Amber Rae Harrold, What Are You Listening To?

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Amber Harrold

Harrold is the owner of CamelBackpackers: A Phoenix Hostel. For more information, go here.

When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? NPR or 106.7 KWSS-FM.

What's the first album you bought? Salt-n-Pepa, Very Necessary. I remember getting it in the mail and spending all night memorizing the lyrics.

What's the first concert you saw?
Bush, Goo Goo Dolls, and No Doubt in Rapid City, South Dakota. My parents let me take their Suburban and four friends on an 8-hour road trip the day after I turned 16. We were front row, right in the center of the mosh pit the entire concert. My friends and I were covered in bruises, and it was completely worth it.

What's your favorite concert you've ever been to? Rock am Ring in Nürburgring, Germany. It is a 3-day music fest on the Formula One racing track. Everyone camps overnight on the side of the track. There are four different stages where you can rock out to great bands. The best part is, you can come and go as you please, and you can bring in your own alcohol!

What's the last song played on your music player? Dan Auerbach, "Whispered Words."

Preferred format: CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-Track or digital? Cassette. I'm proud to still have a tape player in my car.

What's your favorite album? Probably the soundtrack to Reality Bites. I love every song on that album.

Who is your favorite singer or band? I really don't have one. Is that crazy?

What band do you wish was still releasing new music? Probably A Tribe Called Quest.

Does your computer track how many times you've played something -- if so, what's at the top of the list? Bob Marley, "Three Little Birds," is at the top of the hostel's computer.

What was your favorite new or new-to-you album from the past year? Fun., Some Nights.

What one song would you play if you had a world-wide radio audience? That's a hard one. We always have an international audience at the hostel. We usually play Spotify and let everyone share their favorite songs. I've heard some great songs, but I'd say everyone can relate to Dengue Fever songs, like "Uku."

Who is your favorite local artist? Banana Gun. I love their sound.

What is your favorite local venue to see music? Crescent Ballroom. It is just the right size and atmosphere and draws in great bands.

What is your favorite music video? The Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist." What an entertaining video. It's like watching someone on an acid trip.

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