Saturday, January 31, 2009

Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers - "Hearts In Pain"

Friday, January 30, 2009

Break Up the Concrete

PRETENDERS - Break Up The Concrete (2008)

01. Boots of Chinese Plastic
02. Nothing Maker, The
03. Don't Lose Faith In Me
04. Don't Cut Your Hair
05. Love's a Mystery
06. Last Ride, The
07. Almost Perfect
08. You Didn't Have To
09. Rosalee
10. Break Up the Concrete
11. One Thing Never Changed

12. I Go to Sleep
13. Both Sides of Goodbye (with Willie Nelson)

The first Pretenders album after the longest recording layoff in the band's history (six years), BREAK UP THE CONCRETE finds Chrissie Hynde re-energized, fronting a new bunch of musicians on a fresh, arresting batch of new songs released on a new label. Original drummer Martin Chambers, still part of the touring outfit, is replaced here by session-drummer king Jim Keltner. Perhaps even more significantly, new arrival Eric Heywood (pedal steel) boasts a lengthy Americana resume (Son Volt, Jayhawks, Ray LaMontagne) and brings with him the highest quotient of rootsiness ever to occupy a Pretenders album. While there are some driving rockers that recall the glory days of "Precious" and "Tattooed Love Boys," with Keltner employing ingeniously mutated New Orleans-cum-Bo Diddley beats, a striking number of tracks here roam a more roots-rock-oriented area. Warm, organic acoustic-guitar strumming and long, keening pedal steel lines frame Hynde's one-of-a-kind voice on the slow-burning country-soul waltz "Don't Lose Faith in Me," the rather Lucinda Williams-esque "Love's a Mystery," and other smartly conceived tunes, balancing out an album that's simultaneously earthy and urgent.



Monday, January 26, 2009

Barack Obama / We Are One 2009-01-18 - Washington, D.C.

01. Various - Concert Intruducion
02. Various - The Star Spangled Banner
03. Denzel Washington - Speech
04. Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
05. Laura Linney & Martin Luther King III - Speech
06. Mary J. Blige - Lean On Me
07. Steve Carell & Jamie Foxx - Speech
08. Bettye Lavette And Jon Bon Jovi - Long Time Coming
09. Tom Hanks - Speech
10. Marisa Tomei - Speech
11. James Taylor, John Legend & Jennifer Nettles - Shower The People
12. Joe Biden - Speech
13. John Mellencamp - Pink Houses
14. Queen Latifah - Speech
15. Josh Groban & Heather Headley - Freedom Ring
16. Kal Penn & George Lopez - Speech
17. Herbie Hancock, Will.I.Am & Sheryl Crow - One Love
18. Tiger Woods - Speech
19. Renee Fleming - Medley
20. Jack Black & Rosario Dawson - Speech
21. Garth Brooks - American Pie-Shout-We Shall Be Free
22. Ashley Judd & Forest Whitaker - Speech
23. Usher, Stevie Wonder, & Shakira - Higher Ground
24. Samuel L. Jackson - Speech
25. U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)-City Of Blinding Lights
26. Various - Bald Eagles Presentation
27. Barack Obama - Speech
28. Pete Seeger With Bruce Springsteen - This Land
29. Beyonce & Cast - America The Beautiful
30. Various - Concert Credits

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Texas Cavier

  • 1 Can Yellow Corn
  • 1 Can White Corn
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can White Beans
  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 2 Medium Green Peppers
  • 1/2 Medium White Onion
  • 6 Green Onions
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1/2 Bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
  1. Thoroughly drain and rinse the corn and beans and place in a large bowl.
  2. Dice the tomatoes, white onion, green peppers, and green onions and add to the bowl. Normally I use the largest chef’s knife I can find to do any type chopping, but this time around I decided to try out our Kitchen Aid Food Chopper. I was a bit skeptical at first, but it turns out I was able to chop everything in about half the time. The only problem I had was with the tomatoes, so I’d suggest sticking with the knife for those guys.
  3. Using a garlic press, smash the cloves of garlic and add to the bowl.
  4. Cut the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and vein. Finely mince the remaining pepper flesh and add to the bowl. The white vein in the center of the pepper is where the heat is contained, so leave more of it if you want your caviar to have a kick. Also, if you don’t want your hands smelling like peppers for a couple days, then you should use food safe plastic gloves during this step. The oils from the jalapenos are very potent and will quickly soak into the skin on your hands. Even if you are wearing gloves, take extra caution during the step, especially if you are a contacts wearer…trust me!
  5. Finely mince the cilantro and add to the bowl. This is another ingredient that didn’t work well with the Kitchen Aid Food Chopper, so stick with the knife here too. Also feel free to vary the cilantro level to fit your own personal taste. Just make sure that you are using fresh leaf cilantro from the produce department and not the dried stuff you find in the spice aisle.
  6. Pour the Zesty Italian Dressing over the vegetable mixture and stir until the contents of the bowl are evenly distributed. If you’re really riding strong on the healthy bandwagon, try using Kraft Free Zesty Italian Dressing. You get the same bold taste without the fat content.
  7. You can eat the caviar immediately, but the flavors won’t fully meld together until it’s had a chance to rest. I always prepare the caviar the day before I plan to use it and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
  8. Serve with Tostitos Scoops and enjoy!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Beatles - an update from the NYT

