Andrew “Drew” Ratliff enjoys writing about music, compulsive listmaking, and being hilarious. He resides in New Jersey, but considers himself a Bostonian. When he’s not furiously writing, he spends his days listening to music for fun, his nights performing as a popular local DJ and karaoke host, and his dreams fantasizing about the day that he gets to indulge his secret fantasy of being a rapper. Drew lives with his wife, Leah, his dog, Siah (who he treats way better than a human child), and a series of kittens and goldfish. Drew reads profusely and is a horror movie fanatic. He compulsively makes lists, feels that “The Shield” is the greatest dramatic television show created by mere mortals, once nicknamed himself “Andrew 3000″ after the more fanciful half of Outkast (and still gets called that to this day), has a pathological need to be the center of attention, is embarrassingly unapologetic about his farts, enjoys singing, has a library in his home, and often spends inordinate periods of time staring at himself in the mirror when he looks really, really good, which is often. Humility is not his strong suit, and his musical heroes include Bruce Springsteen and Kanye West. | Posts by Drew
MJ (also occasionally known as Big Money) is the editor in chief and founder of Popblerd. He emerged from the bowels of Brooklyn and currently makes his home near Boston, MA. Former editor in chief of sonicclash.com, he also contributes to popdose.com and has written reviews for many other sites around the internets, including Popmatters.com and Rhythmflow.net. When not planning world domination by way of pop culture websites and being black, nerdy and awesome, our hero relaxes in the lab with his trusty feline sidekick and replays Michael Jackson’s “Motown 25″ performance over and over, to the dismay of visitors to his lair. | Posts by Big Money
Brittany is a twenty-something year old aspiring journalist, living in Australia. She loves all things pop culture and most kinds of music, though some of her favorites are Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead, Jamie Cullum, John Mayer, and Coldplay. When she’s not listening to music, procrastinating on writing, or watching reruns of How I Met Your Mother, you can probably find her rambling on…er, spouting off profound nuggets of wisdom- on Twitter.
Chuck is Boston-born and raised. Musically, his first love has always been Hip Hop, which proved to be the gateway drug that led to an addiction to funk, soul, blues and jazz. Passionate about music whether listening to it, writing about it or playing it. He’s an admitted pop culture geek, wanna-be techie and pretty much overall nerd, which is ‘in’ now, so he has that going for him.
Garrett (GG) has been blogging since 2002 and in 2008, started Fight Game Blog, which covers boxing, MMA, and pro wrestling. He also writes from time to time for Sonic Clash. Here at Popblerd!, Garrett, a diehard San Francisco Giants fan, writes the baseball column Sweet Chin Muzak. In addition, he writes the football column 10 Yard Fight, which is mostly an excuse to talk about his beloved 49ers, but also goes over every game in the NFL season. He’ll chime in from time to time on other topics like reality TV and whenever Big Money Mike forces him to give his opinion on music-related lists. He has two kids who keep him busy and try to force his hair to turn gray.
Mike Gresley, known to most simply as Grez, is a music geek to the core. He does not give a single whit about the popularity (or lack thereof) of the artists he listens to, reviews, or recommends. Oh, and he will most likely really kick your ass at rock trivia.
In addition to being a fan, Grez is an amature musician, playing both drums and keys, as well as singing. From 2003-2007, he was the lead vocalist in the Houston-based band Escape Plan, as well as being the main lyricist and one of two primary songwriters. He spent the couple of years prior to this role as the drummer/back-up vocalist/lyricist for the band Supercolliders.
Beyond that, Grez pursues many hobbies, both outdoorsy and nerdy (and probably an equal mix of both), including hiking, running, video games, voracious reading, poetry, writing, attending rock shows, SCUBA, beer knurdery, writing, PC modding, and midget tossing. Ok, he just made that last one up. Did we mention that he’s not politically correct, either? Perhaps that last item on the list should be replaced with “verbally prodding uptight, hypersensitive people with gremlin-like glee.”
On the outside Kevin “KJ” Johnson is your local Nationwide Insurance agent. On the inside he’s an aspiring writer who spent six years with the Everett Herald’s sports department writing about every high school sport possible, along with covering minor league baseball. His blog, “Lisy’s Battle with Leukemia“, about his wife’s successful battle with cancer, was featured by MSN.com in 2005 and was used in their promotion of the now defunct MSN Spaces. After God, his wife and three kids, the Sultan, WA resident would list Star Wars, Boyz II Men, fantasy sports, actual sports, the TV show “Friends”, Peyton Manning and chocolate milk on his list of things he hearts.
Robert Cass lives in Chicago and is currently studying library and information science through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also performs improv comedy with the groups Koleno and Angerstein Street.
Zack Stiegler (aka Dr. Gonzo) is a Professor of Communication and Media Studies, effectively putting the “geek” in “music geek.” Much of his writing centers on media law and policy, as in his 2013 edited volume Regulating the Web: Network Neutrality and the Fate of the Open Internet (Lexington Books). His music writing has appeared in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, as well as Chistopher R. Smit’s collection, Michael Jackson: Grasping the Spectacle (2012, Ashgate). For better or for worse, the good Doctor is also a karaoke junkie, once winning a competition based on his rendition of Prince’s “Baby I’m a Star.”