Mike Leech
by Mike_Leech; 02.16.04

Name: Mi˘hael David Lee˘h III

Age: 21

Hometown: Mankato, Minnesota

Occupation: Engineer at a local TV station.

College: I’m in my third year at Minnesota State University - Mankato, and I think I might major in Mass Communications.  That way when I graduate I won't get a job.

Interests Outside of Music/Decapolis:
- I watch a good deal of movies.
- I take a good deal of artsy photos.
- I make cheesy techno music in Fruity Loops sometimes. 
- I play keyboard in a band called The Original Bad Boys of Asian Cinema.
- I watch kung fu movies and smoke cigars every Monday and Wednesday night alongside fellow members of the Regal Social Club.
(http://www.regalsocialclub.org)
- I write and illustrate an online comic strip entitled "Oh, Bolo" under the pseudonym Couglar Hiphenross. 
(http://www.geocities.com/oh_bolo)

Stuff I Currently Dig (remind me to update this):
Music - David Bowie, David Bowie, DAVID BOWIE, "On the Beach" by Neil Young, "Wordy Rappinghood" by Tom Tom Club, Starflyer's Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice album (especially "A Contest Completed" and "A Good Living"), "Across the Border" by ELO, "Occapella" by Van Dyke Parks, "Mr. Brewer (Cackle, Cackle)" and "I Could Give the World Away" by Summer Hymns, "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison, The Innocence Mission's Now the Day is Over album, anything and all things Prince (but particularly "Take Me With You", "Controversy" and "Let's Work").
Movies - The Yes MenPee Wee's Big Adventure, Bolo (starring Bolo), Batman Begins, Sin City, The Real Cancun, Bolo, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, Tender Mercies, The Aviator, House of Wax, Bolo, Bolo.
Misc. - My old lady (she's pretty), going to New York with some friends last month (we got to see Letterman, Regis & Kelly and Conan--and my friend, Matt, got picked to co-pilot Conan's desk!), doing pretty much anything while listening to "Head" by Prince, summer, dance parties, Jon Lovitz, the fact that I've now seen (in person) John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christian Slater, Kenan Thompson, J.C. from N*Sync, Tina Fey, Ben Stiller, Sufjan Stevens (he was at a Headphones show in Brooklyn), Bow Wow, Ray Romano, Jimmy Kimmel, Ted Danson, Mudvayne and Jeff Probst.  Oh yeah, plus Phil Moody and I somehow snuck into the Survivor Finale unnoticed.  Amazing.

Here are a bunch of top five lists I've made.  Why not make some of your own?  You'll be glad you did...

Favorite Bands:
1. The Beatles
2. Pedro the Lion
3. Starflyer 59
4. The Danielson Famile
5. Radiohead
Honorable Mention:
The Promise Ring
Broken Social Scene
Roadside Monument
Weezer
Built to Spill
The Flaming Lips
T. Rex

Favorite Solo Artists:
1. Damien Jurado
2. Elliott Smith
3. Prince
4. Neil Young
5. Sufjan Stevens
Honorable Mention:
Chan Marshall (of Cat Power)
David Bowie
Johnny Cash
Rich Mullins
Michael Johnson
John Ringhofer (of Half-Handed Cloud)
Nick Drake
Jeremy Enigk

Favorite Albums:
1. It’s Hard to Find a Friend - Pedro the Lion
2. The White Album - The Beatles
3. You Forgot it in People - Broken Social Scene
4. The Blue Album - Weezer
5. Return of the Frog Queen - Jeremy Enigk
Honorable Mention:
Either Or - Elliott Smith
OK Computer - Radiohead
Nothing Feels Good - The Promise Ring
Keep it Like a Secret - Built to Spill
We Haven't Just Been Told, We've Been Loved - Half-Handed Cloud
The Fashion Focus - Starflyer 59
I am the Day of Current Taste - Roadside Monument
Fetch the Compass Kids - The Danielson Famile
Seven Swans - Sufjan Stevens

Favorite Songs:
1. "Amazing Grace"
2. "Let Down" by Radiohead
3. "Tonight I Will Retire" by Damien Jurado
4. "No New Kinda Story" by Starflyer 59
5. "Do You Realize??" by the Flaming Lips
Honorable Mention:
"In the Devil's Territory" by Sufjan Stevens
"A Day in the Life" by the Beatles
"1999" by Prince
"Relative Ways" by ...Trail of Dead
"Carry the Zero" by Built to Spill
"1979" by Smashing Pumpkins
"Satellite" by Elliott Smith
"Hard to Get" by Rich Mullins
"Cause=Time" by Broken Social Scene
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones
"Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan
"The Glory" by Michael Johnson
"Loomer" by My Bloody Valentine

Favorite Movies:
1. The Shawshank Redemption (pretty original, huh)
2. Buffalo 66
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Rushmore
5. Taxi Driver
Honorable Mention:
Punch Drunk Love
2001: A Space Odyssey
Magnolia
The Graduate
Castaway
Fight Club
Bushwhacked

Favorite Actors:
1. Bill Murray
2. Tom Hanks
3. John Goodman
4. Paul Newman
5. Michael Keaton
Honorable Mention:
Robert De Niro
Tim Robbins
John C. Reilly
Christopher Walken
Bruce Willis
Al Pacino
Jack Nicholson
Brad Pitt

LEAST Favorite Actresses:
1. Kim Cattrall
2. Madonna
3. Demi Moore
4. Sharon Stone
5. Winona Ryder
Dishonorable Mention:
Sandra Bullock
Drew Barrymore
Julia Roberts
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Anne Heche
Sarah Jessica Parker

Favorite Directors:
1. Stanley Kubrick
2. Quentin Tarantino
3. Wes Anderson
4. Joel Coen
5. Paul Thomas Anderson
Honorable Mention:
David Fincher
Steven Spielberg
Martin Scorsese
Michel Gondry
Sam Mendes
Spike Jonze
Terry Gilliam

Favorite Books (aside from the obvious):
1. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
2. Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
3. Son of a Preacher Man by Jay Bakker
4. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
5. The Final Quest by Rick Joyner
Honorable Mention:
Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegutt
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brenton Manning
Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (oh wait, that’s the worst book I’ve ever read)

Here’s a sweet picture I found of my family. I’m the kid on the right that looks like he could use a punch in the face.



And here's a slightly more recent picture of me standing next to Bob Saget.  No big deal.

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Favorite E-mail Address:
mykleech@hotmail.com


              
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