If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked musicians Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim — whose latest album, Women In Music Pt. III, is out now, and who are notoriously hive-minded — about the cookies, guitar tuner, and hair ties each of them say they can’t live without.
Danielle: When we were first playing around L.A., we only had one tuner, so every time we had to tune our instruments we’d have to unplug our pedals and plug into a pedal tuner we all shared. We graduated to two tuners in 2012 or 2013. There’s a video of us on YouTube at one of our first shows, and we’re like, “Sorry, guys. Este, take this and tune your bass.” It was rough times. A few years later, I saw one friend had this Snark guitar tuner and thought, Why don’t we have one of those? The Snark is so great; you clip it on your guitar and tune anywhere you need to.
Alana: Thank God Danielle found this. The Snark is so easy and convenient. It’s battery-operated, so you don’t have to plug it in anywhere. And it’s so small.
Danielle: You can just pop it into your purse.
Este: We each have our own Snark tuner now, and it’s less chaotic. Seriously, the Snark has helped us so much — onstage, recording, anytime we need to tune, it’s so easy. No more awkward set pauses.
Alana: I think if I actually sat down and calculated how much I’ve spent on hair ties in my lifetime, I probably could afford to buy a house by now. When we were kids, our mom never let us cut our hair. We had long-ass Children of the Corn hair — we looked like the really weird kids because our hair was basically down to our ankles. So hair ties were our savior. Goody just makes the best ones. There really is a science to a good hair tie. You need one that’s not going to rip your hair out, not going to be too tight, and not going to give you a headache. We each have the thickest of thick hair, so we need a sturdy hair tie.
Este: A gentle hair tie has been really important for the maintenance of my hair, which is actually thinning — welcome to 34! So I use a Goody hair tie literally every day.
Danielle: Yeah, they’re just the best. Even though my hair is a little shorter now, I still put it up all the time, and these are the only ones with the right balance of qualities.
Danielle: We just love Corona. Honestly, when we heard that the value of its parent company’s stock went down after the coronavirus hit, it made us so sad. I don’t really drink that much on tour, but this is actually something that I will partake in after a show. One beer is just enough to calm my nerves. I have all this adrenaline leftover, so I just crack one ‘Rona, and I’m good.
Alana: It’s all we drink come five o’clock: Corona with a lime — always with a lime. We’ve been drinking it for so long; I have so many memories of being at a friend’s pool in the valley drinking it. When I was 16 and figured out how to get beer, I would always get Corona. I don’t condone underage drinking or anything, though. We were bad kids.
Este: We were very bad kids. It was always someone outside of 7/11 who got us beer. We’re big beer drinkers. I love the taste of Corona. It’s just so good.
Alana: This is a constant in the Haim household. Our mom drove a minivan with a CD player in it, and you could have six CDs in the player at once. But this was the CD that was always played. The album was such an integral part of our upbringing. It’s music that you really grow with. When I was listening as a kid, I had no idea what she was talking about, but as I got older, I understood everything so much more. I feel like every song of hers that I’ve been singing since I was a child takes on different meanings for every chapter in my life. I always find new things to latch on to — the music never gets old. And I have so many amazing memories with my parents and sisters just listening to this album.
Danielle: Alana really said it all. It’s been my quarantine record. I mean, it’s always a favorite, but I’ve been listening to it a lot recently. Our mom really only played this CD and Nick of Time by Bonnie Raitt. It was just Joni and Bonnie — our two friends.