Andrew Gardner has been a fixture of the Tucson music scene for 10 years as a promoter, and roughly 15 years as a performer. He is currently a promoter at Solar Culture Gallery and an employee at Toxic Ranch Records. His band, La Cerca, is currently at work on a new album and will be touring the West Coast in March.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
The Commodores, Marion, Ohio, 1984. I was in the front row!
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Silkworm, Italian Platinum; Tortoise, Standards; The Spits, 18 Million A.C. ; GoBetweens, 16 Lovers Lane (reissue); and Wire, Chairs Missing.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I'm not sure, since my collection is not all in one place. Possibly 1,000 CDs, maybe 600 LPs, about 300 cassettes and 150 7-inch singles, but there could be lots more.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Downloading music is a fantastic way to discover new and obscure music. I haven't discovered anything from the radio in a long time. Downloading tunes and having them on your computer is like an updated version of the radio. If I really like the music, I will go out and purchase it (if I can find it). However, it is important to support musicians and make them wealthy so they can make more beautiful music.
What was the first album you owned?
David Bowie, Let's Dance.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
"Afro Blue," John Coltrane.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I have no guilt! I love pop music!
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Jane's Addiction, Nothing's Shocking. My ears, my body, my mind would never be the same.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Blonde on Blonde, by Bob Dylan.