Magazine article The Fader

Dead Stoned & Naked: Questions for Deephunter & the Black Lips

Magazine article The Fader

Dead Stoned & Naked: Questions for Deephunter & the Black Lips

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Atlanta bands Black Lips and Deerhunter are easily two of the most fucked up bands on earth right now--each seems to feed off of the demented erotic squall of the other. We emailed both bands pretty much the same batch of questions; Cole and Jared from the Black Lips answered between takes for a studio album coming in May, and Bradford from Deerhunter answered between takes of playing treated wine glasses for the soundtrack to Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are.

DEERHUNTER

Are there any Atlanta landmarks that are relevant to band lore? Notown--a mythological place that was the back warehouse of this old building in downtown Marietta that my dad used to rent to run his mortgage office. Deerhunter started there. I'd stay there all night, completely stoned, making 4-track tapes until dawn. Black Lips recorded there and even have a song, "Notown Blues." It had tons of weird shit like broken electric pianos and percussion lying around. Now it's a Mexican grocery store.

What's the most important hip-hop record to you? Wu-Tang Forever

What's the story behind your first encounter with Black Lips? My friend Paul took me to see his sister Sarah's band the Lids. This band called the Black Lips played and it was like watching a hurricane spinning in place and detuning itself. I was also really stoned. I sat on this couch and somebody was DJing old garage rock records. Cole jumped on a coffee table in front of me and got all in my face and was like "WHO are YOU???" I told him his band reminded me of early Beefheart. …

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