Blipper since: August 20, 2008
"PJ Harvey is heads and Cat Power is tails."
markmac: Michigan, USA
Dulin: Why do you blip music on Blip.FM?
markmac: To listen to music I wouldn't listen to otherwise. To listen to something while I watch baseball or run lit searches or browse the intertubes. To participate in the site that allows me to listen to something while i watch baseball, run lit searches, and browse the interwebs.
Dulin: What other ways do you listen to music? (iPod, stereo, other online services?)
markmac: iPod, laptop, and in car. I don't have a stereo, so when I listen to music it's always through tinny speakers.
Dulin: What song or artist do you never tire of hearing? What is special about that song or artist?
markmac: These days it's Beach House, Fever Ray, Real Estate, and The Smiths. But that's subject to change. I hadn't really heard anything like BH and FR before I came across them. Real Estate is great 'cube' music. And, I get a kick out of The Smiths.
Dulin: If PJ Harvey and Cat Power were in a thumb wrestling contest, then who do you think would win?
markmac: PJ Harvey is heads and Cat Power is tails. A random flip of a toonie suggests that CP would win (http://www.random.org/coins/?num=1&cur=60-cad.0200c).
Dulin: What song or lyric do you wish you would have written? Why?
markmac: Without question, the Marine Land theme song.
Dulin: Fill in the blank super group band name. (occupation) (verb that starts with S) (type of weather)
markmac: Librarian Sharecrop Drought.
Dulin: If you could Blip.FM one song that could reach everyone on the planet, what would you choose?
markmac: Not sure, but something great. Something muzakish.
Dulin: Name 5 songs that would be essential on a road trip mix.
markmac: Well - I'll be on the road in a few days, so let's go w/ Fever Ray's "Triangle Walks", Real Estate's "Suburban Beverage", Beach House's "Heart of Chambers", Cut Copy's "Hearts on Fire", and Prokofiev's "P Concerto 2".
Dulin: Do you listen to local/regional music in your much? Favorite artists?
markmac: Not really. I sometimes listen to the local university station, though.
Dulin: What musician, singer, or band would you most like to meet? Why?
markmac: No real desire to meet anyone. Maybe when I was younger I would have liked to meet Raffi.
Dulin:What is the earliest age that you can remember listening to music? What artists/bands did you like in your youth?
markmac: Let's say <10. I had a Fisher Price record player/AM radio, which I listened to a lot. I remember liking REM's "Stand". Later, it was The Doors and Beck and some of the popular music that Much Music played in the early to mid-90s.
Dulin: Do you gravitate toward certain artists, songs, or styles of music at different times of the year? i.e. Classic favorites to get you through winter?
markmac: Not consciously.
Dulin: Who are some of the people on Blip.FM that you connect with the most?
Dulin: What blippers would you recommend to others?
markmac: As of this second, I follow 3711 blippers. I recommend all the active ones.
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Pete Dulin is the co-publisher and editor of www.presentmagazine.com and writes freelance for magazines, websites, and newspapers. Always looking for the next great song, he can be found in the Blip Nation at http://blip.fm/slipperydistortion. He unleashes profound non sequiturs at Twitter.com/petedulin and publishes creative work at www.petedulin.com.