Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
NYC: snowden + delicious sandwich social + make out party
Jade Tree Record's buzz kings Snowden played the Sine-E on Thursday and hit South Paw in Park Slope, Brooklyn tonight. Their heavily reverbed, drone-heavy sound is indebted to Interpol for sure, but (thank god) without the Ian Curtis fixation. This tune got stuck in my head bad:
Snowden - Anti-Anti (from itstoolong.com)
Attention sandwich-makers and sandwich-lovers: the Delicious Sandwich Social happens this afternoon at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Bring a sandwich, keep 1/2 and submit the other. The sumbitted sandwiches get redistributed randomly so everyone gets a different 1/2 sandwich (and the name of the person that made it - thus "social.") Something new for sure.
Central Park Makeout
Date: Thursday, August 31st
Location: Sheeps Meadow (enter at Central Park West and 66th)
Summary: "Come hang out and make-out at Central Park's Sheeps Meadow. The makeout party is free, and for no particular cause, other than to promote shameless kissing in public. (This is a kissing-only event, so all you exhibitionists contain yourselves, please!). In conjunction with Central Park Makeout, The All State Café 250 w72nd St, just west of B-way) has agreed to do some cheap and fun drink pre and post makeout party. "
Friday, August 25, 2006
eko vino: beef & iron wine
Strangely, The Daily Slope also ran a brief story last year featuring the Eko Vino and other Hispanic-marketed medicines, remedies and cosmetics. I find it hard to believe that these products are only available in Park Slope, Brooklyn (where I also live.) Anyhow...
The product is a relative of a whole range of crazy old remedies that contained sherry or port, iron (and/or other minerals) and beef broth or sometimes, cow's blood. Hearty.
Iron & Wine / Calexico - History of Lovers
Thursday, August 24, 2006
fast & jittery: orange juice + the wedding present
From Glasgow, Scotland, Orange Juice pioneered the nerdy and romantic art-punk jangle that has has become a permanent part of the indie landscape. You might even call them pre-twee. An impressive collection of their first recordings (1980-1981) was released by Domino last year as The Glasgow School, and contains the track below. Orange Juice never really made any cash, but frontman Edywn Collins eventually had a big (and unlikely) hit with "A Girl Like You" in 1994.
Orange Juice - Blue Boy
David Gedge, the singer-songwriter who fronts The Wedding Present is a doomed romantic, as well as being an avid student of the spastic jangle. First emerging in mid 80's, TWP also represent a bit of a missing link between the depressed British alternative rock of that decade (The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen, etc) and the rowdier American indie-rock of the 90's. Plus, they were produced often by Steve Albini. All the Albini trademarks are here on this track from 1989's Bizarro: crushing bass, abrasive guitar, buried vocals, huge drums.
The Wedding Present - Crashed
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
ear protection for babies
The Peltor Junior Ear Muff is just right for concerts, races, shooting and other general noise protection...Another benefit to these muffs is that they don't pose a choking hazard, as earplugs sometimes can when used by very young, unsupervised children.
close: duplomacy + pedro the lion + sebadoh
Duplomacy - Stars
Duplomacy - Coppertone
Duplomacy's first foray into professional recording was an EP recorded by TW Walsh, one-time partner of David Bazan in Pedro The Lion, another group who always had a great grasp of the intimate, although in usually in a more morose, sin-haunted way. This is the lead-off track from 1999's "The Only Reason I Feel Secure Is That I Am Validated By My Peers ."
Pedro The Lion - Criticism as Inspiration
With the recent re-release of Sebadoh's 1991 masterpiece "III", Lou Barlow has been getting some good ups lately. Lou crafted some of the most beautiful, honest, uplifting and self-loathing music there ever was. And, oh yeah, he's real good with that intimate thing too (wrapup!) This classic is taken from 1992's "Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock." and has been covered by both Superchunk and Death Cab for Cutie.
Sebadoh - Brand New Love
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Farewell World Wide Wing Commander
Mr. Brooks...was affectionately referred to as Hooters World Wide Wing Commander
Fly on, little wing.
Monday, August 21, 2006
page france + wimp factor 14
Page France - Junkyard
The song called to mind the similar stylings of long forgotten Wimp Factor 14 from Pittsburgh. I always had a soft spot for those boys. This tune is from a 1991 7" on Harriet Records.
Wimp Factor 14 - Train Song
Sunday, August 20, 2006
bivouac - Avant | Après
The higlight of the show was Nim was from Sweden. His rig was extremely simple: a cassette walkman (with cassette), one signal processing unit and a pair of scissors. He manipulated the transport machinery of the walkman with his hands and the scissors to create a percolating set of beats. He then moved cassette tape over the heads of walkman with his fingers, essentially scratching and dropping samples. Very musical, focused and well thought out.
