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.

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

by Alexander




  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!

“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

by Alexander

I just heard/saw Morton Subotnick/Lillevan melt space/time at Town Hall in Seattle.  The surround sound was awesome in the true sense of the word and Subotnick/Lillevan created sounds/images both beautiful and challenging.  Need I say more?….  Here’s a taste from youTube.

“Following up Subotnick’s debut album, Silver Apples of the Moon was a record that was in many ways its twin partner: Titled The Wild Bull, it was commissioned by Nonesuch Records, executed on the newly-created Buchla synthesizer, sequenced into two parts (Side One and Side Two) totaling a length just under a half an hour and loosely inspired by poetry from the pre-technological past of humanity. But the similarities quickly end there, because whereas his previous album was based on the verse of Yeats and underlined by glittering displays of avant-garde freakouts and peaceful planetary soliloquies, on The Wild Bull Subotnick was touched with an inspiration far removed in both time and space and one infinitely darker than the space between the planets: namely, with a Sumerian poem cuneiformed into wet tablets sometime around 1700BC, from which The Wild Bull takes its title.”  Julien Copeland, headheritage.co.uk

by Jefferson Petry


  1. Morning Elixer 
  2. Ethiopian Coffee from Cafe Vita
  3. Free Range Eggs from Wilcox Farms
  4. Organic Dino Kale
  5. Basmati Rice
  6. Northwest Honey from Anna’s Farm
  7. Organic CostaRican Vanilla Extract
  8. Organic Raw Sugar
  9. Whole Milk from Twin Brook Creamery
  10. Olive Oil + Red Wine Vinegar
  11. Sea Salt
  12. Tellicherry Fresh Ground Black Pepper from The Spice House

Prepare + imbibe Morning Elixer (minus tea+nuts).  Wash Basmati rice until the water runs clear.  Put 1 cup rice + 1&3/4 cups H2O in pan, bring to boil, then turn down heat to lowest setting once H2O is at level of rice.  Cover for 15 minutes then turn off heat and put a folded towel over the pan to dry out the rice as it finishes it’s steaming.  Meanwhile, wash a bundle of Dino Kale and then tear the stems from the leaves, chopping both separately.  Place stems in bottom of steamer with chopped leaves on top and steam for 7-10 minutes, no longer so they stay bright green.  Put kettle on and subsequently brew Ethiopian Coffee.  Meanwhile, place seasoned iron skillet on high heat until it is good and hot, then add butter and just before browning turn down heat to medium-low. Drop in a couple of eggs to fry, flipping them after a couple minutes, at which point heat can be killed.  Simultaneously, steam a cup of Milk. Once Kale is done, toss the leaves and stems together in olive oil, red wine vinegar, and fresh ground salt and pepper.  Once milk is steamed, pour into bowl over 1 tsp Honey, a few drops of Vanilla, a couple shakes of cinnamon and then add 1/2cup rice.  Serve Eggs and Kale on a plate, rice + milk in a bowl, and a big mug of black coffee.  YUM!

“After remaining unreleased for over a decade, the session that comprised Horace Parlan’s  Happy Frame of Mind record was issued as a Booker Ervin album entitled Back From the Gig.  Horace Parlan, however, was the leader for the session, and the album was originally scheduled to be released in the mid-’60s by Blue Note as Happy Frame of Mind. Back From the Gig finds Horace Parlan breaking away from the soul-inflected hard bop that had become his trademark, moving his music into more adventurous, post-bop territory. Aided by a first-rate quintet — trumpeter Johnny Coles, tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Butch Warren, drummer Billy Higgins — Parlan produces a provocative set that is grounded in soul and blues but stretches out into challenging improvisations. None of the musicians completely embrace the avant-garde, but there are shifting tonal textures and unpredictable turns in the solos which have been previously unheard in Parlan’s music. Perhaps that’s the reason the session sat unissued in Blue Note’s vaults until 1976, when it was released as part of a double-record Booker Ervin set, but the fact of the matter is, it’s one of Parlan’s most successful efforts, finding the perfect middle ground between accessible, entertaining jazz and more adventurous music.”  –Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com

by Alexander


Gyokuro Green Tea


by Alexander



  1. one Apple (or Grapefruit, Pear, etc)
  2. ten grams Spirulina
  3. eight grams Chlorella
  4. one tbls Dr.Bronner’s  Fair Trade Virgin Coconut Oil
  5. one pint H2O
  6. seven Brazil Nuts (and/or a handful of almonds/walnuts)
  7. one cup Mao Feng Green Tea