If you still believe in Santa Claus, you might also have expected to wake up on Christmas morning and find an iPod stocked with the long-promised reissues of all the Beatles albums. But if you know the shocking truth about Santa, you probably know that the vaunted Beatles reissues don’t exist either, outside the vaults of EMI, the group’s record label, and Apple, the company the band set up in 1967 to oversee its interests.

Other long-anticipated Apple projects, like DVD versions of the Beatles’ Shea Stadium concert and the “Let It Be” film, failed to turn up for the holidays as well. And if you put any faith in Paul McCartney’s passing mention, in November, that the 1967 avant-garde track “Carnival of Light” might be released, don’t hold your breath: this track has been dangled before (about a decade ago, when Mr. McCartney used it as the soundtrack of an unreleased “photofilm,” made from photographs of the Beatles taken by his first wife, Linda).

Whenever Mr. McCartney releases a new album (as he did the week “Carnival of Light” was mentioned), reports of “long-lost” Beatles tracks that “might be released” suddenly surface, but the recordings themselves do not.Even the most believable of reports, floated by EMI insiders, proved fruitless this year.

During the summer EMI was said to be preparing a deluxe remastered edition of the “The Beatles” (popularly known as “The White Album”) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release. The anniversary came and went, with no sign of the reissue.Instead, Apple sent e-mail messages to fans directing them to, the official Web site, where they could celebrate the anniversary by buying a $395 “White Album” fountain pen. Also on offer were a “White Album” hoodie and T-shirts. Presumably, the wizards at Apple think people will want these things in time for the Beatles edition of Rock Band, the computer game to which the group agreed, this fall, to lend its name and music.

What’s wrong with this picture?

It is not for lack of interest at either end of the food chain that the Beatles can’t manage to get upgraded versions of their classic recordings onto the market, except by way of a video game or a site-specific show (Cirque du Soleil’s “Love,” in Las Vegas).EMI, which owns the group’s recordings, remastered them at least two years ago. According to a 1989 agreement that ended 20 years of lawsuits between the Beatles and EMI, the label can do nothing without an O.K. from Apple.

But Apple is supposedly keen: early in 2007 it hired Jeff Jones, a record executive whose last job was overseeing historical reissues for the superb Sony Legacy series.There would have been no reason to hire someone with that background if archival reissues were not in the company’s plans, and since Apple acts only with the unanimous consent of its four shareholders — Mr. McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison — presumably all four have agreed to a release program, at least in principle.And how many record labels, just now, are facing an army of consumers who are saying, in effect: “We’ve bought this music several times already — on mono and stereo LPs, on picture discs and audiophile vinyl, perhaps on cassette and most recently on CD — but please, we beg you, sell it to us again.”

So what’s the holdup? No one is willing to say, but Mr. McCartney recently asserted that EMI was demanding an unspecified concession that the Beatles were unwilling to make.Frankly, the reasons hardly matter at this point: to collectors awaiting these releases, either on physical CDs (improved sound being the main point of remastering) or as digital downloads (where convenience trumps audiophile considerations), the inability of Apple and EMI to get this music onto the market is a symbol of how pathetic the record business has become, and how dysfunctional Apple continues to be.

