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Indie Rockers Love Caron Butler


Indie rock god. (AP Photo)

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.]

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 1, 2008; 5:01 PM ET
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Comments

Obviously he's not familiar with Andray "Bulletproof" Blatche.

Posted by: StetSports.com | April 1, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Janet Weiss clearly hasn't seen Pech.

Posted by: JDP | April 1, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Danny from Menomena has friends and foes on the Wizards.

Posted by: qualude conduct | April 1, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff.

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | April 1, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I hear Jens Lekman loooves Antawn Jamison.

Posted by: mrlogical | April 1, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I feel like this blog post just made some part of me whole.

Posted by: Mike in SD | April 1, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

if you haven't seen, a great interview with Malkmus about fantasy baseball:

http://17dots.com/2008/03/07/stephen-malkmus-fantasy-baseball-preview/

he went to UVa (about the only good thing to ever come out of that school), so his interest in the Wizards may not be that random.

Posted by: jamie | April 1, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

As we know, Ladybug Mecca of the Digables is from Silver Spring, so it's not entirely implausible that she's a Wiz fan.

Posted by: Lindemann | April 2, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Lookit Steinberg, flashing his indie cred. Mike in SD, I couldn't agree with you more...

Posted by: Eric | April 2, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Travis from the Dismemberment Plan is a huge Wiz fan. If he was as famous as he should be, that would even the battle as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: Jim | April 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

another reason to love malkmus! there's something about CB that makes him irresistible. it's no secret (among my circle of family & friends) that i wish i was caron's wife.

Posted by: hre1979 | April 3, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Wow...I'm gone one week and find out Steve Malkmus likes Caron Butler....very interesting. Who woulda thunk it??

Posted by: Jared Prebish | April 5, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS DA GREATEST BLOGZ POSTING IN ZE WORLD!

Posted by: TP | April 24, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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