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Dave DiMartino

Dave DiMartino

Dave DiMartino is the executive editor of Yahoo! Music in Los Angeles. He is a former editor of CREEM, where he worked from 1979-1986. Later he was West Coast Bureau Chief of Billboard magazine (1986-1991), senior writer at Entertainment Weekly (1991-1993), and in 1995 became executive editor of LAUNCH, a CD-ROM magazine and internet music site which was purchased by Yahoo! in 2001 and redubbed Yahoo! Music.

He is the author of Singer Songwriters: Pop Music's Performer-Composers, from A to Zevon (Billboard Books, 1994), consultant editor of Moonlight Drive: The Stories Behind Every Doors Song (Carlton, 1995), and U.S. editor of Music In The 20th Century (M.E. Sharpe, 1998). His writing has appeared in The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion (Canongate, 2003) and The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader (Oxford Univerity Press, 2004), and in numerous publications including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Musician, Spin and the Village Voice.

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Alice In Chains, Mother Love Bone, The Posies: A Seattle Slew

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Rolling Stone, September 1990

Record companies are flocking to the Great Northwest, signing bands like crazy and hoping to find the Next Big Thing ...

Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain

Review by Dave DiMartino, Creem, December 1983

NEVER A BACKWARD GLANCE: Imagine a perfect world, where some human somewhere has the wisdom, taste and fortuity to take Love's Forever Changes, the third ...

Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello: Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach: Painted From Memory

Review and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, October 1998

Two years in the making, the full-on follow-up to ‘God Give Me Strength’, their collaboration from the soundtrack to Grace Of My Heart. ...

Blondie, Meat Loaf: Blondie/Meatloaf: Meat To The Beat

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, February 1980

AUSTIN, TX – Talk about incongruity. Here we are speeding down a Texas highway, sun blazing overhead. We're in a van, naturally – the only ...

Blue Oyster Cult: California Club Caprice, Redondo Beach, CA

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, March 1998

WHEN ONE plopped down the appropriate coinage for the self-titled debut of the Blue Oyster Cult in 1972, one prepared to enjoy the hard-edged glory ...

Boomtown Rats: Bob Geldof, Frank Sinatra Not Linked

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, May 1981

"I THOUGHT THE last album, where we thought we did something musically in a different direction, stood up," says Boom-town Rat Johnny Fingers. He's talking ...

Jeff Buckley: Mystery White Boy (Columbia)

Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, June 2000

Posthumous collection of live tracks culled from the singer's '95-'96 Mystery White Boy tour. Released in tandem with 1995 concert video filmed in Chicago. ...

Tim Buckley: Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, April 2001

FOR AN OVERVIEW of a career that began in seemingly humble singer/songwriter tradition, shot skyward in a surge of near-astonishing artistic ambition, then apparently fizzled ...

J.J. Cale: No Name, No Number, No Pack Drill

Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, July 1994

HE IS THE MOST unrecognizable man in pop music; success, it seems, comes to him only when he wants it. And a major part of ...

John Cale: The Academic In Peril

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, August 1981

ADDRESSES THE INEVITABLE"I don't really aim for being a 'renaissance man' or anything like that – but sometimes you end up that, if you do ...

Captain Beefheart

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, March 1981

MAY 1970. High School kids in my living room. Singing "Hot and slimy weenie, knocking at my door/Hot and slimy weenie, crawling 'cross the floor/Hot ...

Captain Beefheart: 'Yeah, I'm Happy!'

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, December 1993

He is alive. A recluse. Painting in seclusion up near the Oregon border. There have been weird signals through the ether since he stopped making ...

The Church: You Must Like The Church!

Profile and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, March 1985

(OR PERISH TRYING) ...

The Clash: Rash Clash Mash In Motor City Bash

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, December 1979

JOE STRUMMER and I are sitting in a bar, talking about his band. I ask him about ‘I Fought the Law’ and its relatively unexpected ...

Elvis Costello: All This Useless Beauty (Warner Bros.)

