11.15.2006

Sure ya right



Don't ask me why, but I was just reading this interview with Cat Power over at pitchfork (that's the graphic representation of me whispering), and in amongst rambling about some Jewish mafioso twins (wha?) and confessing suicidal thoughts, Chan drops a little bit of NBA knowledge. I'm not a huge fan of her music--although she had a great fucking song that I used to hear on WXYC a lot, I don't know, 7 or 8 years ago, and I can't for the life of me remember what it's called (feel free to make suggestions in the comments)--but we always find it interesting to discover who are our fellow travelers on the NBA road. It seems that she may even subscribe to the Shoalsian school of "individuals, not teams" fandom, since she's a Miami fan, yet her favorite player is the starting center for one (two, actually) of their chief rivals.

Brandon: Do you get caught up in all the NBA fever? [The Miami Heat won the 2006 NBA Finals- Ed.]

Cat Power: I'm sure it's the same in Detroit, but it's such a spectacle. But after the year Miami had, well, everyone hates Miami, so I think that they love that team so much, and they fucking kick ass.


Ben Wallace is my favorite player. So when NBA playoffs come, that is a really exciting time for me.


Brandon: Do you prefer to watch basketball out in public?

Cat Power: It depends. I think I like it out, because that means [Wallace] is at home. And he really fills up a big ol' TV screen. And he looks like this fucking king.

Brandon: Didn't he get traded?


Cat Power: He's with the fucking [Chicago] Bulls now. Why? He's the best.

Fred: He's the nicest one.


Cat Power: And LeBron James. He just signed a three-year contract for $60 million. Right? Am I right?

18 Comments:

At 11/15/2006 2:33 AM, Blogger adam8000plus said...

Was probably "Cross Bones Style" that ya heard, the 'hit' from her 1998 album. Video clip has her rollerskating, but in a kinda broken way...like she's doing it while she's crying or something...

I saw her play in late october in Melbourne once, and she asked the audience if they were excited about the season starting. They weren't.

WV: zzdxwql - highest ever single-word scrabble point-score

 
At 11/15/2006 1:14 PM, Blogger salt_bagel said...

It's surprising Chan Marshall likes the League, but not surprising that FD readers know Cat Power songs. Funny how the world works.

I can't think of many other songs she had on the radio besides Cross Bones Style.

I like the Big Ben:King analogy. Although he looked little next to Dirk last night.

It seems every year Skiles tinkers with the lineups and then they form Voltron later in the season. I hope they do it on a larger scale this year. Tyrus isn't playing much; anyone know if he's in the doghouse, or is it just his nose?

 
At 11/15/2006 1:26 PM, Anonymous gabe said...

and wasn't she on conan w barkley recently? Or was that some other indie rock star...does freedarko have something of a pitchfork whisper happening in "ourspace"? Gave me pause about buying a shirt...

 
At 11/15/2006 1:39 PM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

Cat Power also appeared on a track on the Handsome Boy Modeling School last album, can't remember which track. That gives her a bit of street credibility, IMO...

 
At 11/15/2006 2:52 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

cat power has had many, many songs played on wxyc, the station i mentioned. a wxyc hit and a radio hit anywhere else are quite different. for example, "musicawi silt" by the wallias band got played almost every hour for a short time in 1996. google that.

what does this mean: "does freedarko have something of a pitchfork whisper happening in 'ourspace'?"

 
At 11/15/2006 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

her new(est) album - the greatest - is good.

love your site. thanks!

 
At 11/15/2006 4:17 PM, Anonymous Tim said...

I think the Cat Power song you're thinking of is probably "Nude As The News" off of What Would The Community Think?. It was the uptempo rock "hit" off that record....great song, sorta reminded me of Patti Smith trying to play a Pixies cover (er, or something like that).

As I recall, Cat Power was big in Europe long before taking off here in the States....throw in her history of odd personality/behavior quirks and maybe she could be classified as somewhat "FreeDarko"...

 
At 11/15/2006 4:22 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

a lot of freedarko's staff once saw chan play for two hours straight in a nearly-empty, barely-furnished concrete room. solo at the piano.

 
At 11/15/2006 5:12 PM, Anonymous Henry Abbott said...

A while ago I heard her for the first time at a friend's house. They had seen her play at a benefit for some school in Massachusetts. I liked it, and asked about it. My friend talked about her for a second, and asked if I'd like him to burn me a CD. A little later, as we were leaving, I bungled it all up.

"Thanks so much," I said, "for the Power Cat CD."

So different, the vibe of that name, when you switch the words around. It goes from feline to D9.

 
At 11/15/2006 5:35 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

shoals, that must be what she talks about in the p-fork interview as her "free jazz" period. i saw her for the first (and only?) time in 1994 opening for blonde redhead. i don't remember anything except that she was on the bill.

i think it might be "nude as the news," that description sounds about right.

 
At 11/15/2006 5:48 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

you were the only one of these people i would've known in 1994. this was more like 2002.

 
At 11/15/2006 11:34 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

i didn't mean that i was talking about the same show you went to. i was just sharing my own personal cat power story.

update: it was not "nude as the news."

 
At 11/16/2006 11:15 AM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

Cat Power is well known for her crowd unfriendly shows, such as playing with her back to the audience, stopping and starting songs, and basically getting into it with her crowd - all the more funny if you can actually picture what her "crowd" looks like.

I can't think of a sports equivalent, but she's definitely anti-FD, in that she is not fun to watch perform.

 
At 11/16/2006 1:06 PM, Anonymous gabe said...

"does freedarko have something of a pitchfork whisper happening in 'ourspace'?"

a bit self-indulgent to drop my slang so loosely - ourspace = not the internet. And the "pitchfork whisper" was a direct reference to your post, my point being, in talking hoops with kids on several occasions recently, I've encountered an eyeroll cynicism in namedropping freedarko similar to the one I get/give when invoking p****fork.

Which is only to wonder, can you conceive of a freedarko backlash to rival the growing exasperation with Pitchfork's ubiquity? And would that mean that fd had won?

Cat Power is currently CRUSHING IT with the Memphis Rhythm Band. If she owes you a decent live show (she owes a lot of people that) go collect.

 
At 11/16/2006 2:54 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

wait a minute. so you talk to kids in real life (ourspace) and mention freedarko, and they know what you're talking about?

wv: mwszo (the OTHER brotherhood of breath tuba player)

 
At 11/16/2006 5:17 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

how can there be a backlash against something as nebulous as freedarko?

 
At 11/17/2006 11:39 AM, Anonymous gabe said...

Well, backlash is a little strong, but kids (my friends and cohorts) will occasionally toss the "whadya read on that on freedarko or some shit"? Much as they as they might quip, in response to an overwrought dissection of some record, "can I get my opinions on pitchfork too"? But maybe it's just the company I keep and the banter that flys.

Just recently got the sense that, inasmuch as there exists a hipsterism in some way attached to basketball fandom, ya'll is the pitchfork of the game. But everybody I know reads pitchfork and everybody I know that cares about basketball reads freedarko, so the discussion isn't actually that intereting. sorry.

 
At 1/07/2007 1:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitely nude as the news.

 

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