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Better Together: Sarah and Colin

Sarah, an artist and print designer, and her Urban Outfitters photographer husband, Colin, spend most of their days working with a myriad of artistic mediums. Whether Sarah is painting and drawing at her textile design studio ANONA, or Colin is photographing a UO lookbook, making beautiful imagery is their abiding passion. We caught up with the Philadelphia-based duo at Sarah's beautifully curated studio, where textile prints for companies including Urban Outfitters are created. Read the full feature here.

Wish List: Maitri's Valentine Wish List

Obsessions: Maitri's Wish List

V Day? More like ME DAY! If you’re anything like me you’re always looking for an excuse to treat yourself, and what better day than Valentine’s Day to show yourself a little (more) love? Even though I have a sweetheart this year (Vice President Francis Underwood on House of Cards, thankuverymuch) I think it’s just as important to say, hey me, I love you. Here’s a wishlist of all-black everything because roses might be red but black is better (not bitter) and eternal. (And so is loving yourself!) Maitri

Cold Picnic Talking Rocks Ring
Who needs a significant other to buy you jewelry when you already have impeccable taste? This irregular stone ring is gorgeous. If you like you, then you should def put a ring on it.

Coolgirl Catmaster Sunglasses
If you plan on spending Valentine’s Day drunk as all get out with your girlfriends, you’ll need some sunglasses to shoddily hide your hangover tomorrow.

Skull Candle
No better way to say “death to love” than through home decor.

Anna Sui Nail Polish
Black glitter nail polish from Anna Sui is made exponentially better by the adorable, dress-shaped packaging.

Deena & Ozzy Cutout Buckle Boot
After a long, hard (SO HARD) winter of wearing very utilitarian but not-very-cute Doc Martens, I am so excited for spring and, consequently, shoes that don’t make me look like a morose clown from the 1940s. I love these cutout bootie heels.

Madame Scodioli Solid Perfume
Do yourself a solid and get some of this solid perfume. The Laudanum is a more heady, masculine scent, and you can throw it in your bag to use wherever you go.

Dark Jewel Flask
Bad date? Stiff drink. Good date? Celebratory drink. Can’t afford the bar? Bejeweled flask. It’s a tough holiday to get through. You deserve a drink.

Night Owl: Dani Zorzy


Drinks, brunch and exhibitions are a few of the categories that scroll across the top of the Beverly's website. Bordering Chinatown and the Lower East Side, Beverly's is the cool creative's go-to bar since, well, it's owned and run by cool creatives. We talked to Dani Zorzy, artist-slash-Beverly's bartender, about her go-to holiday cocktail, and her essentials for the party season. Sarah Kim
Photos by Minnow Park

What do you do?
I’m a visual artist. Right now I’m putting myself through grad school and bartending. How would you describe your art? Tongue-in-cheek. Playful. A juxtaposition between the heartfelt and romantic against the crass and humorous.

Where and what is Beverly's about?
Beverly’s is a bar about the neighborhood. It’s a great balance of effortless chic. It's laid back with good music and of course, art, all of which are intrinsic to the lower east side. We have curated shows that rotate every few weeks and throw lots of parties.

What makes it different from other bars?
The people who run it and the people who work there. It’s real creatives making a hang-out for the community they are a part of. Good people attract good people.



How do you transition from working in the studio on your art to working as a bartender?
I usually bring some clothes and makeup with me or have a bag already at my studio. It’s really important for my work that I live a balanced life, which means sometimes I have to stop what I’m working on and go out with friends or go bartend. It’s those interactions that I draw my inspiration from anyway.

What do you always make sure you have before a long night out?
Confidence. It’s always been and will always be the hottest look.

What makes a good party?
Good friends and good music. I feel like I can show up anywhere with my friends and just have the best time dancing.

Any make up tips or tricks?
Who doesn’t use their iPhone to fix their make up? Seriously. That’s the modern day compact mirror, ladies.

What's your go-to lip color?
Red. It’s classic, and there is a red out there for every girl, no matter your skin tone or hair color.

