Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dan Barber - Character Approved

I'm long overdue for a meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns...but I'll be most likely biding me time until Spring. In the meantime, here's a little clip of Chef Barber extolling the virtues of supporting a local food economy:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

PSA: Mister Saturday Night Loft Party w/Greg Wilson @ Market Hotel - March 20

As many of you know, I'm super excited for this night. Purchase your advance tickets for $9 here.

Also, via Greg's email, check this out:


Housed on a separate account, it’s back to the olden days with something new to mark my 50th birthday – a celebratory selection of 7” singles from my formative years. Covering the 60’s through to the mid-70’s, when I started out as a fresh-faced 15 year old club DJ, these records embody the soundtrack of my youth.

With running times of approximately 2 hours, the 12 individual monthly parts will conclude in a full day’s worth of music. Having only pre-determined the opening and closing tracks, I select the rest as I go along, moving in whatever directions my mood takes me at that moment, in a similar way to how it might be if I was sitting at home playing records to friends. The title, ‘Random Influences’, reflects this arbitrary approach.

RANDOM INFLUENCES #1 by Random Influences

Monday, February 22, 2010

Bob Marley- Stir It Up (Live) 1979

It's a Bob Marley kind of Monday for me today...

Here's another rendention from 1973:

Stir it up; little darlin', stir it up. Come on, baby.
Come on and stir it up: little darlin', stir it up. O-oh!

It's been a long, long time, yeah!
(stir it, stir it, stir it together)
Since I got you on my mind. (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh) Oh-oh!
Now you are here (stir it, stir it, stir it together), I said,
It's so clear
There's so much we could do, baby, (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
Just me and you.

Come on and stir it up; ..., little darlin'!
Stir it up; come on, baby!
Come on and stir it up, yeah!
Little darlin', stir it up! O-oh!

I'll push the wood (stir it, stir it, stir it together),
Then I blaze ya fire;
Then I'll satisfy your heart's desire. (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
Said, I stir it every (stir it, stir it, stir it together),
Every minute:
All you got to do, baby, (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
Is keep it in, eh!

(Stir it up) Oh, little darlin',
Stir it up; ..., baby!
Come on and stir it up, oh-oh-oh!
Little darlin', stir it up! Wo-oh! Mm, now, now.

Quench me when I'm thirsty;
Come on and cool me down, baby, when I'm hot. (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
Your recipe is, - darlin' - is so tasty,
When you show and stir your pot. (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

So: stir it up, oh!
Little darlin', stir it up; wo, now!
Come on and stir it up, oh-ah!
Little darlin', stir it up!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

That's What She Said

Mellow - Drifting Out Of Sight (FC Kahuna Mix)

This was a big track for me during the summer of '09 - with the windows down, and driving around, enjoying the summer breeze. It's also got that Chemical Brothers-vibe to it, no?

Torrisi Italian Specialties

Continuing on my sandwich motif, I've been meaning to write about Torrisi Italian Specialties, but only after having visited it. However, Serious Eats: New York beat me to the punch and has a sweet write up about it today. (Not to mention Nate Appleman has been raving about the joint since it opened - which only makes me want to eat there even more.)

Located at 250 Mulberry Street (and Prince Street), Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, both of whom have outstanding pedigree, are doing great Italian deli food,but here's the kicker - everything made is from domestic ingredients. So really, they're truly doing Italian-American cuisine (Progresso bread crumbs anyone?).

Check out this sweet slideshow of some food porn action that Serious Eats has of some of the items on the menu here.

As a fan of Faicco's Pork Store's Italian Special, I'm looking foward to trying Torrisi's version seen below.

And finally, here's a rather amusing video with an epic soundtrack that chronicles Rich and Mario's cooking history.

Gotta love the character building externs go through...

Friday, February 19, 2010

No. 7 Sub opening in the Ace Hotel is imminent

I'm a big fan of sandwiches. With that said, the guys behind the highly-praised No. 7 out in Fort Greene, Brooklyn were brought in to open up a sandwich spot in the popular Ace Hotel which will be called No. 7 Sub.

You can check out their menu here (pdf file). All sandwiches will be $9.

NYTimes has gotten in on the hype with a little piece in the "Off the Menu" column. You can see the short article here.

PSA: Frankie Knuckles @ Sullivan Room - Feb. 19

The "Godfather" of house, Frankie Knuckles, makes a super special appearance at Sullivan Room tomorrow night, brought to us by the venerable Basic NYC. Also, my man Mikey G from Glideslope Music will be celebrating his birthday by throwing down some tunes to warm up the night.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

PSA: Mister Saturday Night Loft Party w/ Larry Heard

The Mister Saturday Night lads are at it again, this time bringing back the one and only Larry Heard for a sweet loft party. You can get your advance tickets here.

And don't forget...Greg Wilson, March 20.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune

From Amazon:

This brand-new, completely unreleased studio album features 12 previously unreleased studio recordings totalling over 60 minutes of unheard Jimi Hendrix. Ten of these recordings were made between February and May, 1969, as the Jimi Hendrix Experience set out to create the sequel to their groundbreaking 1968 double-album Electric Ladyland. The album features “Valleys Of Neptune,” one of the most sought after of all of Hendrix’s commercially unavailable recordings, and includes exciting 1969 arrangements of the classic signature songs “Red House,” “Fire,” and “Stone Free.” Also includes unheard studio versions of Hendrix’s inspired interpretations of “Bleeding Heart” (Elmore James) and Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love.” Mixed by Eddie Kramer, the engineer for all of Hendrix’s albums throughout the guitarist’s lifetime. Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, and John McDermott, the team behind all of the acclaimed Jimi Hendrix CD and DVD releases since 1996.


