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What we learned from St. Vincent’s Reddit AMA

on February 24, 2014, 6:37pm

This afternoon, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark became the latest artist to take the plunge into the weird, wonderful world of Reddit. During her 45-minute Ask Me Anything (AMA), she revealed her favorite hip-hop album, ideal sandwich, discussed her musical inspirations and songwriting process, and confirmed that she does indeed like Death Grips.

Here are the highlights:

— Her all-time favorite rap album is Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.

— Aside from guitar her favorite instrument is modular synthesizer, “because there is an element of unpredictability.”

— She described her songwriting process as such: “I collect ideas, words, melodies when I’m on the road. When it’s time to write an album, I go to work every day. 10-7. Day job!”

— Her favorite song to play live is “Bring Me Your Loves”.

— Her favorite Beatles song is “Happiness is a Warm Gun”.

— Her favorite writers are Lorrie Moore, James Baldwin, and Roland Barthes.

— In high school, she listened to Cibo Matto, Solex, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Tool, and “lots of jazz.”

— She’s a massive fan of Swans and says working with Michael Gira “changed the way I think about music forever.”

— She used to play in metal bands and noise bands.

— She’d “love” to write a film score. “Attn: Michael Haneke,” she added.

— She uses the word “bitchin!”

— Peanut butter and jelly is her “ideal” sandwich.

— “If you want to fuck shit up, you should definitely fuck shit up”

— Her favorite soccer memory is “a ziplock bag full of orange slices.”

— She loves Arrested Development and really named her debut album Marry Me after the line in the show.

— Her life long dream was to be a musician: “I think if you have a plan b you’ll never do plan a.”

— Her next album? “Maybe a sludgecore record.”

— “I like death grips, yeah!”

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