John Drake of Harmonix talks trying to bring back Amplitude with help from fans [Video Games Interview]

Kickstarter campaign enters final 24 hours By Bill Jones Harmonix recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring an HD version of Amplitude — a popular PlayStation 2-era rhythm game handled with a traditional controller (no guitars!), used to move a ship called a Beat Blaster between different tracks, making music in the process — to this generation of consoles. Simply put, the studio is asking fans if it is worth $775,000 to them to help bring the game to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The company’s director of communications and marketing, John Drake, recently responded to some questions via email Continue reading

Mad Caddies bring punk, reggae to Chicago in fast-slow show [Live Review]

Fat Wreck mainstays stick mostly to classics on Dirty Rice tour Photos and story by Bill Jones   The Mad Caddies Tuesday, May 13, release a new (solid) album called Dirty Rice through Fat Wreck Chords, their home for the better part of two decades. But when the band rolled through Chicago Thursday, May 8, for a show at Concord Music Hall, the only indication that the band released a new album were three songs on a setlist that spanned nearly and hour and a half. And the band warned fans when they were coming, urging them to go grab Continue reading

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

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.