Sunday, September 27, 2015

A Tale of Two Eggs

Growing up, I was very lucky to have all four of my grandparents throughout my entire childhood.1  I was also lucky in that both my grandmothers cooked, although they had very different styles.  Which is not surprising, as they were very different people.

My father’s mother was born poor and seemed to have a fierce sort of pride in it.  She considered herself salt of the earth, and was very proud of being humble.  Her cooking came from her North Carolina farm upbringing.  There was lots of ham and chicken and corn and butterbeans and biscuits and collards and mashed potatoes and potato salad and boiled potatoes and, for special occasions, all of the above at once.  Barbecue meant pulled pork, old hambones were dropped into anything boiling, be it potatoes, cabbage, or soup, and bacon grease was used to fry everything, from corn to cornbread to grilled cheese.

On the other hand, my mother’s mother was born poor and seemed determined to never be poor again.  She married for money (twice, I believe) and did her utmost to avoid work (at which she mostly succeeded).  The vast majority of her housework was done by the maid, but she did her own cooking.  She made steak and steak fries, spaghetti and meatballs,2 and chicken tetrazzini.  When she wanted a snack she would spread soft bleu cheese or Braunschweiger on saltines.

As you can imagine, Sunday dinner was radically different depending on which set of grandparents we were visiting on any given week.  For the most part I gave the edge to the paternal side, not being impressed by fancy food, but honestly I was a very picky eater and didn’t eat that much of what I was served no matter who was cooking it.  Still, I had my favorites in either place, and, being the eldest grandchild on both sides, I often influenced them to emulate each other to some degree.3  But there wasn’t a huge amount of overlap in terms of dishes.

The one I remember most distinctly is scrambled eggs.

My maternal grandmother cracked her eggs in a bowl, added milk, whisked them to within an inch of their lives, then cooked them low and slow in a saucepan with butter and not much else in the way of seasoning.  When they were done, they were light, and fluffy, and buttery, and I hated them.  Breakfast at her house meant Fruit Loops.  After a while she wouldn’t even bother to make me eggs at all.

My paternal grandmother, on the other hand, took a gigantic cast iron skillet and cranked up the heat until a flicked drop of water would dance around the pan for a few seconds before vaporizing.  Then she fried up an entire pound of bacon.  Then she cracked a dozen eggs directly in to the pan, with the bacon grease still in it (obviously), peppered them enough to make the devil’s eyes water, and then essentially fried them while beating them with a fork, till they were good and scrambled.  Her eggs were spotted with brown— often nearly black— crust, and greasy, and so firm you might call them rubbery ... and they were delicious.  I would eat the bacon because it seemed expected of me, but honestly I didn’t care anything about it.  Bacon existed to create grease, and bacon grease existed to scramble eggs in.  And bacon grease— and salt, and pepper— were all the eggs needed.  No butter, no namby-pamby milk ... just eggs: chewy, and tasting of bacon.

After I went away to college, I can’t remember my grandmother making eggs for me any more.  Of course, by the time I was a teenager, I was regularly sleeping through breakfast, especially on weekends.  For many years— probably over a decade— I never even ate breakfast.  I would get up late and proceed directly to lunch.

I lost my grandmother on my father’s side just before I turned 30 ... although she was the youngest of my four grandparents, she was the second to go.  She had always been overweight, but otherwise relatively healthy, so it was completely unexpected.  She died in her sleep, apparently peacefully.

Of course I missed a lot of things about my grandmother, as I did about all my grandparents after they passed away.  I didn’t even think about missing the eggs so much for another ten years or so.  This was about the time that eggs became healthy for you again,4 and eating breakfast had somehow become an essential part of losing weight.  And I suddenly began to develop a craving for my grandmother’s eggs.

Of course my first attempts were disastrous.  First of all, I was not going to cook a pound of bacon and a dozen eggs, and I rapidly discovered that even two strips of bacon could easily overwhelm 2, 3, or even 4 eggs.  Maybe I was getting old, but I just couldn’t handle the quantity of bacon grease my grandmother used to use, and it probably wasn’t very good for me anyway.  I also can’t scramble my eggs in the pan.  I’m just no good at it.  I need to pre-scramble them before pouring them in.  I’m also pretty sure I’m not using as much pepper as she used to.  But overall, after fiddling with my prepartion methodology for the past decade, I’ve gotten to a point where I’m happy with it.  It’s not “just like Grandma used to make,” but it retains enough of the character to satiate my nostalgia, and I probably couldn’t handle her eggs these days anyway.  I’m old and fat now, and less grease-resistant.

