Addendum: Tom Tom Club

November 28, 2009

Props to my genius cohort on the Tom Tom Club track. Coincidentally, I was recently reading a little about Talking Heads and discovered Tom Tom Club was an offshoot of the band. Am I the only one who didn’t know this? That shit blew my mind. I guess that’s why it made sense that they played the song during “Stop Making Sense.” (That awful pun was unintentional.) I couldn’t find a video of the song, but enjoy “Girlfriend is Better” below for the hell of it.

Speaking of Talking Heads, there’s a cool exhibit at MoMA right now with archival audio/video/history about seminal punk and new/no wave bands. It’s a continuation of the “Looking at Music” series. Cool stuff from Blondie, Sonic Youth and other usual suspects. Go check it out. Beitch.

New Yeasayer

November 28, 2009

Dudes- the new Yeasayer single is super duper good….and inspirational! Check it out:

“Ambling Alp”

The remix from the almighty Memory Tapes is rad too:

By the way, as I’m posting, I’m watching Nevada play Boise State on that atrocious blue carpet. Can someone please tell them it looks like fucking shit? It looks like wet magic marker and it kinda bums me out.

As a way to give thanks, I’d like to share with you all my favorite dessert of thanksgiving…probably of all time: warm, crumbly apple pie a la mode. Before you read on make sure to enjoy the picture below.

Last week,  a coworker of mine confessed he had never eaten apple pie a la mode (aka with vanilla ice cream). I stared at him blankly and responded “Are you fucking serious?” How can a grown man go through childhood without tasting America’s finest dessert? I know many people will disagree and counter with chocolate chip cookies, walnut brownies, or strawberry cheesecake; but no, you’re all wrong. And here’s why:

  1. Flavors – The ice cream brings a sweet, rich, creamy taste to the dish. The pie crust adds the taste of rich, buttery crust along with sweet cinnamon crumble. The apple pie filling binds the ice cream to the pie with it’s sweetness and tartness.
  2. Texture – The ice cream is smooth, soft, and velvety…literately melting in your mouth. The pie crust creates the flakiness and crunch that perfectly contrasts the ice cream. Finally, the sticky, runny pie filling acts as an apple cinnamon syrup to your apple pie sundae.
  3. Temperature – In order to serve this dessert right, you have to have cold, cold ice cream and warm apple pie. You’ll know you’ve done right because as soon as the ice cream hits the pie, it starts to show slow drips of vanilla running down the sides. The contrast between cold and warm is almost scandalous.

There’s nothing more American than that. Happy Thanksgiving!

Keeping up with the randomness that is this blog, here a great song and vid for the holiday:

Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love

Theophilus London

November 6, 2009

Fact: You will hear a lot more from Theophilus London next year.

“Always”

“TNT”

 

36 Chambers of Chambers St.

November 4, 2009

It was on Chambers St. of all places, the street that I call home, on which my Wu-Tang knowledge was tested. I had seen this day coming for a while now, I just hadn’t expected it to come in such a drunken verbal delivery. I own a Wu-Tang t-shirt, you see, and given the warm weather last Saturday, I decided to wear it to brunch. I am, it should also be noted, by virtue of my dear mom and dad, a skinny, pasty white dude. On the way home, as me and my group of friends stopped obediently at the crosswalk on Church & Chambers, I overheard someone say, “Watchuknowaboutwutang?” Naturally assuming I was being called out, I searched the crowd for my inquisitor. Standing in front of me was a guy who looked to be in pretty rough shape. He held a brown-bagged brew and as my buddy later noted, the film on his teeth made it look as though he had one big horizontal tooth. He had those funky ass finger nails too.

“What?” I said.

“Watchuknowaboutwutang? Namefivemembasfuhmerighnow.”

The funny thing is, I welcomed the challenge to my fandom. I wanted to prove that despite by goofy white-ness, I have every right to be a fan and wear a sweet t-shirt as the next dude.

So I said, “RZA, GZA, ODB, Masta Killah and U-God. Want me to keep going?” I surprised myself with Masta Killah and even second guessed that he was, in fact, a member. Not just some affiliate like Cappadonna or Killah Priest. But it didn’t matter. Dude was immediately taken aback, looking like he even sobered up for a second.

“Hahathasscoolman. Thasscool. You from the Isle?”

“Nah, not from Staten man, just a fan.”

He then proceeded to tell me that ODB has a new record of unreleased material coming out soon. Which appears to be true. Turns out A Son Unique, which was supposed to be released in 2005, is now set for release next week. I traded info about the new ODB doc that screens in Harlem next Tuesday.

As we neared my apartment, I could tell he wanted to keep talking. But I had to go.

“Okman. MaybeIseeyouaround.”

“Yea man,” I said. “Maybe.”

Then we gave each other dap and went on our separate ways. Wu-Tang forever.

New Air France

November 3, 2009

Just in time for cold weather, Air France is back with a breezy electronic track that makes you yearn for the beach. This time it’s a remix of St. Etienne’s “Spring.” Get out the sunblock: