selected interviews, essays + criticism

Analog For The People: Synth Master Tatsuya Takahashi On Engineering Fun
A few words with one of the most inventive minds in music tech, on making tools anyone can use
NPR • The Record • 2017

Children Of The Con: Tegan And Sara's Decade Of Influence
Fourteen artists, one for each song, explain how Tegan and Sara's touchstone album changed them
NPR • All Songs Considered • 2017

Join The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance And The Politics Of Taste
To toast an iconic album's 10th birthday, an essay and conversation about listening while black
NPR • The Record • 2016

Carly Rae Jepsen, "Run Away With Me" (Patrick Stump Remix)
The Fall Out Boy frontman delivers a whip-smart remix that dares to treat Jepsen as more than a meme
NPR • Songs We Love • 2016

Being Aaron Burr: Leslie Odom Jr.'s Year Of Empathy
A conversation with the Hamilton star, whose life changed the moment he saw a villain as a human being
NPR • The Record • 2015

Worriers, Imaginary Life
On a razor-sharp debut, the band stares down the judgment of peers, the corruption of institutions and the clumsiness of language
NPR • First Listen • 2015

Two Punks on Identity and Paying Bills
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Lauren Denitzio of Worriers talk sexism, success and survival
NPR • All Songs Considered • 2015

Music, The Food of ‘Amour’
Michael Haneke’s film about love at the end of life uses music sparingly but crushingly
NPR • The Record • 2013

‘Mellon Collie’ Mystery Girl: The Story Behind an Iconic Album Cover
Decoding the fine-art mashup on the front of The Smashing Pumpkins' landmark album
NPR • The Record • 2012

Full Disclosure: Fugazi’s Best Live Moments, Remembered
An very incomplete oral history
NPR • The Record • 2011