Put on tea kettle and set up tea pot.  Slice and eat apple while mixing sea greens into a pint glass of water using a small whisk.  Leave one Apple slice aside for last.  Drink sea greens when mixed.  Put Coconut Oil in mouth and let melt –YUM!  Eat nuts and finish up with last apple slice.  Drink tea and go forth into the day.  Repeat every morning….

“Dripping with ad-hoc samples and looped echo, the mixtape opens with an instrumental piece; the atmosphere it conjures is thick and grime-ridden, a gloop-smothered gateway into some hash-riddled snuff box of impropriety and prank. …BOY FROOT plays the length of LOOTERS to his advantage. The music is a drugged-up sprawl of well-crafted and inventive hip-hop that resets the boundaries of home recording.”

–BIRKUT, TinyMixTapes.com



  1. four Red Potatoes
  2. one pound chuck steak
  3. five leaves Romain Lettuce
  4. Tallow
  5. Butter
  6. Olive Oil
  7. Spices

Place pot on stove and bring 1/2in water to boil.  Meanwhile, peel potatoes and cut into 1/8ths.  Bring water to lowest setting, drop potatoes in steaming basket into pot and cover.  Next, take a wide cup and put in 3tbs oil, lots of cumin + chili powder, a little less paprika, sea salt + ground pepper, and even less cayenne.  Also, add some worcester sauce or A1 or something else with vinegar.  Whisk mixture and then pour 1/2 on one side of grass fed steak, holding the rest for the other side.  Let meat stand a while.  Meanwhile, take an iron skillet and put it on highest flame and get it REAL nice and hot.  Drop in good bit of homemade Tallow and once melted add the meat.  Cook intuitively, maybe 4 minutes one side and 3 minutes the other, brushing the remainder of the oil + spices on the second side, then remove, cover, and let rest.  Next, pour water out of potatoes (they should be checked up on so they are fork soft, but not overly steamed) and then leave uncovered in order to dry a little bit.  Last thing is to take an empty mustard jar and put in 3 more tbs Olive Oil, 2 tbs red wine vinegar, crushed dried Basil, and salt + ground pepper (Garlic and Onions go a long way too, though this is the quick and dirty version).  Put top on jar and shake to the music.  Wash, dry, and tear up lettuce and pour as much dressing as you want over it.  Makes 1 serving salad and 2 servings meat + potatoes.


“Elizabeth Walling could be Brighton’s answer to Fever Ray’s Karin Dreijer Andersson, with her queer masked costumes and avant-garde electronica. Her repertoire draws from sci-fi film scores, choral music, underwater life and the paranormal. The visual accoutrements – stark, monochrome videos, theatrical live shows – are striking, but the brooding, atmospheric scores on this debut are thrilling enough to stand alone. The Entire City is named after a Max Ernst painting, and Walling casts her metropolis as both comfort and threat; the safeness and succor of Concrete Mother becomes suffocating claustrophobia on Nest, with its suspense-filled percussion, and the war-like rush of the eponymous track becomes stark isolation on Changelings. The album feels all the more arcane for its nakedness, its mood shifting subtly from sensual and euphoric to eerie foreboding. Walling is both star and morphing other, warping breathy harmonies and siren miasmas into elegant cyborg operas. A stunning debut.”  –Charlotte Richardson Andrews, The Guardian, Thursday 14 July 2011

by Alexander



  1. two table spoons Chia seeds
  2. one handful of Kakao Nibs
  3. three table spoons of shelled Hemp seeds
  4. one table spoon Organic Free trade Coconut Oil
  5. one teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea
  6. two cups of frozen Mixed Berries
  7. six leaves of large leafed Kale
  8. one teaspoon of Blackberry Honey
  9. large handful of cashews

