This fall, we've been fortunate enough to release a couple of fantastic albums by two VERY different artists, Rosie Flores and Murder By Death. They're from different parts of the country (San Antonio and Bloomington IN, respectively), different generations, and different musical upbringings. In fact, the only thing they may have in common is a deep, powerful and respectful fear of Bloodshot Rob's mood swings and poor table manners.
We though it would be nice for you all to get to know them a bit better with some Music Lit 101 questions. So, here's Rosie Flores her own bad self and Adam from MBD replies to some of our editor Rob's nosy queries:
First concert, and what you might have learned from it:
The Beach Boys, 1964. I'm 13 yrs old and I'm with two other girlfriends who I sing with in a group called the DEBS. The Dad, Mr. Wilson brought us back stage cause he saw us dancing in our seats. I learned that it was easy to get backstage and that getting a kiss on the lips from a Beach Boy was the kind of thrill that I was going to have no problem to getting used to. [oh dear—ed.]
King Crimson. Had a friend in 5th grade that loved them and I went along. What an odd show to see first, but it definitely directed my musical taste, even if I didn't totally get it then.
Almost as important, what was your SECOND concert:
The Rolling Stones-1965
I'm 15 years old, Mom took my brother (my first guitar teacher) and I to the Balboa Park Bowl in San Diego. They let her and my little sister in for free, I think cause she was a cute mom. This turned my mom on to Mick Jagger and Keith Richard and she understood us a lot better from then on.
I can't remember which of these was next, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed or the Cure? My stepmom is an avid concert go-er and I went along for the ride a lot with her. Loved all 3. [Sheesh, MY mom never took me to shows… --ed.]
First album you bought with your own moola:
Elvis Presley, Return To Sender
I think it was the tape of Weezer's Blue Album
Do you still have it, or is it in the "oops, I was just a kid" bin:
Ha ha! No, Regrettably, I sold it for 10 bucks when I was 16 at a swap meet:(
Still love it. Great nerd-pop.
3 or 5 (or 10) albums or artists that put you on your path:
ALL of the Beatles records
ALL of the early Stones records
Bob Dylan, Bringing it all Back Home
The Byrds, Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Neil young and Crazy Horse, Everybody Knows...
The Jeff Beck Group
Joni Mitchell, Blue
The Band, Music From Big Pink
Gary Stewart, Out Of Hand
Janis Martin, The Female Elvis
Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison
Wanda Jackson, Lets Have A Party
Ella Fitzgerald, A Tiskit A Tasket
David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (love it for the weird lyrics)
The Cure, Staring at the Sea (they have such a diverse sound and I always loved that)
The Rachels, The Sea and Bells (got me loving cello and string sections)
The Animals, helped me develop my singing voice and preferred stlye
Bing Crosby, Love his smooth vocal style and always liked to sing that way as a teenager but was too embarrassed by my voice
The Pogues, If I Should Fall From Grace With God (They blew my mind when I first started listening in 6th grade. The combo of incredibly heavy and well-written lyrics with rowdy songs was a game changer).
Desert Island Discs, ones you still listen to, over and over, and find new and wonderful things about them [I'm in a Red Headed Stranger phase, myself—ed.]
I'm in a jazz phase these days, yes seriously! Anything old is best from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday, Armstrong to Coltrane, Wes Montgomery to Django Reinhardt.
Right now i would say i am in a Buena Vista Social Club phase. Plus it would suit the warm weather. [I asked him this in July, by the way—ed.]
And for Rosie:
Being the master (mistress?) of the guitar, you must have some favorite instrumentals:
"Apache," The Shadows
"Tequila," The Champs
"Buckaroo"-Buck Owens and the Buckaroos
"Rebel Rouser," Duane Eddy
"Cause We've Ended As Lovers," Jeff Beck
Any female guitar role models you could look up to starting out?
Which room did you linger longest in on your first visit to Graceland?
The Jungle Room every time (oh, yeah, baby…if those walls could talk…--ed.)
And for Adam:
Being a fellow persecuted lefty, any favorite lefty musicians? Tony Iommi? Cobain? Dick Dale? The dude from the Plasmatics? Any one who helped you get along or inspire you in this wearisome righty world?
Hmm i never really think about who is lefty and who isn't. When i first started playing guitar at 14, i was really into guitars themselves, and then, as i got older it was a pain to find them, so now I am more interested in the function of the guitar, and as long as it sounds ok that works for me. I've learned that singing is my favorite part of performing. [obviously Adam is handling the day to day oppression lefties endure much better than I---ed.]
Questions you'd like us to ask any or all of our artists?
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