High Decibel: Essays

The most fun I had as a journalist was writing the semi-weekly column High Decibel, which consisted of pop-culture criticism, interviews and first-person essays. The column ran from 2004-2006 in the Boulder Weekly, Colorado Springs Independent, Creative Loafing (Charlotte) and the Rocky Mountain Bullhorn.

Premature Commemoration, 07.22.04

VH1’s I Love the ’90s has come too soon

Understanding in a Car Crash, 03.17.05

A stolen car stereo launches an OCD audiophile’s mp3 back-up project

The Tao of Fear Factor, 03.24.05

Interview with Fear Factor‘s Joe Rogan

Am I Emo?, 03.31.05

My Chemical Romance, Glasseater, and an array of online emo personality quizzes

The B-Sides of Our Lives, 04.07.05

The Dropkick Murphys’ Singles Collection Volume II is the band’s least-essential release

Going Somewhere, 04.14.05

Revisiting self-destruction and Therapy?’s 1994 masterpiece, Troublegum

Cyber Hook-Ups with the Love Gorilla, 04.21.05

An online dating site matches members by musical preference

Of Romance and Music Videos, 04.28.05

The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” music video exists at the intersection of reality and absurdity… just like all relationships

The Time it Takes to Let Go, 05.05.05

A soundtrack to turning 30

Polls, Pets and Men Without Shirts, 05.12.05

Interview with Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll

How to Score at Weddings, 05.19.05

A DJ explains our appetite for horrible music at wedding receptions

Adventures in Extreme Journalism, 05.26.05

An appeal to Mountain Dew for a journalism sponsorship, with Pepsi’s Dave Dececco

To Serve Man, 06.02.05

Try HuFu, a human-flavored tofu for the vegan cannibal

Elevating Your Sleaze-Rock Quotient, 06.09.05

Previewing trash-glam rockers Tsar’s Bands Girls Money

Arena Football Garners Respect… Sort of, 06.16.05

Indoor football comes of age, and the Colorado Crush raise the trophy

For the Movies, 06.23.05

The Runaway Bride gets a six-figure publishing deal

Porn’s Pop Shot, 06.30.05

Live at the second-annual Pleasures Adult Film Star Ball

A Perfect Sonnet, 07.07.05

The greatest songwriters never get the girl

Diehards and Drunkards Wax Geriatric at the Warped Tour, 07.21.05

The festival concert has survived by blending cool with classic

Pop-Culture Apocalypse, 07.28.05

Interview with VH1’s Mike Hirschorn about the channel’s potential to destroy space-time

I am a Metal God, 08.04.05

What qualifies one to be considered a VH1 “metal expert”?

Punks in the Outfield, 08.11.05

Interview with John Albert, veteran of Christian Death and Bad Religion, author of the punk-softball memoir, Wrecking Crew

Rockin’ the Karaoke Paradise, 08.18.05

Existentialism on karaoke night

Flipping the Cushion, 08.25.05

Seniors and students have a shootout at the couch corral

Pin-Up Feminism, 09.01.05

An interview with the Suicide Girls

A Fan’s Notes, 09.08.05

Revisiting Frederick Exley’s A Fan’s Notes at the start of another football season

Least Valuable Facial Hair and Other Cheap Shots, 09.15.05

An interview with Jason and Randy Sklar, hosts of ESPN’s Cheap Seats

How Metalheads Get High, or Punks with Parachutes, 09.22.05

A soundtrack for skydiving

More Music, Less Math, 09.29.05

A discussion on the significance of CD track listing with a numerologist

Prescription Drug Optimist, 10.13.05

JamisonParker’s debut, Sleepwalker, is the perfect soundtrack for autumn

Banjo Billy’s Mystery Machine, 10.20.05

Taking a ride on Banjo Billy’s ghost tour of Boulder

Behind the Lines at Area 51, 10.27.05

What it’s like to work inside a haunted house

The World According to Henry, 11.03.05

An interview with Henry Rollins

You Can’t Spell “Funeral” Without F-U-N, 11.10.05

An interview with author Mary Roach

I’m Too Sexy for this Column, 11.17.05

How to score in the frenetic world of speed dating

Bedlam in Boulder II: The Idiots Strike Back, 12.01.05

A gridiron meltdown, a community disgrace

Year of the Aqua Teens, 12.08.05

An interview with Aqua Teen Hunger Force creators Matt Maiellaro and David R. Willis

All I Want for Xmas is to be on TV, 12.15.05

An appeal to be cast on Dog the Bounty Hunter, Scare Tactics, and/or Pimp My Ride

Year-End, Best-of Music Lists Suck… Except for this One, 12.29.05

Exactly what it sounds like

Monkey See, Monkey Do, 01.26.06

Breaking down Love Monkey‘s failed attempt to recreate High Fidelity

A New Hope, 03.09.06

An interview with punk rockers Anti-Flag

How to Pass that Post-4/20 Whiz Quiz, 04.20.06

An interview with the author of Passing Drug Tests

Metal by Numbers, 05.11.06

Breaking down 40 Greatest Metal Songs

Hollywood Smackdown, 05.18.06

An interview with professional wrestler Kane

How I Spent My Summer Vacation, 07.20.06

Onstage at Red Rocks with Nine Black Alps

The Warped Tour Finds Jesus, 07.27.06

An interview with Underoath, part of a new wave of Christian rock

The Full Pumpkin, 11.02.06

Streakers wearing pumpkin heads take over Pearl Street at the annual Naked Pumpkin Run

2006 in Song, 12.28.06

Alas, all good things, like 2006, must end