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Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg is founder and editor in chief of NEUMU (neumu.net), a pop culture magazine. He is a pioneer in the online music space. In 1994 Goldberg founded ADDICTED TO NOISE (ATN), a highly influential music Web site. At ATN, Goldberg created the Addicted To Noise Music News of the World. This well-respected round-the-clock music news service, which provided info to music fans via radio, television, wireless and Internet distribution, developed a global reach into over 40 million homes. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. Goldberg both initiated and oversaw the yearlong investigation that resulted in SonicNet's series "Playing With Fire: The Untold Story of Woodstock 99" which was awarded a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Web reporting in 2001. Prior to starting ATN, Goldberg was an associate editor and senior writer at ROLLING STONE for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in WIRED, ESQUIRE, VIBE, DETAILS, DOWNBEAT, NME and numerous other publications.

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American Music Club: Wishing the World Away

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Addicted To Noise, December 1994

THE FIRST TIME I met American Music Club singer, songwriter, and leader Mark Eitzel, he arrived at San Francisco's boho South-of-Market Soma Cafe on a ...

American Music Club: Q&A with American Music Club

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Addicted To Noise, November 1993

"EIGHT MONTHS AGO nobody would pee on us," says Mark Eitzel, singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist for San Francisco's American Music Club. "And now people ...

And You Will Know Us By The..., Boards Of Canada: Deciphering The Code

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, February 2002

Boards of Canada and ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead offer a musical yin/yang that will blow your mind ...

The Band, Robbie Robertson: Robbie Robertson

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, April 1987

Fireworks were going off in the Sixties. Music was happening quicker than people could deal with. ...

Beck, Sue Garner: Low Down and Low Key: Taking the Road Less Travelled

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2002

BECK SOUNDS like he's channelling the long-dead British folk-rock poet Nick Drake on his latest album, Sea Change (Geffen). For ‘Round the Bend’ the pace ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Charlatans, The (US), Country Joe McDonald, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service: The San Francisco Sound

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, August 1990

"My eyes were opened. There's a new world and a new society and a new spirit." ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: In Defence of Big Brother!

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, May 2002

A recent documentary reminds us that Janis' bandmates mattered too ...

Big Star: What Makes Great Rock 'N' Roll Great, Part Two

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

Sometimes great rock 'n' roll is simply pure pleasure. Like sex, only without the complications ...

Black Flag, Flipper, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, The Minutemen, The Replacements: Punk Lives: The Minutemen, Meat Puppets and SST Records

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, July 1985

They don't sound like the Ramones, and they don't look like the Sex Pistols, but bands like Hüsker Dü, the Minutemen and the Meat Puppets ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Boy George: Mr. Clean

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, October 1987

Boy George Straightens Up His Act ...

James Brown: Prisoner Of Love Meets The Prisoners Of Hate

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, NME, April 1981

"Those black kids ain't ever seen a black president – and they won't ever see one. This country is no better off than it was ...

James Brown Addicted To PCP

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, November 1988

Friends of the soul singer say drug has 'whipped him' ...

Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu: Another Music In A Different Kitchen, Pt. 1: Captain Beefheart and Pere Ubu

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, June 2002

From Trout Mask to Dub Housing: how did music that once seemed so harsh and incomprehensible come to sound so good? ...

Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu: Another Music In A Different Kitchen, Pt. 2: Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, June 2002

WHEN THE noble savage theory of punk rock was first laid out in the early-to-mid-'70s, I bought in. According to one version of the mantra, ...

The Clash: Revolution Rock

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Downbeat, December 1982

IT'S AN UGLY voice. Gruff, guttural, uncouth, barbaric at times. Joe Strummer can't sing, not like an Al Jarreau or a Joni Mitchell, anyway. Lyrics ...

George Clinton: the return of Dr. Funkenstein

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, June 1983

HEADS TURN when George Clinton enters a room. Any room. At the moment, the people in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel are staring ...

The Cult: Cult Following

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, July 1989

Once postpunk's bad boys, the members of the Cult have found fame with Sonic Temple ...

Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, December 2002

At long last we get to hear the 24-track recordings from the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue. ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan Hits The Road In An Old Cadillac

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2001

On his first album of new songs in four years, Dylan's still got plenty to say ...

Erase Errata, Le Tigre: Le Tigre, Erase Errata: The Noise Of Revolution

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2001

New albums from two post-riot grrrl bands demand your attention ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Flamin' Groovies' Cyril Jordan Isn't Angry

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Trouser Press, July 1978

LIKE THE CITRÖEN, the Groovies have always been interesting, but never popular. Born amid the psychedelic rush of Haight Ashbury in 1965, the Groovies from ...

The Flatlanders Deliver A Classic

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, July 2002

Can a new country recording be "authentic"? ...

The Fleshtones: Primal Rock

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, May 1982

SPLAT! A plastic bag filled with red chili sauce arcs up and out of the crowd and catches Fleshtones' lead singer Peter Zaremba right on ...

John Fogerty: Fogerty Returns To The Stage

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, March 1985

Oldies highlight show for cable TV ...

