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Talking Cat Pun Illustrations With David Yow

What were your early cat illustrations like?
They were very much like the ones I do now, almost no difference. They were crude and the cats are always based in the same position.

Do you have a technical term for the pose?
No, I think it’s just “sitting.”

(More vital cat chat over at Catster.)

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Talking cats with Kreayshawn for Catster:"A friend gave me a cat for my 18th birthday. The cat had like a poop problem. She would shit in the litter box so much and also in the drain in the bathtub. You wouldn’t know at first until you were taking a shower and all the water would start to turn brown as it came back up, so you had to fish it out with your fingers. I didn’t even want a cat as a present! I only had her for two weeks. I gave her to another friend to adopt."

Talking cats with Kreayshawn for Catster:

"A friend gave me a cat for my 18th birthday. The cat had like a poop problem. She would shit in the litter box so much and also in the drain in the bathtub. You wouldn’t know at first until you were taking a shower and all the water would start to turn brown as it came back up, so you had to fish it out with your fingers. I didn’t even want a cat as a present! I only had her for two weeks. I gave her to another friend to adopt."

Cats! (Bushwick, Brooklyn.)

Cats! (Bushwick, Brooklyn.)

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Fat Tony and Crowd-Surfing Cats

"I just played a show with Antwon a couple of months ago in a little town outside of Dallas and that was the craziest crowd I’ve played to in a while. Fist of all, a guy got a stray cat from off the street, brought the cat inside and started crowd-surfing the cat. Kids were passing the cat around. Then people were excited but also pissed, like it was animal cruelty. This girl grabbed the cat from him and took it outside to like rescue the cat. That was a cool audience ‘cause it was like spring break time and I could tell that the kids were in that spring break forever partying mode ‘cause on the last song one girl came up and started dancing on me, then another girl started dancing with Tom Cruz, then another five came up, then suddenly it was like 30 girls on stage. Our set ended so we just deejayed a load of club anthems and just partied."

What did you think when you saw the cat crowd-surfing?
"I was busy, man! I was in the middle of a song, I couldn’t do shit! All I did was pet the cat and tried to let the cat know that it had love."

What song were you performing while the cat crowd-surfed?
"I don’t even remember! It was a really really slow song, like one of my chill songs, so the cat was like bouncing along with it. I was trying to make sure the cat didn’t run off or anything. Then the next night we played this show in Houston and a kid brought a dog on stage. [Pauses] I don’t know what’s going on. Animals love us.”

(More non-cat Fat Tony talk over at Impose.)

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Doppelgangaz ‘HARK’

Stream what’s likely to be one of my albums of the year here. Then read on for the duo’s highly important musings on Drake and cows and cats. 

What’s the meaning behind all the cows that feature in the “Oh Well” video?

EP: We tried to tie in the fact that you look at human beings and we pretty much have the free will to do what we please and make any types of decisions we want. Then you have animals like cows. Whether or not a cow is on a farm or not, they barely do anything; they don’t do a damn thing. Yet at the end of the day we’re all heading to the same place. Credit to Drake, you might as well get that YOLO lifestyle going on ‘cause, honestly man, who knows what happens after this? You look at a cow, you don’t have to live like that being bound behind a metal fence eating out of a trough. You might as well get that YOLO, player!

Matter ov Fact: We like to find a cool spot and document it when we’re in video mode. The cows were just literally on the road, hanging over. Also, I feel like it adds to the dramatics of the track: The cows are there but they’re gonna end up in the slaughterhouse and however you wanna put it everyone’s gonna die so enjoy yourself on Earth.

If the Doppelgangaz had an animal as a mascot, what would it be?

Matter ov Fact: That would have to be a shark, definitely.

EP: I guess the appropriate answer would be a shark, but if it was up to me, I’m a cat lover. I’d have a nice sweet little cat. We’re just nice guys who like to eat, relax and chill.

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"Cat sound!" (Bushwick, Brooklyn.)

"Cat sound!" (Bushwick, Brooklyn.)