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Oscar Immersion Mode

With the Oscar nominees being announced today, may I offer you the interviews I’ve done with some of them? I spoke with George Clooney (Actor in a Leading Role, The Descendants; Screenplay, The Ides of March) in 2005, around the time of Syriana. Just a few weeks back, I got Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall […]

posted 24 January 2012 in Archives, Articles. 2 comments

Happy Birthday, Peter Jackson!

Today is the fiftieth birthday of director Peter Jackson, the most famous New Zealander since Edmund Hillary. I’ve interviewed Jackson twice, and while he’s not really into self-disclosure, he’s been unfailingly genial and at ease with his own high-powered geekiness. Much as I enjoy The Lord of the Rings trilogy, my favorite film of his […]

posted 31 October 2011 in Archives, Articles. 1 comment

Tenth Anniversary

In the fall of 2001, I lived on 176 Broadway in New York City, one block away from the World Trade Center. It took me a long time to make even rudimentary sense of what happened in my back yard on September 11th, and ultimately flipping a coin and taking photographs proved the best therapy. […]

posted 8 September 2011 in Archives, Unpublished. 3 comments

By the Way, Which One’s Pink?

Congratulations to Alecia Moore, better known as Pink–she and her husband Carey Hart had a baby girl (named Willow) last week. This seemed like a good time to add my article on Pink to the archives–it dates from two years ago, when I visited her down in Melbourne (she’s huge in Australia). I liked Pink–she […]

posted 8 June 2011 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

Huckleberry

I recently conducted an interview with Rivers Cuomo (another in our series of conversations across the past two decades), this time for the British skate magazine called Huck. If you are in the UK, you can find it on sale somewhere near you now. If you are not, you can read a taste on the […]

posted 1 June 2011 in Archives. no comments yet

More Adventures in Hi-Fi

R.E.M. have a new album out today, called Collapse into Now. I like late-period R.E.M. more than your average muskrat–but I still can’t get used to the notion that their albums now have lyrics sheets. If you want to revisit the bygone days of 2008, you can check out my article in the archives about […]

posted 8 March 2011 in Archives. no comments yet

Doctor’s Visit

“Wow, I’ve worked really hard,” Dr. Luke told me last year. “Maybe I deserve a couch.” Luke lost out on the Grammy for “Producer of the Year” last week, but it nevertheless seems like a fine time to add my article on him to the archives. This piece ran in Rolling Stone last April; to […]

posted 23 February 2011 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

Slow Bahrain Coming

With Bahrain in the news, and the American military presence there being a large part of the story, I find myself remembering the time I spent on the Manama naval base in that small country. It was back in 2003, and I was accompanying Blink-182 as they played for American servicemen. You can read the […]

posted 22 February 2011 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

Trick a Chick in Miami

I’m afraid I’ve never interviewed Esperanza Spalding, but with 109 Grammy awards handed out yesterday, I was bound to have written about some of the winners. I’ll add my Mavis Staples (Best Americana Album) and Green Day (Best Musical Show Album) articles to the archives soon–but until then, may I direct your attention to my […]

posted 14 February 2011 in Archives. no comments yet

Sixty-Five Percent

The mighty Parks and Recreation returns to the NBC schedule next week (on January 20). During its long hiatus, Community has stolen a bit of its upstart Thursday-night thunder, but I’m very glad we live in a world with both. Why not warm up with the “Jabba the Hutt” version of the opening credits? It […]

posted 12 January 2011 in Archives, Articles. 1 comment