Monthly Archives: March 2014

Raw Q&A with Slick Rick (St. Petersburg Times. 2000).

Hello, am I speaking to the Ruler? [laughs]What’s up guy? What are you doing today? I am just laying back today. We did a couple shows with Lauryn Hill and I am having a day off. Everyone’s happy to see you back! … Continue reading

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Raw Q&A with Ronnie James Dio (St. Petersburg Times. 2000)

In 2000, arguably the greatest heavy metal singer of all time, Ronnie James Dio (then 58 years old), called my desk at the newspaper from his tour bus in Cleveland, Ohio, but at that moment I was in the bathroom. … Continue reading

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Profile of ‘Sunken City’ web comedy (The Advocate. March 2014).

Every New Orleans resident and visitor defines the city’s central mythologies differently. In the Web comedy “Sunken City,” three couples — ghost tour guides, a wannabe Mardi Gras king and queen, and two Internet startup kids — strive to push … Continue reading

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Interview with Public Enemy’s Chuck D. PT 2 (AntiGravity. 2007).

CLICK HERE to read the first half of my interview with my hero Chuck D, conducted just after Hurricane Katrina. In PART TWO we discuss Ray Nagin, hip-hop concert technology, sampling as illegal artform, the racial implications of guitar distortion, … Continue reading

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The story of evacuating Katrina with our pet goat, PT 1-3 (Houston Press. September 2005).

Between Is And Was A satellite map claims that our corner of the Ninth Ward, back by the naval base 200 feet from the Mississippi River, is somehow dry. Four of five friends who remained — and say they’ll fight … Continue reading

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Five-year-old New Orleans genius (LA Weekly. Feb 2014).

New Orleans native Anala Beevers possesses an IQ over 145 at just five years old. Her natural genius helped her learn the alphabet at just four months old. “When she was born I’d say the ABCs to her and she … Continue reading

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Riding on a parade float with Mardi Gras’s first rock band (VICE. March 2014).

In 1987, singer and guitarist Sue Ford moved from Boston to New Orleans and became firmly entrenched in the city’s rock scene. She’s currently married to Jimmy Ford, a drummer, former bar owner, and one-time manager for acts like the … Continue reading

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How to Find Drugs on the Ground, feat. Mad Mike (VICE print. March 2014).

I first met Mad Mike the Hippie Bum at the turn of the millennium in New Orleans’s French Quarter, where he could often be found sitting on the ground playing folk songs featuring lyrics like “What would you do if … Continue reading

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Media Night at Molly’s Bar, New Orleans (VICE. Feb. 2014).

At first glance, Molly’s at the Market, an unassuming bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, doesn’t look like a renowned media hub. But sit under the bar’s lights drinking long enough and you start to notice, beneath the layer … Continue reading

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Expose on food at the weekly Algiers Flea Market (VICE. Feb. 2014).

Three massive ethnic flea markets open simultaneously at the base of New Orleans’s West Bank Expressway each Saturday and Sunday. Because this weekly conglomeration blooms on the relatively uncool side of the Mississippi in Algiers—the second oldest neighborhood in Orleans … Continue reading

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