Archive for December, 2008

Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah Recap

By Gerard on Monday, December 29th, 2008

(pic swiped from, taken by Hoboken Jack)

Yo La Tengo just completed their annual Hanukkah residency at Maxwell’s ; for the full scoop on the amazing cavalcade of stars & surprises unveiled during this year’s edition, Ira’s daily diary of said event will make you feel like, well, a very unlucky person if you didn’t attend one or more of the performances. 

If, however, you’d prefer to pretend you did attend the shows, the limited edition mix CD’s compiled by Steve Shelley, Aesop Rock, Gaylord Fields, and Russel Mael are available directly from Yo La Tengo’s house of computerized fulfillment.

Taxpayers Oughta Know – How Much Of Our Defense Budget Is Spent On Dry Ice?

By Gerard on Friday, December 26th, 2008

Much as I hate to poke fun at the brave men and women who constitute our nation’s armed forces, Max Impact — a self-described combination of “today’s hip-hop, pop and urban sounds-and everything in between” — might be the first entry in a genre I like to call, “Bands That Can Form The Basis For A Future Earles & Jensen Phone Call”.   From the M.I. bio  (link swiped from Wired)

Max Impact answers the call to motivate and inspire the newest generation of professional Airmen. To achieve maximum results Max Impact stays on the leading edge of the ever-changing pop music scene while projecting the highest standards of Air Force professionalism. Optimal delivery is the name of Max Impact’s game when it comes to serving its audience. With innovative style and boundless energy, Max Impact commands the stage encouraging every Airman to embrace the spirit and join the fun. 

Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues, February Dates

By Gerard on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Chan and the DDB will be hitting the stage of Harlem’s historic Apollo Theatre on February 6 and 7, and tickets go on sale today.  In addition, Ms. Marshall and friends will visit Washington DC’s 930 Club on February 8 (tickets)  .

Matador’s Sordid Spectacular History Continued : The Mysteries Of U-MV170 Pt. III

By Gerard on Monday, December 22nd, 2008

The promotional video for The Unsane’s “Body Bomb” from the album ‘Total Destruction’ seemed, at the time, like a rather pricey (ie.  more than $10) way of making a clip guaranteed to receive zero MTV play, the fine efforts of Chris, Pete, Vinnie and director Richard Kern aside. 

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History, however, has a funny way of sorting things out.  Thanks to the patronage of Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butthead, the “Body Bomb” video ended up being seen by a wider audience than the occasionally “120 Minutes” spin might’ve garnered. And more importantly, the clip’s explosive subject matter guaranteed the star turn from Cop Shoot Cop’s  Jack Natz would forever place Kern’s former Black Snakes bandmate on a Do Not Fly list.

Holiday thoughts

By Patrick on Monday, December 22nd, 2008

At this time of year we often get sentimental and review the contents of old archive folders. I found this letter in there from an Edna Johnson. Back in the pre-internet days, stuff like this got circulated from office to office via photocopier and fax. Miss u, pre-internet.

Goose daube, revisited

By Patrick on Monday, December 22nd, 2008

I can’t stop thinking about the goose daube I made last spring, especially ’cause I have several calves’ legs left in the freezer. Since Jonah from Fucked Up asked me to scan the “recipe” so he could use it to impress some girl, I decided I should let all of you have the benefit of the scan as well. It’s not so much a recipe as a way of life, like most of Richard Olney’s food writing. This is from the volume ‘Poultry’ in the Time/Life ‘The Good Cook’ series. Click on the images for readable versions.

Altbros to altbags

By Patrick on Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Kinda scared/confused… wondering what 2k9 will bring… h8 u Carles for writing the most perceptive metablog on “alt” culture on the internets. Worth reading for his views on TV On The Radio alone. Take that, P4K!


By Patrick on Sunday, December 21st, 2008

This has got to be the easiest recipe ever – if you have a good Italian butcher nearby. Ottomanelli’s in the West Village sells braciole at $5.99 a pound. It’s flank steak (or other cheap cuts) pounded, stuffed, rolled and tied with string. The stuffing is up to you or your butcher. Ottomanelli uses tiny chunks of garlic, flat parsley, olive oil, salt and pepper. No breadcrumbs or cheese in this braciole! Brown it in a hot pan with olive oil, then braise it. We used San Marzano tomatoes, chopped up in their juice, and extended with water, plus some freshly grated nutmeg, and a mixture of freshly cracked black peppercorns and allspice berries, and some 2006 Rully. This particular mixture was maybe a bit too much on the sweet side – next time we will go heavier on the tomatoes.

Important – remove the braciole when they are done! You want them just moist in the center. Then cook down the tomato sauce, now flavored by the meat, to about half, and drizzle over the braciole. Chris Lombardi serves spaghetti as well. Fantastic with more of the Rully (‘En Guesnes’ 2006 from Vincent Dureiul-Janthial).

(Note: this is an Italian-American dish, pronounced “brazh-ol” from Sicilian dialect. Singular is braciola. In Italy this would be called involtini and probably prepared differently.)

Enter to win the Matador Jay Reatard 7″s

By Dean on Friday, December 19th, 2008

Remember the glory days of summer? Sitting in front of your computer, patiently refreshing your browser, praying aloud for privilege of shelling out your lawn mowing money for every 7″ in the Jay Reatard singles series. You dreamt of righteous music (or ebay gold).

We know a lot of you weren’t able to successfully assemble the full set, but now you have one more chance. Enter our Jay Reatard 7″ contest to get the whole series AND a signed copy of the Jay Reatard/Beck split 7″. This time, no infuriating checkout debacles or delayed shipping. Just click on the banner below and enter your email. We will randomly select one winner on Monday, January 5th.

Good luck.


By Miwa on Friday, December 19th, 2008

Yet another shining example of bringing together fine music and comedy.
A.C. Newman joined (far left) Dave Hill, host of the Dave Hill Explosion, Carl Arnheiter (in elf hat), and Brett Gelman (as many New Yorkers know as “Little Bit o’Luck” which can’t be easy when he’s at the deli) as special musical guest at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade theater last night. Carl sang “Get Guilty” and “Drink to Me, Babe, Then” and then gets interviewed about his Canadianness, the burning question being Triumph or Rush, and which of Carl’s two bands brings him most pleasure. This is all after the audience gets assaulted by party poppers, flying chocolates, a midget wrestling Dave with nunchucks, and a song and dance by Mr. Hill. It was certainly a night of holiday cheer and man love.