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, July 1996

IT'S EASY to get lost within the sheer bulk of Elvis Costello's work – particularly since most of it, from 1977's My Aim Is ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby Stills & Nash: At the Universal Amphitheater, 1997

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, December 1997

"I DIDN'T CUT IT," David Crosby announced from the stage of LA's Universal Amphitheater, a pained grin on his face. "It's falling out." And indeed, ...

The Cure: The Head On The Cure

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, December 1986

IMAGINE BEING SENT BACK THROUGH TIME! ...

Def Leppard: Spot Checking Def Leppard

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, May 1983

LONDON – Directly or indirectly, Eric Clapton is responsible for my being here. ...

The Doors: Absolutely Live (Elektra)

Review and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, January 1997

THOUGH IT EMERGED to mixed reviews in July 1970 – not least from the band, who thought the set middling – Absolutely Live is an ...

The Doors: Dead Cat Bounce

Retrospective and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, September 2001

CITY OF LIGHT OR CITY AT NIGHT? It is 1968, maybe '69, and we are walking through the throngs of people crowding the Sunset Strip. ...

Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison at the Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, July 1998

Set List Van Morrison: Sweet Thing/You Make Me Feel So Free/Burning Ground/It Once Was My Life/Cleaning Windows/Vanlose Stairway/That's Life/Days Like This/Sometimes We Cry/Moondance/This Weight/Tupelo Honey/Why ...

The Eagles: Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, California

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, August 1994

THE BEST – AND CERTAINLY MOST SUCCINCT – REVIEW OF this, the opening night of the reunited Eagles' concert tour, came midway through guitarist Joe ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson Lake: Rockin' Dudes Or Art-Rock Mofos?

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, October 1986

IT'S A SPACIOUS rehearsal studio, though not the world's classiest. I am in London, behind the man running the soundboard, watching the three musicians facing ...

Fleetwood Mac: The Way We Were

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, September 1997

IT IS DEJA VU of the very strangest sort on this May night in Burbank, California. Thrilled to be at this invitation-only event, each and ...

John Fogerty: Swamp Thing

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Rolling Stone, June 1997

AFTER 10 LONG YEARS, John Fogerty is back with Blue Moon Swamp, his first album since 1986's Eye of the Zombie, and it is a far better, breezier affair. ...

Gang of Four: Gang Of Four Face The Capitalist Threat

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, August 1980

IT SEEMS FUNNY now that I thought the Gang Of Four might be an "unpleasant" interview. The band's image as one of England's most overtly ...

The Go-Betweens: Go-Betweens Aim To Strike Public Chord

Profile and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Billboard, January 1989

AT THE END of the day, what do good reviews really mean? In the case of the Go-Betweens, whose debut Capitol album 16 Lovers Lane ...

Grand Funk Railroad

Retrospective and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, October 2003

They were America's biggest band. Live they outsold The Beatles. Then they sued their manager. Dave DiMartino charts the remarkable highs and ridiculous lows of ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, Summer 2007

WE ARE GETTING ahead of ourselves slightly, but we are in New York at the tail end of 1967, late December in the Village, in ...

Rick James: Stone City Burns

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, December 1981

While Rick James & all his Women laugh... ...

Journey As A Way Of Life

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, September 1981

MIYAKO HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Love: Through The Ages (Of Prophets, Seers and Sages)

Retrospective and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, April 1981

ARTHUR LEE'S LEGEND LINGERS ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: End Of The Rainbow

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, July 2002

The Lovin' Spoonful epitomised the euphoric, carefree spirit of the Summer of Love. But then came unwated adoration as The American Beatles., their very own ...

The Lovin' Spoonful, Zal Yanovsky: Zal Yanovsky

Obituary by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, March 2003

ZAL YANOVSKY, to many the man who provided that special spark of magic in The Lovin' Spoonful, died of a heart attack on December 13 ...

