Lily Moayeri

music journalist since 1992 | educator since 2004 | podcaster since 2020 | Iranian American since birth

Joan Baez On Dylan, Activism & Living An ‘Extraordinary Life’

Joan Baez interviewed for the documentary of her life, Joan Baez: I Am a Noise for SPIN‘s “Watch Me” series: Joan Baez On Dylan, Activism & Living An ‘Extraordinary Life’ … Continue reading

October 5, 2023 · Leave a comment

Glam the Justin Tranter Way

Fifth installment of my column for SPIN called “The Essentials” where artists provide an annotated non-music list of essential items, featuring songwriter extraordinaire, Justin Tranter: Glam the Justin Tranter Way Whether it’s attire, accessories, makeup, … Continue reading

September 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Roxy’s 50th Takes Center Stage With Grammy Museum Exhibit

The GRAMMY Museum‘s Chief Curator and VP of Curatorial Affairs, Jasen Emmons interviewed for The Roxy: 50 Years on the Sunset Strip exhibition for Los Angeles Magazine: The Roxy’s 50th … Continue reading

September 15, 2023 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 4.75: Angela McCluskey

In the 75th episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my 20 years of experiences with Angela McCluskey. To subscribe to the free Pictures of Lily newsletter, … Continue reading

September 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Bebel Gilberto Wrestles With Love, Loss & Bossa Nova Legacy On Beautiful New Album

Bebel Gilberto interviewed for her album, João, for SPIN‘s “On the Record” series: Bebel Gilberto Wrestles With Love, Loss & Bossa Nova Legacy On Beautiful New Album On ‘João,’ the four-time … Continue reading

September 11, 2023 · Leave a comment

Taylor Hanson on the Iranian Protest Anthem “Baraye” and Telling ‘A Human Story Through Music’

Taylor Hanson interviewed for the release of “Baraye – For Women Life Freedom” for SPIN: Taylor Hanson on the Iranian Protest Anthem “Baraye” and Telling ‘A Human Story Through Music’ Taylor, … Continue reading

September 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Want To Live Like Duran Duran’s John Taylor? Here’s How

Fourth installment of my column for SPIN called “The Essentials” where artists provide an annotated non-music list of essential items, featuring Duran Duran‘s John Taylor: Want To Live Like Duran Duran’s John Taylor? Here’s … Continue reading

August 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

Dreamin’ Wild’s Donnie Emerson’s Real Life Fairy Tale

Donnie and Nancy Sophia Emerson interviewed for the biopic of Donnie’s life, Dreamin’ Wild, starring Casey Affleck and Zooey Deschanel for SPIN: Dreamin’ Wild’s Donnie Emerson’s Real Life Fairy Tale The … Continue reading

August 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 4.74: The Verve

In the 74th episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my multiple experiences with The Verve and later, Richard Ashcroft. Listen here: Or on your preferred podcast … Continue reading

August 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Andrew Ridgeley Tells Us All About the Summer of Wham!

Andrew Ridgeley interviewed for the WHAM! Netflix documentary and the release of the 40th anniversary singles collection, The Singles: Echoes From the Edge of Heaven for SPIN: Andrew Ridgeley Tells Us All … Continue reading

August 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

LA Story: A Tribute to the Park Plaza Hotel’s Underground Music Scene

Feature on the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles as the birthplace for music and culture movements in the city for SPIN: LA Story: A Tribute to the Park Plaza … Continue reading

July 31, 2023 · Leave a comment

Scoring Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Composers Gordy Haab and Stephen Barton itnerviewed for their work on the video game STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor for Mix Magazine August 2023 Issue: Scoring STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor Co-composers … Continue reading

July 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tom Tom Club’s Chris Frantz On Paris, Pizza & Other Alt Essentials

Third installment of my column for SPIN called “The Essentials” where artists provide an annotated non-music list of essential items, featuring Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club‘s Chris Frantz: Tom Tom Club’s … Continue reading

July 24, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Revolution Will Be Taped

Excerpt from The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Record Store: A Global History, the book in which I have a chapter, accompanied by a little background on the book on … Continue reading

July 18, 2023 · Leave a comment

‘We Did The Booze, The Drugs, The Fun’: Belinda Carlisle Recalls Touring With The Go-Go’s

Belinda Carlisle interviewed ahead of her tour for SPIN‘s “One Crazy Tour” series: ‘We Did The Booze, The Drugs, The Fun’: Belinda Carlisle Recalls Touring With The Go-Go’s Groupies, being … Continue reading

July 18, 2023 · Leave a comment

Three Years After Her Stroke, Lucinda Williams Is Back With A Powerful New Album

Lucinda Williams interviewed for her album, Stories From a Rock n Roll Heart for SPIN‘s “On the Record” series: Three Years After Her Stroke, Lucinda Williams Is Back With A … Continue reading

July 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 4.73: Christine and the Queens

In the 73rd episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my one-time experience with Christine and the Queens when I interviewed him for the cover of FLOOD … Continue reading

