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please tell us about your musical past. What did you listen to as a kid? Did anyone influence your taste in music while growing up? What bands got you into different genres of music? Is there any one song or album that changed the way you felt about music?
I started by reading, reading and more reading. My dad had lots of music, so I was used to hearing what he had, and I slowly branched out from there. I loved REM and the Smiths as a kid, and I took the next step with them, listening to bands like the Sex Pistols, Television, the Ramones and what have you because they had listed them as influences. In college, I got a minor in music history, so I studied a lot of stuff there as well. All walks of life.And, if indeed it was heisted, in what manners was this done? Through books, classrooms, or actual experiences? Or, if the knowledge was laid out providing you with easy access, whom would be responsible in aiding and abetting you in gaining this possession of said music knowledge? (Either way, you obviously got it and ran with it, so you're still guilty!)
Hmmm, interesting...It says here that you are 23 years old. That's fairly young to possess such a vast collection of music knowledge. Is there any chance you may have been locked in a womb and forced to listen to music?
I've only got some Killian's in the fridge right now because, until today, I was living off the last of my Borders' paychecks from May. Now I have my loan money, so I don't have to worry quite so much. I could really go for something dark tonight.
Worst experience by far: I had gone to see Interpol in 2005 at the Grand Olympic Ballroom. All week it had been raining steadily, but there was a break that night. The show wasn't very good (I had seen them too many times at this point and they were starting to just bore me) and when I got outside it was torrentially pouring. My friend and I ran back to the car, but still got soaked from head to toe, and had to find our way back to the 10 through the flooded streets of Downtown. On the 10, heading towards the westside, I moved over into the far left lane. After a minute, I saw headlights coming towards me. Some idiot was going the wrong way, and I had another idiot tailgating me. I laid on my horn, flashed my headlights and he swerved out of the way as I hugged close to the shoulder. My friend was screaming hysterically, and it was all I could think to do. It wound up working out, but it was terrifying.
I saw my first show at the Smell at the end of 2007, but I'd known about it for much longer. I had friends at school who went to shows there, and I'd always meant to make it out to see Calvin Johnson when he was there, but I just never did. It's one of my favorite venues, for the fantastic crowds, the really cool space and the fact that bands genuinely love to play there. I'd say I prefer the Echo, The Troubadour, and, some nights, The El Rey, but it's definitely one of the coolest places to see a show.
JewFace, very nicely done! You did an awesome job last week. I'm going to have to add you to the list of people to look up the next time I'm in NY.
You've just formed a new record label. What is the name of the record company?
Because you offer generous shares of record sales and allow complete artistic freedom, you will be able to add any artist to your roster (even buying out artists who are currently signed to other labels.) Name 3 major artists you would sign to your label and 3 emerging artists you would add.
Also, out of every artist you've seen, who has the best or most amusing stage banter?
I'd sleep in late. Around 11ish probably. Wake up and walk downstairs to see my group of best friends sitting down their playing their guitars and rocking out. I'd want to join in, and we'd just play for about two hours. Then, we'd hop up to Mammoth to ski from 1ish til they close at 5. From there, we'd snag the aforementioned plane, take it down to LA and go to Cole's in downtown for dinner and drinks. We'd then hi-tail it over to the Smell to catch one of the awesome Smell shows that we all loved so much. Cap the night off with a ride first to The Daily Pint in Santa Monica for some beers and revelry, and then to Venice, where we'd take out the acoustic guitars and play punk songs while screaming along.
That actually sounds like (without the whole flying from Mammoth thing) lots of my college years.
Possibly, depending on what show you went to. I kind of know them after having booked a show with them in 2007 at UCLA.Also, I would really like to meet Ed Droste. Can you arrange that?
Ha Ha! Just kidding.
Nirvana was the antecedent, but I clearly remember hearing Rancid in 7th grade and wanting to hear more punk. As I already mentioned, I found more of that stuff through reading about the ancestors of bands like REM and the Smiths. When Our Band Could Be Your Life (awesome book, look it up if you've not read it) came out, I bought a copy the first week, and that was really the tipping point for me. That got me into Black Flag, Butthole Surfers, Big Black, Sonic Youth and so many others.
As far as the individual album, it was definitely Can-Tago Mago. I'd never heard anything like it before, I've rarely heard anything like it since. It was something that really hit me, and after that I've always been on the lookout for different, unique musics.
3 Major:Grizzly Bear, Boredoms, Joanna NewsomBecause you offer generous shares of record sales and allow complete artistic freedom, you will be able to add any artist to your roster (even buying out artists who are currently signed to other labels.) Name 3 major artists you would sign to your label and 3 emerging artists you would add.
3 Emerging:Screaming Females, Cold Cave, Fucked Up
That's a tough one. I love Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav) for his absolutely insane stories, rants and general exclamations. Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian says the most charming things, plus he has a great accent. And, just because I love her so and every time she says something on stage it gets a little better, Joanna Newsom.Also, out of every artist you've seen, who has the best or most amusing stage banter?
