Site Issues Being Fixed

If you've seen a notice saying "This Site May Be Hacked," fear not. The issue -- minor as it was -- is in hand and being fixed. You'll have no issues with the site. I waited to put up the Mano Divina interview and some blog postings until this was sorted. Soon the notice will go away. In the meanwhile, please enjoy the site as you always have (or for the first time if you're new). Thanks to the great SEJ for taking care of this issue. 

I encourage you to share your thoughts about the site and the interviews with me. I'd love your feedback!

Extra Mano Divina For You

Mano Divina by Karen Kirchhoff
Mano Divina and Joseph in June 2015
Mano Divina and Joseph in June 2015

Here are some bonus shots of Mano Divina. The black-and-white shot is from Karen Kirchhoff's photoshoot. The two color shots are from the day of our interview. The interview just went live and it's a really great one. Give it a listen!

My Son, Now Gone

BBC and friends, early 2015.

R.I.P. to my "son," BBC the cat.

He was born in early 2001 (possibly very late 2000).

BBC was part of a colony of feral kittens who lived on my block in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. BBC and his sister OS were taken in to my rented home and soon moved to my house in the Roxborough neighborhood when I bought it in 2002. Socializing the siblings was a prolonged and involved process, but it worked out in the end. For 14.5 years we spent practically every day together since I've worked in my house the entire time. He was gentle and affectionate and quite delicate. On Monday morning he was struck ill and by early this morning he was dead, likely from a viral or bacteria infection. 

We will forever -- forever -- forever love and miss him.

MRR Online Part Two

The second and final "guide" to entering the L!F!P! project (along with some personal observations) is now up on the MaximumRockNRoll magazine website. This one was written by guest interviewer and former interview subject Stacey Finney. 

You can read it here.

The previous one, written by me, is here.

Thanks again to Grace Ambrose and Yoni Kroll for making this happen.


Karen Brings the Soul

Soul Glo by Karen Kirchhoff
Soul Glo by Karen Kirchhoff
Soul Glo with JAG by Karen Kirchhoff

Here are three more photos of Soul Glo by Karen Kirchhoff.

This was shot in my backyard.


Tea With Soul Glo

Soul Glo and JAG

I talked to two members of the young Philly HC band Soul Glo last night, Pierce Jordan and Ruben Polo. It was a conversation that went into some areas (race, the use of certain incendiary words, role models) that may prove to be rather provocative for some listeners. I'm curious to know what listeners think of it when it goes up. 

Karen did a shoot with the fellows last night, but here's a shot Hana took of the three of us before the interview. I am the rather small white person.

The MaximumRockNRoll Print Article

MRR #385 Article
MRR #385 Article
MRR #385 Article
MRR #385 Article
MRR #385 Article
MRR #385 Karen Kirchhoff Photos Two-Page Spread
MRR #385 Cover
Currently Reading: 
Days of Rage by Bryan Burrough
The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons
Today's Playlist: 
De Doden Hebben Het Goed by Wiegedood
The South Shore by Michael Vincent Waller
Varg & Björn by Murg

These photos are from MaximumRockNRoll magazine #385 (June 2015).

Sorry the photo of the two-page spread of Karen's photographs is a bit blurry.

Please pick up the issue for the real deal.

Just A Little More Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen in Joseph's backyard
Eric Hansen and Joseph
Eric Hansen and Joseph

The thing I love about doing the interviews where I photograph the interview subject is I can get them up an hour or two after they end. The Karen photos are always a million percent better, but there's a joy in the immediacy of sharing our conversation straight away.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Eric Hansen of the band Spent Flesh and the labels Suicide Bong Tapes and FDH Records, who was kind enough to bring me a killer stack of his releases. A note to future interview subjects: this is the way to my blackened little heart.

Here are a few extra photos from Eric's visit.





Jenna Pup!

Jenna Pup of +HIRS+
Jenna Pup with me in front of my house
Jenna Pup and me in front of my house

Earlier this evening I interviewed Jenna Pup of the trans queer grindcore band +HIRS+ for L!F!P! Once Karen phographers her, the interview will go up for you to enjoy (and enjoy it you will, I think).

For now I leave with you with two photos of Jenna and I in front of my house before the interview and one Jenna solo shot. Since my azalea bushes are in bloom, I had to have the photos taken by them.