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Food

1 Pablano Pepper

1/2 Yellow Onion

3 Garlic Gloves

6 Eggs

4 Slices Pepper Jack Cheese

Basil

Olive Oil

Vinegar

Butter

Salt & Pepper

Sourdough Bread

Dinosaur Kale

Green Tea

  • Chop and saute pepper + onion in butter.
  • Meanwhile, clean, cut and set to steam 4 leaves of kale in a covered pan of water.
  • Add Garlic to a teaspoon of olive oil in the middle of skillet once onions are translucent.
  • After just a minute or so, stir garlic in with the rest of the pan and then move the vegetables to the sides of the pan.
  • Add eggs and scramble them, mixing in the vegetables once their close to finished.
  • Add chopped basil + cheese slices and cover.
  • Toast sourdough bread.
  • Remove steamed kale and mix with salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar of choice.
  • Butter toast and serve with eggs + tea (serves 3)

Music
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“The musical style most prominently focused on in this volume is the infamous Iraqi choubi, (pronounced choe-bee), with its distinct driving rhythm that can feature fiddles, double-reed instruments, bass, keyboards and oud over its signature beat.Choubi is Iraq’s version of the regionally popular dabke, another celebratory Levantine folkloric style of rhythm and line dance. What really defines the Iraqi choubi sound are the crisp, rapid-fire machine-gun style percussive rhythms set atop the main beat. To the uninitiated, they sound almost electronic. Sometimes they are, but more often this is the work of the khishba – a unique hand-drum of nomadic origin (aka the zanbour – Arabic for wasp), which appears across the board in many styles of Iraqi music today, with extensions of it also heard in Syrian and Kuwaiti music.
           What has happened to Iraq since the 2003 US invasion and eventual occupation? Endless death, destruction and chaos, the complete take-down of a functional sovereign secular government [regardless of your opinion on that government], puppet installations, contrived sectarian divisions, the wholesale looting of culture, rampant opportunism, and apparently no lessons learned – all at the Iraqi people’s expense.” 

           The tracks on this collection were produced during the Saddam era – between the 1980s and early-2000s. An important goal within the Iraqi Baathist agenda was to promote its brand of secularism, which saw the establishment of cultural centres, and a fostering of the arts. Music was more encouraged, albeit more institutionalized than ever – particularly folkloric and heritage music such as choubi. In an Iraqi army comprised of seven divisions, Saddam referred to singers as the eighth. Still, unless a rare level of stardom has been achieved, being a singer or musician isn’t usually encouraged or viewed as a respectable lifestyle in much of the Arab world. It’s often those deemed social outsiders that tend to find their niche in music – particularly the ‘party music’ heard on this collection. Among them are the Rom Gypsy Iraqis (known as Kawliya in Arabic). A number of female singers wear masks and adopt pseudonyms to protect their identities, as some are runaways or prostitutes making ends meet in the seedy nightclub scene. Occasionally, they end up with successful recording careers.”
Sublime Frequencies  PO BOX 17971 SEATTLE, WA 98127 USA

 

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Food

I’ve been quiet the last couple of months due to hand surgery to repair a torn scapholunate ligament.  Yet now summer is here, so let the good times roll!  This one is to ease back into things –super simple and simply delicious.

  • Three Eggs
  • Butter
  • Nancy’s Cottage Cheese
  • Green Tabasco
  • One Tomato
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Basil (fresh if you have it, dry if you don’t)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Tellicherry Black Pepper
  • Organic Blue Corn Chips
  • Green Tea

–Start iron skillet on high flame.
–Crack eggs into bowl, add a grind of sea salt + black pepper, and stir.
–Add butter to pan and lower heat to medium.
–Add eggs to pan, lifting up edges of egg once it’s cooked a few   seconds to let uncooked egg up underneath.
–Spread a couple Tbs of cottage cheese over half of the omelette and   sprinkle liberally w. green tabasco.
–Fold omelette and then flip onto serving plate.
–Turn heat to lowest setting and add a little olive oil.
–Chop tomato, cilantro, and basil (if fresh) and toss into skillet just to   warm it all up a couple minutes.
–Add more ground sea salt and pepper.
–Pour this mix over top of the omelette
–Serve with chips and the obligatory green tea of your choice

Eat with a smile

Music

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“Now Please Don’t You Cry, Beautiful Edith (about Kirk’s wife) was the first of his all groove sides.  Unlike Rip, Rig, and Panic from two years earlier in 1965, this set featured an in-the-pocket rhythm section. Adventure was not the name of the game on this date, feeling was — and for the job he got some of the finest cats working in the groove jazz idiom: drummer Grady Tate, pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, and bassist Ronnie Boykins. ”
Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com

