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Get To Know Your Blogger – Captain’s Dead

We’re working on resurrecting the Get To Know Your Blogger feature from the ashes here at MoB, and what better time than now to introduce you to our friend Greg who runs Captain’s Dead. I was introduced to over at Via Chicago and since that time I have relied on Greg’s site for some great live show downloads and an appreciation of music that I find falls right into line with my own.

Let’s get some general background on you. Where do you live, how long, etc.

I am originally from the Chicagoland area, the south suburbs to be more specific. When I was 19/20 I moved to the city and lived in Roscoe Village and Ukrainian Village for the better part of those 10 years. Then one day the wife and I got the bright idea to move south, mostly due to the fact that we were sick of the weather and the ever rising housing market. We ended up in Atlanta and have been here for almost 4 years. Strangely enough, I actually prefer Atlanta to Chicago at this point. I think we were just over the scene and needed to break away.

I want get an idea of your musical taste evolution if you will. What were some of the first albums/tapes/CD’s you bought?

The fist tape I ever bought, I believe, was either Huey Lewis and the news’ sports or Styx’s Kilroy Was Here. I actually might have bought them on the same day, I cant remember though. I grew up hearing a lot of different styles around my house. My mother listened to a bit of everything, ranging from The Eagles to The Temptations to the Doobie Brothers to Michael Jackson to the Oakridge boys to Barry Manilow to Christopher Cross. I definitely owe it to her on my wide range of musical tastes. Everything came to a head though in 1989 when I first heard Public Enemy’s it takes a nation of millions. That record truly changed my life, even though, at the time, I didnt quite comprehend the subject matter but it was really the complexity, both musically and lyrically, of the record that pulled me in.

How about some of the more recent CD’s you’ve purchased/downloaded?

Most recent purchase was Jason Isbell’s Sirens of the Ditch and Justin Earle’s Yuma. I got a promo of Jason’s record but I really felt the need to purchase it because I love it so. Downloaded? Surely, you jest?

When I started listening to music, there were certain musicians that led me in the path of a lot of other bands. Did you have any similar experiences with bands growing up?

See question #2. Public Enemy was the gateway that led to everything I listen to now.

What are some of your favorite records of all time?

Top 5 on the way

1. guided by voices.bee thousand

2. pavement.crooked rain

3. public enemy.it takes a nation of millions

4. drive by truckers.decoration day

5. afghan whigs.gentlemen

The top 3 really never change, but everything else is subject to my ever changing moods.

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Get to know your blogger – I Guess I’m Floating (Part 1)

I’m happy to provide the first of two “get to know your blogger” features for I Guess I’m Floating. I am actually posting these in reverse order of how they came to me, but they are both great and I hope you enjoy reading them as I much as I have. So to start off, let’s hear from Nathanial….

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Let’s get some general background on you. Where do you live, how long, etc.


I hail from the blogging/horse/fried-chicken rich state of Kentucky. I’ve grown up in Northern Kentucky, just a few minutes shy of Cincinnati. Unlike most Kentucky stereotypes, I grew up driving in cars, wearing shoes, and without a straw hat upon my head. Sorry to disappoint. I was close to going to school in NYC, hence my love for cities, but remained in KY at the University of Kentucky where I’ll be moving into a house at the end of the summer.

I want get an idea of your musical taste evolution if you will. What were some of the first albums/tapes/CD’s you bought?

Well, thanks to my Dad, I grew up with him playing and singing Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, and The Beatles on guitar/piano. Unfortunately, I didn’t truly appreciate that music til later. The first CD I bought was Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. So I guess it could’ve been worse. From then on it was (hardcore) into Nirvana which launched me towards greater music.

How about some of the more recent CD’s you’ve purchased?
The Format – Dog Problem – It’s only available for digital download right now, but it’s worth every penny. My favorite album of the year so far – sooo good.
Oh No! Oh My! – (self-titled) – These guys are great. The album is superb and they’re quickly becoming one of my favorite bands.
Regina Spektor – Begin To Hope – Her voice and piano playing are almost haunting. I didn’t know what to expect when I got this, so I was blown away.
Where do you buy the majority of your records? Do you support a particular record store in your area, buy online, and if so, where?
CD Central in Lexington (back at school) is a great little store with pretty decent prices and inventory. I try to stop in there once a week at least, but most of the time I’ll end up buying a lot of my stuff online via artist sites, etc.
When I started listening to music, there were certain musicians that led me in the path of a lot of other bands. Did you have any similar experiences with bands growing up?
Yes, definitely. Like I said, I got into Nirvana hardcore which led me to Neutral Milk Hotel and Modest Mouse. MM and NMH led me into a ton of new music from there on out. Looking back, I realize how awesome of a time that was.
What are some of your favorite records of all time?
Modest Mouse – This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About
Elliot Smith – XO
The Beatles – Abbey Road/Revolver/Rubber Soul
Nirvana – Nevermind/In Utero
Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Mason Jennings – Use Your Voice
Ray LaMontagne – Trouble
Radiohead – Kid A
Any idea how many albums are in your collection?
I have no idea. I can’t even fathom how many. Pick a large and seemingly unnecessary number and thats it.
If you could spend time with 3 musicians, who would you choose?
Issac Brock, Mozart, and John Lennon.

I’m sure you’ve seen some great concerts. Can you tell me what the first concert you saw was and when? To follow that up, are there any particular shows that stand out in terms of being favorites?

Boy oh boy. The first concert I saw was Bruce Hornsby with my Dad and rest of the family at the Cincinnati Zoo. It was awesome. Seeing Modest Mouse is always a treat, but there was a time when Mason Jennings opened for them in Chicago that was increddible. My Dad has taken me to see Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, and Paul McCartney…so those were all awesome. He’s got a pretty good track record.

What are some bands that you haven’t gotten the chance to see live, but would really like to?

The Arcade Fire, which I am kicking myself for not being able to see them last summer. I passed up Elliot Smith a few years ago at the Southgate House. Words can’t put into words how angry I was and still am. The Flaming Lips, though I’ll see them at Lolla. I’d also like to see Neutral Milk Hotel before I die.

Can you tell me what got you into blogging, and are you surprised by the popularity your blog has attained?

It’s a sweet, but short, M83 song.

What are some of your favorite blogs? Music or otherwise.

I had been reading blogs for a couple of months before going in with Conor on iGIF. What really got me into it was my love and quest for new and great music, which I usually did as a (silly) hobby via MySpace and various searches. I met up with Connor through Elliot Smith downloading on Soulseek and started talking via IM’s and whatnot. He just started a small blog then and the I came on board. He made a sweet new layout, I started writing more and so did he and then things kinda started to fall in place. I’m still a little shocked at the popularity, not just of our blog, but the blogging community. It is just insanely huge and awesome.

