Fuck Buttons put on a stellar show this past week at Le Poisson Rouge. It was a no frills, wall of sound, that sort of entranced you into fluidity. Their new album Slow Focus is a nice progression from Tarot Sport. It’s a bit less sterile, less perfect (in a good way). They seemed to have gained a lot of confidence after Danny Boyle used their music in the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. They produced the new album all on their own, which at first I thought ‘no! it’s not going to be good!’, but I was so wrong. Very impressed. So far my fav this year. Hope to see much more of them!
Why didn’t I think of this before? Recently I noticed that my natural fiber loofahs, bath sponges, and brushes were getting black and moldy from the moisture in the bathroom. In the past I would just throw them out and replace them even though they were structurally okay… but what a waste of $$$! I recently bought a hydrogen peroxide spray to safely disinfect my puppy’s accidents but realized I could use this product on so many other things! I put a few spoons of this in a basin of hot water and let my loofa soak overnight. The next day it was like brand new! Plus you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals because all it is is water with an extra oxygen ion that in commercially sold concentrations is not harmful and easily neutralized with water rinsing.
Sperry came out with a boyfriend esque boat shoe that is narrow and just slightly more feminine enough to pull off. The construction is pretty high quality and the rubber soles are incredibly comfortable too. Got mine at Bloomingdales.. Felt … Continue reading
Simple, elegant purse, made special by two toned leather when sides are unzipped. In this version the leather is matte black and the sides are a deep navy. The buckle also slides sideways to open up. It’s an almost perfect everyday purse except that the handle is attached to the lid of the purse which makes it difficult to close when carrying on your shoulder. But I think this is worth it for the streamline aesthetic. It’s just the right size to carry a few things including your iPad on a casual non-work day.
Marc Jacobs now makes nail color! ”Baby Jane” is the perfect duplicate of Essie’s “Jazz” and Opi’s “Did you ear of van gogh?”. Really unique packaging and pigmentation is pretty intense. One coat gives you the equivalent of two.
This dish is the Southeast asian version of mom’s chicken soup. It’s simple savory comfort food that is especially good for you after a bout of indigestion or the stomach flu.
You’ll need: 2 handfuls or 0.8 pounds of fresh large shrimp deveined and butterflied, 1 cup jasmine (short grain) rice, 8 cups organic chicken broth (store bought is fine), 2 inch piece of fresh ginger (half of it sliced into very thin match sticks, the rest left peeled and whole), finely sliced green onions, roughly chopped cilantro, white pepper, 2-3 tablespoons fish sauce, and 5 drops of sesame oil.
Rinse the rice with cold water a few times, add to large pot or dutch oven with lid, then cover with chicken broth and bring to boil. Add a thick chunk of ginger (about the size of your pinky finger). Let simmer for 1 1/2 hours covered, occasionally stirring so the rice doesn’t stick to bottom. Now add the shrimp and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes (careful not to overcook the shrimp or it will be tough, err on the side of less cooking time), remove from heat. Add 5 drops sesame oil and 2-3 tablespoons of fish sauce to taste (it should be somewhat salty but not overpowering). The consistency should be somewhat creamy but not a puree. Serve in medium bowls, sprinkle some white pepper over top, add pinch of ginger sticks, and top with green onions and cilantro. Mix and eat while still hot. Stores well in the fridge for couple days. Typically eaten for breakfast or rainy days.
If your stomach is upset, you might want to omit the shrimp (less digesting your stomach will have to do).
Great pair of sunglasses for girls with fairly large heads. $18 at Free People. Feels kind of 70s without being too retro.
[from the Kitchn]
I needed a quick recipe to use up leftover spinach and red onions and found this one on the Kitchn. It uses a combination of veggies, any fish filet, olive oil, herbs all tucked into foil or parchment paper (I used a parchment paper-foil mix sheet found at Target, some readers say that using foil gives the food a metallic taste, but I liked the convenience of folding foil so thought this was a great idea). Goes well with store bought garlic flavored couscous.
For my version below, you’ll need: handful of baby spinach, handful organic small tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, a handful of sliced mushrooms (optional), a fillet of cod, sliced 1/4 red onion, salt, freshly ground pepper, half a lemon or so, and generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Basically pile everything in the order that I’ve listed and fold up the edges so that the packet is sealed and place in oven on a baking sheet for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
So I found that this recipe is sort of bland and delicate, which sometimes I’m in the mood for. It’s quick and easy, but not good enough to make for guests. Next time I’ll try it with salmon, bok choy, ginger, chili and ponzu or soy sauce. I’ve decided southeast asian fish dishes are superior IMO.
