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Menomena @ Troubadour 6/12

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Being a late arrival to the Menomena party and not knowing much about the trio from Portland before attending their sold out show at the Troubadour last night, except of course what LAist covered about them, I decided to bring my trusted BFF Russell Mills along to school me on their digital looping musical stylings.

After a brief scare at the door, when some forgotten "paraphernalia" in my bag (which they searched) almost didn't allow us entry, my inherent sassiness saved the day and we made it in. Russell sums up the rest.....

When did you first hear about Menomena? What is your history with them?
I read about them on Pitchfork and decided to give them a try so I bought their first album which I really liked. Their second all-instrumental album, Under an Hour is fantastic, it would make a great film score. Their newest album is growing on me.

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When I asked you if you wanted to come to the show, how excited were you on a scale of 1-10?
About a high 7.

What was your favorite part of the show? What was the best song they played?
I liked when the singer told the fairly mellow crowd that this was one of the most exuberant audiences they had ever played for and then everyone seemed to look around like "really? you're talking about us?" before cheering. Muscle n' Flo was pretty inspired.

How do you feel about the name "Menomena"- do you like saying it cause it rolls off the tongue so easy or so you feel silly saying it like we're in a muppet movie or something?
I don't like when saying it gets that Muppet song stuck in my head...which
you just did. Thanks a lot....doot doooo doo doooo doo.