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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

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

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