Best part about bar tending?
You meet so many people! People are so much more open to the person serving them drinks, than say, the person next to them. There’s that element of trust there.



What’s the most popular holiday cocktail at Beverley’s?
Hot Toddy! It’s a cozy way to warm up.

You'll need:
2oz. of bourbon
Honey, lemon juice, simple syrup and hot water
*Coat the bottom of a mug with honey
*Add about 2 oz. of lemon juice and some simple syrup
*Add hot water and 2 oz. of bourbon
*Stir and garnish with a lemon slice

Real talk: Where do you go to eat after the night is done?
Honestly, we close early (around 2AM, but most bars in NYC are open 'til 4!), so it's more about where we go party after. There are some other cool bars in the neighborhood but more often than not my friends convince me to head into Brooklyn.

Any hangover cures?
Brunch with your friends talking about how last night was weird with a big Bloody Mary or Michelada and torturing yourself with hot yoga. It gets those toxins out. Just be sure to drink plenty of water!

What's your favorite touristy holiday New York attraction?
The tree! It really never gets old. You’re walking there and so annoyed by all the tourists that don’t know how to cross the f-ing street and then you get there and you see the tree and it's so fantastic and glittery that you feel like a tourist in New York all over again.

Playlist: Remembering Lou Reed


Yesterday the world lost an extremely influential and groundbreaking musician, Lou Reed. Although he was a founding member of The Velvet Underground, he also had an extensive solo career, and was responsible for influencing the psychedelic and punk scenes. Beginning his career with the Underground, Reed later collaborated with other influential artists like Andy Warhol, and worked on his own solo career, even releasing the controversial album Metal Machine Music. Through it all, Reed made a gigantic impact on the world, for musicians and non-musicians alike. His work and attitude influenced and continue to influence nearly every band, old and new. Music surely would not be what it is today without his contributions. Here's a little playlist for your mind and ears to remember some of his best. We'll miss you, Lou. —Maddie





It's Ghost Dating Season: GhostSingles.com

Are you so over dating human beings? Well, have we found an alternative choice for you!

If you're feeling lonely this mystical month, definitely spend some time on GhostSingles.com to find the ghoulish partner that is out there for you! Maybe you will bond over your love for Twizzlers or your similar taste in records.

October 2013 is all about finding a steamy ghost lover on the internet who you can really bond with. Who cares about finding a new, real human who will look cute on Instagram in a Halloween costume selfie? As all your friends comment "OMFG! Who is that?", you can just post a picture with your way hotter ghost date.

The best part about dating a ghost is that you can hang out with them whenever, wherever!

Sure, people may think you are talking to yourself in public, but if anyone asks, just casually tell them that your current partner is a ghost and you guys are on a date right now. They'll be sure to understand!

GOOD LUCK, AND HAPPY GHOST LOVE + RELATIONSHIP HUNTING THIS MONTH! —Alex

Wes Week: From Above - Richie Tenenbaum

If there's one thing Wes Anderson's movies are known for, it's their epic "shots from above." In each shot, a brilliant moment is captured with great detail and beauty.  It's one of the many tools in his directing that he uses to bring you closer to the characters, and by glimpses of their possessions and surroundings, you find out more and more about them. The shots—some simple, some silly, and some absolutely heartbreaking—are praised by fans and critics alike. 


While we may not be able to exactly recreate one of Wes' perfect cinematographic seconds, we can provide you with some products that, when put together, might make you feel for a slight second that you're one of the most beloved characters to ever come out of Mr. Anderson's brain: Richie Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums. —Ally



The perfect tent for the tennis playing, all-American boy inside him.

Vintage Classic Stripe Wool Blanket
A striped blanket to put inside your tent.

Magical Thinking Wild Thing Glow-In-The-Dark Tapestry
And a tapestry to decorate the inside.

Andrew Bannacker Black Bird Art Print
The closest thing to Richie's family photo would be a photo of his hawk. The closest thing we have to a hawk is this bird.

An old record player.

