2010: The Year of Indie Pets

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Bobb, Bethany, and Snacks

It's become increasingly impossible to mention Best Coast, the three-person vehicle for noise-pop Cali-queen Bethany Cosentino, without referencing her pet Snacks. That darn cat is on the cover of her debut full-length Crazy For You, nonchalantly poised amid an oceanic sunset, his homestate's shape tracing his butt. He's illustrated on the cover of Cosentino's boyfriend's record, Wavves' King of the Beach, holding a spliff. The kitty's even on Twitter. But Best Coast, who headlines the Bowery Ballroom tonight, aren't the only ones this year whose muse has been a domestic creature. Behold, five reasons why 2010 is the year of the indie pet.

Snacks with his stepdad and bandmates.

Breed: Maine Coon.
Primary caretaker: Best Coast and Wavves, a/k/a Bethany Cosentino and her boyfriend Nathan Williams.
Claim to fame: Cover model for Best Coast's 2010 full-length Crazy for You. Inspiration for the weed-freak feline illustrated on Wavves' King of the Beach. Meows on early Best Coast demos, gets credited in liner notes, cameos in Wavves press photos.
Background info: Adopted from one of Cosentino's neighbors. Has a sister Chloe. Watches Wavves play videogames when Best Coast is on tour. Makes weird faces at electric guitars. Hates traveling.
Anthropomorphic traits: Tweets regularly. Aspires to Garfield-like prominence. Enjoys Spongebob Squarepants.
Surrounding myths: "There's a rumour that Snacks actually picked the tracklist for the record and that's why 'Sun Was High (So Was I)' didn't appear on the album," Cosentino explained to the Guardian this summer. "It's true, he hates that song. But to be honest, I just wanted the record to consist of our brand new songs, rather than old singles. However, if you want to believe that Snacks picked the tracklist for the album then that's fine."

Yeah, "Surfing the Void" came out on Polydor, but really, what's the difference these days.

Breed: Norwegian Blue.
Primary caretaker: Klaxons' bassist/singer Jamie Reynolds.
Claim to fame: Cover model for the Klaxons' Surfing the Void.
Background info: Named after a 1950 French film. Also answers to Space Cat and Boy. Reynolds acquired him from the London borough of Hackney two Christmases ago. Visited space, decided "it's a hell of a lot better here." May or may not attend the NME Awards.
Anthropomorphic traits: Fame turned him into an asshole. "I keep getting phone calls from my mum saying the whole thing's going to his head and he keeps taking up more space on the bed than he used to," Reynolds told NME.
Surrounding myths: An interviewer "thought the whole of the record had been written from the perspective of the cat, which I really liked," guitarist Simon Taylor-Davis informed our pal Tom Breihan at Pitchfork. "But sadly it's not true."

"Hey! Bochicha! It's six in the morning/You're screaming at my door."

Breed: Savannah and Norwegian Forest Cat mix.
Caretaker: Dom's ex-juvie gingerwave frontman/namesake Dom.
Claim to fame: The mewling muse for "Bochicha," Sun Bronzed Greek Gods' glorious two-minute tambourine-slap wake-up call.
Distinguishing characteristics: Also responds to Bo, Chi, Bocheech, Cheech Peach, Bo Bo. Party animal. An early riser. Doesn't hurt anyone. Won't settle for tail. ("Wish i had a kitty bride to share my lavish lifestyle with," his Facebook page offers, "But none of the kitties i've been chillin wit meet my standards, and most of em find it hard to keep up with me. whatever. meow.")
Anthropomorphic qualities: Maintains that Facebook page. Answers personal questions on Formspring when he's bored.
Surrounding myths: May or may not be of a breed that's "generally illegal in most states because they're so violent," Dom told SOTC homie Ryan Dombal. "There were some cases back in the 80s with them eating babies or something." May or may not be missing.

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