If By Yes is the latest project from the multi-talented Petra Haden. The band’s debut, Salt On Sea Glass (Chimera), took almost a decade to make and features Haden collaborating with Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto) and Hirotaka “Shimmy” Shimizu and Yuko Araki (Cornelius), as well as guests such as David Byrne and Nels Cline (Wilco). Haden is the daughter of jazz legend Charlie Haden and the sibling of musicians Rachel, Tanya (the sisters are triplets) and Josh Haden. Though she has played with a who’s-who of alt-rock and jazz artists over the past 20 years, Haden is perhaps best known for her fantastic 2005 a cappella interpretation of The Who Sell Out. Haden will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Check out the mix tape she made us in 2008, and read our brand new Q&A with her.
Haden: A lot of my sense of humor comes from watching The Muppet Show. Shows like Laurel And Hardy, I Love Lucy and The Little Rascals were so influential to me. They all had a particular way of making me laugh. And these shows helped me learn how to imitate sounds. I think it’s so important when you’re a kid, to have shows like Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Learning can be so much fun, and it only adds positivity to the world.
Video after the jump.