Music Writing

Hello, my name is Janet Jay and I am obsessed with music. So I write about it.

Here are all the music-related articles and interviews I’ve written, ordered from newest to oldest. Many are in PNG image format: just click on the link and then click on the image to zoom in.

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Ben Kweller and Joe Pug Fill Austin’s Continental Club

The Austinot, 10/2012

Photography by Janet Jay.


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Touring: When Are You Ready, And How Do You Do It On Your Own?, 5/12



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SXSW Interactive for the Indie Musician, 3/12
Pictured: the author and George Clinton.



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SXSW In Photos, Video, Words, 3/12. If you want to see the full content, including the Power Hour Drinking Game and me dancing in a flash mob, click here.

Photos by Janet Jay.

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Q&A- Different Homes, Different Music: Ducking Bees and Talking Sparks With The Great Nostalgic, 2/12


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How To Go Viral, 2/12

If you want to see the full content, including some bitchin’ music videos, click here.

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How To Find A New Band Member, 12/11


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Faith and Fathers: An Interview with Danielson, 12/11



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Faith and Fathers: An Interview with Danielson (Pt. 2), 12/11



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DIY: How To Shoot a Press Photo For Your Band, 12/11



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Promote Your Band (Without Making Your Fans Want To Punch You In the Face), 11/11



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DIY: How to Name Your Band, 11/11




MP 150x150 Music WritingQ&A: Matt Pond – Now A Better Lover, Fan of The Letter “S”

Madeloud, 09/11

Q&A between Matt Pond and Janet Jay. A quote from this interview is featured in the MadeLoud story ”They Said What? Our Favorite Bits From Our Favorite Interviews”

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How To Get Your Music On Internet Radio, 09/11



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All photography by Janet Jay.



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Who the Hell is R. Stevie Moore?, 8/11



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How To Throw A Bitchin’ ’80s Dance Party, 06/11



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DIY: Free Music Apps for Your iPhone That You Need To Know About, 6/11


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Review- Joe Pug, Messenger, 4/11




bio 150x150 Music WritingDIY: How To Write a Bio For Your Band, 4/11




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Electronic Rock and more with Austin’s Paperthreat, 3/11


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DIY: How to Write a Press Release For Your Band, 3/11



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Review- Epigene: A Wall Street Odyssey (The City, The Country And Back Again), 2/11



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Review- Rachel Goodrich: Rachel Goodrich, 2/11




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Q&A: Who Are the Fresh Millions?, 1/11




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Live Review: Eisley Bring Familial Harmony to Austin

Madeloud, 12/10

Photography by Janet Jay.


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Austin Vinyl Lives at Backspin Records

[Did I jinx Backspin? Did my editor jinx them by choosing this title? Either way, they are now out of business.], 12/10


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Review- Kristian Hoffman: Fop, 12/10



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Q&A: The Royal Bangs Will Teach You To Dance, 11/10



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Pavement: Live in Austin, 10/10





DMR Music Writing“Fun and Smoked Out” – Rapping with Detroit Mutant Radio, 8/10

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Review- Look Mexico: To Bed To Battle, 08/10




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Review- The Toadies: Feeler, 8/10




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Saturday night and Sunday morning: The Black Lillies explore a wide range of American music, from classic country to the Grateful Dead.

Cruz Contreras Steps Into Spotlight with Black Lillies

Contreras joined a group of Knoxville music veterans last fall to form the Black Lillies and their debut, Whiskey Angel.

Metro Pulse, 6/10. Photo by Janet Jay.

Whiskey Angel: The Black Lillies at the Square Room 

A report from the Black Lillies’ CD release show at the Square Room on Saturday night, from MP contributor Janet Jay

Metro Pulse, 04/09



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ANTI-POP STARS: The members of Hudson K invited fans to help pay for Shine, with a guest spot on the new album available for those who chipped in $200.

Hudson K Releases Its Long-Awaited Debut Album of Piano-Led “Anti-Pop”

Metro Pulse, 5/10








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Review- Dead Rabbits: The Rabbit That Roared, 5/10



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Review- Puerto Muerto: Drumming For Pistols, 5/10




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Review- Shannon Stephens: Breadwinner, 5/10




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Swimming in Waterloo Records – An Interview With Owner John Kunz (Part 1), 3/10

Photos by Janet Jay.


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Do it Yourself: Make 8-Bit or Nintendo Music (Part One), 4/10




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Swimming in Waterloo Records- An Interview With Owner John Kunz (Part 2), 3/10

Photos by Janet Jay.



Legs Against Arms Against the LAA Music WritingWorld, 2/10

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Review- Gillian Visco: Flotation Device, 2/10




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Learning How South Austin Sounds at End of an Ear, 1/10



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Review- Josephine Foster: Graphic As A Star, 12/09




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Review- The Echo Falls: The Echo Falls, 12/09





Lo-Fi Communication

Lexington/Knoxville popsters Big Fresh forgo bizarre showmanship in favor of simple, powerful songs

Metro Pulse, 08/0

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