Archive | June, 2010

Spike/Fatboy vs. Spike/Fatboy

17 Jun

Upon recent peering into a new album by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (a concept album about the Former First Lady of the Philippines and her nanny), I started humming 1999’s Praise You which suddenly reminded me of Spike Jonze’s genius music video for this number.

In reaction, Jam reminded me of his favorite Slim/Jonze collaboration: Weapon of Choice.

Not sure if it’s my 10 year hiatus from MTV or just sheer nostalgia, but whatever happened to the good ole days?

Which is your favorite?  everyman break dances or christopher walken meets peter pan?

Summer Solstice

17 Jun

While for many summer solstice marks the longest day of the year, the dreaded beginning of shortened days, or even the turn of vodka gimlet drinking season, I, on the other hand, look at it as my mid-year review of music.

What has been playing on my shuffle for the last 6 months?  (Some might call this a sneak peak of my 2010 cd)

– Langhorne Slim’s Land of Dreams on his newly released Be Set Free

– Avett Brothers’ I and Love and You to aid in my Brooklyn fantasies

– Josh Rouse’s I Will Live on Islands after his Nashville to Spain jaunt

– Sweet Serenades’ Die Young to make me feel like I was in high school in the 80s

– Angus and Julia Stone’s Santa Monica Dream to picture life in the big CA

– David Byrne, Steve Earle, and Fatboy Slim’s A Perfect Hand because how did those three meet and what theme is more universal than that of comparing a card game to life

– The National’s England because that voice never gets old

– Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Hit ‘Em Up Style because who doesn’t like rap songs in bluegrass fashion?

All Ears on Deck: Punch Brothers

16 Jun

As one who loves bluegrass, I can even understand that people can only take so much of it’s often-shrill sounds.  However, next you are the mood for the mandolin and want to hear what it sounds like when the sounds originating in the hills of appalachia make their way to brooklyn, check out the Punch Brothers’ recently released: Antifogmatic.

Brewing Squash

16 Jun

Another lovely farmer’s market meal, almost 100% market goods.  Although it is a warm soup, this can often feel good when you work in a place that blasts their AC to battle the summer air, leaving you cold, dry, and longing for a wool sweater.

Squash and Corn Soup

Cook (for 5 minutes) the following ingredients in a 5 quart pot: 1 lb of squash (sliced), the corn off 2 ears of corn, a diced jalapeno pepper, 2 cloves of garlic (diced), 3 large shallots (chopped), 1 T of oil, and cumin to taste.

Add 2.5 cups of water and simmer for 15 minutes.

In batches, blend ingredients.  Garnish with cilantro and/or sour cream.

Serve with crusty bread (and farmer’s market potatoes a la jam).

Summer’s Cauldron

16 Jun

It has been hard to breath recently.  The air has turned so thick that I feel like I could pop it with a straight pin and thick warmth would ooze out all around me.  Every time I open a door to go outside the weight of it smacks me and my motions suddenly become burdened and slow.

The sun had been shining until only until it’s been temporarily thwarted by a typical summertime thunderstorm, akin to the one that married jam and I.  Only seconds after the sun was baking the cement, the thunder rolled in and the lightning flickered all around.

Steam rose from the streets as the cool rain collided with the warm earth, making the parking lot look like a cauldron of brew.  As I stepped out to dash across to my car, I was met with a deep puddle that felt comparable to putting my feet in a shallow tub of bath water.

My motions were quick against the slowing effects of the air.  I dashed through the now prohibiting puddles, splashing the bath water up my skirt as steam from the cauldron covered my glasses.  I fumbled into my car and felt the poof of my thickened, humidity-filled hair atop my head.

Safe inside to drive away through the steaming brew of summer’s cauldron.