Archive for March, 2010

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3….

Posted in music, Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I consider myself a very lucky and fortunate person for multiple reasons, one in particular, being able to promote/DJ music(as Twinpeaks) that I love.  One of the most memorable of these experiences has been with a soul group from Chicago called The Right Now.  It was through a last minute addition to one of my shows with Old Soul, that first introduced me to this band.

Over the past several months, they have made several trips to play here in Indy, developing a great relationship between the band and myself. Besides liking their music, I really like them as people, from their manager to every member of the band, they are all great.

It was during their last trip here for their CD release party at The Jazz Kitchen, record store appearance at Indy CD & Vinyl and a video taping for My Old Kentucky Blog‘s Laundromatinee that we got to spend the whole day together.

One-of-a-kind!

And because they are all so cool, they gave me an AMAZING gift to say thanks. The first picture at the top is a one-of-a-kind 45″ test pressing of their new 45″ single. A test pressing is made to check the quality of the master, which will then be “copied” over and over again to make the vinyl 45″ to sell. In this case, there was a small popping sound at the start of the b-side of the test pressing, which means they have to re-cut the master before duplication can begin. So the top record is the one-and-only copy of this “mistake”.

One of five in the world.

The second picture here is the new test pressing, one of five copies, which was mistake-free and used to make the final product, the third picture. They also gave me a great Dr. Seuss card! (Long story short, my mom is a fanatic and I have a lot of respect for Dr. Seuss.) For a record geek like myself, it doesn’t really get much better than this. It’s also the reason why I choose to continue to support new music and bands that are taking an honest approach to their craft.

The "finished" product!

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Cat in the Hat

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I would not consider myself to be a fashionable person or shall I say one that follows fashion trends.  I do have several rules that I live by and I am just lucky that my style happens to not be too out of touch.

My favorite Goorin Bros hat.

A staple in the wardrobe are newsboy/flat cap/duckbill.  I have several kinds, from Kangol, H & M, Target, etc.  My favorite happens to be this Goorin Brothers (Pittsburgh, PA) that I got from Silver in the City on Mass Ave.  They have been around since 1895 and know how to make some wicked hats!

Today’s music selection is from the notoriously hip music maker himself, David Holmes.  You might have heard a couple of his songs, as he composes the scores for Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13.  Muy bueno.

I’ve Got My Orange Crush

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by blogstoryshort

Here’s a quick, refreshing orange fueled smoothie to drink anytime of the day!  I took two fresh organic oranges, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup of half & half, one tablespoon of coconut butter and blended it all together for a delicious drink.

Kyle's "orange crush"

Depending on the time of day, you can add either ice cubes or ice cream to make this baby really pop!

My post would not be complete without a tune to pass along, so here you go, R.E.M’s “Orange Crush”, filmed live at The Point Depot, Dublin on 26th and 27th February 2005. Directed by Blue Leach.

I Said No Salt On My Margarita!

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I must confess, I don’t really like margaritas (especially with salt on them!)  My buddy Steve used to walk around saying that totally out of context, fun.  **update-I have mistakenly referenced the WRONG movie in this post.  Yes, I know, stupid on my part and I should have known better, I published a big blunder.  The quote is from Milton of Office Space, much apologies people.  So without further ado, I give you Milton, in all his glory.

"I said no salt in my margarita, no salt!"

This post has nothing to do with margaritas, just salt.  For tonight’s meal, I didn’t use ANY salt, instead I used fresh orange juice and garlic.  You might also notice a theme for this week: chicken, mushrooms and asparagus.  We get a farm fresh delivery each week and we tend to use the ingredients until they are gone.

I marinated a 6oz. organic chicken breast in fresh orange juice and garlic for about 25 minutes.  I marinated the asparagus in olive oil and garlic powder (powder makes a nice little crusty coating when it’s grilled.)  I am hooked on herb goat cheese so the mushrooms got stuffed with it.  After I grilled the chicken( about 9 minutes) I squeezed the rest of the orange onto it.  Delicious!

Not bad, a little smoke, earth with a slight fruity finish

A little glass of Shiraz and a couple orange jelly slices and it’s a great night!

$5 Footlong?

Posted in Food, music, Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by blogstoryshort

You pay $10-$15 to go see a new movie right? And if you are like me, you pay $5-$7 for the same movie on a Saturday morning. Cheap-skating aside, this is an AMAZING short film, great for both men and women! It’s about a group of producers who get $5 to buy albums (that measures 12 inches long) to create a new tune. That would be the guys part. The lady’s? All of the shopping is done is thrift stores, you know, where the “real” shopping occurs.

