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How do you end up writing all things music for Pitchfork, curating the same for MoMA PS1, launching a music fest like Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, AND collaborating with artists like Matthew Barney? Start making zines when you’re young and then write tirelessly about music. In sum, work hard and never forget where you came from. METAL. When did you first begin to curate shows and what drew you to working with live music? I started...
This weekend, a disproportionate number of hip Brooklynites fleeing the last, gross days of city summer will land in Hudson, NY, a handsome riverfront hamlet with a regular population under 7,000. Since 2011, Basilica Soundscape, a boutique music and arts festival, has been the strong magnet pulling them two hours north. Held in a converted 19th century glue factory turned local culture hub, Soundscape has drawn wild acclaim for its dramatic setting and carefully...
This year was a lousy one in many respects, but out of the murk and mire emerged some really good writing. Not just writing in books, either: Essays, reporting, and even song lyrics all cropped up this year with lines worth remembering. (My favorite? "He won’t just think about how unbearable it is that things keep breaking, that you can never fucking outrun entropy." I wrote about it here.) For our year in review,...

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