Meet Michael, he’s the latest victim of our Q & A. He’s paying homage to a favorite song of his, Banana Question by Royal Trux in this photo. As our newest hire in the Deli, his homemade mix tapes have developed quite a following at Daily. There is already a wait list!
How long have you lived in Athens?
I’ve lived in Athens since July of this year. I was born in Mactown, GA, grew up in Wartown, GA, returned to Mactown, and spent time in Boone, NC and Pittsburgh, PA. As a young pup, I made many trips to Athens to visit my (then future) wife, Shannon, who was attending the UGA, and see my favorite bands and play shows with my friends. Later, after Shannon and I started our first musical projects in Macon, we returned to Athens often to play music and shop for records. Athens has always held a special place in our hearts because of all the awesome memories it brings back. We always wanted to come here to stay, so we did.
What are your favorite things about living in Athens?
I guess I already answered that but, also, I really like the weather here.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy listening to records, going to shows, playing music, recording and releasing tapes, seeking out the best sources for my favorite foods, preparing my favorite foods, eating my favorite foods, watching extremely bad or strange movies, and staying in bed all day (though that rarely happens).
What are your favorite places to eat in town? Any specific dishes or items you’d like to mention?
I don’t eat out a lot but the last thing I had in town that really rocked my world was the bacon and egg pizza at Ted’s Most Best. Sunny side up egg in the middle of a pizza, with pancetta, sliced in semi-squares for dipping action– that sort of thing is very appealing to me.
What is your dream vacation?
I am actually on my dream vacation right now. I only ever do what I want to do.
Hobbies? Bands? What are your creative outlets?
I am pretty obsessed with music. I record and release music via a collectively owned cassette tape label, Appalachian Studies Recordings. My band is called Clover Buds and consists of myself, Shannon, our housemate Scott, and our friend Jess. We’re all Athens newcomers, but hopefully soon we’ll play a venue near you.
Any pet peeves you’d like to share?
My biggest pet peeves are both food-related. They are High Fructose Corn Syrup and cheap vegetable oils high in polyunsaturated fatty acids. Give me real butter, coconut oil, ghee, or tallow to cook with. Raw honey, grade b maple syrup, molasses and raw cane sugar are, I think, gifts from Mother Nature! I even dig refined sugar in baked goods, ice cream and sodas! But HFCS and PUFA-rich vegetable oils are genetically modified abominations and everything is better without them.
What are your favorite movies and TV shows?
Some of my most favorite movies are The Holy Mountain, Andrei Rublev, Deadly Spawn, Female Vampire (aka The Bare-Breasted Countess), Chungking Express, Bad Boy Bubby, Walkabout and A Woman Under the Influence. I don’t really watch tv.
What books or comics are you currently reading?
I’ve been reading this incredible oral-history biography, Little Richard: the Quasar of Rock. It was written in 1984 when Little Richard’s career seemed to be over, so he just dishes all the dirt like he has nothing to lose. It’s rock and roll debauchery at its wildest, and it’s really something to behold.
If you had a super power, what would it be and why?
I’ve always wanted to be able to fly. When I’m dreaming and I start to fly I always become aware that it’s a dream and usually I wake up but sometimes I can keep flying for a long time. It is so awesome when that happens.
What is your favorite thing to make in the deli and why?
My favorite thing to make in the deli is the carrot-cilantro slaw that goes on the Bahn Mi. I love the combination of flavors and usually can’t resist setting some aside for a little mini-salad with some coconut oil and apple cider vinegar later.
What is your favorite Sammie sold by Daily?
I think everyone in the Deli knows my favorite sandwich to eat is not sold in prepared form, but all the ingredients can be purchased at Daily. It consists simply of a generous amount of chèvre and raw honey on Luna sourdough bread. This sandwich is easy to eat, incredibly satisfying, and it goes great with coffee.
When you shop at Daily, what are your favorite things to buy?
My favorite things to buy at Daily are coconut oil, local cheese, bulk grade b maple syrup, local eggs, lemons, bulk oatmeal, local potatoes, fair trade locally roasted coffee, local breads, and local milk/cream/butter.
What do you like to listen to when working in the Deli?
I’m a fiend for old garage punk and our little stereo makes all that treble sound great, so I’ve been listening to Pandora stations based on the Troggs, the Seeds, the Zipps, the Count V, Shadows of Knight, ? and the Mysterians, the Velvet Illusions, the Moving Sidewalks, as well as even older rock and roll, doo wop and rhythm and blues artists such as Gene Vincent, the Gladiolas, and Bo Diddley. I’ve also been known to zone out to some 70s Ethiopian soul music (Mahmoud Ahmed), new saharan psychedelic guitar music (Group Doueh), 60s thai pop (Johnny Guitar), and early industrial techno (Chris & Cosey, Carl Craig).