Wednesday, February 25, 2009

For No One, private recordings

01 - Strawberry Fields Forever (November 1966)
02 - All Things Must Pass (Emi 69.02.25)
03 - I Saw Her Standing There (Cavern Club Sept. 1962)
04 - Circles (Kinfauns May 1968)
05 - Down In Eastern Australia (Kenwood 67-68)
06 - Michelle (Sept. Oct. 1965)
07 - Hello Little Girl (Liverpool April-May 1960)
08 - Back In Yhe Ussr (Kinfauns May 1968)
09 - She Said She Said (Kenwood Late 1965 Or Early 1966)
10 - You Know What To Do (Emi 64.06.03)
11 - Step Inside Love (St. Johns Wood Nov. - Dec. 1967)
12 - One After 909 (Cavern Sept. 1962)
13 - We Can Work It Out (St. John's Wood Sept. - Oct. 1965)
14 - Mellotron Improvisation (Kenwood 1966 - 1967)
15 - Sour Milk Sea (Kinfauns May 1968)
16 - Bad To Me (May - June 1963)
17 - Junk (Kinfauns May 1968)
18 - A Case Of The Blues (London Dec. 1968)
19 - Old Brown Shoe (Emi 69.02.25)
20 - I'll Follow The Sun (Liverpool April - May 1960)
21 - Everyone Had A Hard Year (London Dec. 1968)
22 - Spiritual Regeneration (India 68.03.15)
23 - I'm In Love (July 1963)
24 - Catswalk (Cavern Sept. 1962)
25 - Good Morning Good Morning (Kenwood Jan - Feb. 1967)
26 - Not Guilty (Kinfauns May 1968)
27- One And One Is Wwo (Paris Jan. Feb. 1964)
28 - Child Of Nature (Kinfauns May 1968)
29 - Fool On The Hill (Emi 67.09.06.)
30 - Revolution (Kinfauns May 1968)
31 - Something (Emi 69.02.25)
32 - Goodbye (St. John's Wood Nov. - Dec. 1968)


Monday, February 23, 2009

Check out Bruce's Journal..

from the Superbowl here:

Bruce has added great things to his site lately and I hope you find his Journal of this day as interesting as I did. Great photos, as well.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Flank Steak Sous Vide and classic Pretenders

Flank Steak cooked at 131 degrees for 24 hours before being quickly seared in a smokin hot cast-iron pan.

Incredibly tender, infinitely flavorful, nuff said.

I know that Chrissy would not appreciate being in a post with Steak, but hey - this is a great show from 1984 in Detoit - ENJOY

01 - The Wait (3:09)
02 - The Adultress (4:05)
03 - Time The Avenger (4:22)
04 - My City Was Gone (4:50)
05 - Talk Of The Town (2:27)
06 - Thin Line Between Love And Hate (4:00)
07 - Thumbelina (4:02)
08 - Back On The Chain Gang (3:40)
09 - Mystery Achievement (5:29)
10 - Middle Of The Road (3:58)
11 - Up The Neck (4:58)
12 - Precious (3:56)
13 - Brass In Pocket (2:51)
14 - Tattooed Love Boys (3:21)

>>> HERE <<<

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Morning View

A couple of oldies and one in honor of last weeks Grammy Awards -

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Beastie Boys - 2007-06-15 - Barcelona, Spain


01. Gratitude
02. Root Down
03. Pass the Mic
04. Egg Raid on Mojo
05. Tough Guy
06. Flute Loop
07. Triple Trouble
08. The Gala Event
09. Electric Worm
10. Ricky's Theme
11. Groove Holmes
12. Lighten Up
13. Sure Shot
14. The Maestro
15. 3 MC's and 1 DJ
16. Body Movin'
17. Ch-Check It Out
18. So What'cha Want
19. MMM Interlude
20. Intergalactic
21. Heart Attack Man
22. Sabotage


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Day the Music Died, 50 years ago

"But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn’t take one more step."
... Don McLean, "American Pie"

The story of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson is one of those rock ‘n’ roll legends that it seems like I’ve always known about: At about 1:00 a.m., on Feb. 3, 1959, a single-engine, four-seat Beechnut aircraft took off in a snow storm from the Mason City Airport in Iowa. Within minutes the plane went down, killing all three passengers and pilot Roger Peterson.

There are literally pages and pages of information about Buddy Holly and about the plane crash. As jumping off points, I can recommend Holly’s Wiki page, as well as The Day the Music Died Wikipedia page. Both of those sites have links to more information and suggestions for further reading.

In memory of Buddy Holly (but with no slight to the Big Bopper or Richie Valens), I’ve got a few songs that come from a Purple Chick collection titled The Complete Buddy Holly – Volume One. Like all Purple Chick releases, there are tons of alternates, demos, home recordings, and live performances that were left off the commercial releases. Volume one of this 10-disk set reaches back to a 1949 home recording and goes through the April 1956 sessions at the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, NM., just before Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded their debut album. The notes came along with the file, so I can’t necessarily vouch for their accuracy.

