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What Are You Listening To?
We get three New Yorkers to take off their headphones and chat.
By Jason Gilbert and Austin Duerst
What are you listening to, and what do you like about it?
Y A N C Y. I like everything about it. It was my favorite album of last year. I saw him live twice. I was sold on him before I saw him live, but now when I want to think about the shows I listen to the albums.
If you were on a date with someone, what kind of music would you be psyched that they were into?
I'd be okay with them if they had some grunge music interests, like Nirvana or something. Or if they were interested in hip-hop.
What's your favorite Nirvana song?
This might be a little wimpy, but I love the MTV Unplugged album. "Dumb" came on my iPod when I was getting off the subway just now. I also like "Heart-Shaped Box."
Listen: Nirvana - "Dumb"
How about a band that would turn you off?
I'm just not a big fan of country music. It's a little too sentimental; I don't mind sentimental if it's in front of serious orchestration, or something very simple, but that middle-of-the-road sound, not so much.
What is the most embarrassing song you have on your iPod right now?
I have Sergio Rivero, who was the winner of the Spanish version of American Idol in, I don't know, 2006? It's a cover of a song Jon Secada was famous for, but it's in Spanish. I love that song. I'm probably going to listen to it after you guys leave. [laughs]
That's a double whammy: Jon Secada and a Spanish American Idol winner.
Who should stop making music forever?
This is the tough question, so we tend to save it for last.
I'm an artist myself, so I wouldn't tell anyone to stop. I'm sorry to be so diplomatic, but when I'm over the hill, I wouldn't want people telling me to stop, you know?