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The Employee Interview Part XI: Audra

Posted by Miss Ess, September 27, 2007 01:48pm | Post a Comment
Audra
4 Months Employment
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Hi Audra!  So you are new here-- let's get to it.  What was going on at your parents' house when you were a kid in Fresno?

Thanks---now everyone will know I'm from Fresno! Ha ha. My parents' house was and still is a treasure trove of antiques and general garbage. Under their influence, I became a collector at an early age -- mostly in order to fit in. When my parents took me "garage sailing," I'd always pick up old Mad Magazines from the 50's and 60's. I had a pretty huge collection. I'd mostly stay inside and try to laugh at the jokes about Eisenhower. 

Did your sister have any influence on your musical taste?

Absolutely! She's eight years older than me and very musical, so she was all about playing her records. My first 7 or 8 years, it was Beatles non-stop, and then it was Bauhaus and Nina Hagen. I stole all of her records when she moved out. I was about 13 then and I started playing Bauhaus' In a Flat Field endlessly. It was also right around then that I discovered my grandmother's old '78s of jazz and klezmer recordings. Some how punk, death-rock, Judaica, and the 20's and 30's all got smooshed together in my world view.
 
I love it.  That makes total sense.  What was the first concert you ever went to?

The first big concert I ever saw was The Ramones when they played the Wilson Theater in Fresno. My sister took me and my friend Dory. Frank Black opened for them by playing three or four songs and then storming off. I remember being a little embarrassed for being a Fresnan, but then The Ramones came out and played about 500 songs in 45 minutes and it was the happiest moment of my life, which had only been about 14 years up to then. We talked about it for weeks. I couldn't hear for days. A guy I didn't know proposed to me at that show.

When did you discover the whole world of cult cinema and people like Russ Meyer and Herschell Gordon Lewis?

While growing, up everyone always told me that my family was like the Addams Family and after a while I started to believe it. Looking back, I can see why a weird old house full of weird old things and weird old people (hi mom and dad) may have played that way for the Joe-Average High School Kids in Fresno. As a result, I collected a lot of eccentric friends who weren't afraid to come over to the house. One of those kids was a real weirdo named Jason Chavez, who now happens to be a fellow Amoebite! He brought over the H.G. Lewis gore classic Blood Feast and I was hooked. I started decorating my room with fake body parts and all that. I was most impressed with the fearless low-budgetness of it all. One spends their whole life trying to be perfect for everyone, and then you see something like that and think, "Aha! The alternative to perfection is breathtaking!"  I didn't get into Russ Meyer until just a few years ago. I was always afraid of the big breasts, but I've leaned to embrace that side of exploitation now. Those chicks rule the films, not the other way around.

I think I was definitely not into the boob factor either but once I saw Faster Pussycat... I suddenly understood what was going on.  So when did you start making films yourself?

The first film I ever acted in was The Breathing Show, which has since been distributed by Film Threat.  I auditioned for it as a diversion from grad school, but putting in 12 hour days on a film set ended up being an experience that I really wanted more of. I acted in a few other full-length indie features including one with Udo Kier, but I've never been interested in finding an agent and pursuing the whole Hollywood audition scene. I've always considered myself more of a writer than performer, which is why I've started making films with my creative partners. The first project started about two years ago, mixing burlesque with sketch comedy. Since then, I've collaborated on several music videos and comedy pieces. AND now I am working on a screenplay, of course.



Even though you are new to Amoeba, you have lived in San Francisco a long time.  What's your favorite local band?

I have. I've lived here for about nine years, and I've been attached to a number of local bands, but I'd have to say that my favorite band now is The Flakes, but some would say that I'm biased.

So tell me about the burlesque scene here in San Francisco:  Where are the good places to go to see a show and what's the scene like in general?  How did you get involved?

