Here are some questions a friend of mine typed up today. Please answer in comments so I know whether anybody is even reading all this crap. Thanks in advance for your forbearance.
1) What song or album did you have to listen to multiple times before deciding whether you liked or disliked it?
2) Inaugural entry into the Academy of the Overrated
3) Favorite sly or not-so-sly reference to another song within a song
4) Favorite Stax/Volt song
5) Your favorite music video
6) Nas or Jay-Z?
7) Song or album that, despite being from a genre you don't typically follow, led you to appreciate that genre's possibilities
8) Favorite Rolling Stones song
9) The Clash or the Ramones?
10) What song can make a shitty day seem less shitty?
11) Conversely, what song can make you wish you were deaf, at least temporarily, whenever it comes on the radio/TV/grocery store PA?
12) Favorite James Brown song
13) Beck or Bjork?
14) What is the most inventive usage of a sample you've ever heard?
15) Robert Christgau once wrote that "All good rock and roll risks fascism simply by generating mass energy, and much of it flirts with sexism simply by exploring the music's traditional subject matter. Sometimes the risks are worth it, sometimes they aren't." What are your favorite examples of the former and the latter?
16) Favorite Miles Davis song
17) Favorite song about comic book characters
18) Betty Davis or Millie Jackson?
19) Your favorite, or most despised, lyrical cliché
20) Guns 'n' Roses' 'Appetite for Destruction' -- yes or no?
21) Favorite Wu-Tang verse
22) Inaugural entry into the Academy of the Underrated
23) Your favorite rock song to not use guitar (or favorite jazz song to not use piano, or favorite rap song to not use samples/scratching)
24) MF DOOM or Madlib?
25) Your favorite live album
26) What alternate take/demo version/remix do you like more than the original version?
27) Favorite song on which Duane Allman plays guitar
28) Portishead or Massive Attack?
29) Your favorite Captain Beefheart song title
30) As a music fan, what do you want from a music critic, or from music criticism? And where do you see music criticism in general headed?