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THE BUDOS BAND: IT STINKS LIKE THE REST OF US | L.A. RECORD
emily ryan Download: The Budos Band "Budos Rising" (from The Budos Band II on Daptone) The Budos Band are an eleven-piece (and sometimes larger) instrumental funk-soul-Ethiopiques-style band from Shaolin—Staten Island—who recently had a song appear on Wale's Mixtape About Nothing and who name all their albums in numerical sequence, although they are considering skipping 'III' just to torture people. This interview by Chris Ziegler. Do you still practice in that former Pentacostal church? Jared Tankel (baritone sax): Yeah, we do. We have pentagrams hanging on the wall. Mulatu Astatke said he tries to repurpose religious instruments for secular compositions. Is that connected to Budos band making secular music in a religious structure? We've been in that building for 15 years now at this point. Keep in mind that half the band has come along the way, but that practice space has been inhabited by Budonians for the last 15 years—so I don't doubt that there had been some repurposing,