With the Stones playing in the background.

A unique collection of something to decorate your record player with.

For a traveler trying to escape his true love, and a map to always find his way back to her.

If you get a large, you can have enough room for two, no matter where you're camping out. Museum? No problem.

Allergy Shield Soft Pillow - Set Of 2
A pillow to rest a troubled head. Or two.

MacPaint 2013

WAH, remember MacPaint? From like, the Jurassic era of computers? It's here! On the 2013 internet! Look at that shadow font! SO MANY NOSTALGIA EMOTIONS COURSING THROUGH MY BODY OVER THIS!

This is great. I'm either going to get really good at computer drawing in black and white, or I'm just going to write "POOP" and "BUTT" in shadow font all day long, because it looks so neat. —Katie
(via The Hairpin)


Best Friends Shelter


The Best Friends Animal Society was Lil BUB's shelter of choice to donate to this year, and it's a good one. It's the biggest no-kill shelter for animals in the nation! And it makes sure adorable kitties and puppies don't spend the rest of their days cooped up in cages (or worse) if they're never adopted into a home - the Best Friends Animal Society has thousands of acres for the animals to explore, and provides them with their own special housing areas. (Check out CAT WORLD if you need proof of how awesome it is!)

If you'd like to donate to the organization yourself, you can do so online here. BUB is such a good philanthropist. Thanks, BUB! —Katie

Chicago: Meet Lil BUB!

Have you been dreaming of meeting BUB? Tomorrow, October 10, is your chance! Beautiful, angelic BUB, the best cat on the planet, will be visiting Urban Outfitters in Chicago (651 Diversey Parkway) from 5-7PM, and will give Chicagoans the opportunity to stare at her beautiful face. Back in the spring, we got to interview Lil BUB here at home office and it was the greatest day in all of Earth's existence. You definitely do not want to miss this!

For more details, head over to our event page.

Susan Miller's Astrology Zone

Friendly PSA! It's still very early in the month, so if you haven't checked out your monthly horoscope on Astrology Zone yet, you should do it now! Susan Miller is the lady to trust when it comes to horoscopes, especially if you like to plan for the month ahead. She basically needs to be everyone's mentor.

And you probably shouldn't walk outside without knowing what Susan says is in store for you. —Katie

WE ARE TWIN "Cold Stone Lips"

Monday morning. What a stinker. EXCEPT NOT ANYMORE! BECAUSE HERE IS THE BEST POP SONG OF THE YEAR! I PROMISE. JUST HIT PLAY ON THE ABOVE VIDEO! YOU'LL BE ABLE TO TAKE MONDAY ON WITH THE VIGOR OF 1,000 DANCING POP STARS!

Okay, let me breathe for a minute. What you're listening to is WE ARE TWIN, an L.A.-based duo who released their debut EP just last month, and they have a very delightful bluesy sound to them, which you can especially hear in their cover of Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home" (posted below). So, so good. My Monday is feelin' as good as Friday now. Check out the band's Soundcloud to hear even more of their incredible songs. —Katie


Interview: JC Coccoli

JC Coccoli is pretty. Like, really pretty. She's also funny. Like, really funny. I KNOW, I KNOW, that combo isn't ever allowed to happen... but guess what bitches, IT DID. Because JC's also just super cool and down to earth (srsly is this girl an alien? Too perfect...ugh.), she took a moment out of her beautiful, hilarious day to talk to us about life in the comedy world, tips on flirting, and then we made her brag about all of the cool things she gets to do!
Interview by Ally Mullen

Hey JC! Break it down for us: tell us who you are and what you do with your time!

'Sup cuite pies! I am JC Coccoli and I am a comedian, actress, writer and self-titled fashion guru originally born in Pittsburgh, PA. I am a standup comedian by night, and a auditioning rat by day. I’m on a show on MTV called Hey Girl directed by Wet Hot American Summer veteran Michael Showalter (He loves cats!). I also have a hip YouTube show out on @ThePlatformYT called Dear JC, where I weirdly give relationship advice in a very cray cray tongue in cheek way.



