Thao with the Get Down Stay Down: “Know Better Learn Faster”

thaoHere’s something to make all you triskaidekaphobes (read: those that fear or a have a phobia concerning the number 13) smile. Or not, depending on how you look at it. The good news is, Thao Nguyen and her band released their second full-length today, called Know Better Learn Faster. The bad news is, according to Thao, it’s nearly impossible to actually do what the title of the record commands. Because, by the time you know, it’s too late, and the lesson has been learned. Love, people, is a battlefield. And if you’re unlucky in love, well…I doubt you’ll find solace in this ominous release date. At least it’s not Friday.

Despite the humorous cynicism of the title and sad lyrics, the album refuses to wallow in the traditional sense. Heartbreak never sounded so sweet—even if, on the album cover, Thao is poised to hit a piñata shaped like a broken heart, the air is full of celebratory confetti. If, on the other hand, you want to wade in the depths of depression until your tear ducts run dry, check out her work with the Portland Cello Project. Misery loves melancholy string accompaniment. See Thao’s happy-in-the-face-of-sadness approach at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz this Saturday night, or at the Treasure Island Music Festival in SF on Sunday morning.

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – Know Better Learn Faster

Who: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down

What: Know Better Learn Faster

When: 10.13.09

Where: San Francisco, California

Why: “But I need you to be better than me / And you need me to do better than you.”

How: Kill Rock Stars


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