Photo by Brian Echon I interviewed Alex Zhang Hungtai twice while I was at Pitchfork back when he was still making music as Dirty Beaches, and both conversations were immensely rewarding beyond the work itself. We’ve kept in touch online since as Hungtai’s moved on from DB and made adventurous and fascinating music as Last Lizard as well as under his own name, and he’s been someone on my mind to pick up another conversation with for some time. After six months of scheduling and rescheduling (all my fault), we finally got on the phone to catch up about the last five years of his life and his outlook as a musician and human being.
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