That Was Then/This Is Yesterday

Live review: 7000 Dying Rats, Covered Wagon Saloon, San Francisco (6/22/02)

Posted in Uncategorized by wwyork on February 22, 2015

Like the Nondor Nevai interview found elsewhere on this site, this review/interview was originally published in Night Moves, a music zine with high-class literary aspirations, which lasted for one issue. I believe it was stuff like this concert review that Agony Shorthand‘s Jay Hinman had in mind when he wrote in his review of the zine, “Some of the writing is that of the preposterously stupid rock and roll innocent, out on the town for a partytime night of heavy metal and extreme blood-curdling experimental noise.” Indeed.



Interview: Justin Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu), 2003

Posted in Interviews, Metal by wwyork on February 22, 2015

In everything I do, music is there as a dialogue to my existence. And most of the people I work with, it’s the most fundamental thing in their lives. Without making it, they ain’t breathin’ anymore.

This telephone interview with the Godflesh/Jesu founder Justin Broadrick was done as background for a blink-and-you’ll-miss it spot in the dreadful Alternative Press back in 2003. At the time, Broadrick was in between Godflesh (which had broken up) and Jesu (whose first releases were still in the works). Meanwhile, Godflesh’s Messiah (recorded nearly a decade earlier) had just been re-released by Relapse, while Curse of the Golden Vampire’s second album, Mass Destruction, was on the way.


Interview: Lord Ohtu (The Three Doctors), 2002

Posted in Uncategorized by wwyork on February 22, 2015

How popular are the Three Doctors in Venezuela?

Just as popular as they are in the United States.

After releasing two memorable albums in the mid-to-late 1990s, the Three Doctors went on hiatus for several years before reforming—on a different continent, with all-new band members—during the early 2000s. While this reunion has yet to produce much in the way of tangible results, there was a bit of excitement among the Three Doctors’ dozens of fans when word of it started getting around. Looking for the inside scoop on this story, I emailed the leader of this new incarnation of the band, Lord Ohtu, sometime near the end of 2002. It went a little like this: (more…)

Interview: Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls/Rangda), 2010

Posted in Interviews by wwyork on February 22, 2015

August 2010 interview with longtime Sun City Girls guitarist (Sir) Richard Bishop, focusing on Rangda, his group with Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano. 


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Neil Hamburger, philosopher

Posted in Uncategorized by wwyork on January 29, 2015

I’ve long believed that if you persevered at your dream long enough, it would eventually come true. But here’s a question I’ve often asked: What if someone’s talent was at something that no one was interested in? They could conceivably persevere forever and get nowhere. Sometimes I’ve felt that this sort of pointless struggle was my calling in life.

— Neil Hamburger, Left for Dead in Malaysia


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