When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KJZZ. I keep a pretty busy schedule, so my time in the car is a chance to catch up on what's happening in the world. KJZZ is my radio station of choice for that.
What's the last song played on your portable music player? "A Girl in Port," Okkervil River. A friend of mine just made me a CD of some "new-to-me" music, and this was the last song on the compilation.
What's the first record you bought? Frente, Marvin the Album. My older sister picked it out for me for Christmas the year I got my own stereo. She has great taste in music and listened to Frente, the Pixies, U2, etc. so I remember being so excited she picked out my CD. I still pop it in every now and then because it's such a good album!
What's the first concert you saw? Blue Moon Ghetto in Omaha, Nebraska.
What's your favorite concert you've ever been to? This is so hard, and so I will cheat and call it a tie. Bob Dylan at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington, because I believe that he is one of the greatest singer/songwriters and historians of the last century. And Tori Amos at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, Nebraska -- the first time I saw her (and every show since then) -- because her passion, presence, and total musicality is awesome and completely inspiring for me.
Preferred format: CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-Track or digital? I love all forms, but digital is my format of choice as of late. It's convenient, and I can listen on my computer, phone, and mp3 player.
What's your favorite CD? This changes with my mood, but right now, my favorite album is The Bee Gees, Bee Gees' 1st.
Who is your favorite singer or band? Tori Amos.
Does you computer track how many times you've played something -- if so, what's at the top of the list? "Between Two Lungs" by Florence and the Machine. I love the entire album, but this is one of those songs that is great to sing at the top of your lungs. And I do...often.
What was your favorite new or new-to-you album from 2010? Frightened Rabbit, The Midnight Organ Fight. It was released in 2008, but a buddy accidentally left the CD in my car in 2010. I had no idea where it came from, but once I listened, I was hooked. I really like it, and they put on a great live performance!
What one song would you play if you had a worldwide radio audience? "Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)," by Patty Griffin with a backup orchestra. Her tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King is just plain beautiful.
What is your favorite local music venue?The Lost Leaf in downtown Phoenix is great for local and regional music.
Who is your favorite local band? I am partial to the band I am in with my friend Ron Foligno (Samson Says), but if I had to pick another group, I would say World Class Thugs. I like their energy and sound.
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What is your favorite music video? "Heads Roll Off," by Frightened Rabbit. I don't watch a lot of music videos, outside of recordings of concerts, etc., but I saw this video, and it made me smile. They are playing right in the middle of a classroom and once the kids show up they are in awe, excited, and some of them can't help dancing. That is just plain awesome.