Best of 2011-Show of the Year # 3 – J Roddy Walston and the Business

December 28, 2011

This entire night, opener and headliner, was such a surprise to me that it had to make the year end list. I heard a little noise about this band, mainly from the not so subtle adulation of my man Scott Mervis. I was knocked over by the band’s first song, blistering out of the gate on a sunny early evening outdoors, no less. They never let up and despite the unusual setting for a hairy ‘bar band’ (I use that term with the utmost respect), they tore through their set with white knuckle abandon…and they were the opening act! I am really grateful that J Roddy took the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’.
  • Your last album bought?
  • The Flaming Lips – ‘Transmissions from the Satellite Heart’.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Randy Newman – ‘Sail Away’.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Hmm…seems mean.
  • First concert attended?
  • The Allman Brothers Band.
  • Last concert?
  • Band of Horses.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Old white guys doing Prince covers as country songs in a dive bar in my home town.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Old white guys doing straight Beastie Boys covers in a dive bar in my home town.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • I think Pittsburgh is a super under rated town. Pretty much one of my favorite rustbelt towns. Also had one of the best cups of coffee ever in Pittsburgh. J Roddy was also in a 2011 year end mood as he sent over some of his favorite releases of the year: Deer Tick ‘Divine Providence’. Jonny Corndawg ‘Down On The Bikini Line’. Reptar ‘Oblangle Fizz Y’all’.
  • Cary Ann Hearst ‘Lions and Lambs’. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. ‘It’s a Corporate World’. My Morning Jacket ‘Circuital’. ‘Drive’ the movie soundtrack. Delorean ‘American Craze’. Gunfight! ‘Frontier Land’ (2010 but I don’t care).

Thanks man. Not trying to be mean with some questions, just honest. Impossible to like everything. Really hope to see you in Pittsburgh again soon.