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A Night With Ms. Diane: An Exclusive Interview with Shaun Fleming

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Given the amount of new music produced daily, it is rare to find an album that is prolific–that shines amongst a sea of lukewarm new releases. Diane Coffee creates a lust to hear more. The band’s debut album, My Friend Fish, pops open with a startling organ glissando: like a child running its fingers recklessly up a keyboard. The virgin listener doesn’t know how long the screech will last until a voice cues the band with a soft “1-2-3” towards a soothing Carole King-like comfy tempo, a background for a teeny-bop girl to sing her heart out.

Behind that voice is 26 year-old Shaun Fleming, playing underneath the moniker Diane Coffee. Fleming grew up in Agoura Hills, California but moved to New York last Fall, only to be welcomed by an empty apartment filled with no friends and the flu. Isolation served as inspiration and Diane Coffee was birthed. Fleming is on the rise, and it is best to watch out for Diane Coffee. Their debut album speaks for itself, and there’s no more need for Fleming’s fame as Foxygen’s drummer or even his childhood acting gigs on Kim Possible and Lilo and Stitch.

WSPN found time to interview Shaun Fleming in between sound check and an Izumi dinner prior to Diane Coffee’s performance at Skidmore College last Saturday, February 22nd. Skidmore Entertainment Committee funded the concert, and native band Los Elk opened. For those who didn’t attend- you missed out. The band comprised of Jared Walker (guitar), Emily Panic (bass), Steve Okonsi, (keyboard), and Joey Lefitz, (drums,) created a foreground for Fleming’s theatrical excitement. The band’s energy was palpable, generating a collective awe. They brightened up the funky black light lighting that is Falstaff’s. We talked about everything from high school music inspiration to soup, enjoy:

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Weekend Distractions CXVI

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

THURSDAY
6:00pm- Consuming the Other: Perception of Food and Race @ ICC (fbook)
7:30pm-9pm- Smorgasbord: Prints, Paintings, and More @ Case Gallery (fbook)
8:00pm- Student Band Showcase @ Falstaff’s (fbook)
10:00pm- Sonnets and Banders Woke Up Like This: Mini-Jam @ Wilson Chapel (fbook)

FRIDAY
8:30pm- Falstaff’s Fundraiser for Guatemala @ Falstaff’s (fbook)

SATURDAY
8:00pm- SEC Presents: Diane Coffee and Los Elk @ Falstaff’s (fbook)
8:30am-4:00pm: Skidmore Intercollegiate Horse Show @ Van Lennep Riding Center Van Lennep Indoor Ring
10:00pm- Ad-Libs Newbie Show @ Wieking Basement (fbook)

SUNDAY
2:00pm- The Vagina Monologues @ Falstaff’s (fbook)
2:00pm-4:00pm- One Piano, Four Hands @ Falstaff’s

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SEC Presents: Diane Coffee & Los Elk

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Woah, right?

Woah, right?

So there once was this band named Foxygen. It was the creative brainchild of two California teenagers, Jonathan Rado and Sam France, who played guitar and sang songs, respectively. Then their friend Shaun Fleming came along to play drums with them. They made some music together, released some EPs, got signed to Jagjaguawar Records and started releasing albums. Some people like their music a lot and some people hate their music a lot.

Anyway, Foxygen’s drummer, Shaun Fleming, who’s possibly (lolz) best known for his voice over work in Kim Possible and Lilo & Stitch started his own band, Diane Coffee. Wait, what? Shaun Fleming was in Kim Possible? What the fuck? No Possible Way! Yes, Shaun Fleming was the voice behind Kim’s kid brothers Jim and Tim Possible. How fucking awesome is that? Why doesn’t the poster say “Shaun Fleming of Kim Possible?” Who knows? Either way, Fleming is a part of Diane Coffee, an “experimental, 60s inspired, garage rock” band that is headlining Falstaff’s this Saturday.

Heres’s a song by Diane Coffee:

Diane Coffee “Green” from Western Vinyl on Vimeo.

Also, after doing some investigative journalism (cough, Twitter trolling, cough), I learned that Diane Coffee drinks strictly french pressed, black coffee.

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Skidmore’s endlessly-lovable dance-rock quartet Los Elk will be opening the show.

It’s sure to be another one of those sweaty, cramped nights at Falstaff’s–don’t miss it!