Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
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|Thao & The Get Down Stay Down|
|Origin||Falls Church, Virginia|
|Genres||Folk rock, alternative rock|
|Labels||Trust Me Corporation
|Past members||Frank Stewart
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down is a San Francisco, California-based (formerly Falls Church, Virginia) alternative folk rock music group. It consists of Thao Nguyen (vocals, guitar), and Adam Thompson (vocals, bass guitar, keyboards). Frank Stewart (lead guitar, production) and Willis Thompson (drums) are former members of the band.
From a young age, Thao knew that she “would never be interested in a nine-to-five” career. She started playing guitar at age 12, and began performing in high school as part of a pop-country duo with friend Brenna Clerkin. Raised in Falls Church, Virginia with her single mother, she often practiced her songs while working at her mother's laundromat. She often cites Lilith Fair as an inspiration for her desire to become a singer/songwriter. After recording an EP that differed from her initial style, she began performing as a soloist with her acoustic guitar.
Nguyen met drummer Willis Thompson while studying for her degrees in Sociology and Women’s Studies at The College of William and Mary. Willis Thompson was a member of Camp Tigerclaw, Acousticore, and Murphy's Kids. He is also a contributing member to the band The Light Footwork. Thao Nguyen and Willis Thompson met Adam Thompson (no relation) during a show at the Harrison Street Coffee Shop in Richmond, Virginia. At the time, Adam Thompson was performing as a solo jazz-influenced act under the moniker The OK Bird. Frank Stewart, member of the bands Durian and Verbal, would produce the first full-length album Like the Linen in 2005 and join the band as a lead guitarist. Although only Willis and Nguyen initially performed live on tour, the four members began touring as a group during the Kill Rock Stars' Sound the Hare Heard tour during the summer of 2006. The name of the band was originally suggested by a former bassist of the band. Nguyen would expand the initial suggestion of "The Get Down" to "The Get Down Stay Down." Thao Nguyen still occasionally performs as a soloist, including a European tour with Laura Veirs and the Tortured Souls in August 2006.
After sending Like the Linen to Laura Veirs, Thao was able to get connected to Tucker Martine, Veirs' drummer and producer for The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens. In August 2006, the group began recording with Martine in Seattle and released the album "We Brave Bee Stings And All" in January 2008. Thao Nguyen has since moved to San Francisco, California. The band toured in 2008 with Xiu Xiu, and separately with Rilo Kiley before heading out on their first headlining tour that summer.
In 2009, Thao appeared solo on the nationwide Hotel Cafe Tour. She collaborated with another Kill Rock Stars band, the Portland Cello Project, on their first album, "The Thao and Justin Power Sessions," released on June 9, 2009. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down released their second full-length album "Know Better Learn Faster" on October 13, 2009. Thao was joined by Andrew Bird on the title track "Know Better Learn Faster." The band toured the US with the Portland Cello Project and David Shultz and the Skyline in late 2009, and spent time touring the US and Europe in Winter/Spring 2010.
In early 2010, Thao performed with Mirah at the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco. The two later announced a 2010 North American tour, billed under the name Thao and Mirah With The Most of All. The two shared the stage to perform a collaborative set made up of each artist's respective songs. Thao provided backup vocals, guitar, banjo, and bongo drum percussion on Mirah's songs.
In May 2010, a video for the song "Body", directed by Dianna Agron, debuted on the website of humanitarian organization Oxfam America. The video features a prelude of Thao and Dianna talking about their friendship, the making of the video, and their work on behalf of Oxfam.
The band's track "When We Swam" is the opening theme for Australian prime-time TV series Offspring (which premiered in Australia in August 2010).
The band also composed and performed the soundtrack for the 2011 film, American Teacher.
Thao is touring with WNYC's Radiolab's Radiolab Live: In the Dark. This self described "nerd circus" also includes Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, comedian Demetri Martin, and modern dance troupe Pilobolus.
On October 25, 2012, Ribbon Music announced Nguyen signed with the label for the release of her new album entitled, We The Common  and unveiled the first single Holy Roller via Youtube. The album, released on February 5, 2013, features 12 tracks including a collaboration with indie songstress, Joanna Newsom. This time around, she says, her album is "a lot less about my problems and more about how I could be a better participant in my life. There's a sense of revival and gratitude throughout the record that adds to this vitality of it." As part of the promotional tour for the album, Thao and The Get Down Stay Down joined the lineup of numerous music festivals, including 2013's South by Southwest and Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. 
- Like the Linen (2005)
- Daytrotter Sessions (2006)
- We Brave Bee Stings and All (2008)
- Know Better Learn Faster (2009)
- We the Common (2013)
- "Bag of Hammers" from We Brave Bee Stings and All
- "Know Better Learn Faster" from Know Better Learn Faster
- "Feet Asleep" – The Sound the Hare Heard (2006, Kill Rock Stars compilation disc)
- "Young Man" – Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album (2006, Kill Rock Stars compilation, digital release only)
- Thao/The Thermals Record Store Day Split 7" (2009) EP split with the Thermals, released for Record Store Day – April 18, 2009
- The Thao and Justin Power Sessions (2009) with the Portland Cello Project
- Thao + Mirah (2011) LP with Mirah
- Thao Nguyen Rejects 9-to-5 life for Music Career - washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
- The Story Behind We The Common - http://www.thaoandthegetdownstaydown.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
- Song of the Day: September 30, 2009 - kexp.org Retrieved 2011-01-25.
- "Thao Nguyen's Women's Prison Work: The Painful, Inspiring Stories of Four Inmates". Spinner. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- "Singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen (Women’s Studies, ’06) releases her new album". William & Mary University. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- Thao Nguyen: Tiny Desk Concert: NPR. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
- Mirah and Thao to Tour Together
- "American Teacher Soundtrack". Different Fur Studios. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- "Radiolab Live: In the Dark". WNYC. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
- "RIBBON RELEASE NEW THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN ALBUM IN FEBRUARY". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – "Holy Roller"". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Thao And The Get Down Stay Down Tease New Album". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's New Album "We The Common" Out February 5th". Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- "Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Announce "We The Common" Out February 5 Via Ribbon Music". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Hear Thao & the Get Down Stay Down's Spirited 'Holy Roller'". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Heading to Outside Lands 2013". Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "Featured Artist: Thao and The Get Down Stay Down". Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- Official Website
- Interview with RadioUTD
- MySpace profile
- The Day Trotter Sessions with Free Songs
- 2009 Thao Nguyen Interview at Bandega.com
- Thao blogging for Oxfam America about climate change
- OnTap Review
- Kill Rock Stars Podcast With Bag of Hammers Video
- SEEN: Download Thao & the Get Down, Stay Down
- Know Better Learn Faster reviews at Metacritic.com