Watts Towers – Nuestro Pueblo

The Spires of Watts Towers

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.                                        — John Augustus Shedd (1859 – ?), Salt from My Attic (1928) Cities, more and more, represent waste, inefficiency and indentured […]

Beneath the Surface – What Is In The Water at Seaworld?

Two killer whales off the south side of Unimak Island, eastern Aleutian Islands, Alaska By Robert Pittman via Wikimedia Commons

Beneath the Surface The question needs to be asked, what do retired whale trainers do? Especially once they have skewered the private industry whence they came. Write about it. Such is the case of fourteen year veteran Orca trainer John Hargrove who, in the course of working with 20 different whales on two continents and […]

Beard Radio – EP 8 – Man In Black

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The Beard – EP 9 – Man In Black by Beard Radio on Mixcloud “Folsom Prison Blues” Johnny Cash “I Walk The Line” Johnny Cash “When It’s Springtime In Alaska” Johnny Cash “Girl From the North County” Bob Dylan “Highwayman” The Highwaymen “Sunday Morning Coming Down” Kris Kristofferson “Why me Lord?” Ray Charles “I Hung […]

Ginkaku-ji – The Silver Pavilion Born from the Ashes of War

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Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺) has so many names it’s best to keep it simple. Translated as Temple of the Silver Pavilion, it makes more sense once you know its official name: Jishō-ji (慈照寺) or the Temple of Shining Mercy. Because for one, where’s this so-called silver pavilion? you may wonder to yourself as you stroll through the […]

Lazy Bread Recipe – Weekend Wheat Sourdough To Go With Your Busted Ass French Cheese

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Here’s you: It’s Saturday or Sunday, Monday maybe even, you don’t know, but you’re hungry. Not that idiotic snickers I must have instant satisfaction now! kinda hungry, but some kind you haven’t felt for a long time. What the hell, eat some almonds, be done with it, move on. No nuts, no chocolate, not even […]

I Nuovi Antipasti Italiani

Fresh Bruschetta Is What You Make Of IT

Winter Strawberries. Tomatoes in Spring. Summer Sanma. Persimmons in Fall. Season is everything. And seasonal cooking is big, especially in Japan, where when any kind of produce stops occurring naturally, the hothouse prices set in and flavor takes a dive. So after a slow(er) then usual Friday night, an early Saturday rise to make the […]

Mix Tape – An Effort of Love In Vain

Mix Tape - An Effort of Love in Vain

“A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with ‘Got To Get You Off My Mind’, but then realised that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straight […]

Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita – No Band Is An Island

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“We neither had it all nor shall we…We are just fine without your promises.” Satomi Matsuzaki on ‘Black Pitch’ The Beard – EP 91 – Deerhoof by Beard Radio on Mixcloud Deerhoof is the quintessential gateway band. Like the Velvet Underground and Pixies before them, they have spawned 1000 other bands, some of whom have […]

The Charlatans Release ‘Modern Nature’

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Listen to the album while reading the review. The Charlatans have been unfortunately plagued by a double-sided curse. Unfortunate in the fact that they have lost multiple members to various causes of death, both natural an un-, double-sided in that they inevitably muster on, producing genuinely good albums every few years since the late 80s. […]

What’s On Tap for 2015 – Year of the Craft Beer of the Year

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2014 was a blur of craft beer. It feels as if I was finally awakened to all of life’s infinite malt possibilities, but I know that it’s just the beginning. 2015 promises to be equally exciting and full of new and delicious surprises. The big ABV boys were out at play in the barley fields […]