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Name: Matt Priest

Height: 6’ 1”

Eye color: Kinda gray

Birthday / Sign: January 6th, 1976 / Capricorn

Band nickname: Priestybear

Instruments: Vocals, bass, trombone and perhaps most importantly, tambourine

1st concert you attended: Living Colour w/ Urban Dance Squad @ The Aragon Ballroom (Chicago, IL - 1991)… and I was pretty sure it was the best night of my life thus far.

1st tape or CD purchase: Ghostbusters - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on cassette… although even at that young, impressionable age, I knew I’d been robbed. The theme song, which kicks off the record, obviously rules. And then the second track, “Cleanin’ Up the Town” (by some guys called The Bus Boys) is catchy enough. But by the time you get to track 3, the show’s over. And disappointing efforts in the middle of the record from Thompson Twins, Air Supply, Laura Branigan only made the purchase that much more of a letdown.

Best concert you ever attended: Too hard… here’s a Top 5:
1. Kraftwerk @ The Riviera Theatre (Chicago, IL - 1998)
2. Radiohead w/ The Beta Band & Kid Koala @ Grant Park (Chicago, IL - 2001)
3. Guns n’ Roses w/ Skid Row @ Alpine Valley (East Troy, WI - 1991)
4. Tori Amos @ McCormick Auditorium, Northwestern U. (Evanston, IL - 1992)
5. “Coachella” ’04 @ Empire Polo Field (Indio, CA - 2004) (In 48 hours, for $150, I managed to see Radiohead, The Cure, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Kraftwerk, Air, Belle and Sebastian, Bright Eyes, Basement Jaxx, Herioglyphics, Death Cab for Cutie, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Stereolab, Le Tigre, Atmosphere, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Desert Sessions, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Muse, The Crystal Method, Dizzee Rascal, Broken Social Scene, !!!, Junior Senior, The Stills, Prefuse 73, The Thrills and stellastarr*. Whoa.)

Some favorite bands: !!!, Add N to (X), Tori Amos, Anthrax, The Arcade Fire, Basement Jaxx, Bauhaus, The Beatles, Beck, Belle and Sebastian, The Beta Band, Björk, The Black Crowes, Black Sabbath, Blondie, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Calexico, Cat Power, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Clash, Clem Snide, Corrosion of Conformity, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Cyann & Ben, The Decemberists, The Delgados, Neil Diamond, Ani Difranco, Digable Planets, DJ Shadow, Donovan, Doves, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Earlimart, Faith No More, Fever Ray, 5ive Style, The Flaming Lips, Ben Folds (Five), Fugazi, Philip Glass, Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five, Guns N' Roses, PJ Harvey, The Handsome Family, Juliana Hatfield, Hot Snakes, Imperial Teen, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Interpol, Iron Maiden, Isis, Elton John, Kool Keith / Dr. Octagon, Kraftwerk, Lambchop, Latyrx, Led Zeppelin, Ted Leo / Pharmacists, Living Colour, The Magnetic Fields, Aimee Mann, Massive Attack, Mastodon, Mclusky, The Meat Puppets, Megadeth, The MC5, Menomena, Mercury Rev, Metallica, Metric, George Michael, The Microphones, Midstates, Momus, Morphine, My Morning Jacket, New Order, Neurosis, Neutral Milk Hotel, Harry Nilsson, NOFX, Outkast, Palaxy Tracks, Pantera, Parliament, Pavement, Peace Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Pedro the Lion, Jean Jacques Perrey, Pink Floyd, Pixies, Portishead, Archer Prewitt, Primus, Prince, Public Enemy, Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, Queensryche, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, The Ramones, Rancid, Refused, Steve Reich, The Rolling Stones, The Roots, RUN-D.M.C., Saint Etienne, Santana, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, The Sea and Cake, The Shins, Sigur Ros, Simon & Garfunkel, Roni Size / Reprazent, Skid Row, Slayer, Sloan, Elliott Smith, The Smiths, (Smog), Sonic Youth, Soul Coughing, Soundgarden, Spiritualized, Spoon, Bruce Springsteen, Squarepusher, Stars, Stereolab, Stone Temple Pilots, The Stooges, The Streets, Super Furry Animals, Matthew Sweet, Swervedriver, T.Rex, Talking Heads, Tears for Fears, 10,000 Maniacs, They Might Be Giants, 311, The Timeout Drawer, Tindersticks, Amon Tobin, Tool, Tortoise, A Tribe Called Quest, Tricky, TV on the Radio, U2, Urge Overkill, Velvetron, The Walkmen, The Warlocks, Wilco, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits, Warrant, Ween, Wham!, Wesley Willis, Stevie Wonder, Wu-Tang Clan, Yeasayer and Yo La Tengo

