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

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