First record I ever bought: Beatles "Rubber Soul" in mono. Stereo cost a $1 more. 1966, Gemco, San Jose.
First gig: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and a bunch of other bands I've forgotten. Outdoor festival May 18, 1968 San Jose Fairgrounds. I vividly remember that some guy had rolled out a large oriental rug and sat in the middle of it on a pillow smoking a hookah.
Best gig: I've been to so many shows ... Best Techno: Jeff Mills @ the Zephyr Paris after the techno parade, runner up: Planet E Party Movement 2002 w/Herbert, Shake, Carl Craig, Mike Clark. Best Rock Show: 3 Way tie: Swervedriver in Iowa City, Bailter Space in Iowa City, Stereolab in Iowa City. Best Classical: Gregor Piatagorsky shortly before his death, with the Utah Symphony at the Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake City.
Best Dinosaurs of Rawk: Fleetwood Mac at a SLC Roller Rink, 1976. Before they became coke-addled cliches they were a monstrously great live band.
Gig I wish I’d been at: Jimi Hendrix San Jose State. I wanted to go to this so much, and for years I used to claim I'd gone. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
CD in my player at the moment: Interpol "Turn On the Bright Lights"
A record that makes me laugh: "I Think We're All Bozos On This Bus" Firesign Theatre. "...Hey man! You broke the President!"
A record that makes me cry: Marian Anderson "Hear de Lam's A-Cryin'"
A record that reminds me of school discos: Herbie Hancock "Watermelon Man" Earth Wind and Fire "Shining Star" Average White Band "Pick Up the Pieces" I may be old, fat and greying but back in the day we was funky as fuck.
A record that sounds better in the dark: My Bloody Valentine "Loveless"
A song I wish I had written: Beatles "In My Life"
A record I’d like played at my funeral: Brian Eno "Spider & I" (marmoset said Eno's "An Ending (Ascent)")
Soundtrack for a long car journey: A novel on CD.