heroes in music: sufjan stevens for making unpretentious analog music with every instrument known to man, chris walla for understanding better than anyone else how to produce an indie-pop record, daniel snaith for having better vision when it comes to compositional details than any other artist ive heard, wayne coyne and beck for just doing what they do regardless how weird it makes them and truly understanding the role of an entertaining performance, broken social scene for showing that the indie scene can be a communion of friends being creative and having a good time rather than some cutthroat competition of whose band is more edgy, and most importantly william doyle for doing a little bit of ALL these things at my young age, as well as being a great friend of mine who's a big part of the reason i look at music the way i do now. and, last but definitely not least, my favorite band radiohead (including their sixth member and longtime producer nigel godrich) for showing that "creative, boundary-pushing music" and "mainstream" are not mutually exclusive, making a career worth dreaming about out of impeccable and unique music without once compromising their integrity or being too ostentatious with their publicity/marketing. they are a model that exists to show that great successes are possible for even the most stubbornly inspired artists like myself.
I play piano and guitar and sing, and i write whatever music i feel like writing. I play videogames every once in a while -- I love Gran Tourismo, Madden, Call of Duty, Super Smash Brothers, Metroid, Jak, and yes, i still think Pokemon is fun. I'm an American football fanatic.
im nice and goofy. hence why i had a lot more luck with girls in high school than in college, lol.
too many, and it always changes order.
wayyy too many to list.
vaguely in order:
Radiohead, Death Cab For Cutie, Sufjan Stevens, Broken Social Scene, Caribou, Bjork, Kaki King, The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, Grizzly Bear, William Doyle/Doyle & The Fourfathers, Beck, American Analog Set, The Decemberists, The Tallest Man On Earth, Isis, My Bloody Valentine, mewithoutYou, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Long Winters, Bright Eyes, Brand New, Elliott Smith, Pedro The Lion, The Smiths, Cursive, John Vanderslice, Kevin Devine, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Nick Drake, Iron & Wine, The Weakerthans, Jimmy Eat World, The National, Jawbreaker, Bear Vs Shark, Nada Surf, Relient K, Ash, The Early November, The Anniversary, Dredg, Northstar, The Lawrence Arms
new artists i'm digging: Dorothy Ashby, Brian Eno, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, 65daysofstatic, Califone, Les Savy Fav, Bars of Gold
bands with one album i like, and haven't heard or don't like other albums: Say Anything's "Is A Real Boy", Yeasayer's "All Hour Cymbals", Charlotte Gainsbourg's "IRM" (written by Beck), Dead Man's Bones (s/t), Roisin Murphy "Ruby Blue", Brendan Canning's solo album, The Anniversary "Designing A Nervous Breakdown", Blur "Parklife"
i am so uncultured when it comes to books.
Native Son, Of Mice And Men, The Chocolate War, Beyond The Chocolate War, Transall Saga, and yes, Harry Potter.
i am so uncutlured when it comes to movies. i really dont care about them enough at this point to list any, i need to get into indie films.
Favorite TV Shows
The Office and the NFL are the only worthwhile things on television.