I eat eggs about 3 times a week.  I generally make 4 at a time, as I only get to eat them on those days when I can sleep in, so it’s sort of a brunch meal.5  Here’s how I make them, in case you ever want to try it yourself.

First, you need some bacon grease.  If you actually like eating bacon, then lucky you.  Otherwise perhaps you can do what I do, which is convince The Mother to cook a package of bacon, give me the grease, then put the cooked bacon in the fridge and make sandwiches out of it later.6  I put the grease in a small glass jar which we keep in the fridge.

You’ll also need ghee.  Using only bacon grease isn’t particularly good for you, and besides: the taste will overwhelm the eggs.  You can use butter— I did, for years— but it doesn’t stand up to the high heat as well as ghee.  Plus ghee is supposedly better for you.  Although butter also magically became good for you again recently.  So who can say.

Other than that, you just need salt, pepper, and eggs.  I like sea salt, peppercorns which I grind myself on the medium setting, and jumbo cage-free/organic eggs.  I buy brown, but honestly there’s no difference in taste between the egg colors.  You’ll also need a decent pan: it doesn’t have to be a cast-iron skillet, but that might be nice if you have one.  I just use a regular old small pan.  Other “hardware” (as Alton Brown would say) is a glass, a butter knife, and spatula or non-metal serving fork.

Put the pan on medium-high heat and add a dollop of ghee and a dollop of bacon grease.  “Dollop” here is an intentionally vague measurement; once melted, the grease shouldn’t even cover the bottom of the pan.  It doesn’t take much.  You’ll get a feel for how much is too much after a few tries.

Crack your eggs into the glass and add a large pinch of salt per two eggs (or a small pinch for one), and 3 grinds of pepper per egg.  You can put the salt in first if you like,7 but don’t add the pepper first, or you’ll end up with one giant clump of pepper somewhere in the middle of your eggs.8  I also like to let the pepper sit for a minute or so before stirring up the eggs (with the butter knife); if you stir it right away, it won’t clump as bad as it would if you had added it before the eggs, but it still isn’t pleasant.9  Take advantage of this time to spread your ghee and bacon grease around the pan with the spatula or fork.

Now just sit back and wait for a bit.  I generally use this time to make myself a glass of tea.  But whatever floats your boat.  What you’re waiting to see are the first barest wisps of smoke from the grease.  Once you see that, stir your eggs quickly but thoroughly, then pour them in.  Your pan should be plenty hot, and your eggs will start to bubble.  Rinse your glass out: that allows a few seconds for your eggs to firm up on the bottom.  Now use the spatula to stir the eggs.  (If you chose the serving fork route, you may find the tines can do a better job here.)  You want to pull the edges of the eggs toward the center, which keeps the edges from getting dried out and burnt.  And you just basically want to swirl everything around a lot.  As your eggs start to change from liquid to solid, start doing more of a flipping motion.  The goal here is to get the wet stuff to the bottom of the pan and the dry stuff on top.  Once you either see your first browning, or the eggs stop looking “wet” (whichever comes first), turn the heat off and grab a bowl from the cabinet, if you haven’t already.  Keep stirring and flipping, with the length of time being dependent on how done you like your eggs.  I’ve come to like mine a bit softer and less burnt than my grandmother did.  But they still taste like scrambled up fried eggs, which is what I’m shooting for.  Once you achieve the consistency you’re looking for, dump them in the bowl and hit that pan with some hot water to remove the bits of egg from it.  I don’t know about your dishwasher, but there’s only two things mine won’t get off dishes: rice, and dried egg.

And there you have it: the perfect scrambled eggs.  Well, my other grandmother wouldn’t say so, and I bet there’s a lot of you out there reading this that wouldn’t think so either.  But give it a try sometime: at the very least, they may be different from what you’re used to, and different is always good.  For me, they embody a little slice of my grandmother.  I think about her every time I make them.  And that’s a pretty fine breakfast.


1 I lost the first a few months before my 18th birthday.

2 In fact, her recipe is what we still use today; when my kids ask for “spaghetti,” they mean they want my grandmother’s sauce, and for the most part could care less what you put it on.

3 By the end of my childhood, their mashed potatoes were indistinguishable.  At this point, I can’t even remember which of them changed to match the other.

