on not wasting all of his opportunities and time out on the road. The interview was published by Digital Trends, and you can read it by clicking here.  

Links: Digital Trends – Q&A with rock photog Robert Knight

A little while back, I had the pleasure of interviewing rock photographer Robert Knight, who some may know from the documentary Rock Prophecies. He was a wonderful interview, and the highlights of it were published last week over at Digital Trends. You can read it by clicking here.

My wife reviews the Nicholas Sparks DVD collection [Guest Review]


Title: Nicholas Sparks: Limited Edition DVD Collection Studio: Warner Home Video Review by: Sarah Jones Bill’s Note: I’m not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. He — much like Bruno Mars and John T. Mayer before him — is the type of person who continually raises the bar for romance to unrealistic heights, basically saying I would literally have to overcome someone else’s Alzheimer’s through the power of storytelling to show my true devotion and love. That’s rough. But my wife eats this stuff up, so when I saw Warner Home Video was releasing a collection of his films, I requested Continue reading