abe From The Future, who sometimes goes by the mysterious name "Jacob Carver," claims to have the best 'fro in the Colorado Springs music scene. A former radio deejay, he spent nearly a decade hand selecting eclectic tunes at KRCC. He also founded the psych-rock bands Melting Temple and 4Moons. Currently, Gabe plays bass for The Psychedelegates, Clem Hammond & The B3s, and The Ruxton Railsplitters. We decided to pick his brain for a few musical recommendations.
"Wish I'd written that" song: "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys. Actually, I wrote a 30-minute rock opera titled "Sloop John B," based loosely on the classic, so in a way, I did write it. I've got it recorded on a cassette somewhere.
"Wish I could unhear that" song: That "Jack & Diane" song by John "Cougar" Mellencamp. It's more obnoxious than nails on a chalkboard.
Essential Saturday night listening: If I'm going out on a Saturday night, I usually put on some trap music to get myself pumped up. You know ... like mumble rap. Desiigner's "Panda" is the perfect party starter.
Essential Sunday morning listening: In my house there's a long-standing tradition called "Heavy Metal Sundays" that dates back to when I had roommates. This occurs every Sunday and always begins with "Raining Blood" by Slayer and Metallica's "Ride the Lightning."
First record I bought with my own money: I'm sure I bought some tapes back in the day, but I can't remember which ones. However, I do remember the first CD I ever bought: To the Extreme by Vanilla Ice. Shortly after that I won a contest at the mall and got discs by Frank Zappa and Janet Jackson.
Artist more people should know about: I love Caetano Veloso. Maybe people already know about him, I'm not sure. He's a Brazilian composer who integrates Latin, folk and psychedelic rock into his music. In the 1960s, he helped start a movement of avant-garde art called Tropicalismo. "Um Abraçaço" from his 2012 release Abraçaço is a beautifully mellow song with a shredding guitar solo.
Current favorite song to cover: I've played so many covers live. Everything from Hanson to Leadbelly to Bowie to Snoop Dogg. I don't think I can pick a favorite. I can, however, pick a least favorite. My old band Melting Temple used to do a weird mash-up of Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)" and Moby's "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" Nobody should ever combine those songs ... ever!
Guilty pleasure: I have none. I've never felt guilty for enjoying music that some other snob said wasn't cool.