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Christopher Danowski, What Are You Listening To?

Christopher Danowski Danowski is the co-conspirator of Theater in My Basement, which is working on a new series of performance/video/installations on the nine muses and planning for the next Teatro Caliente festival in January 2011.

When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Ha, that's a hard one, because I ride a motorcycle, and it's one of those old-school style bikes that wouldn't have room for a radio. But whenever I borrow (or steal) a car, I like to listen to 95.1 FM, Latino Vibe. My daughter always turns it to 101.5 FM.

What's the first album you bought? I think it was Get Up and Boogie, one of those K-Tel albums. My brother got his own copy, because we were wearing mine out.

What's the first concert you saw? Ha, I'll never forget that one. It was The Who, their first farewell tour. Loverboy and John Cougar warmed up -- that was the show when John Cougar got hit in the head with a flying beer bottle. I wanted Roger Daltrey's hair. Ironic, really, all things considered now.

What's your favorite concert you've ever been to? OK, I know this is three, but...David Byrne's Rei Momo tour here, John Wesley Harding in Las Vegas, and Cafe Tacuba at the Walker (Art) Center in Minneapolis (that was in 1999, it was my daughter Eliana's first show -- she was just a couple months old. It was in a space that held only 500 people, I think, and was really freaking loud. Amazing band.)

What's the last song played on your music player? "Malemolencia," by Ceu. She's just fantastic. Oh, but it could have been "Sara," by Bob Dylan -- not exactly sure.

Preferred format: CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-Track or digital? I grew up on vinyl, but I listen to digital now. I move too much to be able to think about record players any more.

What's your favorite album? Transformer, by Lou Reed.

Who is your favorite singer or band? Lately I really love Bomba Estereo. Gogol Bordello and the Pogues and Sinead O'Connor should be somewhere near the top, too -- and maybe Manu Chao -- oh, and Lovers, that band from Portland. I like them a lot. But Marisa Monte, for sure. And Aterciopelados. They're like the Talking Heads of Colombia. Oh, but Leonard Cohen -- oh, this is a hard question.
Does you computer track how many times you've played something -- if so, what's at the top of the list? "Con la Frente Marchita," by Joaquin Sabina. The saddest and most perfect song of longing ever written -- I think.

What was your favorite new or new-to-you album from 2010? Black Meteoric Star, by Gavin Russom. It was released the year before, but it's amazing work, so it didn't catch up to my conscious mind until 2010.

What one song would you play if you had a world-wide radio audience? "Terra," by Caetano Veloso. It's one of the most beautiful anthems in the world -- the pain of exile and the earth that remembers you.

Who is your favorite local artist? Prague, for sure. When I can understand the lyrics, it's even better. They're one of the most interesting and innovative bands I've heard.

What is your favorite local venue to see music? I saw Skinny Puppy and Gogol Bordello (twice) at The Marquee (Theatre), so that's way up there. But if I ever hear of anything, or get invited to hear someone playing at the Rhythm Room, I go. It's perfectly intimate, and it feels nice inside there.

What is your favorite music video? I love Roxy Music's "More Than This." but this one just fucking freaks me out. Seriously. (Tiny Tim) was visionary.

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