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Bob Mould is a rock legend. The driving force behind the acclaimed bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar, he currently makes albums under his own name and with Blowoff, his collaboration with electronic musician Richard Morel. (The two also perform at a monthly dance party at the 9:30 Club.) A D.C. resident for the past five years, Mould blogs regularly at modulate.blogspot.com about his personal life, the business of being a musician, and the District. Starting this week he’ll field questions from City Paper readers. First up: What D.C.-related question is he asked most often?
Being a nomadic type, I have had several “home bases” since leaving my parents’ home in northern New York. Minneapolis, New York City, Austin, back to NYC, and now D.C. People invariably ask: Why D.C.? Perhaps D.C. conjures visions of lingering urban decay, mayoral indiscretions, and faceless government drones trundling through the low-slung granite grayscapes. In my five years in the District, I have seen many changes, most for the greater good. But to answer: I really don’t know. It feels like home, I guess. Maybe, as the weeks go by, this column (and your questions) will help me figure out the proper answer. In the meantime, ask me about music, cooking, travel, politics, religion, neighborhoods, sociology. I’ll try to keep it entertaining.—Bob Mould