“[The Marble Index] is very different from the kind of songs that I seem to make up, and it seems very static in a way. It doesn’t move a whole lot, but it’s still really great, and I’m intrigued by that. There’s something really cool about how static and immovable it is – very stream-of-consciousness-like and harmonically kind of droning. Even though I’ve been listening to it over and over again, I still can’t put my finger on what I like about it. But I really do like it.”
“That reminds me.. There have been reports of Elliott’s new record sounding a lot like the Stooges… do you know anything about this?
I haven’t really heard it, but yeah, I remember, I’ve been into the Stooges really heavily & at the last tour, finally, it seems like Elliott was beginning to listen to the Stooges.. I don’t know why, necessarily.. umm, but he had been listening to it, which I thought was a good thing, perhaps that’s true, I don’t really know…”
“Elliott was sort of actively involved in his own sort of mythmaking, and I think he was interested in that, and it was something that I kind of frowned on. I always felt like I didn’t want to facilitate that too much. Um… for various reasons, but I have to question if there isn’t some sort of petty reasons for it.”
“I’ve known Elliott for a long time. And when I first met him I thought he was a talented musician – but I know a lot of talented musicians; I never thought he was the MOST talented or anything. But he’s just pushed himself and grown as a musician pretty intensely over the years and I’ve been able to watch it from close range and that’s extremely instructive – musically – but it’s also gratifying to see a friend and associate pick himself up like that and get a wider recognition.”