How important do you think music blogs are in general? Do you think they will continue to be as popular as they are today?

I think music blogs are really important. Any more, I feel like music blogs are the only connection between music fans and the bands. It’s a raw source of uncontrollable energy and appreciation that has been taken over and desensitized by the whole corporate scene. Blogs are important in stimulating interest and buzz around the grassroots of music fans. Blogs have a good judge of talet too. Most of the bands that people are liking started to get talked about blogs before they ever went of the national tours or were signed to record labels.

Blogs should continue in popularity, I would think. The internet and information era is getting bigger and bigger, so it would only make sense. I do feel, however, that the already established blogs will continue to grow and it’ll be harder for new blogs to pop up. Blogosphere is just like the music industry. Sure there are a ton of bands/blogs out there, but only the really talented writers/musicians are gonna develop a following. And just like there are a ton of bands, there are going to be a ton of blogs.

What are some of your favorite blogs? Music or otherwise.

YANP and I go to the same school, so I’d find myself reading and liking his a lot. MOKB has also been sweet. I really like the Trees Lounge, Fuel/Friends, Rock Insider, Marathon Packs, Everybody Cares, and of course The Muzzle.

Let’s get away from music for a bit. What are some of your favorite movies and television shows?

I’ll name only a few from each, because this list will get outta control if I don’t contain myself. My favorite movies are along the lines of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bandits, Adaptation, Annie Hall, Rules of Attraction, Vanilla Sky, etc. I used to not watch a lot of TV, but a dorm room can change that. I’ve always loved Buffy, South Park, and Seinfeld. Family Guy, Nip/Tuck, and Grey’s Anatomy are also great.

Outside of music do you have any other interests or projects?

I’m obsessed with film, directing and writing mainly. I’m really intrigued in screenwriting, stagewriting, etc. I can see myself doing something with writing and film in the future, hopefully that is. To expand on my inner dork, I am a huge comic book reader. I have been since early on and still do. I love history, debating, dating, and reading random things on Wikipedia.

A lot of people have a favorite concert t-shirt, do you have one?
I bought my frist Modest Mouse t-shirt a few years back at one of their shows in NYC and it’s near and dear to me. I also have this really awesome Elliott Smith shrit that I only wish I could wear to a show. :[
In your opinion, what’s the best place to eat on your city?
Skyline Chili. It’s an orgasm in your mouth. I’m not even kidding. I make weird faces and/or moan when I take my first bite. It’s that good.
Animals dressed as humans. Funny or not?
It would be one of the funniest things ever….IF the animal dressed itself. Otherwise, not funny.
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Get to know your blogger – Village Indian

I’m happy to announce that I have some new “get to know your blogger” features on the way this week and I wanted to start off with one of my favorites, Village Indian. Not only does Amrit have a fantastic blog, but you can also find him posting his concert reviews of the NYC area on Stereogum as well. I’d like to thank Amrit for his time, and I hope you enjoy the interview below.

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Let’s get some general background on you. Where do you live, how long, etc.

I pass my days in the East Village of Manhattan. Born in Queens, raised on Long Island. Moved to a Philly burb (Valley Forge) for my teenage years, did the education tour and am back where it all began. Nothing quite like it. Come visit. I have a sofa you guys can all sleep on. Five floor walk up though. Get your step on.

I want get an idea of your musical taste evolution if you will. What were some of the first albums/tapes/CD’s you bought?
Hmm. First albums were Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill, Def Leppard’s Hyseria and Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet. Those were the sounds of my first summer at camp. I devoured that stuff. I remember Sting and Kool and the Gang being favorites of my (younger) brother’s and mine as well. We had a fun game, where we would “claim” music. If you “owned” a band, the other wasn’t allowed to sing along to it. I made up that game. I think I owned everything (except Phil Collins and Kool and the Gang). But I’m more lenient about what I allow him to sing now. Sometimes.
How about some of the more recent CD’s you’ve purchased?
Hmm. Well, I’ll give you some of my favorites on the year. Land of Talk, Love is All, Sunset Rubdown, Beirut (am I sounding like a blogger yet?), Man Man, Hot Chip, Phoenix, Birdmonster, Cold War Kids (Up In Rags EP), Elvis Perkins, Forward Russia, Thom Yorke, TV On The Radio, . And a ton of others, but those come to mind as I type.
Where do you buy the majority of your records? Do you support a particular record store in your area, buy online, and if so, where?
Other Music is around the corner from me, so I guess I’ll say “Other Music.” Aziz famously lampooned the place, but the guys that work there are imminently approachable. Just don’t ask for anything Pitchfork gave less than a 7.5 to. I kid. They have a great staff, and it’s a fun way to spend a few hours and dollars. But I don’t really buy any music there. The Internets supplies me the morsels of data I need to keep my iPod fat.
When I started listening to music, there were certain musicians that led me in the path of a lot of other bands. Did you have any similar experiences with bands growing up?
Somewhat. I played lead guitar for a nearly signed band in high school and, a few years later, gave it a go as a singer-songwriter. Both those pursuits really informed my listening. The guys I was copping on guit or vocally were little beacons, directing me through the morass of crap music MTV was shoving down my adolescent throat. I feel lucky that I started playing violin when I was in 3rd grade. It’s been nothing but green lights from there.
What are some of your favorite records of all time?
Ooh. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead, Radiohead OK Computer, Jeff Buckley Grace, Rufus Wainwright’s Poses, Pixies Surfer Rosa, Bowie’s Hunky Dory, Beatles Revolver, John Lennon Plastic Ono/Imagine, Tom Waits Rain Dogs, The Smiths The Queen Is Dead, Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People, . Albums of the last few years that really amaze me are Arcade Fire’s Funeral and Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm. That’s a pretty poor cross section of my favorites but honestly my eyes are getting screwed up from scrolling through my iTunes.
Any idea how many albums are in your collection?
None, unfortunately. Between promo CDs and my days as a Columbia House/BMG member (10 CDs for a penny!), my apartment is a veritable mine(field) of gem cases. My iTunes says 45.92 GB of music, but that has to be a fraction of what I have.
If you could spend time with 3 musicians, who would you choose?
John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright. I was gonna say Thom Yorke too, but you only wanted three. So I won’t say Thom Yorke. John Coltrane’s music is one of the purest expressions of a mental and spiritual state in sound; the heights he reaches are pretty astonishing. You can literally hear him come to some sort of an understanding as he plays through A Love Supreme. He gets somewhere. And I think that’s what we’re all going for when we listen to music. To be taken somewhere. Jeff Buckley exudes the same sort of spirit, and in terms of sheer talent and technique, the guy was a singular artist. I added Rufus to lighten up the party, while still bringing something to the table musically. I’ve traded words with him when I’ve seen him around the city, but seeing him do the Judy Garland material at Carnegie Hall last night really brought it home. He’s a clown, a brilliant songwriter and a star.
I’m sure you’ve seen some great concerts. Can you tell me what the first concert you saw was and when? To follow that up, are there any particular shows that stand out in terms of being favorites?
First show was Faith No More. I dragged my parents to it. My brother and I were knee-high to a tadpole and wearing leather jackets. Mike Patton was an absolute animal. Billy Idol was headlining. He had a 50 foot inflatable lady on stage for ” L.A. Woman.” I’m pretty sure the sole purpose of the prop was for him to able to say “Look at the tits on her!” Which he did, natch. I’ll never forget that, nor my dad calling out the pot smell in the air.
Favorites? Oh, that’s impossible. They’re all my babies. What are some bands that you haven’t gotten the chance to see live, but would really like to?
Great thing about living in New York. You get to see everything. There aren’t any bands of my time that I haven’t seen that I’d be dying to. Guns N’ Roses, for one. There are of course classics (Joy Division, , etc), but that would require a time machine (or incredibe taste as a grade schooler). And if the question was “what would you do with a time machine?” and I answered “go see Joy Division,” well, that would make me look like a sad little man. But yeah, that’s probably what I’d do with a time machine.
Can you tell me what got you into blogging, and are you surprised by the popularity your blog has attained?

