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?”

Cheevers Toppah

“To me, you get what you put into it. It’s like with any kind of church: If you have faith, then you’ll believe.”

You Are Here Festival (Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris of Trouble + Patrick Higgins)

“Since there’s no front or back row, it’s an experience without a center and without an exterior.”

Jay and Mark Duplass

“If this interview ended and we went and had a beer, you’d be telling us stuff, private stuff about yourself, just ‘cause that’s what we’re interested in.”

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.”



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