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Sorry for the lack of posting, I’ve been computerless and blogging on a phone is no fun.

 

Finkelsteen

Do you like your Rock and Roll straight up with no frills? Then Finklelsteen is your band.

From their website:

   Most bands find naming themselves is the all important act that will immediately define listeners with their sound. Being men usually constitutes a posturing of manliness and foreboding. Our crew here eschewed any of that stereotype for what they all bond on in the first place, which is a sense of hilarity in life. Finkelsteen is “that kid” you grew up with that thought he could get away with everything until his dad sent him off to military school for a surefire reformation, only to have him return far wiser in his acts of mischievousness. Here you will find no band promo shots of black shirts, brick walls, scowls and puffed up chests. You are far more likely to find shit-eaten grins on coffee-jacked middle-agers desperately clinging to their long lost youth. Kind of sad in a way, but relentlessly endearing as well.

   Finkelsteen is not trying to musically reinvent the wheel. They are trying to musically reverse engineer the cosmonuclearastrocollison in retrograde. Are they modern rock with a 70’s ethos? Or are they 70’s rock with a modern edge? Only you as the listener can computate the outcome of that hypothesis, and you are implored to do so. The fate of tiny fluffy adorable kittens hang in the balance…over a giant vat of shark infested acid-lava (yes…the sharks are indeed immune to the acid-lava…don’t ask)

They best part? You can got their newest 4 song EP for free just by contacting them. This thing has not left the CD player since I got it. (When technically its not a CD since it is only available in downloadable form, but I burned it to CD. So there.) Seriously, this is one of the best bits of music to come out in a long time.

To quote my friend Bob: “It is pretty freakin’ sweet that bands can put out stuff like this nowadays without being at the mercy of a record label to do so.”

Click here to have a listen

http://www.finkelsteen.com/

Kidneythieves

Kidneythieves are an industrial, Female Fronted rock band. The band has had many members, but the two constants are vocalist Free Dominguez and Guitarist/Programmer Bruce Somers.

This band first caught my ear with “Before I’m Dead” from the “Queen of the Damned” soundtrack.

Next I heard “Zerospace” from the cd titled the same. I played the hell out that CD.

Then they released Trypofanatic, which seemed more organic then the first two CDs. Here is an acoustic version of Jude Be Somebody

DISCOGRAPHY:

Studio albums

EPs and Special Editions

Monday Music Mix

This week lets hear some great cover versions of other songs.

http://8tracks.com/mixes/310128/player_v3

Mothers Day Chicken Noodle Soup.

So today is Mothers Day. One food that always reminds me of Mom is Good Old Chicken soup.

So with some help from Rachel Ray, I decided I would treat Mom to my version of her classic soup.

Ingredients

  • Poached Chicken Breasts
  • 6 pieces bone-in, skin-on chicken breast
  • 1 leek, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 ribs celery, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and quartered on an angle
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley
  • Few sprigs fresh dill
  • Few sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf
For the soup:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 leeks, trimmed, sliced, soaked and dried
  • 1 onion, quartered and very thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 small ribs celery and leafy tops, very thinly sliced on an angle
  • 2 parsnips, julienned or 1 small bulb fennel, quartered and julienned, plus small handful fronds
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • Salt and finely ground black pepper or white pepper
  • 2 1/2 to 3 quarts homemade chicken stock
  • 2 pieces poached chicken breast, meat diced or shredded, about 2 to 2 1/2 cups white meat
  • 12 ounces egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Chopped fresh dill and parsley, for garnish
First we make the stock and poach the chicken.
Place the chicken, leek, onion, celery, carrot, lemon, parsley, dill, thyme, and bay leaf in a large pot and fill with water until the pot is 2 to 3-inches full from the top, about 3 to 4 quarts water.
Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook uncovered 1 hour.
Remove the chicken to large plate or bowl. Strain the cooking liquids and reserve for soup stock. Pull the skin and carcass away and chop the meat or shred with forks.
Now the soup:

Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in soup pot or large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add leeks, onions, celery, parsnip or fennel, carrots, salt and pepper. Stir frequently for 10 minutes to soften vegetables without browning them then add stock and 1/3 of the chicken meat to pot.

