Thrill Jockey 20th Anniversary: Bettina Richards

“We appeal to the musical omnivore.”

Thrill Jockey 20th Anniversary: Guardian Alien (Greg Fox)

“Without trying to play the piece, we play it.”

Thrill Jockey 20th Anniversary: Rhyton

“There is a strong feeling where the music is an abstraction, or an overarching figure, and that is leading us. You feel somewhat disembodied, but in a good way.”

Thrill Jockey 20th Anniversary: Man Forever (Kid Millions)

“It’s about sound rather than self-expression, and it’s a nuanced difference but it is different.”

Thrill Jockey 20th Anniversary: Dan Friel

“I wanted those heavy, otherworldly textures that I got from listening to noise and psych and industrial stuff, and I wanted to learn how to write a simple, good, moving melody.”

R.M. O'Brien and Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez

An interview with two Wham City-affiliated artists… in comic form!

The Music Tapes

“There’s no one reality. I think that there are layers upon layers of realities, and that’s what we actually experience.”

Jens Lekman

“I had a broad palette of every color I liked. For this album I decided to use the same palette but only use the more sombre colors.”

Willie Lane

“I’m not trying to capture a composition on tape, but it’s more like injecting a tape with sound.”

100 Flowers: Yan Jun

The godfather of Chinese experimental music

Future of the Left

“The aim is to be the greatest rock band in the world. Maybe that in itself, that kind of belief, is kind of intimidating.”


“The music’s a reflection of the path, and within the path, there’s different – an infinite – variety of approaches you can take. There’s not really a destination.”

Todd Solondz

“I think [my movies] are all fraught with a certain amount of ambiguity, which often leaves people unclear about when to laugh, whether to laugh, what kind of laughter is being evoked.”

White Suns

“If there’s a problem that I’m exploring with my lyrics, I’m always confronting the problem, rather than avoiding it to paint a nicer picture.”


“I just wanted to make an album without any compromise or regard for how it would be performed.”

Eric Copeland

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong for enjoying something because it’s so terrible, because it breaks all the rules of taste.”


“To stay in the room for a rRope show, you really had to want to be there.”

Favorite 15 Films of 2012 (So Far)

Revisiting the first half of an already amazing year of film

Lynn Shelton [director of Your Sister's Sister]

“Do we want to be who it turns out that we are, [or] do we want to try to transform and move through to a different place?”