St. Vincent (Annie Clark)


When I first met Annie, she was touring with John Vanderslice and waiting for the release of her first album. Who knew that quiet, nerdy girl with oversized glasses would become a superstar, fashion icon, and guitar legend! She got where she is today with stunning talent, hard work, and unbridled bravery and risk-taking. It’s been a joy watching her star rise (including writing and recording and album with one of my all-time faves, David Byrne).


St. Vincent is the very talented Annie Clark, who has been a supporting musician to the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Polyphonic Spree prior to releasing her own solo CD in 2007. I am completely enamored with the way she so effortlessly swings between beauty and cacophony in her live performances..

About the interview

This interview took place at Mary Chung’s restaurant in Cambridge, my favorite Chinese restaurant ever. It is the same place I interviewed The Wrens years earlier.






Cambridge, MA

James Holland

James Holland

Really Good Toast

how i counter this acquired food snobbery? 8 months of the year, i am forced to eat subway.


nice fresh whole grain bread – my favorite is organic whole wheat with five grains from Amy’s Breads

good soft cheese from france – like Pierre Robert or anything picked up from Bedford Cheese Shop

fruit sweetened jam – apricot or strawberry – i prefer italian brand bionaturae because who doesn’t love old world tuscany and organic jam?


no toaster in my house

so i use the broiler

lots of attention paid to flipping the toast

or else……ash cakes!