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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Roll Call: Michael Keenan of Hawks

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For Today's Roll Call we call out Michael Keenan of Hawks.

Who are you?

Michael P. Keenan Jr., A.K.A. Mike, Kees, Rah Dynamo, Moss Avitol (Airoes). I'm a freelance print/motion designer that runs by the name of Younganimals, a musician,  self proclaimed Atlanta underground scene historian, occasional promoter/show booking flunky, and crisis control expert.

Describe yourself in three words.

Unhinged and constructive.

Who — dead or alive — would you most like to meet?

It would be a tie between Egon Schiele and Chuck D.

Who would you most like to slap in the face?

Thomas Edison.

What song do you wish you had written?

"Maniac Dragstrip" by The Nation of Ulysses hands down. I never would have survived high school with out N.O.U. They honestly had the biggest impact on me musically, in the way I've always looked at performing live, than any other band I've ever been exposed to. They've always been a sort of sonic Tylenol to me, soothing the acts of the day away. Oxbow does run a close second though.

Elvis Costello or Elvis Presley?

Neither really. I'd rather listen to almost any Stax or Volt record than "The King of Rock 'n Roll" and Elvis Costello just makes me think of bad "120 Minutes" era MTV. I can appreciate them both for what they've done but I have to be honest.  How about El Vez? How's that sound?!

LP, CD or MP3?

LP's are for keeps.

If you could start one trend, what would it be?

The side belt. I've worn my buckle to the side since I was 19 after I saw a picture of my grandfather in the 40's in Hell's Kitchen. He was stepping right off the boat from Ireland rocking the side belt with flat front slacks and a scarf tied around he's neck.

If you could end one trend, what would it be?

Bluetooth ear pieces. Nothing in this world is more ridiculous to me than somebody rolling around town with a tiny cell phone crammed in their ear, screaming into the air, acting like a muttering homeless lunatic, looking like they're talking to themselves and being a general douche. Your not fooling anyone. We all know you're not that important.

With whom would you most like to play a game of spin the bottle?

My 1st girlfriend (so I can show her all the tricks I've learned), Bowie, Winona Ryder, The girl Christian Slater makes out with in Pump Up The Volume, the Bangles (80's era), Scarlet Johansson and MC Lyte.

"Chocolate Vulture"

Hawks play day two of the We No Fun Fest. at the Drunken Unicorn on Sat., Jan. 31st. $5 (21+). $8 (18+). 736 Ponce de Leon Place.

(Photo by Anthony)

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