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No Food – Live 
Music

I went to the Seattle Chamber Music Series today and heard a program that included:
Britten: Phantasy Quartet in F minor for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2download audio sample
Dvořák: String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77 download audio sample

Schulhoff: Duo for Violin and Cello
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100 download audio sample

They were supposed to include Shostakovich’s 13th String Quartet –which is what initially drew me to the performance– however they replaced it with Schulhoff, with whom I was totally unfamiliar.  Turns out to have been the show stopper which got the only standing ovation (no doubt in part due to Walter Gray, cello and Mikhail Shmidt, violin, the latter whom was particularly animated [“historionic” I heard one woman say after the show]).  Anyway, in his time, Schulhoff was apparently quite a character,  even setting the communist manifesto to music as an oratorio.  Tragically, because of his Jewish descent and his radical politics, he and his works were labelled degenerate and blacklisted by the Nazi regime and his life and career were tragically cut short by tuberculosis in the Wulzburg concentration camp in 1942. Until very recently Schulhoff’s work was rarely noted or performed.  It is definitely worth hearing!

Read about him
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“Absolute art is revolution, it requires additional facets for development, leads to overthrow (coups) in order to open new paths…and is the most powerful in music…. The idea of revolution in art has evolved for decades, under whatever sun the creators live, in that for them art is the commonality of man. This is particularly true in music, because this art form is the liveliest, and as a result reflects the revolution most strongly and deeply–the complete escape from imperialistic tonality and rhythm, the climb to an ecstatic change for the better.”  –Erwin Schulhoff, 1919

Listen to his Duoschulhoff

 

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Food

  1. One+ lbs. Beef Tenderloin
  2. Fresh Beef Bone Broth (Prepare in advance)
  3. One small Red Cabbage
  4. OneRed Onion
  5. Five cloves Garlic
  6. One bundle Dinosaur Kale
  7. Spinach
  8. Rice Noodles
  9. Butter
  10. Olive Oil
  11. Fish Sauce
  12. Chilli Paste
  13. Soy Sauce
  14. Hijiki, Wakame, & Kombu seaweed
  15. Button Shitake Mushrooms
  • Chop onion and saute in half a stick of butter in a large pan.
  • Chop cabbage and add to onion.
  • Tear kale stems from leaves, chop them separately and add the stems to the pan
  • In the background, have the broth heating up.
  • In the foreground, chop the tenderloin into cubes.
  • Brown meat  iron skillet on high flame + remove  from heat after turning once.
  • Crush garlic cloves
  • When onion and cabbage are pretty thoroughly sauteed, spread them  to the sides of the pan and in the open space in the middle, add a tbs olive oil, fish sauce, and the garlic (mind the flame is low)
  • Saute garlic combination two minutes + then mix together contents of pan.
  • Add to broth together with chopped kale leaves and as much spinach as you like.
  • Add seaweed + whole button shitake mushrooms
  • Let soup simmer and just before serving, add a handful of rice noodles.
  • Add meat separately so that it doesn’t heat beyond warming up in the soup bowl.
  • Add soy sauce and chili paste to taste.
  • YUM!

Music

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The Knife, Shaking the Habitual  <–read the great comic, End Extreme Weatlth!
“Within the album’s expanse, these are moments that alternately seethe and soothe, testing and prodding both the listener’s expectations and his or her patience. They also massage the album’s plentiful organic charges into a sonic puzzle with an almost symphonic reach, one that’s as challenging, bounteous, and ultimately unknowable as anything you’ll hear this year.”   –residentadvisor.net

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Food

  1. Spargel (White Asparagus)
  2. Red Potatoes
  3. Pork Chop
  4. Romaine Lettuce
  5. Lemon
  6. Olive Oil
  7. Salt + Pepper
  8. Garlic
  9. Butter
  10. Lindt 85% Dark Chocolate
  11. Assam Tea

–Prepare spargel (peel) and boil potatoes (peel after cooked)

–Steam spargel + saute chop

–Mix lemon , olive oil, garlic, salt + pepper and whisk vigorously

–Pour dressing over salad

–Serve chop with potatoes and pan drippings

–Saute butter in skillet and pour over spargel

–Finish with 1 square Lindt dark chocolate and a cup of Assam tea

Music

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“Had The Spectrum Between been released by anybody other than David Grubbs, it would garner instant critical acclaim for its impeccable songwriting and instant accessibility. The artist would be declared the new John Denver, and whimsical yuppies around the world would instantly make it a best-selling record. But this is David Grubbs. This is the man responsible for Gastr del Sol and 1998’s brilliant The Thicket.”    Matt LeMay, Pitchfork

