Reverb Questionnaire: Jen Seaman Miller

On Depeche Mode, Spencer Moody, and spooge.

Editor's Note: The Reverb Questionnaire is a stock list of questions we pose to people outside the music business. Here, Jen Seaman—one of the comics charged with introducing bands at Seattle Weekly's Reverb Local Music Festival—tells us about the Murder City Devils, Belltown playlists, and growing up agnostic.

SW: What music have you been listening to today? Did you like it?

Miller: I've been listening to a lot of Johnny Cash, Depeche Mode, and '80s music . . . I liked and didn't like it, so sayeth Pandora.

What's your preferred method for listening to music (iPod, car, home stereo, etc.)?

My record player. I like to listen to old jazz records, mostly Fats Waller, while my cats judge my attempt at dancing, which always turns into some form of the sprinkler. My least favorite is driving through Belltown around last call while the girls flood the street singing broken Adele lyrics. She deserves to be whole for once in her life!

When was the last time you heard "Stairway to Heaven"? Did you turn it off?

My family were agnostic, so we  preferred not to listen to religious hymns.

When you sing karaoke, what's your go-to number?

"Blister in the Sun" by the Violent Femmes, even though Burger King exploited it! Really, thanks for making me think your burgers have spooge in them—GREAT! Now I want women who are late to call their boyfriends to say "You shouldn't have Whoppered in me!"

What is the last song you want to hear before you die?

"Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode. I want a priest with a toy phone to read me my rites while saying "Pick up the receiver, I'll make you a believer." I'll respond by cracking up into a flatline of joy!

Please share a favorite musical moment/story from your past.

I've been performing comedy for over five years now. One of my favorite bands when I was in college was the Murder City Devils. Their lead singer, Spencer Moody, owned the Anne Bonny at the time, and I invited him to come to my first show, which he did (I was surprised that anyone did). He later ended up booking me to do comedy at the Anne Bonny. It was great to have someone that I admired support my dream.

 
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