Why?, led by Yoni Wolf, is having a busy 2012 after three years without any releases. The six-track Sod in the Seed dropped in August, a prelude to the full-length Mumps, etc. to be released in October. Their sound is multi-faceted, from hip-hop to dance pop, and these two releases, albeit fairly different, showcase these talents.
“Sod in the Seed” official video.
Why? plays In the Venue, Sept. 4, with Anticon labelmates Serengeti and Jel.
Yoni Wolf takes some time to answer a series of stupid questions:
City Weekly: When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably when it was socially inappropriate?
Yoni Wolf: Two nights ago, at our concert, during the song “Fatalist Palmistry,” this girl was, like, grinding on the monitor on the side of the stage in a very serious way. I was supposed to maintain all seriousness and continue singing the heartfelt and romantic song, but I cracked the fuck up. That shit had me weak. I'm laughing right now just thinking about it.
CW: I recently wrote about the songs that inspire me -- including "Cheeseburger in Paradise," which really got me into hamburgers, and Beck's "Debra," which inspires me to strip tease on pool tables when I'm waste -- so, what are the songs that inspire you?
YW: I much prefer "Margaritaville" if you wanna talk parrot-head shit. That is an excellently crafted song. Not familiar with "Debra" but I'm sure it's great if it gets you going like that!
“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett
CW: If folk-hop, as I've heard your music described, got into a fight with gangstergrass, where would it go down and what would the outcome be?
YW: Excellent question. Not! I'll let you "field" that one.
CW: City Weekly recently had its 3rd annual Beer Festival -- and I'm still hungover! -- and I asked the bands that played for us this question that I'd like you to answer: If there were a beer brewed for your band, what would it be called and what would it taste like?
YW: It would be called "Chardonnay" and it would taste like white wine.
Wine Time Episode 10: Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay
CW: If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
YW: Aruba, Jamaica ... Ooh, I wanna take ya ... Aruba, Bahamas. Come on, pretty mama ... Jaruba Mamaica ... Cum on in the limo ... Bamaica, Jahamas ... Here we go, hot mama....
CW: What album can you not stop listening to right now?
YW: The extended audio version of this interview.
CW: Come up with one last ridiculous question, ask it to yourself and then answer the damned thing.
YW: Q: ! + ? = ?; A: $$