My Two Timin’ Woman.mp3 ~ c.1949: Home Recording, 3315 36th St., Lubbock, Texas.
 Buddy Holly: vocal, acoustic guitar

I’ll Just Pretend.mp3
~ c. 1952: Home Recording, 3315 36th St., Lubbock, Texas.
 Bob Montgomery (poss. Jack Neal): lead vocal, guitar; Buddy Holly: second vocal, mandolin

I Gambled My Heart.mp3
~ c. late 1954/April 1955: Nesman Recording Studio - Wichita Falls, Texas. Bob Montgomery: lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Buddy Holly: duet vocal, electric lead guitar; Sonny Curtis: fiddle; Don Guess: bass

Baby Let’s Play House.mp3
~ mid-1955: Nesman Recording Studio - Wichita Falls, Texas.
 Buddy Holly: lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Sonny Curtis: lead guitar; Larry Welborn: bass; Jerry Allison: drums

Love Me.mp3
Midnight Shift.mp3 ~ Jan. 26, 1956: Bradley's Barn Studio - Music Row, Nashville, Tenn. (Owen Bradley: producer)
 Buddy Holly: vocal; Sonny Curtis: lead guitar; Grady Martin: rhythm guitar; Don Guess: bass; Doug Kirkham: percussion

I’m Gonna Set My Foot Down.mp3 ~ February-April, 1956: Norman Petty Studios - 1313 W. 7th St. Clovis, NM. Buddy Holly: vocal, guitar; Sonny Curtis: guitar, lead guitar; Don Guess: bass; Jerry Allison: drums

Monday, February 9, 2009


I'm sitting there, trying to enjoy my dinner, and I can hear it. A sound that makes my ears perk up, my heartbeat increase, and my pupils dilate. No one else that i'm with hears it--between the sounds of plates being stacked, diners chatting, and and music playing softly in the background, how could you? For me, it's programmed, deep in my brain. The sound of a ticket printer. One of the most unique, screaming, ugly sounds in the kitchen. It's like a continuous loop, sometimes quick, sometimes long, but always demanding your attention...because at the other end of your printer is a POS with a cranky waiter who is trying to please a difficult guest. And once that ticket is in your hand, the countdown has started.

Being the expo usually means a few things:

1. You have worked hard, and that work has been recognized. Your chef trusts you.
2. The cooks respect you, and are willing to do what you say.
3. You know the kitchen, understand the timing, and can work the pace of an evening.


1. You're an idiot who can't serve / work the line and/or conned their way onto the station. Your chef doesn't trust you, but believes in the resume you doctored up.
2. The cooks don't respect you, much less trust you. They want to do right by the guest, but if the opportunity presents itself to sabotage you, they will jump all over it.
3. You don't know the timing of the kitchen, and don't care. The cooks will conform to you, or else.

The idea of "the expo" is to pace the whole evening out. You get a unique chance to try to push really hard (and possibly wear your cooks out) or to let the cooks determine the pace(and possibly get far behind and eventually crash and burn.) You have to be able to speak / confront, and make unpopular decisions, - let a cook know where their place is should things turn ugly. It means you are constantly counting--how many rib racks are left, how long until that well done burger is done, and how many more chances your pantry cook gets before you tell him to go home and get his shit together. A good expo is able to befriend and dominate their staff all at once. They use the same language, all the time. They defend their kitchen when necessary. And they can critique a cook without demolishing their confidence.

A bad expo just plows through the evening. They become a slave to their emotions, or fears, or the printer...or often they bow to all three. Tickets get lost, cooks get blamed, and at the end of it all is a mess of sweaty, mentally spent bodies that look at this person as the enemy. Going into another service with this person seems unimaginable. Their fear permeates the whole kitchen, and the poison from this fear turns into distrust, which leads to dissent, and eventually the dismantling of what could have been a strong crew. You look at the ruins of a bad night and have an endless list of 'where it all went wrong,' but no solid way to fix it.

"Expoing" isn't a privilege, it's an honor. It's an absurd amount of power and responsibility...and at the end of the night you need to be looking at what was good and what wasn't, and already be formulating your plan to be faster, smarter, better. You owe a debt to your chef, and also to the cooks--who will remember you down the line as a person who helped them become better. And in the end the collected knowledge you gain from working that printer will make you a more complete chef...and will make the cooks that you called tickets to want to follow wherever you go.

Friday, February 6, 2009


One of the best things about smoking meats that take hours and hours is making something BBQ enthusiasts call ABT's as an appetizer. Everyone has their own version but they are basically a cheese stuffed jalapeno wrapped with bacon and smoked. They are spicy hot but not like you would think. I don't care for the heat of jalapenos but I think these are great.

Half the jalapenos and then scrape the inside of them with a teaspoon to get out all of the seeds and veins to make a little jalapeno canoe. Then put a "fat match stick sized" piece of andouille sausage in each "canoe". Then stuff each with a 50/50 mixture of cream cheese & shredded cheese, such as colby/jack. The cheese will expand so I try not to overstuff them. Wrap each with a slice of bacon then sprinkle it with BBQ rub and turbinado sugar. Smoking them at 225f will take somewhere between 60-90 minutes, until the bacon is as crisp as you want.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Get Your Popcorn Early

i don't get excited about too many movies but I have always been on the mark with the ones I go out on a limb on in this blog. These are both updates of themes that I have loved for many years.

If you've seen the TR2N teaser/demo real (either at Comic Con, or via its subsequent leak across the Internet), you got a quick glimpse of Jeff Bridges reprising his Flynn character from the first film. And, you would've noted that two incarnations of Bridges were featured in that sequence: Bridges at his current age, AND Bridges appeared in the 1982 film.

Here's the rough look at what I'm talking about:

And this, two words...... STAR TREK

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Springsteen at the Superbowl

01 – Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
02 – Born To Run
03 – Working On A Dream
04 – Glory Days


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sunday Morning View

I don't have any regular features on this blog, just many re-occurring themes and subjects. With that in mind, last Sunday I posted a vid that I think fit the day. I will be doing this the next few Sunday mornings - I hope you give them a shot. I had to include a classic, seldom seen Springsteen vid here to go along with his appearance at the Superbowl today. THIS VIDEO IS 30 YEARS OLD. I tried to tell my Day who Springsteen was then and I feel confident that today he is watching the game. Maybe it will finally sink in. Have a great Sunday.

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