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Vertical Search: My Work at Wine Enthusiast

I began writing articles about craft beer for Wine Enthusiast via two somewhat conventional avenues. For one, I wrote three stories for VinePair. It was great, at the time I had few other outlets for my work, and since I … Continue reading

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At Wall Street Journal on Promises by Pharoah Sanders, Floating Points and the LSO

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Promises’ by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra Review: Across Genres and Generations A collaboration between the 80-year-old jazz saxophonist and the 34-year-old electronic producer results in an austere yet stunning album By Martin JohnsonApril 7, … Continue reading

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Vertical Search: My Work at NPR

Sometimes a life changing moment happens and you know it immediately. That’s what it was like one morning in April 2020, when I awoke to an email from an editor at NPR. He wanted to know if I’d like to … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Let My People Go by Archie Shepp and Jason Moran

MUSIC REVIEW ‘Let My People Go’ by Archie Shepp and Jason Moran Review: Way Down in Jazz Land The saxophonist and pianist collaborate on an album featuring new duet versions of standards by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. … Continue reading

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Blast From the Past: At WSJ in 2010 on Iranian Film and Rock

I Shot, I Ran By Martin JohnsonUpdated April 15, 2010 12:01 am ET SAVE PRINT TEXT Bahman Ghobadi is one of Iran’s leading filmmakers, but after completing his most recent movie, “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” he went into exile … Continue reading

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At WSJ on the great Code Girl recording, Artlessly Falling

Well, better late than never. I liked this piece and love the recording. MUSIC REVIEW ‘Artlessly Falling’ by Code Girl Review: Crooning Couplets Guitarist Mary Halvorson branches out from her hallmark improvisation on an album that melds her poems and … Continue reading

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New Writing

So far 2021 has been a very good year. Not just the new administration and new Georgia Senators, but my inbox has been overflowing with cool assignments. Here are a few of the ones that have run. I spoke with … Continue reading

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More Writing: My Work at Wine Enthusiast

Seven years ago, I began writing about craft beer for the Wall Street Journal (nothing like starting at the top!) Over the course of three articles, linked here, I chronicled the early days of the New York City craft beer … Continue reading

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More Writing: NPR Music

Last April, I awoke to a strange email. It was from an editor at NPR. He wanted to know if I was available and interested in writing for them. I went back to bed and woke up again. I thought … Continue reading

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At WSJ on Exploding Star Orchestra’s Superb Dimensional Stardust

‘Dimensional Stardust’ by Rob Mazurek Review: Futuristic Big-Band Sounds The cornetist and composer leads his Exploding Star Orchestra on an album that deftly incorporates electronics into its rich, contrapuntal arrangements. By Martin JohnsonNov. 30, 2020 2:15 pm ET Some of the … Continue reading

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