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The Big Takeover #79

Jeff Alexander

After many years of admiring rock journalism, Jeff Alexander decided it was time to make a positive impact with his written word. He first cut his teeth in the national pages with Hit List magazine, exposing the debates that raged across the music world with Napster‘s arrival. Once Hit List folded, Alexander joined the ranks of American Music Press in 2002 where he composed his most ambitious article to date back in 2010. In recognition of his dedication to journalism, Alexander was recently interviewed live on the “Screaming Woman Radio Show,” hosted by Toni Quest. Alexander now works with BigTakeover.com and is pleased to join the ranks of such a respected publication.

Juliette Lewis: Frenetic & Kinetic

27 December 2016

“I always felt rock & roll should be raw and dangerous. Playing live is an exorcism and really just a celebration of life; Owning pain, joy and emotion,” affirmed Lewis.

Michael Monroe: From ....Saigon Shakes To Blackout States

10 February 2016

“I’m never complacent. I always just try to get better and improve my work, which keeps me hungry and striving for greatness endlessly,” he concluded.

Frank Secich during his time with Stiv Bators

Frank Secich: Circumstantial Evidence And Other Rock N' Roll Truths

4 January 2016

“I still love everything about it. I guess quitting for awhile helped me get even more excited about music.I consider myself very lucky to be able to still write and I feel very free and more creative now than I have ever been. I’m going to ride it as long as I can,” laughed Secich.

Steve Stevens: Every Note Matters

24 November 2015

“I really don’t feel our rise to fame was that quick. First off, we were still touring in vans and I knew nothing when I went to record. I really have to give props to our producer, Keith Forsey. He taught me so much about music and sound and has been a huge influence on my growth as a musician,” complimented Stevens.

Clutch

Clutch Prepare For Psychic Warfare

2 September 2015

“Personally, I’m all for the music aspect. I love blending different styles. We’re about music and inspiration and hopefully inspiring others to start creating.”

Lita Ford

Lita Ford: Iconic Metal Artist To Release Memoir

27 August 2015

“Never give up in what you believe in. I just remain true to myself. The newer fans now have a female guitarist they can look to for guidance and leadership. I stand still and the world revolves around me,” stated Ford.

Sister Sin Tour U.S. With Mayhem Fest

30 July 2015

“I was first inspired by Courtney Love. I know she’s not the best person but it wasn’t until I heard Pantera that I knew I wanted to try and make a career from music. I knew I wanted to do something to help people and inspire them and I do feel responsible to be positive,” she reflected.

Faith No More Return With Sol Invictus

11 May 2015

“The time off has really worked to our advantage. We pursued a lot of other projects since then and we have gained all these new perspectives. I feel we’re all much more accountable now and this record, to me, has us taking control of every aspect,” said Bottum.

King Woman: Kristina Esfandiari's New Clarity

20 April 2015

“I understand that our music is heavy and something a lot of people won’t get or even dance to but we work to create a special energy. I’m not into stages. I don’t think anyone should feel they’re elevated and above any one else. A lot of the Bay Area venues we play have been closing but we network to play venues where we feel we can connect better with people,” she said.

Darius Koski: Punk's Troubadour Goes Solo With Sisu

13 April 2015

“Going solo is absolutely more challenging. It’s naked, harrowing, terrifying. I have a binder in front of me to help me remember words. With the ‘Utters and maybe rock in general, you have this safety net of volume or speed. If I make a mistake it’s not as glaringly obvious but with these songs, it’s painfully obvious,” he sighed.

Wayne Kramer & Jail Guitar Doors USA

Wayne Kramer: Soul On Parole With Jail Guitar Doors USA

19 March 2015

“Today, our country puts away roughly 2.3 million people. California spends about $47,000 a year per person to lockup inmates. This is a deep, complex problem and the issues surrounding all of this could make it the biggest disaster in U.S. social policy history. I think it’s an embarrassment,” stated Kramer.

Sonny Vincent & SPITE

Sonny's Blues; Vincent Returns With Spite

2 December 2014

“Hearing early rock n’ roll made me wanna bash stuff and make a racket! When I was 4 years old they discovered me in the kitchen with all the pots and pans upside down on the floor. I was bashing on them with a spoon along to the music coming out of the radio. When I was 11 I got a guitar, picked it up and wrote a song on it, on one string! I’m still cranking on that string and bashing stuff.”

Jason Cruz and Howl

Jason Cruz: Howling For Change

7 July 2014

“Shopping Howl’s record around to the old guard made me realize that the kids are the new guard, here and now. I’m not going to abandon them because they straight up made my career. I don’t want to alienate people, I want to learn and grow with them. If I can challenge the kids with this band then I’m all the better for it,” he said.

