“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

An Interview with Todd Rittmann (Dead Rider)

Dead Rider is back with their first album since 2014’s excellent Chills on Glass, the atmospheric hard-rocking Crew Licks. The band is fronted by Todd Rittmann, from whom their name is also derived; Tod is German for ‘dead’ while Rittmann is roughly ‘rider’ (literally ‘ride-man’). I first met Todd when my band was lucky enough to play a show together with Dead Rider in 2011. With the release of Crew Licks, I … Continue reading An Interview with Todd Rittmann (Dead Rider)

(Reminiscences of a) Journey to Lithuania: Vilnius Film Festival 2017

Though it’s now been three months since I visited, the Vilnius Film Festival left a greater impression on me as an experience than most of the actual films.  Its director surely won’t be happy to read such an opening, but I’ll admit it as a matter of honest disclosure: thanks to my window of free time matching Barrage’s runtime almost to a T, I slammed … Continue reading (Reminiscences of a) Journey to Lithuania: Vilnius Film Festival 2017

An Interview with Tim Kinsella

When I find him just getting off the tour bus parked in front of SO36, Tim Kinsella is wearing a blue ‘Rainbo’-bread trucker’s hat, sunglasses, and a leather jacket on a day with weather as unpredictable as the music of his 20-year-old band, Joan of Arc. Their body of work has always included linguistic games, from the studio album Live in Chicago, 1999 (as in … Continue reading An Interview with Tim Kinsella