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Nothing Cold About This

Nothing Cold About This

Here’s the thing — I cherish honesty in music. Mind you, I’ll bop my head a bit to a little Auto-Tune and programmed drums and sometimes I don’t even mind a little synthesizer thrown in for kicks and grins, but when it comes right down…

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Ben Harper Live: The Bold & The Eclectic

Ben Harper Live: The Bold & The Eclectic

At the end of his two-plus hour acoustic set, Ben Harper leaned back into his chair, pushed the Fedora off his forehead and took a deep breath. After a beat, he reached forward to grab the set list from the monitors and said something close…

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Pop Quiz: Waylon Jennings

Pop Quiz: Waylon Jennings

While cleaning out the office the other day I stumbled across this Pop Quiz that I’d done for the San Francisco Chronicle back in May of 1996… I’m going to find the whole transcript, but that’s going to be a bit. In the meantime, here’s…

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The Dummy’s Best Question: Pasquale Rotella

The Dummy’s Best Question: Pasquale Rotella

You EDM fans should know who Pasquale Rotella is… I mean, he damn near created your movement with the Electric Daisy Carnival shows and the collection of happenings Insomniac (the company he founded years ago) produces throughout the year. The Dummy had a chance to interview…

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The Pluses of Fandom

The Pluses of Fandom

One of the great things about being a fan — of anything, I suppose, but for this it’s about sports — is the community of people that band together to cheer or curse, laugh or cry, when their team (or athlete) does the improbable or…

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Amy Allison: The Simple Things

Amy Allison: The Simple Things

Ran across this story the other day… It was published in Harp, a great magazine that spit out its last pages in 2008. Amy’s music sticks with me to this day. Part of it is her sincerity, part of it is the “uniqueness” of her…

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The Bio Third Eye Blind Shoulda Used

The Bio Third Eye Blind Shoulda Used

Apparently I wrote a bio for Third Eye Blind back in 1995. From what I remember, or at least what Stephan Jenkins told me at the time, I was about to write the very first stateside article about the band. His band. That article ran…

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The Home Keys

The Home Keys

I loved being a journalist — the researching, the interviewing, the crafting of a story. At my best, I was able to pull a reader into the experience… Maybe it was a sweaty, stinky club in Manchester as The Ataris were killing it on stage….

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Saved as “perry”

Saved as “perry”

The Dummy Notes: Perry Farrell freaked me out. He didn’t do anything extra special. Just the idea of talking on the phone with him gave me the heebie-jeebies. I actually had a dream about him the night after we spoke. Truth be told, he was…

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The Dummy’s Best Question: Michael B. Jordan

The Dummy’s Best Question: Michael B. Jordan

One of the best corporate gigs I EVER had was writing the Production Notes for the film “Red Tails.” The film was a bit meh, but the people involved were amazing. Really. In no particular order, the ones I remember best: Andre Royo, David Oyelowo…

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