How did you get started in the comedy world?
Growing up in Pittsburgh I got familiar with irony and sarcasm fairly quickly, so I developed a sense of humor that I remember made a lot of my family laugh hard. My mom would listen to George Carlin a ton and watched endless episodes of Roseanne and COPS and I was hooked finding things in life that were silly. I did my first open mic in Florida in the student union of a college. It was a trainwreck and after that I kept wanting to go up.



How about your first real show... how was it?
Ha ha. I killed! I mean, I know it's on tape somewhere so others might beg to differ. But in my mind, I ripped it. I remember it was all dudes and their material was so lame and hacky and I asked to go up thinking, “I’m gonna blow the roof off!” And they said they were booked but they could give me three minutes. So I ran into the bathroom and wrote “bits” down. I think I had material on Mandy Moore, Miller Lite commercials and that old way we used to call collect using 10-10-220. Remember that? Ha. So embarrassing. 



What was your biggest flop? 
Biggest flop... I remember after a show here in L.A. I ate it hard. And went into the back parking lot and rolled into the fetal position and just stared at the ground and then a busboy came out and told me to keep my head up, it’s no big deal. And, then he offered me steamed broccoli cause he was about to throw it out. I was like “You know what, he’s right!”

And what about your biggest success?
Biggest success to date? I mean, as long as I’m having fun at what I’m doing I’m succeeding. My dad just said that to me. And, I trust him because he did a ton of drugs in the '60s.



Tell us about Hey Girl. What's the show about and what part do you have in the show?
Hey Girl is a show about real girls talking about the ins and outs of dating, relationships, fashion and basically life’s little slip-ups that teach you things. It was an insanely talented cast of comedians and bloggers that were brought together for sketches, man on the street commentary and Vlogging to a camera about things that girls really talk about. It was directed by Michael Showalter. So that was dope. 



Can you give us some examples of the topics you'll be talking about? Which was your favorite to talk about?
Flirting, when to say "I love you," sexting, dirty talk, what to wear if you care, what women do to up keep their look. That one was my favorite, because guys have no clue what we do to upkeep this mess called a women’s body. So that was fun. 



Episode one focuses on flirting. Give us five tips to on how to flirt to get the guy (or girl) that you want!
Flirting with dudes: Stay calm, make eye contact, be bold, make the move, and then never respond to texts right away. Flirting with girls: Appear busy, make the plans, be funny in a natural way, don’t be a dick because you think you’re funny, and be a man on the date for god’s sakes—no splitting the tab!

What are your biggest Liz Lemon-style "IT'S A DEALBREAKER, LADIES!" well, um... deal breakers?
When you’re a bad tipper at restuarants. When you split the bill, When you talk shit on your ex-girlfriend, if you talk bad about your current job, if you DON’T HAVE A JOB, if you hate your mom, if you are super negative about life, and if you never have a condom on you. Come on what are you, nuts?!


What do you think girls need the MOST help with in life? Give them some advice about it!
Girls are emotional by nature so they tend to take things WAY more serious than guys do. I’ve noticed this myself; I want everything to have a plan and I need to know why and how and so when people say bad things about me, my first instinct is to react and you know what? Life does not have to be dramatic. It does NOT have to be so damn serious. Laugh it all off. Why talk shit about others? It’s gross and it puts you in a bad place. Go out and live life, and have fun, and love and smile. Don’t feed into the drama. You weren’t programmed to bitch and moan all day. There’s is more to life than that. Also, being comfortable just being yourself. I think that is what girls are struggling with a lot more nowadays. We have so many images coming in and out of brains that tell us to be cool, dress like this, wear makeup like that, be this be that. I think the most sexy thing is confidence and independence from the masses. Just being who you are. No matter how weird or unnattractive it may be to others. Just do you and do you all the way.
OMG that made me tear up...