4 This is still contested, of course.  As is all food wisdom.

5 Plus usually I have to share them with my daughter.  She can really put a hurting on some eggs, even though she’s only 3.

6 Also good for crumbling into bacon bits and putting on salad.

7 I always do, personally.  But that’s mainly because after I crack the eggs, I generally have egg on my hands.  So I either have to reach into the salt cellar with eggy hands, or with wet hands after rinsing them off.  Either way gets yucky.

8 Trust me on this.  I speak from experience.

9 I’m sure there’s some scientific explanation for why letting the pepper sit on top of the eggs for a bit makes it clump less, but I confess I have no idea what that is.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Perl blog post #42

Today I’m starting a new Perl series over on my Other Blog.  It’s about a date module I’m fiddling around with.  If you’re not a Perl person, it may not mean much to you, but then again you may find it somewhat entertaining even without speaking all the jargon.  Or maybe not.  But you’ll never know unless you try.

Unlike with my last long-ass Perl series, I do not plan to do an installment on this one every week.  So it’s entirely possible that there may be something worth reading here next week.  But you might not want to hold your breath.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Smooth as Whispercats I

"Copper and Snow"

[This is one post in a series about my music mixes.  The series list has links to all posts in the series and also definitions of many of the terms I use.  You may wish to read the introduction for more background.

Like all my series, it is not necessarily contiguous— that is, I don’t guarantee that the next post in the series will be next week.  Just that I will eventually finish it, someday.  Unless I get hit by a bus.]

There was a roughly 5-year period— say, from the release of “Oh Girl” by Boy Meets Girl in 1985 until the release of “Driving” by Everything but the Girl in 1990— when alternative music was ... well, not dominated, really, but at least vigorously populated ... by an odd type of soft-focus pop that owed a large debt to smooth jazz.  To call it actual “smooth jazz” would be a misnomer, but then again many would argue that to call smooth jazz actual “jazz” is also a misnomer.  It’s hard to say exactly where this came from.  It’s certainly true that rock saxophone was undergoing a serious change, from the peppier fills such as Andy Hamilton’s on “Rio” by Duran Duran in 1982 to the more introspective lines such as those played by Michael Brecker in “Your Latest Trick” by Dire Straits in 1985.1  But it’s not like smooth jazz was ever mega-popular, worthy of being emulated due to its legion of adoring fans.

And yet ... alternative grew a strong smooth jazz component in that 5-year period.  There was Sting’s breakout solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, the astonishing success of Double’s “Captain of Her Heart,” which hit #16 in the US and rose all the way to #8 in the UK (which is pretty strong for a supposedly alternative track), and a seemingly endless procession of purveyors of the style: Boy Meets Girl, Scarlett & Black, Johnny Hates Jazz, the Go-Betweens, Everything but the Girl, Level 42, the Cutting Crew, Swing Out Sister, the Blow Monkeys, Hipsway, and Aztec Camera, and that’s not even including those who merely dabbled in the form, such as ABC and the aforementioned Dire Straits.2

Some of the folks I list above are identified as “sophisti-pop” by Wikipedia or AllMusic.  Honestly, I tend to think of sophisti-pop as being represented by the Style Council, or Spandau Ballet— neither of which I particularly care for— and indeed both those bands are listed on the Wikipedia page I just linked to.  But it also lists several bands that I don’t feel fit the smooth-jazz-inflected mold at all, such as Scritti Politti, whose strong reggae tinge makes me want to link them to the Escape Club; ABC, who is pure synth-pop; and the Blue Nile, who lean far more towards lounge than jazz.3  That page also leaves out what I consider to be two big names from my list: Boy Meets Girl and Everything But the Girl.  Still, there’s no denying that sophisti-pop is strongly tied to the particular sound I’m highlighting in this mix.

Some of these bands were essentially one-hit wonders: for instance, “You Don’t Know” by Scarlett & Black is a great song that we hear towards the end of this volume, but Scarlett and Black is a fairly crappy album overall.  Likewise, the insanely good “Captain of Her Heart,” which opens this volume, is a marvel; Blue, on the other hand, is barely adequate.  But then again, some of these albums are just amazing, such as Turn Back the Clock by Johnny Hates Jazz, in which nearly every song is a winner.  In fact, it was relistening to “Shattered Dreams”— which I’ve chosen for the closer here— at some point a few years ago which inspired me to start developing my own mix of these smooth-jazz-inspired tracks.  These songs are all on the slower side— sort of soft-focus, as I said up above— but not really downbeat.  They’re often romantic, but not generally sappy.4  They’re ... well, they’re smooth, and they do often whisper their messages in your ear.  Where the “cats” bit comes from I can’t rightly say, unless I was perhaps subconsciously inspired by “The Love Cats.”

