Exfm User Spotlight: Bluechoochoo Tue, Oct 23, 2012

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bluechoochoo

Self-titled nerd, Andrea Lopez aka “bluechoochoo”, from Seattle, Washington joins us this week. She’s a bit of this and a bit of that and all about the internet and social media. She also happens to go gaga over folks like Clay Shirky and Tim O’Reilly. And of course music.

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

I’ve seen YACHT lots, but a few years ago I saw them in Olympia. That show was mostly just a laptop being kicked around (with great enthusiasm!). It was really glitchy and crazy, but for about 20 seconds it flowed into mostly normal singing over a beat. We were getting so beat up and then all of a sudden we were laying in a sound sunbeam.

I also wanna mention a rad Internet musical experience: When Kanye released his 30 minute Runaway movie and had a live premiere online. Sure his album had lotsa hype, but there was not lotsa hype for his movie. The Internet was like, “What is this thing?” and we were really open. (Cynicism is a reactive emotion. You can’t be cynical about something that has no expectation/reputation.)

So we were watching it together in a pretty spontaneous way. MTV had a really half-ass chat-stream. But on Twitter it was blowing up with a hashtag, and it was crazy. Lil kids were saying, “THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN.” I was in shock by how stylized the movie was and how fun and intense the shared social experience felt.

30 minutes later Kanye kinda blunted it with a less magical interview. But we had our magic moment, and he deserves credit for that.

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

I’d pick White Fang , from Portland, coz they need to be shared. They’re super fuzzy and lo-fi DGAF punk, but underneath all that, it’s just perfect pop.

If I were on a blog that reached an audience that might not be ready for something so punk, I’d stan for Azealia Banks and YACHT. (Who are no longer kicking a laptop on the floor, and are ready for you.)

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be?

Right now there’s a difference between who I like and who transfixes me. “Favorite” usually means you like the artist and the art. In the past two years, M.I.A. and Kanye West have tested my love. But I come crawling back to them more than anybody else. I’m attracted to art that’s a deep, immersive experience. Kanye + M.I.A. get the theater of art. High concept stuff like that is overall such a small part of my favorite music. But anybody who goes for it is gonna get forgiven for a lot of other stuff. :D

What genres of music are you into most?

Hip-hop + lo-fi, underground pop always stay with me. I get into lotsa other stuff (electro-cumbia!), but in terms of stuff that’s bigger than a scene or a summer: hip-hop + underground pop.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I just wanna say that even if you don’t consider yourself “an artist,” you can bring creativity into whatever you do. Don’t underestimate how much people enjoy unexpected creative breaks in your otherwise vanilla work. It can be music, visual, or jokes. Just go for it. I work with a lot of spreadsheets and command-lines. But you’d be surprised how many YouTube videos are involved. :D


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Exfm User Spotlight: Celslui Tue, Sep 25, 2012

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This week we travel halfway around the globe (literally) to catch up with Celslui in Hillcity, Ipoh Malaysia. A self-described, happy-go-lucky girl, who just absolutely loves music. She keeps it short and sweet, probably because she’s too busy listening to music. Totally fine with us.

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

Hmmm, I just really like concerts and live music so I have lots!

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be?

Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, and Coldplay.

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

It would be Avril Lavigne, because I’m listening to her studio album Goodbye Lullaby now. It’s such a great album.

What genres of music are you into most?

The genres I like follow my mood of the day!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Listen to Young Folks by Peter, Bjorn and John you guys and just enjoy the rhythm! Buenas Suerte!!!


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Exfm User Spotlight: milomilo Tue, Sep 18, 2012

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milomilo

Today we go south of the border down to the lovely Yucatan Penisula to chat with exfm user milomilo. I “digitally” bumped into milomilo when he had a tech support issue. We got to talking and well here’s that chat…

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

There is this band Babasonicos and I’ve been trying to go to one of their concerts for a long time, the day that they finally came to my city I got VIP passes, 2nd row and everything was good, but that Friday I had been up since 7am non stop, at 8pm when the concert began I was already tired! And by the time they got to the stage (2:00 am!) I was asleep on my feet rocking with the crowd, when the concert ended a friend took me home and that’s that. The weird thing is that I have video on my phone from the concert, but I don’t really remember it (also I was a little bit drunk). Ha. But it was a lot of fun!

