What was the first concert you ever saw?
I'm pretty sure it was Donny and Marie Osmond, in Kansas City, in the late '70s. I was probably 3 or 4. I think it was outdoors, and I just remember there were a lot of people there.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
A Smog compilation that someone made for me; Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter (I'm not sure of the title, but it's got a black cover); Dirty Three, Ocean Songs; Daniel Johnston; Discovered Covered: The Late Great Daniel Johnston (the second disc, with all of his original versions); fIREHOSE, Flyin' the Flannel.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
About 100 CDs, 30 tapes and 15 records.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
No. I have, but I don't have a computer right now.
What was the first album you owned?
It was a sing-along record with Bob from Sesame Street.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Sleepwalk" by Santo and Johnny. Every time I hear that song, I think about dying.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Death metal. Or is it black metal?
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
So many that I don't know where to start. Talking Heads changed my life as a kid. My stepdad used to play them all the time, and they kind of embody being free and having fun to me.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The first one that comes to mind is Bone Machine by Tom Waits (or any Tom Waits, for that matter), but that's just one of many. Double Nickels on the Dime by the Minutemen is right up there, too.