On Beatles chat boards and Web sites, the $395 pen, in particular, was greeted with derision.This must be intensely frustrating for Mr. Jones; in fact, people close to EMI and Apple say he has a significant list of projects that he would love to release. But in the nearly two years he’s been at Apple, he has presided over the video game agreement and a DVD documentary about the making of the “Love” show (which, in truth, includes a few revealing moments, showing the difficulties of dealing with Apple’s shareholders, from Cirque du Soleil’s point of view).While EMI and Apple have been squabbling, collectors have taken matters into their own hands, pooling unreleased tracks and compiling anthologies that are far more ambitious than anything EMI is likely to release. Usually, these unauthorized desktop bootleg projects (which are of course illegal) have attractive cover art and copious annotations, and these days money rarely changes hands for them: the people who compile them distribute them freely (and encourage others to do so) either on home-burned CDs and DVDs or, increasingly, on the Internet.Some are curatorial masterpieces.

A label called Purple Chick has assembled deluxe editions of each commercially released album, offering the original discs in their mono and stereo mixes, along with the singles (also in mono and stereo) released at the time, as well as every known demo, studio outtake and alternative mix.Drawing mostly on an earlier generation of less obsessively organized bootlegs and adding otherwise unbootlegged rarities when they turn up, Purple Chick has generally chosen the best-sounding and most complete takes (editing together fragments where necessary) and has done some speed correction and other sonic tweaking.It offers upgrades, as well: when copies of the unmixed, unedited four-track masters of four songs from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” began circulating at the end of last year, Purple Chick revised its “Sgt. Pepper” compilation to accommodate them.So if you wanted to celebrate the anniversary of “The White Album,” you could turn to Purple Chick’s “Beatles Deluxe,” which covers 10 CDs. And if you want to begin the new year by commemorating the 40th anniversary of the “Let It Be” sessions, which ran from Jan. 2 to 31, 1969, you still have a few days to find Purple Chick’s “A/B Road,” which offers nearly 96 hours of those sessions on 83 CDs.It can be a slog — songs are rehearsed endlessly — but its best moments are magical. Along with discussions, fights and jam sessions, you hear classic tracks coming together, from the first time one of the Beatles walks the others through its chord progression, straight through to the finished arrangement, with lyrics taking shape along the way.Purple Chick has also compiled the group’s BBC radio performances on 10 CDs and a CD-ROM (compared with EMI’s two-CD official release), and is currently working its way through all the available concert recordings.Another label, Lazy Tortoise, is compiling chronologically all the Beatles’ television and radio interviews. And on DVD, the FAB label is doing the same with the group’s film and television appearances, from 1962 to the present.

Nobody who collects these things would hesitate to buy officially released archival projects, if only Apple and EMI would release them. Perhaps by the time the 40th anniversary of the “Abbey Road” album rolls around, on Sept. 26, Apple and EMI will have gotten it together.


ARTIST : Fall Out Boy
TITLE : Folie A Deux
LABEL : Island Records
GENRE : Rock
BITRATE : 214 kbps avg
PLAYTIME : 00:50:29
SIZE : 81.2MB
STORE DATE : 2008-12-16

Track List
1. Disloyal Order Of Water Buffaloes 4:17
2. I Don't Care 3:34
3. She's My Winona 3:51
4. America's Suitehearts 3:34
5. Headfirst Slide Into Coopestown On A Bad Bet 3:54
6. The (Shipped) Gold Standard 3:18
7. (Coffee's For Closers) 4:35
8. What A Catch, Donnie 4:50
9. 27 3:12
10. Tiffany Blews 3:44
11. w.a.m.s 4:38
12. 20 Dollar Nose Bleed 4:17
13. West Coast Smoker 2:45


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Only used the portion of the Brussels show that was soundboard quality. As for the other decent tracks that surround this broadcast, you'll have to wait...

I couldn't resist this one, the performance, the setlist, just the whole thing was awesome from top to bottom. A quality recording that needed the xtra boost of a proper mastering job, which it got and responded to very nicely. Check it for yourself, you won't be disappointed. Much warmer, bigger, brighter. The Stones in '73. Need I say more?

