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Nine Questions

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After attending college in Flagstaff and teaching in California, Michael Santander is back home in the Old Pueblo--and loving every minute of it. He manages local music store Beaver's Band Box, is co-owner of A Faceless Name Productions, teaches private cello lessons and serves as resident sound tech at O'Malley's on Fourth Avenue.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

U2 at America West Arena in 2000 (in Phoenix) was the first real rock concert.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

In the car: Moby, Play. On the ol' iPod: Kate Nash, Made of Bricks; Doubletop, Firewater; and Steve Wynn, Static Transmission.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Well more than 500 CDs, about 200 vinyl, plus a few more I stole from an old roommate, and another 20 gigs or so in iTunes downloads. Do cassettes and 8-tracks still exist? Really? Why?

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

Legally. It took the artist time and effort, so I should pay for it. I'd like to be a record-sale statistic.

What was the first album you owned?

Newsboys, Going Public. I got it for Easter Sunday from my parents. Awesome.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Ralph Vaughn Williams, "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis," played by a live three-part orchestra. It's quite possibly the most beautiful thing ever created. Seriously, go listen to it now, and close your eyes. Then call me. And we'll both cry, because it's so beautiful.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Unfortunately, all my friends know of, and make fun of, my intense love for mainstream, overproduced pop.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

U2. The Edge's delayed guitar made me want to be a better person.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Easy. The Refreshments, Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy.

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