Incessantly barraging my friends inboxes with emails of band suggestions, recapping shows I went to, reading other blogs. Said friends constantly prodded me to start a blog of my own (probably as a sort of spam filter). Well, it worked. But it took time; there are so many blogs out there, it seems a bit daunting and a bit futile. So yeah, in that context, that I have the readership I do is totally humbling and amazing. I have a great time with it, and it makes it that much more fun to know that what I’m writing will actually be read.

What are some of your favorite blogs? Music or otherwise.

My favorite blog is Stereogum, hands down. Of course, being a contributor makes me a bit partial. Scott’s writing is intelligent and pithy, and he has an uncanny ability to find the funny. He’s created something special and unique, and I love being a part of it. Stereogum takes the piss out of the scene, while still feeding it and being informative. There’s nothing like it.

I’m also addicted to Brooklyn Vegan. He has great taste and has done well to position himself as an information resource for concert goers and indie audiophiles. Before I got blogging, they were my two. They were both really supportive when I started, and I’m eternally grateful for that.

Others I check regularly include Largehearted Boy , My Old Kentucky Blog , Gorilla Vs. Bear, Marathonpacks, Said the Gramophone, Coolfer and my good friends Yeti and Jen @ Daily Refill / Gothamist.

How important do you think music blogs are in general? Do you think they will continue to be as popular as they are today?

Well I think blogs are incredibly important. With the proliferation of these sites, the big dogs become even more important; more people turn on to the phenomenen by the day, and aside from the few that they come to know on a personal level, they gravitate to the pioneers. The traffic for those sites continues to grow, but this shouldn’t marginalize the efforts of those “in the trenches.” Bands attain critical mass when bloggers operate in concert to promote them, and the blogosphere is richer for the hard work of the masses. Sound like a commie, don’t I? Guess it’s all that ¡Forward, Russia! I’ve been listening to.

Let’s get away from music for a bit. What are some of your favorite movies and television shows?

Chips, Jonie Loves Chachie, Facts of Life, Different Strokes and Meet The Press.

Actually, I don’t really watch much TV anymore. I do watch Meet the Press when I can, but I get most of my info from The Daily Show (further feeding my warped world view). I get some yucks from Family Guy and Entourage. I used to watch anything and everything though. Those were some good times.

Outside of music do you have any other interests or projects?

I’m rather one-dimensional in that respect. I have a law degree, which is neither interesting nor an interest. I used to write a lot of songs (and won a BMG songwriting competition or two), but I don’t really find time for it anymore. I’m really much happier seeing shows, listeing to music, blogging and further alienating myself from “normal” sects of society.

A lot of people have a favorite concert t-shirt, do you have one?

I just got a ¡Forward, Russia! t-shirt. I like that one this week.

In your opinion, what’s the best place to eat on your city?
That’s probably the most impossibly difficult question to answer. I’ve really been feeling the Organic Grill on 1st Ave b/t 7th and 8th recently. Great sushi at Tomoe in the Village (Sullivan b/t Macdougal and Houston); no fuss, stripped down, just insanely fresh slabs of sashimi as big as your head. Brunch at Mogador (St. Marks’ b/t 1st and A). Falafel at Falafel Star (7th St.) . Lombardi’s pizza on Spring St. in NoLIta is off the chain. Da Silvano is some great pasta in the West Village. Essa Bagel (Yiddish for “Everything On A Bagel”) on 21st and 1st is pretty amazing; so is the Bagel Shop on Bedford in Williamsburg. For Indian, I hit up the Punjabi grocery store on Houston b/t 1st and Ave. A; just like mommy made! But if you want some ambience and you want to, like, sit or something, I suggest Banjara at the corner of 1st Ave and 6th St (right across from my house, actually); that strip on 6th St is called Curry Row, but Banjara is a shining light of excellence. A meal fit for an Indian Maharaja. Best on the block, hands down. But you know, I don’t really eat out much.
Animals dressed as humans. Funny or not?

There’s a point to which it’s funny and endearing. Then there’s that scary place where it’s a little creepy. The East Village is decidedly in that scary place. Welcome.

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Get to know your blogger – San Diego Serenade

Conor from San Diego Serenade sits down for a “get to know your blogger” feature here at Muzzle of Bees, and I couldn’t be happier. Talk about good answers! I hope you enjoy the following, and please join me in thanking Conor for his great answers and horrible links to kittens dressed up as other animals….

Let’s get some general background on you. Where do you live, how long, etc.

I live in San Diego, in a neighborhood called Pacific Beach. We live across the street from the beach and next to Ralphs, a grocery store. My record for going to Ralphs is four times in one day. I’ve lived in San Diego since fall 2003, and before that attended UVA and before that lived in Vienna, VA, home of the Vienna Inn and the Shouse Village Sharks.

I want get an idea of your musical taste evolution if you will. What were some of the first albums/tapes/CD’s you bought?

The first albums I ever obtained were given to me as gifts. First would probably be Billy Joel “Storm Front” which included every third graders inexplicable favorite song “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” I wrote and performed parody lyrics to “We Didn’t Start the Fire” at our third grade year end picnic. After that came “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘em.” The first CDs that I ever purchased of my own accord were Nirvana “Nevermind” and Metallica “The Black album.” I bought Metallica in person, and ordered Nirvana from BMG. So I probably took steps to buy Nevermind first, but had Metallica in my possession before it arrived.

