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What do Vans Surf’s Dylan Graves, or Pat, and Dane Gudauskas have to do with Bad Brains’ Darryl Jenifer, photographer Sandy Kim, or the band YACHT? They’re all in a new season of Vans Classic Tales telling hilarious stories from the road animated and brought to life by Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger (Yep, that’s the genius team behind Sanjay & Craig, too.) Watch Vans Classic Tales Season 3 now.

YACHT — Space Grrrl Blues (DEVO Cover)

DEVO are giants to us, because they’re a band with a conceptual stance that goes beyond gimmick. They have a philosophical sensibility that is both deadpan funny and savagely critical—that’s a really difficult line to walk, but we feel like it’s the only way to speak accurately about the 21st century. Space Girl Blues is a longtime favorite, a kind of difficult 4-track demo from the late 70s that wasn’t properly released until Hard Core Vol. 1, a collection of those obscurities. In the original, we love how you can hear Devo becoming itself from raw industrial components. Our version, however, is more of an homage to the 1982 cover of this song by Toni Basil, one of the great misremembered female post-punk icons. Space Girl Blues is a song about women being aliens, which Basil inverted and owned as a point of pride. We’re interested in feminism’s relationship to science fiction, so the gesture speaks to us.

Also, we love how Moog brings artists together. The sound of the machines and the culture of the company are like a bridge across genres and generations.

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Honestly how could you not want to watch the video that all of these seemingly unrelated GIFs come from? Vans Classic Tales are back for season three and in this episode we’ve got a hilarious story from one of our favorite bands, YACHT. You ever tried Yak yogurt? Yeah, us either. Watch the full episode now on OffTheWall.tv

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NEW YEAR / NEW SONG / NEW VIDEO

YACHT - “Plastic Soul”

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Lyrics — "Plastic Soul"

Hey, the world is old, but I am young and dumb and ride for free.
I am here, and I am now. I will follow you, if you will follow me.

We eat up the past and make the future.
We eat up the past and make the future.

Creatures of comfort glued to phones and computers;
I do what I want while you stand by, you stand by.

You think you’re losing it because
You see the things your mother does,
You see the man your father was,
The trouble that your brothers cause,
And strangers’ pain you’ll never know.
You see yourself end up alone;
And all the highs and all the lows.
If you only had a plastic soul!

We’re indifferent to where, when, and how our money’s spent.
We all get by on our own supply,
And if we went to pay the rent you’d be surprised.

We may just be girls but we can read the future.
We may just be girls but we can read the future.

Creatures of comfort toting crystals and brochures;
Won’t you come join us?
We could use you, we’d use you.

You think you’re losing it because
(There’s nothing left to lose)
You see the things your mother does,
(It’s lonely in her shoes)
You see the man your father was,
(Before the soft abuse)
The trouble that your brothers cause,
(But none of it is news)
And strangers’ pain you’ll never know.
(Everyone fights their own)
You see yourself end up alone;
(War against the unknown)
And all the highs and all the lows.
(The highs and all the lows)
If you only had a plastic soul!
(To fill up all these holes, it takes a plastic soul)

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An editioned CD art object designed in celebration of the humble compact disc. It includes two discs: one, a unique “Mini-Max” containing the songs of YACHT’s brand-new Where Does This Disco? EP, and two, a clear unplayable disc sculpture engraved with YACHT’s entire musical catalogue, but without the reflective pane of foil which allows for playback.

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  • Edition of 500 never to be repressed
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  • Instant digital download
  • Hidden message in the mirror band
  • Pure, perfect sound forever
  • Harnesses the power of lasers
  • Light = sound
Interview: YACHT

You guys have a predilection for getting to the bottom of things: “The earth is on fire, Put a beautiful thing in a container and it ruins it.” If you had to write some new laws of physics based on the everyday science of contemporary experience, what would you propose?

This is such a great question. These are the YACHT laws of (meta)physics: 

  1.  The Universe is completely indifferent to all human pursuits.
  2.  The Universe is infinitely expanding. Ergo: any human can lay  claim to being the center of the Universe.
  3.  You are the center of the Universe, but so is everyone else. 
  4.  That means nobody can reasonably tell you what you can (or can’t)  do. 
  5.  It also means you can’t dictate anyone else’s reality.

What are your favorite sounds that are not musical in nature?

The crazy-making hum of overhead power transformers, the boing of a doorstop, the inquisitive chirp of a domestic cat. 

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YACHT performing “Plastic Soul” live at the Moog Music Sound Lab in Asheville, North Carolina, during Moogfest 2014.