I don't think I can speak for the whole scene...it's complicated and splintered, just like any scene. But I can tell you how I ended up there. I was looking for a way to synthesize my writing and my acting, and in 2004 my opportunity knocked: I was given one night a week to do whatever I wanted at Eli's Mile High Club. It was the perfect laboratory to work out my performance experiments. I planned a night of vaudeville style variety acts, burlesque dancers, and music, and named it after one of Buster Keaton's most unfunny movies, Speak Easily (only I called my night SpeakEasily). I needed a master of ceremonies to tie the whole evening together, but there just wasn't anyone out there doing exactly what it was that I was looking for...so I made her up myself and called her Odessa Lil, the Mistress of Ceremonies. And now that's what I do in burlesque...show up, tell some jokes in my underwear...it's all very glamorous. Odessa Lil is the detritus of my muddled upbringing: all antiquated borscht-belt humor, nervous sexuality, female anger, and put downs. She carries a riding crop to keep the performers in order but she might use it to scold the audience if they don't laugh at the right parts. As far as I know, she is the world's only stand-up domme.

What is your favorite ride at Disneyland?

I haven't been in over 17 years, but at the time it was definitely Pirates of the Caribbean and that underwater-mermaid-submarine one. Do you know which one I'm talking about? I like any ride that threatens to drown you in the name of entertainment. Otherwise, my memories of Disneyland are unfairly dominated by the Teacups and how I threw up again and again on them.

Do you have a musical guilty pleasure?

Too many! The top of my list is going to have to be a tie between Allan Sherman and Mickey Katz. I've learned over the years that no one besides me really wants to hear "Borscht Riders in the Sky" at max volume.

What are you listening to these days?

A lot of Japanese GS (Group Sound) of the 60's. Oh, and Neil Hamburger! Great Moments At Di Presas's Pizza House and Great Phone Calls are both truly...great!

What's your favorite thing about working at Amoeba?

Coming from working at a "major financial institution" to Amoeba has sort of been like being let free from jail, so I'm going to have to run the risk of sounding cheesy here and say: everything! The fact that I work with creative and talented people, can go downstairs and access massive amounts of pop culture, and can facilitate events that bring people enjoyment...all those things just thrill me every day.

The Employee Interview Part X: Leah

Posted by Miss Ess, September 12, 2007 05:57pm | Post a Comment
Miss Leah
Cashier Manager
3 Years Employment


ME: Hi Leah.  So, what music was playing around your house when you were a kid and before you had a choice?

L.B.: The Beatles.

Which albums?

I don't remember any specific one, just kind of all of them.

Do you remember a song or artist in particular that you really attached to and that became an obsession when you were a kid?

There wasn't really any particular artist but there are songs I always remember hearing and I associate with be a kid, two specifically:  One was a Supertramp song and one was "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty.

Wow, I have no idea what that is.

You probably would if you heard it.

Do you remember the first show you ever went to?


The first show I went to was REM when I was in 8th grade, the first like bigger show.  It was in Worcester, Mass.  I can't remember who they played with-- I think it was the Indigo Girls!

I just interviewed Sabrina, who is also from Boston, and I asked her about the scene.  What is your take on the scene and what are/were your favorite bands from there?

Well, when I was in high school a lot of my friends were in local hardcore bands and that scene at the time (like the early 90s) was totally fun.  It was a good time in Boston.  Lots of good times, good energy and at the time we thought it was good music.  Lots of kids were straight edge then and they weren't like preachy about it.  A lot of the bands I liked when I was in high school broke up cause they were local bands and they went to college and got into different things.  I would go to tons of shows and they weren't all hardcore shows, like I saw lots of "alternative" rock shows at the Orpheum.  It's kind of like the Warfield but more decrepit.  They closed it down for a while, so when Sabrina started going it was a totally different generation of shows there.  I saw the Sugarcubes and Sonic Youth there and stuff like that.

Yeah, Sabrina's younger so she was taking about ska. 

The ska scene I wasn't a big fan of but I saw the Toasters once when I was a freshman in college at the Middle Eastern.

