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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is an indie pop band led by the distinctive-voiced Thao Nguyen, whose songwriting tends toward the musically playful and lyrically heavy-hearted. Raised in the City of Falls Church, Virginia, Nguyen took up the guitar and songwriting as a pre-teen, and was part of a country-pop duo in high school. In 2005, she released a solo album, Like the Linen, which revealed her somewhat raspy, punky voice and folky indie pop style. She subsequently collaborated on a single with tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus under the name Merrillthaocracy, and formed Thao & the Get Down Stay Down with Like the Linen producer Frank Stewart and her fellow College of William and Mary students Adam and Willis Thompson (no relation) in 2006. The band enlisted Tucker Martine (Mudhoney, the Decemberists) to produce We Brave Bee Stings, released on the Kill Rock Stars label in 2008. It was followed by a Nguyen solo collaboration with labelmates Portland Cello Project and Justin Power called The Thao & Justin Power Sessions, and then a second Thao & the Get Down Stay Down album, Know Better Learn Faster, both in 2009. The latter was made without Stewart but featured guests including Andrew Bird and Jenny Conlee (the Decemberists). Having relocated to San Francisco, Nguyen released the 2011 album Thao & Mirah, a project with her singer/songwriter friend Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn that was co-produced by Garbus. Marking her main band's move to Ribbon Music, another Get Down Stay Down album, We the Common, followed in 2013, this time without Willis Thompson. It was produced by John Congleton and again involved several guests, including Midlake's Paul Alexander and McKenzie Smith. With official membership down to Nguyen and Adam Thompson, the group's nonetheless especially muscular fourth album, Man Alive, was produced by Merrill Garbus. It arrived via Ribbon Music in March 2016. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

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Albums by
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Top Songs by
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Holy Roller
  3.   When We Swam
  4.   Swimming Pools by Get Down Stay Down
  5.   We the Common
  6.   Astonished Man
  7.   Know Better Learn Faster
  8.   Bag of Hammers by Get Down Stay Down
  9.   Yes, So on and So On by Get Down Stay Down
  10.   Violet by Get Down Stay Down
  11.   Millionaire
  12.   The Evening
  13.   Nobody Dies
  14.   Feet Asleep by Get Down Stay Down
  15.   Endless Love
  16.   Age of Ice
  17.   Clouds for Brains
  18.   If You Were Mine
  19.   We Go by Get Down Stay Down
  20.   Body
  21.   Burn You Up
  22.   Slash/Burn
  23.   Easy
  24.   Cool Yourself
  25.   Travel by Get Down Stay Down
  26.   Give Me Peace
  27.   Good Bye Good Luck
  28.   We Don't Call
  29.   The Clap
  30.   Kindness Be Conceived
  31.   Every Body
  32.   Fool Forever
  33.   Departure
  34.   Meticulous Bird
  35.   Fixed It!
  36.   Big Kid Table by Get Down Stay Down
  37.   Hand to God
  38.   You Can Have It All
  39.   With A Girl Like You
  40.   Nobody Wants a Lonely Heart
  41.   The Give
  42.   Fear and Convenience by Get Down Stay Down
  43.   Geography by Get Down Stay Down
  44.   Guts
  45.   Move
  46.   Oh. No.
  47.   Beat (Health, Life and Fire) by Get Down Stay Down
  48.   But What of the Strangers
  49.   The Day Long
  50.   The Feeling Kind
  51.   Brand New Key
  52.   Trouble Was For
  53.   Nobody Wants A Lonley Heart
  54.   City
  55.   Human Heart

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