The LP Questionnaire/Pick Three - Michael Tapper of Yellow Ostrich

Written by Linda Park | March 9, 2012

The LP Questionnaire with Michael Tapper of Yellow Ostrich From the 2012 LPQ Archive

Holy cats and doggies, you guys… as usual I'm behind the curve on everything - this thing being the band called Yellow Ostrich whose video for the song "Whale" I just watched approximately 90000 times and somewhere in the middle of that I bought their last album. They have a new one called Strange Land that just came out on Tuesday.

Drummer Michael Tapper has been watching Friday Night Lights a lot lately. He says, "I thought it was going to suck, cause I'm from Texas, and I know football culture, so I just wrote it off. But like every episode, I'm crying and laughing and making a fool of myself in my own living room.

Also, I just read an article in the New York Times about how linguists are saying that the slang and speech patterns of young women, while commonly maligned as ditzy or something, actually shows advanced linguistics, like it pushes the language forward. I think of myself as a forward thinker and whatnot, so I've been consciously trying to use some of their examples and say 'like' a lot as a filler and things like 'totes awes' and stuff like that."

Wow… I'm all for linguists and their eruditeishness, but, like, OMG that cannot be true.

It's an exciting night where we get to read M Tapper's very fine...

The LP Questionnaire
Name: Michael Tapper
Do you have any nicknames? Some friends call me Taps, but a lot of people, including my wife, call me almost exclusively by my first and last name, always Michael Tapper. Is it possible that your full name is your nickname?

1. Pretend you’re 15. Name three songs you'd put on a mix tape for your girlfriend/boyfriend. I'm 15, it's 1993, and my mixtape for my girlfriend would have to include "Informer" by Snow (key sentiment: "I'll lick your boom boom down"), Tag Team's "Whoomp There It Is" (this tape is designed to be played in her car, windows down, real loud, obvis), and something from Nirvana, probably. Maybe "Rape Me."

2. Which evil villain would make the best President? Hannibal Lecter?

3. What was your favorite cartoon as a child? I didn't watch many cartoons as a child, but I played with GI Joes A LOT, and that was a cartoon, so maybe that was my favorite cartoon.

4. What superpower do you wish you had? A superpower I wish I had I guess would be strength, like I could be the same size but like really super strong, like the strongest.

5. What would the title of your autobiography be? Tapper?! I hardly knew her!

Pick Three
Grimes: I think her record sounds really cool, and I'm curious to see how she pulls it off live. I'm going to guess the answer is 'awesomely' but I have to see it to believe it.

Fiona Apple: I never really got into her the first time around, but I feel like maybe I should have, so I'm going to give it a go this time.

Friends: I saw some stuff on YouTube, and it looks cool. I live in the same town as them, but I've never seen them. Why's that? Sometimes you gotta drive down to Texas to see a band from around the block.

I understand that sentiment. I used to have to go to Berlin to see bands from Austin. Be sure and catch some Yellow Ostrich Tuesday, March 13 at 11pm at The Bat Bar and/or Thursday, March 15 at 8.25pm at Red Eyed Fly.

I shall return in the morrow with a Pick Three from Tom DeSavia and yours truly (he's forcing me to which I don't understand because last year he did one with Rhett Miller who is way cooler than me), and an LPQ from Kyle Kinane. In the meanest of times you can catch up with everything that's been written, all one million words, right here.

Y'all like Twitter, right? Well, we are on it! Yes, yes, right here and there.

Never look back, lp