What was the first concert you ever saw?
I went to a few concerts with my parents when I was a kid, but my first real concert experience wasn't until I was 15--Third Eye Blind at the Pima County Fairgrounds.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Ryan Adams, Gold; Cold War Kids, Robbers and Cowards; M. Ward, Transistor Radio; The Crowd (before the name change), Secret Serpents; Sage Francis, A Healthy Distrust; Iron and Wine/Calexico, In the Reins.
How many total albums do you own(CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Too many (CDs) to count. I lost all my cassettes except for one called Ruthie B. Sings Country, and it was given to me by Miss Ruthie B. herself. And my last roommate stole all my vinyl. He thinks I don't know, but I do.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
If I do, it's on my girlfriend's iTunes, and it's a song that probably isn't worth buying the album for. Like "Tubthumping."
What was the first album you owned?
Billy Joel's An Innocent Man; some random Beach Boys greatest-hits collection my parents bought for me ... and a Beatles love-song mix tape made by one of my mom's friend's boyfriends ... or something like that.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
William Shatner's "You'll Have Time."
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Probably Boyz II Men, II. That, and Chicago, Greatest Hits 1982-1989.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Ryan Adams. ... His music has this classic old-timey feel juxtaposed against modern-times poetry. There is something to be said for simply writing a great song.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Counting Crows, Recovering the Satellites.