Any interest in feminist rock? Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Babes in Toyland, L7.
80’s alternative from a fan of Radiohead? I say Bauhaus, which begot Tones on Tail, then Love & Rockets. Appreciate the lyricism and throbbing bass of Joy Division. And then begin to go through every album by the Cure; highly recommend Head on the Door and Disintegration.
90’s? Beck. White Stripes. Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But mostly Beck. Begin with video for Loser and go from there.
Los Angeles: The Greek Theatre, for a hipper alternative to the Hollywood Bowl; The Palladium, for plenty of room to dance when Of Montreal decides to cover Smells Like Teen Spirit; The Wiltern, because I’e been there so many times I feel like my friends and I pay the rent.
Toronto: The Horseshoe Tavern, because there’s no excuse not to talk to Girl in a Coma when the space is that intimate; The Mod Club, because every spot is okay when OK Go fires the confetti cannon; Massey Hall. for the Pixies in April.
New York: Southpaw in Brooklyn. Because Patti Smith spat on the audience.
Know any Godspeed You Black Emperor?
I had these two cassettes as a toddler: Beach Boys summer mix and some Beatles compilation. This in turn prompted requests for the corresponding “best of” CDs as I got older, along with an interest in Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, James Taylor. This gave way to, “Mom, when does the new Fleetwood Mac CD come out?” You will forgive me for my phase of liking the Eagles.
Good question. In truth, I don’t have a favorite Devo album. I simply appreciate and respect Mothersbaugh’s innovative career path.
I have a feeling a lot of people have. But now I know what we’ll talk about if I ever bump into him at Comic Con.
i’m going to answer this a few different ways. because i wouldn’t put cat power with the who. and due to death or rehab, some of these greats are long gone.
radiohead, pavement, beck
nirvana, hole, pixies
lou reed & the velvet underground with nico, iggy pop, david bowie
ramones, joan jett and the blackhearts, the clash
janis joplin, the who, pink floyd
the cure, thomas dolby, laurie anderson
joy division, bauhaus
vampire weekend, girls, dum dum girls
the xx, arcade fire
ok go, matt & kim, santigold
the black keys, the dead weather, cage the elephant, cold war kids
god, that was fun. thanks for a great question.
i just pre-ordered Radiohead’s new EP. i may burst.
Indeed. Like asking a librarian to pick a favorite book.
The Black Keys - Brothers
Vampire Weekend - Contra
OK Go - Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Florence + The Machine - Lungs
Born Ruffians - Say It
Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
Devo - Something for Everybody
Hole - Nobody’s Daughter
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
That changes by the week.
Any Jack White led concoction (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather)
Anything punk or grunge (which I adore, I must be in the mood for).
First concert of memory was Bob Dylan at the Forum, October 2006. Kings of Leon opened. They still had the grit and soul of a nasty southern garage rock band; long before the arena ate them. It was all I wanted for my 16th birthday. It was the first time a musician broke my heart.
i’ve decided to try this. the “ask me anything” page is now active, but i request that you don’t just ask me anything. ask me about music. that’s what i’m here for.
i’m worse at what/i do best/and for this gift/i feel bless’d
is the following cocktail:
Gibson Melody Maker, Limited Edition Joan Jett signature
Vox Pathfinder 25 Amplifier
Vox Original V847 Wah Wah Pedal
now playing in my loft