Download this track from Nim. No title, just this explanation:
I found two interesting pieces of metal in the faculty cellar: a piece of a ladder and an oblong surface.The setting was also striking: ISSUE Project Room, an arts space located on about a 1/2 an acre of ground overlooking the Gowanus Canal.
See more pictures of the event on Flickr.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Saturday, August 19th 4:00pm-10:00pm: DJs spin music transmitted directly to wireless headphones, and people dance like crazy to sounds no one else can hear. Bring your own FM headphones, or borrow a pair from presenters The Madagascar Institute. Located on the Big lawn (northwest quadrant). FREE.Presented by the The Madagascar Institute, also responsible for "Silent Fireworks" and "Dueling Re-Enactments."
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The Art of the Shiv
The shivs shown here, from the collection of designers Chris Kasabach and Vanessa Sica, were confiscated more than twenty years ago from New Jersey’s Rahway Prison (now East Jersey State Penitentiary), a maximum-security facility that houses more than 1,500 inmates serving sentences of twenty-five years to life.
New Ill Lit album "Tom Cruise"
After two years in and out of the studio, the completed Tom Cruise shows the Los Angeles group reaching a new level of songwriting and studio sophistication, and even, dare I say, slickness. Gone are the clumsy reaches at drama and rudimentary folk structures that marred some the band's earlier efforts, replaced here by soaring arrangements and genuine pop diversity. Take a listen.
Monday, August 14, 2006
global warming & some strong opinions about horses
On a funnier note, horsehater is the most gut-busting thing I have come across in ages. Nasty and vulgar laughs. Avoid if you are sentimental about horses. If not, dive in and don't forget to check out the merchandise section.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Mark Mallman vs Tom Petty
However, it seems to me that (at least with the track "Death Wish") Mallman really uses Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" as his blueprint; not so glam at all. You do the A/B.
Mark Mallman - Death Wish
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - You Got Lucky
Never Mind The Coifed Man Behind The Curtain
"In contrast to previous reports, the official suggested an attack was not imminent, saying the suspects had not yet purchased any airline tickets. In fact, some did not even have passports."
The nut of the article is that British agencies felt less urgency to arrest the alleged terrorists/suicide aspirants than their American counterparts and intended to surveil the suspects for an additional week (on top of the year they had already been monitoring some of the participants) before acting. The U.S. apparently pushed for arrests immediately. And we all know who got their way. What's that new Thom Yorke number: "I'm a dog, I'm a lap dog, I'm your lap dog..."
I am particularly annoyed by this occurrence because I have to at least partially agree with sentiments expressed this morning by commentator Nancy Giles of CBS Sunday Morning (and the voice behind some of your favorite pharmaceutical ads), whose overblown oration and facial close-ups so early on a Sunday regularly irritate me. Ms. Giles' comments, which I can't track down on the CBS web site, relate generally to a sinking feeling that the announcement of the arrests last week was in some part intended to divert the attention of everyday Americans away from something else.
On the upside, I love how BoingBoing refers to the suspects as "hair-gel terrorists." If I hadn't seen pictures of the suspects I'd probably picture them as a shiny-haired band of Pat Rileys and Ricky Ricardos. So I don't know, maybe the whole thing is a wash. Incidentally, the lead story at CBS Sunday Morning's web site right now: "The Carefree Lives Of Slackers."
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Kairo"
Matt Bailey lays out a succinct survey of the cultural issues at play in the film at notcoming.com
Maggie Jones wrote a fantastic piece on Hikkomori for the New York Times Magazine.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Mastodon/Converge coming to NYC
Mastodon - Island
Their new record, Blood Mountain, arrives on September 11th. Stream the Maiden-riffic new stuff from their myspace page.
Converge are coming from the more progressive hardcore side of things; I was just introduced to them last week. Omigoditsfullofstars. These guys are smart and pummelling and even know when not to play. They also have mastered that art of sounding completely unhinged and in-control at the same time. Definitely my new favorite band.
Converge - Last Light
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Lieberman loses in Democratic primary
Lamont basically ran againt Lieberman's support of the Iraq War and of the President. Now as anyone can tell you, I'm no backer of Bush or of the war. But I get a little nervous when a man who sponsored tough, bi-partisan climate change legislation, is endorsed by NARAL because of his pro-choice views, is fighting for lobbyist and campaign finance reform is being villified as some kind of Republican stooge. Also, his close association with President Bush has allowed certain pundits to paint him as a hardcore social conservative. This is the same guy that the Christian Coalition awarded a score of ZERO on their 2004 Senate score card, the same score as Hilary Clinton and Chuck Schumer.
