What was the first concert you ever saw?
As a kid, I was really good at winning concert tickets over the phone, because I was faster than the redial. ... I can't remember if my first was Rick Springfield or Hall and Oates.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
St. Vincent, Marry Me; Golden Boots, Burning Brain; The Avett Brothers, Emotionalism; Darren Hanlon, Fingertips and Mountaintops; Dr. Dog, We All Belong; The Streets, A Grand Don't Come for Free.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I just recently joined the 21st century and began transferring my music to the iPod. Thank g-d for the digital format; I'm really hard on CDs! I'd say I have about 200 CDs (mostly scratched), 100 LPs, a handful of cassettes and about 8-10G of MP3s.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I'm lucky to have friends and co-workers who are savvy about this sort of thing. I freely accept music from them, pirated or not, but as a general rule, I don't download it myself.
What was the first album you owned?
Disney's Robin Hood, narrated by Roger Miller.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
If I were to die now, I'd have to say something like The Pogues' "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" or "Sally MacLennane." At an older age, I suppose some nice, quiet bagpipes would be fine.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Most recently, Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls." I think that it is one of the most perfect mainstream pop songs I've heard in ages.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
If pressed, I'd have to say R.E.M. Their first four or five records had a huge influence on the way that I listened to music as a young adult.