Weezer’s Brian Bell on geek-rock stigmas and Spike Jonze’s scary giraffe

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 25, 2002 By Steve Newton Weezer is one band that really knows how to turn a simple riff into a monster hit. The American power-pop quartet pulled that trick off to career-making effect in ’94 with its hooky single “Buddy Holly”, then did it again last year with … Continue reading Weezer’s Brian Bell on geek-rock stigmas and Spike Jonze’s scary giraffe

Michael Stipe can’t stop calling Being John Malkovich audacious

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 28, 1999 By Steve Newton NEW YORK—Michael Stipe is best-known as the singer for Athens, Georgia, guitar-rock greats R.E.M., the band he’s fronted since 1980. But he’s got another life as a film producer that only industry insiders and dedicated movie buffs are aware of. His mostly overlooked … Continue reading Michael Stipe can’t stop calling Being John Malkovich audacious