Originally from Southern California, Julio Pena has called Tucson home for six years. Host of "Hex Enduction Hours" on 91.3 FM KXCI, Best of Tucson® staff pick in 2012 and three hours of the best punk, post-punk, and noise-rock from the US/UK and beyond, every Thursday night/Friday a.m. from midnight to 3 a.m. Pena is also a Quizmaster for Geeks Who Drink at Trident Bar and Grill, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and other venues on occasion. He's also pursuing a marketing degree at the Eller School of Business.
What was the first concert you attended?
2004's All Tomorrow's Parties at the Long Beach Queen Mary. Got to see the Cramps put on an awesome set before the passing of vocalist Lux Interior.
What are you listening to these days?
My War by Black Flag, Powerslave by Iron Maiden, Kill from the Heart by the Dicks, OutRun by Kavinsky, and Random Access Memories by Daft Punk (like everybody else).
What was the first album you owned?
A pirated tape of the Spice Girls' debut album. I was 12 and vacationing in Mexico when it was released; I needed my English language fix!
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get? Ska. I have nothing against it in particular, I just ... don't ... get it.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
The Minutemen, easily. D. Boon's fire was extinguished too early by the Arizona desert.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure? I feel no shame in divulging that I love Justin Timberlake's solo records. You can tell he's been listening to a lot of Shuggie Otis lately.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
The entirety of the Velvet Underground's 1969 self-titled release. From "What Goes On" to "Jesus" and finally "After Hours," that album captures a wide-array of emotions perfect for a memorial.
What band or artist changed your life, and how? Fugazi. Discovered the band senior year of high school and served as my introduction to punk.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Fun House by the Stooges. Best American rock.