Photosummer

Summer = Concerts

I have had a delightful run of shows recently that warrant recognition. Prospect Park has been ripe with great offerings and I have seen several bands that really impressed me. Poliça and Yeasayer kicked off my season, Sufjan Stevens assembled a supergroup to perform his audiovisual opus, “Planetarium”, Andrew Bird’s looping violin entranced (although I was slightly distracted by my children, who were loving the late bedtime and large roaming range on the lawn with kids of all ages), Admiral T from Guadeloupe brought French dancehall and West Indian flavor (with bootleg rum punch making the rounds), while last night offered up a truly memorable experience with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, featuring the original lineup of Wooten Brothers on bass and synth-ax drumitar and Howard Levy rejoining after 25 years to bring his harmonica wizardry back to the group. Each of these musicians is the best on their respective instruments that I have ever seen and the compositions are technical showcases for their jaw-dropping feats. Two of these Park adventures continued for a nightcap at Barbes, where I saw a fantastic 70s style Latin-American Cumbia group, Money Chicha, and a great blues/funk/soul/horned-up ensemble Gato Loco.

I even had a throwback night at Madison Square Garden with Phish, night nine of the Baker’s Dozen run. Although my hardcore dedication has waned through the years, I still feel deeply connected to this quartet. From my first encounter with a bootleg Somerville Theatre ’91 tape on the bus with Greg – You Enjoy Myself – I was hooked forever. As I write this, I am listening to a high quality live stream of tonight’s show on Mixlr, which seems to be the natural evolution of the taper culture and band philosophy. While Phish and phans may be rooted in history and nostalgia, they are locked into the Now more than any other band I can think of; they are unpredictable and always full of surprises, making every show suspenseful. (Just as I wrote that sentence they broke into a cover of Radiohead’s “Everything In It’s Right Place” and I actually said “Woah” out loud to myself). They are the most creative musical group that I have had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand and I feel lucky to have been inspired by them for the last 25 years.

Free Music

      1. Terium - Supergood

 

      2. Skinny - Supergood

 

      3. PB&Pretzels - Supergood

 

      4. Bird Bandshell - Supergood

Free Time

      1. Compact - Supergood

Free Press

      1. Standing While Sitting - Supergood

 

      2. Operative - Supergood

 

      3. All Stars - Supergood

 

      4. Thirty Second Notes - Supergood

 

      5. Homer - Supergood

 

      6. Comimony - Supergood

Freestyle

      1. Paris and the Planet - Supergood

 

      2. Memorial - Supergood

 

      3. Covfefe - Supergood

Compilation

Eight jams in one. 42:48 of my life.

      1. Melding - Supergood

Space Time Continuum

      1. Rob The Poor to Fatten The Rich - Supergood

 

      2. OHCYT - Supergood

 

      3. IT - Supergood

 

      4. Elven - Supergood

 

      5. Collusion - Supergood

 

      6. Bill of Evil - Supergood

 

      7. Acceptance - Supergood

 

My Brother, The Legend

Andrew is an artist and a scientist, entrepreneur and chef. He is an explorer and adventurer in the kitchen and his journeys and creations bring ecstasy to the palates of his many delighted customers. It is a joy to consume his food, but an even greater joy to watch him work; seeing his vision and technical procedure with insight into the molecular process the ingredients undergo towards the final presentation is a deeply pedagogical and inspiring experience. He has a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects related to his craft, from farming strategies and livestock handling to transportation and storage; from freezing for freshness as well as dessert, to heating lightly for tenderness or heavily for flavor and the infinite variety of flavor combinations from every available product, from the beautiful aesthetic final presentation and the neurological euphoria we experience when we eat great food to an appreciation of the social function of a feast, he ensures that when he assembles a meal, every detail is considered and the diners will be enchanted with the experience. We recently had the pleasure of spending Easter weekend with our whole family at his new home in Cumberland, Maine. While spending time with my favorite people on Earth, we enjoyed a stunning dinner prepared by the chef and were able to witness and assist in the process, which led to a meal that will never be forgotten — a joyous celebration of food and family and Love.

I have known Andrew’s cooking was special for many years. He has toiled long hours for his entire career behind the scenes in kitchens, preparing food for people who did not know him and could not possibly understand what went into their meal, so when he received the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast last week, I was immensely happy for him. He cooks because he loves it and enjoys making people happy, but he deserves to be recognized for his skill and artistry. Winning this award permanently inscribes his name in the pantheon of chefs who have dedicated their lives to food and made contributions to the art. Amazingly, he is still ascending and has many more years and dishes ahead of him, guiding the food industry through a Golden Age and establishing restaurants in the vanguard of our cultural cuisine. Congratulations, Andrew Taylor, on your amazing award and noted respect from your peers; you are a gifted artist and the world is greater for your talents!

Aural Flow

Recent Real-Time Music Composition and Production:

      1. To His Face - Supergood

 

      2. Persist - Supergood

 

      3. Georgia Sixth - Supergood

 

      4. Below_Front - Supergood

 

      5. Above_Behind - Supergood

 

      6. Cheaters - Supergood

 

      7. Defenders - Supergood