What is your favorite local band here in San Fran?

I'd say Citay is always a good one.  I remember when Andrew (Julie in the band's boyfriend) and I were their biggest fans and had been to the most Citay shows.  This was before they became "known".

What's your favorite venue here?

Great American Music Hall
.  I like how cozy Cafe Du Nord is and it's close to my house, and I like Bimbo's because it always sounds great and it's a great space.

Bimbo's has the best bathroom.

Actually I really like the bathroom at the Make Out Room even though I don't like it there that much.  It's painted peach and it has black trim and they have old Valentine candy boxes above the bar.

What is the last show you went to?

Last week I went to see Dame Satan at Cafe Du Nord.

Did Last of the Blacksmiths play too?

They didn't but Bert [Last of the Blacksmith's drummer] played drums with them and he was kind of improvising, but it sounded really good.

What's the best show you have ever been to?

Mission of Burma at the Fillmore.  It was their first show when they went on tour again after 20 something years of not playing.  It wasn't the best of all the times I have seen them since then but it was the best cause it was just great to see them, and since they are one of my favorite bands I was psyched.  Another show I've seen that stood out was Joe Strummer, which I wouldn't even have seen-- my boyfriend at the time had tickets and wanted to go.  I went not expecting much and it was one of the best shows ever. 

I know that feeling.  You know, for some odd reason I always thought I would marry Joe Strummer.  When he died I was totally shocked and sad we never the chance to get it together!

I always wanted to marry Lou Barlow even though he's happily married now.

I always used to say he had the best hair in indie rock.  It seems so effortless and that is so key to his whole look.

I think that right now J Mascis has the best hair cause it's so shiny and healthy and long and pretty.

I agree, it's fantastic.  I love that he wore the shoes he designed for Nike to his own instore here at Amoeba.  He probably wears them all the time, and he should! Anyway, back to Lou-- what is your favorite Sebadoh/Sebadoh- related song and why?

Well Bakesale is my favorite album for sure.  I have to think of song titles.

Mine is "Rebound" on that little ep [also entitled Rebound].  At least that's the one that first came to mind.

Most of my favorite Sebadoh songs are actually not by Lou Barlow, although "Not Too Amused" is one of my favorites.

What is your musical guilty pleasure?

I love to listen to the 10 At 10 on KFOG and Love Songs After Dark on KOIT.

That is a guilty pleasure!  I love it.

I used to schedule my dentist appointments at 10am so I could listen to the 10 At 10!

I hear it in my car on the radio on the way to work a lot, today included.  I always come in partway through so I have to figure out what year it is.  I like it when it's the late 60s or early 90s.

You know on Saturdays they do a 10 At 10 marathon of all the week's shows. 

I don't like the announcer, not Dave Morey, the other guy.  I'm over it.  Yet I still endure it almost every day!

One more guilty pleasure:  The last Kelly Clarkson album I love.  A lot.

You and [coworker] Janell!  Wow, you are brave.  What have you been listening to lately besides Kelly Clarkson?

I've been listening to Do Make Say Think a lot.  My boyfriend is super into reggae -- dub.

Dump him!  Just kidding.  I hate that my very own  boyfriend also likes reggae.  Sorry, it's horrifies me more than pretty much anything. 

I like a lot of it.

Let's just change the subject then:  What's your favorite Japanese rock band and why?

Even though everyone else probably says it, I'd probably say the Boredoms.  Just because.  And even though they are not Japanese, their singer is Japanese and I love Blonde Redhead. I was listening to La Mia Vita Violenta this morning, which I haven't heard in a while.

What's your best find at Amoeba?

Joseph Heller reading Catch 22 on vinyl.

Did you listen to the whole thing ever?

No.  But I still love it cause it's one of my favorite books.

I feel like this is an important question to start asking people, and since we've already talked some about them, I need to know:  Who is your favorite Beatle and why? In life I feel like if you don't like the Beatles you are suspect!

