Monday, October 4, 2010

Blip Nation Interview: Meet markmac                                           
Blipper since: August 20, 2008

"PJ Harvey is heads and Cat Power is tails."

Pete Dulin: What part of the world do you live in?

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 ( 

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?

markmac: @slipperydistortion

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 and writes freelance for magazines, websites, and newspapers. Always looking for the next great song, he can be found in the Blip Nation at He unleashes profound non sequiturs at and publishes creative work at

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