How about some of the more recent CD’s you’ve purchased?

I bought a CD by a band called Holiday & The Adventure Pop Collective after I saw them play at a local bar. I was in a friendly, “support the arts” kind of mood and their live show was pretty awesome. My mom just gave me a CD called West of the West by Dave Alvin who recorded a bunch of songs by different musicians that were born in California. On Itunes I bought a bluegrass version of Hail To The Redskins the day that they lost to the Seahawks in the playoffs this season and a version of “Honky Tonk Woman” by Humble Pie that I heard on XM and had to have.

Do you support a particular record store in your area, buy online, and if so, where?

I don’t. To me, the quality neighborhood record store is kind of like appreciating Jazz or liking sushi. All are things that, in theory, I wish were part of my life. Appreciating a nice Jazz piece, or wanting to try the Super Spicy Octopus roll are things that I would love to be able to do, but accept that that sort of appreciation in practicality is either boring or disgusting. A good local record store I see the same way. Sure, it would be nice to have a place where you can go and trust the clerks for recommendations, and walk out with a band you’ve never heard of, all while meeting new people and discovering something new about yourself. But I have bought into this “internet” thing pretty hard, and believe that will be where I get my music recommendations, samples, news, rumors, all that sort of stuff. Especially since now you have access to the same or better sources that previously were closely guarded by the elitist music store clerks.

When I started listening to music, there were certain musicians that led me in the path of a lot of other bands. Did you have any similar experiences with bands growing up?

It’s hard to really map out paths of music. I would say that friends of mine influenced my listening more than a certain artist opening up doors that I never knew existed. Sometimes when I find an artist that I like and try to listen to the recommended artists that in theory “go along” with that artist, I’m severely disappointed. An example of this would be listening to everyone that is described as being like Neutral Milk Hotel. That’s how someone sold the Decemberists to me. What a vulgar, offensive, horseshit comparison. That’s like in Friday where Smokey gets told the blind date he’s set up with looks like Janet Jackson and ends up looking like Freddie Jackson.

But one example that sticks out in my mind is how the Wu-Tang Clan turned me around to rap. In the ninth grade I borrowed a dubbed tape of 36 Chambers from a guy who was borrowing it from someone else. I didn’t like what I thought I knew about rap at that point in time, but I found myself strangely transfixed by this tape, which I listened to over and over again, A) what the hell was going on, B) what movies those kung fu samples came from, C) who each voice belonged to and D) was this RZA guy the same person as the GZA? That made me want to seek out more rap, which I learned was not just vulgar, mysoginistic, violent music. It was vulgar, mysoginistic, violent music with cool nicknames that lets you debate which of your friends equates to which member of the Wu.

What are some of your favorite records of all time?

Velvet Underground “Loaded”, Paul Simon “Paul Simon”, Snoop Dogg “Doggystyle”, Bob Dylan “Blood on the Tracks”, Neutral Milk Hotel “In the Aeroplane Over The Sea”. Those are five in no particular order. My favorite albums are ones that I pretty much can’t/don’t listen to anymore because there have been times when I’ve just overloaded on them. But as opposed to the forgettable albums and songs that you overdose on and never return to again, the rare times I’ll put one of these on is like pouring through an old photo album in terms of the memories and feelings they bring up. Knowing every stitch of them inside and out (except for “Oh Comely” And “Rosemary, Lily and the Jack of Hearts” which I always skip over) can only be a result of listening to each of these for what would definitely amount to a solid week each if you put each listening period back to back

Any idea how many albums are in your collection?

I pretty much run everything through Itunes, so here’s what Itunes has to say: 1238 Artists, 2247 Albums, 28,814 Songs and 82 Days, 9 Hours, 23 Minutes and 15 seconds of playing time. I also remember distinctly when I was forced by multiple BMG membershps to upgrade to the unwieldy double wide 48 CD CaseLogic case.

If you could spend time with 3 musicians, who would you choose?

I’d say Bob Dylan. I don’t imagine he’d be that fun, but I’ve listened to him so much, at so many different historical moments in my life, that I’d like to do it nevertheless. I’ve had two dreams where I’ve hung with him, and they’ve both been really wierd, but strangely normal encounters. I’d also say Tom Waits, since he seems like far more of an entertaining person and gregarious personality. I’d just like to listen to his stories all night, even though I think I remember reading that he doesn’t drink anymore. Third is a definite drop off from the top two, but I’ll pick Snoop in terms of how much fun it would be to just roll around town with him all night long. I don’t see how that could conceivably be anything other than the greatest night possible.

I’m sure you’ve seen some great concerts. Can you tell me what the first concert you saw was and when? To follow that up, are there any particular shows that stand out in terms of being favorites?

The first concert I saw was Green Day at the Patriot Center in 1994. This was 8th grade, and it was the big time. I got separated from the friend I went with, Edward Patterson, during the opening gay punk band “Pansy Division.” I spent the whole time in “The Pit.” I “Crowd surfed.” I wore the shirt to school the next day, as did at least a dozen other kids. It was awesome. What made it more awesome was that I had gotten detention twice in the month leading up to the concert, both times in Mrs. Hudson’s gym class, and my parents said if I got one more detention I couldn’t go, so the whole concert had a sort of forbidden, “could be snatched away at any minute” feel to it.

I have seen some great shows. Radiohead in Montreal. Bob Dylan & Paul Simon. Arcade Fire at the Casbah. Bruce Springsteen earlier this week at the Greek. Probably the fondest and most unique memory I have though was the Tibetan Freedom Concert in ’98 at RFK Stadium. A guy got us backstage passes, and I ended up chasing Mike D of the Beastie Boys down after they had just performed so I could shake his hand. I said “Can I tell my friends I shook your hand?” He sort of frowned and said “You don’t actually have to shake my hand, you can just tell them you did.” I said: “I don’t want to lie to them man!” Then he briskly shook my hand and walked off. If you read the messages I wrote in peoples yearbooks that year, pretty much 90% of them deal with Mike D and how awesome it was when I shook his hand.

What are some bands that you haven’t gotten the chance to see live, but would really like to?

Definitely Tom Waits. He needs to get his act together and play some damn shows. Brian Wilson doing Smile would have been cool. And probaby Guns N’ Roses. I went to the show in Philly on the first ill-fated Chinese Democracy tour, which I believe was the last or second to last show before the tour got cancelled. It was pretty nuts, a borderline riot. People ripping chairs up, storming around angry, lighting a few fires, full riot gear police. It was kind of what you sort of hope happens at a GNR concert, because it is a good story, but it was scarier than you’d think. I’d like to see them actually perform at some point in time.

