5 Questions With: Peter Matthew Bauer

Photo by Kellen Nordstrom

“5 Questions With” is a series spotlighting some of Brooklyn’s most exciting and influential creatives. (You can explore our archive of picks here.)

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You may recognize Peter Matthew Bauer from his time behind the guitar in The Walkmen, but he’s now stepped confidently out into the spotlight. His solo debut — the aptly-titled Liberation! —  just came out by way of Mexican Summer, winning him both critical acclaim and a spot headlining the Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 2nd. Get the record, see him live, and (most importantly), see who and what he loves in our 5 Question survey, after the jump.

Record listened to most in life: Bone Machine by Tom Waits, but only maybe four or five songs of it.

Brooklyn-based band to look out for: Ham Leithauser.

Fave place to see a show: Is the Kingsland Tavern still around? That was a really fun place to play. I also liked the Masonic Temple and Warsaw.

Fave Brooklyn bar:  There is an Irish pub called Ceol on Smith street. My wife threw me a surprise birthday there one year. It had this really great old time black and white Irish feel in the back and I was so damn surprised that it made me wonder if I was in some kind of Sixth Sense predicament where I was already dead and dreaming of my old friends. Briefly.

Go to drink: I drink a lot of cheap red wine and vodka.