Nine Questions

Jamie Manser is the marketing assistant for the Tucson Downtown Alliance, as well as the listings coordinator, a photographer and music writer for the Downtown Tucsonan--a monthly magazine published by the Alliance. You can check out an archive of her band photos online at

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Dottie West, 1983, when I was 7 years old, living in the Philippines. For arena concerts, Huey Lewis and the News, Florida, 1986.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

In current heavy rotation: Soul Coughing's Ruby Vroom; Beck's Midnight Vultures; The Replacements' All for Nothing, Nothing for All; Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks' Pig Lib; The Rolling Stones' Some Girls.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

A couple hundred.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

Legally, but I do have burned CDs comprised of illegal downloads. (Thanks, Mean Uncle Leroy!)

What was the first album you owned?

The Muppet Movie soundtrack.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"End of the Line," Traveling Wilburys.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

My friends know my penchant for '80s pop, but I do get laughed at for digging George Michael's Faith, Michael Jackson's Thriller and any '80s Madonna.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

The Beatles. I loved their early pop as a young kid and got into their psychedelic stuff as a teenager. John Lennon was definitely integral to raising my social consciousness.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Grrrrrrr! Depends on my mood, and since it swings like a pendulum, it can be anything from Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath or Black Crowes' The Southern Musical and Harmony Companion, to Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo or The Clash's London Calling.