Boom Box: Alex Minard of Hey OK Fantastic

Alex Minard's off-the-wall pop/rock band, Hey OK Fantastic, incorporates elements from across the music map into their flamboyantly energetic and impulsive live performances. In fact, the group found a bulk of the inspiration for their new self-titled album in the kids songs that Minard was writing at the time.

Dog Fashion Disco

Adultery (Rotten Records, 2006)

On nicer days, I really like to listen to something that rocks pretty well. With these guys, you get great heavy music, as well as some of the quirkier sounds that I also enjoy. They remind me a lot of Faith No More, which is one of my favorite bands

Hudson K

Shine (Self-released, 2010)

This album happened to come to me as a gift one evening, and when I put it on I didn't want to stop listening to it. The music is very haunting, in the territory of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave's stuff, which I also love.

Henry Mancini

The Days of Wine and Roses (RCA, 1995)

This album, especially the second disc, makes me feel classy. Great gypsy jazz and movie scores from films from the '50s and '60s It's good cocktail-drinking music

Pearl Jam

Vs. (Epic, 1993)

These guys are my favorite band and anytime that I'm feeling blue, I put them on and they always cheer me up. This album is pretty aggressive as far as Pearl Jam goes, and it rocks just they way I need it to sometimes.

Zero 7

The Garden (Atlantic, 2006)

I listen to this almost every night as I go to bed. This album is great for all bedroom activities, as a matter of fact, but it's really relaxing.