OK, as promised, here goes some iPod trivia. I have been asked by a couple of readers what I listen to on my iPod. My poor iPod has a serious personality disorder. And I love reading those magazines you keep beside the toilet, with all those useless lists in them like The 10 Sexiest Norwegian Death Metal Drummers or The 50 Most Humiliating Public Intoxication Stories of 1977! So, for y'all pop culture victims like me, I'll give you a peek at my playlist.
The 50 Most Humiliating Public Confessions of What's on Luis Urrea's iPod!
A Limited Selection, but you'll get the idea:
Aerosmith, AFI, Akufen, Alice in Chains, All-American Rejects, Amboy Dukes, Amon Duul II, Laurie Anderson, Aphex Twin, Aterciopelados, The Atomic Bitchwax, Atomic Rooster, Audioslave, Basement Jaxx, The Beatles (duh), Beau Jocque and the Zydeco High Rollers, Beausoleil, Berlin, B-52's, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Sabbath, Bloque, Blue Cheer, Bonzo Dog Band, David Bowie, Marc Broussard, James Brown, Dave Brubeck, Jack Bruce, Buckwheat Zydeco, Enrique Bunbury, Burning Water, Kate Bush, Butthole Surfers, Cafe Tacuba, Caifanes, John Campbell, Captain Beefheart, Calexico, The Call, Can, Jim Carroll, Johnny Cash, Catherine Wheel, Manu Chau, Cheap Trick, Chemical Brothers, The Clash, Patsy Cline, George Clinton, Leonard Cohen, The Commodors, Concrete Blonde, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Cream, Cuca, Deep Purple, Deaf Scool, Depeche Mode, Devo, Dire Straights, Donovan, The Doors, Lila Downs, Bob Dylan, Earth Wind and Fire, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Electric Prunes, Eminem, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Enanitos Verdes, The Exies, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Marianne Faithful, Fatboy Slim, Fever Tree, Fields of the Nephilim, Foo Fighters, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Franz Ferdinand, Front 242, Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye, El Gran Silencio, Golden Earring, Gorillaz, Green Day, The Groundhogs, Guns'n'Roses, Hawkwind, Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Heroes del Silencio, Into Paradise, INXS, Iron Butterfly, Jade Warrior, The James Gang, Elton John, Joy Division, Juluka, Kid 606, The Killers, Killing Joke, King Crimson, King's X, Kings of Leon, Kinky, Kraftwerk, Lacuna Coil, Daniel Lanois, Latin Playboys, Le Orme, Led Zeppelin, Lving Colour, Los Lobos, Love, Love and Rockets, HP Lovecraft, Lena Lovitch, Lycia, Maldita Vecindad, Joni MItchell, Molotov, Moody Blues, Patrick Moraz, Motley Crue, Muse, Nazareth, The Nazz, Negativland, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Nortec Collective, OD, Ohio Players, Oingo Boingo, Outkast, Ozric Tentacles, Parliament, A Perfect Circle, Tom Petty, Shawn Phillips, Robert Plant, Police, Porcupine Tree, Pretenders, Prick, Andy Prieboy, Primus, Prince, Propellerheads, Quatermass, Queen, Robert Randolph, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Rolling Stones, Romeo Void, Roxy Music, Tom Russell, Santana, Joe Satriani, The Screaming Blue Messiahs, The Secret Machines, The Seeds, Joan Manuel Serrat, Shakira, Sidewinders, The Sisters of Mercy, Sly and the Family Stone, Soda Stereo, Sparks, Split Enz, Springsteen, Squirtgun, Steppenwolf, Talking Heads, The Temptations, 13th Floor Elevators, Tijuana No, Amon Tobin, T. Rex, Tribe, Type O Negative, U2, UFO, Steve Vai, Van Halen, The Verve, Junior Walker and the All-Stars, Wall of Voodoo, War, Kanye West, Chris Whitley, the Who, Stevie Wonder, The Yardbirds, Yello, Yes, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, Zydeco Force.
Oops. That's more than 50. But it's a selection of what's on there--got more to go! More more more! Got to get Amigos Invisibles and Babasonicos on there! Got to get Pink Floyd and Howlin Wolf and Sleepy LaBeef and The Iron City Houserockers and Gershwin and Respighi and Tangerine Dream and Professor Longhair on there! Got to get Dando Shaft and Roger Ruskin Spear and Gary Numan, and Spirit and El Tri and Touch and High Tide and Gravy Train and Grobschnitt and Neu and Muddy Waters and White Noise on there! WHAT ABOUT IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY??? Why am I wasting time making lists? I have work to do!
(I am sure you can recognize a stalling tactic when you see one...Hummingbird II? I don't have to get to work on Hummingbird II!)
Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat: If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.
Lecture and booksigning as part of Bilingual Minifest and naturalization ceremony celebration.
Workshop, readings, etc. For more information,here.
Montclair State University reads The Devil's Highway. Details to come.
Aurora reads Into the Beautiful North. Lecture/discussion in Spanish Oct. 23 and in English Oct. 24. Details to come.
Reading, book signing, discussion. Details to come.