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Deerhunter vs. Stereolab

A Conversation Between Bradford Cox and Laetitia Sadier

Oct 11, 2010 Lætitia Sadier Photography by Dan Park (Illustration) Bookmark and Share

Under the Radar‘s Fall 2010 Issue features a conversation between Deerhunter and Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox and Stereolab frontwoman Laetitia Sadier. The full transcript of the conversation is now posted on our website.

Cox has long professed his love for Stereolab, in particular 1999’s Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night, his favorite album by the band. He went so far as to effusively explicate upon its merits on a Deerhunter blog post back in 2007. In an impassioned manner akin to the prime years of the fiery late gonzo journalist Lester Bangs, he also excoriated the publications that panned the album. So, needless to say, Cox was thrilled to engage in an extensive discussion with Sadier, whom he befriended during an Atlas Sound/Stereolab tour in 2008. A brief collaboration between Cox and Sadier followed, as she sang lead on “Quick Canal,” a standout track from Atlas Sound’s 2009 album Logos.

Cox continues to be astoundingly prolific with the release of Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest on 4AD, while the future of Stereolab is uncertain at this stage. Drag City is releasing the band’s possible swansong LP Not Music, an album of Chemical Chords outtakes, along with Sadier’s debut solo album The Trip. Yet, their transatlantic conversation has little to do with these releases. It’s more about a young artist’s opportunity to transcend adolescent idol worship and fortify an unlikely friendship, one born of Cox and Sadier’s professional and personal admiration for one another.

Our Fall 2010 Issue features a slightly abridged version of the conversation between Sadier and Cox. Click here to read the full transcript.


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