Caribou Talks Handsome Dick Manitoba, New Album Swim, and Living in London

Originally, Canadian indie guy Dan Snaith called himself Manitoba. He recorded a whole batch of eclectic electro-poppy stuff, sent it out into the world, and started gaining cred with brainy music fans.

But then proto-punker Handsome Dick Manitoba (real name Richard Blum) crawled out of a black hole, claimed total ownership of the word "Manitoba," and threatened a lawsuit. Hence, the name change.

Called Caribou ever since, the 32-year-old Snaith has lived and recorded in London for nine years. And right now, he's touring his new album Swim and he'll be stopping in Miami October 19. So Crossfade asked him about Dick Blum, the new music, and living in England.

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