Interview Mix: Matt Corley

September 29, 2007 at 01:39 pm

This is the beginning of what will be a recurring feature here at The Lumberjack Thief. Every week (hopefully) we will present an interview with a different interesting person from the political realm, which could include bloggers, activists, writers, and so much more. But the interviews won’t be about politics. Instead we’ll be discussing music. Then, based off the answers of the interviewee, I, The Lumberjack Thief, will create and post an MP3 mix for your listening and downloading pleasure.

We begin with the Thief himself, pictured below. Consider this an introduction of sorts.

1) What is the first website (other than your own or email) that you visit in the morning? Usually the New York Times homepage, followed by the Washington Post, and then off to the races of my RSS feeds.

2) What is the most interesting bit of information that you’ve picked up in the past month? In 1995, Newt Gingrich passed a resolution declaring January 12, Rush Limbaugh’s birthday, to be National Rush Limbaugh Day. Or so says someone who e-mailed me recently.

3) How would you describe your taste/interest in music? It’s certainly rock-based, but not exclusively so. I’ve been really excited by a lot of older soul, funk and country lately. I’m generally more interested in the music that came before than I am with the fresh stuff, though I still try to keep my ear to the ground for great new music being made.

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

1) The Amps – Pacer
2) Ohio Express – Yummy Yummy Yummy
3) Brian Protheroe – Monkey
4) Tall Dwarfs – Deodorant
5) Daniel Johnston & Jad Fair – I Met Rocky Erickson

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

1) John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band
2) Eels – Electro Shock Blues
3) Silver Jews – American Water
4) The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms
5) Jerry Jeff Walker – Viva Terlingua

6) What are some songs to which you have a particular emotional attachment? Different songs at different times can hit me in a hard way. John Lennon’s “How” off of the Imagine album was difficult for me to listen to for a while, but now when I hear it I just get nostalgic for a certain past emotional sadness.

7) How did you first get interested in music and how has your taste developed since then? Christmas ’91 was when music first asked me to the prom, in the form of Nirvana’s Nevermind. I fell hard for Kurt’s delivery of his defiant and descriptive inner world. So, I guess you could say that is the seed from which all my musical tastes have grown. Since then, my taste in music has gone through valleys and peaks of interest, with the advent of the internet allowing me to get very geeky about it all.

8 ) What are some of your musical guilty pleasures? I don’t feel guilty about it at all, but I’ve been in love with the Monkees for about a year now. I also have a soft spot for covers in general.

9) If you were running for President in 2008, what song would you use as your campaign theme? No doubt about it: Misinformed Manzerick – Jump On Board (The Super Patriot American Freak)

10) What is your opinion on downloading copyrighted material without paying for it? I don’t feel good when I do it, as it’s hard to credibly argue that it’s not against the letter of the law (or at least the spirit), but my compulsive music collecting has a tendency to make me succumb to the convenience. As a bulwark for my conscience, I make an effort to use a notable percentage of my discretionary spending to support musicians and their work. I’m not sure if that really means anything for my karma though.

If I were a Lumberjack, this is what I might listen to:

Listen to an 8Tracks mix HERE or here:

1) Shel Silverstein – Invitation
2) David Ruffin – Me And Rock And Roll Are Here To Stay
3) The John Barry Orchestra – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
4) Black Randy And The Metrosquad – I Tell Lies Everyday
5) The Blow – Little Sally Tutorial
6) Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere (Early Version)
7) Tom Ze – Complexo De Epico
8 ) Pavement – Gangsters And Pranksters
9) Bobby Bare, Jr. – The Monk At The Disco
10) Brian Protheroe – Monkey
11) K. McCarty – Walking The Cow (Daniel Johnston Cover)
12) Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow
13) Misinformed Manzerick – (Jump On Board) Super Patriot American Freak
14) Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do
15) The Monkees – All Of Your Toys
16) Bill Cosby – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles Cover)
17) Peter Ivers – Alpha Centauri
18) Bourbon Family – Booze Booze
19) Harry Nilsson – Gotta Get Up
20) Little Wings – Next Time
21) XTC – I’m Bugged (Live At The Front Row Festival)
22) BOAT – (I’m A) Donkey For Your Love
23) The Nazz – Open My Eyes
24) The Halo Benders – Don’t Touch My Bikini
25) Daniel Johnston – Rock & Roll/Ega
26) Lefty Frizzell – Don’t Think It Ain’t Been Fun Dear (Cuz It Ain’t)

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