And the final part of Scott Woods’s interview series is up — with music!

Quite a bit of it — it’s the ‘bonus beats’ section, as he termed it. It was a chance to talk about ten songs, but instead of it being ten favorite songs ever or from this year or the like, I dreamed up the idea of ‘signposts,’ something that marked where I was as a listener in a general but easily approachable sense. Of all the segments this is my favorite, in that it’s a nice balance between personal autobiography and the sonics of the ten songs and more besides. Knowing that Scott did it all running on little sleep and with a computer that was being fussy is even more inspiring! As said before, much thanks to him for coming up with the whole idea of the series and running with it — it really was a treat!

The third part of Scott Woods’s interview series with me is now up

And you can find it here. The shortest of the segments, it covers my Marooned essay on My Bloody Valentine, the Not Just the Ticket series and, but of course, cooking!

The final section is tomorrow — and there’s a LOT of music!

The second part in the interview series with Scott Woods is up

As you can hear!

This entry is a bit more esoteric, but hopefully of interest for those either working in music criticism or interested in the state of the field — it’s a lot of discussion about the ability to make a living in writing about music, the implications of the economic impact of recent years and so forth. There’s also a lot of talk about one of my homes away from home, ILX (or ILM in particular).

The remaining entries will go up later in the week, and will touch on many other subjects — and I have a feeling people will really like the last one!

Announcing the start of a four part interview series about music and my writing life, thanks to Scott Woods

A lengthy title for the entry, but hey, it’s my blog so whatever works…

Scott’s put the first part up for listening and the rest will follow this week, so get ready for links as they get posted! But to talk a little about the project:

Scott’s an excellent writer on and about music; he’s based out of Toronto, first caught my eye as one of many writers and posters over at ILM, and then further came to notice given his work via rockcritics.com — which as described is “rock critics talking to, about, and with each other.” Check the archives for a variety of detailed pieces and interviews he’s done in the past!

Earlier this year Scott kicked off what’s been a striking series of audio projects that are all well worth investigating. His huge, multipart interview with Alfred Soto on Roxy Music is essential listening, while “In Search of Digital Love,” an hour long presentation on the roots, sonic connections and general impact of Daft Punk’s brilliant song of that name, really is one of the most enjoyable, inspiring music discussions I’ve ever encountered. Combining thoughts from three wonderful writers and thinkers — Michaelangelo Matos, Nate Patrin and Mackro — plus much more besides, I would go so far as to call it one of my tracks of the year.

I said as much to Scott in an email shortly after it came out, and in response he asked if I would be interested in participating in a new project. Needless to say I was all about that, and from that point forward we started figuring out what would happen. I should VERY clearly say that at no point did I go “Hey can we have a huge hours long discussion about my wonderful self?” Scott was the prime mover of the project from the start and it was up to him to shape or direct it as he chose, and what initially was going to be something focused on my MBV Loveless essay became the more wide ranging project linked here.

While it was initially going to be a phone interview straight up, I had already booked a visit to Toronto as part of my East Coast vacation back in June, so I suggested we try and do something face to face there instead. Given the amount of time I had available only the first of the main three parts was done this way, so the audio quality will definitely be at its best here! Scott’s a very good interviewer and I was totally at ease — then again, of course, it’s not like it needs much in the way of prompting to get me to go on a bit! Part of the joy was also wondering how he would produce the final pieces — the various musical dropins scattered throughout are very nice touches!

This first part linked today covers my basic writer’s biography from the start to the present time — not quite everything but a lot of things, in terms of how I came to be a writer about music, who helped inspire me, advice given and received and much more besides. Hope people enjoy it, and I’ll provide further links and notes to the rest as they are posted!

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