Passion of the Weiss: A conversation with Lord Finesse, 2011

An interview with New York hip-hop legend Lord Finesse. Originally conducted for Scene Magazine, the entire Q&A was published on Passion of the Weiss, a music site edited by LA Times journalist, Jeff Weiss. Excerpt below. The Bronx’s Diggin’ in the Crates crew towered over the early to mid-90s like an SP1200-strapped colossus, and continue […]

Passion of the Weiss: The Wants and Walls of The Phantom Band

An album review for Passion of the Weiss, a music site edited by LA Times journalist, Jeff Weiss. Excerpt below. Few recent debuts have impressed like The Phantom Band’s Checkmate Savage. If you believed the hype in early 2009 – never advisable when it comes to the British music press – these Scots were Jesus […]

Junior Magazine: Issues — Whither the Album

A feature story for Junior Magazine on the state of the album in the digital age.  I spoke to artists, record labels, tour operators and music journalists to get their take on the situation.  Click the below scanned image for a closer look, or read the article excerpt underneath. Last month the local music industry […]

20/20 Filmsight: Who Ya Gonna Call?! 20/20’s Guide to the Affordable Performer, 2010

A tongue-in-cheek piece for 20/20 Filmsight looking at often forgotten b-grade actors. Excerpt below. Imagine working for years, honing your shtick, only to finally knock on the door of the top tier in acting and find your particular place taken. Perhaps this person is a contemporary or perhaps they’ve been sitting in their princely spot […]

The Comment Factory: Revisiting The Boys in the Band, a queer cinema classic

I wrote this piece for The Comment Factory after reviewing for my own site an Umbrella DVD release of the William Friedkin-directed film, The Boys in the Band. This is essentially another review, but I also looked at the atmosphere within the gay community at the time of the film’s release in 1970, and explained […]

The Comment Factory: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire, and the Auteur trap

In April 2009 I pulled together this article for The Comment Factory — a community website of writers and thinkers edited by Financial Times journalist, Matt Kennard — after reading Salman Rushdie’s article in The Guardian on silver screen adaptations of well known books. In Rushdie’s piece, he criticised Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire for engaging […]