Tuesday, August 25, 2009

J Geils Band 6/27/71 - Fillmore East NYC

Soundboard mp3@320)

01 - New York City Breakdown
02 - Wait
03 - First I Look At The Purse
04 - Whammer Jammer
05 - Homework
06 - Pack Fair And Square
07 - Cruisin' For A Love
08 - Serves You Right To Suffer
09 - Hard Drivin' Man
10 - It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It)


Friday, August 21, 2009

The Wolfman 2009

"the trailer for THE WOLF MAN remake starring Dr. Gonzo, Hannibal Lecter, Agent Smith and... Emily Blunt. Give it a view!"

Not bad, right? I have give Joe Johnston credit for the look of the film. Very sharp, very detailed. I'm not crazy about the CGI transformation scenes, especially knowing that Rick Baker designed a practical transformation that was scrapped, but the overall look and tone of the trailer is pretty sweet. I hadn't given this film too much thought until now.

so - what do you think?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Huevos MotuleƱos / Risotto

1-1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced (divided use)
3 serrano chiles, cut into strips

1 ripe plantain, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices (optional)
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 to 2 cups black beans and their liquid
3 oz ham, cut into matchsticks or small dice
1/2 cup fresh peas, blanched or quick-braised
1 oz (about 1/4 cup) crumbled queso fresco or firm feta
8 eggs
4 corn tortillas

Roast the tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, 4 inches below a very hot broiler, until blistered and blackened, flipping to cook both sides. Cool tomatoes in a bowl, then peel while catching all the juices over the bowl. Coarsely puree the tomatoes and juice using a stick blender or in a food processor.

In a medium saucepan, heat 1T oil over medium heat. Add about 3/4 of the onion and saute, stirring regularly, until onions golden, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and chile strips and simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or so, stirring often, until the sauce is beginning to thicken but is still juicy. Season with salt to taste, and remove from heat to let the chiles steep.

(At this point, you can cool and refrigerate the sauce overnight.)

Pour a 1/2-inch depth of oil in a shallow skillet or frying pan. Warm the pan over medium heat until the oil shimmers. Add tortillas, one at a time, and cook until golden; flip with tongs and crisp the other side, then drain on a wire rack over newspaper or over a cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas until all are toasted.

Pour off most of the oil, reserving some (2T or so) for frying the beans, and leave about a tablespoon in the pan. Return to the heat, and lay the plantain slices in a single layer. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side until richly browned. Sprinkle with salt as soon as you take them out of the oil, then drain on paper towels and hold in a warm oven.

Add the reserved oil to the pan, and saute the remaining onions until golden and soft. Add the diced garlic and cook for another minute or two. Add the beans and a spoonful of their cooking liquid to the pan. Mash with a potato masher until beans are soft but some texture remains. Add more liquid as needed to achieve a spreadable texture, and keep warm, covered, over very low heat.

Mix together the ham strips and the peas in another small pan or dish, and warm gently over low heat. Crumble the cheese into a small bowl and set aside. Remove the chile strips from the tomato sauce, and set the pan of sauce over low heat to rewarm.

Finally, fry the eggs using your preferred method. (Traditionally, you want a runny yolk, so sunny-side up or over easy.) Spread some of the beans over each tostada, slide an egg on top, drizzle the tomato sauce over and around the eggs, letting it run off the tostada and on to the plate. Sprinkle each portion with the ham, peas and cheese. Serve immediately

- adapted from Molto Italiano

2T extra-virgin olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1 oz prosciutto, cut into in 1/8-inch dice
3/4 cup Arborio or Carnaroli rice
1 quart chicken stock, warmed
1 cup shelled fresh peas
2T butter
1/4 cup grated hard cheese, such as dry Jack or Parmesan
salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in a tall-sided 10-inch skillet or saucier pan. Saute the shallots, celery, and prosciutto over medium heat until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the rice and stir for 2 minutes, until the grains become opaque. Add enough stock to just cover the rice, and stir until stock is absorbed. Continue to add stock a ladleful at a time, waiting until most of the liquid is absorbed before adding the next bit. Taste the rice, and season with salt and pepper. Add peas and cook for 4 minutes, until peas are just tender. Remove from heat, add butter and cheese, and stir until just melted. Serve in warmed shallow bowls.

