Aidin Vaziri | Having made the world safe for heavily bearded folk singers with a thing for Brazilian Tropicália and Oasis, Devendra Banhart has cleaned up and returned to the road to spread the word about his latest album, “What Will We Be.” Once based in San Francisco, the itinerant singer-songwriter now spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where he called us to clear up a few things – or more likely not.
Q: When this album came out last year, you said you had started going to bed at 8:30 at night after drinking a tall glass of water. Is that still happening?
A: No. That was for about two days. It was milk, not water. Actually, it wasn’t either. It’s incredible how this happens. When the last record came out and I was doing interviews, I used that as an example to support the reality that I relate to an old lady more than anyone. All the pros and cons of being an old lady, I identify with that a lot. I took it to this literal place. But I suppose it wasn’t a very good idea. I got texts from friends that said, “Right on, I’m drinking milk now too.”
Q: What else do people think about you that is wrong?
A: My manager had Jim Morrison’s couch, and he let me borrow it. I bought a suit that was Mick Jagger’s because I’m an idiot and because it fit me. I traded a drawing for Bob Dylan’s hat. So now I’m known as a collector of musical artifacts. I don’t know if it’s on Wikipedia or what, but now every interview people ask me, “So, have you picked up any new musical artifacts?”