A couple days ago, The Hairpin posted an interview I did with Mary Timony. It was a super-fun gig for me; Mary talked about being obsessed with Casey Kasem in sixth grade and going to see Rites of Spring and Culture Club and pouring paint in her hair and teaching girls to play "Dig a Pony" on guitar. The part about being obsessed with one of her English teachers in high school is maybe my favorite moment, and all in all it was a very giggly and wonderful phone convo. And if you want to come over and listen to the MP3 of the interview I'll totally let you, for a cover charge of eight million dollars.
Apart from the interview, my big Ex Hex news is I saw them play on Sunday and it was the most fun show in the world. A couple years ago my pal Laura Fisher and I made this joke about starting a band called The Wellwishers, with the name referencing the fact that we're each exceptionally concerned about the wellbeing of the people who make the music we love. The part of my heart that plays drums for The Wellwishers was so elated by Ex Hex on Sunday night: I legit can't think of any other band I've ever seen have a better time onstage than those guys. Here's some pix I took at the show:
When I talked to Mary Timony for the interview, I told her how I wanted someone to remake the movie Foxes and have Ex Hex do the soundtrack. But then I rewatched Footloose, and it's even better and deeper than I remembered. So now I think the ideal would be to erase that remake from a few years ago, and do a new Footloose where Ren McCormack is a girl and the music is all Ex Hex. Everything else can stay the same: the preacher's daughter in the red cowboy boots, the short-sleeved sweatshirts, the mountainous backdrops, teenage Sarah Jessica Parker and her cute scratchy voice, how Ren's so righteous and moral about being a rock-and-roll rebel, how they're always going out for french fries and Cokes, and basically every single line of dialogue in the entire film. Like, the part when Kevin Bacon's telling Chris Penn about the underground place where he used to go dancing back in Chicago and says something about "Hot-pink neon climbing up the walls, and astral music"? That's so completely true to the Ex Hex spirit.