Christmas 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Funny Guys the Music

Tracklist :
1. Paul McCartney - Great Day (2:08)
2. Coconut Records - Wires (2:27)
3. Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation - All The King's Horses (4:19)
4. James Taylor - Carolina In My Mind (Live) (4:58)
5. Warren Zevon - Keep Me In Your Heart (3:29)
6. Adam Sandler - Real Love (Live) (4:56)
7. Neil Diamond - We (Early Take) (4:12)
8. Wilco With Andrew Bird - Jesus, Etc. (Live Summer '08) (4:03)
9. Adam Sandler - George Simmons Soon Will Be Gone (2:16)
10. Coconut Records - I Am Young (3:08)
11. Maude Apatow & Larry Goldings - Memory (From "Cats") (3:55)
12. Warren Zevon - Numb As A Statue (4:08)
13. Ringo Starr - Photography (4:00)
14. John Lennon - Watching The Wheels (Acoustic) (3:06)

Download :

Pass : www.jbong.com

Perfect Summer Drink Recipe

Bourbon Mint Iced Tea
Makes 2 Quarts

1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (4 ounces)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (4 ounces)
1 cup bourbon (8 ounces)
Ice cubes
1 quart plus 1 cup unsweetened iced tea (40 ounces)

In a two-quart pitcher, muddle or mash the lemon wedges, sugar and mint leaves with a large wooden spoon until a thick syrup forms. Add the orange juice, lemon juice and bourbon and stir to combine. Fill the pitcher with ice cubes and add the iced tea, then stir to combine.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Macca Mania

A couple years ago at this blog’s old space, I did a week-long review of Paul McCartney’s Off the Ground album and the singles and B-sides that came out in its wake.

Nowadays, that album gets slated (along with many of his) as a lesser effort, another case of “pizza and fairy tales” — if you will — that may have produced a few nice tunes, but was ultimately unmemorable. That always irks me because I was just starting to appreciate music when that album came out, as well as submerging myself in absolute Beatledom, so anytime someone speaks ill of that album or era, I come out barking like a goddamn Doberman.

But watching Macca sing “Sing the Changes” a couple weeks ago on David Letterman, I couldn’t help but think, “What a fantastically pedestrian and unremarkable song.” It’s not bad – few McCartney songs truly are — but that doesn’t mean it’s particularly good.

Then it kind of hit me. I’m older now. I’m a bit more jaded. I’ve a bit sharper tooth when it comes to music these days. I wonder what I would’ve thought if I was 11 years old and first falling in love with the Beatles and heard that? I probably would’ve thought it was f*cking awesome. And there probably is some 11 year old out there who does.

And there was probably an 11 year old in 2005 that thought Chaos and Creation in the Backyard was the dog’s bollocks, and an 11 year old in 2001 that thought Driving Rain was pretty damn amazing. Meanwhile I’m sitting here spitting as much bile at those album as I hear people give Off the Ground.

But the thing about it all is that even though I don’t like Driving Rain on the whole, I love “Your Loving Flame.” Even though I don’t like Chaos and Creation on the whole, I love “Jenny Wren.” Even though the Fireman album already isn’t aging too well, I’ll still have a good bounce around to “Light From Your Lighthouse.” Macca always gives you one or two all-time keepers.

So I’m glad he’s not retiring.

But for anyone who still wants to argue that the “Off the Ground” period was generally fruitless, I once again point this song out. Arguably the most regal ballad Macca’s ever written — an obvious golden-era Brian Wilson pastiche to be sure — but in his own canon, right up there with “Maybe I’m Amazed” or “Mull of Kintyre” for my money. And what’s more, it’s a sad, pained song — something you don’t often get from Mr. Thumbs Aloft.

The real kicker, of course, is that barely anyone outside hardcore McCartney fans know it, because he buried it on the B-side of a single that only reached #18 in his native country. Seriously, do yourself a favor and check this out. Play it loudly and then think again about slating McCartney.

McCartney – Kicked Around No More

Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)

The initial release of "Wings At The Speed Of Sound" in April 1976 benefited greatly from a massive world tour undertaken by Paul McCartney and band. The "Wings Over The World" tour would include Paul's first U.S. concert appearances since The Beatles' 1966 concert dates. To say it was the hottest ticket in town would be an understatement. The North American leg of the tour, dubbed "Wings Over America," sold out within minutes in every city it played. The publicity generated from this tour was enough to keep "Wings At The Speed Of Sound" at #1 on the Billboard album charts for an astonishing seven weeks. It also spawned #1 and #3 singles in "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'em In," respectively.

For "Wings At The Speed of Sound" McCartney followed the same pattern he had established with "Venus and Mars" and allowed other band members to sing their own songs. Wife Linda even gets in on the fun by singing "Cook Of The House," her first lead vocal. "Silly Love Songs," "Let 'em In," Time To Hide" and "Beware My Love" were all part of the tour set list. The other album highlight was "Warm and Beautiful."

