Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (Jeez - what a shocking bore!)
at CINESPIA, played this among his pretty nice set of
spooky ska, and creepy post punk, and it reminded
me of how rad and underplayed TUXEDOMOON are...
Very psyched for tonight's cemetery
screenings of Kenneth Anger films...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I am running the AIDS Project Los Angeles Half Marathon in just a few short months, for two pretty serious reason, AIDS is really not over, and California AIDS services are about to seriously get the shaft. Also, I want to get in shape.
This week is my fund raising deadline - if you feel so inclined - give a dollar or two...
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
bert jansch L.A. TURNAROUND
Enhanced CD includes
"L.A. Turnaround...The Movie" (13:12)
LA Turnaround, Santa Barbara Honeymoon and A Rare Conundrum to come out on CD – 15 June 2009
Bert is truly delighted to announce at last the long-awaited first-time release on CD of the three albums he recorded in the 1970s for The Famous Charisma Label: the seminal L.A. Turnaround , Santa Barbara Honeymoon and A Rare Conundrum . These most sought after albums in Bert's catalogue have been out of print for decades and have never been available on CD before. The new CDs are scheduled for release by EMI/Virgin on 15 June 2009 and Bert has supervised the re-mastering of each album himself as well as hand-picking the bonus material, much of which is previously unreleased. In some cases this material is newly discovered from the album sessions and has been unheard by anyone in thirty years, including Bert himself! The new CD of LA Turnaround also includes an amazingly atmospheric and previously unseen 13 minute film, made during the recordings of the album at Tony Stratton Smith's Sussex mansion and featuring Bert, Mike Nesmith, Red Rhodes and others recording and performing four of the songs as well as relaxing and playing pool. The CD will be an “Enhanced CD” – put it in any computer to view the film. Each of the new editions is beautifully re-packaged, featuring all the original artwork plus brand new specially written sleevenotes along with contemporary photos and memorabilia. These releases have been a long time coming, but we think are worth the wait!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
i want to move back
to new york
The Neighborhood Changed,
but the Local Restaurant?
Not So Much.
By FRANK BRUNI
85 Broadway (Berry Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn; (718) 486-3077.
One minute our waiter was standing over us, in the usual tableau; the next he was seated beside us, not only reciting the night’s menu but also scribbling it, in shorthand, on the paper that covered our table. That’s Diner for you: shaggy, improvisatory and cheeky, much like Williamsburg — or at least, like Williamsburg when Diner opened there a decade ago.
The neighborhood has changed. And Diner? Not so much. A while back, Caroline Fidanza ceded the reins in the kitchen to Sean Rembold, who had worked beside her. But now, as ever, the cooking emphasizes seasonality, accessibility, comfort and correctness: the beef for a recent strip steak special ($32) was grass-fed. Diner was doing the Brooklyn tropes before they were Brooklyn tropes.
And it still does them with charm and skill, based on a recent dinner there, which I found more satisfying than a dinner not too long before that at Marlow & Sons, the most prominent of Diner’s offspring, including the two Bonita restaurants.
A half chicken ($22) was impeccably cooked. Same for a fillet of halibut ($23). Neither reflected particular daring — that was left to an appetizer of grilled duck hearts ($11), by far the best dish of the night. The runner-up? Possibly a sorrel soup ($8) with such intensely smoky, porky accents that it tasted almost like a liquefied ham sandwich. I mean that as a compliment.
All of the desserts I sampled — chocolate cake, poundcake, lemon pie (each $8) — were good. There’s a sophisticated wine list and carefully chosen beers. You can get an easy-drinking, refreshing Presidente ($4) from the Dominican Republican. You should.
Diner’s setting — in a narrow, snug metal dining car from 1927 — remains irresistible. But its prices have risen sharply since the start, when an evening’s soup special was, say, $3.50, and the chicken was $9. That’s inflation, yes. But that’s also what happens when a neighborhood itself ascends.