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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

The ones I mentioned above, Bill Frisell, Ron Miles, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Ornette Coleman, Jeff Buckley, the Beatles (together and apart), Pink Floyd, the Flaming Lips, Slow Dive, the Cocteau Twins, Fred Frith, Steve Lacy.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I teach English and work at a record store.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Worry about something else.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

I'm no good at acting; I'd refuse any part.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Playing music, teaching and learning.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That I'm non-existent.

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

I can hear more than I feel like I can play.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

No.

Weezer or Winger?

No.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

No.

Football or foosball?

Definitely foosball.

Parting shot?

Have a wonderful day.

AARON HOBBS
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
3 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/hobbs

Personnel:

Hobbs, NM, Intervention: Aaron Hobbs, Chris Reyes, Jason Jones.

Native or transplant?

We're from Denva.

What's in a name?

Our name could be described as Chris and Jason's (futile?) attempt to save Aaron from himself.

When did you form/start performing?

The Hobbs, NM, songs began being tracked one year ago. The Intervention began in March, 2005.

Releases/discography:

8 Songs of Exception.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

The Intervention sounds like Now, as we all begin to unravel.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Hobbs, NM, crashes SXSW and the Intervention begins, March 2005. The Intervention performs at the Echo in L.A. with Tiger of the Month, March 2005. Hobbs, NM, plays littleradio.com's first-ever afternoon nap, April 2005. The Intervention performs at Sputnik, Pete's Candy Store and Rothko in NYC, April 2005.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith, although Jack is a rippin' surfer and deserves his props.

Weezer or Winger?

Blah!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jigga.

HOT IQs
NOMINATED IN POP
4:15 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.hotiqs.com

Personnel:

Eli Mishkin (vocals/guitar); Bryan Feuchtinger (bass/vocals); Elaine Acosta (drums).

Native or transplant?

Eli is a native. Bryan is from Texas (excuse him, please). Elaine was born in New York and raised mostly in rural Colorado.

What's in a name?

Not an apostrophe...

When did you form/start performing?

Two weeks before we performed in late 2003.

Releases/discography:

Debut album, An Argument Between the Brain & Feet (November 2004, Morning After Records).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

XTC, Pixies, Archers of Loaf, Tesh and Hasslehoff.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Playing SXSW and consuming an entire Best Wurst bratwurst. In addition, our debut album peaked at 73 on the CMJ charts.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

The Kinks Kronicles (The Kinks); Thriller (Michael Jackson); Sumday (Grandaddy).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Gaudí, Debussy, Chagall, Lautrec, Wayne Thiebaud and Kelsey Brookes.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Elaine: school nurse; Bryan: recording engineer (Uneven Studios); Eli: marketing genius.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Find another subject for my obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Eli: Bob Saget; Bryan: the guy from Greatest American Hero; Elaine: Data from Goonies.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In Osaka, as the house band in a sushi restaurant where your waitresses are also your tables.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

Wait, we missed another conception?

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Hot IQs debut album played backward is the "Stay in School" rap by the Chicago Bears.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer -- especially pre- "Green Album" Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Q-Tip.

Football or foosball?

Foosball players are way hotter.

Parting shot?

We are Deep Throat.

ION
NOMINATED IN METAL/AGGRO
9 P.M., TWO AM

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