January 03, 2013
Asa Taccone Breaks Big with Electric Guest
: Wikimedia Commons license. Photo by Jeroen Komen.
Asa Taccone [TH ’06] makes his mark with his band Electric Guest: new album and appearances on Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
PICTURE: Asa Taccone of Electric Guest; photo: Jeroen Komen
Cornish counts among its graduates many who are having an impact on the national music scene; none is hotter right now than Asa Taccone [TH ’06]. His band, Electric Guest, has appeared recently on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Their debut album on Downtown Records, Mondo, hit the Billboard charts, reaching number 11 on the Heatseekers Albums chart and number 49 on the Independent Albums chart. Produced by Danger Mouse, the album’s single, This Head I Hold, reached No. 30 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Additionally, Electric Guest was featured on MTV’s list of “Artists to Watch in 2012.”
His older brother, Jorma, of This Lonely Island, got Asa into the music business. Asa has went on to produce some of The Lonely Island’s music for Saturday Night Live Digital Shorts, most notably the outré and shamefully hysterical music for the Emmy winning short, D*** in a Box, seen on SNL with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg an all over the Web in viral fashion.
Electric Guest is comprised of Asa Taccone and Cornbread (that’s Matthew Compton, for the official records). When they play on tour, they pick up brothers Tory and Todd Dahlhoff to fill out the instrumentation. Asa plays several instruments, Cornbread nearly a dozen.
Asa grew up in Berkeley, Ca., the son of Tony Taccone, a leading figure in Bay Area theater. Following his father’s footsteps to a point, he studied theater while at Cornish, but always with an eye towards music. The band’s music videos show a theatrical bent.
From YouTube — Electric Guest performing This Head I Hold:
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