I always liked George because he wasn't Paul and he wasn't John.  My mom had a poster of them hanging in our downstairs bathroom growing up and I always thought he was the cutest on that poster.

What year is the poster from?  What do they look like?

Like from 1965 or something.  They still have the mop tops. 

Is there a record or band you'd like to mention that is a personal favorite that you wish more people listened to?

Psychic Paramount -- they're not very popular but they rule.  I saw them at the Hemlock and it was the loudest thing I have ever heard and it was so great.  Also Turing Machine are great and they are not very popular either for some reason.  They're instrumental and guitar-y.

You just got back from a big trip-- what are people listening to in Russia? 

When I was in Moscow I watched a lot of Russian MTV and there's a bunch of random Russian pop singers that were pretty corny that they like but they seem to be really into bands like Fall Out Boy an Gym Class Heroes and stuff like that.

Weird.

There were lots of ads for ring tones with Russian songs.  My favorite one was the Gummy Bear song-- "Gummy Gummy Gummy Bear....." It was so stupid.

What is your favorite thing about working here at Amoeba?

The people-- it's fun to be around people you like all the time listening to music-- the simple things.

I agree.  Thank you for your time.

The Employee Interview Part IX: Sabrina

Posted by Miss Ess, August 17, 2007 04:36pm | Post a Comment
Sabrina
Almost One Year of Employment
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ME:  Hi.  So Sabrina, you are a newish arrival to San Francisco.  What do you love about living here?  Why did you move here?

S:  I didn't really tell anyone I was moving out here, I just did it.  I was on a self journey and I was so done with Boston.  I've been called a hippie my whole life so I figured I might fit in here.  My parents would call me "Greenpeace" when I was a kid.  I liberated a petting zoo when I was in high school cause I was a vegan straight edge kid.  I used to be a brawler, big time.

What was the first show you went to see upon arriving  here and where was it?

It was at the Elbo Room and it was the first week I was here.  It was a metal band from Japan and I don't remember the name of them.  I had really long hair and little Lennon glasses on.

So you were really going for the hippie thing!

Dude, I was so surprised-- people were just smoking weed indoors and it was kind of ok.  It's not as acceptable there [Back East].  It's just not as open.

What's your favorite place to see a show?

Great American.  The Lipo Lounge is pretty rad.  Edinburgh [Castle] is rad because they have the fish and chips you can order from next door!

So you're not vegan anymore?  

I'm a lactose intolerant pescaterian.

I'm not a big dancer and in order for the dancing to happen for me there must be a careful balance of the right tune and the right amount of inebriation.  What music has to be playing in order to get you to dance?

I kinda can't just dance to just anything either!  It's gotta be like 90s hip hop R&B stuff or like really bad music I wouldn't listen to if I wasn't drunk but that's so fun to dance to.

What record have you listened to a billion times that you think more people should be aware of?

Ooooh.  The Owls, any of their stuff.  The self titled album is still one of my favorite records to this day.

When you are making art, what do you like to listen to?

I was listening to Alice Coltrane, Universal Consciousness when I made these earrings. [Miss Sabrina is rocking beautiful soft brown feathers from her ears.]

When you were a kid what was playing in your house?

Neil Young, straight up.  Just classic rock all day long.  My step dad and I were both really stubborn and I would always pretend that I didn't like it but he'd always catch me singing it.

When I was a kid and my parents would play Neil, my brother and I would always complain about his voice but ever since I got a bit older he's the greatest thing in the world to me.  What was the first music you heard that made you really into music?

I guess the stuff my dad listened too but there were some pretty bad bands...I was so emo, like Sunny Day Real Estate and old Modest Mouse

Yeah they got really bad when they signed to Epic.

But that stuff like Sad Sappy Sucker is so awesome.

I like Lonesome Crowded West.  What was the first concert you ever went to?

