High 5: Grimes

What keeps our girl/our queen happy and healthy on the road.


Illustrations by Marjainez.

Grimes is busy these days, recording a new album (!!) and keeping up the best Tumblr out there, but she took a few minutes out to tell us what’s been making her happy lately.

simpsons1. The Simpsons, seasons 5–9. The Simpsons at its peak is literally the best television that has ever happened. My entire moral compass and my sense of humor were formed by these early episodes. Even if you’ve already seen seasons 5–9, it’s worth it to rewatch them all. Classic after classic. The Frank Grimes episode came during this time. “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” The episode with John Waters. Amazing.

bottle2. Stainless-steel water bottles and eating utensils. As a musician, I’m constantly traveling. After a while I started to feel really guilty about the trail of water bottles and plastic cutlery I was leaving behind, so I started carrying a reusable bottle and cutlery. I have some really sick Totoro chopsticks that I carry, too. With this stuff you don’t need to take the plastic spoons and forks and knives that just get thrown into a landfill after you use them once. Anyway, it’s just very convenient to always have water and cutlery on hand. I find that carrying water makes me drink more water, which makes me feel healthier.

camera3. Werner Herzog. Herzog is one of my all-time favorite movie directors, but he can be hard to get into because the “film school essentials” version of Herzog (Stroszek, Heart of Glass, Fata Morgana, etc.) can be really dense and monotonous if you aren’t dedicated to drinking lots of coffee and sitting through very slow (albeit awesome) cinema. But his documentaries are totally fast-paced and entertaining, with an awesome mix of hilarious and heartbreaking. I would suggest starting with Grizzly Man or Little Dieter Needs to Fly. Bad Lieutenant, though not a doc, is another classic. If you’re into the denser stuff, I think Bells From the Deep is really underrated, and I’ve been trying to see On Death Row, but I haven’t been able to find it.

massage4. Massages. When someone touches you, you release all kinds of great chemicals. There have been studies showing that frequent massages can be as effective for treating depression as antidepressants, with a hell of a lot less negative side effects. It doesn’t need to be a professional massage—you can just do, like, massage trains with your friends. If you’re feeling down, see if you can find someone who wants to trade massages on a semi-regular basis. It’s really good for your brain.

backpack5. Backpacks. Backpacks are awesome. I can never fit all my crap into a purse, and I find carrying something on one shoulder hurts my back anyway. Plus, backpacks are stylish.


  • Sophie ❤ August 30th, 2013 3:47 PM

    I adore the art, as always. Interesting choices!

  • Chloe22 August 30th, 2013 3:55 PM

    Grimes has been one of my favorite musicians for like forever!!!!!! My favorite song is definitelly ”Rosa”. Her feminism makes it even better! :) And who doesn’t ADORE the Simpsons? Honestly!

    • Letsbikeaway August 30th, 2013 10:58 PM

      Rosa was definitely the song that made me a grimes fan. I’d heard oblivion tons of times and i didn’t understand what it was all about, but when I heard rosa and the rest of Geidi primes I fell in love with the other two albums really quickly.
      Midnight, afternoon. Morning comes but not to soon. Its just such a good song

  • alesssurprise August 30th, 2013 4:02 PM

    yay grimes :)))

  • Naomi Morris August 30th, 2013 4:04 PM

    i just want claire to be my best friend

  • StellaBerlin August 30th, 2013 4:19 PM

    claire marry meeeeee <3

  • maddie123 August 30th, 2013 4:47 PM

    i LOVE the fact that she mentioned the simpsons! season 8 is my favorite, and the john waters episode is my favorite too!!! i just love her so much and i’m so happy this article was made! ❤

  • flocha August 30th, 2013 4:47 PM

    Totally agree on the backpacks/Simpsons thing.

  • lydiamerida August 30th, 2013 5:09 PM

    grimes u r perfection srsly ily

  • madame_addie August 30th, 2013 5:16 PM

    i <3 her can't believe i'm gonna see her in like a month aaahhhhhh

  • Alice123 August 30th, 2013 5:31 PM

    OHMYGOD saw her play Way Out West festival a few weeks ago. Not in any way over it yet. Sooo amazing <3

  • Anna F. August 30th, 2013 6:45 PM

    Grimes. GRIMES. I have questions for you about The Simpsons:

    1. What about season 4? It is just as flawless as those other ones! Last Exit to Springfield, Lisa the Beauty Queen, Whacking Day!

    2. Do you want to come to Simpsons trivia night next time you are in Toronto? You can be on my team. We call ourselves the Team That Barely Touched Their Banana Kaboom.

    • soviet_kitsch August 31st, 2013 11:05 AM


  • JadeTayla August 30th, 2013 7:16 PM

    Claire you are absolutely amazing!!! A total inspiration to me! <3 <3

  • visibleboxerline August 30th, 2013 10:08 PM

    ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ GRIMES ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  • Letsbikeaway August 30th, 2013 11:06 PM

    I wanna be grimes when I grow up.
    Thanks so much Claire you are an amazing musician and the coolest person ever. You make me feel really lucky to be a teenage girl right now in 2013 and you inspire me to make music every day.

  • spudzine August 31st, 2013 1:23 AM

    Grimes is pretty much the coolest musician today. I mean, not only is her tumblr full of ANIME RELATED THINGS OKAY, but she likes the simpsons. The OLD episodes of the simpsons. Anyone who’s a fan of classic simpsons is a friend of mine. She’d be a pretty cool friend, if I may add.

  • Adrienne22 August 31st, 2013 3:51 AM

    So much love for this post. It’s so great when such creative artists share their love for their favourites. Backpacks rule!


  • cj575 August 31st, 2013 4:16 AM

    She is perfect!! I love number 2!

  • hellocatty August 31st, 2013 10:57 AM

    Agree with Grimes about backpacks! I love how they fit EVERYTHING. I’ve had my Roots one for like 5 years now and I take it with me everywhere.

  • dessertstealer August 31st, 2013 4:50 PM

    I love Grimes!

  • elliecp August 31st, 2013 5:44 PM

    she is so amazing in every way
    also backpacks ftw <3

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  • cloudinthesky September 1st, 2013 7:51 AM

    yep, The Simpsons and backpacks. <3

  • Mimi7 September 1st, 2013 10:06 AM

    So many great things Grimes! I love the silverwear idea because I feel so bad about throwing everything out!

  • AnaRuiz September 1st, 2013 7:04 PM

    BACKPACKS!!!! Because nothing is more fashionable than a healthy back and the ability to take your currently-readings everywhere.

    PS. Love this post.

  • Joyce September 3rd, 2013 9:05 PM

    “carrying water makes me drink more water” that’s like one of my secrets. haha, I love you Grimes! and BACKPACKS ARE AWESOME!