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Friendly Lists: Tasha England

Favorite Songs of the Past Year:
–Bolton Wanderer – Planningtorock
–Paper Planes – M.I.A.
–Llorando – Rebekah Del Rio

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered:
–I was recently smitten by The Raveonettes. I saw them open for Blonde Redhead and actually enjoyed their performance the most.

Favorite Song Ever:
–Q. Lazarus’ “Goodbye Horses”. It’s not fair how much I love this song.

Best Recent Concert:
–M.I.A. was awesome. She even crowd surfed. Justin got to touch her butt.

Last Great Film I Saw:
–I saw No Country for Old Men for the second time. What a fabulous film.

Last Great Book I Read:
–The Catcher in the Rye. It was a long time coming.

First Album You Remember Buying:
–Lisa Loeb’s Stay.

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart:
–Where do I start… I guess I’ll settle on Arcade Fire.

Best Purchase of the Last Year:
–It’s a tie between 2008 Mets season tickets and a large dog carrier for Fats so I can take him on the subway.

Best Thing I Did This Year:
–Saw the Flaming Lips on New Year’s Eve.

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment:
–My friend Jess and I recently had a very long chat about traveling to foreign countries. I’m pretty low key these days.

Favorite TV Show at the Moment:
–America’s Best Dance Crew just ended this week. I fell for that show hard.

Favorite Video Game at the Moment:
–Guitar Hero/Rock Band. It depends on if I have others to play with.

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product:
–Glazed Donuts from the guy on the corner of 70th and 3rd.

My Ringtone:
–David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”

Friendly Lists: Angela Stout

This was supposed to be posted a long time ago.   

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment:  for the moment — one big holiday:my morning jacket (my ringtone since forever and so i kept it from aaron’s list) — ceremony:joy division (this song comes on and so much emotion is evoked i literally feel like i may split in two–everysingletime— scenic world:beirut (again, kept from aaron’s list because i love it so much-and it ties with after the curtain falls because something about that tune…) — tom sawyer:rush (i get all hyped like a h.davidson fan with waay too much testosterone and alcohol)

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered: fav’rit new bands – beirut (love first album best), erykah badu (not new herself but love that album), meiko… older recently discover’ds – talking heads (all over again) michael jackson (um…so you wanta be startin’ something; you gotta be startin’ something)

Favorite Song Ever: “yeah right”…diddo

Best Recent Concert: i was really into the band of horses show

Last Great Film I Saw: i have same trouble picking film like music. so i am just going to put the last one i watched, Michel Gondry’s Be Kind, Rewind. He is a twelve year old. and it works. Made me go home and want to remake Ghostbusters

Last Great Book I Read: on beauty

First Album You Remember Buying: i know the first single cassette was “waterfalls” by TLC (girl, you know that’s right) and first full album cassette was Live and first cd was Toadies.

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart: i dont hate–and i love the smiths/the cure

Best Purchase of the Last Year: Led Zeppelin tickets (i beat all of you suckers!)

Best Thing I Did This Year: working on that now ain’t i?

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment: was recently, mambo taxi anyone?

Favorite TV Show at the Moment: dont watch tv really

Favorite Video Game at the Moment: screw it

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product: peanut butter

My Ringtone: one big holiday: my morning jacket

bonus mp3:

  • Joy Division – Ceremony from Still (Collector’s Edition)

Friendly Lists: Sarah Fine

Here’s Sarah Fine’s list.  Make sure you watch the Girl Talk video.  Will Krause is in it.  Word.
Favorite Songs of the Past Year: Are we talking 2K8? Cause from 01.01.08 on, it’s been pretty nuts. For me. When things trickle down to me. List of hot shit that may or may not have been released in 2K8: When Saints Go Machine “You Should Be Someone Else (Moulinex Remix),” Estelle “American Boy (Scuola Furano Fireworks and Tears Rmx),” Bell X1 “Flame (Chicken Lips Remix),” PNAU “Embrace,” Grand National “By the Time (Mondkopf Remix),” Vitamins For You “Flesh Python (Stop Die Resuscitate Remix),” Ghosthustler “Only Me to Trust,” Feist “I Feel It All (Gonzales Remix)” 
Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered: I stopped looking back long ago. I also stopped looking peripherally. I also stopped following “bands.”
Favorite Song Ever: Feist “Intution.” It’s come to the point that I can no longer tell if the song reflects my life or I’m living my life to reflect the song. Also, it helps that I’m still not entirely sure what the lyrics are. “Piecemeal can break your home / in half”? I hope so. If Leslie Feist or Erlend Oye or whoever didn’t write that line, I call dibs.
Best Recent Concert: I saw Girl Talk in Tulsa last fall. It was really lame until I jumped up on stage with everyone and worked it.


