Summer-dry wood wet

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The Ramones – Rockaway Beach

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A sunny day in Seattle!

Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some

Emerald Street Boys – When Folks Was Real (Back In The Days)

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Original Seattle hip-hop from back in the days when folks was real:

Where the party at? 33rd Lane!
How we gettin’ there? Walkin’ in the rain!

Listening to ‘mud’

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I went searching for a song by the Mud City Manglers and ended up spending the rest of the afternoon listening only to songs which contain the word ‘mud’ in them somewhere. Here are some highlights from the afternoon:

Muddy Waters – I Got My Mojo Working, from Fathers & Sons (1972). The harp playing on this track is exemplary:

Nirvana – Negative Creep, from From The Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996). This track was recorded by Andy Wallace at the Paramount Theatre here in Seattle on October 31, 1991.

Muddy Waters – Forty Days & Forty Nights, originally released on his seminal 1965 recording on the Chess label The Real Folk Blues.

Mac’n’Yease: An Attempt at the Plum Bistro Classic

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There are a lot of takes on the ‘problem’ of vegan mac & cheese, but local vegan bistro Plum has it dialed in just right. Here’s another blogger’s effort to deconstruct the recipe, with photos.

The Dough Also Rises


In early August, I had my first experience of Plum, the fabulous Seattle vegan restaurant. I had never heard of Plum until some Amazon browsing brought me to their new cookbook. I was so excited about the look of the cookbook and the food that I bought the cookbook before ever visiting the restaurant. Now having eaten at Plum and cooked from the book, I can fully vouch for both.

Anyone who knows Plum also knows their classic dish: Mac’n’Yease (a vegan macaroni and cheese). I am not one of these in-the-know folks, but luckily I had my friend LJ there to fill me in on its infamy. In fact, it’s such a well-known Plum specialty that they don’t even give away the recipe in the cookbook…which led to this weekend’s culinary adventure. LJ and I, who had brainstormed the recipe together, made it as a special treat for…

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Soundgarden – Full On (Reprise)

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Seattle’s Soundgarden with a strangely Pink Floyd-moment from Louder Than Love:

Sing me to sleep
Sing me to sleep
Full on Kevin’s mom


The Waterboys – Song of Wandering Aengus (W.B. Yeats)

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The Waterboys - Neptune Theater; Seattle, WA
The Waterboys – Neptune Theater; Seattle, WA

I was always aware of The Waterboys, even a fan of much of their music. I had however not been a believer of theirs: the sort willing to undertake heroic efforts to locate them every time they tour. The performance I saw at the Neptune Theater here in Seattle last Friday night changed that. The Seattle Times review of the show  accurately reported:

Scott’s signature gravelly tenor was in fine form and he seemed to truly relish revisiting the band’s vast back catalog. He hit on songs ranging from the band’s first single, “A Girl Called Johnny,” to “The Whole Of The Moon,” one of its most popular hits.

Scott also made sure to touch on plenty of tracks from “An Appointment With Mr. Yeats.” The Yeats epic “Song of Wandering Aengus,” deliberate at first, became a hard-driving rocker with a climactic guitar solo. “White Birds,” which Scott described as Yeats’ best love poem, also built slowly toward a cathartic end.

Half of the songs they played Friday night could be described that way: “building slowly toward a cathartic end.” This music is bred in the bone for Steve Wickham and no other could render it so richly, but NY session guitarist Jay Barclay brought a beefy rock sound with real thematic comprehension. Mike Scott is not the most animated stage performer you’ll ever see, but as with Bob Dylan you find plenty of terrain in his voice alone.

Of which theme none other than a Yeats masterpiece, from Mike Scott’s recent ‘An Appointment With Mr. Yeats,’ a collection of the poet’s works set to music.

Song of Wandering Aengus

I WENT out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

– William Butler Yeats, The Wind Among the Reeds. 1899

Here’s a recording from Town Hall New York, recorded 3/20/13. The arrangement is the same as the one I saw here in Seattle at the Neptune Theater, though far more fully developed in virtuoso bombast this late in the tour. If ever a recording of the Seattle show surfaces I’ll post our version for comparison.