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posted Friday, December 17, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 51
BEST OF MUSIC 2010: Sleigh Bells reveal their year's favorites and holiday plans
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BEST OF MUSIC 2010: Sleigh Bells reveal their year's favorites and holiday plans

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

One of the year's breakthrough acts is Sleigh Bells, a spunky electronic-hard rock duo from Brooklyn who've already landed on Spin magazine and NPR's best album lists of 2010 - they easily made it onto mine, as well. While in Seattle a week ago to perform on a holiday radio show, Alexis Krauss and Derek E. Miller sat down with me to discuss things that tend to surface around this time of year. So, from backstage at WaMu Theater with the sounds of Stevie Wonder spilling out of Miller's laptop, and with a table of food - from donuts to fresh veggies to an unopened bottle of red wine, here's what Sleigh Bells exclusively shared with Seattle Gay News for this special issue.

Albert Rodriguez: What was some of your favorite music of the past year?

Alexis Krauss: The new Kanye, new Nicki Minaj. I was a big fan of the Yeasayer record [Odd Blood]. The new Crystal Castles stuff, Janelle Monae.

Rodriguez: Is all your holiday shopping done?

Derek E. Miller: I've shopped a lot for myself, but when I get home I gotta go get shit done.

Krauss: What? What's shopping? [Laughs.] We had like two days in Portland and I did get my mom some earrings.

Rodriguez: What are you guys gonna do for the holidays?

Krauss: Nothing. Just eat and see people that we haven't seen. We never see our families.

Miller: I'm going to Florida, so I'm going to be on the beach.

Rodriguez: In Speedos?

Miller: [Grins.] Yes, absolutely.

Rodriguez: Where will you be on New Year's Eve?

Miller: Actually, we're going to be in Australia. We're playing 30 minutes after midnight.

Rodriguez: Do you get noticed at airports or on airplanes?

Miller: Today we stopped at a gas station and there's this little kid running around with a Black Keys T-shirt on.

Krauss: He was like 8 years old and he runs up to me as I'm looking at sodas and goes, "Are you Sleigh Bells?" I was like, "What?!"

Miller: His name is Cutter - which has gotta be the hardest name ever for an 8 year old.

Krauss: [Laughs.] That was like the first time we've been recognized!

Rodriguez: What does 2011 look like?

Miller: Touring until August, then back in the studio September 1. It's pretty much all mapped out already, which is crazy.

Rodriguez: When can we expect a headlining show in Seattle?

Krauss: End of April or early May.

Miller: We're still firming up details, but we're going to do a co-headlining tour and come back to do our own shows.

Rodriguez: What do you like about Seattle?

Krauss: When I'm up here, it just feels much clearer and cleaner and less chaotic than New York. It's still a city, so you can get what you want out of a city, in terms of culture, but there's space. And I like the feeling of being so close to nature.

Rodriguez: How about a holiday greeting for your Gay fans here in Seattle?

Krauss: Merry fucking Christmas!

Miller: Yeah, merry fucking Christmas, y'all!

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