What was the first concert you ever saw?
Some big show at Skrappy's. The names of all the bands escape me now, but it was badass to my 12-year-old self.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Top five on my busted-ass iPod are: Gogol Bordello, DragonForce, Aphex Twin, Wheatus and this weird t.A.T.u-Rammstein mash-up I'm oddly fond of.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Probably around 200 CDs or so, and 100 cassettes, a grand total of 2 percent of which aren't mixes.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Constantly. Fight the system, man.
What was the first album you owned?
Probably Michael Jackson, Thriller. Or possibly a different album, but definitely Michael Jackson.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Innocent When You Dream," Tom Waits.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I recently discovered that apparently, I really dig Katy Perry. Say what you will; those songs are damn catchy.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Dead Kennedys, Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death. I bought it because a cute girl in eighth-grade wore a DKs shirt to school. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of music beyond Korn and Marilyn Manson.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Hardly an album, I guess, but this Ministry of Sound compilation I have is about four hours of pure-liquid awesome.