Jason Falkner Don’t Mind: Richard Hell’s “Artifact”

Even though he likes to pick and chose his projects carefully, Jason Falkner has had an amazing run of recording dates—both on solo albums and as a sideman with the likes of Beck, Air and Paul McCartney—that would turn most musicians pea green. And Falkner has also been a crucial part of critically lauded releases by ’90s indie-rock heroes Eric Matthews, the Grays and Jellyfish, as well as getting his feet wet with original Paisley Underground cult combo the Three O’Clock. Falkner has a stellar solo set due out this summer called All Quiet On The Noise Floor that threatens to pass his previous solo release, I’m OK, You’re OK (from February), like a slow runner being lapped on the bases by a real speedburner. Falkner is guest editing all week. Read our Q&A with him and our 2008 Jellyfish feature.


Falkner: I bought this little, tiny, three-inch book in New Orleans back in the mid-’90s when I was making a record there. I loved Richard Hell‘s seminal band the Voidoids but hadn’t checked out any of his poetry/prose yet. If I remember correctly, he mentions that most of the stories in Artifact were culled from his writing in a notebook Patti Smith had given him. Pretty classic stuff in here. Some tall-ass tales and maybe just a hint of chemical propulsion at times but a very entertaining glimpse into his psyche.