Multi-instrumentalist Tracy Shedd was raised in a music-friendly home, complete with piano lessons and a public-address system in the living room on which to practice Patsy Cline music. She found punk rock as a teen and morphed into a singer-songwriter with a love of distortion and artists that, in her words, "drape their vocals in various shrouds," à la My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and the Jesus and Mary Chain. Shedd's latest offering (on blue vinyl!) is EP88, released on Eskimo Kiss Records. A split 7-inch with Los Angeles' Wet and Reckless is due out in the fall on Fort Lowell Records, which is owned and operated by her guitarist and husband, James Tritten. Learn more about Shedd at tracyshedd.com.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Pigface at the Milk Bar in Jacksonville, Fla.
What are you listening to these days?
The Mary Onettes, The Soft Pack, The Radio Dept., The School, The Magnetic Fields and Kings of Convenience.
What was the first album you owned?
My first CD was Ride, Nowhere. My first tape was either George Michael, Faith, or Pet Shop Boys, Actually.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
I can't think of one. To each their own.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Henry Mancini's version of "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Sonic Youth. They are one of the reasons I started collecting vinyl and writing music.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
With a gun to my head, My Bloody Valentine, Loveless, for sure!