The Chapin Sisters are a sibling duo that have just spent the last few months touring with She & Him as openers and part of their backing band. They are out on a fall headlining tour that brings them to Pittsburgh on Monday. Courtesy of the band, I have a pair of tickets to giveaway to a lucky reader of this blog. To enter, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘The Chapin Sisters’ along your full name in the message. I will contact the winner Monday afternoon. Lily Chapin was kind enough to participate in this edition of First/Last.
- The first album you ever bought?
- Madonna – “The Immaculate Collection” and The Beach Boys “Golden Harmonies”.
- Favorite album of all time?
- Too many to pick one. Up there are Nico “Chelsea Girl”; Bruce Springsteen “Nebraska”; The Replacements “Tim”; Bob Dylan “Desire.”
- Least favorite/most disappointing album?
- I would feel bad to say… here’s one that’s not disappointing at all – Fabio “After Dark” (of “I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter” and romance novel fame) – is hilarious. A friend found it in a discount bin at a record store a while back (paid a dollar for it). It was (I believe) conceived of in sincerity. A gem of soft rock cheese and spoken word interspersed with a few jams where Fabio sings to the ladies in his thick accent over a recurring beat. Please check out the hit “Love Attack”.
- First concert attended?
- First major rock concert was The Smashing Pumpkins at Madison Square Garden (the “Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness” tour – my friend had an extra ticket).
- Last concert?
- Ours! Last night.
- Favorite concert ever?
- The Last Waltz. But I wasn’t there! Second place, the concert for Bangladesh (wasn’t there either).
- Least favorite concert?
- Ugh. Sometimes live shows can get rough. Rain, cold, ice, too hot, stinky, expensive, usually it’s not the show but my own expectations that get in the way… I was really sad once when I thought I was going to see the LA Philharmonic play a concert of Bach and it turned out to be P. D. Q. Bach (a show that satires classical music – everyone in the audience was loving it and I was so confused). It was aimed at a different (older) crowd – I thought I had fallen into the twilight zone.
- Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
- Not enough, I’d like to have more! Abigail and I were in Pittsburgh when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup and the whole city started honking. We also used to watch the Pirates play the Mets a lot on TV.
Thanks Lily. I HAVE to track down that Fabio album. It’s sounds wretchedly awesome.