Top five desert island albums?
RL: Talking Heads: "Stop Making Sense.
Van Morrison: Astral Weeks.
Old Crow Medicine Show.
Modest Mouse: "The Moon and Antarctica."
Wilco: "Sky Blue Sky."
HG: Common: "Like Water for Chocolate."
Grateful Dead: "Reckoning."
Railroad Earth: "Elko."
Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek: "Reflection Eternal."
And since there would be a lot of down time on the beach I'll throw in Bob Marley & The Wailers: "Natty Dread."
Theme song on a Monday morning?
RL: "First of Tha Month," by Thugs 'n Harmony.
HG: "American Music," by the Violent Femmes.
Soundtrack on a Saturday night?
RL: "The Chronic 2001," Dr. Dre.
HG: "Midnight Marauders," A Tribe Called Quest.
What's the first album you ever bought?
RL: "Purple," The Stone Temple Pilots.
HG: My first album was Barenaked Ladies' "Stunt." I got over it pretty quickly. .
What's your guilty music pleasure?
RL: My roommate's death metal.
HG: Every once in a while I need to blast some eurobeat and lame techno, Justice's D.A.N.C.E. is a personal favorite right now.
What's the best live show you've ever seen?
RL: Sound Tribe Sector Nine's performance at Bonnaroo 2005 was particularly mind blowing.
HG: I got chills when I saw Gordon Lightfoot play The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.
If you were the dictator of a small country, what would your national anthem be?
RL: In a lot of ways, I consider myself to be a small country; and, naturally I am the dictator of myself. So, if I had to choose a national anthem for myself it would be "The Final Countdown" by Europe. Not surprisingly, these guys named themselves after another, already existing country.
HG: "Mighty River" by Railroad Earth would be a good one. Hopefully my country will have some rivers, because otherwise it might not stick.
If you were going into battle, what song would be blasting on your iPod?
RL: "I got you all in check," by Busta Rhymes. I think that this song's rhythm and lyrics suggest that a lot of swift killing could take place under its influence without even fighting. "I got the head nod that make you break your neck hoo ah hoo ah I got you all in check."
HG: I would definitely be listening to Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones," that and the theme song to "Last of the Mohicans." Looping, on repeat.
Artist/band you banked on making it big and then they broke up:
HG: I've heard some great tracks by a hip hop group called Vowel Movements, but I can't find anything about them anywhere, so I assume that they just broke up or never got signed. I play their stuff on the show every once in a while.
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