If you had a chance to go anywhere in the world where would you go to visit? to live?
As far as a place to live, I loved Dunedin in New Zealand when I visited it. It's a small city with a really good local music scene and there's some absolutely stunning nature around there. I saw a penguin in the wild there, they have the only mainland Albatross colony and Killer Whales pod there.
So, you haven't done anything that would turn our worlds? Okay, have you ever done anything that would turn our stomachs? Do you have any bad habits? What would be your worst obnoxious habit or offensive trait, if any?I feel like I was pretty standard. 16, parents were away and the kids will play. I don't really have any exciting sexual stories, I've not done things that would turn your world, and, as I'm fatter than I'd like to be and as a result tend to think that people wouldn't want to be with me the way I am right now, I'm not incredibly active currently.
"Who is this doing this synthetic type of Alpha Beta psychedelic funkin'?"
I've definitely got bad habits. The stock one that everyone has is that I tend to procrastinate. I'm working on that right now, because I can't really procrastinate and survive in my current line of studies. I can also be generally unkempt with my living space, but I'm working on that too. I sometimes pick my nose without noticing it. That one grosses me out. I don't really have too many "gross" habits, just ones that annoy me and I'm sure annoy others.
What's your favorite beer or alcoholic drink?
Cats or dogs?
What is something that would be insignificant to another person but makes you incredibly happy?
Is there a band you were obsessed with 5-10 years ago that you now cannot stand?
I guess one that, more than anything, lots of people wouldn't pay attention to, is incredibly blue skies. Since Bishop is so far from any cities and is so extraordinarily tiny, we get VERY blue skies. People who live there don't ever tend to notice it, but it's the first thing that blows me away when I get home. Also, on the flip side, skylines. I love sitting out at night and seeing a bright skyline filling the sky. I think both become insignificant to people who have lived in an area for any length of time, but I love the minutae of my everyday experiences, so things always tend to jump out at me like that.What is something that would be insignificant to another person but makes you incredibly happy?
Hahahahaha..... Yeah, 10 years ago was 1999 and I was an angsty teenage boy when Nu-Metal was happening. I did listen to some decent music during the time, but I'll not deny that I also listened to absolute shit. LIke, horrible horrible stuff. I owned albums by Creed and Nickelback. I won't lie about it, because it's true, but damn if it isn't lame.Is there a band you were obsessed with 5-10 years ago that you now cannot stand?
most embarassing show youve been to?
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What are you wanting to do with your law degree? Entertainment law?
A reversal of a previous question: Is there a band that you now adore that you couldn't stand 5-10 years ago?
I was at Street Scene when Fergie pissed her pants. That was embarrassing for her. Other than that, I'm not embarrassed by anything I've seen, except maybe Something Corporate (it was a date...That doesn't excuse all the creepy 12 year old girls trying to fuck the dickbag on the piano).
Tons. Absolutely tons. I used to hate Bjork with a passion. She annoyed the living shit out of me, and then I heard the unplugged version of Big Time Sensuality and I was fucking floored. The first time I heard Joanna Newsom, she wasn't exactly someone I couldn't stand, but she grated on me. Now she's possibly my favorite female performer. Antony bored me to tears when I first heard him, and the nuance took time to really work its way into my ear. Those are the three that come to mind, but I know there are more.A reversal of a previous question: Is there a band that you now adore that you couldn't stand 5-10 years ago?
Since cubrocker & I are the only ones askin' questions around here, I'll just keep going!
Junk food weaknesses. Are you a sweet or salty man? Or both?
Songs that make you cry.
How come all the pervs came out of the woodwork for my week? Jeez-Louise!
Perry v. Schwarzenegger. I'm not expecting you to be an expert on constitutional law right now, but what are your opinions on this case?
Do you think this has a real chance of being heard by the Supreme Court?
Ted Olson seems to be [overly?] confident and even seems to feel that this case will end up being his legacy. Is he nutso, or do you think he could actually convince the current Supreme Court (assuming it makes it that far upon appeal) of his case?
I cry at weird stuff. It's not usually sentimental songs so much as when I'm overpowered by how fantastically well made and executed a song is. I cried a little today when I listened to Bombs Over Baghdad and Big Boi's verse hits perfectly with the guitar dropping back in.
But I always get a little misty eyed listening to If She Wants Me by Belle and Sebastian and Sadie by Joanna Newsom. Those two songs are just really personal to me without having any specific connections. They've followed me through some very happy times.
Director: That's tough. Gut instinct says Sergio Leone. That guy really got it when he was on top. I'd also say Tarkovsky, except he seemed like he always had to fight against things and couldn't ever really make what he wanted. But he still made Mirror.
Actor: Fuck it, Bill Murray. He's goofy, but somehow has dignity now. And he hasn't gotten bad. What comedian from his time can say that?
Author: Burroughs. He had a similar sort of later dignity, only his early years were so fucking wild and disturbed and destructive and terrifying, and he was able to somehow write them out.
Top 3 favorite los angeles eateries.
And what was yr best Amoeba find, if any?
who ya gonna pick next week?
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