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be?

The Killers, Interpol, The Strokes, Foo Fighters and lately Get Set Go with songs like We Will Be Stars they move you with the lyrics and punch you with the music right in the face, in general as you see in my exfm profile I like everything even one or two Nicki Minaj songs are catchy.

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

I’d have to say Roxana. They are a Monterrey (Mexico) based band, they are a mix of new and old rock with a nice sound, They have a nice attitude when it comes to how they make music. You can check them out on Facebook.

What genres of music are you into most?

Alternative Rock, SynthPop and I really enjoy classic Hip-Hop like Public Enemy and NWA.

Anything else music related, hobby related, or whatever related you’d like to share?

I’m a Graphic Designer and I do Motion Graphics if you want to check out my work go to www.fb.com/milodesk or my vimeo channel www.vimeo.com/milomalo also you all can follow me @milo_malo for food pictures and bad jokes.

Also a shout out to my Girlfriend ex.fm/Claud that got me into exfm.


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Exfm User Spotlight: 1000xpm Tue, Sep 11, 2012

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1000xpm

This week we caught up with Phil Collins! (ok not that Phil Collins), but an even cooler one. PJ from Michigan who runs the wonderful 1000xpm music blog. We chatted about fellow Michigan Sufjan Stevens, hidden Beach Boy references and the under-appreciated band, New Animal. Enjoy.

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

I’m sure everyone always says there are too many - it’s probably the same with me, but there are a couple I have in recent memory. I got to see Sufjan Stevens at the Chicago Theatre, managing somehow to get tickets day of. I was struggling with The Age Of Adz, his latest release, but seeing it performed in concert helped it make complete sense to me. Many are probably familiar with the 25-minute track Impossible Soul - well, I was at the concert with my bro who hadn’t heard the song at all, and getting to see his reaction as the song moved from the space-like vocoded portion of the song straight into the celebratory dance-portion of the track was awesome. He was so overwhelmed by the energy that he ran up to the front and started jumping along with everyone else who managed to escape their seats and pile into the aisles. Ever since then, the album has been one of my favorites of Sufjan’s.

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be?

As a kid, my dad would constantly listen to the Beach Boys. I think I subconsciously look for them in everything I listen to, either in harmonies, melodies, or that sensible pop that manages to reach down to something deeper than skin-deep. In college, my tastes started to develop a lot. I love Sufjan, both as a fellow Michigan resident and because I consider him a creative genius. I was able to spend a few years in Japan and Thailand, and two of my favorite bands of all time are from those countries: Asian Kung-Fu Generation and Silly Fools, respectively. Even though everything they sing is in another language, I’m impressed by how much can be communicated through the songs anyway. Lately, my favorite artists have been New Animal (see below), Bon Iver, Joe Pug, The Dodos, and several others. My full name happens to be Phil Collins, so I’ve come to appreciate a good portion of Genesis/Phil Collins material as well. He knew what he was doing!

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

New Animal, no question. I can’t quite explain it, but when I first heard these guys by way of a fellow music blogger’s site last year and then subsequently heard them via Bandcamp, they latched onto me so intensely that it’s been hard to go long without listening to any of their music. They probably fit well into the lo-fi, experimental indie genre, but for me, any band of any genre that can ace the “makes-me-want-to-sing-along” factor has made something that’s truly worth listening to. It’s doubtful they’ll hit the mainstream radar (perhaps even the mainstream “indie” radar - I hope so!), but this is one of the best-kept-secrets in recent memory. I hear they’ve got some new material coming soon, and it’s definitely my most anticipated musical release of 2012. You can check them out on Bandcamp here: newanimal.bandcamp.com - they’re giving everything away for free.

