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q: What is the last song you (really) heard?
q: What is your favorite food?
r: Hard to say… I was thinking about this the other day, I’ve been vegan most of my life, and one really cool bi-product of that is that it has made me really appreciate food on a very basic level. When I was a kid, i LOVED junk food as much as any other kid. Now I put a piece of spinach in my mouth and it explodes. I think it’s just training your palette. That being said, Vietnamese food blows my mind, particularly bÃ¡nh mÃ¬ chay.
q: What is your favorite band to see live?
r: Hard question! Boredoms, especially while playing in Boadrum with them. No Age is always great. Ponytail“>Ponytail! Ponytail“>Liars are amazing live. My new local fave is Sun Araw. Its like chopped and screwed Spacemen 3. All time fave? Cro-mags circa late 80’s.
q: What is your favorite venue in NYC (if applicable)?
m: Uncle Paulie’s was cool while it lasted. I mean, it was kind of terrible as far as acoustics and the bathroom and stuff, but there were a lot of cool shows there.
r: We live in LA now, but being that we are from NYC: Cinders Gallery. Dead Herring house is rad too. If it isn’t too hot, Death by Audio. Playing the New Museum, the Kitchen, and the Guggenheim was pretty amazing though, just as far as cool rooms. In LA: the Smell. Ooga Booga. Echo Curio is rad, but we have never played there.
q: OK, President Obama appoints you as the first Secretary of Culture, to whom do you give your first grant?
m: My sister Laura. She’s a writer, and I’m dying for her to write a novel.
q: Anything we should know about your latest project (whatever that might be)?
m: Our sophomore album High Places vs. Mankind is about to be released on Thrill Jockey in March!
r: New EP somewhere around there as well, but a digital single will happen before that. Lots of touring!
Listen: On Giving Up (mp3)
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