What was the first concert you ever saw?
I wish it was something really cool like KISS ... but no, it was the late John Denver at the height of his Muppet-related career.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Hmmm. I keep the iPod on shuffle, which spits out everything from '80s and '90s nostalgia to the latest Pitchfork hype.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I ripped all 400-plus of my CDs to my Mac a few years ago and then sold all of my discs at a yard sale (and on eBay). I think I made $900. My iTunes currently hosts 9,728 songs.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
It's way too easy to buy music online these days. Damn that iTunes!!!
What was the first album you owned?
Cheap Trick, Dream Police. I put a lemon scratch-and-sniff sticker on it.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Dear funeral planner: Please play "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell" by The Flaming Lips over and over.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I love singing along to anything involving George Michael.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
The Dead Milkmen's Big Lizard in My Backyard saved my life as a teenager living in a "tiny town." And then when I was introduced to Frank Zappa, my perspective of music changed completely. I ripped the Rush posters off my walls and bought every Zappa record or tape I could find. I even wrote to him when I was 17. (He replied!)
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Happy Mondays, Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches. No other album evokes such strong memories of being young, beautifully reckless and momentarily unconcerned with the world.