Blink 182 with their original drummer.  That's embarrassing!  It was either that or the Misfits and GWAR and my parents got so pissed cause they [GWAR] were like spitting blood on people and they read about it in the paper the next day.  I wore vinyl pants.  It's not like I wore them on a normal basis, but its like, we were going to see the Misfits and GWAR and we were in 6th grade.  Both shows were at the Palladium in Worcester.

Were you involved in the music scene when you lived in Boston?  What was it like there?

Oh yeah.  Oh my god when I was younger Boston was rad.  It was like ska punk. I had the checkerboard mini skirts and stuff and I was hella straight edge.  The Goonies were awesome.  They were straight edge and they had a song called "Kill 420" and I remember being there when they played that and I was like "Yeah! Drugs are bad!"  I would see them like twice a weekend.

Do you have a favorite local band here in the Bay Area?

Wildildlife.

What's your favorite Joanna Newsom song?

"Peach Plum Pear" makes me cry every time.

What did you think of the show in December?  I remember that you were there.

I was so there and I was heaving the entire time.  It was amazing to be so close up.  I have this hand thing and I think it's important to be able watch people's hands when they are playing an instrument like that.

Yeah I think watching her play makes it an entirely different experience.

Everyone there was crying. It was one of the most emotional shows.

Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?

James Taylor, Greatest Hits, the first one, cause he lives on the Vineyard now [Martha's Vineyard]. I grew up with that.

What have you been listening to the last week?

Count BasieModern Lovers.  Dinosaur Jr.  The Mamas and the Papas.

What has been your best find here at Amoeba?


I found this record -- it's Southwestern Native American chants and it's really intense.

Aren't they not allowed to record that stuff?

That's why it was so cool to find a record [like that]....It was like some Museum of Natural History kind of thing.

You should listen to Mariee Sioux!  What is your favorite part of working at Amoeba?

I think it's just the people that come in and out and the people I work with and the free education I've gotten.  I've been schooled and I love it!  Everyone here is really talented and are comfortable with themselves and have introduced me to new music which has helped me figure myself out.

Thank you for your time.

The Employee Interview Part VIII: Jon Ginoli

Posted by Miss Ess, August 2, 2007 06:28pm | Post a Comment
Jon Ginoli
Returns
Nearly 8 Years Employment


ME: Hi Jon. So what music was playing in your house when you were a kid?

JG: My parents didn't really have records but they always had the radio on. 

To pop stations?

Yeah, and when I turned 6 my parents moved to a new house out in the suburbs in a new development where there weren't any other kids around, so I made friends with the radio. So from the time I was 5 until I was 10, which is roughly 1965-1970, I absorbed Top 40 radio like a sponge. Pretty good timing, huh?

Totally, you lucked out. What was the first song/record that really got you into music? 

Um I remember being really blown away by "Reflections" by the Supremes and "Monday Monday" by the Mamas and the Papas. Oh and "Windy" by the Association.

What's the first show you went to?


The first real concert I went to was one of the worst concerts I have ever been to because when I was 14 I went to see Jimmy Buffett in Peoria.

Gross.

Peoria got very few concerts back then.

Who took you?

I went by myself. He had a song on the radio that I liked. When I heard other songs I thought, "Oh, this isn't very good."

Smart kid.

But the second concert was Bob Seger and that was a big step up.

When did you start playing music yourself? Who/what inspired you?

I started about half way through college, playing guitar. There was no one influence but I was really into punk and new wave stuff and that helped give me confidence that maybe I could do it too.

Once you had formed Pansy Division, what was your experience with the music industry like?

Well when I was in college I was heavily involved in my college radio station and actually had a band back then as well and those experiences were very helpful when I was ready to form Pansy Division. 

I started Pansy Division when I was 31 so I already had a lot of experience having a band and knowing how the indie world worked. I was working for several indie record distributors at the time so I had a lot of contacts.

Any good road stories from touring in Pansy Division?

I've written a book and I'm looking for a publisher soon.

Fabulous!

