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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

9Q+1: Corey Reidy

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Corey Reidy plays guitar with the local rock band Church Key. He’s also a key instigator in the release of Stunning Tonto Forever, a compilation of Tucson-based acts from the early 2000s on the Stunning Tonto record label. Church Key plays with several other local bands at Plush on Friday, Feb. 8, for the album’s release.

What was the first concert you attended?
Tom Petty. My parents wanted me to “experience the culture” of a rock show. Little did I know that “culture” was a sweaty man named Greg that knew all the words to “Free Fallin’,” which he sang during the chorus of every song.

What are you listening to these days?
Podcasts, right? A.V. Club’s Undercover series, which has bands picking a song from a list of tunes and performing them, is great. And I can never get too far away from Elliot Smith or the Smiths … or the Cure. Anything with the name Smith involved.

What was the first album you owned?
Queen, News of the World. I would stare at the cover with the band dead and bloody, making up stories as to what the giant metal robot guy did to them. Then I would hide the album because it freaked me out.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love but you just don't get?
Baroque. What is with the harpsichords, powdery makeup and wigs? Also, I don’t like jam bands.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Led Zeppelin, in the midst of their devil-worshipping, heavy-drinking 20s, crashing a car through a barn while Jimmy Page rips a solo made of fire and lightning.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Nothing. I totally don’t listen to 311 anymore or Everclear. And yes, Sparkle and Fade is awesome.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
The theme from Eyes Wide Shut, as I am propped up in a chair next to my coffin, staring at the crowd.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Les Claypool. Guy blew my mind as a kid, basically taught me that music is what you make of it. There are no rules or boundaries, there is no limit to what you can do, and if you have an imagination, you can create a world out of thin air.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

What song should I be listening to right now?
The Trons, “Time’s Up.”

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

9Q+1: Kade Mislinski

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Kade Mislinski moved to Tucson when he was 6 and graduated from the UA in 1997. He was once a member of the local jazz-funk band Interlocking Grip and DJ’d at mostly now-defunct clubs around town, including the Airport Lounge, the Velvet Tea Garden, Heart-Five and Club Congress. These days he’s co-owner, with Jenny Rice, of HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery, the Playground Bar & Lounge and Lulu’s Shake Shoppe.

What was the first concert you attended?
Robert Plant, TCC Arena, 1988. Heard “Tall Cool One,” “Ship of Fools,” “Immigrant Song” and “Communication Breakdown.”

What are you listening to these days?
Sonny Rollins, Gary Clark Jr., Sigur Rós, Eric Dolphy, Son House, Calexico, Beck. I also use Spotify, so I jump all over the place listening with the kids. We listen to EDM, jazz, indie, rock and soundtracks.

What was the first album you owned?
Tuff Crew, Back to Wreck Shop. And on 45 it was “O-o-h Child” by the Five Stairsteps.

What artist, genre, or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
Chris Brown and Justin Bieber. And I'm good with pop—just don't get these guys.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Michael Jackson.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Killers. I know, I know—but man, they're just good. Favorite song: “All These Things That I’ve Done.”

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
“Liwa Wechi” by Miriam Makeba, then “Let's Go Crazy” by Prince.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Sigur Rós, Peter Gabriel, Hans Zimmer, and every year, the Coachella Music Festival—it may be the best thing you'll ever do.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain.

What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

9Q+1: Ryan P. Christie

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Ryan P. Christie, 34, grew up in Tucson and graduated from the UA in 2001 with a degree in creative writing. Christie currently works as a rock-climbing instructor/guide at Rocks and Ropes and as a rigging specialist with Rhino Staging. From 2003 to 2005, he was a music writer for aznightbuzz.com. He also played guitar in Big Bottom with his brother Shayne in the late 1990s.

What was the first concert you ever saw?
Alice in Chains in 1992 at the Tucson Convention Center. It was in the North Exhibition Hall, though, which was smaller, and mosh-y-er.

What are you listening to these days?
The new Dinosaur Jr., the Heartless Bastards, Superchunk, Yuck and lots of Dr. Dog.

