Thursday, January 19, 2006

10 Questions for...Jonathan!

We had to twist his's Jonathan

1. First Dead experience - I remember hearing about them in middle school and thinking "Man, what a cool name for a band!" I think I heard UJB and Truckin on the radio about that time as well.
2. First Dead show & 3. Last Dead show - These are one and the same: 6/30/95, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh. What a show! The rainstorm during set break brought the "Rain" medley out from the boys: Rain ; Box Of Rain ; Samba In The Rain ; Looks Like Rain
4. How many shows did you go to?- Just the one, but I've seen "The Dead" on last year's tour. I know, doesn't really count.
5. Favorite year or time period? Right now, it's 1989. But ask me next week and I'm liable to say 1971.
6. Favorite band member - Phil. Phil. Phil. The man continues to be cool, inspire, and make great music.
7. Other favorite bands - Beatles, Stones, The New Pornographers, Rush, Radiohead, Phish, Springsteen, Guster, Miles Davis, John Coltrane
8. Favorite movie - The Godfather I
9. I am currently reading - The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
10. When I'm not online or listening to the GratefulDead - I hang out with my family (gorgeous wife and two awesome and beautiful kids), I play in my band, listen to jazz, watch entirely too much TV, read, cook really, really good Italian food.


At 4:01 PM, Anonymous westchesterdead said...

The New Pornographers? Guster? I haven't heard of them - I'll have to check with my coworker - he's a veritable walking library of alternative bands. Radiohead has put out some great stuff over the last few years - I have their first six records.

I gotta say that I love it that people are throwing out bands that are very far removed from the Dead, yet are no less interesting in their own right. Anyone out there a Pavement fan?

Thanks Jonathan, I knew that you would come through in the clutch - speaking of which, anyone out there a Clutch fan?

Also - everyone is throwing out quite the reading list - very impressive.

Y'all just a bunch a kraaaazeeeee inteeeeelectooooowals, that's fer sure.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I know, doesn't really count.

Oh yes it does.

I watched the closing of Winterland on KQED and listened to it (while I taped it on reel-to-reel)on the KSAN simulcast, and I most definitely count myself as having been "at" that show even though I was 35 miles away in San Rafael at the time. What a show!!! My all time favorite!

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Helen said...

I just got turned on to Guster this year when I moved to Vermont. (I think they are from Maine of somewhere up here in the North East) Anyway, I saw them last month in Burlington. Good live but I feel like they are always on the verge of just breaking out. They play that "emo-rock" (is that what it's called) which is nice but I feel they want to do more. They are young and have plenty of time!
Also a HUGE Springsteen fan because afterall, I am a Jersey Girl and through & through when it comes to Bruce. Saw the E-Street reunion tour and it was amazing. He is definitely a favorite of mine also. And Rush, well, Geddy and Neil are 2 incredible musicians. Great live show. Fav Rush tune - "The Trees".

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous jonathan said...

Helen- 'Xanadu' always gets me going. Guster are really good songwriters, but their number one demographic of fans is females between the ages of 18 and 30. Not that that's bad, but it does tend to increase the scream factor at shows. Nonetheless, I like. Oh, and my alltime fav Bruce song is 'Jungleland.' That whole album is just poetry.

Mark - thanks.

west - The New Pornographers are an indy rock band from Canada whose sense of melody and how to write hooks consistently blow my mind.

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Favorite Bruce song - Thunder Road

I was huge into Radiohead in the late-90s, have all of their CDs. Also was a big Pavement fan. Actually saw Stephen Malkmus open up for Radiohead at Merriweather Post a couple years back. I had lawn seats and got there early so I could get a good spot. I ended up in the front row of the lawn, which you would think were good seats, right? Wrong!

I could see Malkmus during his set, although I must say, they were very sloppy, almost looked and sounded like they were drunk. I was a bit disappointed. When Radiohead came out, everyone in the Pavillion stood up, and for the entire show, which blocked my view of the stage. What I could hear sounded great, but I could hardly see a damn thing. Oh well.

Helen - Also saw Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe (i.e. the Classic Yes lineup minus Chris Squire) at Merriweather Post. That was around the same time I saw Yes at the Cap Center (Big Generator tour, '88-'89 I think). I was always a huge Steve Howe fan, so I think that I ended up liking ABWH better.

At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Helen said...

OMG! Favorite Bruce songs are almost as hard as favorite Dead songs. Thunder Road and Jungle Land are right up there though. I'd have to add Rosalita (if you've ever seen it live!) I'm very partial to The River - sort of a chick song, I know. And I couldn't leave out 10th Avenue Freeze Out!
Never saw ABHW but Wakeman soooo kick butt. Nothing like the Journey, hey?


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