Matt and Kim Hope to Wake Up Before Noon Every Day

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Photo: Taylor Cohen

Name: Matt and Kim
Age: 26/28
Neighborhood: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Occupation: Musicians. Band: "Matt and Kim." They'll be headlining the Village Voice's 10th Annual Siren Music Festival this Saturday, July 17, at Coney Island.

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Matt: LARRY DAVID. Of course.
Kim: JAY-Z.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Kim: Man, the other day we ate at Dumont Burger. We had just gotten back in town and were starving. It was such a satisfying meal that I keep thinking about it. I do wish Bean was still around.
Matt: I think eating public school hot lunch every day for twelve years ruined my ability to tell good food from bad. I like everything (well, without meat).

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Matt: Sleep, fly, sound check, eat, show, sweat, watch HGTV, sleep.
Kim: E-mail, but every day I get further and further behind. I still have stuff to answer from 09s, it makes no sense.

What was your first job in New York?
Kim: I worked as an art assistant for Jordin Isip and Melinda Beck. When they had a baby they asked if I wanted to be the nanny. I said, "I don't know anything about kids!" They said, "That's okay, neither do we."
Matt: Walkie-talkie manager at a Snoop Dogg concert.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Kim: Are you talking "Broadway" the street in Brooklyn? 'Cause you can see some crazy stuff there. I guess if you're talking musicals, it would be Rent.
Matt: Hmm, Off Broadway I saw De La Guarda. It blew my mind.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Kim: Only performers.
Matt: Once someone said, "I'll bet you a dollar I can tell you where ya got those shoes." I said okay. He responded: "On your feet." He earned that one.

What's your drink?
Kim: Whole-milk latte or a Budweiser.
Matt: Brooklyn tap water every day!

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Matt: I eat dry cereal from a coffee mug every morning.
Kim: We used to prepare every meal at home, but we haven't had gas in our building for a year so we eat out all the time. They are supposed to turn the gas back on today, but I don't believe them.

What's your favorite medication?
Kim: Advil. Need it for bangover (headache from head banging too much).
Matt: Yeah, Advil like it's candy.

What's hanging above your sofa?
Kim: Three pieces of art: Brian Chippendale, Jordin Isip, and me (Kim Schifino). Is it weird that I have my own art hanging in our living room?
Matt: Yes, Kim, that is weird. It's like dancing to your own music, or wearing your own band's T-shirt.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
Kim: I don't know, I have Matt cut my hair. Usually I just say "I'll do the dishes tonight if you cut my hair." Shh, don't tell him if you think it is worth more than that.
Matt: I've been cutting both our hair for a while, but last week, the day before a photo shoot, I gave myself some bald spots on the side of my head. We had to fill them in with makeup. So maybe it would be worth some cash for a pro.

When's bedtime?
Kim: We never have a set bedtime. I guess usually around 3 a.m. But yesterday I was asleep by 8 p.m., so ...
Matt: Yeah, bedtime is whenever, but I did make a New Year's resolution, "AM IN 2010," a.k.a wake up before noon every day.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
Kim: The old Times Square. I like things on the dirty side.
Matt: Well, I wasn't around to see the old Times Square, but as two people who have gotten naked there, I feel like part of the club.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
Kim: It seems like he has a sense of humor. I like that in people.
Matt: Agreed. Anyone who's willing to make fun of themselves a little is okay in my book.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Kim: Getting dripped on by air conditioners.
Matt: TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

Who is your mortal enemy?
Matt: The "KING": Burger King's mascot.
Kim: Whoever is talking in a movie theater.

When's the last time you drove a car?
Kim: I moved our van from one side of the street to the other last night. I hate alternate-side parking. Wait, maybe that's my mortal enemy.
Matt: I don't drive much, but the other day I was giving Kim a hard time for messing up a parallel-parking job, so she made me do it. And P.S., NAILED IT.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
Matt: and Kim:: Probably in more ways than we realize.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Kim: Can we put The Onion up here?
Matt: Well, I do have the Times' iPhone app.

Where do you go to be alone?
Kim: The toilet. That is the only spot Matt and I don't go together.
Matt: I don't know the meaning of that word.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Matt: The ability to honk within a millisecond of a stoplight turning green.
Kim: I second that.