July 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

New Syd Barrett Doc Creates A Personal, Technicolor Portrait

Roddy Bogawa, co-director of Have You Got It Yet? The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, interviewed about the documentary for SPIN‘s “Watch Me” seris: New Syd Barrett Doc … Continue reading

July 11, 2023 · Leave a comment

How one Iranian-American teen’s bootleg mixtape circuit ‘allowed us to mainline Western entertainment once again’ (exclusive book excerpt)

Excerpt from The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Record Store: A Global History, the book in which I have a chapter, accompanied by a little background information on me on … Continue reading

July 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

Haim, Silversun Pickups Among L.A. Bands to Headline New Venue the Bellwether

Preview of new multi-purpose venue The Bellwether for Los Angeles Magazine: Haim, Silversun Pickups Among L.A. Bands to Headline New Venue the Bellwether Founders Michael Swier and Gregg Perloff officially … Continue reading

July 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

Flood Magazine’s The Best Albums of 2023 (So Far)

For FLOOD Magazine‘s The Best Albums of 2023 (So Far) write-up on: Yves Tumor Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)

July 5, 2023 · Leave a comment

Berlin’s Terri Nunn On 1986’S “Take My Breath Away”: ‘Everything Changed When That Song Came Out’

Berlin‘s Terri Nunn interviewed about the group’s stratospheric smash “Take My Breath Away” ahead of their “Letting it Go Show” tour with Culture Club for SPIN‘s “The Why The How” … Continue reading

July 4, 2023 · Leave a comment

Abdi Nazemian: The BFG Interview

Interview with YA author/screenwriter/story editor/producer Abdi Nazemian for Book and Film Globe: Abdi Nazemian: The BFG Interview Queer author and film producer opens up about his experiences to a fellow … Continue reading

June 28, 2023 · Leave a comment

New Documentary On Peter Case Highlights The Plight Of The Everyman Musician

Peter Case interviewed about the documentary of his life as a musician, Peter Case: A Million Miles Away for SPIN‘s “Watch Me” series: New Documentary On Peter Case Highlights The … Continue reading

June 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

That Dirty Feeling While Watching ‘The Idol’

Op-Ed about the HBO series, The Idol, for Los Angeles Magazine: That Dirty Feeling While Watching ‘The Idol’ Job well done, Abel Watch Mikey Gomez’s YouTube videos on The Idol.

June 25, 2023 · Leave a comment

World Traveler Belinda Carlisle Picks Her 10 Essential Cities Across The Globe

Second installment of my column for SPIN called “The Essentials” where artists provide an annotated non-music list of essential items, featuring The Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle: World Traveler Belinda Carlisle Picks … Continue reading

June 21, 2023 · Leave a comment

‘Her Life Had So Much Impact’: Donna Summer’s Daughter Brooklyn Sudano On Her Mother’s Life & Legacy

Donna Summer‘s daughter Brooklyn Sudano interviewed about her (co-)directorial debut, the HBO original documentary, Love to Love You, Donna Summer, out on MAX, for SPIN‘s “Watch Me” series: ‘Her Life … Continue reading

June 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 4.72: The Cure

In the 72nd episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my brief but unforgettable experiences with Robert Smith and The Cure. If you’d like to access my … Continue reading

June 14, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Record Store

Contributed a chapter to the anthology: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Record Store: A Global History on “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, It Will Be Taped: Popular … Continue reading

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Christine and the Queens: Saved by Art

Heloïse Letissier interviewed ahead of the release of his album, Paranoïa, Angels, True Love for the cover of FLOOD Magazine: Christine and the Queens: Saved by Art In our latest digital … Continue reading

June 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

‘Liberty Had Turned [Elton] Down After Recording Demos With Him’

Former music executive Andrew Lauder interviewed about his autobiography (co-written with Mick Houghton) , Happy Trails: Andrew Lauder’s Charmed Life and High Times in the Record Business for SPIN‘s “Read … Continue reading

June 5, 2023 · Leave a comment

An Italian ‘Renaissance’

Composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer and DJ/producer Tiësto interviewed for their work on The White Lotus main title theme, and remix, respectively, for Variety May 31, 2023 Issue: How ‘White Lotus’ … Continue reading

June 2, 2023 · Leave a comment

Fanny Finally Receive Their Flowers

Recap and review of Fanny‘s Reel-to-Reel screening and Q&A for their documentary Fanny: The Right to Rock at the Grammy Museum and 50th anniversary performance at the Whisky a Go … Continue reading

May 30, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Essentials: Greta Van Fleet’s Sam Kiszka Talks Trees, Tequila & Tofu

Premiere installment of my new column for SPIN called “The Essentials” where artists provide an annotated non-music list of essential items, kicking off with Greta Van Fleet‘s Sam Kiszka: The … Continue reading

May 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

Spain’s Primavera Sound Kicks Off Europe’s Music Festival Season With Mirrored Lineups in Barcelona and Madrid

Primavera Sound‘s Alfonso Lanza interviewed for a preview of the festival for Variety: Spain’s Primavera Sound Kicks Off Europe’s Music Festival Season With Mirrored Lineups in Barcelona and Madrid Headliners … Continue reading

May 19, 2023 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 4.71: DJ Fresh

In the 71st episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my 20 years of friendship with Dan Stein aka DJ Fresh. Here is Fresh’s Facebook post I … Continue reading

May 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

Is ChatGPT Really a Game-Changer — or a Race to the Bottom?

