Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Suzanne Vega interview on Gothamist

It’s already two decades since the unlikely hit song Luka put Suzanne Vega on the map; six albums later she’s still swinging with her New York-themed Beauty and Crime. Along the way she’s had a divorce and a daughter (Ruby, now 13), married the man who proposed to her back in her pre-Luka days, and been dubbed "The Mother of the Mp3" when her song Tom’s Diner was used as the model for the algorithm that compresses the Mp3!

Oh, and last year Vega became the first major recording artist to perform in avatar form in the online virtual world Second Life. For those who can’t catch her show at The Highline Ballroom Thursday night, Vega will be giving a command performance of songs from her new album in Second Life form on Friday at 7pm. (Um, that’s 4pm Second Life time for all those perfectly normal Second Lifers out there.) Vega recently spoke with Gothamist about the new album, getting kissed by the homeless and love after 40. (continue at

also a feature on Suzanne Vega in Time Out NY