Q&A: Tortoise talks aging, crit backlash, Dilla

Chicago post-rock juggernaut Tortoise has been with us for nearly 20 years, turning genre, and the band’s own history, on its head with each new album. Beacons Of Ancestry might be the first to display an overt hip-hop influence — and to feature thrash metal. I recently spoke to multi-instrumentalist Dan Bitney, who waxed profuse on J Dilla, the last album’s critical backlash, and growing older with Tortoise.

Below, the band’s latest video.

Q&A: Double Dagger on post-punk + graphic design

Baltimore post-punk trio Double Dagger has just released a real beast of a record, MORE (via Thrill Jockey), which juxtaposes the moodiness of Fugazi against the searing energy of Fucked Up. It’s a great album, bar none, and turns out these fellas are also a great interview. Click on over to A.V. Club Austin to read about the album’s bizarre birth, the band’s choice to completely eschew the use of electric guitar, and uses for metal band names that you haven’t yet thought of.

Listen to Double Dagger’s “The Lie/The Truth” in Now Hear This (right).