I am still wrestling with my Big Deadline, but may I bring you up to date on some of my writing in recent weeks for Rolling Stone? I wrote about Against Me!, both in an article for the magazine and in an online interview with Laura Jane Grace (né Tom Gabel) and James Bowman. I interviewed Damon Albarn of Blur and the Gorillaz about his forthcoming solo album, Everyday Robots. I attended the David Lynch Foundation tribute to Ringo Starr, filing both a report on the evening and a micro-interview with Ringo. Then I attended a Grammy ceremony honoring Neil Young and transcribed his excellent acceptance speech (which couldn’t get across the full flavor of his humor, but it’s still cool to read) and grabbed a micro-interview with Neil as well. There was a fusillade of other Grammy reports: a report on Clive Davis’s annual night-before party, a rundown of all the pre-show awards (at an odd but convivial not-on-TV ceremony–to file that one, I had to walk across the street to the Staples Center and use the free wifi there before the Grammys telecast started), and a short dispatch on what happened at the Staples Center that you couldn’t see on TV. In addition, I wrote about the British Invasion episode of the Sixties documentary on CNN produced by Tom Hanks, the huge mural commissioned by Foster the People, and the late Pete Seeger. And I filed a bonus interview with the Swedish DJ known as Avicii.
But if you want check out one piece that I’m responsible for in the past month, I would recommend my gallery of some of the greatest performances ever on Soul Train. It’s all great stuff, but I particularly recommend the James Brown showcase (especially “The Payback”), the Smokey Robinson duet with Aretha Franklin, and the four (!) songs Al Green did with a hot live band. Enjoy!