Boil water in a large pot, salt the boiling water and cook the pasta to al dente or with a good-bite left to it. Drain the pasta and toss with butter or a drizzle of oil, stir to combine and coat the noodles evenly.

Pour the soup in soup bowls and top with fresh dill and parsley.

It was quite yummy.

Monday Music Mix

I am feeling a little bit of heaviness today.

http://8tracks.com/mixes/299971/player_v3

Public Service Announcements from the Past

Wheter it was Elvis and Poodle Skirts in the 50’s or MTV and Madonna in the 80’s, we all have our nostalgic memories of childhood. In my opinion, nothing will ever be as memorable as the PSA’s (Public Service Announcements) we were subjected to as kids. Remember, these are all real.

First up is a PSA on Masturbation from the 70’s.

Now lets go back to the 50’s to learn about the dangers of Homosexuality.

In this one C3PO, admonishes R2D2 for smoking.

And no blog about PSA’s would be complete without the gem from the 80’s.
Of course the kid is obviously listening to heavy metal.

Please share your favorites in the comments.

Good Art – My definition

Let me start off by saying I am not an Art Snob. I wouldn’t know the difference between Dadaism and Picasso’s blue period. I have no idea what color Prussian Blue really is. I wouldn’t know an F-stop from the Quick Stop Market

That being said, I can still enjoy Art. I have always defined “good” Art, as “Art that inspires an emotion, whether that emotion is good or bad.” This can apply to paintings, photography, poetry or music. Having established my Non Art Critic status, let me share a few things I enjoy.

First is Juan Francisco Casas.
What he does with just a ball point pen is nothing short of amazing.

Keep in mind when you look at his work that his only tool is a Bic Ballpoint pen.
The level of detail in these is astounding.
Visit his website to see more. Beware there is some nudity.

Next is the Photography of Joel-Peter Witkin
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I think for this one, I’ll lift the words of my dad, who wrote an article original published at this site.

Witkin makes art that can’t be dismissed or ignored. In fact, it achieves the status all art yearns for: no one, on seeing a Witkin image, can remain ambivalent. But this isn’t only a product of what Witkin chooses to photograph. No, it’s in how he takes this material and transcends its limitations. Using cadavers, hermaphrodites, hunchbacks, and others commonly known as freaks in general society, Witkin creates visual paradoxes that challenge our perception. Often criticized for sensationalism and the exploitation of his subjects, he actually lifts and redeems them –makes them central to his spiritual quest. Once photographed, they enter the eternal stream of art

Marcel Duchamp: Painter and sculptor
Duchamp is probably best known for his painting Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2

However, I still remember the day I saw his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It wasn’t his paintings that spoke to me. It was his sculptures. I remember spending an inordinate amount of time trying to wrap my head around one piece called “The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even/The Large Glass”

I can’t tell you why it appeals to me. I just know I couldn’t look away. It inspired emotion.
After all isn’t that what “good” art is about?

Well hopefully that gives you a glimpse into my artistic mind. Tell me some artists you like.
Even if you wanna trash my choices I welcome the discussion.

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Have you ever dreamed of flying?

It’s always been a dream of mine to be a Pilot. Unfortunately, it is just too damn expensive. If you are like me, here is our chance.
Breitling Watches, in conjunction with the Breitling Jet Team is having a photo contest.
The grand prize is a chance to get your Private Pilot’s license.
Second prize is a ride along flight with the famed Breitling Jet Team.

They are accepting submissions until May 17, 2011.
Visit the Breitling Facebook Fan Page for more details, and prepare for take-off. You must “like” their page, then the contest is listed on the left hand side of the page.

Monday Morning Music Mix

Every Monday, i’ll be posting a music mix.
Here are a few tunes to get you through your day.
Let me know what you think!
http://8tracks.com/mixes/184074/player_v3

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