NP: “Since Yesterday” – Strawberry Switchblade. If this isn’t stuck in your head all day, then you probably never liked the Darling Buds.
NP: “Threnody For Sharon Tate” – Freddie Hubbard – Ihlan Mimaroglu. And if this doesn’t scare the bejeezus out of you, you’ve probably watched way too many Italian horror flicks.
NP: “Broken Cigarettes” – Glocca Morra. If this gets stuck in your head, you must be pretty emo.
NP: “I Don’t Dare” – Marsha Malamet. If you ever buy an LP just for the cover art, this is a pretty good place to start. It’s called “Coney Island Winter,” and that’s an appropriate name for this sometimes sparse, sometimes bleak (and other times over-orchestrated or showtune-y) record. There’s not much on the internet about this album, but what is throws around the names Kate Bush, Judy Collins, Carole King, Judee Sill, etc. Not bad company.
NP: “Structures For Sound – Pièces Nouvelles” – Bernard & François Baschet. Purchased this gorgeous 10″ at Good Records a couple of months ago. Magical and surreal, the packaging and “new” instruments are perhaps actually better than the music within, but so glad to know about this.
NP: “It’s Choade My Dear” – Connan Mockasin. This came out of left field. I don’t even know how to describe it. Just listen.
NP: “The Riddle” – Jacco Gardner. Catchy as all hell. And pretty good, to boot.
NP: “Ask Me No Questions” – Bridget St. John. If you only download one song from this list, make it this one. Nico, Beat Happening, Leonard Cohen, Bridget St. John… stark and haunting.
NP: “Holiday And Sport” – Sone. Catchiest song of the 90′s? Maybe.
NP: “Wrong” – Big Ups. Look for a new album from these NYC punks soon. Hot damn.
NP: “Growin’ Up American” – The Colors. Downtown power pop punk from 1980. Anybody out there has this “Rave It Up” 45 for sale… let me know! (fun trivia: Robert Vickers, later of the Go-Betweens, was in The Colors!)
NP: “Scratch My Skin” – Mushy. The solo electronic project of one Valentina Fanigliulo from Rome, Italy. Lush and beautiful.
NP: “Morgenspaziergang” – Kraftwerk. The english translation of this song title is “A Morning Stroll”, or something along those lines. To go for a wander in the morning, basically. So damn pleasant it’s almost painful.
NP: “Numb” – Andy Stott. Perhaps a bit too bombastic, this still touches on some things i really like. Worth a listen or five.
NP: “Stained Glass House” – Shy Hunters. Blonde Redhead and Glass Rock fans take note. Indigo Street first came to my attention as part of the improv rock/jazz/dance collab Aye Aye Rabbit… she wields a mean axe, and has some serious vocal chops, too. Mandatory listening. And, hey! Big props to me… fully half of this playlist could be called contemporary. Amazing!
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM” – ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM” – WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “SOUNDCLOUD” – SOUNDCLOUD – stream the entire playlist on soundcloud. Actually… don’t bother! I’m impressed with Soundcloud’s ability to find and remove copyrighted material. Wouldn’t let me upload this one. Will try again next time!
NP: “PODCAST” – PODCAST of all of the above songs. [67.7 MB, 59:09 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE” – .RAR file of all of the above songs. [117.0 MB]
NR: I really should have mentioned this sooner, but Chris Eaton (of Rock Plaza Central) released his third novel, “Chris Eaton, A Biography” a few months back. I know how schmaltzy this sounds, but it really is a delight to read.
NR: It was time… I finally re-read “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace. Even better than the first time, but guess what? The overwhelming desire upon finishing it? Yep… to read the damn thing AGAIN. Fuck.
NR: About halfway through Stendhal’s “The Red And The Black.” I can’t figure out if I like it or not.
NW: I watched the entire Breaking Bad series in under 6 weeks, so that I was able to watch the finale within 36 hours of it airing. And, surprise… it was worth it. No spoilers here, but… best music synch ever? Probably!
NW: “The Conversation”. 1974 Francis Ford Coppola movie that was presented on TCM the other night by Gilbert Gottfried. Fantastic movie that’s equal parts Three Days Of The Condor, Blow Out, and Sneakers (not that that movie should be in the same category as these others mentioned.) Best thing i’ve stumbled upon in a long long time. Speaking of Sneakers, Gilbert had a great line while talking to Robert Osborne… something along the lines of “your viewers are tuning in and saying ‘What happened to this guy? He used to interview Robert Redford, and now he’s stuck with Gilbert Gottfried?’”
NW: “The Pit And The Pendulum”. Vincent Price movie that TCM showed on Halloween night, while avoiding leaving the house in the East Village. It started out promising… a bit of the Name Of The Rose, a bit of the Wicker Man (before either of those two movies, of course), but ran out of gas a bit. Still, an impressive attempt at turning a psychological short story into a feature film.
NE: It’s been a long time since the last one of these, so i guess let’s do some highlights of the last six months? A hell of a good curry at Karma Asian in Denver.
NE: Vegan tomato soup and caesar salad, with some vegan poutine on the side, at The Owlery in Bloomington, IN.
NE: A grouse at St. John in London (as well as a delightfully simple cheese-and-chutney sandwich at the bar while waiting to be seated). Finally got to go here!
NE: Raspberry and ricotta pancakes, with berry and liqourice compote and creme fraiche, at The Modern Pantry in London.
NE: A simple lunch at Le Rouge et le Verre wine store in Paris.
NE: Mon Vieil Ami in Paris – A lovely chanterelle mushroom dish and for an entree a breast of veal. Perhaps a small notch down from the other time I dined there, but it’s still a real favorite destination restaurant for me.
NE: Waffle with jam and whipped cream at Mokka Kaffi in Reykjavik. I’ve been dreaming about this ever since.
NE: Artichoke and bufala mozzarella ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce at the Gioia Restaurante in the Palacio Duhau in Buenos Aires. Sadly, La Vineria de Gualterio Bolívar was closed the only time I could have gone. I need to go back.
NE: Cheeseburger and onion rings from Old Town Bar.
ND: Coffee milkshake at Davey’s in the East Village.
ND: Coffee milkshake at Ronnybrook Farm in Chelsea Market.
ND: Vanilla milkshake w/ 2 shots of espresso at Sundaes And Cones in the East Village.
ND: Yuengling and Shiner Bock.
Any good shows coming up? Let me know! I need to get out more.