q and also a :: MicroScene

Alex of MicroScene sent us these answers to our questions in the next installment of q and also a
q: What is the last song you (really) heard?

a: Louis Armstrong’s cover of ‘La Vie En Rose’ – It’s such a beautiful song. During the summer, I’ve been known to blast Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt as I make burgers. I attempted to cover the song a few times. I must have listened to that song for hours on end to get my own version just right. I cover it for myself, when I feel I need my mood needs to be uplifted.

q: What is the first album you remember purchasing?

a: The first album that I ever bought was Green Day’s ‘39/Smooth.’ I was probably around 9 or 10 years old and mostly everyone was super into Green Day because of ‘American Idiot,’ but I was much more interested in hearing their early stuff. I had a pop punk phase just like everyone else (mainly in high school), but I listened to it because I needed to go along to get along. When I got into high school, none of the other students listened to Howlin’ Wolf, but they all listened to All Time Low and Blink 182. So my music taste changed for a few years until I graduated. -__-

q: Is there an album you wished you knew about when you were younger?

a: Well I wish I found Django Reinhardt, when I was younger. I found his stuff when I was 18 and working at a music store. My boss put on ‘Minor Swing’ and I was swept off my feet. From then on, I was in love with his music.

q: What is the last album you purchased?

a: On Record Store Day, I bought 5 records from Human Head for 25 cents each. I got comps of Nat King Cole, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, James Brown, and The Lovin’ Spoonful. I also picked up The Beatles’ Help.

q: What is your favorite artist/band to see live?

a: Big Ups have to be my favorite. I’ve only seen them play a handful of times, but they were great. I love their new record and I can’t wait to see them play again. The intensity in their songs matched with the clownish movement of Joe on stage aren’t common in the bands I’ve seen live (so far). Their uniqueness and their music is what keeps me coming back for more.

I’m also biased when I say any King Pizza Records band is awesome live to people because I work with them. But they’re great too!

q: What piece(s) of culture are you really really excited about right now?

a: DIY culture, Bernie Sanders, Rick and Morty, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

q: Anything we should know about your latest project (whatever that might be)?

This summer is going to be really eventful for MicroScene. I’m teaming up with my really good friend, Greg Hanson (of King Pizza Records), for a Christmas themed show at The Gateway in June.

My friend Conor Rooney (of Smiley Mace and Money Fire Records) and I are planning an all-day fest for July, somewhere in Brooklyn.

I’m teaming up with Dan Staggs (of What’s For Breakfast? Records) to start a zine by the end of the summer (November the latest).

All in all, MicroScene is going to continue writing/publishing articles on our site (MicroScene), shows will be thrown, friendships will be forged, and hugs will be given.

Our mission is to shed light on the beauty of the DIY community and the best local music and musicians in them. Indulging everyone’s sweet tooth for good music and good times. Our long-term goal is to expand into the production/promotion of other forms art (in due time though, haha).
We will of course post/retweet/reblog more deets on all these projects when available.
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