01 Brown Sugar
02 Gimme Shelter
03 Happy
04 Tumbling Dice
05 Dancing With Mr. D
06 Angie
07 You Can't Always Get What You Want
08 Midnight Rambler
09 Honky Tonk Women
10 All Down The Line
11 Rip This Joint
12 Jumping Jack Flash
13 Street Fighting Man

Rolling Stones
Brussels Affair Definitive Edition
Rattle Snake (RS 015/16)
Recorded live in Europe 1973
Silver CD > EAC > WAV > mkwACT > SHN > WAV > FLAC
(SHN > WAV > FLAC conversion with xACT 1.3)

A+ soundboard (except for a few aud. tracks), one of the all-time greats, check it out. (fixed):


Monday, January 12, 2009

Cherry Chocolate and Baileys Irish Cream Cherry Pie Recipe

This Bailey's Irish Cream Cherry Pie, or the Cherry Chocolate Pie, are the perfect finish to a Pork Ribs, Brisket, Chicken or Fish barbeque, or whatever kind of Red Hot & Blue BBQ .And they are real quick and easy to make on the grill!

Recipe: (for both pies)
2 -21oz. cans Cherry Pie Filling for each pie
2 -9 inch Pie Crusts
1 roll Pie Dough for double crust top layer (optional)
One or two Chocolate Candy Bars
Several oz. of Baileys Irish Cream Liquor
2 -Tbs. Maple Syrup

Pour two cans of Cherry Pie Filling into each pie crust. Add chocolate and double crust to one pie insmall pieces. Add the Baileys and Maple Syrup to the other pie. Place pies in 400f covered grill for 15 minutes. Turn pies, and reduce heat to 350f for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until the crust is browned the way you like it. Cool or chill before serving.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

U2 / No Line on the Horizon

It's official, their new album will be released on March 3rd in the US. Billboard has a detailed article about the five (yes...5) configurations that the album will have. It does seem a bit excessive, however, the way I look at it, they are offering everyone in every dollar bracket a chance to get something unique.

Rolling Stone has a great breakdown of what to expect from the upcoming record (they have heard it) and a full review can be found at this link.

This one sounds like a future favorite:"Moment of Surrender"This seven-minute-long track is one of the album's most ambitious, merging a Joshua Tree-style gospel feel with a hypnotically loping bass line and a syncopated beat.

Here's a written preview:

"Get On Your Boots"

The likely first single, this blazing, fuzzed-out rocker picks up where "Vertigo" left off. "It started just with me playing and Larry drumming," the Edge recalls. "And we took it from there."

"Stand Up Comedy"

Another hard rock tune, powered by an unexpectedly slinky groove and a riff that lands between the Beatles' "Come Together" and Led Zep's "Heartbreaker." Edge recently hung out with Jimmy Page and Jack White for the upcoming documentary It Might Get Loud, and their penchant for blues-based rock rubbed off: "I was just fascinated with seeing how Jimmy played those riffs so simply, and with Jack as well," he says.

"Crazy Tonight"

"It's kind of like this album's 'Beautiful Day' — it has that kind of joy to it," Bono says. With the refrain "I know I'll go crazy/If I don't go crazy tonight," it's the band's most unabashed pop tune since "Sweetest Thing."

"Unknown Caller"

This midtempo track could have fit on All That You Can't Leave Behind. "The idea is that the narrator is in an altered state, and his phone starts talking to him," says the Edge.


This strikingly experimental song lurches between disparate styles, including near-operatic choral music, Zooropa-style electronics, and churning arena rock.

"Cedars of Lebanon"

"On this album, you can feel what is going on in the world at the window, scratching at the windowpane," says Bono, who sings this atmospheric ballad from the point of view of a war correspondent.


"Only love can leave such a mark," Bono roars on what sounds like an instant U2 anthem. has already done what Bono calls "the most extraordinary" remix of the tune.

"Moment of Surrender"

This seven-minute-long track is one of the album's most ambitious, merging a Joshua Tree-style gospel feel with a hypnotically loping bass line and a syncopated beat."Every Breaking Wave"A swelling soul-pop song, with bright synth sounds influenced by OMD and, Bono says, "early electronica." "You don't hear indie bands doing blue-eyed soul [like this]," he adds.

"No Line on the Horizon"

The title track's relentless groove began as a group improvisation. "It's very raw and very to the point," says the Edge. "It's like rock & roll 2009."

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Robert Plant - Tall Cool One (1990)

Rob Plant live on the tour for the promotion of the interesting album Manic Nirvana, live in the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles.

