Alex Rose grew up in Santa Fe, played in Albuquerque bands, then moved to Seattle to further his audio engineering career. Our native son has enjoyed a professional music career ever since joining prog / indie rock band Minus the Bear, which stops at the Sunshine Theater this Tuesday in support of Omni (released May 4). In anticipation of the rock that’s to come, here are random selections from his collection—this time with two bonus tracks!
“Not sure I've heard this song before, but I love Metric [which is fronted by Emily Haines] and it's great to just hear her lyricism presented in a different way. She's got this really cool stream-of-consciousness style.”
“Great fucking band and some of my favorite people in the world. Their live show was always exciting because anything could (and often did) happen. Had the pleasure of touring with them. They will be missed.”
“Whoops! Actually, I really loved this album for a while and it still brings me back to my late teens and a summer spent in San Francisco. Recently learned the singer is a big Minus the Bear fan. Weird, huh?”
5) "Smells Like Teen Spirit" • Nirvana • Nevermind
“Had to turn this one way up! It's the opening song from the album that may be most responsible for me picking up the guitar and pursuing rock 'n' roll as a life path.”
“And it comes full circle. Probably the group I've listened to most in the past year. I started learning music on saxophone and studied jazz and improvisation pretty early on. This band brings that aesthetic to the pop/rock realm and adds ridiculously imaginative lyrics to boot.”