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Astronautalis Interview
Tuesday October 14th 2008, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Austin Concerts 2008,Indie Interviews

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In between cat lovin’ and folding socks packin’ for his new tour, Astronautalis (aka Andy Bothewell) took some time to shed some light on rap, American history, leaky albums, scary music making, over-hyping indie music blogs, album *yawns* reviews and the lingering fear of getting popular. Regardless of how you define his style, all three albums won’t disappoint. A live show is on the “highly recommended” list and even we vegetarians can’t get enough of this HAM.

Austinites can checkout Astronautalis live on Friday, October 17th at Mohawk (inside, after The Wedding Present). Do it!

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Stacie: With the progression of your three albums, there’s been some debate over how to categorize your music. Can you define it?

Andy: A long time ago, I gave a response that was about ten minutes long, with compound words and about twenty six hyphens in it. My third record was a chance to see some different takes on my musical style, a singer/songwriter side, but I’d still call it rap music. The funniest part of a recent review was someone saying I was “experimenting with hip hop and rapping”. For fifteen years I’ve been rapping. No matter how far away I venture musically, I’ll always be a rapper. I can’t not rhyme. I still keep the basic aesthetics of rapping, and my main influence has always been rap. It’s rap. Rap Music. Period.

Stacie: In hindsight, it’s hard to define rap itself. I’ve also heard the term shoegazer thrown into your musical description. Would you consider yourself a shoegazer?

Andy: For me, shoegazing basically means people are staring at their shoes because they’re looking down at the pedals they’re using to help crank out these sounds. It reminds me a lot of tenth grade mix tapes. I think I put it out there for my last record. I grew up listening to a lot of shoegaze- The Verve, Ride, Mogwai- and it hit home for me. Huge giant drums, lots of bass, washy guitars, huge layers of sound. It’s something I latched onto. With the third album, I wanted to avoid the generically…

(Head over to Transmission Entertainment to read the full Astronautalis Interview.)

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Astronautalis – Oceanwalk from You and Yer Good Ideas, (2005)
Astronautalis – The Trouble Hunters from Pomegranate, 2008


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