Sebastien Grainger may be best known as one (usually shirtless) half of the now defunct DFA 1979, but for the past couple of years he's been toiling away as a solo artist. Now on tour with The Mountains in tow, you can catch him opening up for fellow Canadians Metric tonight at Terminal 5. Oh, and he's looking for some cheap eats while in NYC, so give him your recommendations via Twitter.

Your new music is a bit of a departure from your past, what's inspired the new sound? This record was complete freedom for me. I had my hands in every aspect of the recording so it can't help but be a very personal album. DFA was a collaboration and this was very much a ME record. I wanted to write songs that didn't rely on being cool, i wanted something a little more glorious, a little more righteous.

You describe it as "fuck rock" on your MySpace... explain? When i first signed to Saddle Creek there was some speculation as to what the music was going to be. There was an assumption that it would be "Folk-Rock" and somehow that term got used in a press release. I feel the music is more classic and glammy than folky, so as a defensive move i wrote "FUCK ROCK " on my website. It just stuck. My dad thought it was cool.

Last year you had said you wanted to change the band name every time out, but are you sticking with the Mountains? Are you referring to the Mountains as the people in the band? If so, "The Mountains" is the name i came up with as a symbol of the music as being anything but singer/songwriter type stuff...or traditional SOLO stuff. The name represents the music more than the people, that being said, when we play I introduce us as Sebastien Grainger and The Mountains NOT "I'm Sebastien Grainger and these are The Mountains." My plan is to change the name from record to record. As long as my name is the prefix, I'm sure people will get it.

What's coming up next for you, aside from this tour with Metric? I'm going to start working on a new record and probably head over to Europe in the fall, but the summer is going to be spent at home writing and enjoying my home.

What is the biggest difference you've noticed between the Canadian and New York music scenes? Canada is a country and New York is a city. That's a huge difference. I can't really speak for "Canadian" music or the scene....there's no such thing.

What bands are you currently listening to? Scott Walker, MC5, Lykke Li, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

If you could comprise your dream team all-star lineup of any musicians, dead or alive, who would be in it? To play with: Ghandi on Drums, Hitler on Bass, Jimi Hendrix on Guitar, Jesus on Piano and me singing.

To watch: Wayne Kramer on Guitar, Jeff Buckley on vocals, James Jamerson on Bass, Tony Allen on Drums.

Please share your strangest "only in New York" story. Last time I was there I couldn't sleep so went out walking the streets at like 5:30 a.m. I was in Chinatown and kept thinking that people were trying to mug me somehow, because they kept being too nice to me...I thought it was a ruse, but actually people were being MEGA nice. I was somehow disappointed that the NYC from the movies of my childhood didn't exist anymore, but at the same time i was happy that people were so kind.

Which New Yorker do you most admire? Tom Verlaine

Given the opportunity, how would you change New York? I would make it slightly more affordable to live in.

Do you have a favorite New York celebrity sighting or encounter? Meh, I saw Rhea Pearlman once.

Best cheap eat in NYC. Somehow I ALWAYS end up spending too much. Do you have any recommendations?

Best venue to play/hear music in NYC. I've always loved the Bowery Ballroom.