Interviewed by Michelle Nati for this comprehensive article on AI, specifically ChatGPT for Work + Money: Is ChatGPT Really a Game-Changer — or a Race to the Bottom?

May 1, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Damned’s Captain Sensible On Creating New Music: ‘It’s What We Do’

The Damned‘s Captain Sensible interviewed for their album Darkadelic for SPIN: The Damned’s Captain Sensible On Creating New Music: ‘It’s What We Do’ Captain Sensible talks starting him own political … Continue reading

April 27, 2023 · Leave a comment

Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2023: Meet Hollywood’s Top Entertainment Dealmakers and Litigators

Profiled music attorneys Jason Boyarski, Eugene Salomon, Jr., Ethan Schiffres, Donald S. Passman, David Lande, David Byrnes, Paul Rothenberg, Jeremy Mohr, Josh Binder, Bobby Rosenbloum, Jess Rosen, Jeff Biederman, Steve … Continue reading

April 19, 2023 · Leave a comment

How Coachella’s Do LaB Tent, With Its Unpublished Lineups, Became the Festival’s Coolest and Biggest Open Secret

The Do LaB‘s Flemming brothers interviewed for the 20th anniversary of their brand ahead of Coachella 2023 for Variety: How Coachella’s Do LaB Tent, With Its Unpublished Lineups, Became the … Continue reading

April 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 4.70: Madeon

In the 70th episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my two experiences interviewing Madeon for DJ Mag North America cover stories and one experience with him … Continue reading

April 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

Myke Towers, Ivy Queen and Vivian Tu Among Creatives Celebrated in Variety’s Miami Entertainment Impact Report

Profiled Miami music executives Nelson Albareda, Miguel Lua, Gustavor Menendez, Lex Borrero and Tainy, Mia Nygren, AJ Ramos, and Laura Tesoriero for the Miami Entertainment Impact Report for Variety April 11, 2023 Issue: Myke Towers, … Continue reading

April 11, 2023 · Leave a comment

Susanna Hoffs: ‘Music Is The Beginning, Middle And End Of Every Day For Me’

Susanna Hoffs interviewed for her album of covers, The Deep End, and her debut novel, This Bird Has Flown, for SPIN‘s On the Record series: Susanna Hoffs: ‘Music Is The … Continue reading

April 7, 2023 · Leave a comment

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Sisters on Curating ‘King Pleasure’ Exhibit and Their Brother’s Legacy: ‘People Are Drawn to His Unedited Creativity’

Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s sister Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux interviewed for the opening of Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure© at The Grand LA for Variety: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Sisters on Curating ‘King Pleasure’ … Continue reading

March 31, 2023 · Leave a comment

The People of Iran Are Not Backing Down

Interviewed for Abraham Lincoln High School‘s newspaper, The Railsplitter, by sophomore journalism student Charlotte Ly, about my experiences growing up under the oppressive Islamic regime in Iran and activism during … Continue reading

March 29, 2023 · Leave a comment

Iranian Alternative Artists Speak Out for Their Persecuted Compatriots in Iran

  Amir Amor of Rudimental, Rami Sakurai of Supreme Beings of Leisure, Kittens, Hamid Saeidi of Opium Moon & Hengameh, Nostalgix and Kamtin Mohager of Chain Gang of 1974 and … Continue reading

March 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

Graham Coxon: ‘I Wish Somebody Had Told Me, Had Warned Me, In 1991…’

Graham Coxon interviewed about his memoir, Verse, Chorus, Monster! for SPIN‘s Read Me series: Graham Coxon: ‘I Wish Somebody Had Told Me, Had Warned Me, In 1991…’ The sometime Blur … Continue reading

March 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

Los Angeles’ United Recording Studios, Known as ‘the Abbey Road of the West,’ Scales Down Music Operations

Report on United Recording Studios‘ pivot from music to film and events for Variety: Los Angeles’ United Recording Studios, Known as ‘the Abbey Road of the West,’ Scales Down Music … Continue reading

March 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

Which Ultra? Dance Music Festival, Label and Publisher Share Name but Are Not Connected, Market Confusion Be Damned

Report on Ultra Music Festival versus Ultra Records versus Ultra International Music Publishing for Variety: Which Ultra? Dance Music Festival, Label and Publisher Share Name but Are Not Connected, Market … Continue reading

March 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

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    In the 78the episode of the Pictures of Lily Podcast, I talk about my brief experiences with Pulp. To subscribe to the free Pictures of Lily newsletter, click here. Listen here: … Continue reading → The post Pictures of Lily Podcast: Episode 4.78: Pulp appeared first on Lily Moayeri.
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