First record I bought with my own money: In Defiance of Existence by Old Man’s Child at Sunshine Tapes & Audio in Kalispell, Montana. I really dug right into extreme metal; it was a calling. I remember an old high school friend took advantage of the CD player in art class one day, when we had a sub filling in. I remember loving what I heard coming through the speakers, and loving the disgusted faces on the teacher and some of the students.
Essential Saturday night listening: If I’m going out to socialize at a club or a bar, it would have to be dark, groovy and romantic. I will usually pick specific bands that really hit a mood for me and invoke the kinds of moods I want in certain social settings. Like The Sisters of Mercy’s Floodland or Type O Negative’s October Rust, [Belgian band] Emptiness, or the new Ulver album The Assassination of Julius Caesar.
Essential Sunday morning listening: I like cooking my own breakfast and listening to classics that my parents raised me on: Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank [Williams] Senior, Marty Robbins, Slim Whitman, Marshall Tucker Band. It really puts me in a balanced and humbling mood, positive and ready for the day. I’m not by any means a morning person, I enjoy my late nocturnal hours. Classic tracks from these artists really go well with my morning sun and coffee.
Latest online discovery: On Bandcamp, I recently discovered Suffering Hour, an amazing guitar-driven death metal band from Minnesota. I bought their album and literally, by the humor of the Gods, I met the guitarist at a show that same night. Found out he just recently moved to Denver.
“Wish I’d written that” song: I’ve never had such a thought really, but I would have to say something like [Led Zeppelin’s] “Immigrant Song,” only because I’m sure the royalties made from that song are insane. So, for this question, it would really involve a question of money I guess. I have my own craft and never thought about the idea of me writing someone else’s song.