Who are some of your favorite comedians on the show? Off of the show? #1 of ALL TIME?
On the show, OMG. little Esther Povitsky cracks my shit up. Her and I in a room together is probably the best time a person can have. She has a comedic cadence about her that is so infectious. We were filming a scene and I had tears in my eyes from her riffing. Holding myself together was tough. Also, Ali Wong is just unreal. She is so tiny and such a spitfire chick with the funniest opinions about life and what we’re doing on this planet. Good chicks. Off the show. I mean, Hannibal Buress is king. Dude is such a nice guy and just has such a chill stage presence that blows crowds away. Kyle Kinane is another one. And Maria Bamford and Sarah Silverman are just two people I can always watch and be like, damn I love my job. Also, he’s not a comic but I have to say it: I’m in love with Colin Hanks. There I said it!



Show off a bit. Tell us all about what you're working on now, your past work, and what you want to do, I mean, WILL DO, in the future!
So there’s the show Hey Girl for MTV and I am developing another show for MTV based off of my YouTube page. So fingers crossed that goes. I have a relationship advice show out now that airs every other Monday on @ThePlatformYT and its called Dear JC (see opening question!). It’s pretty epic if you like your advice with a bit of tender sass. I finished VH1’s Best Week Ever, did the Chelsea Lately panel and a weirdly funny interview with Keith Olbermann about politics. I am writing sketches weekly for a kids’ network which has been really weird and fun, since in my head I’m still a 10-year-old girl that wishes she got her period like everyone else. I’m still working with @HelloGiggles on projects, talking about Champagne Problems, and now auditioning like a mad woman for whatever comes next. All of it is good.



For my final question... On a scale of one to ten, how pretty ARE you? How about on the inside?
I’m way too pretty to be on a scale, to be honest.


For more on JC, click all of the links we've provided for you and follow her on Twitter @JCcoccoli.

Mystical Shoutout: Zoltar


Zoltar! Remember him from the movie Big? He was the fortune telling machine that made Tom Hanks, well... BIG. The real Zoltar machines probably won't turn you into a piano dancing adult, but they're still incredible! While it's fun to come across these any time of the year, it's especially fun to run into these during the spookiest time of the year (NOW!). And now you can even BUY YOUR OWN! They're like, really, really expensive, but still, it's nice knowing the option exists. Kickstarter exists for a reason, people.



Have you run into a Zoltar machine near you? (Hint: There are a few mentioned here!) What did your fortune say? Did you get zapped into a 32-year-old's body? Let us know!

Lil BUB'S Big SHOW

What's Lil BUB's Big SHOW? It's a cat talk show. With Lil Bub. Just watch it, okay? You won't regret it. Especially since it's the month of CATOBER! We lub you, BUB. —Katie

Vintage Halloween Costumes


These vintage Halloween costumes are out of control. Like, the CHICKEN!? That is the kind of costume that dreams (or nightmares) are made of! This collection of pictures has been floating around for a hot minute, but please do yourself a favor and check these all out. You deserve to get some Halloween inspo, man. —Katie


Like... what... is happening? If you know what these humans are supposed to be, please email me, ASAP.


They are straight-up molded to the floor in those costumes. That is COMMITMENT. Do you think they're in real woods, or are they on a set? Life is a myyystery.


This one is actually and legitimately badass and amazing.


"Mom, for Halloween I want to be a box-headed child with saggy arms."


IMAGINE SEEING THIS LITTLE BUNDLE OF JOY TRUNDLING UP YOUR STEPS HALLOWEEN NIGHT!


Cool, great, this isn't horrifying at all. Solid jack-o-lantern, though.


Like, what even is this group costume? "A Gnome and His Llamas"? Was that a thing in 1912?


I really and truly can't put into words the joy that this picture gives me. Her saggy rat nose! They're holding hands! This is a beautiful rat prom, and I want to be invited to it.

Glasser "Interiors"


Good news! Glasser has made their new album Interiors available to stream a week ahead of its release! Check out the album below, and their future tour dates here. —Katie

Read Your Heart Out: Shea Serrano

Shea Serrano is a music writer for various websites, the author behind Bun B's Rap Coloring And Activity Book, and the perfect candidate for our Read Your Heart Out series here on the blog. For this series, we've been reaching out to some of our favorite people to ask for themed book suggestions that we then make available for you to purchase online. Easy! What better way to get to know some authors you might have overlooked?

