Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?
You should never ask a lady her age. I grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn after moving there from upstate when I was nine in the early 80s. I live in Park Slope now. It's more Gowanus than Park Slope but I am five blocks from the park and I have to walk uphill so I believe I am valid saying Park Slope...or Park Dope. I work for an ad company and i get to commute even further into Brooklyn every morning to Sheepshead Bay. It rocks! I get a seat every morning. No hustle and bustle. Just sea air.
1. Translove Airways has that 60's psych/pop sound with just the right amount of sexy funk thrown in to make it more danceable. I imagine you listened to a lot of the Zombies growing up. Am I right?
I love the Zombies. Their box set is awesome. I first listened because of my mom's stuff: Elton John, Abba, Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, Stravinsky, Irish shit, Bob Dylan, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, the Animals, the Dave Clark Five, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon and Garfunkel. But the first stuff I bought was pop and new wave. Blondie, Wham, and then Tears for Fears...ooh man.
2. The New York music scene seems like someone set the blender to purée the last several years. What do you make of it?
It can sometimes seem that Translove is not of this world. I like that but it's also strange. I see a LOT of bands. I like them but I'm not MOVED by them.
3. Be honest, where are the best and worst places to play shows in NYC?
The things that make a show the BEST are many and varied. It is often the sound people that make the show...then of course the crowd. Last GREAT show was Luna Lounge for me. They don't charge at the door, they're well located, and they have a great staff. Worst place could be Pianos.
Please share a personal (and hopefully interesting) NYC taxi story.
I cringe at thinking of the horrible situations I have put taxi drivers in...
Time travel question: What era, day or event in New York's history would you like to re-live?
Early 90's. I was happy then. Avenue C was still an unknown.
9pm, Wednesday night - what are you doing?
Practicing with the band on first and first.
What's your New York motto?
"It just goes to show ya"
Best celebrity sighting in New York, or personal experience with one if you're that type.
Walking down broadway, seeing Gilbert Godfrey pass by, yelling "hi Gilbert" at him, getting a wave and a "hiiiiiiiiii" back from him. Totally ridiculous. Oh, and smoking a joint with Cameron Diaz at M&R bar on Elizabeth St. I walked into M&R and saw Vincent Gallo in the corner there and yelled to him "hey Vinny." It's fun to be familiar with celebrities...for a second they think you really know them.
Describe that low, low moment when you thought you just might have to leave NYC for good.
The other night. Fought with a great friend.
Just after midnight on a Saturday - what are you doing?
Finish one of the four following sentences:
3) "I hate computers for replacing the card catalog in the New York Public Library and I hate the way..."
I get so horny in the reading room.
Where do you summer?
My backyard and Coney Island
Who do you consider to be the greatest New Yorker of all-time?
Just how much do you really love New York?
Shut up. I want to leave every day. But it would be like leaving humanity.
Medication: What and how much do you take?
Of all the movies made about (or highly associated with) New York, what role would you have liked to be cast in?
Tracy, the Mariel Hemingway role in Manhattan.
If you could change one thing about New York, what would it be?
Higher than high prices, and all the mid-westerners.
The End of The World is finally happening. What are you going to do with your last 24 hours in NYC?
Call my friends and hopefully see them.
More about Kathleen's band Translove Airways here.