It's taken me 7 years to write it, off and on.

You guys were such pioneers! It's important to get that out there. So, when you are on stage singing what's going through your mind? 

I never had stage fright: my problem is that I get distracted and it's interesting, being on stage, to look at the audience and all the things that are happening and I sometimes want to enjoy the moment instead of really concentrating on what I am doing!

How would Pansy Division decide on the cover art for each album? They are so interesting and so early 90s!

I did in the beginning and later we would all work on it together.

Since I'm a huge K Records fan, I really want to know what it was like duetting with Calvin Johnson on "Jackson." How did that come about?

I was a big Beat Happening fan and I had met him a few times and somebody had contacted me about doing a track for a Nancy Sinatra tribute album. "Jackson" has always been my favorite song of hers, since i was a little kid. Since Calvin sounds like Lee Hazlewood I thought to ask him but when we went to actually sing the duet he didn't want to do Lee's parts. "Why?" I said. "Well, Nancy has all the good lines." So I sang the lead parts.

That's hot. Do you typically like creating and recording music or playing live better?

I love playing live, it's really fun, but I really like both.

What is your favorite venue in San Francisco to play? What's your favorite one to see a show at?

Either Cafe du Nord or Bottom of the Hill for both.

What's your favorite local band?

Kelley Stoltz. He needs more guitar and less piano on his next record, though.

Any Pansy Division news?  Are you guys playing out any time soon?

Surprisingly we are doing a tour in October--  a short coast to coast tour opening for The Avengers! That's real convenient because half of our band is in The Avengers (Joel and Luis). I live in San Francisco, Chris the bass player lives in L.A., Luis lives in Brooklyn and Joel just moved to Boston, so we play rather seldom.

Clearly! That must get complicated, rehearsing.

Yeah, it's tough, but every once in a while we find ourselves in the same city so we manage to get work done occasionally.  We're actually working on a new album. We have 4 songs done.

And you guys are on Alternative Tentacles now, right?

Yeah.

What have you been listening to lately?


I've really never listened to classical music much but a friend of mine loaned me the Steve Reich box set.

What about it do you like?

It's very hypnotic. I've been buying a lot of reissues--  I think my age is showing! I just bought John Cale: The Island Years, some of which I had on vinyl, and the reissues of the first three Ultravox albums.

Which John Cale record is your fave?

Paris 1919.

Me too. Randy [ex coworker] always would sing songs from it to me. Can you think of a record that you love and feel more people should know about?

It's a cult item, but the Go Betweens 16 Lovers Lane is a perfect pop record. 

What's your favorite part about working here at Amoeba? You're kind of hidden away so this is a bit tough probably.

Actually, having flexibility to do tours when possible was one of the reasons I started working here in the first place. Few other places are so pro-musician.

Thank you for your time.

For tour dates go to www.pansydivision.com.


The Employee Interview Part VII: Ben Tuttle

Posted by Miss Ess, July 6, 2007 12:02pm | Post a Comment
Ben Tuttle
3+ years employment
Sound Man Extraordinaire



Q:  So Ben, what music did you listen to when you were a kid, like before you could pick yourself?  What was playing in your home?

BT:  My dad used to listen to the Beatles, I remember that.  Probably Rubber Soul and I remember listening to Chuck Mangione and Slim Goodbody.  He was an informative performer for kids and he wore a full body unitard that showed the inside of his body.  I saw him perform in Oakland when I was a kid, my mom took me.

What was the first music that really struck you and made you a big music lover?

George Gershwin "An American in Paris" and "Rhapsody in Blue" and Led Zeppelin.  Those were the first tapes that I ever listened to that I remember.  My brother turned me on to Houses of the Holy.

What's the first instrument you picked up?  Whatall do you play now?

Piano.  That was the first thing.  My mom made me take lessons when I was 5.  I didn't learn the music and I just did it by ear cause I figured out how to do it like that.