Last Great Film I Saw: Definitely Maybe. HA! JOKES! No Country for Old Men. I really loved Atonement, too. Both were visually stunning. One super dry, one super wet. Get my drift?
Last Great Book I Read: John McPhee, Uncommon Carriers. I so marvelled at the ins and outs of transportation in the US that I brazenly pounced on a set of UPS drivers, stopped in a toll-road gas station in Kansas, to confirm everything I’d read. They confirmed it all. And were impressed that I knew so much. That or they were just pleased by my apparent alignment with them over FedEx.
First Album You Remember Buying: Probably Amy Grant, tape-style. I got Brandy’s self-titled album on CD for Christmas the year I got a CD player. The first album I bought, soon after, was Alanis Morrissette. If were a white man, I would not have been in this position. And if I were a woman [of any color] I would not have been in this position. I happen to be very lucky to be who I am.
Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart: The morally superior form of hatred is indifference, and I am irately, aggressively ambivalent toward everything I can’t dance to.
Best Purchase of the Last Year: This 1960s school marm dress I found on eBay. I am gonna be a hot prof.
Best Thing I Did This Year: Get accepted to grad school. Get all kinds of cash money to go to grad school. Buy school marm dress to wear in grad school.
Favorite Recent Drunk Moment: Barfed all over people on a plane, returning from a visit to grad school.
Favorite TV Show at the Moment: 30 Rock. 1) Tina Fey is my celebrity look-alike 2) She is a terrific writer. 3) One time someone called her a “cunt” and she made a 30 Rock episode about it happening to Liz Lemon. 3b) One time, someone wrote “cunt” in the snow on the back windshield of my car and I turned it around and made it a reason to love Tina Fey.
Favorite Video Game at the Moment: I haven’t bought a new game since Loco Rocos. And that was about the time I was blowing off my first attempt at applying to grad school. But damn. That game is FUNTIMES!
Most Commonly Eaten Food Product: Edy’s Strawberry Fruit Bars. Or, diet Dr. Pepper. Or, beer. Or, tabbouleh.
My Ringtone: Alan Braxe “Addicted”
Question You Didn’t Ask: Oliver Sachs, the Jezebel editors, William Saletan, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Carles from Hipster Runoff.

Friendly Lists: S.

Favorite Songs of the Past Year:
“Magic” by Bruce Springsteen
“Sentence of Sorts, in Konsvinger” by Of Montreal

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment:
“One Love” by Bob Marley – I’ve been really tense lately, but I can’t listen to this song and not dance.
“A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered:
I sort of rediscovered “Arcade Fire” this year, and fell in love with them in a whole new way. I liked them the first time around, but suddenly last spring they were the right band at the right time. They weren’t one of my favorite bands until this year, so does that count?

Favorite Song Ever:
This is always difficult for me, but I think I have to go with “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” by Bob Dylan. It’s poetry, and it never gets old.

Best Recent Concert:
The Flaming Lips on NYE was brilliant. I’m going to see Jens Lekman soon though, and I’m pretty excited about that.

Last Great Film I Saw:
I think the best film I saw this year was “There Will Be Blood.” The last great film I saw was probably “The Band’s Visit” which was simple and funny and sad and beautiful.

Last Great Book I Read:
I recently reread “Shoeless Joe” and I remembered why it is one of my favorites.

First Album You Remember Buying:
I don’t. I’m sure it was some lame Christian band. I was one of those kids. The first album that mattered was “The Joshua Tree”; it changed how I felt about music, which is why U2 will always hold a special place in my heart.