Whisk Chia until it is suspended in 1 cup of water, then add the Hemp and the cashew nuts to soak. Meanwhile, bring another cup of water to boil and when the kettle whistles, pour into a 2 cup glass to the 1 cup line.  Mix in Matcha with a small whisk and then add the Kakao Nibs. Add Mixed Berries and let melt.  Wash Kale and then tear stems apart from the kale.  Chop the kale stems, add them to the blender, tear up the Kale leaves and  put the leaves aside.  Take a small glass and fill with hot water from kettle and melt the coconut oil and honey. Put on ear plugs and add both the soaking and the melting cups  to the blender, then also add the small honey + coconut oil  and blend it all up. Stop the blender and add the  torn Kale leaves.  This should fill the blender to six cups, though if there is room for more water you can top it off.

DVD-meisterklasse“Although there is no dearth of great performances of Bach’s Suites for solo cello — indeed, they seem to be increasing geometrically as the years go by — this 2003 recording by Maria Kliegel still deserves to be heard. Heck, it deserves to be embraced and cherished as one of the warmest, most human, and most moving performances of the Suites ever recorded. Listening to Kliegel, one is hardly aware of her magnificent technique any more than one is aware of her magisterial interpretations. Although deeply individualistic, Kliegel’s performances are so effortless, so natural, so inevitable that one is hardly aware that they are performances. One seems instead to hear the music without an intermediary, its long lines, its dark colors, and its ineluctable rhythms without mediation. Better yet, one seems to hear the emotional, the intellectual, and the spiritual contents of the music without intermediary, its brilliance, its evanescence, and its profundity without mediation. While Kliegel’s phrasing and tempos are all her own, the heights and depths of her performances seem greater than the sum of the phrasing and tempo. They appear to touch the infinite.”  —James Leonard, allmusic.com

by Alwyn + Alexander


“The financial collapse and Occupy’s insight have shattered the bipartisan conservative consensus that dominated both parties after Reagan –on austerity, deregulation, free trade, privatization and more. Now progressives have the more compelling argument: for a generation, they argue, entrenched interests have rigged the rules, lowering taxes on the rich and stashing trillions abroad.  They starved investments vital to our future, from renovating decrepit infrastructure to supporting public education from pre-K to college. Multinationals defined trade policies that racked up record deficits and shipped jobs abroad.  Insurance and drug companies hiked healthcare costs to the highest in the wold, as quality lagged. Banks have been rescued; homeowners and students have been abandoned. The old policies are serving only the few”

— The New Insurgents by Robert L. Borosage, The Nation, Oct.21, 2013


“The basic conceit of Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms, that hip-hop producer Oh No sampled exclusively from the catalogue of composer Galt MacDermot, is a clever one….. At the center of this project is a 78-year-old man who’s welcomed producers…into his home to peruse his collection for sample records….. Galt grew up listening to his musical father’s records and studied and internalized the local music when his family moved to South Africa during his college years. Oh No’s beginnings are similar. Born into a musical family with an encouraging musician father, he parsed what he liked and developed it…. So the union of these two artists, from different times and places, who simply love music and made it their lives is, I can’t lie, heartening. I realize that’s a very rosy and uncool way to look at the world, but Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms just kind of does that to you.”
Peter Macia; December 13, 2006, Pitchfork

by Alexander



      I am writing to you from the end of the world.  You must realize this. The trees often tremble.  We collect the leaves.  They have a ridiculous number of veins.  But what for?  There’s nothing between them and the tree any more, and we go off troubled.
     Could not life continue on earth without wind?  or must everything tremble, always, always?
     There are subterranean disturbances, too, in the house as well, like angers which might come to face you, like stern beings who would like to wrest confessions.
     We see nothing, except what is so unimportant to see.
     Nothing, and yet we tremble.  Why?

“Henri Michaux (1899-1984) was  a Belgian poet and painter who wrote in French and became a French citizen.  Michaux traveled all over the world, experimented with drugs, and has written extensively about these experiences.  For sheer invention and imaginative range he is unequaled in the 20th Century”  –Charles Simic & Mark Strand

P1050280First published in 1976 by The Ecco Press, Third Printing, paperbound, 1985

by Alexander