What genres of music are you into most?

Lately I’ve been listening to a surge of lo-fi, indie music. New Animal, Observer Drift, Spirit Spine… all bands that I’ve discovered through bandcamp and absolutely LOVE. But at heart, I really appreciate singer-songwriter/acoustic music, which can range anywhere from Bon Iver to Joe Pug, Chris Bathgate, Will Stratton & Auditorium. There are times I venture into the electronic indie forest as well: Stepdad, Black Light Dinner Party, NewVillager. All of it’s great, it mostly depends on what mood/season of life I’m in.

Anything else music or hobby related you’d like to share?

Two things:

1) Bandcamp and places such as ex.fm are the new places to discover music. I can’t explain how many times I’ve found something that feels uniquely my own because I took my time scrounging for the good stuff through those great services. There are others out there like them, but those two are premiere, in my opinion!

2) I think negativity burns people out - I’ve seen a lot of it among music bloggers and fellow music-listeners and it can really bum me out. Everything we get to listen to is essentially a gift from the artist to us, and while there’s always going to be more out there that is not our cup of tea than is, I feel like it’s always better to focus on what’s good, rather than what’s bad. Or, at least, being critical in moderation. In other words, go out and enjoy music!


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Exfm User Spotlight: Duncan Thu, Sep 6, 2012

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Duncan

This week we chat music and more with Duncan Rawlinson.

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

Front row. Bad Religion concert. Age 14. It was magic. The concert was one of my first punk shows. I had never seen such passion and intensity in music. The memory of Greg Graffin singing The Generator will be seared into my mind forever.

I also vividly remember listening to NOFX’s The Decline with my teenage friends on our first road trip. We we’re young punks into trying to buy beer, girls, and skating. That was one hell of a track.

Finally listening to Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Who Am I (What’s My Name)? for the first time in my older brother’s Honda Civic in like ’92 or ’93 I think. His car obviously had a sub woofer and a CD player with rad skip protection. We felt like gangstas and yet we we’re little dorks attending private school in small town Canada. Obviously I was an impressionable teenager…

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be?

The Weakerthans, Ratatat, The National, and Hollerado.

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

Beirut. I think I saw them use a watermelon as a musical instrument in one of their homemade one take music videos. Also their new music video is delightful.

What genres of music are you into most?

I’m not really into genres. People who identify with a narrowly defined set of genres are missing out on a whole world of music. I just love music, I don’t care what aribitrary category someone has chosen for it. I wouldn’t have discovered Fela Kuti and later Antibalas if I thought the genre Afrobeat wasn’t my thing.

Anything else music related, hobby related, or whatever related you’d like to share?

I curate a website called Friday Mixtape

I put together a mixtape once a week and post it on Friday mornings. Somehow the term mixtape has been co-opted by youngsters who’ve never made super cheesy casette mixtapes for their girlfriends/boyfriends. That’s what Friday Mixtape is I guess, a weekly mixtape for the ladies and gentlemen of the internet, sans casette tapes.

Hobby related: I take pictures and stick them up over here: http://Photo.Duncan.co and sometimes I write words and post them over here: http://Duncan.co

Whatever related:Oh and I’m @thelastminute


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Exfm User Spotlight: Hi54lofi Tue, Aug 14, 2012

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hi54lofi

We flew the pond digitally and caught up with Jeremy who runs his own personal music blog hi54lofi and the wonderful record label sans records Hi54lofi Records as well. He also happens to be one of our amazing Tastemakers.

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

Perhaps it is a bit of a cliched answer, or maybe I just can’t think of a truly magical experience that stands out above the rest, but I think music in general is quite magical. The way a few simple chords can transport you somewhere else. The way that someone else’s heartbreak can be bottled into medicine for your own. The way that a certain bass line can unglue a glued-ass from a dark corner of a room into the middle of the dance floor. Those are all quite magical things and I think picking just one experience sort of downplays just how amazing of a thing music always is.

