Ned Krantz, 34, is the co-owner of the downtown modern-vintage store Social Science Junk Shop. He also works as a certified technician for Apple. He has a background in technical theater, and formerly taught at the Los Angeles Recording School. He relocated to Tucson in the early '90s.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
My parents took me to see The Jacksons' Victory Tour in 1984 ... back when Michael wore the glove.
What are you listening to these days?
Portugal. The Man, Foals, Wolf Parade, Broken Social Scene, Why?, TV on the Radio, and Yeasayer.
What was the first album you owned?
INXS, Kick. That was the first album I ever bought myself.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem tolove, but you just don't get?
Most current Top 40 music.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I would have loved to see Brainiac in the mid-'90s. All that's left are some low-quality videos on YouTube.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Early-'90s gangsta rap. I listened to it then, and I occasionally get the urge to listen to it now.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Portugal. The Man's "And I."
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
LCD Soundsystem. Seeing them perform "All My Friends" at last year's Sasquatch! (Music) Festival was a transcendent experience. The entire crowd of 15,000 was all dancing in unison during the song, and I really felt connected to the music and everyone there. It was a powerful music experience.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
That's a hard one ... I have two. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs. I know it's only been out a year, but from the moment I first listened to it, I had an instant and deep connection to the album. Radiohead, Hail to the Thief. Amazing album. It's Radiohead doing what they do best. I could listen to it anytime.