- I'm making posts in this format because it feels easier to write this way right now and easier means more frequent posts.
- My father now has an art studio and gallery near Vancouver; it looks great, I can't wait to see it in person!
- I'm seeing Underworld live for the first time tomorrow night!
- Went to Shoreditch in East London again for Vietnamese @ the Viet Grill. I am getting addicted. The food is so cheap it furthers the temptation (only £15 per head including booze for four people, with enough Indochine beef to take home because we were seduced by the menu to over-order - at least that's my excuse).
Gỏi Cuốn (soft Summer rolls with king prawn, sage and salad wrapped in rice paper) ~
Gỏi ngó sen (lotus stem salad with pork, shrimps, peanuts, and Viet basil)
Các món rang muối (chilli salted and peppered squid) ~ Bánh Xèo (pancake with prawns,
chicken served with lettuces to use as a wrap, with homemade pickle, herbs and nuoc cham)
Mực xào lăn Cây Tre (lemongrass sautéed squid with fresh vine tomatoes, Viet celeriac, cucumber and dill)
Bò lá lốt nướng (beef wrapped in fragrant “piper lolot” leaves) ~ Bò tái chanh (Indochine beef tenderloin,
soaked in fresh squeezed lime juice and herbs in a ceviche style, with crispy shallots)
- Saturday lunch was grilled kippers, bread with butter, and tea. Sunday lunch was roast duck with celeriac mash; the next day I made stock from the bones and cooked a delicious duck soup with finely chopped shallots and vermicelli. Last night dinner was venison sausages from the Southampton farmers' market with celeriac, potato, and leek mash.
roast duck with celeriac mash ~ kipper!
rioja gran reserva - so smooth ~ roast duck, celeriac mash, roast parsnips and farce
made with organic chicken livers and lardon
making the soup stock ~ venison sausages with celeriac, potato, and butter sautéed leek mash
- This complaining review for St. John restaurant made me laugh, or rather the response did: "Thing is, if you order a pig banquet, you are going to get a pig."
- There was a 5.2 earthquake last night, I didn't feel anything. It is kind of funny to see the British get all worked up about something that would barely register in the news back home (Macsen has never even felt an earthquake). Then again we all live in unreinforced brick and mortar houses here so maybe they have reason to be. The best quote: "Britain is no place for earthquakes. We have knick-knacks and very narrow mantelpieces! Anything could happen!" - from metaquotes
- I love this photograph and story of a girl in Richmond Park by Paul Bence:
"Walking through Richmond Park, I came across this young girl on her own in a field. She looked as if she was praying to the Sky and stood like this, perfectly still for over an hour....
I watched for 10 mins, then went for a walk around the park, when I came back, she was standing in exactly the same place.
I went to talk to her, but instantly she gave me a gaze which said "Don't say anything !" so I didn't....Strange but wonderful.... "
- There haven't been any posts since November in asphalteden's picturetones community which makes me sad; I am as much to blame for its stagnation so I've made a new post there, check it out for a track by Giuseppe Ielasi from his Gesine album. Feel free to join up and participate!
- Three more albums I'm enjoying lately: Kim Doo Soo - 10 Days Butterfly, Németh - Film, and Donnacha Costello - Colorseries. The first is hauntingly breathtaking with gently warbling songs sung in Korean with guitar, bandoneón (similar to accordion), cello, trumpet, harmonica, violin, and piano; it is absolutely perfect for the transition into spring. Also listen to his first album Free Spirit with the achingly sad Bohemian (which has supposedly caused suicides in Korea!) The second album is gaining a fair amount of attention from music blogs recently and with good reason; the title Film gives a good hint as to what to expect as these were all composed as film soundtracks by Stefan Németh of Radian. Some songs have been altered from the originals to make the album more cohesive; the result being a sometimes dark, driving, and shimmeringly beautiful album which evokes mysterious cinematic images. I'm feeling like the last person in the world to have discovered Colorseries by Donnacha Costello, but in case I'm not I have to write about it here to spread the word about his 12" series all compiled into one wonderful album. Quite simply some of the best minimal techno I have heard (you can listen to clips on the link above). Also check out snej's new mix cd, Shiver 2.
Download: Kim Doo Soo - Song of Pathless Time / Németh - Via L4-Norte / Donnacha Costello - Opal Sessions Unreleased
the John Maus album I posted about is amazing, it'll definitely be in my '08 top ten and continues to grow on me. The others were just so-so, but overall, a very fruitful trip to the store! You can grab the Maus from the usual spot :)
The Aquarius review you posted is certainly intriguing and all the contrary reviews and divisiveness just make me even more curious, looking forward to giving it a listen!
I see you have Eric Malmberg on there, how did you like it?
I should've warned you, it's incredibly addictive :) and it only gets worse with repeat listens!
another key point I missed... those negative reviews are about his *first* album, not this one. I haven't heard the first one, but apparently it's no where near as good.