Favorite records:
!!! - !!!
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
Add N to (X) - On the Wires of Our Nerves
The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
Air - Moon Safari
Alice in Chains - Facelift
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
Aphex Twin - Richard D. James
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Basement Jaxx - Remedy
Bauhaus - Mask
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
The Beatles - Revolver
Beck - Odelay
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
Ben Folds Five - Ben Folds Five
The Beta Band - The Three EP's
Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs
Björk - Vespertine
The Black Crowes - Amorica
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Black Star - Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Blind Melon - Blind Melon
Blondie - Parallel Lines
Blur - Blur
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
James Brown - Live at the Apollo
Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up on Me
Cake - Fashion Nugget
Calexico - Feast of Wire
Can - Tago Mago
Cat Power - You Are Free
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus
Chairlift - Something
The Chemical Brothers - Surrender
The Clash - London Calling
Clem Snide - Your Favorite Music
Clinic - Walking with Thee
Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
Corrosion of Conformity - Blind
The Coup - Party Music
The Cure - Disintegration
Cyann & Ben - Spring
Danzig - Danzig II: Lucifuge
Blossom Dearie - Blossom Dearie
The Decemberists - Castaways and Cutouts
The Delgados - The Great Eastern
Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
Devo - Q: Are We Note Men? A: We Are Devo!
Ani Difranco - Out of Range
Digable Planets - Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing…
Doves - Lost Souls
Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst
Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Faith No More - Angel Dust
Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Fischerspooner - #1
5ive Style - 5ive Style
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Fugazi - Steady Diet of Nothing
G. Love & Special Sauce - G. Love & Special Sauce
Philip Glass - Glass Works
Glenn Gould - Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Grant Lee Buffalo - Mighty Joe Moon
Guns n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
The Handsome Family - In the Air
PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
Imperial Teen - Seasick
Isis - Oceanic
James - Laid
Elton John - Elton John
Judybats - Pain Makes You Beautiful
The Juliana Hatfield Three - Become What You Are
Jurassic 5 - Jurassic 5
Kraftwerk - Computer World
Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
Ted Leo / Pharmacists - Hearts of Oak
Living Colour - Time's Up
Love - Forever Changes
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
Aimee Mann - Whatever
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Mastodon - Leviathan
Meat Puppets - Too High to Die
Megadeth - Rust in Peace
Menomena - Friend and Foe
Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs
Metallica - …And Justice for All
Metric - Fantasies
George Michael - Faith
The Microphones - The Glow, Pt. 2
Momus - The Little Red Songbook
My Morning Jacket - Z
My Sister's Machine - Diva
The National - Alligator
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
New Order - Low-Life
Harry Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show
NOFX - Punk in Drublic
Outkast - Stankonia
Palaxy Tracks - Twelve Rooms
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
Parliament - Live: P-Funk Earth Tour
Pavement - Brighten the Corners
Peace Orchestra - Peace Orchestra
Pearl Jam - Vs.
Perrey-Kingsley - The in Sound from Way Out!
Pet Shop Boys - Actually
Pinback - Blue Screen Life
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
Portishead - Dummy
Prong - Rude Awakening
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Queen - A Night at the Opera
Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
R.E.M. - Murmur
Radiohead - O.K. Computer
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
Josh Rouse - 1972
Run-D.M.C. - Raisin’ Hell
Saint Etienne - Good Humor
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun
Roni Size / Reprazent - New Forms
Skid Row - Slave to the Grind
Sloan - Navy Blues
Elliott Smith - XO
The Smiths - The Smiths
Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Spoon - Girls Can Tell
Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
The Streets - Original Pirate Material
Sugar - Copper Blue
The Sugarcubes - Stick Around for Joy
Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World
Tears for Fears - The Seeds of Love
They Might Be Giants - Apollo 18
T.Rex - Electric Warrior
10,000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden
311 - Music
Tool - Ænima
Trans Am - Surrender to the Night
Tricky - Maxinquaye
TV on the Radio - Young Liars
Rufus Wainwright - Poses
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
The Walkmen - Bows + Arrows
Warrant - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
The Waxwings - Low to the Ground
The Week That Was - The Week That Was
Ween - Chocolate and Cheese
White Zombie - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
The xx - XX
Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

What have you been listening to lately?

My last.fm profile can answer that.

What’s the best part about being in a band? Going to sleep with the satisfaction of knowing you created something that day

Hardest parts?
1. The time commitment… it’s like 15-30 hours a week, no joke
2. Artistic compromise
3. Aligning my goals with everyone else’s

Favorite Canasta moment? First time playing Metro… I came pretty close to crying… yes, I’m a dork.

Favorite color: Blue, I guess… ok, yeah, blue.

Favorite food: Gino’s East deep dish pepperoni pizza

Favorite book: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Favorite movies:
American Movie
The Aristocats
Big Night
Black Hawk Down
Blue Valentine
Bottle Rocket
Breaking the Waves
Children of Men
Citizen Ruth
The City of Lost Children
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Danger: Diabolik
The Dark Crystal
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Edward Scissorhands
The Empire Strikes Back
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Farinelli: Il Castrato
Fear of a Black Hat
The Fighter
A Fish Called Wanda
The Fisher King
Get on the Bus
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
A History of Violence
Hotel Rwanda
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Insider
Jacob’s Ladder
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Minority Report
Monty Python and The Holy Grail
The Neverending Story
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
The Prestige
A Prophet
Pulp Fiction
Requiem for a Dream
Return of the Jedi
Run Lola Run
School of Rock
Secrets and Lies
The Shawshank Redemption
A Simple Plan
Sling Blade
Snow Angels
The Social Network
Star Wars
This Is Spinal Tap
Time Bandits
Together (2000)
Tougher Than Leather
Toy Story 3
25th Hour
Waiting for Guffman
When the Levee Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Winged Migration
You Can Count on Me

Pet? (current or childhood): Tucker the Shih Tzu, by way of my wife, by way of her parents

Favorite childhood vacation: Epcot Center… more specifically, “World Showcase” (the ambiance, architecture, food and gifts of various countries are represented by eleven different pavilions surrounding a 41-acre lagoon). I was totally blown away and came home feeling as though I’d done infinitely more “world traveling” than anyone else my age.

Favorite weather: Lightly falling snow… but the keyword is “lightly”… that has to be clarified here in Chicago.