Kurt Cobain Was Always in Pain

That’s what made his music so good. Here’s an interview by Jon Savage from July 22, 1993 that’s been animated in the latest Blank on Blank.

 

“With words and pictures, you can do just about anything.”

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Mental Floss gets a rare interview with Bill Watterson

“I used to think other graffiti writers hated me because I used stencils, but they just hate me.”

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Banksy in the Village Voice

Finishing Moves

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Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan in conversation with Six Feet Under and True Blood creator Alan Ball, and a couple of the guys behind Lost.

Breaking Down The Me-And-You Barrier

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An interview with Nobuyoshi Araki

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Interviewed by Don Letts for Supreme.

He Was a Teenage Hit Man for the Zetas

Now Rosalio Reta is serving 70 years in a Texas prison.

“This is this thing.”

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Thom Yorke interviewed by Daniel Craig in Interview.

Quiet Praise for Chris Johanson

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Chris Johanson is a fantastic and flummoxing artist. It is hard to follow him in all of the artistic terrain he travels to without scratching one’s head, yet his ability to hit something so pure with the simplest of materials and gestures is what makes art more than a technical exercise. We look forward greatly to his show “Within the River of Time is My Mind” (opening 6/29) at the LA MoCA. So do the many creative souls that follow, all of whom have offered their thoughts and praise for the man.

Caleb Neelon

photo by Dave Schubert

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Gonz & Natas

“You’ve Got To Be Good or Bad As The Devil”

Louis Armstrong talks chops in the latest Blank on Blank video.

How Jeff Grosso “Quit” Santa Cruz

SOFLES — INFINITE

by Selina Miles

Internet Gear

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The Creators Project recently did an interview with Wil Fry, a young conceptual designer who’s making fashion out of hyper-saturation. Interesting stuff.

Road Warrior: Zal Batmanglij, Director of The East

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As a film-obsessed pre-teen growing up in France, Zal Batmanglij’s dream was to export the children’s program Choudenshi Bioman to the States. “People ask you when you’re a little kid, ‘Do you want to be a fireman or a ballerina or something?’ I said, ‘No, I want to bring Bioman to America,’” recalls the 32 year-old director at the Crosby Street Hotel. “But someone beat me to it. They called it Power Rangers.” Luckily, Batmanglij got a video camera when he was 12, and never stopped making movies — though he never finished one until he met his future best friend and fellow filmmaker, Mike Cahill, at Georgetown.

The two collaborated on their first two shorts, Substance and Lucid Grey, the latter of which Batmanglij notes was “about a couple who goes to a college party and has various sexual encounters separately, and then come together and break up realizing all sorts of things about their lives.” It won the top prize at the university’s film festival, and attracted the attention of then-17-year-old aspiring actress Brit Marling, who gave them a standing ovation from the front row.

When Batmanglij, an anthropology major, was later accepted into the American Film Institute he brought Cahill and Marling out to Los Angeles with him. “I just didn’t want to go to school by myself and they were my best friends,” he says. “It seemed crazy to move out to LA from the East Coast but we did it and then we became other’s family.”

This familial connection bled into the work, which started with Batmanglij’s thesis film, a 35mm short called The Recordist, which starred Marling. “We had such a healthy, fun experience, it just seemed right, so we were like, ‘Let’s just keep going,’” he explains. Marling and Batmanglij wrote their first feature, Sound of My Voice, about a cult-leading, basement-dwelling Angeleno woman “from the future” who becomes the obsession of an undercover documentarian and his girlfriend. When they couldn’t get it made the two hit the road on a 2009 summer odyssey — catching out on trains, dumpster diving, joining collectives, taking rideshares across 14 states — that would change the way they approached the film industry.

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“I’m Not a Role Model, I’m Just A Regular Guy”

Biggie Smalls spits wisdom in this rare interview. He would have been 41 today.

Around The Campfire With Barry McGee

Chillin’ with some teenagers.

(Thanks Caleb!)

An Interview with Mark Ryden

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Tonight, Mark Ryden has a book signing at the Paul Kasmin Shop for his latest Rizzoli title The Gay ’90s, as well as his retrospective book Pinxit. We caught a few moments of the artist’s time to ask some questions as he made his way to NYC.

illustration by Mr. Kiji

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“We’re Certainly Not Rappers For The Suburbs”

The Beastie Boys get animated in Blank on Blank’s latest video based off a 1985 interview with the group.

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