What was the first concert you ever saw?
Big one? Rush with Golden Earring at the Tucson Convention Center, in 1983. My first punk show was Circle Jerks, Boneless Ones and The Johnnies (Tucson) at Nino's in 1984. A moment of silence for Nino's, please ...
What CDs are in your changer right now?
You mean on my coffee table? King Changó, The Return of El Santo; MC5, The Big Bang!; Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain; Baz Luhrmann, Something for Everybody; an Old 97's compilation; Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, We've Got a Live One Here!
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
About 1,000 assorted CDs, 500 LPs, about 100 45s and handful of 10-inch records. About 150 MiniDiscs. (Curses! Caught between formats again!) And boxes and boxes of cassettes!
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
What was the first album you owned?
K-Tel's Star Power, featuring Alan O'Day, David Soul, Little River Band, KISS and Meco's "Star Wars Title Theme"! So many hits, so little time ...
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Laurie Anderson's "Gravity's Angel," at ear-shattering volume.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I name my guilty pleasures loudly each and every week on KLPX. Leading the pack: Supertramp and ELO, of course!
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Joy Division kept me passing open windows at the worst moments. Which is not such a big deal in low-rise Tucson, but y'know ...
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, We're Only in It for the Money. On vinyl, of course!