Favorite 30 Albums of 2012 (So Far)

Revisiting the first half of an already amazing year of music

Spy Music Fest: Arthur Doyle

An essay and interview by Robert Peterson and Jim McHugh

Spy Music Fest: Rhys Chatham interviewed by Colin Langenus

“I’ve gotten really good at having a form in my head for something that makes a good 20-minute piece. But it all happens in the moment.”

Spy Music Fest: PC Worship and Guardian Alien talk

“It could have been worse. He could have requested a bad song.”

Spy Music Fest: Starring interviewed by Skeletons

“I make music because I love creating happiness.”

Spy Music Fest: Loren Connors interviewed by Chris Forsyth

“It’s a good thing to be that recognizable.”

Debo Band

“My parents have a huge cassette tape collection, but it’s all dubbed cassettes; they’re all Maxell cassettes with just a little scribbling.”

Blues Control

“Blues Control is basically where the two of us meet in the middle.”


“I explore, reference, recreate, and abandon it all as often as my clarity can afford me”

J.P. Harris

“There’s nothing more romantic than being a 15-year-old kid with a backpack and a pair of boots and an acoustic guitar slung over his shoulder jumping on a freight train.”

Robert Bresson: Paring Down to the Essential

A retrospective on a fruitful, challenging, and impressive film oeuvre

Andrew Bujalski

“I want to see everybody’s side of every argument. It drives my wife crazy.”

Sasquatch! 2012

“There, among the reek of piss and shit, a flower grows.”

Shawn Reed (Wet Hair/Night People)

“My brain is so blasted on what my reality should be or where I need to be or go.”


“We can make a song last an hour or a minute, if we want.”

Motion Sickness Of Time Travel

“I’ve always just used what I have or what I can afford.”

Mount Eerie

“I have almost never heard an interpretation of one of my songs that was what I intended.”

The Sonorous and The Spine

How Lana Del Rey and The Caretaker Read Old European White Guys

Tristan Patterson (director of Dragonslayer)

“Well, what if we repurposed this idea to actually shoot stuff that matters rather than bullshit conversations between bullshit people?”

Wooden Wand

“The novelty of touring wore off for me around the turn of the century.”



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