Why did you move to Germany, anyway? Because it was cool! And we like going cool places. We’re back now — we returned to Portland last August. But we didn’t know we’d end up staying, and the kids really liked Berlin. They don’t understand a concept like a year or two years. They get there and they think they’re on vacation.
Many artists have moved to Berlin — Peaches, Eddie Argos, Fran Healy from Travis, with whom you just recorded. Peaches is in L.A. — that’s what somebody told me yesterday. And she’s cool — I know her and I’m a fan. But Berlin is not so expensive, compared to a lot of European cities, and it’s centrally located via airplane. So you’re really close to everything.
What was your daily routine like? Take the kids to school, come back, watch a movie, do nothing for a little while, then pick them up again — it was mostly kid care. Or maybe I’d write some tunes or go out to lunch. It was very simple. And I kind of liked it.
But you got involved in the club scene? I had a younger DJ friend who took me out a few times. But I couldn’t keep up. Eventually, you become a night person or a day person. And I had kids, so I was a day person. But there were parents there who got babysitters and stayed out till 6 a.m. on weekends.
In your new Jicks video for “Cinnamon and Lesbians,” you’re devouring a bowl of Froot Loops. You’re back in the US of A, all right. Yeah. I just threw that box away, actually, because it was left here and one of my kids was always wanting them. So they went into the recycling today. And I don’t even know if they’ll decompose, really!
It was recently revealed that all Froot Loops colors are actually the same flavor. I am shocked! I don’t know if I can even continue this interview!
IF YOU GO
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Where: Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Tickets: $21 (sold out)
Contact: (415) 522-0333, www.slimspresents.com