Interview: Al Burian – Milemarker

Before becoming aware of Al’s work in the long-running band Milemarker, I had first come across his writing in the highly influential zine Burn Collector. The personal zine sits among the vanguard of the 1990s DIY zines with few contemporaries in the terms of impact and longevity. For every Cometbus, Skam, or Burn Collector there are a…

Interview: Mastodon

When you look up Mastodon, you will find that it is an extinct species of elephants that lived 12,000 years ago. They were a particularly American beast, mammoth in size flexing behind muscle. Of course, this Mastodon is not what I am writing about. If you search for Mastodon (Band), you will find a very…

Interview: Ian Mackaye

The Evens are the sort of band that in many circles needs no introduction. The band, consisting of former Fugazi and Minor Threat member – and owner of the venerable indie mainstay Dischord Records – Ian Mackaye, and Amy Farina of the Warmers, has been creating music together for the past decade. Their latest album,…

Interview: Shonen Knife

There was a time before J-pop and K-pop were common genres to be discussed by indie music magazines, tapped in music critics, or even by the hipster elite. In the early 1980s as punk was becoming new wave, an all female punk/pop group out of Osaka, Japan emerged drawing critical praise and the championing of…

Interview: Deathfix

  Deathfix is a supergroup. Although people haven’t been batting around that term with Deathfix, it is wildly appropriate. The group consists of Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Rich Morel (producer of everything from Depeche Mode to the Killers), Devin Ocampos (Faraquet, Medications) and Mark Cisneros (Medications, Chain & The Gang). Despite the band’s collective background they…

Interview: Al Larsen – Some Velvet Sidewalk

Over the last few years I have credited many things as changing my life, even in other articles about music. From the first time I heard the Pixies, Sonic Youth, and the Velvet Underground; to seeing the works of Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, and Jackson Polluck; to my life long relationship with film: media has…