Nine Questions

Michael Carson is the City Hall public information coordinator. He loves his job and enjoys making myriad music mixes for family, friends, co-workers and sometimes complete strangers. His vinyl collection swelled thanks to friends who converted early to CDs. His first CD was Live in Rio by Jorge Ben Jor, and that opened the floodgates.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Three Dog Night, the second concert held at the then-Tucson Community Center.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver; Café Tacuba, Sino; Easy Star All-Stars, Dub Side of the Moon; Albert Kuvezin and Yat-Kha, Re-Covers.

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

2,500-plus. No 8-tracks, but a few hundred 45s and 78s.

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

No. I have four turntables, but no Internet.

What was the first album you owned?

Bayou Country by Creedence Clearwater Revival. I still have it.

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

"The Other Shore" by the Austin Lounge Lizards, followed by "Moon River" by Henry Mancini.

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

I collect soundtracks from old science-fiction and horror movies, the B-kind. It's wonderful stuff.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

David Byrne, especially post-Talking Heads. His Luaka Bop label really opened my eyes to music from regions all over our world.

Figurative gun to your head, what

is your favorite album of all time?

Sandinista! by the Clash. Top to bottom.

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