Where I ramble about music. A lot.
Jessa asked me a few questions a few weeks ago, and here are my answers. Finally. (Obviously, I like music a lot.)
1. What is your all-time favorite artist/band? What about song? Or album?
I… don’t know where to even start with these questions. If you know me at all, you know I love music, and choosing from all the artists I like is pretty difficult. I have to say, at this point, that my all time favorite band is Blur, as I’ve liked them now for over ten years. I got into them during the summer of 1997 when my cousin let me listen to her copy of their self-titled album. “I think you’ll really like this band,” she said to me as she handed over the CD. She didn’t care for it much, but I loved it so much that I bought the rest of their discography within a year of first listening to them. When I went to England in 1999 their next album came out, and I was in heaven; the UK loves Blur and everywhere I looked, Blur was there. When I came back to the US I heard nothing about the album. Made me disappointed.
My favorite artist these days, however, is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I’ve seen them live three times, and they put on an excellent show. I’m not a huge fan of their most recent album, but I still enjoy it.
Other artists I’ve been listening to a lot these days include the Kaiser Chiefs, Hard-Fi, Caesars, and Muse. I’m always on the lookout for new stuff, but I’m not very proactive with it.
Favorite artists, by decade: 1960s – Beatles (of course). And the Hollies and Stones. I like music from the mid to late 60s the most, but I’ll take what I can get. 1970s – uhh. I actually don’t like a lot of 1970s music except for the occasional punk track. I don’t think I listen to anything from the 1970s currently, but I could be wrong. 1980s – Tie up between 1980s REM, Depeche Mode, or something cheesy like Genesis or Dio. 1990s – Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, Green Day; pretty much anything I listened to in high school mainly for the nostalgia factor. I have a hard time listening to 90s music these days. 2000s – Dandy Warhols, Guided by Voices, Stars, Ladytron; look at my recently played list on this here blog and you’ll see what I like now.
As for my all time favorite song… I have no idea. ‘Salvation’ by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is up there, as is ‘Enjoy the Silence’ by Depeche Mode. I don’t really have a favorite song; it changes so much that I can’t really name everything. Usually I just like artists, so the favorite artist question’s more accurate than the favorite song one.
I can’t even start with favorite albums… ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ by Blur is what I usually cite as my favorite, but I also like ‘Howl’ by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I think those two count as my favorites for now.
Okay! That question practically could have been its own entry!
2. What is your all-time favorite store to shop at?
I honestly don’t do much shopping. I love looking through the clothes at Wet Seal and Forever 21, but the style of billowing, peasant style tops that seems to be so prevalent these days does not suit my body type well. (Do they suit any body type well? I don’t think so.) I like going to Target and sifting through their clearance aisles for cute paper invitations and desk accessories. I always stop and look at anything with a neat design, and Target lures me in.
Besides that… yeah. Not much shopping done these days due to the fact that I have no money.
3. What could you never live without?
I could never live without my computer, or my photos, or my notebooks and journals. Anything I’ve ever put even a semblance of myself into, I can’t get rid of. (No matter how cheesy some of the things I wrote may be now.) Obviously I can’t live without basic needs like food and water and shelter, but I figured this question was a bit deeper than that. I couldn’t live without creativity or motivation; I couldn’t live doing the same thing over and over again. I guess I can’t live without the desire to do and see and experience things.
4. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
This goes with question 1 in ways, but I’m a sucker for cheesy music. Especially 80s light hits. Michael McDonald, I’m looking at you. And you, Eddie Money. And, of course, nothing tops Phil Collins in cheesiness. I’m not ashamed, not at all.