Dave Cobb: Wrangling Rough Country Beasts Toward Nashville

March 21, 2016


New York Times, March 20, 2016

Revolutionary on the Run

May 29, 2015

In 2011, at age 23, Ramy Essam, Egypt’s “singer for the revolution” was lionized for helping to overthrow a dictator. Four years later, a brutal military crackdown has all but destroyed the country’s youthful protest movement while its hero bides his time in a faraway country, trying to keep the fight — and himself — alive.

Buzzfeed, May 29, 2015

The Oral History of In Living Color

March 27, 2015

Details, March 26, 2015


In The Studio: Mastodon

July 22, 2011

Mastodon Cut Loose On New Disc

Rolling Stone, July 2011

The Wait Is Almost Over

June 6, 2011

Tomorrow, the greatest book in the history of the printed word will finally be available for purchase by the general public. If you are only going to buy one book this year about an alcoholic, self-abusive, vegan, pyromaniac ex-circus clown with a talent for vomiting on command and stapling his scrotum to his leg, make sure this is the one:

Buy it here!


Tunisian Revolutionary Rap

May 19, 2011
My burgeoning radio career continues. I recently returned from ten days in Tunisia, researching a story on Tunisian rap and its role in the revolution there. (Look for the story in Spin in the coming months.) While I was there, I spoke to my new best friend Marco Werman from PRI’s “The World” about the subject. This post also marks the debut of my considerable, uh, talents as a photographer. The photos below the link were snapped by me with my trusty camera-phone.

PRI’s “The World,” May 18, 2011

Street art in Regueb dedicated to the martyrs who died there in clashes with government forces during the revolution

El General in Sfax

Lak3y in Bizerte

Graffiti in Sidi Bouzid, about 50 meters from where fruitseller Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings

The 24 Records crew at a cafe in Fouchana City, near Tunis.

Osama & America (and me)

May 3, 2011

PRI’s “The World” recently interviewed me about the immediate impact of Osama Bin Laden’s death on the American psyche. Why me? Not sure. Since the only other person interviewed for the piece is Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker writer and author of what is perhaps THE book on Bin Laden and 9/11, The Looming Tower, I can only assume they needed the co-author of Steve-O’s memoir to lend some gravitas to the story. Anyway, I tried my best not to sound like an idiot.

“The Meaning of Bin Laden for America,” PRI’s “The World,” May 2, 2011