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Curious in Brooklyn

'Cause my pals were playing, and it looked like fun, so I pushed my way in:

Interview meme

If you want to play...
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions and leave the answers as comments on my LJ.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


1) What's Jet City like? Is it really just all about the rain and coffee shops?

Ah, no. It's a much richer experience than that. There's bars, pubs, bar & grilles, brewpubs, house parties, beer gardens, lounges, 21 & over clubs, and Ballard, which is pretty much just Scandanavians and alcohol stretching along the canal. And sarcasm. Lotsa sarcasm. And emotional isolation. That's pretty big around here. Strangely enough, it's a really fun town. C'mon out; my couch is available anytime.

2) What type of stuff have you been listening to?

This is embarrasing. Pretty much all I've really been listening to since I visited back east in February is the Pixies, with a little bit of Modest Mouse, L7 (stop laughing, fucker) and Dropkick Murphys mixed in. Dunno why, but the only thing I can write to at this point is an endless loop of 'Gigantic.' I think it's got to do with Kim Deal having the most heavenly voice that alt-rock ever could've turned out.

3) Inspiration or perspiration, which makes a person a better writer?

Lotsa kicks in the nuts. And spending time with people who've been kicked in the nuts a lot. And, occasionally, kicking people in the nuts. Writing's all about the cojones, I'm starting to think.

4) How freaky was it to see Mike in his new home with his new baby? (Seriously, I haven't been there yet. I'm curious.)

Y'know, it was one of those things that sounded fucked up and strange when I was headed towards it, but made perfect sense once I got there. MikE! was still MikE!, just with a couple of new accessories. Like, he was digging his place, but there was the same excitement in his voice as when he got his guitar a few years ago ("Yeah, I'm gonna do this with the backyard, and do this with the spare room...pretty cool, right?" being pretty similar to "Yeah, this is the tone knob and this is my amp and I just figured out how to make a good A chord."). And he just digs the hell outta Emily, so that's, well, shit, that's just nice to see. (I know you're reading this, homeboy...does this make up for the good driver/bad drummer comment?).

You haven't been over there yet? Jeez, man. I know it's out in the middle of goddamned nowhere, but take a spin over there. If nothing else, you'll see about a thousand story elements on the ride in.

5) You mentioned wanting to get a band thing happening, how's that going?

Isn't, really. My own fault, but I've been searching out a new job and putting a goodly amount of energy into the writing, so I'm not feeling it so strongly at this point. I still pull down the bass every once in a while and bang out some Deacons tunes (although, to my shame, I'm starting to forget the more recent ones), but it's no so painful to do it. Part of the problem, I think, is having done just the one band in my life, and that was something that was started with my best friend. Having to go into it on a more business level, we're-here-to-make-music-but-MAYBE-we'll-be-pals kinda level, just doesn't have the same appeal. Which makes me a wimp, I s'pose, but passive-aggressive Seattle tends to inspire that kind of thing. Still a great town, though. C'mon out. I'll buy you strong drinks in the best bar you've ever been in, with a jukebox so perfectly filled it'll make you cry.
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Interview me, Boom Stick man!

1. Way back, when you were heading for your new digs, you expressed great concern about the location and not a small amount of disdain. Now you love it to the point of trying to rope one of your pals into being your downstairs neighbor. What changed?
2. What was the first exterior comment/action regarding your writing that made you think it was worth being a major part of your life?
3. The first exterior comment/action regarding the writing that made you want to shoot the commentor and then yourself?
4. Dream band; you're fronting...who's backing?
5. And back to you: Inspiration or perspiration?
1. Way back, when you were heading for your new digs, you expressed great concern about the location and not a small amount of disdain. Now you love it to the point of trying to rope one of your pals into being your downstairs neighbor. What changed?

I was worried that I was going to live so far out of my means that I'd never be able to set foot outside of the apartment for anything other than work. Now, yes, I am living outside my means, but other than a lack of record stores, it's the absolute perfect neighborhood. There's no shortage of bookstores, amazing places to eat, cultural events, movie theaters...they're going to have to drag me kicking and screaming out of this place. (also, I'm one stop away from Manhattan.)

2. What was the first exterior comment/action regarding your writing that made you think it was worth being a major part of your life?

A professor once told me that my poetry "Holds the reader down and kicks him.”

3. The first exterior comment/action regarding the writing that made you want to shoot the commenter and then yourself?

Hmmm. I can’t think of anyone who made a comment so negative that it made me give up hope; I tend to not need assistance undermining my confidence.

4. Dream band; you're fronting...who's backing?

Geez, that’s tough. My first reaction is to go with fugazi. I’d love to have the whole band backing me, but if I were to assemble one on my own, I’d go with Jon Spencer on guitar, Mike Watt on bass, Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing) on drums and Paul Walfisch (Botanica/Firewater) on piano/organ. I figure a group like that is talented enough to move from primitive Stooges type punk to moody Nick Cave territory pretty effortlessly and would cover all my bases.

5. And back to you: Inspiration or perspiration?

Perspiration, absolutely. I believe that inspiration is actually nothing special. Everyone gets a bunch of great ideas in his/her life, but what makes a person a writer is the dedication it takes to sit down and work the whole thing out, to revise, fail, learn something, write it over…just basically devote huge sections of your life to the process.
"A professor once told me that my poetry "Holds the reader down and kicks him.”

Nice. Yeah, that's definately the kind of warm and fuzzy that would keep me going for quite some time.

"...but what makes a person a writer is the dedication it takes to sit down and work the whole thing out, to revise, fail, learn something, write it over…just basically devote huge sections of your life to the process."

I'm with you, but am I alone is feeling that the whole thing is much more painful and effortful than the end result generally indicates?

And, kinda off the nut, what's your most frequented record store? Or do you get most of your stuff off the web at this point?
Absolutely, if we do it right, it seems to drop from us effortlessly despite the blood sweat and tears.

As for music, I really don't buy stuff on line, I tend to hit St. Marks place about twice a month.
I got your message; sorry I couldn't talk. Some bullshit family shit is keeping me busy (not me and Lisa). We'll talk soon.

What??? I don't get to be in your dream band?!?! (WHINES) But I was in The Blackened Earth!!!