We all need Senators who can reach across the aisle, not to mention guys like Lieberman who are smart and usually on the progresive sides of the issues. The Democrats will dig their own grave if they try make themselves over into a single issue (anti-war) party and purge their ranks accordingly. Keep that tent big.
Hockey Night upcoming album preview
Hockey Night - Psychic Lightning (demo)
Hockey Night - Save the Clock Tower (demo)
Monday, August 07, 2006
someone at Opera should be fired+
Also, the new Yahoo avatar generator is good for an hour or more of solid laffs. Don't miss the pets and the angel wings. Requires a Yahoo account.
songs sung in unexpected languages
The first track should come as no suprise; ABBA are Swedish and the Scandanavians are always good with the foreign languages (they kinda need to be.) In fact, ABBA recorded songs in Spanish, German, French, Swedish and English during their career and have an entire version of their greatest hits album in Spanish! Fellow Swedes Roxette do too.
ABBA - Waterloo (German Version)
Rockabilly crooner Roy Orbison provides the next track, also in German. Strangely, this sounds like it would be perfect for a slow dance under the stars at the Biergarten. Gotta get out to that spot in Astoria at some point. Roy also recorded a song in German called San Fernando, which besides being funny for the obvious reasons, would would have connected nicely to ABBA (through their song Fernando.) Unfortunately, that song was pretty boring.
Roy Orbison - Mama (German Version)
A few obscure facts:
1) David Lee Roth speaks fluent Spanish.
2) David Lee Roth recorded a Spanish language version of his solo debut, "Eat 'Em and Smile."
3) David Lee Roth released an album in 2003!!! It's called "Diamond Dave." This man will not be stopped. Please click and help me figure what the hell is up with the cover photo.
David Lee Roth - Asi Es La Vida (That's Life)
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Crockpot Pulled Pork
This recipe is mostly combined from a few I found online, with a few "twists" (AKA I forgot to buy some stuff at the store.)
4 pounds pork shoulder
1/2 cup cider vinegar
medium onion - quartered
2 1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp janes crazy mixed up salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp colemans dry mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup of cider vinegar
2/3 cup of water
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp hot dried red pepper (those long mexican style ones)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
trim fat from pork shoulder with a filet knife (this worked well for me)
cover with the rub, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 8 hours.
place pork, onion and 1/2 cup of cider vinegar in a crockpot and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
drain crockpot of all liquid and remove onions. pull pork apart completely using two forks. remove excess fat but leave the bones. add the BBQ sauce and cook on LOW for 3 hours. remove bones and cook for another hour.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Tilly & The Wall bring smiles
I would also, in the interest of keeping this blog active, like to broaden the topics we cover here. Look for music and more politics, as well as all sorts of other items like urban planning, food, technology and whoknows.
In terms of music, Tilly and the Wall have been bringing me the smiles lately. They have an exuberant, pop-centric thing happening that is reedy and ultra-earnest. More uniquely, they use marching band figures and melodies seemingly stolen from some forgotten high school musical - like I said, smiles. These guys would go great on a bill with the New Pornographers...
Tilly & The Wall - Bad Education
how to get to universal health care
Spending around $5 million annually, Wal-Mart Watch has pushed anti-Wal-Mart laws in dozens of states, leaked damaging internal documents, and helped make the company known as much for its exploitation of government health plans as for its business acumen. Over the last year, and very much against its will, Wal-Mart has been moved to the center of the national debate over health care, and Stern has drawn one step closer to what he’s really after.Read a more complete excerpt here.
Stern has something much grander in mind even than unionizing Wal-Mart. “Ford wasn’t created to be a health-care provider; it was created to produce cars,” Stern says. “My goal is to get Wal-Mart’s leadership out there in traffic and holler, ‘We can no longer compete in the global economy when health care is factored into the cost of our products.’ If Wal-Mart’s CEO, Lee Scott, were to come out and say, ‘We need a national health-care system that works for everyone,’ then it’s a whole new ball game.”
In Stern’s thinking, if the world’s largest company could be coaxed or bullied into publicly favoring a national health-care policy, here’s how things might play out: a rush of other companies already beset by health-care costs and accustomed to mimicking Wal-Mart would fall in line, putting business on the same side as labor. Governors burdened with soaring Medicaid costs might also join in. The pressure on the federal government would be overwhelming. Stern, in other words, is seeking to turn the Wal-Mart effect to his own ends, harnessing it to transform health-care policy just as it routinely transforms business policy. It’s an audacious plan…