new job

got a new job. I’m going to be moving back to Los Angeles in a few weeks to cover the business of the television industry for IndieWire.

My last day at the Ventura County Star is May 10. This also means I won’t be writing album reviews for Metal Injection for the foreseeable future. So, that last blog post where I said my byline would still occasionally pop up on that site is now WRONG!!!

I’m crazily excited to be joining the IndieWire team. I never intended to be a business reporter, but I have grown to genuinely enjoy working parts of the local business beat. Stereotypes or whatever, but most 20-something dudes don’t get that fired up by policy minutia and economics. Guilty! But I believe that forcing myself to report on a subject outside my interests had multiple benefits, including just making me a better reporter in general.

With that in mind, I believe the new job could be a best of both worlds sort of scenario. If the content on this blog and my social media weren’t clear enough, I’ve been trying to position myself to become a pop culture reporter for years. While I’m proud of my local business coverage at the Ventura County Star, I believe my work will be even better when I’m covering a topic I personally find more engaging. And since I’ll still be covering the business side of the industry, my prior experience covering that sort of…Alright, this is starting to read like a reiteration of my cover letter, so I’ll stop.

Anyway, like I did for the Ventura County Star, I’ll continue to use this site to share some reporting from my new job. But since I don’t plan on freelancing for the foreseeable future, that’s about it. For now.

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Album review: FALLUJAH Undying Light

It’s been a few months since I’ve written for Metal Injection, but I’m back.

Going forward, reviews are going to come at a slower place. There are a couple of reasons for this, but the main point is that I don’t plan on completely quitting writing reviews. I still enjoy the process and love how it incentivizes me to dig through new releases to find the hidden gems. Though the two or three articles per month quota I held myself to for a time isn’t going to work anymore, my byline will still be popping up every now and then.

On Gavin Newsom’s gas tax withholding proposal

This is a belated share, but I reported on how California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to withhold gas tax revenue from cities and counties that fail to meet their housing goals could impact Ventura County.

As regular readers of The Star know, Ventura County’s housing growth isn’t even close to where the state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation process says it should be. So, that’s something to keep in mind. Story.

Album review: CULT LEADER A Patient Man

Last review of 2018. Good album. Check out my review. Will possibly make my AOTY list.

Speaking of that, my AOTY list will be published by Metal Injection sometime next month. I haven’t started writing it yet but I have a pretty good idea of what most of the entries will be. Still need to power through a few more albums before I begin writing. Worse ways to kill time.

Proposition 5 article for the Ventura County Star

…I also wrote about this measure. At long last, the article has published. Here it is.

In other news, I will be writing one more album review this year. Cult Leader’s new one. As I mentioned on Twitter, this record is stupid good. Review will be out sometime next week.

I’m sure I’ll also be writing an album of the year list for Metal Injection, which will likely be published in mid December.