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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
A chat with the Watson Twins
I had the opportunity to chat with the Watson Twins before their show at Lola's Room back on August 5th and recorded the conversation for what should have been Another Portland Blog's first ever podcast.
Then, fate intervened and decided to make my iPhone crash. I lost the 25-minute interview with the twins, on top of seven other podcasts. I'm still livid.
The Watsons were friendly and charming. We talked about everything from the '80s punk scene in Louisville, Kentucky (yeah, Louisville apparently had a punk scene at one point) to collaborating with Jenny Lewis on Rabbit Fur Coat to how they deal with audience chatter. I can't remember their favorite type of whiskey but they said that Maker's Mark is a reasonable substitute. They cite their parent's cool LP collection as a major influence on their music and mentioned that Portland reminded them of home, because both places maintain a small-town vibe despite their girth.
They were also kind enough to step away from their dinner table to pose for a photo in front of the Crystal Ballroom's beer vats. The brewery was serving as their green room since Matisyahu's crew, who were playing a gig upstairs, were hogging all the proper ones.
It's a dang shame that the recording has been lost to the ages. There's a slim possibility I might be able to recover it from somewhere deep in the recesses of my laptop's hardrive. If that happens, I'll be sure to post it here.