Monday, March 9, 2009
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As for Episode 13 itself, I can't believe Carla got away with a non-alcoholic cocktail just because she doesn't drink. If it had been a pork roast competition would the judges have let Ms. Hootie Hoo substitute eggplant instead? I think not. Therefore, Jeff should have won and Stefan and Hosea been sent packing. Still it was great to see Gail Simmons again and Padma looked even more delicious than usual in her black Mardi Gras dress.
Lastly for a view from the judge's table, dig into Tom Colicchio's blog to read about how Jeff royally shucked himself with his oyster dish, what made Carla's cuisine reign supreme and how you can help rebuild New Orleans if you can't make it down to Bourbon Street to stimulate the local economy personally.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Cheers to a life well lived and a bar well tended. What I wouldn't give to have the ever irascible Stefan, who since 1965 ruled the Holiday with an iron swizzle stick, set up another round of Black Sambuca and Heineken. On second thought, better make it two and some singles for the jukebox.
Vanishing New York has more....
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Lux Interior, charismatic singer and founding member of New York City's punk-rockabilly pioneers The Cramps, is looking for kicks in rock'n roll heaven now. Lux died Feb. 4 of an existing heart condition at Glendale Hospital in California. He was 62.
"Lux has been an inspiration and influence to millions of artists and fans around the world. He and wife Poison Ivy's contributions with the Cramps have had an immeasurable impact on modern music. He is a rare icon who will be missed dearly," according to a statement issued by the Cramps media representative.
Lux is survived by his wife of 37 years, Poison Ivy Rorschach (real name Kristy Wallace) with whom he formed The Cramps in 1973. The group’s unique combination of Lux’s reverb drenched vocals over Ivy’s grinding guitar and a rockabilly beat resulted in such cult hits as “Garbageman”, “New Kind of Kick” and “Goo Goo Muck”. Their sound would influence several generations of punk, garage, and “goth” bands including the Gun Club, Sisters of Mercy, My Bloody Valentine to White Stripes.
One creepy career highlight was the band’s performance for patients at Napa State Mental Hospital in Sacramento, CA which later became a fan favorite when released on video.
Lux, real name Erick Lee Purkhiser, was born October 21, 1946 in Ohio and was falsely rumored to have passed away from a heroin overdose in 1987.
Coincidentally, guitarist Bryan Gregory who was with the band from 1976 to 1980 also died of heart problems, in California in 2001.
According to Billboard.com, The Cramps released fourteen albums. Their latest, 2004's "How To Make a Monster", sold 11,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Their best-selling album, 1984's "Bad Music for Bad People", has sold 95,000 copies.
To read Rolling Stone's rockin' post-mortem, click on...
Photo – Brian Rasic/Rex Features
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Included in C-bomb's kick ass analysis are the panties down and dirty details of the roadie challenge, the life lesson here being "If you want to date a rock star, you better learn how to fall off a stage bitch," according to the astute and sophisticated Ashley who is later seen puking into a casino trash can. Quick, somebody get the little tattooed lady a cheeseburger and a barf bag!
For more high heeled hi jinks and to see which cranky skank's bruised butt gets left behind when Bret's bus blows town, read on...
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
New York magazine's Adam Platt makes an early prediction on this season's winner, comments on Carla's dreadful deserts and wonders who was really on the couch with Leah. Read on...
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
And this just in...
Private Memorial Held for Stooges' Guitarist Ron Asheton
By Roger LeLievre The Ann Arbor News
A private memorial service attended by family members and close friends of the late Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton was held Tuesday at Muehlig's Funeral Chapel in Ann Arbor.
Among those attending were Stooges' frontman Iggy Pop; Ron Asheton's brother and Stooges' drummer Scott Asheton; bassist Mike Watt; and saxophonist Steve MacKay, as well as two members of The Stooges' management team.
"Each of us just got up and said a few words. After, we all went to Weber's and had a real nice dinner," said Scott Morgan, a fellow musician and long-time friend of Asheton's. "It was pretty much local except for the band and the band people. There were a lot of close friends, people who always came to Ron's on Christmas Eve."Asheton was found dead in his Ann Arbor home by police officers on Jan. 6. The cause of death has not been determined, pending completion of toxicology tests that are expected to take nearly a month.
Asheton was a founding member of The Stooges, which formed in Ann Arbor in the 1960s and went on to pioneer the musical style of punk rock, influencing generations of rock musicians. He was ranked at No. 29 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Morgan said Pop and other band members gave no indication about the future of The Stooges without Asheton.
"They are still in shock," he said.
A tribute to Asheton will be held Saturday night at the Music Hall for the Performing Arts in downtown Detroit. A local Stooges tribute is planned for late February at the Blind Pig, with details to come, Morgan said.
Family members have asked that donations in memory of Asheton be made to his favorite charity, the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Contributions can be made online at http://www.hshv.org/ (click the "Donations" link and scroll down to the Memorial Honorarium option). Those wishing to donate should list "Ron Asheton" in the "Honoree Name" part of the electronic form.
Meanwhile, The Stooges were again snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Wednesday. The band has been on the hall's nomination ballot seven times since the mid-1990s, including this year, but has yet to win enough votes to get in.
Otherwise, how is it possible Ariane, who pounded her cougar heart out trying to "honor her protein" was sent packing and both Hosea and Leah who were content to let Arianne overcook her own goose, were allowed to stay?
And then there's Radhika. Her 3-hour grilled corn must have been damned tasty too to qualify her for battle in next week's Restaurant Wars.
And last and by far least, what's up with testy guest judge Toby Young wanting "raw unprotected sex" with his protein and then whine like a cheap merlot about only getting to "first base"? Quick, somebody get that guy a rubber chicken!
Gawker's Joshua David Stein is even more outraged.
New York Magazine's Adam Platt "actually half-liked this episode."
Fresh from the chopping block Ariane talked to Grub Street about teamwork (or lack thereof) simplicity and who should have really been told to pack her knives and go. Read on...
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Movie review by Spyder Darling
Equal parts Nightmare on Elm Street, The Omen and The Exorcist, The Unborn is a sit-through-able supernatural thriller, starring Odette Yustman as Casey Beldon, a comely co-ed whose disturbing dreams of a ghostly child with a menacing message that somehow connects to her mother’s depression and subsequent suicide.
After rummaging around her family’s big old house, the perfect location for expected but nonetheless effective knee jerk frights, Casey follows a trail of uncanny clues to a sinister sanitarium where she meets her long lost grandmother, an Auschwitz survivor whose tale of unspeakable Nazi experiments conclude the only way Casey can save herself from certain demonic doom is an exorcism. Preposterous? Sure, but tell that to diminishing circle of family and friends.
Enter Sendak (Gary Oldman) a reluctant rabbi who, with the help of a sacred text borrowed from a local library attempts to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born. Or something like that.
For a PG-13 fright flick, Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) has crafted a passably terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn. While not as scary as its influences, the New York Times financial section, or a New York Knicks box score, it’ll take your mind off the madness of modern day life for a 96 minutes and that’s not kid stuff by any means.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Notorious Chicago rocker Peter Blast has just released the cinematic new video "Chinese Dragonflies" featuring footage from Blast's infamous "Dive Bar Tour" (with yours truly on bass) in support of his latest CD "A Plush Horse...with a Monkey on a String." Lie back and enjoy the ride! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugiO7LG0tgk
Tuesday, January 6, 2009