School : Cabrillo High School (Lompoc, California, United States)
Education : High school
Smoker : No
Drinker : No
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Favorite bands :
Bands? I don't really know, that's kind of limiting. I guess I dig a lot of folk music, and old blues, country and western music too. Seriously, though, any country music produced after, say 1970 (When Burrito Deluxe came out), is utter garbage. So, the Band is one of my favorites. The Velvet Underground's pretty swank, too. Beyond that, I dig a lot of punk, alternative rock, hardcore, indie rock from the 90's (it's gotten a little over the top, now, for the most part). I like a lot of old school hip hop, too, including the golden age and a lot of alternative stuff from today. I can't stand metal, heavy electronic music, cock rock, and most blues rock (yes, that means you, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and everybody who plays blues without minimalist beauty).
Jazz and classical are a little more gray for me. I don't really like swing, excepting the likes of Duke Ellington and I guess Benny Goodman. I love Miles Davis and modal jazz in general, and I love free jazz like Ornette Coleman and, of course, John Coltrane. In terms of classical, I dig a lot of modern stuff like Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky, but I still like older stuff like the practically compulsory Bach and Beethoven and Mozart.
Favorite guitarists :
The most influential guitarist on me personally is Bob Dylan. Just listen to the first to two records (sans eponymous) and you'll see he just isn't playing around with that thing. I'm also into old blues guitarists like Robert Johnson and, especially, Blind Willie McTell. I also really like Lead Belly, who makes me wish I owned a god damn twelve-string.
Favorite bassists :
The best bassist of all time is easily John Entwistle. Nobody else balanced virtuosity with musicality like he did, and while I don't really play bass except casually, I can still give credit where it is most certainly due.
I also think Charles Mingus is, in a way, the best bassist of all time, considering he was also a composer and probably had a far greater understanding of music than John Entwistle.
Favorite books :
I read a lot of Faulkner, Joyce, Burroughs, Hemingway and the like. Vonnegut, is of course, the shit. I have a small collection of Shakespeare, some plays of which are unannotated, because I'm a masochist. Samuel Beckett's the playwright for me, though.
Favorite tv :
My favorite TV show of all time is Twin Peaks, which should tell you all you need to know about me.
Favorite movies :
I am inexplicably a huge Wes Anderson fan. I love all his movies, even Life Aquatic. My favorite movie all time, though, is Wes' the Royal Tenenbaums, which I think is simply brilliant. I also enjoy the obligatory Scorcese, Coppola, and Coen brothers pictures.
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I write songs and am currently looking for a band to play some of them. I'm an entirely self-taught multi-instrumentalist, except for some rudimentary classical training in playing woodwind instruments. I have been manufactured to play pretty much anything with a reed. Last year, I started teaching myself guitar and discovered why it's considered to be the great song-writer instrument, alongside the piano, which I can kind of play. I'm also really fucking good at harmonica, for some reason.
I play semi-traditional folk music, often song-centric in nature, as I just don't have the patience to learn how to solo or improvise entire sections. I would like to get some sort of band going so I can be a bit more diverse, branching out into some forms of rock music.