That little 5-year stint from the late eighties is certainly well-represented here: besides the 3 tracks already mentioned, we have “Moon Over Bourbon Street” by Sting, my favorite Level 42 tune “Lessons in Love,” the best ever Go-Betweens track “Love Goes On!”, the Cutting Crew’s mostly unknown “Any Colour,” Aztec Camera’s “Stray,” from the album of the same name, and of course the big hit (for an alternative track, anyway) “Oh Girl” by Boy Meets Girl.  Great tunes all, but we’ll need to expand beyond that narrow timeslice to make a truly interesting mix.

The easiest direction to expand in is Norah Jones.  Despite being Ravi Shankar’s daughter,5 Jones is primarily known for a jazzy, soulful style that certainly blends beautifully into this mix.  I was mightily impressed with Come Away with Me, and we see two tracks off it here, and we can expect to hear more from Norah on future volumes.  Her voice is angelic, and fits perfectly here.

And let’s not forget Everything But the Girl, who give us “Missing,” kicking off our center stretch.  EBtG didn’t fade away like most of their smooth-jazz-inflected compatriots, and this track is from 1994, when they were still keeping it smooth.  And this is truly one of the great tracks of this subgenre: probably the second best EBtG track ever, in fact.6

And, as always, I like to see the good peeps over at Magnatune represented.  In this case, we’ll hear a vocal track from cellist Jami Sieber, off her 1998 album Second Sight, and then one from really obscure band7 the West Exit, from their really quite good debut, Nocturne.  Sieber’s track here is atypical of her normal work, which is often a bit darker.  Whereas the West Exit was made for this mix, straight up.  “Calico” is the soundtrack for being on a balcony at night, overlooking a city where the lights from traffic become pastel smears of color, and a gentle breeze blows by ...

Note that we close with our mix starter, “Shattered Dreams.”  It was the big hit by Johnny Hates Jazz, who are often thought of as one-hit-wonders for this very song (if they’re thought of at all).  It’s a fantastic track and a great closer, but we’ll be seeing more from these English gents in future volumes.

Smooth as Whispercats I
    [Copper and Snow]

        “The Captain of Her Heart” by Double, off Blue
        “Moon Over Bourbon Street” by Sting, off The Dream of the Blue Turtles
        “Don't Know Why” by Norah Jones, off Come Away with Me
        “Tree of Love” by Jami Sieber, off Second Sight
        “The Key” by Kristin Hersh, off Strings [EP]
        “Stray” by Aztec Camera, off Stray
        “How You Kill Me” by KT Tunstall, off Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon
        “Missing” by Everything but the Girl, off Amplified Heart
        “Barely Breathing” by Duncan Sheik, off Duncan Sheik
        “Lessons in Love” by Level 42, off Running in the Family
        “Love Goes On!” by Go-Betweens, off 16 Lovers Lane
        “Any Colour” by Cutting Crew, off Broadcast
        “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones, off Come Away with Me
        “Violet” by Seal, off Seal
        “Calico” by The West Exit, off Nocturne
        “You Don't Know” by Scarlett & Black, off Scarlett and Black
        “Oh Girl” by Boy Meets Girl, off Boy Meets Girl
        “Shattered Dreams” by Johnny Hates Jazz, off Turn Back the Clock
Total:  18 tracks,  79:33

In terms of the less likely candidates that fill out this volume, we have the lovely tune “The Key” by Kristin Hersh.  Although Hersh is most well-known for being one of the driving forces behind Throwing Muses, she’s done some impressive solo work as well, and “The Key” (off her EP Strings) is my favorite.  It also provides the volume name: as I’m sure you know, copper and snow make a dusky blue boy.

Bookcasing “Missing” we have a pretty track from KT Tunstall (although not off Tiger Suit, which is usually my go-to source for Tunstall tunes), and the moderately popular “Barely Breathing,” the song that made Duncan Sheik a one-hit-wonder.  The former is a quiet, unassuming tune that you’ve likely never heard.  The latter is a breathy, smooth pop gem that you may have heard so much you got sick of it.  But give it another chance: it’s really quite lovely.

