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On June 9, the local funk-rap-rock band Mankind performed at Club Congress, a set that saw the band's bassist, Harold Garland--who works at Hotel Congress and is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet--donning a Speedo during the group's set. Unfortunately, some jackass stole Harold's bass, so this week, at 9 p.m., on Friday, June 23, a benefit to replace it will be held at the scene of the crime, featuring not only Mankind, but also Chango Malo, The Jons, Great American Tragedy and DJ Buttafly. Cover is a $5 donation.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Mudhoney with Olivelawn and the Supersuckers. It was at this club called Iguana's in Tijuana. Dez Cadena from Black Flag was there. He got on stage with Mudhoney, and they did "Fix Me" and "Nervous Breakdown."

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Here's what's currently on shuffle in my mp3 player: Descendents, Somery; Hidden Chambers (An eight-CD collection of the Wu-Tang Clan); Gil Scott-Heron, because at the rate things are going, the revolution just might be televised; Peaches, The Teaches of Peaches; Herbie Hancock, Headhunters; various Misfits and Al Green.

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

About 350 pieces of vinyl, 50 CDs, 30 cassettes and 40 gigs of mp3s.

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

Yes and yes.

What was the first album you owned?

It was a Ronco compilation of zany hits like "Monster Mash" and "Purple People Eater." I saw the ad on TV and had to have it. I was in first grade at the time, so it took me like a month to come up with the $5 C.O.D.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

"Long as I Can See the Light" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Yeah, that, or the "Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" from Star Wars.

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

I can really get into some Journey. Also, Aqua's "Barbie Girl" always makes me smile. When it comes to cheesy pop, the more saccharine, the better.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

I was on the path to metaldom when I discovered Suicidal Tendencies. From there, I discovered punk rock.

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

It's a toss-up between Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I and Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys.

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