A chat with Best Coast’s crazy cat lady, Bethany Cosentino 

Sunny-voiced Bethany Cosentino might be the most in-demand collaborator in modern music. The Best Coast singer’s roster of recent outside assignments includes recordings with Black Iris (“When Will I Feel Love”), Weezer (“Go Away”), Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij (“All Summer,” tracked for Converse shoes), and Britain’s brilliant Go! Team (“Rolling Blackouts” and “Buy Nothing Day”). But she’s even more famous as indie rock’s reigning Crazy Cat Lady, whose pampered feline Snacks — featured on the cover of Best Coast’s “Crazy for You” — has his own Twitter account. The band plays Noise Pop on Saturday.

So how much do we love Snacks?
Thank you! I’ll tell him.

And when a Maine Coon cat sits around the house, he sits. Around. The house.
Yeah, and that’s why I love him so much. And I love cats for that reason, in general — they’re not super-needy like dogs are. They do their own thing.

They just want to eat, lick themselves and go to sleep, and I really appreciate that in an animal. Because pretty much — minus the lick-bathe myself part — I really just want to lay around and sleep and eat and watch TV. Just like my cat does.

So Snacks is a pretty good guy, and I think it’s hilarious how much people like him and talk about him. But I think he’s only part Maine Coon — I just took him to the vet and he’s 10.8 pounds and pretty hefty. But he’s got a lot of fur, and when he’s wet he shrinks down completely and looks really small. But as soon as he dries, he puffs back up and looks like he’s in “The Lion King” or something.

Snacks was also depicted on the cover of “King of the Beach,” the last release from your boyfriend Nathan Williams’ band Wavves. But you’ve got a second cat, right?
I do have another cat. Her name’s Chloe, and I’m glad that she’s getting some attention.

She’s just a domestic longhair, but she’s been my cat since I was a kid. She came through our doggie door at the house I grew up in on my 10th birthday, and we’ve had her ever since. My parents got divorced, and my mom remarried, then got divorced and moved back to Nebraska, where she’s from, and left the cat with her ex-husband. But he couldn’t take her, so he literally dropped her off in a box on my porch. And she’s become a really great addition to the house.

She’s a really loving old lady, like 15 or 16, but she’s kickin’ it, man. She just lays around and loves attention!


Best Coast, with Wavves

Where: Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $20
Contact: (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

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