What was the first album you owned?
Album was Prince, Purple Rain; tape was Aerosmith, Pump; on CD, I got Pearl Jam, Ten, and Blind Melon’s first one at once.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
Dubstep. Is it just the same annoying wahwahwah sound that defines it? I just don’t get it.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
AC/DC with Bon Scott, the Pogues with Shane MacGowan, or James Brown circa ... whenever.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I am a closet Jay-Z fan. I don’t know about his new stuff, but I played the crap out of his earlier ones.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
“Exit Music (For a Film)” by Radiohead, but the creepy version of the little kids covering it, or “Back in Time” by Huey Lewis and the News (with accompanying magic trick where my body disappears).

What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Kermit the Frog’s “Rainbow Connection.” When I saw that singing frog, I knew anything was possible.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Paul Simon, Graceland. Best road trip album of all time. And I remember my dad buying it when I was a kid, and that was the first time he let me sit on his lap and drive his Corvette around the parking lot.

What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Mahna Mahna” from The Muppet Show.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

9Q+1: Sara Mohr

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Sara Mohr was born in North Dakota and has lived in Tucson since she was 4. She started playing piano at 5 and is a piano and music instructor for the School House of Rock. She is also the keyboardist and singer for the new project Sorry About the Garden. A bartender at Plush since the bar opened, Mohr is the creator of the bar’s signature Sexy Blue Jesus cocktail.

What was the first concert you saw?
Huey Lewis and the News at the UA’s McKale Center. Holy saxophone! I accidentally sat on a piece of gum, and got it all over my Esprit pants. So ’80s.

What are you listening to these days?
Switched-On Bach by Wendy Carlos. It was actually my mom’s, but I stole it from her and spun it over and over until it was full of static. I was fascinated with the Moog synthesizer.

What was the first album you owned?
Fever Ray, PJ Harvey, Rachmaninoff.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
Rockabilly. It’s fun at first, but after a while, I find it tiresome.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Genesis, with Peter Gabriel as the frontman, in one of his crazy getups. I have a serious soft spot in my heart for ’70s prog-rock.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Disco while wearing roller skates. No joke.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
“Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Tori Amos. I know, I know. I’m such a girl! She is an amazing pianist and orchestrator. There is a perfect balance of dark and light in her songs. Her music makes me feel very mortal and creative. Every time I listen to her music, I find myself going over to my piano. … Also, my once-upon-a-time piano teacher David Barela. He taught me to believe in my art.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Blue by Joni Mitchell.

What song should everyone listen to right now?
The Knife, “Heartbeats,” live.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

9Q+1: Julie Reed

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Julie Reed is the creator of TucsonMama.com and co-publishes (with Mike McKisson of TucsonVelo.com) TucsonInStyle.com. She describes herself as a “terrible but enthusiastic” singer. She’s also an occasional Tucson Weekly contributor.

What was the first concert you ever saw?
Rick Springfield at the Concord (Calif.) Pavilion. I bought a souvenir baseball shirt, of course.

What are you listening to these days?
I obsess over songs rather than entire albums, (and) lately, a lot of cover songs and mash-ups: String Theory’s “Space Police”; Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams’ lovely version of “Wild Horses”; Ben Folds’ “Twin Falls”; Elliott Smith’s “Thirteen”; and all the Johnny Cash/Rick Rubin stuff. White Stripes and Beastie Boys are current household favorites. Also, always: Will Oldham, Calexico, Tom Waits, Neko Case.

What was the first album you owned?
I begged my parents to get me Tony Orlando and Dawn’s album when I was 5. The first thing I bought with my own money was the 45 of “Undercover Angel” by Alan O’Day.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
Prog-rock.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Springsteen in the late 1970s, circa Darkness on the Edge of Town, in a small, sweaty club in Jersey.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
The heart loves what it loves. Disco, one-hit wonders, sentimental ’70s pop—I feel no shame.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Chris Von Sneidern should lead a sing-along of Bread’s “Everything I Own.” He does it better than David Gates himself.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Yo La Tengo, American Music Club, Richard Buckner. I can’t pick one. They entered my life when I was particularly receptive to music, and these felt, still feel, so beautifully, painfully significant and rich—great depth in the writing, and such intimacy in the music.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Five is the best I can do, sorry: Buckner, Devotion + Doubt and Since; Pixies, Come on Pilgrim; Dire Straits, Making Movies; Palace Music, Viva Last Blues.

What song should everyone listen to right now?
That “Wild Horses” cover is pretty amazing.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

9Q+1: Ed Nossem

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM

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Ed Nossem has played guitar and bass in a variety of Tucson bands since 1990, including Grimble Wedge, Worm, and the Distortionists. He is currently playing with Fish Karma, who is releasing a new 7-inch at 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at the District Tavern, 260 E. Congress St. Admission is free.

