Nine Questions

Drew Record

Native Tucsonan Drew Record is the general manager of the Playground Bar & Lounge and an avid lover and promoter of downtown.

Stephanie Casanova,

What was the first concert you attended?

Goldfinger. And it was at the beautifully old decrepit Rialto of the '90s, not the pretty new one of today.

What are you listening to these days?

It is spring so I'm transitioning from the Leonard Cohen, Cat Power and the xx to more spring-sounding music like the Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear and Twin Shadow. I also always have a playlist going of artists that are coming to perform in Tucson, so I've been listening a lot to Phoenix and Parov Stelar.

What was the first album you owned?

It was through the Columbia Records club and you got 12 for the price of one in the mail. The three that I remember are the Forrest Gump soundtrack, Weezer's Blue Album and The Sound of Music. So, a pretty diverse lineup.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love but you just don't get?

Mainstream country is completely beyond me.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I'm not really ashamed of anything I listen to. Great pop music can be very enticing—Justin Timberlake and Hall & Oates.

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

Something wacky I suppose; something out of the ordinary. Something like the Decemberists' "Mariners Revenge Song." It has everything you need for a well-looking wake—ghosts, privateers, whales.

What band or artist changed your life and how?

I think they all play different parts in your life. I think there's a perfect album for every moment. The Beatles, Belle and Sebastian, Bowie, Burt Bacharach and the Black Keys—and that's just the B's. They've all had a huge impact. It's why I never stop seeking out new music. I think you discover just as much about yourself with each new record.

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

Paul Simon, Graceland.

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