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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”

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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.

Brian Eno and David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Between the recording of Talking Head’sFear of Music” (1979) and “Remain in Light” (1980), Brian Eno and David Byrne worked on the sonic collage that would become “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” (a title lifted from Amos Tutuola) (1981). The album’s imprint can be felt today in everything from the melting pot sound-world of M.I.A. to the tape recorder ghosts trapped in The Books. The hallucinatory samples, disembodied voices hovering above and peeking through the funk, were sequenced using analogue recording equipment, making the seamlessness of the final product all the more incredible.

The track posted today features the haunting call of a Lebanese mountain singer over an eternal psychedelic groove that is equally indebted to Funkadelic and Fela Kuti, but one trapped in an aural mist that is distinct to Brian Eno. The Lebanese sample, sung by Dunya Yunis, was lifted from the six-LP box set “Music in the World of Islam”.

mp3:

Brian Eno + David Byrne – Regiment From: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (Reissued by Nonesuch, 2006)

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I was escorted before her on this day and stood before her as if I had been dissolved into vapour or no more alive and also dreaming of her terrible, dreadful, ugly, dirty appearance without sleeping.–Amos Tutuola My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, p.100 (First Published in 1954 By Faber and Faber Limited, new and revised edition 1978)