Nadine Roselle Ruiz-Carlson is a UA graduate; she majored in Spanish literature and minored in plant sciences. She has a fetish for first editions and rare books; she does wildlife rehabilitation; and she spends as much time as she can in the Sierra Madre in Sonora. Currently, she works as co-producer and videographer for Powhaus Productions.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
I grew up watching my dad play. He played lead guitar in local Tucson bands. I was on the side of the stage before I could walk. ... He still amazes me with his playing.
What are you listening to these days?
Lee Hazlewood, Nina Simone and Sparks. ... I have been focused on the music that we feature at our shows, lately a lot of '70s punk.
What was the first album you owned?
I begged a neighbor incessantly for Elton John, Greatest Hits. So glad she caved.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Sonic Youth and Pavement. I have much respect for their music; I just didn't get into it at the right time in my life—like if you picked up a Kurt Vonnegut novel at 40, I just don't think it'd be as profound as it is to those in their 20s.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Nina Simone, hands down. I never saw her perform live, and I regret it daily.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I don't listen to it, but I can sing along to a lot of really bad modern country.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Freight Train," Elizabeth Cotten.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Janis Joplin. Hers was the first music I discovered on my own.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Cramps, ...Off the Bone. I love how fun their music is, and I never get sick of it, ever.