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart:
This varies between friends. Some of my friends listen to “innovative” stuff that honestly just sounds like noise to me. I’m sure it’s all very hip and genius, but I’d rather listen to my Patsy Cline vinyl any day of the week.

Best Purchase of the Last Year:
My turntable, without a doubt. It makes me happy.

Best Thing I Did This Year:
I moved to Dallas. I love my new city.

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment:
Can it be someone else’s drunk moment? Because watching my friend Josh pounding the table and trying to sing “Whiskey in the Jar” was one of the best things I’ve seen in awhile.

Favorite TV Show at the Moment:
I am addicted to “LOST.” It’s really the only thing I keep up with. Also, I watch a lot of “Arrested Development” on dvd.

Favorite Video Game at the Moment:
Does The Sims count? Because I love The Sims.

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product:
Hmmm… I don’t know if there’s one thing. I eat an awful lot of mushrooms and avocados. They go on almost anything.

My Ringtone:
It’s an old telephone ring. Think of your grandma’s phone: yeah, it’s like that.

Friendly Lists: Aaron Sumpter

Today: Aaron.  Tomorrow: The World. 
Favorite Songs of the Past Year:
—> videotape:radiohead –> tonto:battles –> Hvarf/Heim (the whole thing):sigur ros –> down the line:jose gonzales –> flightless bird american mouth, kingdom of the animals, and boy with a coin:iron&wine –> seahorse:devendra banhart –> if you keep losing sleep:silverchair –> impossible germany:wilco –> sometimes i dream i’m hurting you:angels of light –> spitting venom:modest mouse –> easy tiger(the whole thing):ryan adams –> archangel:burial

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment:

for the moment — one big holiday:my morning jacket — lay down your weary tune:bob dylan — scenic world:beirut — — punkrocker:teddybears —

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered: fav’rit new bands – dengue fever, beirut, battles, hmm… older recently discover’ds – townes van zandt, ryan adams, depeche mode

Favorite Song Ever:

yeah right

Best Recent Concert:

silverchair probably wins — but i saw a lot of good shows within the last year —

Last Great Film I Saw:

naughty night nurses: asian attack emergency triage center

Last Great Book I Read:

perks of being a wallflower

First Album You Remember Buying:

3…matchbox twenty: cannon ball hat man album, third eye blind : third eye blind — eve 6 : eve 6

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart:

the smiths the cure

Best Purchase of the Last Year:

my elton john’s for 21 cents and radiohead in rainbows box set — radiohead ticket —

Best Thing I Did This Year:

failed school and played in a band

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment:

wrestling olen + fighting travis + running naked down country club + arguing with blake about things that probably didn’t even exist + going to class + driving + escaping the authorities at mc d’s + wrangling dave dickinson + rocking out to small town trap + watching travis destroy furniture + new years listening to deathcab and trying not to cry + when blake ran as hard as he could and fell on his face in the front yard + taking thousands of pictures with topher p. + chooga chooga two two + playing cross fire with urine + throwing bottles at calla +

Favorite TV Show at the Moment:

curb your enthusiasm and it’s always sunny in philadelphia

Favorite Video Game at the Moment:

poker on my ipod

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product:

free bread, beans, old treats, TOTINO’S

My Ringtone:

buzzzzzzzzzzz

Friendly Lists: Dave Dickinson

Today’s guest list is by Dave Dickinson, six-string strummer for All These Teepees. 

Favorite Songs of the Past Year: “reckoner” off “in rainbows” is probably my favorite song off said album, and it came out this past year. ya, it’s an “okay” song off an “okay” album.

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment: “can’t get it out of my head” by ELO. at least i think that’s the name of the song. it has been one of my favorite older songs for quite some time. I just can’t get it out of my head. “heroes” by david bowie makes me want to cry. bobby dylan’s “mr. tambourine man” is always a winner.

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered: grizzly bear is a band i was recently introduced to thanks to my good friend blake stewart, so i bought the album “yellow house,” and i really like it. i also bought the red house painters’ album “songs for a blue guitar” recently(thank you tyler dempsey) and i’m really digging mark kozelek right now. it’s my first time to own any of his stuff. i’m way behind, i know

Favorite Song Ever: “let down” by radiohead. perfect

Best Recent Concert: went and saw the meat puppets and built to spill just last weekend. it kicked ass. it also led me to raise my own expectations of my songwriting abilities and guitar playing skills to a whole new level. the meat puppets are bad ass mo fos by the way

Last Great Film I Saw: probably the fountain, it was pretty intense.