How did you choose the name of your blog?

When I decided to start a blog, I knew picking a name was the kind of thing that could take forever if you really thought about it, so I just did it really quickly. San Diego Serenade is a song by Tom Waits off of “The Heart of Saturday Night.” It doesn’t mention the city by name, but is one of the few songs related to the city in some degree, and certainly one of the few by an artist who I really like. As a bonus, the domain name was available. Sometimes I wish I had taken a bit more time to come up with the name, becuase San Diego Serenade seems kind of wussy at times. But as I said, I usually spend more time coming up with an answer to being asked “You want fries with that?” than I did kicking around names for my blog.

The possibilities for a new blog names are endless and ridiculous: “Pianos filled with flames.” “Sparks that ring” “A little boy in Spain” (used ironically or by an actual male blogging from Spain.) And all those are just from one song

Can you tell me what got you into blogging, and are you surprised by the popularity your blog has attained?

On February 7th, 2006, at 11:44 AM, my friend Richard sent me this brief email: “Is there a good SD music blog? Why don¹t you do that?”
I wrote back: “I was just thinking that. i dont know if there is one, I’ll look at it. I dont know if i have it in me though. reporting on just minutae (sic) about fucking everyone coming to town. i guess i could give it a shot though.”

As you can tell I was enthusiastic about the suggestion. But give it a shot I did. I think I registered the domain name later that day. I didn’t tell anyone about it for a while, I just sort of let it build on its own. The RBI Baseball ’86 World Series video made it a secret no longer, and is probably responsible for how most people came across it. I’ve been able to maintain a fraction of that ridiculous traffic, and am happy to have done so. I guess you could say I’m surprised. I pretty much just write about stuff I like, in manner that I enjoy. When it overlaps with the interests of other people, I think that’s great. When it conflicts with other peoples interests and tastes, those people are morons.

What are some of your favorite blogs? Music or otherwise.

I like reading Muzzle of Bees because even though I’ve never met you, you’re my friends friend so I feel like we’re on the same page. I like reading Brooklyn Vegan because my friend dates him and so I’ve met him a few times. I like reading Aquarium Drunkard because he posts good music, and he was one of the first blogs someone pointed out to me so I got in the habit of checking him out. I read Pitchfork, but I don’t really read it as much as skim it for interesting sounding news or artists that I might like. I rely on the Hype Machine a great deal to show me what people are excited about. I rely on other peoples blogs and blog rolls to point out some of the best stuff that is going on. Like I say below, I love all the information that is available, but at times it can overwhelm me. When you find yourself reading about music on blogs more than you actually listen to music, your priorities are out of wack, and I feel like that can happen rather easily.

Non music wise I like Boing Boing. I think that stuff they post about copyright, DRM, the Electronic Frontiers Foundation is all very interesting. So much stuff has changed and is going to change further because of the internet, such as music, movies, media, software, information, and I find the resistance to it on behalf of major corporations to be almost as interesting as the changes themselves.

How important do you think music blogs are in general? Do you think they will continue to be as popular as they are today?

I think that they are important and that they will get more important. When one person can gain an audience for his opinions about music, that is never a bad thing. Consolidation of outlets to hear about new artists is the direction that other forms of media have gone in, and blogs are the exact opposite. The community of music bloggers seems like a welcoming and encouraging one, thankfully not as elitist as one would fear.

However, I think it’s important to keep things in perspective in terms of the influence of blogs. I have a few main fears for the future of music blogs:

1. Readership often depends on access to music. It’s no secret that a large part of the attraction for anyone reading a music blog is the free music provided. It’s easy to go to a blog, skirt over or ignore anything written, and download all the posted content. Many artists support blogs and give their mp3s out freely to them, but I feel like the up-front nature of blogs, with their easily identifiable owners, is still in its pre-napster phase. There’s no way to tell how or if this is going to change, but when it does it will be bad. Part of what makes something like the Summer Songs series on Muzzle of Bees great is that you can listen to the song while you read someones description of it. If that were taken away from a blog, you would have substantially less interest I imagine.

2. The torrential pace at which things move. New content attracts readers, obviously. But I don’t like the frenetic pace at which artists come and go through the blogs. To me, having constant recommendations for artists, songs, albums, concerts, can sometimes amount to a Boy Who Cried Wolf scenario, as in, if everything is heartily recommended by a blog, how do we know when they are REALLY heartily recommending something, like seriously this time? Like what is that Beirut guy up to these days? Was that his moment in the sun? Are people still talking about him? I think part of what makes music fun is anticipation and permanence, and blogs, and the internet as a whole, have chipped away at both of these two things.

Let’s get away from music for a bit. What are some of your favorite movies and television shows?

Movies – Field of Dreams, Rushmore, Dirty Work, Disney’s Robin Hood, Dazed & Confused, The Stoned Age, The Queens of Comedy, The Natural, The Royal Tenenbaums, Akira, It’s a Wonderful Life. All are tremendous movies worth watching over and over again. If the Stoned Age doesn’t sit well with you the first time, that’s understandable. Its production values are a major obstacle to overcome, yet repeated viewings of it reveal it’s brilliance like the tough outer layers of an artichoke giving way to the sweet, sweet heart. Derek, if you’re reading this, I want my copy of it back.

I believe that the worst movie of all time is The Deer Hunter. It is mind numbing.

TV – The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Family Guy, The Daily Show, The Wonder Years, The Shield, Lost. No real surprises here. As dedicated as I was to the Simpsons for the majority of my life (I got our third grade mock city to adopt the “Bart” as our unit of currency), and as religiously as I watch it now, the show is a sad shell of its golden years. The Wonder Years is as good as you remember it (read: Winnie Cooper is as hot as you remember her.) And I recently watched both Seasons of Lost, 45 episodes in under ten days.

Outside of music do you have any other interests or projects?

Yes indeed. I play bass guitar for a band, Re-Ree, that I’ve been in since 8th Grade. We get in one show a year, if we’re lucky. One time our drummers dad, after hearing us rehearse a particularly vulgar song, told us “There’s a line…and Re-Ree is just way, way over that line.” I also write a comic strip, Permanent Tanooki that is published on the internet. I wrote that for three years during college and just started it up again recently. I also am heavily involved in the High Five community, and champion the holiday I co-founded, National High Five Day every April. I root for the Nationals and pray for the Mets to lose.

A lot of people have a favorite concert t-shirt, do you have one?