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Arion

This is he–Arion–
the Grecian Caruso
concermaster of the ancient world
priceless as a necklace
or rather as a constellation
singing
to the ocean billows and traders in silks
to the tyrants and mule herders
The crowns blacken on the tryants’ heads
and the sellers of onion cakes
for the first time err in their figures to their own disadvantage

What Arion is singing about
nobody here could say exactly
the essential thing is that he restores world harmony
the sea gently rocks the land
fire talks to water without hatred
in the shadow of one hexameter lie down
wolves and roe deer goshawks and doves
and the child goes to sleep on the lion’s mane
as in a cradle
Look how the animals are smiling
People are living on white flowers
and everything is just as good
as it was in the beginning

This is he –Arion–
precious and multiplied
cause of giddiness
standing in a blizzard of images
he has eight fingers like an octave
and he sings

Until from the blues in the west
unravel the luminous threads of saffron
which show that night is coming close
Arion with a friendly shake of his head
says good-by to
the mule herders and tryrants
the shopkeepers and philosophers
and in the harbor mounts the back
of a tame dolphin

–I’ll be seeing you–

How handsome Arion is
–say all the girls–
when he floats out to sea
alone
with a garland of horizons on his head

-by Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998)

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Food

  1. 1/2 Head of Purple Cabbage
  2. 1 Dozen Crimini Mushrooms
  3. 1/2 Yellow Onion
  4. 10 Cloves Garlic
  5. 1 lb ground bison or grass fed ground beef
  6. Viet Hu’o’ng Fish Sauce
  7. Baharat Spice Mixture
  8. Beef Tallow
  9. Organic Butter
  10. Basmati Rice
  11. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  12. Organic Romaine Lettuce
  13. Olive Oil
  14. Fresh Ground Pepper
  15. Sea Salt
  16. Eastern Beauty Oolong Tea
  17. Dark Chocolate

–Drop the needle to begin so Magic Sam is the environment.

–Begin cooking by rinsing 1 cup basmati rice a few times to wash off excess starch (until water runs clear) and then putting it on the stove in a pot of 1&1/4 cups water.

–Next, put a generous portion of beef tallow + butter in a separate skillet on medium heat.

–Chop 1/2 head of cabbage and 1/2 yellow onion and add to skillet.

–Toss to coat evenly in tallow/butter mix and then add a few tablespoons of Baharat spice mixture with an equal amount of fish sauce.

–Add meat and mix together with vegetables.

–Cover and lower heat to simmer.

–By this time the rice should have evaporated the water down to just below the rice line so it can be covered for 15 minutes on the lowest simmer.

–Chop mushrooms and sprinkle on top of what’s in the skillet and cover the dish and let simmer.

–Meanwhile, wash and chop lettuce and put in a bowl.

–For the dressing, squeeze and then mix 1 part lemon juice with 3 parts olive oil and add garlic, salt, and pepper (I use 1 lemon with 4 garlic cloves and enough oil, salt + pepper.  Then I keep the extra in a jar in the fridge for later).

–After the rice has steamed 15min, turn off heat and cover with a thick towel to absorb the steam so the rice ends up nice and fluffy (after approximately 10 minutes with a few towel changes).

–Meanwhile, crush 6 cloves of garlic into a little open space that you make in the middle of what’s cooking in the skillet so the garlic can simmer a minute or two in the juices before you stir evertything all together.

–Cover and simmer until rice is ready.

–Serve rice with baharat yum and a big lemon dressing green salad, Oolong tea to drink, and finish with a square of the dark chocolate of your choice.

Music

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Labels big and small have forsaken this type of honest and straightforward production, preferring to try concocting a higher level of funkiness through extravagent over-production, boring superstar guest appearances, and insipid studio practices such as prerecorded rhythm tracks and dipstick guitar solos punched in a note at the time. Forget all this jive and check out a track such as “You Belong to Me,” where the guitarist cuts loose with a restrained solo that sometimes dances ahead of the beat like a country fiddler while the band pumps away on a superb riff.  The players here, including the fine guitarist Mighty Joe Young, pianist Lafayette Leake, and a muscular rhythm section, are the best of the best. No information is provided on the songwriting, so the assumption is that these tunes are all originals by Magic Sam. None are too obviously adopted from standards, but the opening “I Just Want a Little Bit” was much copied by other blues artists.
by Eugene Chadbourne (from the blog: plain and fancy)

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Food

  1. Nancy’s Organic (sour) Cottage Cheese
  2. Banana
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Sea Salt
  5. Ground Pepper
  6. Yamamotoyama Organic Sencha Green Tea bag

Stir up a bowl of Nancy’s cottage cheese with lots of fresh ground pepper, a pinch of sea salt, and a tablespoon (plus) of olive oil.  Peel and eat banana.  Brew and drink tea.  Bam!