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be?

All the artists that I’ve been able to personally meet through HI54LOFI RECORDS (or even ‘internet meet’ beyond tweets and Facebook likes). I think they are all making great things and I wish more people would discover them. As far as artists I’ve never met, but whose music I love, the list is far too long to start listing… but here are 10 artists that I really dig, from off the top of my head: Todd Snider, Elliot Smith, James Brown, Bobby Bare Jr, Jamie T, Jack White, Andrew Bird, Califone, The Rolling Stones, and The Avett Brothers.

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

It would have to be Shakey Graves. The guy is just a phenomenal talent. Everything I’ve heard and seen from him over the past couple years has consistently and completely blown me away. I good starting point for anyone who has not been converted already, would be this video and this album. And then go on from there.

What genres of music are you into most?

To be honest, I really hate musical genres. I understand the point of them, when used on musical discovery sites, but I really don’t think there could be a worse way to try and explain your musical taste to someone then by listing some genres. Everybody has pre-determined definitions for genres and they are always different. So if I were to say to someone, for example, that I like ‘country’ (which I do), they could very fairly assume that I mean Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith (whom I don’t). And then they would very fairly assume that I have pretty shitty taste in music. But if I say ‘country’, Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith is not what I mean. I mean Todd Snider and Hayes Carll and Townes Van Zandt and The Avett Brothers and John Prine (and the list goes on). And then someone might say to me that “those artists are not ‘country’ music”. And you could change the genre and artists from that example and get the same results (like when VH1 talks about heavy metal and Jon Bon Jovi in the same sentence).

If someone wanted to know what kind of music I like, I would much prefer to make them a mix tape. In fact, I think we should all carry mix tapes around with us just in case a stranger at the bar asks you, "What kind of music do you listen to?". Or, I guess you could always point them to your exfm account.

Anything else music related or hobby related you’d like to share?

Well, I mentioned it earlier, but since I’m not the best at self promotion, I’ll take the opportunity to mention HI54LOFI RECORDS again. I think the best way to describe what that is, is to share our tagline “This isn’t a competition, it’s a collaboration”. And I guess the second best way to describe what that is, is to share our website: http://hi54lofirecords.com

Besides that, I’ve also started to host a radio show on Folk Radio UK called Mix Tape Radio, so people can check that out, too (Episode 2 is airing this week).

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Exfm User Spotlight: Tilt_Spin Tue, Aug 7, 2012

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This week we catch up with a voracious music consumer, Mark, of tilt_spin. He himself says, “I listen to a decidedly unreasonable amount of music and then periodically post what I feel is the best of the best”. We couldn’t agree more and are delighted he took time to chat with us about what music means to him.

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

I went to the University of Georgia (in Athens, GA) as an undergrad. The summer that R.E.M. (from Athens, GA) had its Monster world tour, I was studying abroad in the UK and got to catch them at Milton Keynes Bowl with Radiohead as one of the opening acts, no less. Hard to beat that.

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be?

Modest Mouse. In terms of pushing themselves and staying fresh - while maintaining a distinct, recognizable sound - they have delivered time and time again. And their lyrics are second-to-none, if you’re into that.

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

First, I’d note that I recommend 16 to 20 artists every week to friends and strangers alike, and I really do love them all. So here, I’m going to switch this question with the last one…and list multiple artists… and not tell you why I’m recommending them! In some order: White Denim, tUnE-yArds, GIVERS, Monster Rally, Lushlife, The Migrant, Radiation City, The Oh Sees, Reptar, The Dø, AU, Synthcake, Baobab, Nomadic Firs, mr. Gnome.

What genres of music are you into most?

Good music! It’s one of the few things about music that Echo Nest hasn’t figured out yet, and thus - for the time being - it is my (and others’) value-add.

Anything else music related, hobby related, or whatever related you’d like to share?

