Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Housley. Artifice. Mixtape. You Can Make Him Like You. Shout-out. Awesomeness.

TBWYL, Inc. favorite and BFF Dave Housley has composed a quite sweet mixtape for the quite sweet Guest Mixtape series at the quite sweet Artifice Magazine and it would be enough if he had merely found a way to give Jim Carroll a shout-out, but imagine our great surprise and pleasure at seeing a shout-out for TBWCYL,Inc. spokesperson Ben Tanzer and his upcoming release You Can Make Him Like You (with pre-orders available so soon it will make your head spin). It changed our lives and we are most appreciative. Many thanks Dave and how about some excerpt below? Sweet. Quite.

The Hold Steady

Okay, this is going to be a section in itself. For good reason!

First of all, here's "You Can Make Him Like You," which is the title of my buddy Ben Tanzer's upcoming novel (which is awesome).

And then there's "Stuck Between Stations," which opens with a Kerouac reference ("there are nights when I think that Sal Paradise was right") and closes with the death of John Berryman ("she said you're pretty good with words, but words won't save your life and they didn't so he died").

And then there's "Cattle and the Creeping Things," which is mainly about junkies and the bible, and is part of what is essentially a novel in stories told as a rock and roll album, and was the only (to my knowledge) song that was ever annotated by NPR.

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