AWD: What was your reaction to the home-made video for “Liztomania,” and did you ever watch any of the 80’s films that were the influence for the video?
Phoenix: We liked it a lot and decided on post it on our website right away. Yes we are are big John Hughes fans and have seen all his movies. I went to see Ferris Bueller's Day Off in a movie theater recently and sound of the Ferrari's engine is much better on big speakers.
Bitte Orca by the Dirty Projectors
a lot of Van Morrison
AWD: You guys recently returned from Japan, what was it like experiencing first hand a different culture and what are your fondest memories of Japan?
Phoenix: My favorite memory is watching Metallica and Daft punk at Summer Sonic 2006. Otherwise I love to eat and shop in Japan...
AWD: What was it like playing on “SNL”, and who would you consider your favorite “SNL” character of all time?
Phoenix: Too hard to pick up a favorite character - would be like having a favorite child Bill Murray, Molly Shannon, Kristen Wiig's characters are among my favorites.
AWD: You guys are about to embark on a North American tour starting here in Denver at The Monolith Music Festival, what should the fans expect and are their any surprises?
Phoenix: I just wish it'll be better than last time we played there which was a magical night. It happened to be the day Michael Jackson died. Once the show was over, we played his hits in the venue and all danced for 2 hours. A very nice memory. Regarding the show, expect fast and slow, quiet and loud, bright and dark and total devotion for the Denver crowd.
AWD: Finally “it’s 20 seconds to last call” what drink do you guys order?
Phoenix: I'll get a Martini hoping I'm at the Laundry bar (where the best martini's are)