Anodyne
Thursday, June 30, 2011
 
Some Wit Writes

re: yesterday and today's musical choices.  "CJB's listening taste in three: Steely Dan Bejar"

I'd see that show!
 
Meanwhile, on another continent...

Shaky Lars Von Trier camerawork; great sound.
 



A quick guide to the visual differences between Team Cat and a young Barred Owl, courtesy my pal Samantha.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
 
LA's Jonathan Gold visits two examples of cutting-edge cuisine and comes to the same conclusion I have, solely based on my perusal of the restaurants' respective cookbooks.
 
"[H]e didn't get into collecting through any kind of backstage pass acquired in art school or through connections; he just began looking and talking to people, and he found dealers and artists to be completely open to his curiosity, his desire to barter, and his requests to pay in small amounts on a timeline."

(Proof, as if any was really required, that the Groupon Art Show's myth of the unapproachable and financially inaccessible art world is just that)
 

Countdown to Steely Dan

Walter Becker's dry voice crackling over the phone from NYC, where rehearsals for this year's world tour are just wrapping up.  Tour kicks off Saturday night in Seattle (6th row, dead center) and continues Sunday in Portland (11th row, just slightly left-of-center).

("Don't get arrested," said L. before she left. "Don't go backstage, don't touch anyone or try to touch anyone.  Don't throw clothing on the stage, don't try to pass 'gifts' to the ushers or the road crew.")

One of the great joys in my life is being able to see my favorite living band, all thirteen members strong, on stage, churning out their trademark sui generis jazz-rock-soul-cum Manciniesque "easy listening" sound.  A rigorous aesthetic, full of great beauty and humor, and one which, when I first discovered it back in university, I just naturally assumed that I'd never be able to hear live, due to the group having disbanded many years before.  And then the New York Rock and Soul Revue took off, and there were some warm-up dates, and a few small-venue shows, and, finally, a new album, just as good as anything which had ever gone before...

Evidence:

Steely Dan, What a Shame About Me (live in LA)

Steely Dan, Jack of Speed (live in LA)

Steely Dan, Do It Again (live in NYC)

Steely Dan, Godwhacker (live in 2003, somewhere out in the world)
Monday, June 27, 2011
 
...& speaking of pasta: tonight's dinner
 

Where I'm eating lunch on Friday.  Handmade pasta counter, lunch only, hidden inside a gelato shop in a less-than-heavily trafficked corner of downtown Seattle?  HELLS YA.  Paging Mr. Gold....
Sunday, June 26, 2011
 
Ladies
Lyrics by Lee Fields
Music by Lee Fields & The Expressions

Ladies.
Lovely ladies.
Beautiful ladies.
You're so fine, so fine.
Come summertime.
I just love to see you walk. Girls I love your style
I love to hear you talk. Girls you make me smile.
And when you pass me by, you're like candy to my eyes.

You're sugar. You're spice and everything nice.
A man is incomplete without a lady in his life.
You can take a bad day and make it turn out right.
You can take a blind soul and make him see the light.
You can take a broken heart and make it new again.
Or you can break his heart and make him less than a man.
You can make a man feel like a king.

Let me hear you say ladies.
Beautiful ladies.
Lovely ladies.
You're so fine, so fine.
Come summertime.
When I saw you walkin' by, girl you blew my mind.
The way you look and smile at me, girl I saw a sign.
And when you pass me by, you're like candy to my eyes.

You're sugar. You're spice and everything nice.
A man is incomplete without a lady in his life.
You can take a bad day and make it turn out right.
You can take a blind soul and make him see the light.
You can take a broken heart and make it new again.
Or you can break his heart and make him less than a man.
You can take a man and make him feel like a king.
What a man wants only you could ever bring.

Ladies. Beautiful ladies.

Hey girl what's your name? Oh wow you look so nice, I know your man is satisfied.
And young lady what's your name? Oh wow! I know your man is pleased all the way down to his knees.
And what's your name? Tell me I know your man is worried, about where you are tonight, eh?

Well ladies, all you ladies, all over the world, I want you to help me sing this.
Here we go!

Ladies. Beautiful ladies. Ohhh ladies. All of you ladies!
Short ones, tall ones, big ones, small ones!
Beautiful ladies.
Lovely ladies. You look so good in the summertime. Ladies.
Lovely ladies. I said you look so good in the summertime. Ladies!

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