I stopped buying the concert shirts early on in my concert going career. I’d rather make my own t-shirts. However, I purchased shirts from the first two concerts I went to, and still have and wear both of them. They are both from 1994, one is a black Green Day “Dookie Tour ’94″ shirt, and the other is an off white Hootie and the Blowfish shirt.

In your opinion, what’s the best place to eat on your city?

The place I go to most often is the Liar’s Club, in Mission Beach. Great varieties of beer on tap, delicious bar-style food, good jukebox, and on the rare occasions they have live music, and awesome place to see a band. That’s pretty much my go to place that friends are undoubtedly tired of me suggesting. Also delicious is Phil’s Bar B Q in Mission Hills. I first discovered it when we were going to a nearby fancy restaurant. I could smell the BBQ aroma from two blocks away, and intensely regretted that we weren’t going there. It was like driving past DisneyLand on the way to The Museum of Macrame. As far as nicer places go, you can’t go wrong with Kemo Sabe in Hillcrest. My family was blown away when we took them there. Unique dishes, awesome deserts, and I never thought I’d say this about a restaurant, but the presentation of the food is ridiculously cool. You definitely crane your neck to see what other people have ordered when it arrives.

Animals dressed as humans. Funny or not?

Emphatic vote for funny. Also very funny are animals dressed as other animals. Please link to these pictures: Frog-cat, chick-cat and bear-cat. I would rank, in order of funniness:

1. Animals dressed as other animals.

2. Animals dressed as people, especially specific subsets/professions of people, such as detectives, ballerinas or monacle sporting tycoons/barons.

3. (A distant third) People dressed as animals. However, depending on how shitty the costume is the funniness can vary greatly. The only time this surpasses #2 is when the person dressed as an animal is being harassed and abused by children. The only time it surpasses #1 is when blows or projectiles to the crotch are involved. As a man of refined tastes, I find myself thinking about these scenarios quite a bit.

Now that I think about it, “A Man Of Refined Tastes” would have been a great name for my blog…

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Get to know your blogger – IndieInterviews.com

I’ve got a flight to Philadelphia that leaves in about an hour, so stay with me for a few more days until I get get my breath back from being all over the place the last week. I’m happy that Garrison from IndieInterviews.com was able to answer my questions for our Get to know your blogger feature. I’m sure that the majority of you are familiar with Garrison’s site, but if not I strongly suggest you make it a weekly stop. With recent interviews with Clem Snide front man Eef Barzelay and Mates of State, Garrison really offers up some great podcast interviews, and is a great guy as well. Check out his site and I hope you enjoy his answers to my questions.

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Let’s get some general background on you. Where do you live, how long, etc.

I currently live in Plano, a suburb of Dallas. I have lived here since I moved from Austin in August 2005.

Before that I lived in Austin for the summer post-graduation. Before that, I lived in San Marcos (30 minutes south of Austin) where I went to the university Texas State University for 4 years.

I want get an idea of your musical taste evolution if you will. What were some of the first albums/tapes/CD’s you bought?

The first cassette I remember owning was a ’50s mix w/ Buddy Holly and Fats Domino – that I got at the craft store Michaels. I listened to music way before then in the car with my dad – The Beatles, James Taylor and NPR.

The first CD I ever bought was Ride The Lightning by Metallica. When I was in high school, Metallica opposed Napster so aggressively that I ripped all of their catalog onto my hard drive and sold them to Half Price Books. I think I got $9 but I had made my peace and haven’t listened to them since.

How about some of the more recent CD’s you’ve purchased?

Luiz Bonfa – Solo in Rio 1959. It’s a beautifully minimalistic work. Lovely guitar virtuoso work with this Brazilian bossa-nova core.

Electric President – s/t.

I bought some of the Bob Dylan live records over the summer. I buy old music I just now come across (recently it was Joni Mitchell’s Court & Spark and Nico’s Chelsea Girls). For new music, I buy more music at shows than at a shop.

Where do you buy the majority of your records? Do you support a particular record store in your area, buy online, and if so, where?

Good Records is the only place in Dallas worth your time. They just moved. It’s now on Lower Greenville. If I can’t find it there, or they can’t special order it quickly, it’s not available. Period.

When I started listening to music, there were certain musicians that led me in the path of a lot of other bands. Did you have any similar experiences with bands growing up?

Totally. I have a list, a short list, of the bands who like wildfire led me on journeys. Built to Spill is one. Sunny Day Real Estate is one.

But more than bands, it’s been friends of mine. People who wouldn’t let you leave without hearing this or that. They know who they are. It makes me be just that aggressive with sharing bands to those with a desire for something new to their palette.

What are some of your favorite records of all time?

Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker.

Modest Mouse – Lonesome Crowded West.

Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children.

Godspeed! You Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists…

Clem Snide – Ghost of Fashion.

The Long Winters – When I Pretend To Fall.

Hank Williams Sr. – Original Singles Collection…Plus

Any idea how many albums are in your collection?

I have a weak vinyl collection which I have been hesitant to boost. I have been reducing a lot on music spending and thanks to amazing promoters, I have still had the ability to hear amazing new things without the enormous cost. 200 cds & 200 vinyls approximately & an iPod full.

If you could spend time with 3 musicians, who would you choose?

Jeff Tweedy, John Roderick, Beck

I’m sure you’ve seen some great concerts. Can you tell me what the first concert you saw was and when? To follow that up, are there any particular shows that stand out in terms of being favorites?

My first concert was Nickelodeon’s The Elephant Show with Sharon, Lois & Bram at the Michigan State campus in Lansing in 1990. I was 8 and it was surely one of the highlights of my first 10 years on the planet.

I saw David Dondero in Dallas 8 months ago (during the Hurricane Katrina/Rita evacuations) and it was just me and my former roommate. Dondero was our summer addiction. To have the night with just us and him was bizarre but incredible. He took requests by asking “What do y’all want to hear?” followed by a snicker. It’s also moment where it became perfectly clear to me Dallas ISN’T Austin.

Other cool shows have been Jimmy Eat World @ Fitzgerald’s in Houston (2000), The Promise Ring at a Chicago street festival (2001), Andrew Bird @ Hole in the Wall in Austin (2003), Bonnie Prince Billy @ Triple Crown in San Marcos (2004), The Polyphonic Spree @ Stubb’s (inside) also in Austin (2003).

What are some bands that you haven’t gotten the chance to see live, but would really like to?

Do Make Say Think, The Baptist Generals, Cat Power, The Coral, TV on the Radio (Dallas – 4/23) and bands that don’t exist (Dismemberment Plan, At The Drive In, and Halo Benders)

How did you choose the name of your blog/podcast?

