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Michelle Edwards, What Are You Listening To?

Michelle Edwards

The local improviser performs with Dangerville at 7 Minutes in Love on Saturday, February 12 at Space 55 at 9 p.m., immediately followed by Dangerville in the Cagematch improv competition, also at Space 55.

When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I don't drive, and I don't listen to the radio in my home. When I am in a car, I will usually turn it to 100.7-FM. That is the station I grew up listening to. My mom introduced me to good music as a kid.

What's the last song played on your portal music player? "Underdog," by Sly and the Family Stone. I listen to this song frequently -- it just makes me happy. I have very strong sense memories to music. This was the song that played right after I first kissed my husband...on a mountain at sunrise.

What's the first record you bought? Nirvana's Nevermind. I was 9.

What's the first concert you saw? Ringo Starr. I was 12 and went with my best friend and her dad. That was the first time I made a connection to watching people smoke stuff and the smell that came from my mom's bathroom. That may be a big reason as to why my mom liked such good music.

What's your favorite concert you've ever been to? I really love The Dresden Dolls. I've seen them four times, the first being a very intimate free show before they were big out here. They have a very explosive dynamic on stage, and it is just thrilling and inspiring to watch them.

Preferred format: CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-Track or digital? I love instant gratification, so I'd have to go with digital. I own a lot of vinyl, and I love the sound, but I also love being abe to throw music on my iPod and have a soundtrack with me wherever I go. It also helps when I'm out. Before my iPod, I had to endure a lot of Doppler affected obscenities being yelled at

What's your favorite CD? Two CDs I never get sick of are Casey Dienel's Wind-Up Canary and Nellie McKay's Get Away From Me. I go through phases with albums, but these have been a constant favorite for the past 5 years.

Who is your favorite singer or band? I love music so much that I couldn't possibly choose just one. So, I'll just say Dangerville.

Does your computer track how many times you've played something -- if so,
what's at the top of the list?
The top of the list, by far, is Dustin Youso's Love Train Orchestra, the whole album. He went to high school with my husband and is a musical prodigy. I wish so badly this was a publicly available album, because I really believe he would be rich and famous. His voice reminds me of Frank Sinatra; he plays with the melodies. His lyrics are clever and heartbreaking, and he can play just about any musical instrument.

What was your favorite new or new-to-you album from 2010? Evelyn EvelynIt's a collaboration between Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. It is a concept album telling the story of conjoined twin sisters and their hard life from infants, to brothel, to circus freaks. An actual lyric is, "Seamlessly floating with grace between eras and genres, they sing timeless new songs, rife with double entendres." I'd say that pretty much sums it up. It's clever, melancholic and has fantastic musical composition.

What one song would you play if you had a world-wide radio audience? "Bohemian Rhapsody." It's the best song ever. 

Who is your favorite local artist? Andrew Jackson Jihad is, by far, my favorite local band. The first time I had ever seen them live was at a Halloween show. (Dangerville collaborator) Jose Gonzalez had already been telling me how great they are. Although they didn't actually play any of their songs that night, they played Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. I was instantly a fan.

What is your favorite local venue to see music? The Trunk Space will always be my favorite music venue. In an era of seeing so many small venues try and fail, it's nice to have The Trunk Space still going strong. Even though the summers are miserable inside, being covered in other people's sweat is part of the music experience I cherish.

What is your favorite music video? My husband keeps watching Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance," like over and over. I have to say, it's grown on me. I also really like the Fiona Apple video starring Zack Galifianakis ("Not About Love")--it's just so out of place.

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