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.
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.
My two all-time favorite wrestlers are Chris Jericho and CM Punk. Seeing as the latter is busy training for punching and kicking people for real, I recently decided I wanted to chat with Chris Jericho. So I pitched a HateSong feature to The A.V. Club, they said OK and I did just that. Chris Jericho takes it to “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex in this fun Q&A, with a little bit of wrestling at the tail end. You can read it in full by clicking here.
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.
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 John Drake of Harmonix talks trying to bring back Amplitude with help from fans [Video Games Interview]
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 Polar Bear Club’s Jimmy Stadt breaks bad with Bill Jones Ink
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.
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 Links: New Noise Magazine – Web Exclusive with Jimmy Stadt of Polar Bear Club
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.
And closing out my preview coverage for Riot Fest Chicago, I did a short Q&A with Mr. Riot, the anonymous guy behind the Riot Fest twitter feed. New Noise Magazine posted it for free, so check it out by clicking here.