I had the opportunity this past weekend to cover Riot Fest: Chicago 2015 for VICE’s wonderful Noisey publication. It was a grueling weekend with little sleep, but it also was a lot of fun. I wound up doing day-by-day coverage of the fest, so I’ve broken down the links be day below. Enjoy! Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
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.
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.
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: Noisey – Josh Freese Q&A
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.