It's music, it's vinyl, it's hip-hop, it's art!!

I am going to nerd out here for a moment and tell all you beat-junkies, vinyl heads, DJs, producers, breakers/b-boys and heads, don’t watch this movie with out time to kill afterward. Trust me, I had to go to sleep right after and it haunted me! It’s right up there with the movie Scratch (2001) in my book. I know I always appreciate seeing just how much can go in to making some great music!

Secondhand Sureshots

There are several rules regarding what you can and can’t do, but I am not going to spoil this with listing all of them. Instead, I will use the schwartz and tell you that all of these are true musicians, men who are creating music that is both refreshing and entertaining all at the same time. It proves that the word ‘instrument’ can be applied to a multitude of devices that anyone uses to create music. Toss conventional wisdom out the door, sit back and enjoy the show:

View the movie here.

I did a DJ battle that was a lot like this about a year ago- it was the same concept except the DJs had five minutes to purchase 30 records, and then got to look at those records only 30 minutes before the battle. The battle went in 3 stages, 10 minutes each stage:

Round 1: Only vinyl that was purchased that day could be used.

Round 2: Vinyl purchased plus their digital library.

Round 3: Anything goes.

I had DJ’s Scott Matelic, Metrognome and Topspeed. I had it on video and now… I can’t find it!!! But I digress….

dublab’s “SECONDHAND SURESHOTS” – Ras G clip from dublab on Vimeo.

Nectar of the Gods

Posted in Food, music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I LOVE coffee, seriously, it’s an addiction that some say is not healthy.  I will even drink decaf just so that I can enjoy a great cup of joe!

I think it all started with my dad, he would brew a pot every day and save it in his big, green thermos.  Throughout the day he would drink it, straight black and would often have me “pour him a shot”.  One of the coolest things that I learned from my dad was how to build the perfect coffee cup collection. I will leave that for another post, along with my favorite types of coffee beans.

Let’s take a drip to one of my favorite coffee bars in the world, Star Lounge Coffee Bar in the Ukrainian/Humboldt Park  district of Chicago. (mapquest of business.)

Old-School drip method

The barista will slowly pour boiling water over your perfectly roasted, fresh ground beans.  (One of the owners, J.J.Diaz, does all the roasting for the bar using a unique process .)

Star Lounge Coffee Bar

This brewing method mimics how a typical coffee machine brews for millions of grumpy people every morning.  French press or Neapolitan flip drip styles of coffee brewing are two of my other favorites, both providing similar styles of brew.  (Great resource on the different types of coffee brewing can be find here.)

I prefer cream in my coffee but half & half, or whole milk will work.  Dry creamer is one step over skim milk, which should be avoided at any cost.  In my younger days, there was no cream present but now I find I eat twice as many Rollaids if I don’t.  The pains of being old!

Cream me!

I love having fresh coffee on a Sunday morning while reading the paper and either watching CBS Sunday Morning or listening to Richard Hawley’s album,  Coles Corner, the best “Sunday morning album” on this earth.  Enjoy!

It’s Grillin’ Season, B*tches!!

Posted in Food, music, Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by blogstoryshort

It’s time to break out the grill and begin searing things to perfection! (At least attempting to do this!)  While my favorite is wood charcoal, like Basques brand from Quebec but unfortunately, I have to use gas to do 80% of my grilling.

I would love to be a better cook someday- even take a series of cooking classes. But for now, I will continue to attempt my own creations.  I’ve decided my main focus this season will be on better presentation so that I can entertain larger groups of people and not be embarrassed.

Here’s what we had for dinner!

grilled Mahi Mahi, herb goat cheese-stuffed portobello mushrooms, grilled asparagus and chicken w/balsamic mustard glaze

Kate loved her dinner of grilled salmon w/mustard ‘glaze’, asparagus and a salad.

Kate eating her salmon

For dessert I grilled mango with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract and raspberry balsamic vinegar.  Then I blended it with coconut butter, organic milk and half & half.  It was very good and the first time that I ever thought of making it.  Next time I will add a little ice or vanilla bean ice cream to make it more of a shake and top it off with some ginger snap cookies.  Word.

Music for this post will be courtesy of Secret Stash Records: Mad Dog’s Hustle “Revenge”

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