I knew I wanted to start doing podcasts with independent artists and not just the ordinary playlist podcast, but interviews coupled with music. So IndieInterviews.com was just a basic addition of those ideas. I was also trying to avoid paying for shows. If I had gone and found IndieInterviews.com not available, I had considered the domain Guestlisted.com. I never got there because IndieInterviews was available. I don’t know if the other is open or not.

Can you tell me what got you into blogging, and are you surprised by the popularity your blog has attained?

I was reading an absurd amount of blogs and it was informing me of a ton of music. I wanted to somehow involve myself within that. I had just got out of school where I had worked for the college radio station (KTSW 89.9) and had this need to stay involved somehow with that. And to the latter, absolutely. I am really amazed. Some days even just knowing that my podcast is on iTunes is cool and surprising.

What are some of your favorite blogs? Music or otherwise.

LargeHeartedBoy.com, Gorilla Vs Bear.net, YouAin’tNoPicasso, My favorite podcasts are Tracks Up The Tree, a few NPR podcasts & the alt/modern rock channel on IndieFeed.com.

How important do you think music blogs are in general? Do you think they will continue to be as popular as they are today?

I think they are amazingly important. I love that fact that most blogs are clearly the taste and perspective of one person. Not the averaged tastes of a staff all working within the publication’s parameters. I think this alone is success. Word of mouth translated onto screen. I hope it all becomes more popular, trusted and successful.

Let’s get away from music for a bit. What are some of your favorite movies and television shows?

I am really into Hitchcock and Woody Allen films. Rear Window is my favorite film ever.

I don’t have fancy cable television so I Netflix HBO & Showtime series like Deadwood, Carnivale and Six Feet Under.

Outside of music do you have any other interests or projects?

I just got my cousin’s PlayStation2 and I play Katamari Damacy after work sometimes.

A lot of people have a favorite concert t-shirt, do you have one?

No. I have donated most of mine as my interest is lost in the bands. I think the only remaining band shirt I have is for the Denton band Midlake.

In your opinion, what’s the best place to eat on your city?

I don’t really have a favorite in Dallas yet. As for Austin, the vegetarian restaurant Mother’s, Jimmy John’s Subs and Thai Kitchen on Guadalupe.

Animals dressed as humans. Funny or not?

Yes. But a human dressed like an animal, that’s even funnier.

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Get to know your blogger – The Perm & Skullet

Today, I happy to provide another “get to know your blogger” interview with one of my favorite blogs, The Perm & Skullet.  The guy behind this blog is Matt, and he’s been kind enough to give some really well thought out and well written answers.  Please make sure you check out his site, and I hope you enjoy the interview.  Thank you Matt for your time!

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Let’s get some general background on you. Where do you live, how long, etc.

First, let me say thanks for asking me to participate in your GTKYB series. An honor and a privilege. So here goes…

I live in Raleigh, NC with my wife and we have been here for about 5 years now. I love the city and it’s neighbors, Chapel Hill and Durham. There is a pretty large music scene here and my buddy Todd, who was a DJ for WXYC, and a fellow music fanatic, has been bringing me up to date on, let’s say the past 15/20 years of this area’s music scene.

Before NC, I lived in Gainesville and attended the University of Florida for my college experience. Looking back now, I guess UF really shaped my musical tastes. It was a great scene, a lot of great people and I practically lived at The Covered Dish.

I want get an idea of your musical taste evolution if you will. What were some of the first albums/tapes/CD’s you bought?

Man, this has really made me think back. I’m an only child, so I didn’t have the luxury of an older brother/sister paving the way with cool punk/indie bands or whatever. So I kind of had to feel my way around a bit. The first tapes that I remember, and they were gifts, were John Cougar Melloncamp’s Scarecrow and The Cars: Greatest Hits, but I was listening to my parents vinyl at a really early age. I had a little plastic record player and I think I wore out their 45” of Yellow Submarine, bands like Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Elvis Presley, The Beatles…so I got a great foundation early on.

I loved Micheal Jackson’s Off the Wall and Kool and the Gang’s Celebrate growing up, but as I got older and I could actually buy tapes/cds, my tastes went though many changes. I remember buying R.E.M.’s Document and playing that thing to death. I remember my rap phase that held some great stuff I still listen too, The Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill literally got played until the tape broke and Run DMC’s S/T was always on. I guess it’s only recently (the past 7/8 years or so, that I really got into more folk, acoustic guitar, alt-country (although I hate that moniker) and stuff like that.

How about some of the more recent CD’s you’ve purchased?

Last year was an awesome year for music in my opinion and I feel like I’m playing check up with my emusic subscription to some of those, but you said recent, let’s see, I just got Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s Summer in the Southeast and CYHSY S/T on vinyl, I got my copy of J. Tillman’s Long May You Run, J. Tillman, I recently downloaded the They Shoot Horses Don’t They release Boo Hoo Hoo Boo, The Mountain Goats’ The Coroner’s Gambit, and Unbunny’s Snow Tires. I purchased the amazing deal of the year in The Jolly Rogers/Oh No Oh My! CDR for a buck fifty. Best Dollar Fifty I’ve ever spent. And the best purchase of the year so far has definitely been Tortoise and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s The Brave and the Bold.

Where do you buy the majority of your records? Do you support a particular record store in your area, buy online, and if so, where?

I buy a lot at School Kids Records here in Raleigh. I try to buy local, mainly vinyl though. I’m a big downloader too. At first with iTunes and then now about 90 songs a month from emusic. It’s such a great way to get your music. And of course, though the artist’s themselves and at shows. A lot of what I listen to, this is the only way to get their music.

When I started listening to music, there were certain musicians that led me in the path of a lot of other bands. Did you have any similar experiences with bands growing up?

I listen to more music now than when I was “growing up” but I totally agree that a lot of bands lead you to others. An example, The Beatles lead me to George Harrision’s All Things Must Pass, which lead to A Concert for Bangladesh, in turn to Leon Russell and Eric Clapton. I saw R.E.M. on tour in 1995 and Radiohead opened for them and now Radiohead, well actually from then on, they are one of my favorite bands. The Velvet Underground to Lou Reed to early Bowie, I mean I seem to find it works all the time. When I hear something I like, I want to hear their influences, and honestly sometimes, others that sound similar. I love reading reviews that lead me to some great artist because someone said their sound was similar to Neil Young’s or Will Oldham’s, or whatever.

What are some of your favorite records of all time?