Grateful Dead, John Fogerty, Neil Young: Bill Graham: Tribute Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, December 1991

ON SUNDAY, November 3rd, more than 300,000 people showed up at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park for the biggest rock concert ever held ...

Beth Gibbons, Portishead: Beth Gibbons: Out of Season

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, November 2002

Portishead's singer delivers a solo album of extraordinary beauty. ...

Grateful Dead: The Golden Road

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, November 2001

Reconsidering the Grateful Dead ...

Guided By Voices: GBV's Abstract Expressionism

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, July 2002

Putting the mystery back in rock ...

Buddy Guy Reinvents Hill-Country Blues

Report by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, July 2001

A trip to an Oxford, Miss., studio results in a stunning album by one of the last living bluesmen ...

Heavenly: Escaping Into Le Jardin de Heavenly

Retrospective by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2001

Finding comfort in obscure pop sounds from the past ...

John Hiatt, Starsailor: John Hiatt & Starsailor: Making Classic Rock Sound Good

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, February 2002

A couple of years ago the singer/songwriter/guitarist John Hiatt recorded Crossing Muddy Waters, an acoustic album for the revived Vanguard label. ...

Chris Isaak

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, April 1991

Hot Ticket Chris Isaak: The last time he played Los Angeles, he couldn't get a sound check. ...

Rick James' Perfection

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, November 1983

THE FOUR women stood in the semi-dark recording studio. "Okay, let's go," said the producer. ...

Rick James: The Untold Story

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Vibe, April 1994

While Rick James was ruling the charts with hits like 'Super Freak' and 'Give It To Me Baby', he was descending into the drug addiction ...

Charley Patton, Skip James: The Spooky Blues Of Skip James

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2001

Mystical, otherworldly sounds from the '30s ...

Bert Jansch Takes The High Road

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, May 2002

Discovering the idiosyncratic yet influential Scottish folk singer. ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Rise & Crash Of Jefferson Airplane

Book Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, May 2003

PERHAPS THE MOST endearing thing about Jefferson Airplane that emerges from Jeff Tamarkin's in-depth biography of the group, Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of ...

Albert Lee

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, May 1983

IT HAPPENS all the time. Some well-meaning rock fan comes up to guitarist Albert Lee and starts telling him he's a great player. "And man, ...

Huey Lewis and the News: Huey Lewis Makes The News

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, June 1982

SO THIS IS MANN: there's not even a sign to mark the short, dead-end street where Huey Lewis lives. Things like street signs and pavement ...

Los Lobos

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, April 1985

East L.A.'s favorite sons can play everything from blues to Tex-Mex ...

The Minutemen: Minutemen Live On!

Memoir by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, June 2003

Bassist Mike Watt remembers his days in one of THE best rock bands – punk or otherwise – of the '80s. ...

Moby's Schtick

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, May 2002

Is Herman Melville's great-great-great-great-great-grandson a new kind of artist, or just a technician assembling easy-listening hits? ...

Van Morrison

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, February 1982

VAN MORRISON's brown, two-story, shingled house sits alongside a narrow road that snakes up Mt. Tamalpais above the sleepy Marin County town of Mill Valley. ...

Maria Muldaur's Perfect Moment

Retrospective by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, August 2001

Maria Muldaur's solo debut: among the best albums of any era Long, long ago, a collaboration of producers, musicians and a singer ...

N*E*R*D: Inventing The New Funk

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

Pair the Neptunes and Kelis and what you get is state-of-the-art groove music ...

Nirvana Still

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2001

Ten years on, we search interviews and books for clues to the mystery of music that once shook the world. ...

Ric Ocasek : Ric Ocasek: Worms On A String Revisted

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, March 1983

THE OFFICE IS dark and silent. Here, in one of the rooms where Elliot Roberts, creme de la creme of rock star managers, and his ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty Takes A Stand

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2002

FACED WITH the constant change and uncertainty that is life these days, it's a relief, on occasion, to be able to count on a band ...

Radiohead: In The Forest As The Fire Burns

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, June 2001

Esoteric? Non-Commercial? Then how come it's #1? ...

The Ramones: Why The Ramones Really Belong In The Hall Of Fame

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, January 2002

One of the world's great bands gets its due ...

David Ruffin, The Temptations: Former Temptation David Ruffin Dies

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, July 1991

DAVID RUFFIN, a former lead singer for the Temptations, died of a drug overdose in the early-morning hours of June 1st at the Hospital of ...

Santana: Carlos Santana’s Journey Toward Perfection

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, February 1980

"I’VE WANTED SOME Roy Rogers boots ever since I was a kid." Seated in his manager’s office, Devadip Carlos Santana pulls on a glistening red ...

The Seeds: Where Are They Now: Sky Saxon

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, September 1985

The leader of the Seeds was 'Pushin' Too Hard' in the Sixties; now he'd into 'flower heaven power'. ...

Sigur Ros

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, November 2002

A trip to Iceland unlocks the secrets of the ages to Michael Goldberg ...

Sleater Kinney: Sleater-Kinney Search For “Hope, Goodness And Faith”

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 2002

The punk trio answer their own questions on their new album, One Beat ...

