This week,The Bay Bridged features Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, a trio led by San Francisco singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen. Nguyen and her band (comprised of Adam Thompson on bass, keys and guitar, and Willis Thompson on drums and percussion) first attracted widespread attention with last year's
In October, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down released Know Better Learn Faster, which has rightly earned the band another round of praise. Working again with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Mudhoney), the new album seizes upon the trio's live energy as they explore a number of musical styles. Like before, Nguyen's vocal and lyrical charisma are a dominant force throughout, as Thao describes the end of a relationship with wit and thoughtfulness. It's a very strong album that's among the year's best.
We sat down with Thao prior to discuss her latest release, her band's live chemistry, and the challenges of personal songwriting. We've also included four songs from Know Better Learn Faster in the episode.