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Daniel Hostetler

By day a crafter of fine-art wood furniture, Dan Hostetler regularly performs with his band, the Determined Luddites (shockingly, he owns a CD changer!), at the Hotel Congress patio, Monterey Court and nearly every festival in town. He will be playing with his surf band, Big Galoot, on Friday, July 12, at Monterey Court.

What was the first concert you attended?

I was way too young to be allowed to go, but I got to listen (from my aunt's house) to the infamous Doors/Jefferson Airplane show when they played (at Reid Park).

What are you listening to these days?

I actually wrote down the last four CDs that played at the shop. Freakwater, Old Paint; Tom Waits, Rain Dogs; Blood Oranges, Corn River; Gila Bend, Kim Chee Cowboy.

What was the first album you owned?

Buffalo Springfield Again. What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get? I hated most music in the '80s—arena rock, hair metal, synth-pop, Cali country rock. No nostalgia there. What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Can I name two? The Replacements and Uncle Tupelo. I've heard I may get another chance, unbelievably, with the 'Mats (the Replacements).

 Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

You remember Johnny Nash (not Cash!)? That song "I Can See Clearly Now"? I really guiltily love that tune.

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

Morbidly enough, I've thought about this a lot. "Naima" by John Coltrane.

What band or artist has changed your life, and how?

The Pogues! I grew up loving traditional music, went all in when punk came around. The Pogues put those two halves of my brain back together again, like music I had been hearing in my head but didn't exist yet. I literally jumped up and shouted with joy when I first heard them.

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

I'ma stick with Shane and the crew ... If I Should Fall From Grace With God. James Joyce, meet Johnny Rotten. Cannot be improved upon.


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