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Sep. 25th, 2006 | 08:36 am
posted by: musiquesas in tapesntapes

I was going about my usual internet routine before jumping into work and stumbled across this little gem on the Pitchfork site.

Read all about Tapes frontman Josh's favourite things: from record stores to video games. I think this read will be especially enjoyable for anyone who calls Minneapolis home because it name checks places like TreeHouse Records, First Avenue, and Radio K. ♥

Also cut and pasted below the cut for your convenience!

Guest List: Tapes 'n Tapes
Guest List by Josh Grier Welcome to the latest edition of Pitchfork's "The Guest List". Each week, we'll ask one of our favorite artists to fill us in on what they've been up to lately: Which tracks they can't stop spinning, what books they can't put down, and what new bands they've caught on tour. This week it's Tapes 'n Tapes frontman Josh Grier, who's been buying vinyl from grumpy old Londoners, and fulfilling his childhood dream of... playing Sega.

>> Favorite Songs of the Past Year

Liars: "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack"
The contrast between this song and the rest of the album is initially so stark; it goes from intense drums and chanting to this very mellow guitar and vocal track. At first I thought the song was almost out of place on the album, but the more I listen to it, the more I realize it's not. Everything on Drum's Not Dead is so visceral and intense, and "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" is the perfect closing track for the album.

Destroyer: "European Oils"
Everybody sing along: "Ladadadada da dyedyedye." This has to be the best "la la la" chorus in the past 10 years. And then when he goes back to the verses, it's like you picked up your copy of War and Peace.

Wolf Parade: "You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son"
When I hear this song, I have an irrepressible tendency to dance like Corky St. Clair in Waiting for Guffman. A song has to be rad to make that happen.

Silver Jews: "Punks in the Beerlight"
I'm a sucker for Dave Berman; I'm also a sucker for anybody who can use the phrase "to the max" 20 times in a song, and make it sound totally sincere. This should have been the theme for [1980s BMX-themed movie] Rad.

>> Favorite Old Records at the Moment

Buddy Miles: "Wholesale Love"
Buddy used to drum for Band of Gypsies and much later he fronted the California Raisins (of claymation fame), but in between he recorded one of the best funk/blues/rock records ever [A Message to the People]. It is impossible to listen to this album and be in a bad mood. I dare you to try. Especially when the horns kick in on "Wholesale Love", and Buddy croons, "You make my heart go flipty-flip."

Amerie: "1 Thing"
This song has the sickest beat ever. I'm totally serious. It's as though ?uestlove decided to play "Crazy in Love" on speed.

Guns n' Roses: "Paradise City"
Axl may be totally fucking insane, but I still love Appetite for Destruction.

Lightning Bolt: "Dead Cowboy"
I just finished reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In my mind, "Dead Cowboy" is the soundtrack.

Sleater-Kinney: "Entertain"
I'm really bummed out that they broke up. I don't think I've seen a better live show or heard a more rocking record in years. Really, all the songs off The Woods are rad, but "Entertain" is the only one with a backward guitar solo, so that kind of tipped the scales.

>> Best Show This Year

I got to see Quasi play at a small venue in London: The Barfly, in Camden. And a few days later we saw Slayer on the mainstage at the Reading Festival. It was quite the rawk doubleheader. Slayer may have crazy beards and headbanging, but Quasi has Janet Weiss.

>> Best Concert Venue

First Avenue, Minneapolis
It would be enough that almost all of the best shows that I've seen, or been a part of, have taken place at First Avenue, but then you throw Purple Rain into the mix, and nowhere else can hold a candle to it.

>> Last Great Film I Saw

Me and You and Everyone We Know
Jeremy [Hanson], our drummer, wouldn't stop talking about this movie last tour, so finally we all watched it. And then we all laughed. And then we watched it again. If you like indie films with poop jokes, this film's for you! But seriously, it's really good.

>> Last Great Book I Read

Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
How can you not love a first-hand narrative of Hunter S. Thompson running around Vegas on mescaline and acid?

>> Best Record Store

Treehouse Records, Minneapolis
They have the best quality vinyl-to-square-footage ratio I have ever seen. And I can walk there from my house. I don't remember the last thing I got there. It wasn't too long ago, like two months. But I'm going tomorrow, and if the Destroyer's Rubies vinyl is out, I'll be buying that.

>> Favorite Piece of Equipment

Vintage Casio
I have this old Casio keyboard. I got it at Goodwill about four years ago for $10. It's a mid-80s model with about 10 bad synth sounds, and some crazy beats. It only has 2 1/2 octaves worth of keys. About a year after I bought it, I was on eBay late one night (this is always a bad idea), and found these drum pads that plug into the keyboard for only $30. There are eight different drum sounds that you can hook up to the drum pads (snare, cymbals, kick, hi-hat, and some toms). So now not only do I have a wicked little keyboard, but a electronic drum kit, too. It's the best $40 I've ever spent.

>> Best Thing I Bought This Year

Summerteeth on vinyl. I'd been looking for it for years, and I freaked out when I found it. It was only $30 in this tiny record shop in London that's only open two days a week. The store is run by two old men. Apparently, years ago, they used to run the store together, but then they got into an huge argument. Now they don't talk to each other, and they each run one side of the shop (it's split down the middle). They just sit at their own counters facing each other all day and shoot each other mean glances. I'm totally fucking serious. When I found Summerteeth, I got freaked out that I was going to accidentally buy it from the wrong guy, and then they would get all offended and not let me get it. But luckily I didn't fuck it up.

>> Best TV Show

Yes, I understand that, at its core, it is a soap opera. But it's a damn good soap opera. And I'm addicted to it. For a brief period, I was also really into "Treasure Hunters", but mostly because I really wanted to be on it.

>> Best Radio Program

Rock and Roll Over, Radio K
Every morning on my drive to work, the nice kids at the University of Minnesota radio station treat me to an eclectic, upbeat mix of the latest and greatest tunes in college radio. In between hot jams they hit me with undeniable doses of college radio DJ banter. It gets no better than this.

>> Best Video Game

"Sonic Pinball Party"
Growing up I always wanted a Sega Genesis, for the sole purpose of playing "Sonic the Hedgehog". However, for a number of various reasons, I never got one. So a few weeks ago when I saw this game for only $10 for Gameboy, I snatched it up. Of course, the Sonic game wasn't nearly as good as I had hoped (I blame 15 years of built up expectations), but there was a bonus pinball game which is the most addictive shit ever.

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i've walked a world of empty streets

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from: not_so_usual
date: Sep. 25th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)

Thanks for posting this!
ha ha...Sonic Pinball Party is the greatest game ever! Man, I miss my Sega.

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Are you a Mod or a Rocker?

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from: musiquesas
date: Sep. 26th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)

I'm glad you liked it! I thought it was interesting - Josh has good tatte. :)

I was more of Nintendo girl myself, but I did enjoy all the Sonic games!

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i've walked a world of empty streets

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from: not_so_usual
date: Sep. 26th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)

Oh, me too! Old school Nitendo though.
I only owned a Sega and a very old Nitendo with the orange game gun, of course. Those were the days...

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