Please explain what just happened.
I just came back in the cabin. I was in the forest, walking. I stopped to rub two sticks together to make a fire, but was unsuccessful. I walked back to the cabin and watched Stagecoach, starring John Wayne. Earlier today I posed for an iPhone film shoot with me lying and standing in various ways on a bunch of giant tree stumps. Nude. I figured, fuck it, I’m 45, and I still look hot. Let’s do this.
What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is being dropped into a pool with a life vest on.
If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?
I dunno. Something where I can be around people that make me laugh.
Describe a typical work day.
There is no typical work day. But when I am really on, I’m obsessive, and if things are really clicking I can work most of the day and evening every day until the project is finished.
Is there a time you wish you’d lied?
There are times much more often where I wish I had told the truth.
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?
I love you I love you I love you. We’re gonna be okay. You matter. There is a future.
If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?
Mott the Hoople’s Greatest Hits.
What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?
From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?
Name three books that have impacted your life.
The Master and Margarita, Slaughterhouse Five, Story of the Eye.
If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?
My favorite moments are too intense to live over and over again, so I would say possibly just drinking water.
How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?
Who’s Kevin Bacon?
What makes you feel most guilty?
That it took me so many years to stop feeling ashamed.
How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?
I try to do it with love, but I’m powerfully focused and my ears are constantly hearing ahead of time what satisfies me. But I love to collaborate and it’s a challenge, since I am the way I am… but it’s worth it to hear what they can do to the music that I cannot.
Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind In Animal Tongue.
Evolution, religious intercedence, real vs. fake, geology, sound, and love.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
Play every gig you’re offered, despite whatever the pay may be – unless the promoter seems like he might rape you.
List your favorite in the following categories: Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.
Musician: Ian Svenonius.
Author: Harry Crews.
Actor: Charlotte Gainsbourg or Charlotte Rampling.
If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?
I would like to do a full-scale, site-specific sound and vision production of my ongoing series “Eyes for Ears at the Venice Bienalle” in an old church with many caverns.
What do you want to know?
Spanish and Italian.
What would you like your last words to be?
One more thing…
Please explain what will happen.
We’ll all be sitting in a tiny living room watching a cat eating its own head on YouTube over and over again when a giant dump truck will mistake us for an empty hole at the dump and fill it with 5,000 tons of giggling kewpie dolls.