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Gender MALE
Location Pittsburgh, PA
Introduction UPDATED - 9/15/2018. Over the past couple years, most of the entries here have been focused on jazz, with fewer on indie rock or albums from my past that I've dug up. I'm not limiting myself to one style. But most of the music I receive is jazz and since there aren't a whole lot of jazz writers out there, I try to provide a forum for it. Regarding me, I've lived in Pittsburgh all my life and despise the people who live here who put it down because it says less about the town than it does about them. Until recently, I played bass and sang in a band called the Love Letters, who released a double 7" single. (Something else is sort of in the works but I'll keep you posted.) Prior to that, I played in Amoeba Knievel, the Fearnots and the Mofones. Previously I played in Bone of Contention (ever heard "Barbie Likes to Die"? People on the interweb have!), the Pundits, Paul Lynde 451 and Mystery Date. After several years of freelancing for Pittsburgh City Paper, I now write for the new Pittsburgh Current, which everyone should check out online or in print. Nationally I contribute to JazzTimes magazine.
Interests Music -- many different kinds, with an emphasis on jazz, mostly bop or post-bop and what has been considered free jazz, as well as many different version of indie rock, vaudeville, 78s, coffee, gin, cats, birds, kissing, estate sales, newspapers, biographies, feminism, music journalism.
Favorite Movies Taxi Driver, The Days of Wine and Roses, Head. I'm not much up on films. Skip ahead to the next question.
Favorite Music I'm likely to change this on a regular basis. Lately: John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, the 5th Dimension, Francoise Hardy, the Modey Lemon, John Vanderslice, Judy Henske, Andrew Hill, Fiery Furnaces, Nothing Painted Blue, Human Sexual Response, New Pornographers.(Note: I haven't updated this list in a while because they all still apply.)
Favorite Books Tropic of Cancer, Dialectic of Sex, In Our Times, Lyndon Johnson biographies. Not enough time to read.

If you could peer far enough into the night sky, you'd see a star in any direction you looked. When would you sleep?

If I could do it, I probably would skip sleep altogether because I feel like there's too much to do. But to answer the question, between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.