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

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.

Chuck Ragan returns in force with Till Midnight [Music Album Review]


Band: Chuck Ragan Album: Till Midnight Label: SideOneDummy // Release Date: March 25, 2014 // Produced by: Christopher Thorn Rating: Review by: Bill Jones As Chuck Ragan releases his fourth full-length studio album, there is not a whole lot left to be said about the solo efforts of the singer-songwriter from Hot Water Music. His music has been consistently forceful and engaging, and Till Midnight is no exception. From the outset of the album’s opener, “Something May Catch Fire,” Ragan’s bellowing vocal approach commands the same attention it always has. The lyrics, often about love, continue to offer a great Continue reading

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