Reverb Questionnaire: Jen Seaman Miller Talks About--What Else?--Spooge!

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Jen Seaman Miller hosts at the Tractor during Seattle Weekly's Reverb Local Music Festival on Sat., Oct. 6.
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.

*See previous Reverb Questionnaires from Michael Chabon, Michele Norris, and Janeane Garofolo.

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!

Do you play an instrument?

I play the recorder... but really the tape recorder. People come to my shows to listen to my mix tapes. Okay, it's just a recording I gave to a local Dairy Queen, but you can hear the skillz!

Do you still listen to anything you were listening to in high school? If so, what?

I still listen to my parent's judgement. It always ends in tears and watching A League of Their Own on TNT. My family knows drama.

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

The first band I saw in concert was Tool in Spokane, of all places, and I'd rather you not wish a trip to Spokane on me.

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

The last band I saw was The West. I thought it was worth my time for sure. The Crocodile is always worth it.

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!

How do you feel about ABBA?

They won't let me feel them anymore. Apparently Mama Mia sing-along bouncing balls shouldn't be treated like other kind of balls.

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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