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David Lynch

David Lynch

The Fire This Time Originally published in Metropolitan In a scene straight from one of his films, David Lynch stands huddled beneath an enormous tree, strong winds lashing branches overhead and scattering leaves against the dark afternoon sky. One hand cups a cigarette, the other is pressed to the trunk...
Jack Nance

Jack Nance

Lost Highway: Jack Nance Remembered By David Lynch & Others Originally published in the Quietus There’s something vaguely Lynchian about the envelope that drops through the letterbox a few days before the 15th anniversary of Jack Nance’s death. It bears the Oregon return address of Catherine Coulson – Nance’s first...
Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

Transgressive Man Originally published in Google Think, photography by Bill Wadman There’s a scene near the opening of Transcendent Man, the 2009 documentary on futurist Ray Kurzweil, showing archive footage of the then 17-year-old’s appearance on US panel show I’ve Got A Secret. Suited and smiling and exuding the awkward...
Jim Rippey

Jim Rippey

Heavens Above Originally published in Huck Exchanging YouTube clips of classic video sections by the legendary snowboarders that inspired us as kids is a hobby for myself and my close friend Spencer. It’s no surprise, then, to wake to an email with the subject heading ‘Jim Rippey’. Less expected is...
Rohingya

Rohingya

The Long Wait Originally published in the New Statesman (August 2009), photography by Giles Duley There was little to mark the dawn of May 21st as different from any other in the Bangladeshi beach resort of Cox’s Bazar. Rickshaw drivers snoozed in their carriages beneath whispering palms; labourers awoke in...
Tron

Tron

The Legacy Of Tron Originally published in Little White Lies Few films came to embody the neon futurism of the 1980s like Tron, yet for director Steven Lisberger it’s a movie rooted in the psychedelic movement of the 1960s in which he grew up. An only child whose parents died when...
Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

No Sleep Since Brooklyn Originally published in the Stool Pigeon, photography by Spencer Murphy As Beastie Boys videos go, it’s an understated affair. Adams Yauch and Horovitz – MCA and Ad-Rock respectively – are seated in front of a large mixing desk. Yauch wears a red collared shirt and does...
Private Space Flight

Private Space Flight

Fly Me To The Moon Originally published in Little White Lies In June 2011 the Economist ran a headline that it claimed summed up a sense of international despair. ‘The End Of The Space Age’ was a withering obituary on what it saw as the mortified remains of space exploration:...
Forced Marriage

Forced Marriage

Runaway Brides Originally published in the Sunday Telegraph, photography by Spencer Murphy It’s no accident that the Stonham women’s refuge in Slough is a non-descript house on a non-descript street. Even inside the untrained eye struggles to pick out the signs: a coin-operated washer-dryer in the laundry; an Islamic prayer...
Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Who Killed Twin Peaks? Originally published in Little White Lies For legions of Lynch fans worldwide, the events unravelling in the logging town of Twin Peaks are only ever partly as interesting as those reputed to have taken place behind the camera, most of which centre on the unconventional methods...
Sebastian Horsley

Sebastian Horsley

Narcissism And Neurosis Originally published in the New Statesman, photography by Spencer Murphy Three months ago a photographer friend and I met with Sebastian Horsley while researching a book on outsiders in British society. We arrived at his Soho flat to find him hanging out the first floor window, exchanging innuendo-riddled...
Gonjasufi

Gonjasufi

Desert Storm Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s so little known about the dystopian warrior poet Gonjasufi that research is all but impossible, and I’m forced to email Warp Records after our chat to clear up a few points I never got to raise in the interview. What is...
Arthur Boyt

Arthur Boyt

A Moveable Feast Originally published in Huck, photography by Spencer Murphy With white hair poking from the brim of his blue woollen hat, scalpel in hand and glasses pushed to the bridge of his nose, there’s something of the surgeon about Arthur Boyt as he looms over a pheasant lying...
DOOM

