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Conversation With Painter Matt Jones (Part One)

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 12:15 PM

Painter Matt Jones and I go back a number of years. The conversation below is part one of a conversation we had in Matt's Bushwick studio on May 22, 2016. This conversation has been several years in the making as we both have been through many personal ups...

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Notes on Latin Freestyle

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 3:00 PM

Freestyle!!! w/ Louie Vega, Jellybean Benitez, Shannon, Lisa Lisa and Judy Torres
May 13, 2016
Capitale Theater, New York City
photo by Drew Gurian

Allegedly my grandfather had a cocaine business throughout the 1970s and 80s that I...

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Sin-A-Rama: Conversation With B. Astrid Daley

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 1:34 PM


I don't believe in God, but synchronicity can make a good case for some sort of grand design. About a month or so ago I had received a book in the mail titled Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties Expanded Edition from...

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Conversation With Marissa Nadler

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 1:56 PM

photo by Ebru Yildiz

My conversation with singer songwriter Marissa Nadler occurred by telephone on April 8, 2016. We had a lovely discussion about many different things that went on nearly 40 minutes. I included the most interesting bits below....

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Notes on Diamanda Galás At St. Thomas the Apostle Church

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:16 PM

photo by Maria Jose Govea

We were in the company of God below the soaring arches of St. Thomas The Apostle Church in Harlem, New York City the other night. The venue was perfect to witness the powerful singular vision...

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The Importance of CineKink

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 12:57 PM


CineKink NYC ran from March 1-6 here in New York at Anthology Film Archives. It's the only film festival I know of that programs films that could be considered unabashedly "sex-positive" or "kinky." On a single night you can catch a...

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Notes on The Residents at Gramercy Theater

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 5:30 PM

The Residents at Gramercy Theater on April 26, 2016

As my friend and I were negotiating our press passes we saw a guy come up wearing pleated Dockers and holding his roller blades under his arm. In my head I made up...

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Conversation With Andrew WK

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 5:56 PM

Last week I interviewed musician and party philosopher Andrew WK. I've enjoyed his work for a long time and we had an interesting and lively discussion regarding the launch of his nonpolitical, political party: The Party Party. This...

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Notes on the Decibel Tour: Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 5:00 PM

Abbath, Webster Hall April 12, 2016

Outside the venue my friend Will says something like, "Always go up to the fattest bouncer during a pre-show pat-down because they are less likely to bend all the way over and find the weed you...

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Conversation With Author Alissa Bennett

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 9:58 PM

My friend Alissa Bennett is a writer and a director at Team Gallery here in New York. I've known Alissa for about seven or eight years and she has always been a death hag. It's good feeling to be the first to scoop Alissa that someone...

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Conversation With Dr. Ronald K. Siegel, Ph.D

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 12:53 AM

I'd like to start by saying that this was not an easy interview to do. Dr. Ronald K. Siegel is 73 years old and is recovering from surgery. This conversation was awhile in the making, but when you read about this new...

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Conversation With Kliph Nesteroff (Part Two)

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 11:05 PM

This is Part Two of my long form interview with author Kliph Nesteroff regarding his epic historical tome; The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and The History of American Comedy. I strongly encourage you to read Part One of this interview which can be found here.

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Conversation with Author Kliph Nesteroff (Part One)

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 2:04 PM

After hearing comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff's interview on Marc Maron's WTF podcast I knew I had to drop everything and pick up his epic historical tome; The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and The History of American Comedy.

The book did not disappoint and...

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A Brief Conversation With Painter Jim St Clair

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 11:31 PM


Below are excerpts from a long form interview I did with my friend the painter Jim St Clair on the occasion of his exhibition at The Morris Warren Gallery here in New York City. Enjoy.

MN: Do...

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Conversation With Weyes Blood

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 10:36 PM

A few months back, I was sent a press link of Weyes Blood's newest EP Cardamom Times. As a member of the press I get sent lots of stuff to listen to and try to make time to get around to all of it. I admit that my...

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Conversation With Phife Dawg of a Tribe Called Quest

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2016 | 12:21 AM

The opportunity came up to interview Phife Dawg of the legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest right before the Christmas holidays. For those of you who live under a rock, A Tribe Called Quest are widely considered one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time....

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Disco's Out... Murder's In!

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 4:52 PM


It's easy to forget these days that punk used to be scary. It's true. Punk's original nihilism freaked out everyone from the squares to the hippies. Over time, some of that nihilism has been whitewashed with revisionist histories, rendering something more PC for...

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Rock n Roll Watergate

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 5:31 PM


After feverishly reading Robert Rosen's updated 15th anniversary eBook edition of Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon, you feel like you are inside The Dakota with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This isn't quite your average rock n roll...

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Conversation with Dan Shapiro

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 7:10 PM

Last week I had a long and fun Skype talk with Dan Shapiro. Dan and I met at the last Maker Faire in New York and we really hit it off. Dan is an entrepreneur, inventor, designer, software designer and all around interesting guy. I wrote...

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Conversation with Adam Parfrey (Part Two)

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Publisher Adam Parfrey was in town a few weeks ago for the Brooklyn Book Festival. I caught up with Adam at his hotel room to discuss the history of his publishing imprints Feral House and Process Media as well as several other things.


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