Say Hi's Eric Elbogen: "I Expend as Much Energy as Necessary in Order to Not EVER Have to Sing Karaoke"

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Every March, the entire music industry descends on Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival March 15 to 20, and Seattle's scene is no exception. Dozens of bands are making the trip, and they'll be playing more shows and downing more free Red Stripes than can be calculated.

We normally reserve our "Reverb Questionnaire" for non-music folks like Michelle Norris and Michael Chabon, but in preparation for the massive trip south, we tweaked our standard questions and presented them to a few of the local emissaries making the journey.

Here's what we learned about Say Hi's Eric Elbogen:

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

Elbogen: Listening to the Blair and Yellow Ostrich records. We're taking them on a tour that starts tomorrow. YES!

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

My record player through my home studio setup. The car is a close second, though.

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

I NEVER turn off the Zep. I still think that's a great song.

Do you play an instrument?

Yes. Drums, bass, guitar, keys.

Do you still listen to anything you were listening to in high school?

Nirvana's Nevermind might be the only thing.

What was the first band/artist you saw in concert? Would you see them again?

Motley Crue on the first Dr. Feelgood tour. Eh, maybe if I didn't have to try too hard to make it happen.

What was the last band/artist you saw in concert? Worth your time?

Apex Manor at the Tractor. Yes!

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

I expend as much energy as necessary in order to not EVER have to sing karaoke.

How do you feel about ABBA?

I wish they were called YABBA DABBA DOO instead.

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

"The End" by the Beatles.

What's one indispensable accessory for this year's SXSW?

A firm mental grasp of where the cleanest rest rooms are.

How are you getting down to Austin, and how sure are you that your mode of transportation will get you all the way there?

It's happening a month into a six-week tour for us, so no, I'm not sure we'll make it there . . .

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