We first met at South By Southwest at 3am, outside a hot dog stand. We became friends and hung out from time to time. We had four or five days once, where we were just together the entire time. We were married – sleeping in the same bed, cuddling, watching TV. He’s brutally honest with me, and it’s good because not a lot of people are. When it comes to my label, I’m quite bratty. I think I know best, and I always shut them down. Whereas, he does that to me. He tells me to shut the f*ck up when I need it. Sometimes, though, he drives me crazy because he likes to take his time. He’ll sit for 20 minutes considering if we should change the word “fire” to “flame”. — Charli XCX on Rostam Batmanglij
Baio’s third EP, On&On&On&On/Missive is out today on vinyl and digital.
Baio’s favorite tracks:
The track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with
I wanted it to be romantic while also having hard-hitting drums that make people want to sway. It’s make-out house music!
The track that currently gets the most rewinds
Tom Demac: Linda’s Theme
The whole thing is just immense-sounding – it’s deeply evocative of 60s rock while sounding entirely modern.
The track I wish I’d signed to my label
KZA: Le Troublant Acid
Romantic and lush-sounding with a strong swagger. I wish there were thousands more records like it.
The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes
Lindisfarne: Meet Me On The Corner
There’s something about it that makes me think of walking home from a big night out.
The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
The Cars: Just What I Needed
A band that really has an incredible amount of great songs that I never gave enough attention to.
The best track by my favourite new artist
Max Graef: No 5
All his tracks have neat grooves. Something about the samples reminds me of D’Angelo’s Voodoo while still operating in a different musical world.
The track I think has been unfairly slept on this year
Floating Points: Sparkling Controversy
Fantastic, like everything else he makes.
The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor
New Order: Bizarre Love Triangle
”It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it” is a line from the movie True Romance. “It’s better to have Bizarre Love Triangle and not need it than to need Bizarre Love Triangle and not have it” applies to my DJ career.
The track I’d play at sunset in Ibiza
Baio: Sunburn Modern
Did I pick two of my own tracks? I’m a pretty wack guy! That said, in all honesty, I think this shit kills during a sunset.
The track that should have been a crossover hit
Bonnie & Sheila: You Keep Me Hanging On
This song is not the Supremes classic, but, after spending the last month listening to it obsessively I’ve come to believe that it’s just as good.
The track I’d play at my funeral
Isaac Hayes: Joy
I’d like to think that I’ve been a joy to people.
badbadnotderp said: Could you tell me what each of the guys majored in at Columbia?Thanks so much -- blog is amazing!
slamdunkoenig said: can you link to the park bench video? I can't find it anywhere
Here you go:
AOL’s Park Bench with Steve Buscemi*
*It’s the video where this gifset of Ezra and Steve is from (for those who missed it)
Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij at The Opening Night party of 'This Is Our Youth' on Broadway at The Cort Theatre in NYC