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What Are You Listening To?
Trip-hop, hip-hop, and, um... early 2000s pop-punk.
by Jeremy Glass
What are you listening to these days?
Oh boy... I listen to a lot of Die Antwoord. I’m kind of obsessed.
Ah, those crazy South Africans! What’s your favorite song by them?
I really like “So What,” off their new album.
Listen: Die Antwoord,“So What”
Badass. What else?
Oh! You know what I actually really like? I just started listening to Fruit Bats.
Who is that?
I have no idea. But there’s a video for their song “You’re Too Weird,” which is my favorite off of their album Tripper. It’s awesome. It’s kind of campy, kind of retro, but the track is really dope.
What’s your go-to genre?
Trip-hop. Massive Attack and Tricky.
What’s trip-hop, exactly?
Trip-hop comes from a ‘90s Bristol music scene and it’s kind of like electronic, jazz, and hip-hop. Some of Goldfrapp’s stuff is considered trip-hop. There are a lot of bands that sort of halfway fall in to that genre, like Air. Portishead, Massive Attack, and Tricky are all ― in my mind ― the three groups that most closely associated with the genre, but the name trip-hop isn’t exactly a favorable label.
Listen: Portishead, “Machine Gun”
What’s the most embarrassing thing on your iPod right now?
My iPod is full of embarrassing things. Mostly from my gym playlist. I have things like Lady GaGa and Beyonce. Contemporary pop, but I also have things like Aqua and Ace of Base.
But how good is “The Sign," though?
The word “embarrassing,” though... I’m really not too embarrassed by those things, but they’re things that may not be considered “cultured” or “intelligent.”
So, do you act? You’re holding a script.
I do a lot of auditioning, and I just got my first principle role today for a show on SyFy. I heard something about a non-disclosure form, so I don’t know if I can tell you, but you need to be watching SyFy all the time just in case I come on it.
Are there aliens or robots? Or robot-aliens?!
I think there’s going to be a floating... something. Nevermind.
That does sound promising!
But you can keep updated on my website, www.charlottepines.com. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr... every goddamn thing you can think of.
What’s your theme song, Charlotte Pines?
I’ve been trying to listen to a lot of new music lately. I’ve been making a point of it. Recently, all I listen to is Die Antwoord. That’s it. So I guess maybe my theme song would be “Hey Sexy.” I listen to that before I go into an audition, so I feel like kind of gangster, on top of my shit. Like, fuck anyone who doesn’t appreciate all of this. It’s important to have those motivational songs. Especially when you’re in a line of work that deals with rejection all the time.
I wouldn’t know ― everyone likes me. Okay, pick any awesome song out of the air that you’ve always loved and hit me with it.
Let’s say Kylie Minogue, “Two Hearts.” No, I’m kidding. But that is an awesome song. And Kylie Minogue is like forty and just... the sexiest person. She’s like Prince, who never ages a day and remains just... the sex. Can we call it “Train in Vain?”
By The Clash? Hell, yes.
I feel like that’s kind of a pansy Clash song, or so people would lead you to believe. But you can dance to it, and so it’s awesome.
Listen: The Clash, “Train in Vain”