Ginkaku-ji – The Silver Pavilion Born from the Ashes of Kyoto’s 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 – How To Not Cook Like An Average American

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 […]

Beard Radio – EP 7 – Mix Tape – An Effort of Love In Vain

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“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’ Deerhoof is the quintessential gateway band. Like the Velvet Underground and Pixies before them, they have spawned 1000 other bands, some of whom have gone on to sell lots of records. Not publicly so-well-known for their […]

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 […]

Rent-To-Own: Some of the Best Music of 2014

Rent-To-Own: Some of the Best Music of 2014

Like every great religion of the past we seek to find the divinity within and to express this revelation in a life of glorification and the worship of God. These ancient goals we define in the metaphor of the present — turn on, tune in, drop out. — Timothy Leary, at a press conference in […]

You Won’t Believe What Sensationalist Best Of Bullshit End Of The Year List Lose Twenty Pounds Now

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Hi Folks, Sick of the End-of-the-Year hype? Over the Best-Of List? Done with being told how to feel about what is the interneteratti insiders say is Good and what is Bad? Exhausted by the feeling that you need to validate your interests by “liking” a thing? Tired of the need to feel that pinning a […]

The Homeless Makeover of Miyashita Park in Shibuya

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Miyashita Park, depending on your point of view, is an emerald oasis in the midst of a concrete desert blooming in the most crowded mile in the human world, Shibuya Crossing. One of the few green spaces within the city center, Miyashita is a microcosm of the larger setting of Tokyo. Built in the 30s […]