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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
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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