Stephen "Psyko Steve" Chilton, What Are You Listening To?

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Stephen Chilton

Stephen "Psyko Steve" Chilton

The Valley-based music promoter has more than 20 events he's producing, which may be found at

When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? When I am in the car, I mostly listen to NPR. It is the one time I really get to hear the news.

What's the last song played on your iPod? "Good Bye Sky Harbor," by Jimmy Eat World. For some reason, I still always listen to Clarity when on a plane, and flying back from South by Southwest was the last time I used my iPod. 

What's the first record you bought? I want to say it was The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, but it might not have been that cool.

What's the first concert you saw? First "concert" was Bob Dylan and Paul Simon at Desert Sky (Pavilion, now Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion). The first "show" was Hot Rod Circuit and Jejune in the Nile Basement (now the Underground).

What's your favorite concert you've ever been to? Wow, you want me to pick one? Possibly Flaming Lips at South by Southwest in '06, Leonard Cohen at Dodge Theatre (now Comerica Theatre), Calexico at Heritage Square, or Jimmy Eat World at the Green Room in '99.

Preferred format: CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-Track or digital? Well, to buy and listen to, vinyl, but what I listen to most of the time, digital. I for one can't wait for digital quality to catch up and everything to just be on my phone.

What's your favorite CD? Clarity, Jimmy Eat World; Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco; or Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, The Flaming Lips.

Who is your favorite singer or band? There is just no way to limit it to a single act or two.

Does you computer track how many times you've played something -- if so, what's at the top of the list? I just got a new computer, so 6 years of that data is gone. Now it is Lucero, "That Much Further West."

What was your favorite new or new-to-you album from 2010? 1) Local Natives, Gorilla Manor; 2) Fang Island, Fang Island [Sargent House]; 3) Arcade Fire, The Suburbs [Merge]; 4) Titus Andronicus -- The Monitor [XLs].

What one song would you play if you had a world-wide radio audience? Easy -- "The 59 Sound," by The Gaslight Anthem. The song is beutiful and should have been a huge hit -- truly a classic.

 Who is your favorite local artist? Calexico, but they are too international to really call "local." I back KINCH 110 percent -- great music and great peeps.

What is your favorite local venue to see music? I should be more political, but Rhythm Room. It's small and sounds great.

What is your favorite music video? I will go with "Thrash Unreal" by Against Me! for the simple reason that it is the only video ever played on MTV that I am in.

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Jon Lowis
Jon Lowis

JEW at the Green Room '99!  And also opening for the Promise Ring at Boston's circa '97??


I was at that damned Jejune / Hot Rod Circuit show.... but don't forget October's First Hero!


that's bullshit.. the last time i was in psykosteve's car* he was listening to old school hip hop on the radio. dude's hardcore.

*i've never been in psykosteve's car

Stephen Chilton
Stephen Chilton

I saw them with Promis Ring at Bostons in '99, but they could have played there many times. 

Stephen Chilton
Stephen Chilton

That is actually who I went to see at that show. They were great. 

Stephen Chilton
Stephen Chilton

It is almost a little odd that I have known you so long and you have never been in my car. 


I too, have never been ion your car. Hmmmmm interesting.

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