Sleater Kinney: What Makes Great Rock 'N' Roll Great?

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

A question about Sleater-Kinney opens a Pandora's Box of confusion ...

Patti Smith: The Boarding House, San Francisco

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, NME, August 1979

THERE WAS more 'poetry' scrawled across the bathroom walls of the Boarding House than Patti Smith delivered during a two hour show there. Still, the ...

Sparklehorse: Saving Good Morning Spider From The Black Hole

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, January 2002

Taking another listen to a '90s masterpiece. ...

The Special AKA, The Specials: Special AKA: New Band, Old Cause

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, November 1984

SAN FRANCISCO: Jerry Dammers, leader of the Special AKA, is a very idealistic man. He believes, for instance, that popular songs can change the way ...

Bruce Springsteen's Non-Event

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, August 2002

He may be on the cover of Time again, but The Rising sure ain't Born to Run ...

The Strokes: Beyond The Hype

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2001

A media blitz has created a backlash this exceptional New York combo might not survive ...

The Strokes, The White Stripes: Revenge Of The Underground: The Strokes and the White Stripes

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, December 2001

Is a new day at hand for 'alternative' rockers? ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: No Bright Ones Tonight: Richard Thompson Shoots Out The Lights

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, September 1982

THERE IS A story circulating about Richard Thompson. The way I heard it, the Eagles approached him, prior to hiring Joe Walsh: they wanted Thompson ...

Tricky: The Drama You’ve Been Craving

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, June 2001

Michael Goldberg blows back with Tricky... and discovers the new Sly. ...

Rufus Wainwright Makes One Like They Used To Make 'Em

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, July 2001

A young man following in the footsteps of Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks records a masterpiece ...

Weezer's Uncomfortable Success, part 2: The Rivers Cuomo Interview

Interview by Clare Kleinedler, Michael Goldberg, Addicted To Noise, December 1996

WEEZER FRONTMAN Rivers Cuomo doesn't give many interviews. Usually he lets guitarist Brian Bell, drummer Patrick Wilson or bassist Matt Sharp handle the press. The ...

Gillian Welch: The Cost of Music

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, August 2001

"EVERYTHING IS free now," sings Gillian Welch. "That's what they say/Everything I ever done/ Gotta give it away." There is resignation in her voice. Though ...

Wilco's "Basement Tapes"

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2002

THE INK THAT says Wilco YHF Demos is slightly smeared on the home-printed white cover of the CD that arrived the other day. The 21 ...

X: The List

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2001

Two decades on, 'The Unheard Music' is still the music you need to hear ...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever To Tell

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, April 2003

KAREN O OF the New York trash-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs leaves lots of room in her lyrics. Those lyrics are like idea fragments jotted ...

Frank Zappa: Only In It For The Money

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, November 1982

FRANK & MOON ZAPPA GO AM ...

Warren Zevon: Parting Shot: The L.A. Purveyor of rock noir Makes His Last Stand

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2003

I FELT LIKE crying as I watched VH1's special on Warren Zevon. How sad. Zevon, as you likely know, died on Sunday, Sept. 8; he's ...

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2001: The Music That Mattered

Overview by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, December 2001

Thirty albums that challenged my perceptions, kept things fresh or, at the least, chilled me out. ...

A Champion Of Punk Rides Off Into The Sunset: Saluting Howie Klein

Profile by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, July 2001

HE WAS THE CHAMPION OF PUNK ROCK, BACK IN '76 when no one quite knew what to make of it. ...

Apocalypse Now: Reeling from the terrorist attack on America

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2001

"THIS WICKED TONGUE says, 'God is a million miles away'," sings P.J. Harvey on her latest album. ...

Hey, It's OK To Think About Rock Too!

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, April 2002

When journalists and academics met in Seattle for a pop music conference, they learned that you can think about the music and and feel it ...

Is The Record Industry Killing Itself?

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

Chasing the elusive million-seller could be the kiss of death for the corporate music business ...

My Problem With CDs & Records

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, January 2002

Learning how not to hoard music. ...

Ranting About The Record Business

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

It's no surprise major-label music sales are down – the music sucks!. ...

The Rolling Stone Interview: Bill Graham

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, December 1985

The P.T. Barnum of rock & roll celebrates his twentieth anniversary ...

The Big Sellout

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, December 2001

Art and ads still go together like a fish and a bicycle. ...

The Dark Visions Of Raymond Pettibon

Profile by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, August 2001

Raymond Pettibon first got our attention with startling flyers for Black Flag shows. These days he's seen in the galleries and museums. ...

The New Rolling Stone is... The New Yorker?!

Report by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, August 2001

Who would expect to find this year's best offline writing about music in The New Yorker? ...

The Sound Of Amélie

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, January 2002

film soundtrack gets it right ...

Thoughts of a Rock Critic

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, November 2001

Four decades on, rock criticism is still (though barely) alive ...

We're Not On The Same Trip

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2003

Michael Goldberg finds comfort in music as the war rages. ...

What is Rock Criticism?

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, April 2002

Why do writers pursue this often-thankless "profession"? ...

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