Artist of the Week: Our 10 Favorite Interviews of 2009

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Out of the five weekly columns we're responsible for writing each week, Artist of the Week is definitely one of our five favorites. Aren't we clever? We get to talk/trade emails/Google Chat with all kinds of interesting, and sometimes uninteresting, people. Here we're rehashing our ten favorite interviews of the year. There aren't any special awards or anything for this. Nor does being listed here mean one act was more Artist of the Week-ly than another. These are simply the interviews we walked away from thinking, Man, that was something. Take from that what you will. Country Store Buffalo: Not only is CSB's music very, very good, and not only were they the only act that managed to double dip in the Artist of the Week well (Matt Harlan, a member of CSB, was also one of our earliest interviews for this section), and not only is vocalist/guitarist Brad Boyer a superb interviewee, but when we asked these guys for images to run with the article, they passed along one that looked like it was taken with a camera that held actual film in it. The Live Lights: The interview here didn't just stand out as being this great, interesting thing. But the time that we were listening to these guys was a really down, down time, and these guys' music made it just a little easier to work through. That's all we really want to say about that.

TILL: Probably the most dedicated-to-his-persona Artist of the Week we've ever interviewed. We tried so so so hard to get TILL to break character (there's no way he can possibly be in "Look how sexy I am" mode 24 hours a day, right?). We asked him several ridiculous questions and he didn't even consider them to be anything but serious. Matter of fact, we're almost certain he thought we were hitting on him. Always fun to interview people like that. Giant Princess: Easily one of our top three local rock bands, we were amped that GP agreed to be interviewed for this section. We were even more pumped that they seemed to completely ignore every question we asked them and just talk about whatever they felt like talking about. Coast: Coast is the best, smartest, most underrated Latino rapper in Houston. More than that though, he's a smart, underrated rapper in general. If we made a list of the thirty best rappers in Houston history, he'd be on there, and it wouldn't even be a stretch.

10th Grade Cutie: Another one of our enigmatic indie band favorites, 10th Grade Cutie has a penchant or talking about Ted Nugent, and that always makes them interesting. Also, they bust crap all to hell when they perform live and look like movie stars doing so. Winter Wallace: Actually, there's no quirky reason this was one of our favorite interviews, this act was simply one that we were really impressed with. Anybody ever hear anything new from them? Daylight Coma: We'll certainly take credit for "discovering" these guys, but it was actually The Hlavatysauras (Craig Hlavaty, Music Listings Editor) who passed them along to us. DC still holds the record for most comments on an Artist of the Week column with 258. They also hold the record for most comments on an Artist of the Week column that contain some variation of "fuck" in it (257). Benjamin: We really had big hopes for this guy when we first interviewed him. Hopefully 2010 will be the year when he really establishes a presence for himself among Houston's talented underground artists. Miss Buffy: We're still not sure what it is that Miss Buffy does, we just know that if you listen to it in the library while children are around, somebody will come talk to you in a very stern manner.

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