My wife reviews the Nicholas Sparks DVD collection [Guest Review]
Chuck Ragan returns in force with Till Midnight [Music Album Review]
Gaslight Anthem doesn’t dig very deep for B-Sides [Music Album Review]
Mustard Plug can’t retain it on seventh album [Album Review]

Links: New Noise Magazine – Web Exclusive with Jimmy Stadt of Polar Bear Club

When I landed the cover interview with Jimmy Stadt of Polar Bear Club for New Noise Magazine, I spent more than an hour on the phone with the vocalist, but I could obviously only fit so much in print. So I talked my editor into a main feature, and then two web exclusive pieces — one to be published on the New Noise site, and one to be published here at Bill Jones Ink. The first one just went up for New Noise, featuring an extended discussion on the band’s touring ethic. You can check it out by clicking here. Continue reading

Bayside’s Cult a return to form

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Band: Bayside Album: Cult Label: Hopeless Records // Release Date: Feb. 18, 2014 // Produced by: Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta Rating: Review by: Bill Jones Bayside has built its name on several things — an identifiable brand of key and time changes, the shredding guitar work of Jack O’Shea and the distinct vocal stylings of Anthony Raneri, who harnesses the likes of Smoking Popes and Alkaline Trio when it comes to songwriting, in particular with choruses that don’t play much like what rock fans traditionally expect from choruses. And fans who wonder if the quartet’s latest jump to Hopeless Records Continue reading

Link’s — My wife’s Etsy shop

My wife just opened a cool shop on Etsy, selling custom blankets, scarves and bracelets. Lots of soft stuff, so it’s good timing with winter happening now and such. She’s got a lot of baby blankets, as well, if you’ve got a child. She has been making this stuff for awhile now and decided it might be time to start selling some of it. Please check it out by clicking here.

Links: HEAVEmedia – Friday media round-up 11-22

When I was asked to write something for this week’s Friday media round-up for HEAVEmedia, the Xbox One had not yet launched and the only piece of media that really captured my attention over the course of the PlayStation 4′s launch week was the awesome downloadable game RESOGUN. So I wrote something about that. You can check it out by clicking here.

Links: New Noise Magazine — Protest the Hero Q&A

My interview with Rody Walker, the vocalist for Protest the Hero, recently posted on the website for New Noise Magazine. I was really happy with the way it turned out. Rody’s always a fun interview, and in addition to that I think it was relatively concise and informative and such. You can check it out by clicking here.