For our first installment, and in honor of his Rap Coloring And Activity Book, we asked Shea to recommend some of his favorite books about music. Here's what he picked. —Katie


Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove
"This is probably this year’s most enjoyable music nerd book to read if you are a music nerd. Questlove is great and super charming and he tells a bunch of great stories and I really can’t think of too many ways that this book could be better. I joked with him on Twitter that our only goal was to sell more copies of our book than he did of this one (because his is fairly new and so is ours). I think he maybe sold, like, 60 million copies already though, so I’m not sure if we can catch him anymore."


Love Is A Mix Tape: Life And Loss, One Song At A Time
"Oh man. This one is just heartbreaking to read. It’s about Mr. Sheffield and the sudden death of his wife and how everything changed after that and it really is just a remarkable thing. I’m lucky enough to be married to a woman that I love desperately and so I couldn’t help but put myself in his spot while reading this and, I mean, I don’t even know. It’s just brutal. You have to read it. And then you have to tell other people to read it."


Dirty South: Outkast Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, And The Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop
"I picked this one in part because I am mentioned in it, and that’s definitely the easiest way to get me to say that your book is good, but mostly I picked it because it’s a recap of the rise of southern rap but it’s written around a bunch of enjoyable, well-written anecdotes. The author, Ben Westhoff, drove around the bottom of the United States and met up with rappers and hung out with them and then wrote about it and that’s the sort of thing that’s always interesting to me. It never seems like enough people are doing proper reporting."


Ego Trip's Book Of Rap Lists
"I’d once considered doing a book of rap lists but then I found this one and was like, “Well there goes that idea.” This is a lot of fun to read. I’m hoping that they do a new version again soon."

Shop Bun B's Rap Coloring And Activity Book
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Cute Yahoo Answers


I am very into this new Tumblr "Cute Yahoo Answers" that does exactly what its title implies: it compiles all the cutest Yahoo Answers questions into one neat little blog. Yahoo Answers usually bums me out because it's pretty much 90% young teens asking earnest questions and being met with the worst answers ever (NO, you can't get pregnant just by kissing, children!), but these are all just the cutest. Hazel

Interview: Thomas Mars of Phoenix


(Photo credit: Arnaud Potier)

Phoenix, that little French band you may have heard about, recently set out on their headlining Fall tour after a big summer of festivals, so we caught up with singer Thomas Mars to ask him what he's looking forward to, his favorite albums, and Kanye's damn croissants.
Interview by Katie Gregory

Hi Thomas! How has the touring been going?

The tour was very stressful in the beginning because we started right away with big shows which we never did before, but it’s been the reward of two years we spent in the studio. It’s just nice to see the world with your friends and play music for people, it’s as basic as that. It’s the best way to travel the world. It’s very gratifying, very nice. I recommend it. [Laughs]

Do you guys like performing more for the big festival crowds, or do you like performing for the smaller, more intimate crowds?
I think on paper we like our own shows better, because there’s just a couple of things that are easier to bring some atmosphere, like some epic nights. Sometimes at a festival you play at daytime, and the attention of the crowd is elsewhere. But festivals also have this power, almost like a poetic, Roman Empire feel, like there’s so many people it’s just a sea of… you know, you never see the end of it. And it has some universal feel to it that is incredible but dangerous at the same time. It’s fascinating.

You said you love traveling for the festivals. Is there a favorite place that you’ve performed?
I think Lollapalooza was one of my favorite festivals this year. The crowd and the skyline. This festival never disappoints. It feels like a festival I could go to as a guest, like in the audience. There are some festivals we play where I could never picture myself attending. [Laughs] But Lollapalooza is one of the few where I really would like to be there.

