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How about our recent buzz band Surfer Blood?
I love that band. I have their album, and I listen to it at the gym sometimes. I saw them when they played up here in Brooklyn with Art Brut. It was a really cool show. I got the record right after the show.
When you're not performing your own songs, what do you like to do in a karaoke setting?
Like a slower song by the Rolling Stones, "Beast of Burden." That's a good one. Something slow like that. For a while, I was trying to do Janis Joplin, but it didn't sound good. I think it's gotta be something you're really familiar with. The Stones' "Miss You" would be another one. Springsteen seems a little too obvious. The Stones are right in there.
You collaborated with Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. a few years ago, so what about the hip-hop portion of this Heineken event?
I think we played with Wale before at a festival. I'm only mildly familiar with that. My connection with hip-hop is primarily a Minneapolis thing. Just knowing the Rhymesayers people, coming up with Atmosphere at the same time, and knowing Brother Ali really well. That's a pretty good lineup for the Heineken thing then. We've played with Cold War Kids a number of times before, so it'll be fun to see them. Heineken's kinda bringin' it here.
Can I ask you a question comprised only of the word Heineken?
I don't know how to answer that, but I remember when I was younger, before I started drinking, I always thought of Heineken as [pauses] a step above. It's taken a while to get with a beer sponsor, but it's certainly something we can endorse. We are whatever the opposite of a beer snob is. It's like, "Hey, drink this one." OK, fine. There isn't a ton of discrimination.