Interviews, Videos, Etc.

We like to interview bands, sometimes we tape it, sometimes we just decide we need to post a video up. Deal.

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You have been wondering, what has Catfish Haven been up to? New album? Tour? Where do they think Tupac is? Well, here it is. Toe Taps and Spastic Claps’ interview with the cool cats.

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Yeasayer. Do I need to say anymore about how awesome they are and how much TT&SC loves these crazy Brooklynites? They were one of our favorite new artists of 2007 and we could not contain our excitement when we found out they recently filmed a video for their song “2080” with La Blogotheque. Literally, Alison and I have impromptu rain-dances whenever we hear their song “Forgiveness”.

I was going to post this video awhile ago, but streaming from French networks doesn’t work too well. So, I finally settled for some youtubage. This video clip involves everything I love about Yeasayer, including all of the chanting and spastic clapping. The best part of the video is the conversation that the band has about making the video in the beginning. Watch it if you want your life to be changed NOW.

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According to Pitchfork, The Notwist are releasing a new album entitled The Devil, You + Me. It has been six years since they last released an album and the thought of them even having worked on a new album is mind blowing. I really wonder what this new album is going to sound like, but you can see footage of them recording on their official website. You can also listen to the latest track, “Good Lies”, on Pitchfork or find it on hypemachine (Greatest website in the world!)

The German band rocks their indie pop with quiet electronic synths and guitar driven rhythms. Their Golden Neon LP included my favorite tracks such as “One With The Freaks” and “Consequence.” Their sound is very reminiscent to Ester Drang and Lovedrug.

There is no news of a tour to support their new album in the States yet, but here’s to hoping that they cross the pond during the summer.

Check out this sweet video for “One With The Freaks,” it’s seriously one of my all time favorite videos and songs.

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So far, 2008 has been a great year for Brooklyn, NY electro-psych rockers MGMT. Their album, Oracular Spectacular, dropped last month on Columbia Records, they toured the country with of Montreal, were named one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 “Artists to Watch”, and even got to wear capes on David Letterman!

Led by Wesleyan grads Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, the band expanded into a 5-piece which enabled them to hone their sound and reach a larger fan-base. Those who may be concerned about the dudes “selling out” should check themselves; MGMT has been known for their crazy antics and dance parties since they were performing in scuzzy college dorms back in the day with just an iPod and some loin-cloths.

The band enlisted Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann for their debut, which is on iTunes for the purchasing.

We here at TT&SC are majorly obsessed with their tune “Electric Feel”, (Alison blew out a speaker in her car ‘cuz she was jammin’ so hard to it the other day) but other standouts such as “Time To Pretend”, “Weekend Wars”, and “Kids” are solid gold as well.

Check out the interactive video for our jam, “Electric Feel”, right here:

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I did this interview a very long time ago when Do Make Say Think performed at The Billiken Club last semester.

Do Make Say Think is a mostly instrumental quintet from Toronto, Canada and although they’ve been together for more than 12 years, have yet to play St. Louis. How they found themselves playing the newly deemed “Best Rock Venue” is appropriately fitting. But to their surprise and confusion, they came to see that the venue was more a Mexican restaurant with a makeshift stage.

I found myself sitting next to Justin Small as he attacked his party of a quesadilla. He was dressed as a “usual rock star” with a t-shirt and jeans with self diagnosis of Bronchitis.

Promoting their newest album, You, You’re A History of Rust, released back in February. This was their 5th album and you can tell that these guys have been working really hard.

“It’s been rough. We had the van breakdown twice in one day, back in Boston. The van wouldn’t start. The alternator was broken and black smoke was coming out. It was not safe. Now we got a new van. Amit (the tour manager) had to drive 15 hours to get the new van to the band. Other than that, it’s a great time and the band never sounded better.”

Do Make Say Think have grown so much from the past from a humble beginning of 3 people, to a core of 5 and at times, 8 people. Do you find it harder to write music with more people because it seems you guys are much more meticulous with your sound?

“Well, we have a core of 5 members and we come up with parts and arrangements (for other members outside of the 5 core).”

In the past, you guys used to improvise much more during your live shows, but now you seem to stick to the usual arrangement, why is that?

“We have road maps, we try to get back on the high road and try not to much (to get off it). Improvising is taxing on the creativity.”

You guys have very unique song titles. What’s the meaning behind them and is that symbolical of your thinking for when you wrote the song?

“We are mostly wordless music, but we try to leave it up to the listener and let the wisdom reveal itself. Sometimes it’s just names of places where the song was written like “Federica” which is a town.”

So what’s your favorite song to perform?

” ” Inner Outer & Secret” because its challenging, epic and fun.”

So what album would you say you are currently obsessed with?

” Back in Toronto, I work at a record store. Over the summer, I got into some oldie, Ethiopian, psychedelic jazz. Their called the Etheopique’s and they are a group Ethiopians from the 60s-70s who released 5 cds. It’s cool because they released their music under suspicion of the muslim government.”

So if you could be any instrument, what would you be?

“Saxophone. I take that back. An Ampeg SVT 810E cabinet.

Pictures courtesy of Chris Sanley off The Billiken Club website.

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This girl’s rockin’ shoulder pads, copious amounts of gold, and prefers to stomp once for Britney.

Gem sweater-enthusiast and self-proclaimed cewebrity Leslie Hall is the driving force behind Leslie and the Ly’s, the freaky-deaky hip-hop/electro combo straight outta Ames, Iowa. With a penchant for spandex gold pants and scary blue eyeshadow, she is everything we here at TT&SC could ever hope to be.

Not afraid to get nasty, Leslie raps about stopping at Dairy Queen before hitting the club and getting “hotter than a stick of hot glue”. Leslie currently lives at home with her parents, practicing lady-flips and scissor kicks by day and pumping out the finest beats she can by night.

Claiming influences such as Elvira: Mistress of the Night, Reba McIntyre, and Rikki Lake, one can only wonder how this lady finds her place in the biz. If the whole music thing doesn’t work out, she can always fall back on her 165+ gem sweater collection.

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Ever wonder what Animal Collective was like throughout their formative years? Was Avey Tare always bouncing around like a nut? Did Geologist constantly have his light-headband on? Was Deakin always seemingly M.I.A.? Well, one thing is for sure: Panda Bear was getting his freak on at an early age.

During his brief stay at Boston University, experimental-psych rocker Panda (a.k.a. Noah Lennox) made a series of short films under the writing and direction of hip-hop weirdo Black Nasty, who now likes to spit about butts and Anne Frank. These films have gained somewhat of a cult-like following over the years due to the ever-increasing popularity of Noah and his band.

Our favorite video out of the series of three would have to be Appy Halloween. We see a young Panda who idolizes George Washington (“he did human things”), dressed up as his favorite patriot and ready to have some Halloween fun. Shit goes wrong when the elevator suddenly stops working. With seemingly no way out, a very sad Georgie is ready to hang up his powdered wig and call it a night. Lo and behold, Jason shows up and the rest is history, as they say:

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  1. Pingback: Album Review | Catfish Haven - Devastator « Toe Taps and Spastic Claps

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