Links: Noisey – Interview with author of Kanye West – Reanimator

Call this my contribution to the Halloween landscape. A guy named Joshua Chaplinsky mashed up H.P. Lovecraft’s “Herbert West – Reanimator” with the career of Kanye West for a book called “Kanye West – Reanimator.” I interviewed him for Noisey because that seemed like the thing to do. You can read it in full by clicking here.

Links: Noisey – Primus Rank Your Records

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.

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: 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.  

Polar Bear Club’s Jimmy Stadt breaks bad with Bill Jones Ink

Vocalist, lyricist talks television, movies Interview and Photos by Bill Jones I had the distinct pleasure at the end of 2013 of doing a lengthy phone interview with Polar Bear Club’s lyricist and vocalist Jimmy Stadt for New Noise Magazine. Going in, what I really wanted to do was simply pick Stadt’s brain about his love for television and film, but neither the magazine nor the band’s publicist would have been too keen on an interview not related in any way to the band’s latest album, Death Chorus, which released last year on Rise. Luckily, we had time for both. Continue reading

James Dewees Kickstarts Reggie and the Full Effect after hiatus [Music Interview]

Reggie and the Full Effect Interview with James Dewees Interview and Photos by Bill Jones The bands with which James Dewees has performed reads like an All-Star roster for the underground and rock scenes — Coalesce, The Get Up Kids, Leathermouth, New Found Glory and My Chemical Romance. But with the exception of only NFG, every one of those bands has called it quits. And of the four that have, three have seen a rebirth in recent years — the exception, in this case, being My Chemical Romance, which just called it quits this week. But maybe the most personal Continue reading