Midweek Playlist: 2/23/11

Posted by: on Feb 24, 2011 | One Comment

Another week, another outta site playlist! Yes, I’ve been watching a lot of Soul Train. This one is pretty amazing, though. I mean, what other weekly playlist is going to give you David Bowie (backed up by Gail Ann Dorsey) singing “Alabama Song” AND Cults’ super amazing track “Go Outside”? Nowhere else, that’s where.

    1. Walter Meego – “Forever”
    2. David Bowie – “The Alabama Song”
    3. The Knife – “Pass This On”
    4. Cults – “Go Outside”
    5. Elton John – “My Father’s Gun”
    6. Cass McCombs – “County Line”
    7. Elis Regina – “Casa Forte”
    8. Grant Green – “Samba de Orpheus”
    9. The Bird and the Bee – “Diamond Dave”
    10. Roxy Music – “Virginia Plain”
    11. The Weepies – “Little Bird”
    12. Lower Dens – “Dear Betty Baby”

Listen up:

Pharaoh Phaucet at GAMH

Posted by: on Feb 23, 2011 | One Comment

Sometimes the best concerts are never meant to be. In this case, the stellar lineup of Phat Battery, Hot Tub Love Spell and the game-changing Pharaoh Phaucet can only be accessed in our collective imagination. Maybe GAMH will reconsider this show after seeing the poster…

Imagined Pitch Meetings: I Am Number Four

Posted by: on Feb 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

The plot of I Am Number Four seems ridic.. and if “O.T. IX” makes no sense, just read this. And yes, I did just finish Lawrence Wright’s Scientology article.
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Midweek Playlist: 2/16/11

Posted by: on Feb 17, 2011 | One Comment

So, technically, it’s still midweek! This mix turned out great, with some new stuff, some old stuff, and some stuff I really should remove from the rotation but I can’t because it’s JUST THAT GOOD (I’m talking to you, “Angie”). Also, let’s hear it for another released Panda Bear track! Maybe in another year we can get the whole album..

    1. Fresh & Onlys – “Waterfall”
    2. TV on the Radio – “Mr. Grieves”
    3. White Denim – “Some Wild Going Outward”
    4. The Motorcycle Diaries – “Apertura”
    5. The Raveonettes – “Forget That You’re Young”
    6. Solomon Burke – “Cry to Me”
    7. The Sea and Cake – “Sound and Vision”
    8. Korallreven – “Honey Mine ft. Victoria Bergsman”
    9. Surfer Blood – “Harmonix”
    10. Panda Bear – “Last Night at the Jetty”
    11. The Rolling Stones – “Angie”
    12. Porter Wagoner – “Another Day Another Dollar”

Écoutez ici:

Dinner and an Album: Chili-Glazed Pork and Destroyer’s Kaputt

Posted by: on Feb 16, 2011 | No Comments

I consider myself a fan and connoisseur of pork in just about any formation, be it loins, ribs, roast, chops, or the king of pork products, BACON, so it’s always fun to try out a new approach to cooking this most appetizing of meats. This recipe for chili-glazed pork was relatively simple, and goes exceedingly well with the side dish of savory sweet potato hash.

You can do a lot of things with pork tenderloin since its shape gives it a propensity for being stuffed with any number of hearty delectables, but in this case we’re taking the easy route by simply coating the outside with salt, pepper, olive oil, chili powder and maple syrup. (Who wants to bother with kitchen twine anyway?) Admittedly, I did go a bit heavier on the “glazed” part of this recipe than the “chili” part, but the proportions are pretty malleable depending on your preference for spiciness/sweetness. The end result is an aromatic, mouthwatering main course that is also quick and filling.

If the pork is the famous, high-paid star of this dinner production, the hash is the underrated character actor who ultimately steals the show. Deepak Chopra has this thing about “the flavors of life,” which describes the benefits of a diet that includes a wide range of color and texture. This idea appeals to both the artist and foodie in me, and the dark oranges and greens of the potato hash are definitely as attractive as they are delicious. Though the ingredients may seem sparse (it’s literally sweet potatoes, shallots and spinach), the mélange is comforting and savory and packs a nutritional punch to boot. Let’s hear it for unintentionally eating healthy!

Jump over to Another Freaking Cooking Blog for both recipes.

