I’ve been looking forward to being able to post this interview I did for Digital Trends for quite awhile now. Allen Hemberger was a great interview and dared to recreate of the menu of Alinea in his home kitchen, with much success. His book documents his trial and error, as well as offers some beautiful photographs of his results. You can read the interview in full by clicking here.
So I recently started reviewing books for The A.V. Club. The first two I did I actually liked quite a bit. Finally, I got one I did not enjoy so much. But it was something of a tempered dislike, on account of Lisa Jakub — whose memoir “You Look Like That Girl” was reviewed — seeming like a nice enough person. She is the child actor who never fell victim to all the cliche craziness of being a child actor, but that also makes her tale kind of boring. You can read the full review by clicking here.
I have now had the opportunity to interview Les Claypool of Primus twice, the first for a now-defunct magazine about his composing the Mushroom Men video game soundtrack. This time, I talked to him for the not-at-all-defunct Noisey imprint of VICE. We did a Rank Your Records focusing on Primus’ studio albums. As with the first time around, Claypool was a great interview, and I had a lot of fun putting it together. You can check it out by clicking here.
I reviewed Nick Offerman’s latest book, “Gumption,” the review of which posted on Memorial Day at The A.V. Club. I liked his take on the modern stuff more than the formative figures of the United States, and it gets a little preachy at times for my tastes, but all in all, I like what he’s trying to do with it. You can read it by clicking here.
I recently started doing some book reviews for The A.V. Club. One of the early ones is this review of “Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe,” a new biography on Black Sabbath, obviously, written by Mick wall. You can check it out by clicking here.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.