These Are Days – 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant, Michael Stipe, Cat Stevens and Salman Rushdie

• Idle googling turns up not one but two Natalie Merchant profiles • Idle gossip about her and Michael Stipe had to be addressed, I guess • An unplanned blog post. Surprise! The ROTR will return to hibernation. In a spasm of boredom the other day, I googled my name and up came a YouTube … Continue reading These Are Days – 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant, Michael Stipe, Cat Stevens and Salman Rushdie

SXSW

•  Austin’s annual music festival makes for a pretty routine CNN piece •  The biggest name to interview there was Matthew Sweet. But that’s the point *  At least I survived another visit to Texas without being hauled into court Me & Texas just haven’t always gotten along. There was that time a sneaky prosecutor … Continue reading SXSW

Odds and Sods – Brian Wilson, Biggie Smalls, Oasis, Bob Dylan

• These are a few of my favorite things. . . that happened while interviewing celebs • Notorious B.I.G. almost ruins an interview with his eyes closed • The guy from Fountains of Wayne versus the guy from Wayne, N.J. Brian Wilson was still under the spell of a weird therapist, Eugene Landy, and extremely … Continue reading Odds and Sods – Brian Wilson, Biggie Smalls, Oasis, Bob Dylan

The Unreliability of Memory – Marc Maron, Sean Lennon, Mike Gittleman

•  What goes on behind one’s back when interviewing the son of a Beatle •  What this has to do with one of the sweetest jerks I ever worked with •  Crying while blogging: very difficult. During a workout this weekend, I was listening to WTF, Marc Maron’s podcast. His guest was Sean Lennon, and … Continue reading The Unreliability of Memory – Marc Maron, Sean Lennon, Mike Gittleman