Last Great Book I Read: perks of being a wallflower.

First Album You Remember Buying: “back in black” AC/DC. oh ya!

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart: i don’t know which, if any, of my friends like incubus, but i think they suck pretty bad. also jack johnson, but most of my friend share my dislike for his inability to write music. well, he wrote that one song, then made ten copies of it and put them all on a cd and called it an album. he’s repeated that whole process a few times now.

Best Purchase of the Last Year: fender american deluxe ash stratocaster tobacco sunburst w/rosewood fretboard.

Best Thing I Did This Year: as of 08’…decided to say “fuck you school!” as of 07’…helped form the teepees

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment: being drunk. dancing my ass off. it’s all good

Favorite TV Show at the Moment: probably “it’s always sunny in philadelphia.”

Favorite Video Game at the Moment: not a fan of video games

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product: sandwiches and hotdogs

this wasn’t on the survery,but:
to elliott smith-i love you and miss you everyday, you are my favorite

My Ringtone:

Friendly Lists: Jezy Gray

Today’s list comes from our Dentonian friend, Jezy Gray. 

Favorite Songs of the Past Year: “Reckoner” by Radiohead blew me away the first time I heard it, and I still get chills every time it gets to that one part. You know the part I’m talking about — with the crash cymbals. Also, the title track from The Field’s “From Here We Go to Sublime” is equally stellar.

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment: “Everybody Plays the Fool” by Marvin Gaye, and basically anything from the ELO catalog.

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered: There’s this really wild pseudo-Japanese concept album called “Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki” by The Yamasuki Singers that came out in ’71. Definitely my favorite discovery of last year, hands down. It’s these two French guys, Jean Kluger and Daniel Vangarde, and they make these really great pop songs based on some traditional Japanese dance called the Yamasuki. It’s awesome.

Favorite Song Ever: “The Girl from Ipanema” by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto.

Best Recent Concert: The Flaming Lips New Year’s Extravaganza!

Last Great Film I Saw: Breathless. I can’t really argue with anyone who calls it French New Wave wankery, but it’s really pretty and fun.

Last Great Book I Read: Ficciones, a collection of stories by Jorge Luis Borges. “The Circular Ruins,” in particular, completely blew my mind.

First Album You Remember Buying: “Thriller” was the first album I remember hearing, but I’m not too sure about the first one I ever bought. I’m sure it was some middle-of-the-road alt-rock band I heard on The Edge.

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart: No particular band comes immediately to mind. I never got into Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

Best Purchase of the Last Year: I broke down and bought a DVD player that costs more than $30. It hasn’t malfunctioned yet.

Best Thing I Did This Year: Saved Darfur by purchasing a ‘Save Darfur’ t-shirt. That was a close one.

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment: I’ve really been kind of a boring drunk since I moved to Texas. It’s usually just my girlfriend and me drinking beer and watching Curb Your Enthusiasm until we get sleepy.

Favorite TV Show at the Moment: I need to start watching a new show. I just re-watch all my Curb and Seinfeld DVDs, or I watch CNN. I hear really good things about The Wire.

Favorite Video Game at the Moment: My boss and I play Scrabble on her Mac at work sometimes. That’s probably the closest I’ve come to playing a video game in a long time.

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product: Frozen pizza, or something else equally bad for me/easy to make.

My Ringtone: “Mr. Tough” by Yo La Tengo, but it’s usually on vibrate.

Friendly Lists: Tyler Dempsey

Today’s super special sauce guest list is by Tyler Dempsey, lead banjo-diddler of All These Teepees.   
Favorite Songs of the Past Year: I really liked “Tonto” by Battles, it reminded me of a math equation, you know, a sexy sort of math equation. “Bamboo Banga” by M.I.A. and “I Woke Up Today” by Port O’Brien got a lot of play too.

