Personal Interests

Tina, Marshall, Harrison; Family

Favorite Recent Books
It Can’t Happen Here, Fast Food Nation, Rock and the Pop Narcotic (re-read for more fun), Journals of Lewis and Clark, Undaunted Courage, Our Band Could Be Your Life, American Dreamer:  The Life of Henry A. Wallace, the Hornblower series

Favorite Movies
Dr. Strangelove, High Fidelity, A Hard Day’s Night

Favorite Television Programs
Monty Python’s Flying Circus, StarTrek, Fawlty Towers, Iron Chef, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report

Favorite Things
Colman’s mustard, Keen footwear, my MINI Cooper, vinyl records, my iPod, English Breakfast Tea, Swiss Army Knives, rare steak, hickory or mesquite-based BBQ, roasted garlic, mountains, pine trees, dark chocolate, shaving with a shaving brush, my thumbstick, wool socks (especially Smartwool socks), Stormy Kromer caps, cheesecake, Barbour waxed garments, the Declaration of Independence, Altoids (curiously strong) peppermints, prairie-style architecture, craftsman bungalows, arts and crafts furniture, Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite Words
schadenfreude, ressentiment

Favorite Albums
Beatles, Revolver; Game Theory, Big Shot Chronicles; R.E.M., Murmur; Wire, Pink Flag; Bob Dylan, Live at the Royal Albert Hall;  The Clash, London Calling; Big Star, Sister Lovers, dB’s, Like This; Eleventh Dream Day, Prairie School Freakout, Byrds, Younger than Yesterday; The Soft Boys, Underwater Moonlight; Guided by Voices, Bee Thousand; Green, Elaine MacKenzie; Kinks, The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society; John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band; Barbara Manning, One Perfect Green Blanket; Replacements, Let it Be; Small Faces, There Are But Four Small Faces; Richard and Linda Thompson, Shoot out the Lights; Velvet Underground,  The Velvet Underground and Nico; The Who, The Who Sell Out; Jimi Hendrix, Live at the Monterrey Pop Festival

Favorite Concerts
Big Star (Metro, Chicago, June 1994); Game Theory (Maintenance Shop, Ames, IA, October 1985);  Eleventh Dream Day (Lounge Axe, Chicago, January 2000; Double Door, Chicago, November 2003); Replacements (Maintenance Shop, Ames, IA, 1985); Buzzcocks (Cabaret Metro, Chicago, November, 1989); Smashing Pumpkins (Cabaret Metro, Chicago, November, 1989); Feelies (The Cubby Bear, Chicago, 1989); Young Fresh Fellows (The Lounge Axe (and other venues), Chicago, 1980s); R.E.M. (Various Venues, 1980s); Claude Pate (Various Venues, 1980s); Bob Mould (Cabaret Metro, Chicago, May, 1989); Guided By Voices  (Various Venues, 1990s-2000s); Soft Boys (Cabaret Metro, April 2001); Mission of Burma (Metro, Chicago, October 2004); The dB’s (Cabaret Metro, Chicago, September 1987); Richard Thompson (Park West, Chicago, 1988), Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians (Cabaret Metro, Chicago, April 1988 [plus another dozen or so times since then, both solo and with the Egyptians]), Billy Bragg (Cabaret Metro, October 1986); The Art Brut/Hold Steady (Metro, October 2007–”an orgy of shouting and pointing.”)

Favorite Concerts, Tier 2
The Clash (The loudest show I ever saw), The Who (the first of their “greatest hits played live” tours), The Sex Pistols (Punk rock turned cash cow), Bob Dylan (He still has the power to annoy, which is part of what makes him great), Tommy Keene, Television (I appreciate them touring in the 1990s since I didn’t live in a metropolitan area when I was a teenager–the cerebral side of punk), Dumptruck, Green (Chicago garage pop at its finest), The Service (Chicago garage rock at its finest), Paul Weller, Snaketrain (the best group of Foghat-inspired teenagers on the planet), The Bangles, triple bill of The Go Go’s, B-52′s, and Psychedelic Furs (new wave extravaganza for one low price), Soul Asylum (along with the Replacements and Husker Du, part of what made Minneapolis the place to be in the early 1980s), Hüsker Dü (see Soul Asylum), Sonic Youth, White Stripes, Sleater-Kinney, Fountains of Wayne, Cheap Trick (performing the Live at Budokan album in its entirety), fIREHOSE, the Pixies, the Velvet Crush, the Jesus and Mary Chain, U2, the Strokes, the MC5 (a reunion tour, featuring 3 of the original 5), Lou Reed

Least Favorite Concert
The Grateful Dead.

Bands/performers/performances I wish I had seen:
Elvis (~1956 or so–my mother got to see him during this era, which actually lends her a sense of cool not normally attributed to one’s mother); The Beatles (Hamburg, Germany ~ 1962), Jefferson Airplane (~1967 or so); Jimi Hendrix at the Monterrey Pop festival; The Ramones, the Byrds, the Velvet Underground

Favorite Hobbies
Back yard cooking, Music writing, Music Collecting, Model Railroading, Reading (mostly non-fiction–history, biographies), Scout Leader, Arts and Crafts-era antiques