What is the first concert you attended?
Santana, the Caravanserai tour. Greg Rollie and Neal Schon had just left the band to form Journey, and Santana hadn’t replaced them yet, so the entire concert was all instrumental.

What are you listening to these days?
Whatever music I’m working on; Cheer-Accident, a wonderful music ensemble based in Chicago; the Swigs; the Mission Creeps’ new CD; Todd Rundgren concert videos; Bukka White; the Residents; Steely Dan; Frank Zappa; classical music on KUAT (FM 90.5) radio, and KXCI (FM 91.3) radio in general. Kidd Squidd has the best radio show on the planet.

What was the first album you owned?
The Beatles’ Yesterday and Today. That’s the one where they replaced the original butcher cover image and had to glue a different picture on the existing product due to public outrage.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
I can’t relate to what is passed off as country music these days. Give me George Jones, Johnny Cash or the first Hank Williams any day!

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
It would be a real treat to relive the experience of seeing Genesis with Peter Gabriel perform The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Blue Öyster Cult.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
That’s easy—“Die Like a Dog” by Fish Karma! Or if anyone wanted to get more maudlin about it, they could always play “Turn of the Century” by Yes.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?
The Beatles. They permeated my existence as a child, and still do.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Brian Wilson’s Smile, edging out the Beatles’ Revolver by a nose.

What song should everyone listen to right now?
Genesis’ “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.”

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

9Q+1: Joe Pagac

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

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Joe Pagac is a local artist best known for his revolving murals on the side of the Rialto Theatre. He also raises chickens, sews his own parachute pants and spends his free time designing as-of-yet unsuccessful perpetual motion machines.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Wyclef Jean at Centennial Hall during his Carnival days. There were only, like, 40 people at the show, so it was kind of underwhelming. He insisted on staying onstage until the cops dragged him off, which they eventually did.

What are you listening to these days?

Around the house, I listen to a lot of exotica and lounge music, like Martin Denny, Quiet Village. When I’m out working, I listen to an upbeat mix of bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Magic Numbers, Scissor Sisters, Coconut Records and MGMT.

What was the first album you owned?

Weird Al, Even Worse, was the first album I remember buying. That piece of wax spun on the record player until I knew every word.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?

The saxophone. The recent resurgence bothers me to no end.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Gogol Bordello put on the best show I have ever been to. The energy that they throw toward the crowd gives you goose bumps the entire time. I would love to see them live again.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I still listen to a good share of pop music, and I can sing along to all the new Justin Bieber stuff.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

“The Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Sisqó’s “Thong Song” got me through some hard times.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Scissor Sisters, Night Work, or Darude, Before the Storm.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

I already brought it up once ... so kick back to a little bit of what my girlfriend refers to as my "vacation music." I give you Martin Denny's “Quiet Village.” If the exotic rhythms don't take you away from your drab daily grind for 3.5 minutes, the shrieking monkeys certainly will.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

9Q+1: Sean Fitzpatrick

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick, known as “The Fitz” to friends and frenemies alike, is the director of interactive marketing for Canyon Ranch. He’s a veteran of the UA Science Center, the UA Athletics Department, AzStarnet.com and the Tucson Weekly’s parent company, Wick Communications. When he’s in musician mode, he plays guitar, harmonica and sings. He’s played with The Modeens and “Tom Walbank a few times,” and is working on getting a band together for the Great Cover-Up.

What was the first concert you attended?
It was Huey Lewis and the News at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix. I was a deprived child. Wait … actually, I was in college. I wasn’t allowed to do stuff like that in high school. Musically, I was very stunted.

What are you listening to these days?
I am addicted to RadioParadise.com, an Internet radio station. One moment, they’re playing the latest indie band; the next moment, they’re playing Miles Davis; the next, Led Zeppelin. I like musical casserole.

What was the first album you owned?
Michael Jackson, Thriller.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don’t get?
One word: Bieber

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Stevie Ray Vaughan with guest harmonica-player James Cotton.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Glee Karaoke app.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
“One” by U2. It’s representative of what I can only call a musical religious experience.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Johnny Cash. He showed me that country music could be contemporary and edgy,

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Wow, you’re gonna have to pull the trigger. I am going to have to go with Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon. It’s such a clichéd answer, but I can’t think of an album that’s better and more groundbreaking.

What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.

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