Talkhouse is a media company and outlet for musicians, actors, filmmakers, and others in their respective fields. Artists write essays and criticism from firsthand perspectives, speak one-on-one with their peers via the Talkhouse Podcast and Talkhouse Live events, and offer readers and listeners unique insight into creative work of all genres and generations. In short— Talkhouse is writing and conversations about music and film, from the people who make them.
About the Host
Host Name: Josh Modell and or Nick Dawson
Josh Modell: Josh Modell began his writing career with vicious critiques of his grade school’s cafeteria food, for which he won zero Pulitzers. Fresh out of high school, he managed one of the finest independent record stores in the country (RIP Atomic Records), promoted lots of concerts, and published a music ‘zine (RIP Milk Magazine). From 2000-2018, he worked in various editorial capacities for The A.V. Club, from copy boy to editor-in-chief to editorial director of the whole Onion Inc. empire. He has also had bylines in SPIN, Rolling Stone, Magnet, Vulture, and the Shorewood Herald, which published his prizewinning ($15) “spooky story” in seventh grade. He once sang live-band karaoke with Sting and, maybe in the same year, failed to reciprocate a really cool handshake offered by Dr. Dre.
Nick Dawson: Nick Dawson is the author of the 2009 book Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, the first biography of Hal Ashby, and he edited Hal Ashby: Interviews and Dennis Hopper: Interviews for University Press of Mississippi’s “Conversations with Filmmakers” series. His audio commentary can be heard on the Criterion Collection’s disc of Ashby’s Harold and Maude. Dawson was formerly the Managing Editor at Filmmaker magazine and Associate Editor at the Focus Features website. Born and raised in Scotland, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and three cats. He is arguably best known for being hospitalized at Sundance 2013 with kidney stones.