Best Of 2011, Guest Editors: John Vanderslice On La Espiga De Oro

As 2011 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

White Wilderness (Dead Oceans) is the latest album from the San Francisco-based John Vanderslice, and he’s joined on it by the classically trained Magik*Magik Orchestra. MMO artistic director Minna Choi arranged and conducted the Vanderslice-written music on the LP, which was recorded in a whirlwind three-day session by producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Walkmen, Bill Callahan). Vanderslice himself is no stranger to production, running the Tiny Telephone recording studio for 14 years and having produced records by the likes of Spoon and the Mountain Goats. Now he can add MAGNET guest editor to his resume, as that’s what he’s doing at all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.

Vanderslice: Oh my lord. This San Francisco place is super delicious. I once ate here five times in one week. It’s super close to Tiny Telephone, so it’s our go-to lunch spot. Tamales are $1.85. They have the usual wonderful flavors (pollo, puerco) and some incredible vegetarian ones (strawberry, pineapple, huarache, made with refried black beans—yummmmm). Order at the counter, no waiters; you’ll be in and out of here in 10 minutes. Heaven.