This September, we’re crossing the pond for our first-ever tour of Europe and the UK. It covers 9 countries and will have us playing 24 shows in 24 days.

To support the tour, we’re releasing a 5-song acoustic EP called "Wherever I Might Land". It contains a new song, some…



uncle phil does not play

Word to Uncle Phil

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“It’s true that a lot of people are hiding behind the work. You can easily do that. You can hide behind words, or so much fantasy creation. I’ve always been more interested in how to reveal. When I feel my cheeks burning with shame, I know that I’m really acting or writing something that’s getting close to a truth. I remember when we were writing the scenes about Rhoda confessing to him, finally, what she’s done. And I remember trying to think, “How does somebody really go about telling this?” And I was like, “Oh my god, she can’t tell it in the first person.” She can’t bear to tell him the truth in the first person. She starts in the third person and she tells it as a story. I started writing, and I remember feeling my cheeks get red and hot. That, to me, is the litmus test of oh my god, this is how you would do it, and your body has a physiological response because it knows that it’s real. You’re not thinking anymore. When that occurs, that is pretty damn awesome.

I remember, I think it happened during this movie too. The scene where Karen finds him masturbating to the photos of Sofi. I remember thinking about all the ways that you respond to something like that happening. But what came up in the moment, after we talked a bit, was I was suddenly turned on by how erotic the intimacy was with my husband that we had gotten to the other side of this thing. I had said things, and he had said things that had been underneath our marriage for years, that we’d never said. In the aftermath of that, it’s actually intensely erotic. And then you feel yourself get flushed in the cheeks and your body responds because you’re stumbling into something true in a scene that you didn’t necessarily even find in the script phase or the rehearsals. Yeah, I like what you’re saying. You can hide in the work, but it’s better if you can reveal. Definitely.”

BRIT MARLING for BLACKBOOK: on writing and erotic intimacy  (via personettes)

Brit is amazing, and I can’t wait to see this film.

Hill’s the best, and I’m lucky to call her my friend.

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Director Martin Scorsese claims that the most important shot in the movie is when Bickle is on the phone trying to get another date with Betsy. The camera moves to the side slowly and pans down the long, empty hallway next to Bickle, as if to suggest that the phone conversation is too painful and pathetic to bear. [x]

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Here’s an except from my interview with Japan Cinema. Check out the rest of the interview here. My 180g vinyl 12” reissue of Some Small Way is now available via the Native Sound.

What are some of your favorite Asian films or anime?

I was raised on Akira Kurosawa films such as Seven Samurai and Kagemusha. I loved Zatoichi, the blind swordsman. Bruce Lee’s films and writings are works I continue to return even now. Asian cinema and the portrayal of Asians in American media have definitely had a major impact on my life. As a kid in the States, I only ever saw Asian people portrayed positively in a very violent way. Otherwise, it was bucked tooth caricatures. As a teenager, I found artists like Takashi Murakami, Hayao Miyazaki or Rei Kawakubo who are involved with many disciplines of art. Their work and the fact that they transcended from Japan to the West’s consciousness made me feel, as an Asian American, that there was a place in culture for someone like me. What I saw in the media was very important in constructing a sense of identity because I did not have many Asian peers growing up in central Pennsylvania. My experiences made me recognize the important role the arts can play in disenfranchising or empowering a person.

Photos by Tracy Nguyen, Philadelphia, 2014.

This interview rules. Read for more on one of the best artists out there.


"It always seems impossible until it’s done" - Nelson Mandela. Today, we celebrate a true champion of peace and justice.


Lemony Snicket 

We’ve had quite the series of fortunate events. Big thanks to Columbus College of Art & Design for letting us sneak in and vandalize the old chalkboard! 

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