Nine Questions

Deb Dozier is a self-proclaimed "math brat" and cultural dissident who divides her time between Tucson and Chicago, where she's a nanny. When in Tucson, she amuses herself by grappling with the adolescent argot of Tucson Unified School District middle-schoolers, playing her Danelectro 59 DC Pro guitar and puzzling out obscure Ukrainian permutations of what in the West is referred to as "calculus." She has a cat and a hefty crush on Erland Josephson.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Kiss. It was the Dynasty tour, and I was 9. I remember thinking that the opening band was Kiss without their makeup, and that something was horribly wrong in the world.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Belle and Sebastian, Tigermilk; Sufjan Stevens, The Avalanche; Kristin Hersh, Sunny Border Blue; The Good, the Bad and the Queen, self-titled; Radiohead, OK Computer.

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

Hmm ... somewhere between 500 and 600, all CDs and MP3s.

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

Very rarely and always legally ... so far.

What was the first album you owned?

Barry Manilow, Live. It was a double LP with Barry chatting up the audience every few tracks. It must have driven my parents crazy that I listened to it all the time.

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

Beck, "We Live Again," or The Beatles, "I'm Only Sleeping."

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

It's not really a "guilty" pleasure, but I don't think anyone knows how much I love Julie Andrews.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses. Her talent as a singer/songwriter never ceases to floor me.

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

Throwing Muses, Limbo.