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Danny Stewart's sound advice

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COURTESY DANNY STEWART
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Many of us have seen Danny Stewart’s photography in local art galleries, or heard him performing onstage in a host of Colorado Springs rock bands that include Momento Mori, The Creeps, Night Gallery, Darker Days, William Tell Routine, Zipperheads and Idle Hands.

His most recent projects were the post-punk cover band The Rat Bastards, as well as last Halloween’s one-off Pretenders tribute act The Tattooed Love Girls. At this point, Stewart isn’t all that sure what his next musical project will turn out to be. “There are always ideas,” he says, “it’s just bringing them to reality.”

We caught up with Stewart recently to ask about some of his favorite music.

First record I bought with my own money: Eat to the Beat by Blondie. Even though it was released back in 1979, it’s still a rockin’ record and will always be my favorite Blondie album. Nothing was more mesmerizing to teenage Danny than Deborah Harry! Watch the video of “The Hardest Part.”

“I wish I had written that” song: Actually, it would be the entire All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone LP by Explosions in the Sky. If there was ever a soundtrack to the film of my subconscious, this would be it.

My latest online discovery: The German avant-jazz band Bohren & der Club of Gore. Their Geisterfaust album gives you that sinking-into-the-carpet feeling. Not in a bad way like that Trainspotting scene, but more in a relaxing shag carpet kind of way. The undisputed kings of slowcore!

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “We Built This City” by Jefferson Starship and also “Got My Mind Set on You” by George Harrison. Of all the great songs they could have written, they decided to foist those two on us instead.

Guilty pleasure: Smile for whatever music brings you happiness! I don’t find any of the music I like to be at all incriminating. Not even the soundtrack to West Side Story.

Essential Saturday night listening: “Cabeza de Mojado” by Friends of Dean Martinez. “Portrait of a Man” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. “Eye Witness” by Brian James. And “Je Pense a Toi” by Gabriel Yacoub. Plus, a bottle of wine.

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