Kaputt is the ninth studio album from Destroyer, a Canadian band fronted by singer Dan Bejar. Destroyer has been recording and performing for the last ten years, and has been compared to artists like David Bowie and Pavement. Bejar describes Destroyer’s sound as “European Blues”, which, though apt, seems a less applicable classification for Kaputt than previous albums. Kaputt feels less bluesy and more like romantic pop meets 80s synth meets smooth jazz meets beat poetry. How’s that for categorization?

Bejar’s lyrics are something die-hard Destroyer aficionados take great pride in dissecting and analyzing, and Kaputt does not disappoint in this regard. As a big Kara Walker fan, I was delighted to learn of her lyrical collaboration with Bejar. The beginning of “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker” is moody and atmospheric, but soon launches into a patchwork of free-form images and ideas which feels at times like listening to a smoothly crafted word association game. Lines like “Flesh and blood, my death close at hand! Sister, this is not about me and it’s not about you, I swear!” seem like private glimpses into how intimate their collaboration must have been.

That Kaputt’s overall sound works so well is surprising to me, given the unusual mixture of synthesizers, New Order-esque basslines, and soft horns. Working in the sax or trumpet when your sound is neither funk nor soul can be a tricky proposition, yet here it’s done delicately and thoughtfully, never lapsing into a place that sounds inauthentic or overly produced. Trying to imagine this album without them is impossible since they’ve been so carefully woven into the texture of tracks such as “Song for America” and “Chinatown”.

One last bit to mention is that the backup vocals on this album are astounding. They’re provided by singer Sibel Thrasher, who, like the aforementioned sweet potato hash, manages to steal the show on songs like “Downtown” and “Blue Eyes”.

Check out the official video for “Kaputt” below:

Imagined Pitch Meetings: Cowboys & Aliens

Posted by: on Feb 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

So, yes, I know Cowboys & Aliens is based on a graphic novel. That does not make the premise any less crazy.

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Midweek Playlist: 2/9/11

Posted by: on Feb 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

I’ve pretty much given up on organizing these playlists with any sort of coherent theme or genre in mind. I mean, what are you supposed to do when you’re introduced to both “Cover Your Tracks” AND “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” in the same week? Are you supposed to omit one? I think not. Although beware listening to “Brandy” as its persistent catchiness may drive you mad.

    1. Lykke Li – “I Follow Rivers”
    2. Beachwood Sparks – “By Your Side”
    3. The Flaming Lips – “Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung”
    4. Young Galaxy – “Cover Your Tracks”
    5. The Hood Internet – “Sprawl Of Glass (Arcade Fire vs Blondie)”
    6. Pure Prairie League – “Amie”
    7. Ivan & Alyosha – “Glorify”
    8. Looking Glass – “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)”
    9. The Band – “Tears of Rage”
    10. Destroyer – “Downtown”
    11. William Tyler – “Missionary Ridge”
    12. Joanna Newsom – “Easy”

Take a listen:

Imagined Pitch Meetings: No Strings Attached

Posted by: on Feb 4, 2011 | One Comment

No Strings Attached looks so bad. To celebrate the first in what will hopefully be a long and hilarious series, here is Kermy’s impression of Emperor Palpatine Darth Sidious. Uncanny, no?
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Midweek Playlist: 2/2/11

Posted by: on Feb 2, 2011 | One Comment

Lately I’ve been trying to come up with some regular features that can be completed fairly quickly and don’t require a ton of writing. This has not been as easy as it sounds, since ideally this blog is strictly original content. There’s only so much time in the day, however, and posting something usually feels better than posting nothing. And so the Midweek Playlist is born! The theme to this one is “Stuff I’ve Been Listening To Over The Past Couple Days”.

    1. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
    2. Vivian Girls – “I Heard You Say”
    3. James Pants – “Alone”
    4. jj – “Still”
    5. Iron and Wine – “Me and Lazarus”
    6. Earth Girl Helen Brown – “Story of An Earth Girl”
    7. Papercuts – “Dear Employee”
    8. The Avett Brothers – “Laundry Room”
    9. Squeeze – “Wild Sewerage Tickles Brazil”
    10. Pink Floyd – “Summer ’68”
    11. Hunx and His Punx – “Lover’s Lane”
    12. Mice Parade – “Focus on the Rollercoaster”

Take a listen: