2006_07_takkatakka.jpgWe heard of Takka Takka way before this guy in the back...okay, that may not be true. We've been fans for a little while now though (they're way better than this Roy Lichtenstein painting) and after checking out their live show we knew we had to book them for our next Movable Hype.

The sound? An optimistic Lou Reed, Pavement but not Pavement-worship, quirky, smart and for the most part upbeat.

Come see (and hear) them next Tuesday! In the meantime, familiarize yourself with some songs , here's their free DIY cd, and here's a track you won't find on there:

Coco on the Corner.mp3

Takka Takka is Gabriel Levine, Conrad Doucette, Damion Jurrens and JP Jones.

Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
Extensive market research.

What is your first conscious memory of living in New York?
Something in the snow in Forest Hills. I think I was wearing a clip-on bow tie.

What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
Favorite: Eating street meat.
Least favorite: My body's reaction to eating street meat.

What is your favorite place to drink in NYC, and what's the best night to go out?
Commonwealth on 5th Ave in Brooklyn because of the jukebox. Always
Monday nights.

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York? Is there a difference between shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn?
Favorite: Bringing the rock.
Least favorite: Fitting stuff into Taxis.
I've always been an outer borough kid, so...

Do you think your New York connection shows in your music? If so, how?
Everything we see and hear comes from this city and makes its way into our songs.

Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action

"You know you've made it when…."
Jerry Seinfeld writes a joke about the band that starts, "What's the deal with Takka Takka?"

"It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when…."
we kick our dependency on foreign oil.

"I'll never forget the first time I…."
moved out of NY.

"I'll never forget the first time [insert another band member's name here]…."
Conrad told us off.

Let's have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if you've got no discernable feelings, make something up that won't embarrass you in the morning)

solar powered baseball robots

big baseball head guy

World Cup
of heavy cream, stir.

we hooked up, no big deal

Grant Wood


and other bad words

A few quickies on the music tip

Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
Philip Glass and no one else.

What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
First: Fore! by Huey Lewis and the News
Last: Malkmus, Face the Truth

And finally...If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked your band to perform on his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers and the Walkmen recently have) would you?
We only perform on the WB.

What came first, the music or the misery?
We fall apart and we call it art...