MC5: The MC5: The Big Bang (Rhino)

Review by Jon Savage, Dave DiMartino, MOJO, February 2000

First overall retrospective of seminal late ‘60s/early ‘70s rabble rousers: includes material from all stages of their career. ...

Steve Miller Band at the Greek Theatre Los Angeles

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, September 1997

THIRTY YEARS in the rock 'n' roll business. A man without a record label. A man who packed the Greek Theatre playing absolutely nothing from ...

Joni Mitchell: The Unfiltered Joni Mitchell

Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, August 1998

IT'S A SATURDAY NIGHT IN Burbank, California, and perhaps 200 invited guests are sitting in a circular arrangement of plush chairs, overstuffed sofas, even cross-legged ...

Moby Grape, Skip Spence : Alexander 'Skip' Spence

Obituary by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, June 1999

"I'LL TELL YOU A GOOD ONE, a realy good one," says Jerry Miller, long-time guitarist with Moby Grape, warming to the subject of his former ...

Morrissey & I

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Ray Gun, March 1994

THE FIRST TIME I met Morrissey was nine years ago, when the thin, seemingly mild-mannered singer was slightly in need of a shave; when he ...

The Motels: Martha Davis Feeds Her Family

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, December 1980

LEONARD COHEN'S Death Of A Ladies' Man LP, his first and only collaborative effort with Phil Spector, was never really given its due as one ...

Gary Numan: The Principal Pleasure Of Being Gary Numan

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, June 1980

GARY NUMAN is a nice guy. Seriously. And what I want to know – and what he wants to know, too, though he's probably too ...

The Only Ones

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, Creem, December 1979

DETROIT – The Only Ones lived up to their name during their recent Detroit debut at Bookie's Club 870, which was a shame: they were ...

Pink Floyd: Live and All Pink On the Inside

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, Creem, June 1980

Pink Floyd: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island NY ...

Pink Floyd's Can I Have My Money Back? Post-Partum Parity

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, November 1984

6:30 PM (Apparently He Was Driving To Chicago) ...

Robert Plant: Hot Dog To Big Log: Robert Plant Hits The Road

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, October 1983

"WHY DON'T you take off your clothes?" asks Robert Plant, grinning, clutching at the bare white towel wrapped around his waist. ...

The Police: Police Poised On The Brink Of Infinity

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, November 1983

HOW, INDEED, does one write the proper Police story? Does one rant and rave about new records being set weekly on the Billboard album charts? ...

The Raspberries: Rebirth Of The Cool

Guide by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, November 2002

Who are they? The inspired combination of two of Cleveland's finest unsung rock bands of the late '60s – Cyrus Erie and The Choir – ...

Lou Reed Tilts The Machine

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, September 1980

"There's a lot of very funny things floating around my albums." ...

Rockpile: Seconds Of Pleasure, Years Of Drinking: Rockpile Wakes Up Early

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, February 1981

LONDON – Having never been in London before, I suppose I should feel some shame at spending my first night in a comfortably Americanish club ...

David Lee Roth, Van Halen: David Lee Roth: Foul-Mouthed Reagan Shocks The World

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, June 1986

IT'S FITTING THAT here in this unjust world, where rock stars regularly slander one another openly, where newspapers often present one and only one side ...

Todd Rundgren, Utopia: Todd Rundgren: Swinging To The Right And Being Left

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, July 1981

THERE'S A STANDARD story about Todd Rundgren that you've probably already heard. It goes like this: He's great. An enormous talent. Can write songs blindfolded. ...

Santana: In Search Of Space

Retrospective and Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, February 2003

IN 2003 CARLOS SANTANA IS A GLOBAL SUPERSTAR ONCE AGAIN. BUT FOR OVER 20 YEARS, THE GUITARIST WAS CONDEMNED TO THE ARTIST’S WILDERNESS. DAVE DIMARTINO ...

Bob Seger Bops Horizontally

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, September 1980

DON'T LET anybody tell you Bob Seger is not a cool guy. ...

Charlie Sexton: Facing Charlie Sexton

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, July 1986

EXPERIENCE CHARLIE Sexton as I did: ...