But sometimes, the best shows, they’re usually not the ones in the big cities, they’re the ones in the middle, or on your way to somewhere, just because those places tend to see less shows, and they’re probably less jaded about shows or something. It’s more unique there. Some places in the U.S., like Salt Lake City, places like that, you wouldn’t bet on them, but then they become the most fun shows.

Since it’s music month here on the blog, can you tell us some albums you’ve been listening to lately?
I’ve been driving more than usual lately and the one CD I put on all the time is What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye, because it’s exactly the length of my trip. More than a collection of songs, it’s one giant song. I think it’s my favorite album, because it’s very complex and the message is so pure. It sounds incredibly modern. It could have been made today and it wouldn’t be surprising. It wouldn’t feel old. What else? We’ve been touring with Mac DeMarco recently, and I really like his music. I love his album.

Do you guys collect records at all?
I have a few, yeah. Between the four of us in the band, we do have a semi-giant collection, but that’s between all four of us. Separately it’s not that impressive. [Laughs]

Do you guys have any rare albums that you can think of?
Yeah, we have… well, there’s one that we bought many, many times. It’s Kill City by Iggy Pop and James Williamson. It’s not that rare, but the vinyl comes in different colors – there’s a pink, there’s a green, I think there’s a transparent one. We have a strange relationship with this record. We had to buy it six or seven times because once it melted in the back of my car, and then things kept happening. I think we lost the precious one. I think the ones we have now are not the super limited edition anymore. [Laughs]

Do you have a favorite musician or band that you’re always in the mood to listen to?
Yes. What could it be? There’s a lot. Anything that I was listening to when I was a teenager, if I hear it anymore it’s very powerful. Anything from Prince or Joy Division or My Bloody Valentine or The Pixies, all these bands I grew up with. If I hear the same guitar or the drum machine that was used on "Little Red Corvette", I can burst into tears. [Laughs] That’s how powerful.

That’s amazing. Do you have a favorite Phoenix song?
No, no. I mean, I have favorites to play live, and it keeps changing, so it’s nice because we change the setlist pretty often. It depends on the mood we’re in. It’s really the only thing we fight for in the band, the setlist.

What’s your favorite song to play at the moment?
It’s one called “The Real Thing.” But it’s also the toughest to play, it’s the one we can mess up the most. And I can mess up the most. That’s why with my friends, it is not their favorite. [Laughs]

And once this tour wraps up, does the band have any new album plans?
No, we don’t. Well, right now we are doing our own tour, which is something we’ve been looking forward to because we mostly played festivals. You can play festivals from April to September, and now we are looking forward to playing our own shows, which starts [this week]. That’s something we’re all really looking forward to.

Okay, and I only have one more question for you. What’s the most common English phrase people ask you to translate into French? Are people always asking for curse words?
No, not that I can think of. But when we speak English, we don’t swear in English, but when we speak French we do swear pretty often, so I think sometimes we have to translate these, but nothing specific.

Have people ever asked you to translate the Kanye line, “Hurry up with my damn croissants”?
No, what is that? It’s a Kanye song? Oh, yeah! We did something with the NME, and they asked us that, but I had no clue it was a Kanye song. They asked us something about “damn croissants,” but I wasn’t sure what they were talking about. [Laughs] I was asked how to translate “cronut” recently.

Can you translate cronut?!
No, I think there’s “cro” in it for croissant, so it’s already in there. I don’t think you can translate it more. [Laughs]

Thanks, Thomas!

Music We Love: "Charm Attack" by Leona Naess

Picture yourself lying on your high school's grass field. It's 1999 and school just got out. You go home to drink a bottle of Sunny D and dance around your kitchen, alone, while a spellbinding song plays from the Adult Alternative station. The song is "Charm Attack" by Leona Naess. Sadly, we haven't heard from her since, but imagine Fiona Apple during her Tidal-era swallowing a bottle of Tinker Bell's pixie dust.

The mystifying lyrics, the calming and heart-bursting nostalgic chorus - it's haunting and electrifying. Still as good in 2013 as it was in 1999. You should definitely consider adding this to the Fall playlist on your iPhone. Alex