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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

MUSIC

 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum


Name: Mark Taylor

Position: LAS Contributor

Location: Belmont, NC

Biography: HOBBIES/INTERESTS/FREETIME ACTIVITIES: Spending time with my son Austin who turned 3 this month. Riding my new hog which is a 2000 Honda Shadow VT 750 American Classic! I play guitar... some say I am the best around. Obviously I like to write and read, watch movies, and listen to music as I do all of the above.

TEN DESERT ISLAND DISCS:
Flaming Lips: "Soft Bulletin"
Mogwai: My very own Special Mark Mix
Quicksand: "Slip"
Mineral: "The Power of Failing"
Slowdive "Souvlaki"
Michael Jackson: "Thriller" .....I've got to be able to dance

CURRENT INFATUATION / HEAVY ROTATION: Martin Grech's record "Open Heart Zoo" is blowing my mind right now. American Draft volume I:II is in my player a lot. Recently my poison has been older stuff....Sonic Youth "Daydream Nation", Drive Like Jehu "Yank Crime", Hoover "Lurid Traversal of Route 7". The New Modest Mouse record and of course...Murder By Death "Who Will Survive...." and both Constantiens albums.
Again...My bike is my "get away" and have been riding most of my free time.

FIVE FAVORITE BANDS:...of the last 5 years or so anyway.
Mogwai
Flaming Lips
Built to Spill
Quicksand
Aereogramme
(If I were asked this 10 years ago...Queers, Screeching Weasel, Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Ministry, KMFDM, Dinosaur Jr. , Sonic Youth, Jesus and Mary Chain, Nirvana)

FIVE FAVORITE FILMS/FILMMAKERS: (only five?)
Any movie by Terry Gilliam
Steve Martin films...The Jerk and Man With Two Brains
Dumb and Dumber
Fight Club
David Cronenberg-Most
Stephen Spielberg-Any
Wolfgang Petersen-Most
Richard Kelly-Only One Donnie Darko...hate to jump on the bandwagon over here but that is a great movie.
Tim Burton-Most

FIVE FAVORITE BOOKS/AUTHORS:
Mitch Cullin: "Tideland"
J.D. Salinger : "The Catcher and The Rye"
Ray Bradbury : "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
and "Fahrenheit 451"
Patric McCabe: "Butcher Boy"

FIVE FAVORITE ARTISTS:
I am currently infatuated with comedians. I feel the specific art of stand-up is extraordinary.
Dave Chappell
Dave Attel
Patton Oswalt
Chris Rock
Mitch Hedberg

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO TAKE LAS/WHERE DO YOU WANT LAS TO TAKE YOU: I would simple like to refine my writing. I have a lot to learn and a lot to give. I simply enjoy the experiences I have been allowed at LAS.

MOST MEMORABLE LIFE EXPERIENCE: Easily when my son was born.

SUM YOURSELF UP IN ONE SENTENCE: I am well aware of how blessed I am in every facet of life allowing me to appreciate every second and I am a dancing machine.

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Homepage: http://www.myspace.com/5075122

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