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment: It would have to be “Bring the Rain” by Neil Young. I’m not certain what album it was even on, I found it on this mix somewhere, but it kind of blends all of Young’s strongpoints. The version I have is a live recording, very tender, like the staring at a snow mountain sort of tender. Also, Michael Jackson has controlled some of my attention lately.

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered:
This isn’t so recent, but it is the most excited I have gotten in recent memory about a band. It’s this band Aphrodite’s Child and they are from Greece and recorded in the late 60’s and early 70’s if I’m not mistaken. Their opus was this experimental record entitled “666“, which is braggable. Anyways its like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Aesop sat around smoking pot and talking the Book of Revelation from the Christian Bible. A lot of the two discs is pretty out there, and some of it is just transcendental. A new band that I’m excited about is Fire on Fire, recently signed to Young God, they have a song called “Heavy D” that is the putting into song what you have always known. Timeless stuff.

Favorite Song Ever:
Can’t answer that…maybe “Comfortably Numb.”

Best Recent Concert:
Probably Justice at the Palladium in Dallas, TX. More of a party than a concert, and more of a best time had by all than a best show.

Last Great Film I Saw:
“No Country For Old Men” is the best film I have seen in quite some time.

Last Great Book I Read:
A book called “Too Loud a Solitude” by Bohumil Hrabal, might have to check the spelling on that, but it is about this guy who compacts paper and educates himself from the bits of books he salvages. It’s really about the indestructability of knowledge and all that, beautifully written and very intelligently done.

First Album You Remember Buying:
Green Day’s “Dookie” on cassette.

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart:
I really hate to “Hate On” anything really, Kurt Vonnegut has a quote that I love about criticizing a work of art being like putting on a suit of armor and attacking an ice cream sunday. But if I had to pick it would be RJD2…never liked em’.

Best Purchase of the Last Year:
Nothing memorable, I really don’t buy a ton of stuff.

Best Thing I Did This Year:
The Justice show in Dallas…hands down.

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment:
All of them, why else get drunk than for moments.

Favorite TV Show at the Moment:
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

Favorite Video Game at the Moment:
Haven’t played one in a long time, favorite all time would be “Final Fantasy VII”

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product:
Probably a burrito, but they give me graboids in my tum tum.

My Ringtone:
Some pre-setting.

Friendly Lists: Nate Sweeney

This post is the first in a series that blatantly lifts from Pitchfork’s Guest List features.  But instead of asking bands I’ve never met to tell me what kind of chapstick they prefer, I’ll be asking my dear friends to tell me what kind of chapstick they prefer.  Well, not exactly, but whatev.

First up is the delightfully whimsical Nate Sweeney, a guy who always makes me giggle like a schoolgirl serial killer.  He also happens to be the drummer of my favorite band to arise in 2007: All These Teepees.

Favorite Songs of the Past Year: “Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.”  (mp3) by Ryan Adams, “Blue Hotel” by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, “Those Thieving Birds…” by Silverchair

Favorite Older Songs of the Moment: “Sweetness Follows” by REM, “Sleep Better” by Pete Yorn, “Behind the Drapes” by Mew

Favorite New Band or Older Band You Recently Discovered: I fell upon the band Mew a little over a year ago. I fell in love with them. I kind of think that everyone else should, as well.

Favorite Song Ever: There are so many amazing songs…

Best Recent Concert: Silverchair at the Diamond Ballroom was amazing.

Last Great Film I Saw: I watched Sling Blade recently.

Last Great Book I Read: I haven’t read a great book in a long time. This question might just act as a reminder to do so.

First Album You Remember Buying: I bought the album Love Always by K.C. and JoJo with birthday money.

Favorite Band to Hate On That All Your Friends Heart: Radiohead. It’s not that i hate them, I just really love the reactions i get for saying that i do.

Best Purchase of the Last Year: Easy Tiger by Ryan Adams

Best Thing I Did This Year: I started a band with a group of guys.

Favorite Recent Drunk Moment: Being drunk.

Favorite TV Show at the Moment: I don’t get to watch a lot of television, but I will always love Futurama.

Favorite Video Game at the Moment: Rock Band…all day…all night.

Most Commonly Eaten Food Product: Sandwiches

My Ringtone: “The Wife, The Kids, The White Picket Fence” by Fair To Midland