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GovBall Chatz: Yeasayer Talk Jorts, Kanye's Bathroom and Being "Loose-Skinned Men"

governors6.JPGBetween petting baby chicks, listening to bands, and wading through mud at Governors Ball this weekend, we had a little tête-à-tête with Yeasayer's Chris Keating and Ira Wolf Tuton. Read on to see what the guys have to say about music festival fashion, Star Trek and Kanye's bathroom.

Do you have any weird or funny things you like to do to unwind when you're on tour?

Ira Wolf Tuton & Chris Keating: Fetishes?

IWT: Were you about to say 'fetishes'?

CK: That's where I thought you were going...

IWT & CK: [We see a] lotta movies.

Have you seen anything good lately?

CK: We were in Atlanta and we all just went and saw the Star Trek movie. Yes, you can put it in parentheses that we're nerds.

IWT: Star Trek, as a thing, has a ceiling. It can only be so good and in saying that, I thought it was pretty good.

Do you watch a lot of TV?

IWT: Yeah-uh!

Like what?

Fucking, uh --

IWT: What all the cool kids watch.

So, in other words, you're like that Portlandia sketch where they name drop all the "critically acclaimed" shows like Downton Abbey and Breaking Bad.

IWT: Downton Abbey lost me. I was just like, "Yeah, apparently I don't really care about any of these people and what happens to them."

CK: There's a show where this guy is naked and tries to survive on an island for sixty days.

IWT: Survivor.

CK: Nah, it's not called 'Survivor.' It's called Naked Castaway. It's really good. It's on Discovery Channel but it's an English show. It's not Bear Grylls, though. [The guy] gets off a boat, completely naked, just carrying cameras. He films himself surviving for sixty days and it's awesome because he starts to go crazy.

IWT: If he has three cameras, who's filming him?

CK: He has a head camera and he sets up three.

What's your favorite viral video that you've seen lately?

CK: The Beatles anthology. I've been watching that on YouTube. Is that viral? There's 7,000 views. Is that a lot?

I'm gonna say...no.

CK: It's difficult to watch because it's twelve hours long and it's broken up into ten-minute increments. I'm trying to bounce around. John [Lennon] just wrote "A Day In the Life." Incredible song.

IWT: Pitchfork gave it a 7.5.

What's the weirdest thing on your rider?

CK: We fuckin' got rid of our rider. It's played out. Water, booze --

IWT: Nothing else. We'll just take the money and have everyone get their own things.

CK: We don't need a hundred grapes.

IWT: We don't need the hummus, the cheese and the roast beef. I just imagine that guy who's going through Whole Foods and getting all that shit.

What's a festival fashion trend you'd like to see go away?

IWT: It's all about fans. [Ira holds up a paper fan.]

CK: I see a lot of jorts. Jorts and big hats -- the girls with the 'boho' shit. Nah, but I'm cool with that. Every girl looks good in jorts and a big 'ole hat. It could be worse. I see a lot of jumpsuits now -- I like the ladies in jumpsuits. Flowy shit.

Is that your trailer, by the way, with the "Ermahgerd" sign?

CK: Actually our trailer is inside Kanye's bathroom. It's a little awkward sometimes. We're in the medicine cabinet and he's like, "Don't look [at me]!"

You guys gonna try to hang out with Kanye?

CK: That literally will not be a possibility --

IWT: I think that'd be a terrible way to spend the rest of my day.

CK: You would have better luck than we would. I think they'd be more friendly towards ladies [hanging] out with Kanye than old fuckin' indie rock 'n' roll dickheads.

IWT: Loose-skinned men.

CK: Haha! Album title! Sick!

What's the "loose skin" in reference to? Old people?

IWT: We're old. You get more droopy.

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