Jeff Giles Jeff is the founder and editor-in-chief of Popdose and the publisher of Dadnabbit, as well as the author of the book "Llanview in the Afternoon: An Oral History of One Life to Live." His work can be seen regularly at Rotten Tomatoes, Ultimate Classic Rock, and Movies with Butter.
  • Minnesota A few rambling thoughts inspired by an old Push Stars song and a long-ago road trip. 4 min read November 1, 2011
  • Old Interview: Peter Cetera, October 1, 1992 Here’s one from the archives — one of my first major interviews, conducted with erstwhile Chicago frontman Peter Cetera while he was out promoting his fourth solo album, World Falling Down. This is kind of like looking at a dorky old photograph for me, but it was a thrill at the time, and I think […] 33 min read April 30, 2011
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Lost Causes, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (play) This is the opening track on my first album, and I vividly remember where I was and what I was doing the first time I heard it on one of the real, honest-to-goodness manufactured CDs I printed up. It’s a memory that’s lingered not only because […] 5 min read March 28, 2011
  • Largo’s Dream Like a lot of people, I think, the romantic entanglements of my teenage years and early 20s were colored by a lot of unexpressed, misunderstood, or just plain repressed emotions — guilt over feelings that weren’t supposed to exist, or relationships that ended badly, or simple longing for what (and who) I couldn’t have. I […] 3 min read March 21, 2011
  • Within Your Reach Had a terrific chat this morning with Gorman Bechard, the director/author/photographer/all-around creative whirlwind whose latest film, Color Me Obsessed, is currently making the rounds at the festival circuit. It’s a documentary about the experience of being a hardcore fan, as viewed through the prism of the Replacements’ music; the interview was recorded with Dave Lifton […] 4 min read March 19, 2011
  • New Interview: Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall Jazz Band What follows is the full transcript from my interview with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe, conducted for an article published in the March 2011 issue of the Hilton Head Monthly. While preparing for our talk, I read a few of your interviews, and one thing that really stands out is how often you […] 12 min read March 2, 2011
  • Drip Drop Drip Drop You know whose music sounds perfect to me on a cold and rainy afternoon? Mary Chapin Carpenter’s. Mary Chapin Carpenter, “4 June 1989” (play) How about you? 0 min read February 28, 2011
  • Oh Good I know what’s in store for me today. Katie Herzig, “Shovel” (play) Ornette Coleman, “Snowflakes and Sunshine” (play) 0 min read February 26, 2011
  • New Interview: Kristen Alderson of “One Life to Live” Here’s the complete transcript of my interview with Kristen Alderson of One Life to Live, conducted for this Popdose feature about the show soundtrack album One Life to Live: The Sound of a Kiss. Let’s start off by talking about the way your musical aspirations have developed. Obviously, you’ve been on the show for quite […] 8 min read February 14, 2011
  • New Interview: Kassie DePaiva of “One Life to Live” Here’s the complete transcript of my interview with Kassie DePaiva of One Life to Live, conducted for this Popdose feature about the show soundtrack album One Life to Live: The Sound of a Kiss. So here’s a funny coincidence: A very good friend of mine, Fred Wilhelm, has written a few of the songs you’ve […] 11 min read February 14, 2011
  • Don Was, George Bush, and a Thousand Points of Night Here’s a curious little novelty item from my promo vaults. Released by Mercury in 1992, this CD single — recorded by Don Was under the cheeky, but not particularly clever, pseudonym A Thousand Points of Night — was timed to coincide with the great Bush/Clinton/Perot three-way showdown known as the ’92 election. “Read My Lips” […] 2 min read September 21, 2010
  • Love Me Still We’re never more vulnerable than when we express our love for another person, and I think properly expressing that vulnerability is one of the hardest things a pop songwriter can try to do. Too often, we’re willing to settle for sentimentality, irony, or cute humor — unnecessary layers built up around a simple, powerful emotion. […] 2 min read September 20, 2010