Indie Rockers Love Caron Butler
I first learned that former Pavement and Silver Jews indie rock/genius person Stephen Malkmus had a weird Caron Butler thing from Kyle Gustafson, who writes about both indie rock and the Wizards for DCist and who covered Malkmus's show (with the Jicks) at the 9:30 Club on Friday. Kyle writes:
His stage presence hasn't changed much -- he's still chatty as hell in between songs, at one point encouraging everyone to "take drugs, don't gamble" and calling one song "The Caron Butler blues" -- and the tunes aren't that dissimilar, but Malkmus is now front and center taking on the role of guitar hero.
So the indie rock genius dude who lives in Oregon was naming songs after Caron Butler. Which seemed curious. But then a reader just sent along this Village Voice interview with Malkmus, in which this cosmic connection goes from curious to downright bizarre:
VV: So, whom are you secretly hoping might be in the audience on the East Coast this time?
SM: Obviously Caron Butler from the Washington Wizards. Both women in the band have a crush on him, and I have my own man-crush on him. It's a great story. His mom was basically a crack addict in a really rough area of Wisconsin, and he's managed to keep the team in the playoffs. It'd be really nice to meet him. Not anyone specifically from within the Beltway so much.
"Obviously?" And then it turns out that his drummer Janet Weiss, formerly of Sleater-Kinney, has two Wizards ranked in her "Top 5 Hot NBA Players" list. I mean, maybe bizarre is too much, but for three members of a Pacific Northwest indie rock group to be crushing on the second-most famous player on a D.C. NBA team....well, anyhow, in the Wiz vs. Cleveland playoff battle of musical icons, it's now Malkmus and the Jicks and Sleater-Kinney and Soulja Boy and Biz Markie vs. Jay-Z. And this puppy is no longer Jay-Z in a rout. If we can just lure the Digable Planets and Yo La Tengo to our side, LeBron and Jay-Z will be forced to surrender.
[Update: So technically it was Gilbert's mom with the crack problem, not Caron's. Caron was the one selling drugs who wound up in jail and had to go to prep school with the help of a drug dealer's money. Whatever, it's still a hard-luck youth story worthy of indie rock support.]
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