- Extended interview with Todd Rundgren (Unpublished. June 2013).
- On New Orleans’ NOizeFest. (VICE. April 2013).
- On Exxon’s most recent benzene/sulfur leak in Baton Rouge (LA Weekly. June 2013)
- In-depth piece with fictional singer/comic Tony Clifton (VICE. May 2013)
- Essay on the death of our family dog. (VICE. June 2013).
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Musical wizard Todd Rundgren, first took the world stage as a teenager, fronting his band The Nazz. This summer Rundgren celebrates his 65th birthday in swampy rural Louisiana, in intimate proximity to his most loyal fans. Toddstock II v6.5 gives … Continue reading
This May 5—the last day of the upcoming New Orleans Jazz Fest—marks the eighth time NOizeFest will be hosted in my Bywater backyard. This celebration of noise music and other nontraditional genres was started a decade ago by Keith “Deacon Johnson” … Continue reading
A leak in one of Exxon Mobil’s sulfur recovery units in Baton Rouge on May 22 resulted in the release of various chemicals harmful to human health, including benzene, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide, claimed Exxon’s report to the National … Continue reading
Before the flood, Jeremy Johnson and his wife were always in the process of starting or ending some new independent business venture. Nothing ever stuck. Before Hurricane Katrina filled their New Orleans home with poisonous water, they’d curated a personal … Continue reading
When I am depressed I must write. But I am surprised to find myself depressed upon the death of my dog this past Sunday during our fishing trip on Lake Pontchartain. I am surprised I’m even calling Meshcha “my dog,” as … Continue reading
Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing my longtime singing hero Daryl Hall, whose 2013 Jazz Fest show with partner John Oates I wrote about for New Orleans Gambit Weekly – CLICK HERE to read that long article. Below this video of Daryl … Continue reading
The Jazz Fest 2013 edition of my VICE Magazine column Neither Big Nor Easy focused on hyper-lyrical New Orleans female rapper, 3D Na’Tee. CLICK HERE to read that article. Then down below the video for her Timbaland mashup “Switch,” is the raw, unpublished, … Continue reading
A few weeks back I interviewed soul singer Alicia Keys before her March performance at the New Orleans arena. You can read my preview of that concert at Gambit Weekly by clicking HERE. I also wrote a brief review of the … Continue reading
During my 12 years in New Orleans, I’ve managed to mostly avoid crime. For five of those years, I tempted fate by not owning a car and riding everywhere on bikes—three of which I did lose to thieves, but bike … Continue reading
This piece comes from my VICE column “Neither Big Nor Easy.” Louisiana’s Department of Tourism recently launched a new ad campaign that declared, “No America We Will Not ‘Turn That Music Down.’” But on the ground, the authorities in New Orleans have … Continue reading