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Pop Kultur 2018: An Interview with Daníel Böðvarsson (of Pranke)

Like last year, I visited the 2018 edition of Berlin’s Pop-Kultur festival. My personal favorite discovery was far and away the Berlin-based prog-math-indie band Pranke (the German word for ‘paw’). Pranke bring repetitions in the style of Conveyor or Preoccupations together with the spastic rhythms of Hella, smooth grooves of White Denim, and explosive sax a la Tera Melos. The two-piece band crammed more sound … Continue reading Pop Kultur 2018: An Interview with Daníel Böðvarsson (of Pranke)

“I don’t know why.” An Interview with Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock has been making music since 1995. After years spent in a band called The Arrogant Sons of Bitches, 2004 saw the formation of another band, Bomb the Music Industry! In 2006 he founded the first donation-based record label, Quote Unquote Records. A full year before Radiohead’s famous pay-what-you-want release of In Rainbows, Rosenstock was giving away plenty of albums for free while trusting enough … Continue reading “I don’t know why.” An Interview with Jeff Rosenstock

An Interview with Felix Rodriguez (of Open/Honest)

Under the moniker Open/Honest, Felix Rodriguez makes music which soothes the soul while unafraid to look at troublesome emotions, albeit wordlessly. The first EP to blossom out of the project dropped last month, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for your morning coffee or nightly existential quandaries. An astoundingly quick turnaround saw Rodriguez get right back to recording, and just over a month later, he’s released Overhang. … Continue reading An Interview with Felix Rodriguez (of Open/Honest)

“The conversation goes where it goes”: An Interview with Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)

The first time I saw WHY? was on their tour supporting Mumps, etc. in 2012. It was the night before I left for Germany to do a year of study abroad. I only knew a handful of songs and as such had failed to purchase a ticket in advance. A friend of ours who’d been listening to WHY? for a while did not make the same … Continue reading “The conversation goes where it goes”: An Interview with Yoni Wolf (of WHY?)

Berlinale 2018: ‘Season of the Devil’ by Lav Diaz

At last month’s Berlinale I managed to sit down with a pair of compelling filmmakers for a bit of conersation: Lav Diaz and James Benning. Though the Benning piece still needs some time, my thoughts on Diaz’s newest film, Season of the Devil, are now online over at Photogenie. “Lav Diaz’s latest opens on a paramilitary site, freshly bunkered down and established as local headquarters in … Continue reading Berlinale 2018: ‘Season of the Devil’ by Lav Diaz