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Small Talk: Ishmael Butler (Shabazz Palaces)

Posted by Alex Weiland

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Here for The Sugar Mountain festival and a range of gigs across the country Seattle duo Shabazz Palaces have hit our shores to showcase their unique and intoxicating take on modern hip-hop and electronica. We took some time out of frontman Ishmael Butler’s Family Guy watching schedule to get the lowdown on what we can expect from the act.

My name is…. what it is has always been.

By day I… live out the prophecy of my name.

By night I…. exe(o)rcise my desires.

My favourite TV show is… Family Guy in the first two years after I discovered it.

The last movie I watched was… Tactical Advantage.

The first CD I ever bought was… on sale.

The last was…. Mellonchollie and the Infinite Sadness.

If I wasn’t making music I would probably be… doing it anyway.

I’m addicted to…. her (awet’s) touch.

The best thing about the States is… NFL and NBA.

The worst thing about the States is… Republicans.

When I get to Australia I can’t wait to… check into my room and shower then leave and get it poppin.

The last time I was in Australia I… wasn’t alive in this incarnation.

When I tour I like to… tell people I’m a rich diamond merchant in country on a deal.

The last thing I ate was… a squirrel I caught up the street from my house.

My fave youtube vid is… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMUxbkEbfM8&feature=related

My computer’s wallpaper is… peeling.

 Tour dates:

WED 11 JAN – Shabazz Palaces at Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane QLD

THU 12 JAN – Shabazz Palaces at Raob Gab Buffalo Club, Melbourne, VIC

FRI 13 JAN – Shabazz Palaces at Sydney Festival Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

SAT 14 JAN – Shabazz Palaces at the Sugar Mountain Festival, The Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC

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