Sounds of a booming city: Jody Glenham

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      She’s all the things you want in a singer-songwriter: sultry, smart, idiosyncratic, vulnerable, and possessing all the virtues of a classically trained musician. But on Focus Pull, Jody Glenham also rises above her natural habitat, with an innate cool that spares us from the oppressive tastefulness generally pimped in the music rack of a certain coffee empire.

      Best local release other than yours
      Nice, Nice, Very Nice by Dan Mangan. He works super-hard and he deserves every good thing that’s happening to him. He’s well-rounded as a songwriter—he writes funny, he writes intense, he writes emotional, he’s just really good.”

      Most mind-blowing concert of the year
      “Sleepy Sun at the Biltmore [April 10]. Everything was spot-on. I even had my ex-boyfriend break up with me after that show, and I still bought a CD on the way out.”

       We just found Bruce Allen’s platinum card. Where are we eating?
      “I would rent a limo and drive my band out to Ah-Beetz [3–2664 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford], which is this amazing New York–style pizza place in Abbotsford, and it’s honestly the best pizza I ever had. And I’m a huge pizza connoisseur. Nothing in Vancouver comes close.”

      With apologies to Katy Perry, who would you like to wake up in Vegas with?
      “Louise Burns from the Blue Violets. I’ve wanted to be her friend since my Winnipeg days, and I had the pleasure of having her play bass on my album. And I’ve woken up in Austin with her, so why not Vegas?”

      We’re going to a desert island. What record are you bringing?
      Waiting for the Sun by the Doors. It’s a little mellower than some of their other things, and I’ve always been a big fan. I don’t think a lot of bands had a lead guitarist and a lead keyboardist communicate the way that they do. I’d also bring some peyote and a straw hat.”

      The city has given you a blank cheque. Where are we opening a live-music venue?
      “The Bayside Lounge [1755 Davie Street]. I’ve always thought it would make a great venue. It’s got location, it’s got the view, and someone once told me that back in the day they used to have phones under all the booths, so I would totally restore all those little phones so that you could call booth to booth.”