q and also a :: Sleepies

Josh, Max, and Thomas of Sleepies sent us these answers to our questions in this next installment of the q and also a series.

q: What is the last song you (really) heard?

j: I’ve been listening to “Oh!” by Sleater-Kinney on repeat for a few weeks now. We went on a Northwest tour back in January and I’ve kind of just stayed there.

m: “Poor Unfortunate Souls” by Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid.

t: Beck‘s Cyanide Breath Mint from back in his K Records, pre-Scientology days. 90s slacker cynicism at it’s most beautiful.

Downloadable: Oh! (mp3) by Sleater-Kinney

Streamable: Cyanide Breath Mint by Beck (youtube)

q: What is your favorite beverage?

j: Alcoholic – Nothing beats a good manhattan on the rocks. Non-Alcoholic – Two way tie between coffee (skim milk, no sugar) and a cold glass of carrot juice.

m: Daddy’s in Brooklyn makes this thing they call the Margaveza, which is a glass 2/3 full of Mexican beer and 1/3 margarita on top. Sometimes I dream of washing down infinite tacos with infinite Margavezas.

t: Cafe Bustelo, blueberry smoothies, and Reality Blasters.

q: What is your favorite band to see live?

j: I don’t think I can ever see Little Victory enough times. They are easily one of my top 3 bands in New York right now. I also relish any opportunity to see our buddies from Texas, Leg Sweeper. As far as I’m concerned, those two bands invented chemistry.

m: I will see Billy Bragg any time, any place…except for City Winery, which is waaaay too expensive. I listen to dozens of his bootlegs just to hear his between-song patter. Green Day is probably the band I have seen more than any other; the cooler-than-thou can whinge and moan about their recent output until the cows come home, but at the end of the day my guts still seize up when they launch into ‘Basketcase’ or ‘2000 Light Years Away’…and that seizing is why I see bands in the first place, so, really, what’s your problem? I also have a taste for messianic stadium spectacle, so for real mass transcendence one must, immediately, see Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band for a proper baptism. Bad Credit No Credit make me the happiest of any band I see regularly in Brooklyn, and I cannot say enough good things about them.

t: Little Victory and Leg Sweeper will always poll extremely well with the three of us. If you can’t have fun watching those bands you’re just an asshole. I saw Pavement over the summer and it was pretty game changing. I’d only been a casual Pavement fan, but seeing them in Central Park on the big stage with all the rock star lighting was one of the more memorable shows of the summer. I would love to see the Urinals one day if they ever make it out east. Seeing Grass Widow last summer was a dream come true. I’m looking forward to seeing At the Drive-in and Fugazi when I curate All Tomorrow’s Parties.


EP (bandcamp) by Little Victory

Shreds (bandcamp) by Leg Sweeper

Beltway 8 (vimeo) by Bad Credit No Credit

Rattled By The Rush (mp3) by Pavement
Hologram (mp3) by Urinals
Walking Out On Love (The Nerves Cover) (mp3) by Grass Widow

q: What is your favorite venue in NYC (if applicable)?

j: I think Dead Herring is an unbelievably special space. When we played their for the first time, our expectations of what a show should be like totally shifted. It’s intimate, comfortable and the kids who live there are amazing. I have yet to see or play a show there that isn’t an absolute blast.

m: Seconded!

t: Definitely Dead Herring. There’s no other place like it in New York and it’s run by the nicest people on the planet.

q: What piece(s) of culture are you really really excited about right now?

j: Special Agent Dale Cooper.

m: Of late, I ride for the following: The X-Files, Mr. Dream, Kant’s Critique of Judgment, Rick Ross, Parks and Recreation, Face the Rail, The Dark Knight Rises (7.20.12!!!!), and The Dicks‘ song ‘Saturday Night at the Bookstore’.

t: Mr. Dream’s “Trash Hit.” These dudes are going to save music from itself. It’s about time, too. Things were looking pretty bleak there for a minute.


Hustlin’ (youtube) by Rick Ross

Saturday Night at the Bookstore (youtube) by The Dicks

Trash Hit (mp3) by Mr. Dream
What A Drag (mp3) by Face the Rail

q: Anything we should know about your latest project (whatever that might be)?

j: Nick Sylvester of Mr. Dream just recorded two songs for a new 7″ we’re doing. I can’t wait for it to come out.

m: So kids, take out a second mortgage and invest in SLEEPiES securitized financial instruments!

t: Talk to your broker.

Here is the b-side to Hot Singles 7″ (which comes out tomorrow) plus a couple of Sleepies classics.

Sludge River Mouth (mp3)
Polylith (mp3)
Here Come the Sleepies (mp3)

Streamable: Join The Shark (bandcamp)

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