[Animal Collective at the You're Doing Great Stage]
I’m glad I experienced it, but in retrospect, not sure if Governor’s Ball would be worth doing all over again in light of Tropical Storm Andrea. Day 1 was kind of a disaster. The forecast read 79 degrees and 100% chance rain. I was prepared for some rain, but was not prepared for the high winds (that made the whole experience freezing cold) and walking barefoot through 10 inch earthworm infested massive mud pools that resulted. Showed up just in time to catch the second half of Dinosaur Jr. Super excited to see these old guys still playing! And unlike so many other bands, they still remain relevant but true to their style. They played a lot off the new album, which is their best in my opinion. The rain thrashed them pretty harshly on stage but that seemed to actually help the gritty-ness of their sound. And it was great to see the die hard fans sporting the long gray wigs (homage to lead singer J), which littered the floor after the show was over. Then it was time to trudge our way over to see Best Coast, which was pretty pathetic. No fault of the band of course. It’s hard for a beachy sunny pop band to play under these conditions. Her sound was pretty inaudible. The audio at the “You’re doing great stage” was chronically off (well into day 3). Had a hard time really hearing the band over the crowd. Boo for poor sound! Next, headed over to see Azealia Banks in the tent. She actually gave a real performance with old school choreographed dancers and donned a fierce neon orange strappy outfit. Later Crystal Castles took the tent. We got there early and could sort of feel the excitement grow as the crowd got larger and denser. At this point I started losing sensation in my fingers from the cold and had abandoned wearing my shoes that kept getting stuck in the mud. But anyway, Crystal Castles gave a pretty sensational performance. I remember listening to their pre produced tracks years ago and now they seem like old pros. Their sound was intensely euphoric and almost impossible to resist dancing. After their last song, we decided we couldn’t take it anymore and headed back home. Got some pretty strange stares from people in the subway as I was covered in mud. Good thing we left early because I heard Beach House only played one song before they had to cancel her show due to some one on stage getting shocked. Kings of Leon‘s show was also cancelled that night. People on twitter were pretty bummed out about it. Twitter also was full of complaints from those stuck waiting for the ferry to get to the island. They paid 50 dollars extra to use the ferry to get to and from the island.. but given the weather, people were stranded for up to 3 hours. The organizers decided to let Friday ticket holders get in for free on Saturday and Kings of Leon surprisingly was added to the second day, which seemed to tighten the set times for many other bands. On day two, the grounds had no grass whatsoever. It was a slightly dryer muddy smelly mess. I was shocked the organizers did not lay down more wooden planks in the areas of most traffic and deep mud pools. I came more prepared this time with rain boots. We started off the day with Dirty Projectors at the You’re Doing Great Stage, but I have to say that most of the crowd didn’t seem to know who they were. Lots of uber young high school kids who were more concerned with talking really loud and impressing their friends than enjoying the music. Again the sound at this stage was way off. Had seen Dirty Projectors perform superbly at a smaller venue before so I know they can really perform. This was just not the right setting. Later we picked up some free ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s on our long trek over to Cut Copy at the main stage. The sound at this stage was far better. Cut Copy sounded great live and may be arguably one of the best performances of that day by most people’s standards. They had more a band feel than I had expected. Was my first time seeing him and was pleasantly surprised. The crowd was really into it and dancing loads. Next was Kendrick Lamar, who in my opinion produced one of the best west coast rap albums of all time recently, so was super excited to see him. He has become enormously popular. He hardly had to sing and often gave the mic to the crowd to sing up to half the songs. I really respect him as an artist, but I have to say I was disappointed by his performance. His voice and flow is really not that great live. At one point a black helicopter suddenly appeared to film his performance. Felt like we were all going to be in a music video. Later we walked back to the You’re Doing Great Stage to get a good spot for Animal Collective. This was the most normal looking crowd I had seen for an Animal Collective show ever but definitely real fans here. They belted out a fantastic show. I love how they sort of let one song melt slowly into the next. Panda Bear/Noah Lennox was much more prominent on drums than I had remembered him being. A few times there were some technical issues with the speakers and volume. The band seemed frustrated that they were not given enough time to complete their sound check. Still sounded great in my opinion. ”Brother Sport” was universally loved. They had everyone singing… “play with your brother, play with your brother!” Anyway they started playing a brand new song at the end but had to stop because one of the band members couldn’t hear what he was playing. Again a problem with soundcheck. So they abruptly stopped and apologized. That was the end to our day 2. By day 3, I was pretty exhausted but bargained with myself to at least see Yeasayer and Grizzly Bear. Both were great live. Although, again the audio was too low and it made it difficult to hear them over the crowd from where we stood. Day 3 was overall much more pleasant environmentally but still required rain boots. I was sad to miss out on Kanye‘s performance but watched it on YouTube the next day. He started off with two songs off his new album that has already been written about extensively elsewhere, so I’ll spare you.
Governors Ball was not quite the music festival experience that I had hoped for. Regardless of the muddy mess that the storm caused, the problem may be related to its location in the middle of NYC and (relatively low cost). Making it super accessible to people, means that you draw a crowd that is sort of ambivalent about being there in the first place. It felt like the people who attended cared more about the scene than the music. Despite all this, I can still appreciate the potential for a great festival experience next year. The organizers were able to draw in a rock solid line up and have grown the event enormously since its infancy. And side note, the food options were great. Had me some Crif dog hot dogs and Luke’s Lobster (they even stamped my lobster card!). So hopefully, next time there will be better stage arrangements, more tents, more benches, restrooms, etc.. and hopefully no more tropical storms and electric shocks.
During my trip to India, I wore my old bronze Target huaraches down to obliteration. They were a great travel shoe, easy to slip on, comfortable to walk it in, rain proof. The Indian people really loved them too. I was stopped on the streets many times by people asking me where to buy them. Anyway, I was in need of a new pair for the summer and incidentally found these at Urban for only $29.