A minimalist set-up of drums and keyboard, the Brooklyn-based couple of Matt and Kim (Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino) make infectious tunes that inspires foot-tapping and sometimes food-throwing. Today their long-awaited sophomore album Grand comes out, and Thursday a record-release party at the Music Hall of Williamsburg kicks off their tour. They’ll later hook up with Cut Copy for some shows, and maybe play some exclusive sets in closets, taxicabs and dumpsters. But before all that, Kim took some time to answer our burning Pop Quiz questions.
When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? A ballerina and then an astronaut.
Do you have any tattoos? Yes.
Are you superstitious? Extremely superstitious. I think it comes from my days playing sports. I wear the same type of underwear every time we play!
First album you bought? Hmm, I think it was the Beastie Boys License to Ill. I think I bought the tape at Kmart.
If you could have any super power, what would you choose? If I could work all the time and never get tired! That would be amazing. Matt’s super power would be the snooze button. If he can just keep hitting snooze in life.
How many times a day on average do you think about sex? After being in a relationship for over 6 years, this happens less and less.
Have you ever been arrested? No.
What’s your guilty pleasure? I really don’t have any guilty pleasures anymore. I don’t give a shit what people think, I am into a lot of stupid stuff.
Ever been star struck? YES! I got to see T.I. this year. I almost passed out.
When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? Matt… usually he is sitting right next to me.
What do you always watch if it’s on TV? Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, 30 Rock… yeah I like to watch TV.
What do you normally sleep in? The same shirt i wore that day.
Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? On a mountain in Vermont where these huge flies bit me up. It wasn’t pleasant.
What’s on your computer wallpaper? Photos of Chloe and Simone Isip. Two of the cutest little girls you will ever meet.
Where do you really want to be right now? On tour.
What’s the first job you ever had? I served coffee.
Favorite Muppets/Sesame Street character? I think his name is Beaker… he kind of looks like Matt.
What’s the best advice you ever got? DJ Funk once told my brother “make sure you get yo mutha fuckin’ money!” My brother then passed it on to me.