And, finally, I broke one of my own rules by including the 8-minute “Violet,” by Seal.  Rarely do I use such a long track, except perhaps on the instrumental mixes.  Also, I’m not actually a huge Seal fan.  But I own Seal, because it contains the awesome “Crazy,” and there are a few other tracks I also like, including this one.  It features some loungy piano work, some intriguing samples, and some mellow yet otherworldly synth programming.  It’s long, but it’s breezy and cool and very smooth, and that’s what this mix is all about.

Next time, we’ll get real.  Or, rather ... surreal.

1 In fact, we’ll see “Your Latest Trick” on volume II.

2 And, yes, between this volume and the next, we’ll hear from all of those folks.

3 Which is to say, we’ll see the Blue Nile on Moonside by Riverlight before we see them here.

4 “Sappy” being in the eye of the beholder, of course.  Your mileage may vary.

5 I know, right?

6 You can bet we’ll be hearing the first best next volume.

7 Recall my definition of “really obscure band.”

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Smokelit Flashback III

"Sniff Me Out Like I Was Tanqueray"

[This is one post in a series about my music mixes.  The series list has links to all posts in the series and also definitions of many of the terms I use.  You may wish to read the introduction for more background.  You may also want to check out the first volume in this multi-volume mix for more info on its theme.

Like all my series, it is not necessarily contiguous—that is, I don’t guarantee that the next post in the series will be next week.  Just that I will eventually finish it, someday.  Unless I get hit by a bus.]

You know, I mentioned at some point1 that Smokelit Flashback was my longest mix.  Given that, it’s time to return to those waters and pick up where we left off after Smokelit Flashback I and Smokelit Flashback II.  Which, you may recall, featured a lot of cuts from 5 different albums.2

The primary problem with overfeaturing a few albums in a volume of a mix like this is the lack of variety.  But no less of a problem is that you can overmine your material.  I currently have 5 volumes of Smokelit Flashback, and enough material for at least two more, but the Lemon Jelly and the Naomi are all on the first two volumes, and only a single Portishead track remains.  It’s “Sour Times,” from their debut Dummy.3  And it’s a classic, don’t get me wrong.  I just wish I’d saved a bit more Portishead for these later volumes.

Also returning is Falling You.  They’re back again (of course) with a track off one of their later albums, Faith.  In general, the later Falling You albums aren’t as good as the earlier ones, but you still find gems on them, such as this one.  But, strangely, these two tracks—the one from Portishead and the one from Falling You—represent the only two returning artists.  By this point in the mix, I needed new blood.

Happily, my programmer friend4 had yet more wonders to introduce me to: in this case it was the first 3 albums5 from Belgian group Hooverphonic.  Hooverphonic is another of those bands that’s hard to classify: they’re a bit dream pop, and a bit ambient, but mostly trip-hop, and, like Portishead, a perfect fit for this mix.  I’ve managed to restrain myself though, so you’ll only find two tracks of theirs here.  But, like Falling You, expect to see them on just about every Smokelit volume from here on out.

My other big discovery is Thievery Corporation, who are mostly electro-world, somewhat like Transglobal Underground, but where TU is at the club end of that sub-subgenre, Thievery Corporation exists firmly at the trip-hop end.  They’re from DC, where I lived for many years, and my discovery of them is somewhat bizarre.  The Mother used to be the bookkeeper for the Capital Yacht Club, and some member there had a free copy of Thievery Corporation’s 2002 classic6 The Richest Man in Babylon.  Or maybe they had a bunch of free copies; I never got the full story.  Anyway, one way or another, someone offered The Mother a copy, she brought it home to me (she never said, but she probably listened to it once and said “here’s some weird shit he’ll enjoy”) and the rest is history.  Thievery Corp has a beautiful sound that works perfectly for this mix, as well as a few others.7  They’re giving us two tracks on this volume: one is our opener, and the other is right in our centerpiece, between the second Hooverphonic track and the Falling You track.

Other fairly obvious candidates include my discoveries of three male/female duos: Mono, a cool trip-hop London duo with only one album (but it’s a great one), Dahlia, a duo from Portland whose style is sort of half trip-hop, half darkwave, and Goldfrapp, another pair of Brits whose elcectic style encompasses dream, trip-hop, electronica, and even a bit of disco and downtempo.  Mono and Dahlia I think I discovered via some sort of “if you like that, you’ll like this” links; Goldfrapp I distinctly remember hearing on Morning Becomes Eclectic.  Each of the three contribute a track here, and you can be sure we’ll be hearing from each in future volumes.

