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Sanxian Hoedown

February 25, 2009

This video is joyful. I needed joyful this morning and this hit it out of the park. Katy Hill, a fine old mountain tune if there ever was one, as performed by The Red Chamber musicians. I love the Sanxian player.

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Gastronomics.

February 18, 2009

Miss bin and I visited LuLou’s in Reno on Saturday evening. LuLou’s is somewhat widely regarded among foodie types as having the best dinner in Reno. bin remembers, vividly, when I’d derided it in the past…something about me thinking it was a French food joint. The Commodore and his lovely bride have repeatedly recommended it, so I took the plunge and secured a Valentine’s day reservation in December.

Wow.

***If you are anti-foodie, please feel free to skip to the end***

We started with drinks at the bar, followed by a hamachi ceviche for me and foie gras for her. The ceviche was amazing and fresh, the foie gras decadent and rich and lovely. We split a “February Salad” which was red cabbage, blood oranges, fresh mozzarella, pomegranate seeds and a vinaigrette. Dazzling. Dinner for me was lightly seared Ahi. Delicious and delovely. She had some amazingly tasty duck. Dessert was an insanely clever chocolate tart with caramel for me and cheesecake served in a crock for her. Oh..and wine.

***Anti-foodies please resume reading here***

It was not cheap. Not even remotely cheap. But it was delicious and clever and bright and inventive and tasted like a million bucks. Easily one of the best meals I’ve had in a decade and probably the best meal I’ve had in Reno. I can’t recommend it highly enough. So there.

The Sweet Science

February 10, 2009

I dare you to read this article. I dare you.

Avatars

February 5, 2009

I’m not sure when I first saw Urgh: A Music War. It would have had to be in the early 80s at some point. The important thing here is that Urgh introduced me to the Cramps and Lux Interior. Their version of “Tear It Up” on Urgh had Lux doing really scary things into a helpless microphone while wearing dangerously low pants. Dangerously. The Gravest Hits EP became something of a staple with Al and I, listened to over and over again. I never got to see the Cramps live, but I always considered Lux to be the far end of a what a rock star should be. When these here Intertubes started up, and the concept of Avatars and screen names were new, I usually picked Lux Interior. I’m not anything like him, at all, but he made a very cool online avatar…a second presence. He was what I didn’t want to be, but instead how unhinged and cool I thought I SHOULD want to be. Lux died yesterday morning at 63. RIP.

…and was lost, and is found….

January 29, 2009

The Prodigal Sun from The Black Angels. Loud or not at all.

Natural Born

January 28, 2009

Mannish Boy

by Muddy Waters

Ooooooh, yeah, ooh, yeah

Everythin’, everythin’, everythin’s gonna be alright this mornin’
Ooh yeah, whoaw
Now when I was a young boy, at the age of five
My mother said I was, gonna be the greatest man alive
But now I’m a man, way past 21
Want you to believe me baby,
I had lot’s of fun
I’m a man
I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
That represents man
No B, O child, Y
That mean mannish boy
I’m a man
I’m a full grown man
I’m a man
I’m a natural born lovers man
I’m a man
I’m a rollin’ stone
I’m a man
I’m a hoochie coochie man

Sittin’ on the outside, just me and my mate
You know I’m made to move you honey,
come up two hours late
Wasn’t that a man
I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
That represents man
No B, O child, Y
That mean mannish boy
I’m a man
I’m a full grown man
Man
I’m a natural born lovers man
Man
I’m a rollin’ stone
Man-child
I’m a hoochie coochie man
The line I shoot will never miss
When I make love to a woman,
she can’t resist
I think I go down,
to old Kansas Stew
I’m gonna bring back my second cousin,
that little Johnny Cocheroo
All you little girls,
sittin’out at that line
I can make love to you woman,
in five minutes time
Ain’t that a man
I spell mmm, aaa child, nnn
That represents man
No B, O child, Y
That mean mannish boy
Man
I’m a full grown man
Man
I’m a natural born lovers man
Man
I’m a rollin’ stone
I’m a man-child
I’m a hoochie coochie man
well, well, well, well
hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
Don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me child
don’t hurt me, don’t hurt, don’t hurt me child
well, well, well, well

Yeah


Skate Or Die

January 26, 2009

Click here for a link to a story on an Aussie trying to establish a skateboarding school in Afghanistan. Please take the time to watch the video. Really. It’s heartbreaking and joyful all at the same time. I’ve got something in my eye…

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