Since her career began, Karen O has consistently proven herself to be among the most diverse, influential, and transformative artists in music. As frontwoman of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, she has inspired a generation and played an integral part in what is commonly regarded as a revival era in rock. She has collaborated with musicians The Flaming Lips, Santigold, Trent Reznor, David Lynch and The Swans, and has contributed multiple scores to critically acclaimed films. Amongst those were original compositions for 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are and 2013’s Her (for which she received Grammy Nominations in the category of Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, and nominations for an Oscar and Golden Globe). In 2014, she released her debut solo album, Crush Songs. Her latest record, Lux Prima, a collaboration with Danger Mouse, is out now through BMG Records.
Hot on the heels of Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)’s incredible new LP Lux Prima and Sam Spiegel (N.A.S.A.)’s new single “Perfect,” the two old friends and collaborators sat down for a deep dive on the Talkhouse Podcast.
Buckle up for stories of working with everyone from Ol’ Dirty Bastard to David Byrne to Danger Mouse; collab-ing with your literal family — Sam’s brother is Spike Jonze — and your figurative one, as Karen does in the YYYs; and the rad audio-visual experiences that Sam and Karen created for each of their new projects.
Today’s episode was co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi. It was recorded in at Sam’s house in Los Angeles by Ali Nikou, and at Hook & Fade Studios in Brooklyn by Mark Yoshizumi. Additional engineering by Josh Modell.