2. What instrument(s) do you play? PRO GEAR, PRO ATTITUDE
3. When and why did you start playing? I saw the end of Back to the Future when I was 5 and wanted to duckwalk with a red electric guitar.
4. What are you listening to right now? AA Bondy
5. First band you were in: I used to play shows with my grandpa when I was young. I don’t think we had a name though.
6. Last time you thought you were going to die? A few months ago – electrocuted by amp
7. How come they call you BirdDog? I can only say the answer lies in an Everly Brothers song
8. One song/artist on your iPod that may surprise your friends: They may be surprised that I’ve never owned an iPod. They might also be surprised that I sometimes like to listen to Kylie Minogue.
9. What inspires you to keep on chooglin? Possibilities. Dark alleys with a little light shining from around the corner. A warm dog. A good book. Ups and downs. Coffee in a real mug. Wine from the same mug. Hard-headed lovers. Thunderstorms.
10. What tickles your fancy? See above. Also, a big turkey feather.
11. Shaved or 1970’s Bush? Break out the no-no, baby
12. Best concert moment: Devendra Banhart & the Spiritual Bonerz at the Orpheum in LA. Devendra invited everyone to dance on stage during a song, and security wasn’t having it. So he was trying to smooth everything over and find a way to make everyone happy, people in the sound booth were talking over him, and finally security agreed to let the fans stand on either side of the stage and the band eased into playing Carmensita. While they started the song, one security guard crossed his arms and stood right in front of Devendra, stage center, and wouldn’t move. Devendra finally had his fill so he stopped the band, grabbed the mic, and yelled “GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY!” The crowd erupted, fists started flying on stage, people were yelling, and all this ate up around about 30 minutes. I’ve got to say, it was a somewhat Doors-ish experience. They started Carmensita again, kicked the hell out of it, and the show’s energy reached a new level
13. A Bear, Lion and Phil Spector are in a room, who do you kill first? Wow. I’d sort of like to see Spector fight it out with a lion, mane vs mane. Am I perched up above, just picking off whoever I want? Spector recorded some great music but that time has passed for him. I like bears and lions. I think the dude would have to go. Plus, karma and all that shit…
14. What type of venue do you prefer? Some of my favorite shows have been at medium sized clubs. I think the Troubadour is a great example…places like that draw in acts that are on the way up, and that’s exciting. It’s easier to feel like a participant, rather than an observer.
15. If you could only own one album, what would it be? Exile on Main Street. Though it’s a double album…is that against the rules?
16. Song that best describes your mood right now: Dazed and Confused
17. Song that best describes your life: Gettin By – Jerry Jeff Walker
18. Fingernail removal by pliers or slaps to the face by dildo for 24 hours? Yeah, gotta go with the face slaps. It’s really not that bad.
19. Favorite things to do when not playing music? Pondering the accuracy of “Use By” dates on jars of food
20. Favorite type of socks over the years of your life? I love new socks. New socks are my favorite. Thick, dark, new socks. Summer = Argyle. Winter = wool. SOCKS.
21. Favorite Muddy Reds song at the moment: To play: Ashes, the faster version. Favorite recording: Waiting for Nicky
22. Three local bands people should check out: uhh how about Lemon Sun. Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven. Jesus Eagle & the Electric Camera.
23. Your tombstone will read: “That motherfucker knew.”
1. Hometown:San Antonio, TX: where things aren’t that big, unlike the falsely advertised T-Shirts.
2. What instrument(s) do you play? Recently I have been venturing into playing the guitar more and recording Tallest Man on Earth/Kings of Convenience type stuff. Majority of the time I am the Bass slapper for a Rock and Roll band.
3. When and why did you start playing? I started my musical journey 16 years ago as a baritone player for my middle school small ensemble. From there I took a left dick swing into political rage rock with a mix of old school punk music. I wanted to do more than just listen to the sounds coming out the of speakers, I wanted to make them a reality in my life. So I got a cheap Washburn P bass, a Pevey TNT amp and the started to mimic whatever came out of my Stereo.
4. What are you listening to right now? Right now at the this moment I am listen to M83 “In Church”.
5. First band you were in: The first band I was a pop-punk/ska band by the name of “Los Cool Areos”. This fresh post-teen brawl was one of many things that got me through the shit sack called high school, and it got me some ladies as well.
6. Last time you thought you were going to die? The last time I really thought I was going to lose control of my bowel movements once the existence of life left my body was Urban surfing during our Fall 2010 tour of the south west. Hauling ass in a 15 passenger van, full of drunken miscreants, pissing out the door and having your bass player on the roof, then suddenly slamming on the breaks will send your heart in your throat.
7. How come they call you “The Wolf”, anyway? A long time ago in a far away place a few friends decided to go camping for the weekend in Big Bear. While there, the winds of the north and the snow from breasts of the Highland spirit released the fury of one mean mother fucker. This wolf had to be taken out to clam the rightfull presents in this world as there can be only one Wolf. So I did what I had to do and wrestled that bitch to the ground. Leaving the fight bloody and bruised I came out victorious. As for the wolf let say he looks nice in my living room.
8. One song/artist on your iPod that may surprise your friends: I feel that all music comes from the creative, no matter your taste and that all should be heard. Right now I think people would be surprise that I am a big fan of Jay-Z.
9. What inspires you to keep on chooglin? The thought of people enjoying the wizdary that plays out on the stage or on a album. From that would come the happens that any artist wants. Which makes them keep on Chooglin.
10. What grosses you out? Muffin tops, and not the ones you eat.
11. Boxers or briefs? Boxers.
12. Best concert moment: Sigur Ros at the Greek! Center seat, a fatty and two huskies (not the dog, but from the looks of their faces I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference) This was a great time with two spectacular encores. .
13. Dinner with Billy Bob Thornton or David Spade? I would have to go with Mr. Slingblade. I do fancy them fried taters.
14. Say you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant. What do you do? Fuck its probably going to die from the poisonous plant it just ate. cause you know all endangered plants are poisonous.
15. If you could only own one movie, what would it be? BACK TO THE MUTHA FUCK FUTURE!
16. Song that best describes your mood right now: Mogwai’s “batcat” due to the frustration in the Music scene.
17. Song that best describes your life: “Goodbye Horses” Performed by Q. Lazzarus. Don’t judge, but rather be judged.
18. Hammer to the big toe, or bat to the balls? Stop… Hammertime!
19. Favorite things to do when not playing music? When the music juices aren’t flowing I like to go for bike rides around the city to find random shit to put in my house. Photography is a passion as well.
20. Three favorite beers offered at 7-11: Four loko, Blue Moon, Stella
21. Favorite breakfast food: Breakfast is for losers who can’t wait 3 hours to eat lunch.
22. Favorite Muddy Reds song at the moment: Right now with the integration of a new drummer and working on new songs, the one jam that tickles my undercarriage would have to be our first single from our EP “Plan B”. This has the dick kicking power ‘merica needs to get the fuck up and dance.
23. Three local bands people should check out: Maxim Ludwig and the Santa Fe Seven. Stone Darling and The Muddy Reds. Shit I got to plug us in there some how.
24. Your tombstone will read: Matt ’ The Wolf ’ Ramirez “That’s Why!”