Rasputina: 21st Century Victorians

27 June 2014

“When Rasputina started we didn’t have anyone to emulate. My naiveté turned out to be a real blessing because it seemed obvious to use cello instead of guitar. I wasn’t going to get a guitarist or learn just so I could have a band,” laughed Creager.

7 Seconds 2014

7 Seconds Shine With Leave A Light On

19 May 2014

“Hardcore indirectly gave my natural big mouth a megaphone. It nurtured the activism within my heart and made me appreciate the idea of unity and community,” shared Kevin.

Doomriders: From Darkness To Catharsis

13 February 2014

“I get really down on hateful music that has no point. What good is it if all you’re doing is screaming about how angry you are if there’s no type of catharsis for you?” stated Newton.

The Julie Ruin

DIY or Die; Kathleen Hanna Returns with The Julie Ruin

24 September 2013

“There’s no higher compliment than to get feedback in person. To have someone come up to you 20 years later and say something you wrote saved their life is very gratifying, especially when you look back to when you first wrote it and wondered if anyone was even listening.”

Dead Ending Release Second LP; Bondi Talks Punk Politics

12 July 2013

“Every time you hear that noise that says ‘We are the makers and you people are the takers’, there has to be some kind of soundtrack to that which says ‘fuck you’. I want to be part of that soundtrack,” stated Bondi.

Adam Pease & Ryan Short

I'm Now Documents Mudhoney's Unique Career

15 January 2013

“I really think Mudhoney’s overall integrity will draw people to this documentary. Even when they were on Reprise their music was still high quality,” said Pease.

The LustKillers 2012

That Which Does Not Kill Us Gives The LustKillers New Life

22 December 2012

“I’ve been fortunate enough to realize early on, that I play for myself. I play because I love playing. I don’t seek admiration or acceptance. I enjoy myself at rehearsal as much as any show. Playing is sacred to me. I can take a lot but if anything messes with my chance to play, I lose it. Any hostility I still harbor stems from those who’ve messed with that,” said Becvare.

public enemy

Public Enemy Celebrate Career Milestone with Two New Records

6 October 2012

“We took Hip Hop above and beyond the moment we got passports. I can’t stand major media companies and radio stations that show the black community has less power than it truly does.”

Deniz Tek: The Citadel Years and Beyond

22 March 2012

“I knew that it would be impossible to replicate Radio Birdman, a product of a unique combination of energies which created a new entity, much bigger than the sum of the parts. My goal was to come across as a good solo songwriter, but I knew that I could always get the energy level up there. It was never going to be “folk music” or acoustic pop,” said Tek.

Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins: Jazz Legend Saluted at Kennedy Center Honors, Awarded National Medal of Arts by President

15 December 2011

From New York’s smoke-filled clubs to the national stage, legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ fire still burns as he recently received top awards under the brightest of spotlights.

Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson's Fire and Brim Stone

20 September 2011

Founding member of seminal band The Replacements releases
second solo record.

T.S.O.L. Anarchy & Altruism

10 July 2011

“l could’ve easily ended up dead or locked up. We don’t live that way now. Some people go around and hype that kind of thing, we don’t feel good about that. You try to do right and make up for the hurt you caused before,” he said.

Jen Johnson with F Minus

Jen Johnson: Songstress to Seamstress

19 June 2011

After working tirelessly to build her reputation in the demanding worlds of fashion and music, former F Minus bassist and singer Jen Johnson is celebrating her full ownership of the Dainty June clothing line.

The Biters

The Biters: Melodies For Lovers and Fighters

14 March 2011

“I learned a lot of life lessons from The Heart Attacks. I’ve felt shitty for so long that to do things like that again would be really detrimental to me and The Biters.”

Street Dogs

Street Dogs: Proactive Proletariats

24 February 2011

As celebrated working class author, Nelson Algren chronicled the daily plight of urban sprawl and the street hustler’s fight for survival, Boston’s Street Dogs transformed Algren’s ghetto defendant into a symbol for collective empowerment.

The Hangmen

The Hangmen: Still Cheating Death

1 October 2010

The Hangmen aren’t celluloid heroes and won’t be featured on any tourist star map, but they will be celebrated with Lost Rocks, a collection of their raucous country infused punk rock spanning their 25 year history.

The Lustkillers

Warts and All: The Lustkillers Resolve to Release That Which Won’t Kill Us

29 September 2010

With his latest band, former Black Halos guitarist Adam Becvare presses ahead against all obstacles.