Edmund Barker

Author. Traveler. Cyclist. Stand-up Comedian. Sci-fi and Fantasy Fan.

Evergreen State College graduate with a BA in creative writing and international studies. Recipient of an editing certificate from UW as of early 2021. Published music reviewer for WorldStar PR.

Looking for work with a writing/editing focus!

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Portfolio
Hollywood411 News
01/19/2021
An Interview With John Robb by Edmund Barker - Hollywood411 News

John Robb is fixture of Manchester's idiosyncratic culture, being a part of the band The Membranes amidst the seventies Northern English punk scene that birthed Joy Division. By the late eighties he had gone into rock journalism and was the first reporter to interview nascent indie bands called My Bloody Valentine and Nirvana.

IndiePulse Music Magazine
02/13/2020
Ian Guerin "Irreplaceable" Review By Edmund Barker

"I don't know what you do with your free time, but I think about you," sings crooner Ian Guerin in the chorus of "Free Time," the new single from Irreplaceable. The swooning, bombastic sound of the section is a hint as to the sort of sixties lounge act cool Guerin goes for here-a reference to...

Splash Magazines
01/31/2020
THOMAS J CHURCHILL INTERVIEW By Edmund Barker

As an avid director, writer, and actor going back to his youth in New York, Thomas J. Churchill has a lot of experience in the indie and b-movie worlds that makes for great stories. I talked with him about his new thriller Nation's Fire, the simple joys of monster makeup, and a possible ghost encounter on set.

IndiePulse Music Magazine
05/14/2019
Review: Captain of the Lost Waves Hidden Gems Chapter 2 - "Circus of Morality" By Edmund Barker

While listening to Hidden Gems - Chapter 2 - Circus of Morality, the new release by Yorkshire-based entertainer and modern-day troubadour Captain of the Lost Waves, I was pleasantly reminded of Thomas Dolby. The maverick behind "She Blinded Me With Science" became known for an aesthetic style somewhere between David Bowie and Jules Verne, and...

IndiePulse Music Magazine
05/14/2019
Review: Cherie Oakley's "Work It" by Edmund Barker

To this day, the most iconic women's empowerment-themed country song might still be Dolly Parton's classic "9 to 5", from the seminal 1980 workplace comedy of the same name. "9 to 5" is the sort of toe-tapping retro pop perfection that was calling out to be used for a montage in one of the quirkier...

Personal
Resume

A resume of my work and volunteer experience.

Skopemag
09/21/2018
Karyn White "Unfinished Business" by Edmund Barker

Karyn White, the muti-platinum, two time Grammy Nominee and R&B songstress behind new jack swing era hits like "Secret Rendezvous," is back with a new sound and a new movie. Gale and the Storm is a story of showbusiness that takes elements from Karyn's own personal experience.

Medium
06/20/2018
Review: Narrow Plains Edmund Barker - TheIndie MusicCritic - Medium

I make comparisons to New Order quite a bit when talking about indie rock, and there are multiple reasons for that. For one, New Order (and Joy Division before them) helped lay the foundations of alt rock as we know it, ensuring that reminders of their sound stick around in pop culture more than three decades later.

Music News 360°
06/13/2018
Silvia Olari - "There is Something About You" (@silviaolari)

To quote Paul McCartney, "you'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs, but I look around and see it isn't so." The venerable tradition of the love song is one that transcends language and culture, enduring in many different forms and genres.

Vents Magazine
06/20/2018
CD REVIEW: Silver Inside by Thadeus Gonzales -

If you look up interviews and articles talking about Thadeus Gonzalez, you'll likely see him described as something of an outsider in the Bay Area's indie rock scene. They'll say he goes against the grain of the city's dominant "hipster rock"-a nebulous sorta-genre that includes new wave nostalgia, neo-psychedelia, and a penchant for xylophones (which ...

IndiePulse Music Magazine
06/01/2018
Paisley Fields - Glitter and Sawdust review by Edmund Barker

The history of LGBT involvement in country music and its fandom is a compelling topic, and one which goes back decades. Consider Vernon Dalhart's 1938 cover of the song Lavender Cowboy, about a gunslinger with "only two hairs on his chest," which was banned from radio on the pretext of gay undertones.

Vents Magazine
06/05/2018
CD REVIEW: Age Of Deception by The Stoles -

When rock music first came to Ireland, it did so in the form of showbands, travelling cover acts who alternated between different hits. Out of the showbands came artists like Van Morrison and Wings guitarist Henry McCullough, as Celtic rock grew into its own entity in the 1960s and '70s.

Skopemag
05/23/2018
Review: FIREBUG - "WANDERING SOUL" by Edmund Barker

The cover of Firebug's new album is a cool-blue image of a gnarled tree with the singer's face hovering above. It made me want to compare it to U2's Joshua Tree album cover, which led to the eventual amusing discovery that Firebug is currently based in Joshua Tree, CA.

Evergreen course
01/28/2018
China and Japan Trip Essay

The cumulative essay for my Asia study abroad experience, including a visit to a Yayoi Kusama exhibit.

Evergreen course
01/28/2018
Chekhov in his Nature

An examination of themes of conservation in Chekhov's writings.

Evergreen Writing Center
01/28/2018
On How I Write

A summation of my writing process.