My Favorite Things: Dhani Harrison of thenewno2
The frontman talks about Rage Against the Machine, The Mentalist -- and his late father's best advice.
This week: Dhani Harrison, the 33-year-old frontman for alternative rock outfit thenewno2 and son of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison. On Tuesday, thenewno2 will release EP002, an EP featuring appearances by Regina Spektor and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA — but SPIN has the exclusive premiere right here, right now. Listen (bottom of page) while you read about Harrison’s favorite things…
“Black Milk” by Massive Attack. The guest vocals from Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser are so haunting on this track, which is from the 1998 album Mezzanine. This is the only song I can listen to no matter what mood I am in.
Rage Against Machine’s Rage Against the Machine. Start to finish this is one of the most hardcore records ever. Even the artwork is hardcore! It’s amazing to drive to and as a debut album, I can’t think of anything from our generation that tops it.
FAVORITE NEW ARTIST:
Magnetic Man, the English trio of dubstep producers. A friend saw them at Coachella this year and told me about it. I love their new record [2010’s self-titled debut], especially that song “The Bug.”
FAVORITE RECORD STORE:
Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. They have great vinyl. I bought a record of Benny Goodman playing Mozart there. Awesome!
FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL GEAR:
My Fender Stratocaster and my backup Fender Stratocaster. They’re very simple and rarely break. It’s an Eric Clapton model and louder than all the rest…heee heee.
Damnyouautocorrect.com. Hours of fun looking at texts that were screwed up by an iPhone’s auto correct. Classic.
I have two mini huskies called Woody Guthrie and Edison Guthrie. It would be mean to pick a favorite … but Woody doesn’t eat my shoes. Just sayin’.
FAVORITE WAY TO PASS TIME ON THE ROAD:
Tell the bus driver to drive faster so the trip takes less time, or listen to Fleetwood Mac and get nostalgic. And if all else fails, head to Ashland, Oregon!
FAVORITE PIECE OF ADVICE:
“Keep your head down at school.” Those are sage words from my dad. They kept me in check for years.
Maui. I try to go once a year to surf, etc. The force is strong out there.
Pizza and burritos. Someone recently played me “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” by Das Racist. That should be my theme song.
FAVORITE PICK UP LINE:
I don’t get out much. What day is it?
LISTEN: thenewno2, EP002