All of the 12 recordings featured on the album have never before been released on a CD/LP. The songs document the pivotal time period after Electric Ladyland and before Electric Lady Studios and the recordings made there that would later take form as Cry of Love and First Rays.

Valleys of Neptune documents both the final studio recordings Jimi made in 1969 with the original Jimi Hendrix Experience and the first efforts with new bassist Billy Cox. As a number of the song titles will be familiar to fans and buyers alike, the following details the key characteristics of each of the tracks on Valleys of Neptune.

"Stone Free": The original 1966 recording by the original Jimi Hendrix Experience is best known as one of Jimi’s signature songs. The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set (2000) featured a new remake by the original group. Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, and Billy Cox recorded this version in May 1969. It is a different recording entirely.

"Valleys of Neptune": This track was recorded in September, 1969, and May, 1970. This full-band version has never been released. An extract of a demo Hendrix made of this song -- featuring just Mitchell on drums and percussionist Juma Sultan -- was part of the short-lived Reprise/Polydor album Lifelines, which was in the marketplace between 1990 to 1992.

"Bleeding Heart": This cover of the classic blues song by Elmore James is different entirely from the versions featured on South Saturn Delta and (originally) on War Heroes. This recording has never been issued and features Jimi, Billy Cox, and drummer Rocky Isaac. It was recorded in April, 1969.

"Hear My Train A Comin’": This electric, full-band version is different from the famous 12-string acoustic version that was featured in the 1973 documentary Jimi Hendrix and subsequently on the album Jimi Hendrix: Blues.

"Mr. Bad Luck": Like “Valleys of Neptune”, a different version of this song was part of Lifelines in (1990). Jimi would later develop this song as “Look Over Yonder,” issued as part of South Saturn Delta.

"Sunshine of Your Love": A stage favorite for the group during the 1969 period which has never been released.

"Lover Man": Jimi recorded many different arrangements of this song, including the versions on both the Jimi Hendrix Experience box set (2000) and South Saturn Delta. This is an entirely different recording made in February, 1969.

"Ships Passing Through the Night"
: A never-before-released track taken from the last recording session by the original Jimi Hendrix Experience on 4/14/69.

"Fire/Red House": Both of these songs by the original Jimi Hendrix Experience were recorded at the same February, 1969, session. They feature the expanded stage arrangements Jimi had developed and are not alternate takes of the original 1967 recordings.

"Lullaby for the Summer/Crying Blue Rain": These April, 1969, recordings by the original Jimi Hendrix Experience have never been released.

Here's the single "Valleys of Neptune" for you enjoyment:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ray Mang Guest Mix for Podomatic

This is a fun mix I'm enjoying today.

From the Podomatic website:

Yet more musical nonsense from Feel Up...

This time all round disco don Ray Mang takes to the decks...

Ray Mang is the alter-ego of studio supremo Raj Gupta; someone who has been at the forefront of the disco scene for a few years now...

His Mangled imprint gets regular spins from all the top jocks including Harvey, Gilles Peterson, James Lavelle, Dimitri from Paris, The Glimmers, Doc Martin, Spun, Daniel Wang, Trevor Jackson, Idjut Boys, Buck, Royksopp and Andy Weatherall amongst the many...

Raj’s musical history is long and takes in releases on labels such as Nuphonic, Big Bear, U-Star, Fiasco, Eskimo, R&S and now DFA. His productions have seen him work with Idjut Boys, Motif, Block 16, Jhelisa, Disko Drunkards and more recently The Glimmers...

This is a brand new and exclusive mix for Feel Up and you can check out more from the Mang here:


01. Main Stem - No Love (Project Club Remix) - Under The Shade
02. 2020 Soundsystem - Ocean (Ray Mang Remix) - 2020 Vision
03. The New Wine - Bridge (Frisvold & Lindbaek Remix) - TNW
04. The Glimmers n Mang - P Jackin -
05. Ray Mang - Stealing Love - Mangled (013)
06. Tony Valor Sounds Orchestra - Ma-Oh-Ah (Mang Edit) - Brunswick
07. Harvey presents Locussolus - Gunship - International Feel
08. Kenyan Boys Choir - Jambo Bwana (Mang's Bonus Beats) - White
09. Connie Case - Get Down - Konduko
10. Ray Mang - Look Into My Eyes - DFA

Friday, February 5, 2010

How Vinyl Records Are Made

And if you're like me, I'm sure you can't get enough of this here's another video on how wax (to use my peers' vernacular) is made. Might be redundant at times, but there's a few tidbits that wasn't included in the above.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

PSA: Free Hot Chip Concert on Friday, Feb 5 @ Highline Ballroom

Myspace Secret Shows presents
Hot Chip &
Free Energy

February 5,2010

FREE ADMISSION This show is first come, first served. Please get there early and stay in line.

Concert starts @ 8PM
Doors open @ 7 PM