DOOM

Cast Iron Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Any bona fide celebrity worth his or her salt tends to have at least one red button subject guaranteed to bring interviews to a less than amicable end. Jennifer Aniston, for example, refuses to talk about the fact that she’s a solitary...
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Agents Of Change

Agents Of Change

Ghosts In The Walls Originally published in Huck Don’t bother asking Agents Of Change for the location of their revolutionary Ghostvillage Project, because they couldn’t tell you even if they wanted to. “You mustn’t go there,” says the amiable Timid, his face clouding with concern. “We can’t advertise it, or tell anyone where it is,...
Tehran Book Clubs

Tehran Book Clubs

Passion High At The Tehran Hopkins Club Originally published in the New Statesman The prospect of ploughing through the complete works of Ezra Pound would have the members of most British book clubs choking on their chocolate digestives in horror. Not so the Tehran Hopkins Club; over the course of six months last year, its...
Raekwon

Raekwon

Cooking With Gas Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Among the countless online images of Raekwon hunched Scarface-like over mountains of cocaine (presumably fake), or spelling his name out with fist-sized buds of hydroponic weed (presumably real), is an enigmatic snap of the Wu-Tang heavyweight signing the guest wall at the Facebook offices in Palo...
Record Shops

Record Shops

Independent: A Celebration Of Soho’s Record Shops Photography by Spencer Murphy Life moves pretty fast, as a better man once said. As writers we’re used to the ravages of passing time rendering our work irrelevant, but seldom have my words been so swiftly outdated as when I wrote the record shops section of the last...
Hot Chip

Hot Chip

Out Of The Frying Pan: Hot Chip Sizzle In The States Originally published in the Stool Pigeon In theory, America should be Hot Chip’s home from home. Few bands revere their Stateside musical influences so sincerely (even going so far as to claim that “the only good records come from America, except maybe Demis Roussos”)....
Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Hostile Gospel Originally published in the Stool Pigeon That old chestnut about the disappointment of meeting your heroes is true, for the most part. Not that I technically get to ‘meet’ Talib Kweli; rather, we chat over the phone while he’s bussing around the States promoting his new album, Ear Drum. ‘Chat’ is also something...
El-P

El-P

Black Future Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s a short story by Raymond Carver about this baker who makes threatening phone calls to a young couple. The couple had previously employed him to make their son a birthday cake, but then never picked it up. One night, the mother snaps and tells the baker...
Amon Tobin

Amon Tobin

Earth All Along Originally published in the Stool Pigeon It seems fitting that something unsettling happens roughly one minute into my trans-Atlantic phone interview with Amon Tobin, shape-shifting high priest of the dark electronic arts. After all, this is a man whose music can lurch from pastel blue skies to bellowing black clouds in a...
Mr Lif

Mr Lif

Lif: A User’s Manual Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s only one thing better than a decent bad guy, and that’s a badass good guy. Give us Lando over Luke Skywalker any day: we like our heroes to breathe fire and spit bloody poetry, and to save the world without losing their sense of...
RJD2

RJD2

Set Blasters To Sung Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Some people have it easier than others when it comes to career shifts. Take Paul Newman: one day he decides to make a salad dressing, the next there’s an entire aisle of your local supermarket dedicated to his balsamic vinaigrette. Or John Malkovich: one call...
Panacea

Panacea

Good For What Ails You Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Ah, hip hop: scourge of conformity; destroyer of all things four-sided and dull; voice of a jilted generation. At least, that was the idea. Somewhere along the way, the guys with ponytails and briefcases put their oar in and the whole thing veered so...
Sample Culture

Sample Culture

The Art Of Recycling Originally published in Modart “In the future, records will be made from records.” John Cage, 1956 In Poliarte my dreams, it always happens the same way. The call is long distance; the voice on the other end quivering, almost tearful. “We’re being sued for £500,000,” it says. “They’re coming for you....