For a slightly harder edge, I start to drift into a bit of acid house territory by closing out this volume with the Chemical Brothers followed by Massive Attack.  For the former, Dig Your Own Hole is probably one of the first electronica albums I ever bought, primarily on the strength of “Block Rockin’ Beats” (although that’s definitely not the best track on that album, as it turns out).  For the latter, I first heard “Paradise Circus” (the very track I use here) when I watched BBC show Luther, starring Idris Elba.

Our bridges come from Banyan, who we remember from Smokelit Flashback I, and one of the Ian Devaney instrumentals off the Swing soundtrack, which we saw on a few volumes of Salsatic Vibrato.

Smokelit Flashback III
    [Sniff Me Out Like I Was Tanqueray]

        “Until the Morning” by Thievery Corporation, off The Richest Man in Babylon
        “Leave Me Alone” by Natalie Imbruglia, off Left of the Middle
        “One Way Ride” by Hooverphonic, off Blue Wonder Power Milk
        “Angel” by Artemis, off Gravity
        “Lovely Head” by Goldfrapp, off Felt Mountain
        “Sour Times” by Portishead, off Dummy
        “You Know I'm No Good” by Amy Winehouse, off Back to Black
        “Armageddon” by Dahlia, off Emotion Cycles
        “Mad about You” by Hooverphonic, off The Magnificent Tree
        “Omid (Hope)” by Thievery Corporation, off The Richest Man in Babylon
        “Milk and Honey” by Falling You, off Faith
        “Martin's Theme [reprise]” by Ian Devaney, off Swing [Soundtrack]
        “Little Black Mess” by Shivaree, off Who's Got Trouble?
        “Life in Mono” by Mono, off Formica Blues
        “Cactus Soil” by Banyan, off Anytime at All
        “Where Do I Begin” by The Chemical Brothers, off Dig Your Own Hole
        “Paradise Circus” by Massive Attack, off Heligoland
Total:  17 tracks,  73:41

For the remainder, we have a few surprising and perhaps some not so surprising choices.  Natalie Imbruglia gives us the #2 track here; Imbruglia is perhaps best known for “Torn,” and that’s certainly the reason I first picked up the insanely good Left of the Middle.  But let me tell you a secret: “Torn” is the worst song on that album.  Which doesn’t mean “Torn” is bad; on the contrary, “Torn” is a pretty decent song, for what it is.  It’s just that the remainder of the album is so much better.  “Leave Me Alone” isn’t typical, but it works very well here.8  Then we have Artemis, another Magnatune artist.9  Generally when it comes to Artemis, I prefer Undone, but Gravity (whence cometh “Angel,” the track we use here) is nice too.

Our volume namer is the classic Amy Winehouse tune “You Know I’m No Good.”  Most of Winehouse’s work doesn’t fit here at all, but there’s just something about this one track that works perfectly on this mix.  Finally we have a track from Shivaree, who’s been called everything from alt-country to “jazzy” to “torchy.”  I currently have 5 of their songs in various mixes, and only two are slotted for the same mix (and one song is currently in two completely different mixes because I can’t decide where it goes).  I’m pretty sure I also discovered them through a “similar artists” type link, but exactly who they were similar to I can’t now imagine.  “Little Black Mess” is a loungy track that has some Moonside by Riverlight tendencies,10 but still retains enough of the smokey bar and slightly trippy combo that makes it a perfect fit here.

Next time, we’ll mix it till it’s smooth.


1 Specifically, when I was introducing Salsatic Vibrato.

2 Specifically, Portishead, LemonJelly.KY, Lost Horizons, Everyone Loves You, and Pappelallee.

3 Yes, Dummy precedes Portishead.  Go figure.

4 The same one who introduced me to Lemon Jelly, Naomi, and Transglobal Underground.

5 That is, A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular, Blue Wonder Power Milk, and The Magnificent Tree.

6 And, in my opinion, still their best.

7 For instance, we’ve seen them on Paradoxically Sized World, and we’ll see figure prominently on another mix we’ll come to in the fullness of time.

8 And is slightly reminiscent somehow of “Pity” by the Creatures, which we used on volume I.  Perhaps it’s just the vibraphone.  Although I think the instrument on “Pity” is actually a xylophone.  But you know what I mean.

9 I told the story of how I discovered Magnatune in Rose-Coloured Brainpan.

10 For what it’s worth, that’s the mix currently containing two different Shivaree tracks.