My wife is an evolutionary biologist, and I enjoy keeping up with her fascinating work as much as possible. But really, when you have two young kids and a full-time job, you only get one hobby, and music is mine. And I listen to A TON of it. You can pretty much listen to all of the music in the world without getting to know a single band these days. I like blogging because it turns that soulless exercise into something personal and fulfilling.


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Exfm User Spotlight: kamranm1200 Tue, Jul 31, 2012

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This week we chat with exfm legend Kamran. We’re big fans of him and his spirit and love of exfm. He even put together this amazing exfm video walk-through all on his own. His answers below might be short and sweet, but make no mistake this kid’s passion speaks volumes. Go Kamran!

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

One of my favorite musical experiences was going to see Katy Perry’s live concert because I got to meet her in real life. I was even in the front row which was amazing. I’ve been to a few other concerts as well.

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be?

My favorite artists are Katy Perry, Makayla Lynn, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and a few others.

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

If I were to share one artist with a friend it would be Makayla Lynn because she’s a good singer and she picks the best songs to cover.

What genres of music are you into most?

The genres I’m into most are pop and country.

Anything else music related, hobby related, or whatever related you’d like to share?

I love music very much and I love how I can listen to it just by using exfm. I am into computers very much and Macs!



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Exfm User Spotlight: Harmonicait Tue, Jul 24, 2012

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This week let’s welcome Caitlin (aka harmonicait) into the exfm User Spoltlight chair. Harmonicait keeps busy as an @AOLmusic editorial assistant as well as contributing to @knoxroad, @the405 & @goldflakepaint. And oh yeah, editor of @bleeckerstbeat. Still, she was kind enough to squeeze in time, somehow, and speak with us.

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

Okay, so I used to live in Los Angeles. I had finished college but for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to stay for one extra year and get a Masters in Communications through this accelerated (read: almost impossible) program. This ended up being a disaster for a number of reasons, and, as life goes, simultaneously some really rough things happened within my family and some bad things happened with my friends. It was safe to say I was at complete rock bottom. Honestly, the only thing that got me through that period of my life was the new Fleet Foxes record “Helplessness Blues” which had just been released. It seriously saved me. Of course, because I was in graduate school I was completely broke and I hadn’t looked up their concert in LA in time to even have gotten tickets anyway so the show was sold out. This was back before Robin deleted the Fleet Foxes twitter account and I used to tweet him like almost every day different reasons about why I loved the record and how it was helping me etc. He must’ve been so annoyed but oh well. He tweeted something the day before their concert in LA that some tickets had opened up for their concert in San Francisco. I was jealous and hopefully asked if they might do the same thing for LA? He then responded to me on twitter and said if I didn’t have tickets he’d just put me on the list. Needless to say, nothing like this had EVER happened to me before, especially not a public reply from my music idol. I nearly died. Turns out he put me on the VIP list with a plus one. I pretty much just cried and sang every word along to every song throughout that whole concert. And it was at the Hollywood Palladium in LA which is such a big and grand venue and I got to be up on the balcony with the other VIP-ers looking down on the band. So so good. So spectacular. Such a display of human kindness. I will never ever forget that concert as long as I live.

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be?

Ha! You knew this question was impossible or you wouldn’t have asked it. I have to go with my old stand by though, I love Bob Dylan the most. I can’t say he’s my favorite or even that he’s the ultimate best, but I love him the most. My dad was a huge Dylan fan and an avid vinyl collector back in like the ’70s and ’80s. We still have boxes upon boxes of records in our attic, there must be thousands of dollars of stuff in there. So I have these memories of my dad putting on a record and dancing to Man In The Long Black Coat when I was very little, like four or five. Then, later in middle school I remember listening to Most Of The Time and not being able to figure out what was going on. I didn’t understand what irony was yet, or heartbreak really, and I just remember thinking “But, he’s lying!”. The complexity of that idea drew me in, that there was a whole song that was purposefully a lie. It seemed so much more interesting than my other favorite artist at that time which was definitely Avril Lavigne. But back to Bob, in high school I had this amazing teacher/mentor/friend named Mr. Witten, who was actually the man that inspired me to pursue writing and journalism. He loved Dylan too and we started this thing where we would each pick a lyric and write it on a scrap of paper and exchange them at some point during the school day, then meet up and discuss the ones we had chosen and see if the other recognized what song it was from etc. We basically studied Dylan the same way we studied books and other poetry for class. So Dylan has kind of always been my first love, and those experiences only cemented that. I think my love for him just gets deeper with time.