This remaster includes several bonus tracks. A single issued under a fake name by Paul and band (billed as "The Country Hams"), the A-side of which was a song written by Paul's father, James. "Sally G" was the flip side of the "Junior's Farm" single in 1974. Paul's seventh post-Beatles album. The last of the DCC remastered gold CD reissues from Paul McCartney. Booklet scans. 320kbps.

1. Let 'Em In
2. The Note You Never Wrote
3. She's My Baby
4. Beware My Love
5. Wino Junko
6. Silly Love Songs
7. Cook of the House
8. Time to Hide
9. Must Do Something About It
10. San Ferry Anne
11. Warm and Beautiful
12. Country Hams-Walking in the Park with Eloise
13. Country Hams-Bridge on the River Suite
14. Sally G


Monday, August 3, 2009

Top 10 Anthony Bourdain Insults On Food TV

Ah, to be Anthony Bourdain: He can say that your TV show is "a war crime on television" (coughSandraLeecough) but he's so goshdarned likeable, with his cigarettes and his earring and his snarky smile, that you just can't hold it against him. Thus emboldening him to be even less shy in his opinions about the current crop of food shows on TV -- as he was with MSN TV -- thus making him somehow even more likeable! It's the neverending circle of Bourdain, and we heart him dearly for it. It was hard to pick just 10 nuggets from his tirade, and we encourage you to read the whole thing (nicely excerpted from MSN).

1. On Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee: She makes her audience feel good about themselves. […] All you have to do is waddle into the kitchen, open a can of crap and spread it on some other crap that you bought at the supermarket. And then you've done something really special.

2. On Rachael Ray: My wife watches her, I hate to admit it. […] I think people respond to her because of her personality and not her cooking, which is pretty damned awful. She's very nice, and I base this on no inside information: She's big now, like Oprah big; the sooner she stops cooking, the happier we'll both be.

3. On Hell's Kitchen: There's no cooking. It's just a bunch of dimwits -- the lame, the halt and the delusional -- and [Gordon Ramsay] pretending to be angry. There's no suspense. None of these idiots would be qualified to work a Fryolator at a Chuck E. Cheese much less ever work in any Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

4. On Kitchen Nightmares: I love [Gordon Ramsay]'s restaurants. I like him. I wish him well. If having to be a caricature of his former self is going to get him bazillions of dollars, then why not?

5. On Paula Deen: I like her Southern-based shows, but I don't know if I want to see her in a muumuu cooking a Hawaiian luau. That makes the blood run cold.

6. On Spain ... On the Road Again: There's nothing worse than seeing a genius like Mario -- he's the smartest, funniest guy I know -- waste his talent.

7. On Mark Bittman: I don't think he adds value to anyone's TV show. He doesn't come off well on TV. Let's put it that way. I saw him make paella once on a TV show; he's been dead to me ever since.

8. On Iron Chef America: I have a soft spot in my heart for this show. But the judges, man. Have they had Richard Grieco on yet as a judge? I think they had Criss Angel on, for chrissakes. Who are these douchebags they put on there? […] to have [the chefs] judged by the likes of Mo Rocca makes me want to vomit in my mouth.

9. On Top Chef: Toby Young, what's up with that? He's an egregious add-on. They were looking for a snarky British guy, and Toby wrote a successful book that made a good case for his uselessness. He's lived up to that promise.

10. On Emeril Lagasse: … I've told him to his face many times, "I love you and respect you. I just hate your shows."

Venus and Mars

Paul replaced the drummer and guitarist that had quit on the eve of recording "Band on the Run" and in November 1974 released the final record bearing the name "Paul McCartney & Wings" -- the single "Junior's Farm," which peaked at #3. The b-side was "Sally G."

Starting with this album Paul McCartney became a lot more diplomatic with regard to other band members singing songs. Previously, all or most of the songs had been written or co-written by McCartney and of those only one song, the "Live and Let Die" b-side "I Lie Around," had been sung by anyone but Paul. That was about to change. Newly hired guitarist Jimmy McCulloch of Thunderclap Newman fame brought his original composition "Medicine Jar" to the table. Denny Laine was allowed to sing Paul's "Spirits of Ancient Egypt." The album, recorded in New Orleans, featured the #1 hit "Listen To What The Man Said." Paul's sixth post-Beatles album. The bonus tracks are not much to write home about and strangely don't include "Junior's Farm" or "Sally G." "Sally G" would be a bonus track on 1976's "Wings At The Speed Of Sound." "Junior's Farm" would appear on "Wings Greatest." Note: The DCC Gold CD reissue erroneously lists "Paul McCartney & Wings" as the artist. Booklet scans. 320kbps.


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