My Favorite Things: Taylor Momsen

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Taylor Momsen
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This week: Taylor Momsen, the 17-year-old Gossip Girl star-turned-rocker with her band the Pretty Reckless. Their debut album,Light Me Up, is out now.

FAVORITE ALBUM:
"Abbey Road by the Beatles. It's hard to pick a favorite Beatles record. A lot of people say Rubber Soul or Revolver. But Abbey Road has this finality to it. Plus, it has 'Come Together.'"

FAVORITE NEW ARTIST:
"Soundgarden. Wait... does that count? I think they count because they're making a new record. It's been 15 years so it might as well be a new band. Chris Cornell has some pretty big shoes to fill: his own. I wouldn't want to write a follow up to Down On The Upside."

FAVORITE TV SHOW:
"Law and Order SVU. There are so many episodes you can watch it during long drives on the road and never repeat one."

FAVORITE MOVIE:
"The Wizard of Oz. Classic. It's filmmaking at its finest."

FAVORITE ESSENTIAL ITEM FOR TOURING:
"There are lots of essentials. First, as much music as possible. There's nothing worse than repeating the same records over and over again on the road. And as much new music as possible. We always grab other bands CDs and play those."

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
"Joe's Pizza is my favorite slice in New York City to get after recording all night. They're still open at 4 A.M. -- a musician's dream!"

FAVORITE WAY TO PASS TIME ON THE ROAD:
"Doing interviews!And writing, though writing tends to be painful so I do my best to procrastinate."

FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING:
"Leather jacket. It's the one thing I never leave without."

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH:
"Jamaica. It was the last vacation I took with my family. It was beautiful and because of the local agriculture we had a really happy time!"

FAVORITE PLACE TO ESCAPE:
"Amsterdam. New Year's eve is INSANE there with fireworks exploding over the whole city all night."

FAVORITE MANTRA:
"'Ready, Fire, Aim.' You can spend your whole life planning. But once you're ready, get out there and start doing it."

FAVORITE PICK-UP LINE:
"I love your record."

FAVORITE LIE:
"I love your record."

WATCH: The Pretty Reckless, "Just Tonight"

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