The Smiths: The Smiths

Review by Dave DiMartino, Creem, June 1984

THE SMITHS believe that it is possible to replenish appetites of both the soul and the pelvis simultaneously. That is: they might, but then again, ...

The Smiths: We'll Meat Again

Profile and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, February 1986

"I MUST BE QUITE HONEST," announces Morrissey of the Smiths. "I can understand that people can find me very irritating. And I accept that to ...

Skip Spence : Alexander 'Skip' Spence: Oar (Columbia US)

Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, June 1997

Tracks: Little Hands/Cripple Creek/Diana/Margaret-Tiger Rug/Weighted Down/War In Peace/Broken Heart/All Come To Meet Her/Books Of Moses/Dixie Peach Promenade/Lawrence Of Euphoria/Grey/Afro ...

Bruce Springsteen Takes It To The River: So Don’t Call Him ‘Boss’, OK?

Report and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, January 1981

All things good come to he who waits; he who hesitates is lost. For every stupid cliché there’s another one out there equally stupid that ...

Bruce Springsteen: Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, January 1996

"I KNOW THIS IS LA," ANNOUNCED BRUCE Springsteen at the start of his concert, "so I hope I don't have to go out there and ...

Squeeze: Not Another Squeeze Story!

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, October 1982

DIFFORD AND TILBROOK. Lennon and McCartney. Difford and Tilbrook. Lennon and McCartney. Difford and Tilbrook. Lennon and McCartney. Blah, blah, blah. ...

Steely Dan: 10 Questions for Steely Dan

Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, September 2003

Dave Di Martino talks to the venerable jazz-pop double act about sexual aids, Charlotte Rampling and perfectionism. Well, why not? ...

Rod Stewart: Roderick Of Hollywood...

Retrospective by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, May 1995

ROD STEWART IN THE '80S? HERE'S WHERE THE MEMORIES really fly. While it's true that the man had just produced some of the most commercially ...

Stone Temple Pilots: Universal Amphitheater, California

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, Rolling Stone, December 1996

SCOTT WEILAND seemed the picture of health at the opening night of Stone Temple Pilots' current six-week tour, confounding the expectations of some cynics who ...

The Teardrop Explodes: Wilder

Review by Dave DiMartino, Creem, May 1982

"I hate war. I have seen war. I have seen war on the land and sea. I have seen blood running on the street. I ...

Tears For Fears: Tears for Fears: The Stunning, The Lovely & The Brilliant

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, May 1985

BATH, ENGLAND – In America, people take baths; in England, they not only take them but live in them. And they pronounce them funny – ...

Traveling Wilburys: Bert and Ernie Fill in for Lefty: Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 3

Review by Dave DiMartino, Musician, December 1990

THEY SAY YOUR PERSPECTIVE changes when you’ve got a kid, and since little Mikey hit the one year mark at our house, I’ve been listening ...

Van Halen: Give Us Van Halen!

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, March 1986

"YOU DO IT one of two ways: either spectacle or personality. ...

Van Halen: Remnants Of The Flesh Hangover

Profile and Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, July 1980

ONE THING that's always bothered me about myself: I enjoy offending people. I've done it for years and see no need to stop. I have ...

The Waterboys: Something About The Waterboys

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, April 1986

SUPPOSE FOR JUST a moment there was a fellow who named his band the Waterboys because "a Waterboy was something fluid and ever-changing" and also ...

Yes live at Los Angles Universal Amphitheater

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, February 1998

IT'S ALWAYS seemed a tragic waste of snottiness that some safety-pinned '70s punk combo never thought to take the early, pre-Roger Dean Yes logo – ...

Neil Young: At the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, May 1999

A MAN less heard unadorned than in context – be it with Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam, The Bluenotes, the Stray Gators, the Shocking Pinks, ...

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Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume 4

Review by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, August 2000

Billed as Smith’s ‘secret’ volume, the line-up was intended as the fourth in this celebrated series but never made it to the starting gate. ...

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