What was the first concert you ever saw?
Agent Orange at San Jose State University when I was 14. I got kicked in the face by the bass player, who gave me a T-shirt in apology.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
I'm on a little British girlie/rap kick right now, so Lily Allen and Lady Sovereign are competing with Tupac and Biggie.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I used to work at Toxic Ranch for trade, so I can't even really estimate. Lots.
Do you download music and if so, legally or illegally?
I used to do Soulsearch (which is a gray area-ish file-sharing network), but I always forgot my password. ... I do buy a lot from iTunes--and CDs from Amazon--now.
What was the first album you owned?
... Bad Religion, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, and The Adolescents' first record, which were "loaned" to me by a boy in eighth grade. I ended up forcing him to take money from me so I wouldn't have to give them back.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
I'm not really planning on dying.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about?
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Singing along to Pat Benatar.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Minor Threat made me think twice about how much I let other people determine who I wanted to be. I don't like much of anything that Dischord Records released after '88 or so, but their business ethics 100 percent inspired my own: Do things yourself; work hard; treat people right; expect the best; and support your friends.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
American Youth Report, a compilation from the '80s. Amazing in every way, every song.