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First/Last-Emily Rodgers

June 30, 2010

Yeah, yeah…I realize it’s not Friday but yours truly is going out of town for a few days and since the blog literally blows up for this wildly popular segment, I will not be denying my dedicated readers their weekly First/Last fix.

Today features Emily, who I partially credit for helping me get into local music in the first place. She will be playing Howler’s next Thursday July 8th, and since it’s her only confirmed date for the summer, you don’t want to miss it. Without further ado:

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Cassette: The Bangles-Everything (2nd grade), or possibly something New Kids on the Block. Though I don’t think I ever owned any of their music, just a variety of paraphernalia from J.C. Penney including a giant button, a Joey McIntyre key chain, and a fluorescent orange t-shirt
  • First CD: Green Day-Dookie (8th grade).
  • Your last album bought?
  • The Cynics-Cynicism and This Mortal Coil-Filigree & Shadow.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Two more recent favs: Iron & Wine-Creek Drank the Cradle, Great Lake Swimmers-(s/t)
  • Standbys: Paul Simon-Rhythm of the Saints, R.E.M-Monster, Nirvana-In Utero.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Post-Creek Drank the Cradle Iron & Wine…
  • First concert attended?
  • The Violent Femmes in Elkhart, IN.
  • Last concert?
  • Lohio in Athens, OH (while on tour with them…a bizarre show in a college kid’s basement…though it should be said that the night before we played a fantastic show in Louisville at a great art space). Last big show: Johann Johannsson at the Rex in Pittsburgh.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • múm at the Brew House in Pittsburgh (2004-ish).
  • Least favorite concert?
  • I think I can safely say that it was Up With People in 1996…
  • Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Moving to Pittsburgh and meeting a few choice musicians was life-changing for me. I’d listened to a lot of acoustic/more formulaic Americana non-commercial music but I’d never heard records put out on indie labels like Misra, Secretly Canadian, Merge, Kill Rock Stars, etc. Listening to this music, specifically artists including: Thalia Zedek, Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Company), Cat Power, Nina Nastasia, Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Kristin Hersh. It really opened me up creatively to hear this sort of innovative songwriting and art-rock that was new to me. And from that initiation 6 years ago I have somehow landed a contract with Misra, which was an (or I thought because I am a seasoned pessimist) impossible goal a few years ago.

Thanks a lot Emily. ‘Up With People’? I honestly don’t even know what that is but it just SOUNDS awful.