Getting Away With Murder

Originally published by Salt Lake Magazine Recipient of Best Magazine Feature, Society for Professional Journalists When Bernardo Alphonso Repreza’s body was lifted from the pavement in downtown Salt Lake City in the late hours of October 31, 1998, it was hardly recognizable to his friends. The 15-year-old boy’s nose was split and broken, his skull was […]

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Sex Pistols Interview

Hide Your Grandmothers, It’s the Sex Pistols! By John Pecorelli for Alternative Press magazine It’s just another typical Los Angeles day: sunny, 70 degrees, the Eagles’ “Desperado” playing quietly in a mini-mart next to a nondescript beach motel. Middle-aged bourgeoisie in colorful shorts enjoy a game of volleyball in the sand, sailboats wafting by on the water […]

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Tech Toy Reviews

Assorted tech toy reviews, originally published by Nokia Music website Tornado Mania Forget real storm-chasing. Digital Chocolate’s innovative Tornado Mania ­lets you control nature’s most terrible tempest from the comfort—and safety—of your own phone. The game’s destructo side puts you in charge of the funnel’s fury to level unsightly barns, stadiums, and parking lots, while the SIM-style […]

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Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah

Originally published in Alternative Press magazine Contrary to recent mainstream-media imagery, Nirvana onstage weren’t much about Kurt Cobain sitting quietly in a fluffy sweater with an acoustic guitar. It seemed poignant at the time, but 1994’s Unplugged in New York captured only the frail, withdrawn side of the Nirvana pathos. For the other nine-tenths of the band, visit this […]

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Mudhoney: Since We’ve Become Translucent

Originally published in Alternative Press magazine Mudhoney’s return to Sub Pop after a 10-year hiatus couldn’t be more unlike their start on the famed indie label. Contrast the band’s first 1988 single—the 2:30 blast of nihilism called “Touch Me I’m Sick”—with the first song here, a sprawling, drug-damaged dirge clocking at 8:26 called “Baby, Can You Dig […]

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Calexico: The Black Light

Originally published in Alternative Press magazine That Joey Burns and John Covertino have a rock and roll resume a mile long (including projects with the Friends of Dean Martinez, Victoria Williams, Richard Buckner, and Giant Sand) isn’t necessarily relevant. That they live in Tucson, Arizona—home to the largest mariachi festival in the world—may not be relevant either, […]

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Orgy band biography

Orgy biography for D1 Music Orgy biography for D1 Music (Alliance Entertainment’s/Innovative Distribution Network) The best rock music always combines power and panache. It should pulse with sexuality and pathos, but look damn stylish in the process. It can forge heavy, almost paleolithic riffs— yet retain intelligence, cunning, and pure pop hummability. In short, the best […]

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Korn’s Greatest Hits album liner notes

Liner Notes for Korn’s Greatest Hits (Epic/Immortal) “Everything’s been done. Nothing is new.” That’s what a well-known MTV veejay said about rock and roll back in 1992. And who could blame her? Hair metal was over, the indie scene was stale, and punk was 15 years old–nearly as nostalgia-oriented as the goofy rockabilly and surf bands cropping […]

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Thanksgiving with Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson: Manson Family Values For Alternative Press magazine “Music is one of the only things that matters. I don’t even think kids care who the President is… I think if someone like Adolf Hitler or Charles Manson were going today, they would be rock stars.” —Marilyn Manson Dateline: Thanksgiving Day, 1995, Omni Hotel, Detroit MI: “I don’t […]

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10 Unessential Rock Albums

Originally published in Alternative Press magazine Disclaimer: A.P.’s spineless editor in chief wishes to make it known that the opinions expressed in this piece are not necessarily those of the A.P. staff, our imaginary parent companies, everyone buying coffee at Starbucks right now, or the office cat. Ever force-fed yourself the likes of The Canterbury Tales or Citizen Kane simply because […]

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