Lately Adkins has been holed up in the studio, affectionately referred to as the Bat Cave, working on the upcoming Jimmy Eat World album. It was a tough pick, but the avid runner, who's completed a few half-marathons, chose a stretch of trail he takes a few times a week.
Name: Jim Adkins
Occupation: Self-employed musician
New Times: In one sentence, what do you do all day in your job?
Jim Adkins: Um, write songs. I write and record and perform songs.
NT: What's wrong with the world today?
NT: Who's your favorite local band?
JA: Oh, gosh. Maybe... Man, I don't know. Of all-time contemporary people: Reubens Accomplice
. I have a lot of respect for their songwriting. They've just been doing it forever.
NT: What was the last show you attended?
JA: I saw Yeasayer last nigh
t. It was really good. I was a little tired, so I couldn't let it soak in as much as I would've liked. But they're talented. They brought it.
NT: If you could time travel, where would you go?
JA: Super far off into the future by a couple thousand years.
NT: What's the worst job you've ever had?
JA: Well, I've always found an academic way to look at working when I couldn't do the things that I wanted to do. So there's always some fun way to look at it. One of the many character-building jobs that my dad gave me was scrubbing down the kennels at his veterinary practice. And retail. Retail sucks.
NT: How good are you at cooking?
JA: I'd say better than average, but a long way to go from not getting eliminated on the first round of Chopped
NT: Where do you go to be alone?
JA: Sometimes our studio is a good place.
NT: Who is your all-time favorite fictional character?
JA: That's a tough one. The first one that comes to mind is The Tick
. I used to collect comic books.
NT: What's the first album you ever bought?
NT: Where is the best view in Phoenix?
NT: What's one thing you hate about Arizona?
JA: The heat kinda gets to you, but it makes your summer road trip a lot more meaningful.
NT: What's your homepage?
NT: Do you give money to panhandlers?
NT: What's your drink?
JA: I've been liking the Pimm's cup lately.
NT: Who is your mortal enemy?
NT: What's the deal with Sheriff Joe?
JA: I have no idea man. A whole lot of people who vote think differently than me, I guess.
NT: What would you do if you won the lottery?
JA: Just hang out.
NT: What's hanging above your sofa?
JA: A ceiling fan, at the moment, because it's in the middle of the room.
NT: What's the best love advice you have?
JA: Whatever it is, you already know the answer.
NT: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
JA: Hey, come on in. High five, bro.