5. Maggie Nelson’s “The Artwork of Cruelty”
That is a kind of books that I picked up six occasions and would get via a number of pages and be like, “That is actually sensible,” nevertheless it felt impenetrable at first. Then I had this one weekend the place the clouds parted, and I simply might see it and plowed via it. It talks concerning the ethics of being an artist in a approach that’s so sensible, and so not orthodox or finger wagging. I feel it’s a kind of books you possibly can revisit at numerous factors of your life.
6. Her Personal STV Signature Sequence Guitar
A part of it was impressed by Klaus Nomi’s tuxedo. And I needed it to hit my sternum in a specific approach. I’m cis feminine, so the best way that it hits the sternum after which has just a little little bit of a cutaway, it makes room for my breast. However simply considered one of them. There’s solely room for one! I like it. It’s the one electrical that I play, with very uncommon exception.
I noticed folks’s photos of it from the Met [in the exhibition “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll”], as a result of I by no means bought an opportunity to go and see it in actual life. More often than not, I simply type of like quietly put my head down and work — after which each infrequently, I lookup and see one thing that I’ve made, and it’s mysterious that it’s on the planet.
7. Wim Wenders’s “Pina”
I really like Pina Bausch’s work. I used to be actually impressed by “The Ceremony of Spring,” the place the virgin dances herself to dying. There’s this one specific motion that was like, drawing your hand above your head, after which if you pull it down, your elbow goes into your abdomen — kind of such as you’re open and then you definitely’re impaling your self. It simply moved me to tears. So after I labored with my good friend Annie-B Parson to choreograph the Digital Witness Tour, I used to be like, “Can we please incorporate this?” One other massive factor: I used to be obsessive about falling. That was one other massive a part of the Bausch work. How do you fall and make it look violent however not harm your self? I’d get a rehearsal room with Annie-B and simply follow falling.
8. Classic RCA 77-D Microphone
It’s an previous ribbon mic, and it simply sounds so good and heat. I do know these are phrases which may not imply that a lot — when folks describe sound as heat, it’s reductive. But it surely makes issues sound and really feel true. I don’t imply that it has excellent constancy. What I imply is that if you sing into this microphone, what comes again at you feels trustworthy. My good friend Cian Riordan, who combined “Daddy’s Dwelling,” hipped me to this mic.
9. “Hidden Mind” Podcast
There was one not too long ago concerning the thought of honor tradition. You recognize, if somebody is insulting somebody’s masculinity and masculinity is tied up with honor, you must avenge that insult. Loads of these “honor societies” find yourself with extra violence as a result of you must save face and there’s much less methods to assimilate battle. The premise of a lot of “Hidden Mind” is that we dwell by the tales we inform ourselves. And as a storyteller, that concept may be very liberating to me, as a result of if we dwell by the tales we inform ourselves, it implies that after we get new info, we are able to assimilate that info and inform ourselves new tales.
10. Piazza della Signoria in Florence
The primary time I used to be there was with my mother and sisters. I keep in mind simply strolling via this piazza and having a beautiful time and fantastic dialog, and actually being awe-struck by the structure and the historical past, and simply that life was lovely. One other time, a variety of years later, I used to be on tour with David Byrne and we had our final present in Florence, and I keep in mind strolling via with band members after which having one of the best dinner of my life after. It’s a kind of locations the place, at very pivotal factors of my life, I’ve been there and solely lovely issues have occurred to me.