Cisco Adler: 'I Like Smart Women'

07/29/2008 at 10:50 AM EDT

Cisco Adler: 'I Like Smart Women'
Cisco Adler
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When it comes to potential girlfriends, Cisco Adler is all talk.

"I'm a conversationalist. So if they can't go very far, we're not going to go very far," Adler told PEOPLE Saturday night at new Manhattan nightspot Country Club. The singer-producer was in the Big Apple celebrating the birthday of fellow Warped Tour artist Travis McCoy, of Gym Class Heroes.

"I like smart women," says Adler, Mischa Barton's former boyfriend. "I don't always find them, but I like them."

It's been nearly a year and a half since Adler and Barton called it quits. Since then, Adler – whose MTV reality show Buzzin' premiered last week – has been romantically linked to other high-profile women, including publishing heiress Lydia Hearst-Shaw.

Adler says he's remained friends with many of his exes.

"I think after a certain amount of time, it becomes okay [to be friends with an ex], after the wounds close up," he told PEOPLE near his VIP banquette.

But Adler admitted that he has not stayed in contact with Barton, who is currently enjoying life across the Atlantic in Paris.

"I love to be friends with my exes," he says, "but some of them can't handle that."

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