First/Last-The Me Toos

December 11, 2013

“The Me Toos are a collaboration of three diverse and talented musicians from Pittsburgh that generate a blues-based sound that can only be admired and not compared. The Me Toos were created in 2008 by guitarist/singer Jesse Baldoni and bassist Ben Vivio. Long time drummer Tom Pashby’s recent departure gives the band the opportunity to introduce to you Aims Villanueva. They are very excited to say the least. The Me Toos’ distinct blend of blues, rockabilly, pop, garage, and rock n’ roll will be sure to keep you on your feet!”

Check out the band on Facebook, ReverbNation, and Twitter. Their debut full-length is 2011’s “When Wilkes Met Barre” and as they prep a follow up, I want to thank Jesse Baldoni (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Cypress Hills’s “Black Sunday”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • “Mississippi Sheiks Volume 2”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Probably Cypress Hill’s “Black Sunday”… it just didn’t have the staying power I thought it would have back in 6th grade.
  • First concert attended?
  • BB King at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre all the way back in the year 2000.
  • Last concert?
  • ‘Heart of Rust’ a Neil Young tribute show at Howlers.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • The Avett Brothers in New Orleans with my wife in 2011… completely random, unplanned and awesome!!!
  • Least favorite concert?
  • I’d have to say Wilco at the AJ Palumbo Center 2007. And not because the show was bad, but because my girlfriend at the time who I took to the concert broke up with me right after the show. Kinda put a damper on one of my favorite bands and my previously stated favorite album for a while.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

I’ve been here for ten years, and the city seems to be in a constant state of revival. It’s been really exciting finding new music to explore and new scenes to be a part of.

Thanks, Jesse. Ouch on that Wilco show. Are you sure it wasn’t the band that gave you those bummer memories? Or should I say that less than ideal venue to see a show.