Interview Mix: Howard Wolfson

September 21, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Fresh off his most recent stint as Sen. Hillary Clinton’s “chief worrywart” and #1public defender, Howard Wolfson is now re-making his name as a media triple threat.

The most prominent Dem in the lion’s den of Fox News, Wolfson has been described by the New York Times as “a fierce competitor” who “seems to love a good fight.” But if you were to read his new music blog, Gotham Acme, you’d realize he’s something else completely: The world’s most persistent Glasvegas booster.

Wolfson’s re-entrance into the world of music blogging should come as no surprise, considering that this “widely recognized authority-slash-nerd on music” appears to wear his sonic love on his sweater sleeve. In fact, when asked in 2001 what he saw himself doing in ten years, Wolfson replied, “Owning an independent record store.”

1) What is the first website (other than your own or email) that you visit in the morning?

Largehearted Boy

2) What is the most interesting bit of information that you’ve picked up in the past month?

That there is a world outside of politics.

3) How would you describe your taste/interest in music?


4) Name five of your favorite songs at the moment (in no particular order).

1) Alina Simone — Half Of My Kingdom
2) Glasvegas — Daddy’s Gone
3) Wild Beasts — The Devil’s Crayon
4) BLK JKS — Lakeside
5) Death Cab For Cutie — I Will Possess Your Heart

5) Name five of your favorite albums of all time (in no particular order).

1) REM — Murmur
2) TV On The Radio — Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
3) Nirvana — MTV Unplugged
4) PJ Harvey — Dry Demos
5) Fugazi — 13 Songs

6) What are some songs to which you have a particular emotional attachment?

We sang Blackbird to my daughter when she would cry as an infant — it always stopped her tears. Over The Rainbow reminds me of my mom, who passed away this past year.

7) How did you first get interested in music and how has your taste developed since then?

I used to listen to my parents’ Beatles and doo wop music as a kid — I’m not sure if my taste has developed or gone downhill since then.

8) What are some of your musical guilty pleasures?

I liked Journey and Rush and Jethro Tull as a teenager.

9) If you were running for President in 2008, what song would you use as your campaign theme?

The Clinton campaign chose a Celine Dion song over my objections — I argued for KT Tuntstall’s Suddenly I See

10) What is your opinion on downloading copyrighted material without paying for it?

Artists deserve to be compensated for their work.

And now a mix of artists whose work readers will hopefully deem worthy of compensation.

Listen to an 8Tracks mix HERE or here:

1) ABC World News Tonight 1978 – Track 10
2) Marit Larsen – Recent Illusion
3) Wynder K. Frog – Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones Cover)
4) The Sunshine Fix – Afterglow
5) Wanda Jackson – This Gun Don’t Care (Who It Shoots)
6) Cowboy Junkies – State Trooper (Bruce Springsteen Cover Live) (Changed to Bruce’s original for 8Tracks mix)
7) The Mattoid – Joy
8 ) Mark Oliver Everett – Sophia Writing In The Sky
9) Van Morrison – T.B. Sheets
10) David Byrne And Brian Eno – I Feel My Stuff
11) Planxty – As I Roved Out
12) Dark Meat – Angel Of Meth
13) Preston School Of Industry – Get Your Crayons Out
14) Essential Logic – World Friction
15) Giorgio Moroder – Underdog
16) Graham Parker And The Rumor – Protection
17) The Muppets – A Piece Of Obscurity
18) Bishop Allen – The Monitor
19) Leadbelly – Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

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