Al Kaufman

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Al Kaufman has a new interview with Sylvan Esso, new reviews of Band of Heathens, and interviews with members of the Mavericks and Lucius

I've been writing about music since I was the arts editor of my college newspaper more than 25 years ago. I've had a chance to interview some personal favorites, such as Joe Jackson, Rhett Miller of the Old '97's, Jill Sobule, Kelly Hogan, and Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains. I've been turned on to lots of great music just by popping CDs in the player that were sent to me by bands without labels. It's fun work.
But I've also written essays, including some on being a father. I've written a couple of as yet unpublished children's books about the most boring kid in the world. I'm working on an adult novel and a self-help book on weight loss that I hope is also kind of funny.
So if you're a literary agent, look me up and I'll buy you a beer and dinner. If you end up not liking my stuff, at least you will have gotten a free meal out of the deal. Below are some highlights from my writing career from different newspapers and magazines and other various publications I've written for. If you particularly like something, let me know. If you don't, let me know that, too. I'm not fragile. But remember, if you're an agent, call me.
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Portfolio

Atlanta Music Guide

Interview with Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso. Click here
Interview with Paul Deakin of The Mavericks. Click here
Interview with Jess Wolfe of Lucius. Click here
Album review of Band of Heathen's "Sunday Morning Record." Click here
Interview with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio. Click here
Album review of Tegan and Sara's "Heartthrob." Click here
Interview with Michelle Malone. Click here
Album review of Ben Folds Five's "The Sound of the Life of the Mind." Click here
Interview with Kelly Hogan. Click here
Album review of Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball." Click here
Album review of John Hiatt's "Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns." Click here
Album review of Red Hot Chili Peppers' "I'm With You." Click here
Album review of Fleet Foxes' "Helplessness Blues." Click here
Interview with Chieftain Paddy Maloney. Click here
Album review of REM's "Collapse Into Now." Click here
Album review of Iron and Wine's "Kiss Each Other Clean." Click here
Album review of Amanda Palmer's "Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under." Click here
Album review of Ben Fold's and Nick Hornby's "Lonely Avenue." Click here
Album review of The Soft Pack. Click here
Interview with Sharon Robinson. Click here
Album review of Spoon's "Transistor." Click here
Essay on Michael Jackson rejected by publisher "Did Michael Jackson Die Too Late." Click here
Album review of Takeover UK's "Running with the Wasters." Click here
Album review of Hot Rods. Click here
Album review of James McMurtry's "Just Us Kids." Click here
Album review of Aimee Mann's "Smilers." Click here
Review of songwriters showcase concert, including Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett. Click here
Album review of Lez Zeppelin. Click here
Album review of Mary Gauthier's "Between Daylight and Dark." Click here

The Austin Chronicle

Feature on music for computer games, including an interview with a young Britt Daniels of Spoon (6.15.95). Click here
Feature on the Asylum Street Spankers (10.5.95). Click here

Creative Loafing Atlanta

Music Feature on Sweet Honey in the Rock (2.12.03). Click here
Music Feature on Joe Jackson (8.14.03). Click here
Music Feature on Ani Difranco and independent music (10.2.03). Click here
Music Feature on Erin McKeown (12.18.03). Click here
Music Feature on Rickie Lee Jones (1.29.04). Click here
Music Feature on the Old 97's (10.28.04). Click here
Album review of Jill Sobule's "Underdog Victorious" (1.6.05). Click here
Album review of Lucinda Williams' "Live at the Fillmore" (8.3.05). Click here
Music Feature on Dan Zanes (12.7.05). Click here

Up Against the Wall Magazine

Album review of Neil Young's "Living with War" plus a look at political music. Click here
Q&A with Todd Snider. Click here.
Book review of Christopher Buckley's Boomsday. Click here
Various album reviews, including Todd Snider, the Moaners, and Maria McKee. Click here
Feature on Kill Henry Sugar. Click here
Book reviews of Roddy Doyle's Wilderness and Nick Hornby's Slam. Click here
Book review of George Saunders' In Persuasion Nation. Click here
Feature on Jill Sobule. Click here

Common Ties

"Why I Don't Celebrate Valentine's Day" Click here
"In Sickness and in Health" Click here

Duck and Herring

"Smokin'" Click here


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