Andrea Burk is studying painting at the University of Arizona. She also works as a line cook, art instructor, freelance graphic designer and bookbinder for Spork Press. She's making sure to expose her 10-year-old daughter to music that is better and more interesting than that of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
The House of Blues Smokin' Grooves Tour in '96.
What are you listening to these days?
Kenseth Thibideau, Repetition, is ... like a soundtrack to a movie I really want to see. The Lee "Scratch" Perry remix on the Black Heart Procession's Blood Bunny/Black Rabbit EP is especially nice. Belle and Sebastian, Write About Love. ... The Social Network soundtrack has been making the rounds on my playlist. Envy, Recitation, is delightful.
What was the first album you owned?
The first tapes I bought with my own money were Cyndi Lauper, She's So Unusual, and Weird Al Yankovic's In 3-D.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
I hate experimental jazz ... but I appreciate that the players are having fun with what they're doing. A lot of people like the Grateful Dead, and while I can appreciate Jerry Garcia's prowess on slide guitar, I can't stand the extended jams.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I'd like to see Morrissey or Bowie tear up a tiny club.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Lately, I've been defaulting to perky '80s pop songs. Erasure always makes me happy. I was also recently moved to purchase the song "Tigerlily" by La Roux.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Chopin's Funeral March Sonata, Op. 35, No. 2.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Before I was capable of finding music beyond what my parents handed down, all I knew besides classical music was the Beatles.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Radiohead, OK Computer; Morrissey, Viva Hate; or Blonde Redhead, Misery Is a Butterfly.