Now, drums, guitar, keyboards, vibes, saxophone.  Those are pretty much all the instruments I play on a regular basis.

What was the first live show you ever saw?
Slim Goodbody was the first show I remember but he didn't have a band or anything, so I guess the first live show I ever went to was the Dead.  My brother took me to see the Grateful Dead and while I enjoyed the new experience I ended up falling asleep.  I was a kid, I was 12 maybe.

Wow!  Where was it?

Oakland Coliseum.


Did you like the Dead?


I was not, like, a fan; my brother was waaaay into them and him being the older brother, I was definitely intrigued.

How did you get involved in sound engineering?

Originally through 4 tracking my own music in my bedroom and then going to many shows with bad sound and knowing that I had the ability to make it sound good!  Then I got thrown into the fire.

Where?

Lawrence, Kansas, the world famous Bottleneck, which is still kickin' it today.


Were you scared the first time you did sound?

It was a little nerve wracking but overall it was successful.


What was the music scene like in Kansas?


Um, it was incredible when I first moved there, tons of new music and live bands bands like Shiner, Boy's Life, Vitreous.  This is like 1993/95, something like that.  But that's how I ended up meeting Kori and Jason of Mates of State and we played in bands together in college.  I got to meet a lot of really great people.



Was there a good sense of community there?


Definitely.  Small town, midwest, nothing to do but drink beer and play music.  But the thing about Lawrence is there's nothing else out there between St Louis and Denver, nothing else cool.  Lawrence has great juke boxes.

  So bringing it back to SF, what is your favorite local band?

Ooooh that's a tough one.  I'd say it's between the Hooks, Kelley Stoltz, also Triclops and RF and Joanna Newsom.  I can't say just one.

What projects are you working on right now?

The Life on Earth, The Sheep Return and what else am I doing? I've got a surf rock band with two Canadians I am playing drums in.  No name yet.

What is your favorite local venue to see a show at?!

Great American and Bottom of the Hill, of course. [Ed's note:  Ben did sound at Bottom for years.]

Best show you saw this year?

Probably Blonde Redhead at Bimbo's-- that was magic--  but I haven't seen Rush yet, that's August 1.

Of course.

Cause that'll probably top the list.

Favorite instore ever?

Rush, in my dreams.  And since we are on the topic of dreams Joanna Newsom also, playing with Rush!

But for real, Lymbyc Systym when I did sound with them cause there was no one else to do the sound and I was in their band too so I mixed em until it was my turn to play and then I walked up on stage and just started playing.  It was so fun!



What's your favorite record right now, first one you think of?


Ooooooh crap. Field Music, Tones of Town.  That's like my new jam.  I did sound for them at Bottom [of the Hill] and we got on real good.

What else have you been listening to lately?

Rush's new album.  Um, Metallica Kill Em AllBjork VoltaJoe Henderson, some jazz sh*ts.

What is your favorite Joni Mitchell song?  Why?

That's tough.  Right off the bat, "Black Crow" from Hejira cause it's got Jaco [Pastorius]on it and it triggers a specific time in my life, a certain very awesome free, ignorant part of my life.  Those were some good times!

That song "This Flight Tonight" does that for me.  All of side 2 of Blue really.  She kills me.  So, who is your favorite record producer? 

Jon Brion.

I love Jon Brion!

He's my favorite of the contemporary producers.

He's so tasteful .

He's got chops for days, but you know,  Nigel Godrich, his production on Paul McCartney's last album was very tasty.

Jon Brion was friends with Elliott Smith.

Yeah totally and my friend Travis is friends with him, so I have a one man claim to fame!

What's your best find here at Amoeba?

All my friends that work here! No seriously, that's a tough question, prolly the dvd for Driver 23.  It's an insane documentary that every musician should watch.  Look for it!

What's your favorite part of working here at Amoeba?

All the mad hugs I get.  That and getting to say that I work sound at Amoeba.  Just being exposed to everything here.

Thank you for  your time.
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