Archive for January, 2012

Playlist: new in 2012

January 28, 2012

“A Few Honest Words,” Ben Sollee
“Niggas In Paris (Prof. Xavier Moombahcore Remix),” Jay-Z & Kanye West
“Mas Cerca,” Goapele
“Janaina,” Otto
“Neverends” Vijay Kishore
“Coconutt,” Panda Valium
“You’ll Improve Me,” Junior Boys
“Melody,” Kate Earl
“Breakadawn (Jon Kwest Remix),” De La Soul
“Take me to the other side,” iori’s eyes
“Automatic (Drunkmaster Flex X Pickster One Remix),” Pointer Sisters
“Whatever U Want (Jwls Bootleg),” Consequence featuring Kanye West & John Legend
“Itchy Fingers,” Junior Boys
“Terrified,” Among Savages
“Termontiene,” Panda Valium
“Resbalosas,” Susana Baca
“La Mania (Sabo’s Corto Edit),” Billy The Gent
“Maximalist,” Baths
“ep,” Junior Boys
“Departure,” Baths
“Demon Host,” Timber Timbre
“Fat Booty Moombahsoul,” Melo & Pickster
“Island Brothers,” Bonnie “Prince” Billy & the Cairo Gang

In this week’s New Yorker

January 28, 2012

My favorite thing about this week’s New Yorker was learning, from “The Missionary,” Dana Goodyear’s article about Mexican chef Javier Plascencia, above), the origin of Caesar salad:

“Caesar Cardini, an Italian restaurateur with places in Sacramento and San Diego, moved his operation to Tijuana in the early nineteen-twenties. He opened Caesar’s, a bistro with a long wooden bar and a black-and-white checkered floor, on Avenida Revolucion — once known as the most visited street in the world — where American couples went for margaritas, sombreros, and a quickie divorce.

“The first successful culinary export from Tijuana was the Caesar salad: hearts of romaine tossed tableside with coddled egg, oil, Parmesan, lemon, and crushed garlic, and designed to be eaten with the fingers, like asparagus. According to Julia Child, one of her first restaurant memories was of visiting Caesar’s with her parents around 1925. ‘My parents, of course, ordered the salad,’ she wrote. ‘Caesar himself rolled the big cart up to the table, tossed the romaine in a great wooden bowl.’ She went on, ‘It was a sensation of a salad from coast to coast, and there were even rumblings of its success in Europe….Before then, too, salads were considered rather exotic, definitely foreign, probably Bolshevist, and, anyway, food only for sissies.’ In 1953, a French epicurean society declared the Caesar ‘the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in fifty years.’ “

Photo diary: a stroll through the Mission District, 1-16-12

January 22, 2012

Andy and his high school girlfriend Holly, now a lesbian mom named Jamey, at Borderlands Bookstore

Andy and Jamey with her wife Carol on Balmy Alley

In this week’s New Yorker

January 22, 2012

Another stellar batch of cartoons!

Along with fine reporting by Ariel Levy on Callista Gingrich, Steve Coll on “Looking for Mullah Omar,” and William Finnegan, who traveled to Madagascar with club and restaurant superstar Eric Goode to observe his passion for saving rare breeds of tortoise. The latter piece is a real vocabulary expander; I picked up “chelonian,” “gular scute,” and “opuntia cactus.” Lots of astonishing tortoise lore: “Chelonians actually predate many dinosaurs. They have been lumbering around for more than two hundred million years, and have changed very little in all that time. Nobody knows how long individual plowshares live. Captain James Cook took away a radiated tortoise, the plowshare’s closest relative, and gave it to the King of Tonga, in 1777. It died in 1966.” And the next time there’s a lull in conversation over dinner, try telling your guests “Endoscopic turtle sexing will not become common practice in Madagascar any time soon.”

Poet Donald Hall contributes a poignant Personal History essay on aging, “Out the Window,” and Anthony Lane applies his characteristically droll erudition to reviewing Ralph Fiennes’ film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus: “The movie unfolds in a modern setting, and in modern dress. This will obviously be disappointing to any Gerard Butler fans who hoped to see their man reprise his majestic outfit from 300, which consisted of helmet, cloak, and pull-up Spartan diaper.” And whichever poetry editor has been slipping lyrics by pop songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon into the magazine has now added to the list Leonard Cohen. As usual, the lyric doesn’t fly so well on the page, but on the website you can scroll down and hear the track “Going Home” from Cohen’s forthcoming album, Old Ideas, hotly anticipated by me.

Playlist: Eclectica by Erika 1-9-12

January 22, 2012

“The Time (Dirty Bit),” Black Eyed Peas
“Common People,” William Shatner
“Little Lion Man,” Mumford & Sons
“Locked Up,” Ingrid Michaelson
“Gold Guns Girls,” Metric
“Animal,” Neon Trees
“Mr. Raven,” MC Lars
“Fett’s Vette,” MC Chris
“Low,” Flo Rida
“Imma Be,” Black Eyed Peas
“Everybody Ona Move,” Michael Franti & Spearhead
“Hello Bonjour,” Michael Franti & Spearhead
“Dust Bowl Children,” Alison Kraus
“Can’t Let Go,” Red Molly
“Will You Remember Me?,” The Pine Box Boys

“The Chain,” Ingrid Michaelson
“Born This Way/Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now/Firework,” The Chipmunks and the Chipettes
“Whole Foods Parking Lot,” DJ Dave


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