Favorites, that’s a tough question. I refuse to name favorite movies, because there are so many, and I guess I’m that way with music. I’ll list a few records I could not live without, how about that. Neil Young’s “Ditch Trilogy”, or “Dark Trilogy”, are must haves for any music lover (Tonight’s the Night, On the Beach, Time Fades Away) Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue, The Flying Burrito Brother’s Gilded Palace of Sin, The Cars’ Greatest Hits, The Clash’s The Clash. Some newer stuff that I can’t stop listening to is Radiohead’s Kid A, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s Master and Everyone, Joanna Newsom’s Milk Eyed Mender, Cocorosie’s Noah’s Ark, Jen Lekman’s Oh Your So Silent Jens, and anything by Iron & Wine.

Any idea how many albums are in your collection?

I have around 150/200 lps, 200/300 cds, and a little over 40gb on my Mac.

If you could spend time with 3 musicians, who would you choose?

The first would be Neil Young without a doubt. His music has been a constant on the soundtrack of my life. The second would be Thom Yorke and the third, although I would be afraid for my life and enjoy every moment, would be Shane MacGowan of The Pogues. Man would that be fun.

I’m sure you’ve seen some great concerts. Can you tell me what the first concert you saw was and when? To follow that up, are there any particular shows that stand out in terms of being favorites?

First concert…I really can’t remember. It probably would have been like Poison or Def Leppard, some eighties “rock” band. Some outstanding concerts have been Noahs Red Tattoo at the Cover Dish (any time they played) That R.E.M. concert I mentioned earlier (The Monster Tour. No one likes that album, but I love it) Sufjan Stevens and Devendra Banhart from last year were pretty awesome.

What are some bands that you haven’t gotten the chance to see live, but would really like to?

I would like to see Iron & Wine, and Joanna Newsom. I think they both would be amazing.

How did you choose the name of your blog?

The Perm & The Skullet. The name comes from a faux band that my friends and I created after a late night at The Flying Saucer here in Raleigh. The night started like any other, but would culminate with the meeting of two middle aged individuals, one male, one female, one hairstyle a perm and the other one a skullet. They chattered amongst themselves, courting and toying with one another. Finding this combination fascinating and bizarre in our state of mind, we could not turn away. We started joking with the name and thought it would be the perfect name of a metal band or something. We made flyers and talked “the band” up at some shows, just for laughs, but it kind of caught on, even so much that we got asked to play at a local bar. To all you bands out there, PROMOTION…that’s the key. I needed a name for my blog, so as I joke, I changed the name from Hayhurst’s Blog (prior name) to The Perm & The Skullet back in July and for some reason it just stuck.

Can you tell me what got you into blogging, and are you surprised by the popularity your blog has attained?

I started blogging because of one of the television shows I produce. Our website was down and we needed a way to get out information. I started exploring the blogging community and I was amazed. I had already had a music recommendation/mix tapes page up at my homepage I put together for my family and friends and when I saw the possibilities for reaching others through blogs, I jumped at the chance. I was totally surprised and continue to be fascinated by the growth of the community. My blog isn’t the biggest or best one out there, but it’s the music I like and I figure I’ve got a few regulars that share the same taste in music and I appreciate everyone who stops by. It’s truly amazing!

What are some of your favorite blogs? Music or otherwise.

When I started exploring music/mp3 blogs I only knew a few, like Fluxblog, and Gorilla vs. Bear had just recently started up, and my favorite up to the day Josh took a break, was Uncommon Folk. Josh was actually the first blog to link to me and I’ll never forget that. Since then blogs have been popping up everywhere. The ones I read on a daily basis are this one, Muzzle of Bees, GvB, Ear Farm, Aquarium Drunkard, So Much Silence, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Songs: Illinois. I have a list of blogs on the side of my site and I visit every one of those almost daily and all are great or they wouldn’t be there.

How important do you think music blogs are in general? Do you think they will continue to be as popular as they are today?

Music blogs are extremely important to both fellow music lovers and for musicians. For one, it’s free publicity, who doesn’t want that. But it’s great for independent or diy bands to get the exposure they deserve and trust me, there are a lot of great labels reading these blogs. Look at the bands like CYHSY and others that have had a huge following through the net and now everyone knows who they are. I get tons of email from labels about their latest releases and I didn’t ask to be put on any lists, they just realize the great resource blogging can be for them and their bands. I will say, I don’t post everything I get, I feel that I have to really like the band to post about them, but my point is, if it wasn’t an important resource, then the attention we are getting wouldn’t happen.

As far as a selfish reason, I love it when I find out about a new band. When I head over to one of the above mentioned blogs or wherever, and listen to a band for the first time that I like, man it’s awesome. It truly connects not only the country but the world in terms of spreading the music. So, yes, I think music blogs will be around for a while, but like everything, it will hit it’s peak and then recede, leaving those dedicated blogs standing.

Let’s get away from music for a bit. What are some of your favorite movies and television shows?

The favorite movie question. Yikes. Well, I watch a ton of films, that was my major in college. I make films and tv for a living, so entertainment and art are a big part of my life. I guess I’ll just start listing a few favorite directors and films. Directors: Monte Hellman, Samuel Fuller, Werner Herzog, John Cassavettes, Jean Luc Godard, David Lynch, Errol Morris, Robert Altman, Anthony Mann, Jim Jarmusch, Alfred Hitchcock, The Coen Brothers, Darron Arnofsky, Cameron Crowe. I know there’s more, but off the top of my head, that’s what comes out. I love documentaries, foreign films, westerns, sci-fi, comedies. Movies that I can always watch, no matter what are High Fidelity, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Big Lebowski, Two Lane Blacktop, Aguirre Wrath of God, and any early Clint Eastwood western.I pretty much will give any movie a chance within reason.

On TV there are a few things that I always watch. I love Arrested Development, hopefully someone picks it up. I like Scrubs, Family Guy, The Sheild, Robot Chicken, and I’m catching up on Freaks and Geeks with Net Flix.

Outside of music do you have any other interests or projects?

Outside of music, I live and breath film and tv. I co-produce a show titled Second Cinema, in which we highlight filmmakers from across the region and we showcase their films, go to festivals, conduct interviews, etc… It airs throughout the state and has been on around 3 years now and it just won a Telly Award this year. I also just started a new show called The Collective which airs music videos from local as well as national known musicians. I’ll take this time to say, that if anyone is in a band, knows a band, or represents a band and has music videos please send them our way. We would love to put them on the show.

A lot of people have a favorite concert t-shirt, do you have one?

I don’t have a favorite concert T.

In your opinion, what’s the best place to eat on your city?

I really like this Mexican joint, El Rodeo that’s by my place. I like Buffalo Brothers and this sports bar, Playmakers. Honestly, I really enjoy to grill out at my house, have some people over, a few beers, and make an afternoon of it. That’s my favorite way to eat.

Animals dressed as humans. Funny or not?

Not funny. More like sad.

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