Music

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New from Cincinnati’s Boy Froot 2014


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Food

  1. Garlic
  2. Orange
  3. Tulsi Green Tea
  4. Red Potatoes
  5. Bubbie’s Traditional Old World Sauerkraut
  6. Aidells Garlic & Gruyer Cheese Smoked Chicken Sausages
  7. Dinosaur Kale
  8. Organic Butter
  9. Red Wine Vinegar
  10. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  11. Ground Pepper & Sea Salt
  12. Mustard
  13. Dark Chocolate

Today I felt a wee-little-bit-of-a cough down-deep so I  decided to nip it in the bud:
Eat one large clove of Garlic (raw) and one Orange and prepare a large cup of strong Tulsi Green Tea.  Next, add 4 Red Potatoes to boiling water and in separate pan add a bed of Sauerkraut with two Sausages on top.  Cover the latter and steam about ten minutes.  Meanwhile, wash half a bundle of kale, strip the leaves off and chop the stems and leaves separately.  Once the Sausages are done, remove from heat. In their place, put on water to steam the kale with the chopped stems in the bottom, just covered in water, and with the leaves on top, covered. Remove quickest cooking potatoes once fork-soft and skin them, leaving larger ones to cook a little longer.  After 5 minutes the kale will be ready (fresh green color, not dark from over cooking).  Serve potatoes slathered in butter with salt and pepper to taste, toss the kale in vinegar, oil, salt, + pepper, and serve the sauerkraut + sausages with mustard on the side.  Drink tea and finish with two squares dark chocolate.
Sleep.

Music
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The facts:

Lester Bowie – trumpet
Arthur Blythe – alto sax
Amina Myers – piano, organ, vocal
Malachi Favors – bass
Phillip Wilson – drums

1. Amina (Bowie, Blythe, Myers, Favors, Wilson)
2. Captain Courageous (Lester Bowie)
3. Tricky Slicky (Bowie, Blythe, Myers, Favors, Wilson)
4. Chili MacDonald (Bowie, Blythe, Myers, Favors, Wilson)
5. For Fela (Lester Bowie)

Recorded in Rome on April 16, 1978 at Mama Dog Studio and produced by Aldo Sinesio

Long out of print; courtesy of inconstant sol

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Food

  1. Onion
  2. Garlic
  3. Sea Salt & Fresh Pepper
  4. Adelle’s Cajun Style Andouille Sausage
  5. Rainbow Chard
  6. Organic Peeled Whole Tomatoes
  7. Organic Butter
  8. Olive Oil
  9. Ancient Harvest Quinua + Corn Flour Noodles

Saute 1/4 Onion in 1/2in of a stick of Butter at low heat.  In a separate pot, boil water for noodles.  Meanwhile, wash a bunch of Chard, strip the stems, chop them up and add them in with the onions, putting aside the leaves for later.  Slice and add a couple+ Sausages. When pot of water boils, turn down to a simmer and cover.  Chop/press 3 large cloves of Garlic and add with a splash of Olive Oil.   After a few minutes but before things begin to stick to the pan, add the liquid from one can of Tomatoes.  Turn heat up to high.  With a wood spoon, move contents of pan toward the edges and then into the center you’ve cleared, pour the Tomatoes into the pan.  Grind in Pepper and Sea salt to taste. Chop tomatoes into quarters using wood tool and then liquidize them using a potatoes masher.  Add the noodles to the boiling water. Once the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated a bit, mix everything together and simmer for a couple minutes while chopping the Chard leaves vertically into 3 or 4strips and then horizontally into small pieces. Stir the sauce and then scatter the Chard over the top, covering for about 4 minutes on a lower heat.  6-9 minutes after adding the noodles (erring on the side of al dente) drain noodles and put to the side.  Add sauce over the top.  Bob head to Bird + Fats and eat with relish!

Music
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“This set contains the originally released Birdland set pairing Bird with Fats Navarro and Bud Powell. Navarro would die shortly after these recordings were made on July 7, 1950 due to a combination of tuberculosis and heroin addiction. He was only 26. Bird, Fats and Bud are splendid on all these long and relaxed performances.” —jazzmessengers.com

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