What was the first concert you ever saw?
Blue Oyster Cult, in a roller-rink in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1983. I'm sure it was a very Spinal Tap moment for them.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Local: New albums by The Solace Brothers, Campo Bravo and Calexico. National: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Franz Ferdinand and The Soul of John Black.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000, almost exclusively CDs.
Do you download music, and if so, legally?
Only material that the artists make available on their Web sites.
What was the first album you owned?
Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Rainer's gorgeous cover of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away."
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I have a massive amount of '80s "hair rock" that I just can't bring myself to purge from my collection.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Willie Nelson planted the seeds for my love of music at a really young age.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The aforementioned Songs in the Key of Life has really stood the test of time.