Friday, January 8, 2010

eighteen with a bullet # 2

or 12 guage x 2 from maryland

Some time before Christmas - and deep in the grip of dub - I received an e-mail from Brooklyn based singer-songwriter, Lisa Jaeggi, with links to her self-released debut album. While her list of influences at times reads like a "who's who" of artists to largely avoid, if I'm altogether honest, there is a quality about many of her songs I find hugely appealing; not least the unadorned acoustic ringing of those strings. And a not insubstantial debt to Clevelander, Tracy Chapman. Ignore her professed admiration for Fiona Apple and Nickleback. Two acts you would be absolutely forgiven never to expect darken my doorstep.

Revel instead in her fondness for The Beatles; pickpockets; green tea; and sexy guitars. Oh. And ukeleles. Sweet.

photograph by mary ellen mark.

LISA JAEGGI: OH LADY YOU SHOT ME from "Oh Lady You shot Me" CD (Self-Released) 2009 (US)



anto said...

Seen as though its freezing everywhere (Ireland lowest recorded temp this week was a moderate -13.7) and yr having issues with religous types and internet connections (I feel theres a shared mystery behind both) try this...and add some cumin and corriander to the mix;

Baked potato with lamb and breadcrumbs

This Lebanese-style shepherd’s pie is great comfort food. A simple recipe, it’s very easy and inexpensive to make. I simply served it with some fresh spinach.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
200g minced lamb
1 tablespoon pine nuts
salt and pepper
4-5 large potatoes, boiled and mashed
3 tablespoons butter
100g dried bread-crumbs

Preheat oven to 180c (Gas mark 4).

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan, add the onion and cook, stirring until tender. Add the meat, pine nuts, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the meat is browned.

2. Place the warm mashed potato in a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of butter and some salt and pepper and mix well.

3. Grease a deep baking tray with the remaining butter. Spread half of the mashed potato in the tray. Spread the meat mixture over in one layer, then spread the rest of the mash on top.

Sprinkle the bread-crumbs on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden.

In other stuff relating to yr previous posts, my cousin was converted to mormonnessness about 15 yrs ago. She wanted to, and succeded in,ride/shag/fuck one of the well groomed smiling types. It was some sort of covert corruption deal on her part which i ashamedly would have applauded. It was more some fucked up thing that maybe ray carver or someone would have written about. She's 'fine' now, living with some accounatant dude carrying 6/7 excess stone and running a chain of nailbars. Mad eh?

Also, we (thegroup who got drunk here last night) discussed the question ' Is Neil Young the finest white man every to record music'. On balance, the motion was passed but not without skin, hair, blood, tone of vitriol and, eventually, dopamine being shed.

Keep warm, as that hand-bag dance song used to go.

ib said...

Anto, you cosy devil,

thank you for the recipe. Looks damn fine.

Neil Young is more than alright in my book too. I will take a snow check on the Osmonds, however. Even though. These days, with the trend for teeth whitening and orthodontic cosmetics their perfect smiles do not seem so remotely implausible.

A good time to stay banged up in the kitchen with the oven on overtime.