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

This probably changes at least once a day and sometimes multiple times a day. I am currently obsessing over a short EP put out by my friend Jen Storch, that you can listen to on her bandcamp page: jenstorch.bandcamp.com. The raveling and unraveling of her voice within the weave of the music is absolutely brilliant to me. It’s like I hear a new thread to it each time I listen. The first track Head Colds is my favorite, I’m actually planning to post it on my blog this week. She’s also a really stunningly beautiful person, which is so nice to have in tandem with the fact that her music is innovative and gorgeous.

What genres of music are you into most?

As far as genres, anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I’m really into folk music. The Bob Dylan answer to the favorite artist questions probably revealed that as well. I’m very into Americana/Bluegrass/Old Country sounds, too. But, my friends love to tease me about my adoration for what we’ve dubbed “Dream Pop” as well. Like Beach House type of stuff or the band Races, really big soaring harmonies and lots of synth or electronic based fuzz around the edges. I always fall hard for that stuff. I recently wrote about Royal Canoe for Knox Road who are another good example of that. Those are probably my two favorite genres.

Anything else music related, hobby related, or whatever related you’d like to share?

I want to announce that I just got a job as the Editorial Assistant for AOL Music and I couldn’t be more excited! To everyone who is out there struggling in a thankless day job, just keep on keeping on! Your fate will come to you eventually. So be on the lookout for posts on blog.music.aol.com, spinner.com, theboombox.com, noisecreep.com & theboot.com, because some of them will be from me! That’s a good feeling.


Recently Loved Tracks from harmonicait:







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Exfm User Spotlight: Mark Zohar Tue, Jul 17, 2012

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Mark Zohar

This week we’re chatting with Mark Zohar. Mark has a great music blog, is a serial entrepreneur and talks about how music keeps him sane just like the rest of us. He’s also shared a beer with Van Morrison which is more than you can say. ;)

What is one of your favorite/most magical musical experiences?

There have been many, but I guess the one that stands out is the time I bumped into Van Morrison in a pub in Sligo, Ireland and sat down and shared beers with him and his entourage. I tried to coax him to play a few tunes but all I got was his signature and a memory to last me a lifetime.

If you had to pick a favorite artist(s) who would it be? (tough one I know)

That’s like asking which of my kids I love more. However, since you’re asking here are a few favs: Sharon Van Etten, Girls, M Ward, Active Child, Tom Waits, Lykke Li, and Anais Mitchell.

If you had to share one artist right now who would it be? Why?

Port St Willow. As I wrote on my blog, "Brooklynite Nick Principe’s (aka Port St. Willow) debut album, Holiday, may be the most beautiful, harrowing and spellbinding album you will hear this year. Atmospheric, lush and reverential, Port St. Willow’s music cuts through flesh and bone with its sparse orchestration, ambient sounds and Principe’s gorgeous falsetto."

What genres of music are you into most?

My blog mostly focuses on new indie music though I’m into all types of music, including world, jazz, folk, alt-country. However, I have a particular soft spot for singer-songwriters going all the way back to Bob Dylan and Neil Young and now Conor Oberst, M Ward, Marissa Nadler and First Aid Kit to name a few.

Anything else music related, hobby related, or whatever related you’d like to share?

I’m a serial entrepreneur and current founder and CEO of Trendspottr, a viral search and predictive analytics company. Listening to, blogging about and playing music provides balance to my hectic startup life and keeps me balanced and partially sane.


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