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.

Music’s most memorable maladies [Guest Feature]

Drug and drinking problems (mostly) aside, the music industry has had its fair share of prominent health issues. From illnesses or misfortunes that made the artists stronger to those who weren’t so lucky, guest writer Ryan Bray takes a look at the music industry’s most memorable maladies. Neil Young Ailment: Brain aneurysm What went wrong: For more than 45 years now, Neil Young has pretty much worked at breakneck speed, recording and touring prolifically with little downtime between the two disciplines. That fretless work ethic has served him well, but his workhorse ways caught up with him in a frightening Continue reading