Track List:

Disc 1

01 - Watching You 02 - Nobody's Fault But Mine 03 - Billy's Revenge 04 - Tie Dye on the Highway 05 - Anniversary 06 - In the Mood 07 - Liar's Dance 08 - Going to California

Disc 2

01 - Little by Little 02 - Nirvana 03 - Immigrant Song 04 - Hurting Kind 05 - Ship of Fools 06 - Living Loving Maid 07 - Tall Cool One

Files MP3:

Part 1

Part 2

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Salt and Pepper Shrimp

I know, more shrimp recipes. File this one under "OMG"

Recipe courtesy of Donna Hay

1/2 teaspoon Five Spice Powder

2 tablespoons fine sea salt

4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

vegetable oil

approximately 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled, tails intact (i get 21/25's)


Place the five-spice powder in a bowl with the sea salt and ground black pepper. Mix together. Add the shrimp and toss to coat thoroughly. Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan. When hot, add the shrimp in batches and fry until just changed in color. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve with baguette for mopping up the sauce.

Love the saltiness of this one. Make sure you have bread for mopping up the delicious sauce

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Re-Post of Killer Shrimp Recipe

This has been a big hit thru the holidays so I thought I would re-post for those of you who missed it the first time:

Source: BBQ USA by Steven Raichlen (Workman Publishing, 2003)
Serves: 8

Advance Preparation: 1 hour for marinating the shrimp

3 pounds extra-large or jumbo shrimp in the shell
3 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
3 tablespoons Cajun Rub or your favorite commercial rub
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
1 to 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 bottle or can (12 ounces) beer
1-1/2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 thin slices lemon (with rind), seeds removed
3 to 4 tablespoons hot sauce (such as Crystal, Louisiana, or Tabasco)
2 tablespoons brown sugar4 cloves garlic, peeled and gently crushed with the side of a cleaver
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper
Crusty bread or Grilled Garlic Bread for serving
Grilled corn as an accompaniment

You'll also need:Kitchen shears; 3 cups wood chips or chunks (preferably hickory orPecan), soaked for 1 hour in water to cover, then drained;
2Aluminum foil pans (8 by 12 inches)

Rinse the shrimp under cold running water, then drain and blot them dry with paper towels. Using kitchen shears, make a lengthwise cut through the shell, down the back of each shrimp.

Use the tine of a fork or the tip of a bamboo skewer to pull out the vein if you see one.
Remember, not every shrimp has a visible vein. Place the shrimp in a large bowl.
Place the Old Bay seasoning, Cajun Rub, coriander, black peppercorns, and cayenne in a small bowl and stir to mix. Set 1-1/2 tablespoons of this rub aside for the sauce. Sprinkle the remaining rub over the shrimp and toss to mix. Stir in the olive oil and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and stir to mix. Let the shrimp marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 1 hour.

Place the beer in a heavy nonreactive saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Let boil until reduced to about 1/3 cup, 6 to 10 minutes. Add the cream and let boil until the mixture is reduced by half, 7 to 10 minutes more. Add the corn syrup, Worcestershire sauce, lemon slices, hot sauce, brown sugar, and garlic, and the remaining 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1-1/2 tablespoons of the reserved rub. Let boil until thick and syrupy, to 6 minutes. Whisk in the butter, piece by piece, and let the sauce boil until heated through and well-combined, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste; the sauce should be highly seasoned. Keep the sauce warm at the edge of the grill. Do not let it return to a boil.

Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high. If using a gas grill, place all the wood chips or chunks in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and run the grill on high until you see smoke. If using a charcoal grill, preheat it to high, then toss all of the wood chips or chunks on the coals.
When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the marinated shrimp on the hot grate and grill until just cooked through, 1 to 3 minutes per side. When done, the shrimp will turn a pinkish white and feel firm to the touch.

Transfer the grilled shrimp to aluminum foil pans and place the pans on the grill. Pour the sauce over them and cook for a minute or so to warm the shrimp in the sauce. Serve the shrimp at once with the sauce slathered over them and crusty bread and grilled corn on the side.
Note: To speed up the grilling process, skewer the shrimp on bamboo skewers. You'll need about 8.

Use skewers that are 10 to 12 inches long and place about 6 shrimp on each. When you thread the shrimp on a skewer, insert it near the head and tail ends so that the shrimp looks like the letter C.

It's a lot faster turning 8 kebabs than all those individual shrimp.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

"Nothing changes on New Years Day”

Sure, it’s the obvious choice, but what the hell.

This is a live version of “New Year’s Day,” from U2’s 1989 New Year’s Eve show in Dublin, Ireland.

Excellent sound quality, as it originally comes from either a television or radio broadcast. If there’s any enthusiasm for it, I could post the whole show at a future date.

Happy New Year!

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