Tribute to Bobby Short, Makin' Candy 3/22/05

Bobby Short, elegant cabaret singer extraordinaire, 9/15/24-3/21/05.

  • Three to Get Ready: Dave Brubeck Quartet (just to get ready)
    Bobby Short sings Cole Porter--a delovely combination
  • So Near and Yet So Far
  • Rap Tap on Wood
  • Do I Love You
  • You've Got that Thing
  • Let's Fly Away
  • Pilot Me (French lyrics by Rene Pujol)
  • Can Can
  • Katie Went to Haiti
  • Weren't We Fools
  • C'est Magnifique
  • How's Your Romance
  • I've Got You on My Mind
  • Hot House Rose
  • I Hate You Darling
  • At Long Last Love
  • I'm in Love Again
  • I Concentrate on You
  • You're the Top
  • Just One of Those Things
  • You Don't Know Paree
  • Why Don't We Try Staying Home
  • How Could We Be Wrong
  • You Do Something to Me
  • You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  • What is This Thing Called Love
  • By Candlelight
  • Why Shouldn't I
  • In the Still of the Night

The Ides of Makin' Candy, 3/15/05

Last-minute but excellent tracks from the stacks...

  • Cote des Neiges: Stars
  • Deep #8: Nice Nice
  • Swimming to the Other Side: The Amidons
  • Skokian: Tyrone Downie
  • The Machine is Edible, Not Digestible: Kevin Brennan
  • Cats Claws: Justin Case
  • Calistan: Frank Black
  • I Want that Man: Deborah Harry
  • When Doves Cry: Prince
  • Standards: The Jam
  • Spellbound: Siouxsie & the Banshees
  • What Do I Do Now: Sleeper
  • Rasputin: Boney M
  • Shame, Shame, Shame: Bryan Ferry
  • Up the Hill Backwards: David Bowie
  • Slow Emotion Replay: The The
  • Precious: The Pretenders
  • Mess: Ben Folds Five
  • Been So Long: St. Etienne
  • Why Didn't My Parents Buy me a Casio?: Micromars
  • Cemetry Gates: The Smiths
  • Makes No Sense: Husker Du
  • Feeling Sad & Lonely: Bush
  • 1979: Smashing Pumpkins
  • Riding: Thick Pigeon
  • Keeping Track of Time: Club 8
  • Handle with Care: Traveling Wilburys
  • In Limbo: Radiohead
  • Springtime: Able
  • Her Mellowness: Orange Cake Mix
  • Follow the Sound: Mascott
  • Meditation: Sinatra & Jobim

Makin' Candy setlist, 3/8/05

Cracklin' sweet. 3 tracks are sung by movie stars.

  • Warm Tears: Alsace
  • Comin' Around: Juliette and the Licks
  • You'd Better Get Yourself Together, Baby: Gigolo Aunts
  • IMpossible: Figurine
  • Hotwax: Beck
  • roamin' round: Supersuckers
  • Ballad of Maxwell Demon: Shudder to Think (Velvet Goldmine s/t)
  • I've Got the Password to Your Shell Account: Barcelona
  • Clip Clap: Kahimi Karie
  • Vari-Speed: hollAnd
  • Daniel: Elton John
  • Sure Shot: Beastie Boys
  • Wild About You: Worryin' Kind
  • Boxes of Tide: Wilma
  • Hey, I'm Gonna Be Your Girl: The Donnas
  • Ideal Woman: William Shatner
  • A New Career in a New Town: David Bowie
  • Coming Back: Kleenex Girl Wonder
  • Bi-pet: Lali Puna
  • La Cucaracha: Kumbia Kings
  • The Dark of the Matinee: Franz Ferdinand
  • Gleason Rocket: Godzuki
  • Want More: Bob Marley
  • She: The Sundays
  • I'd Be So Pleased: The Hi Fives
  • Blue Eyed Pop: The Sugar Cubes
  • Kiss Me Only with Your Eyes: Future Bible Heroes
  • Walk it Down: Talking Heads
  • OK pour plus jamais: Isabelle Adjani
  • bbvu (give me give me): 800 cherries
  • Pachysandra/Sunday Driver: Gordon Stone
  • St. Elmo's Fire (Snow): Uilab
  • Keito: Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder

A trend of no patterns

I like to sew my own clothes, but I'm no tailor. Just like I can't play the piano without sheet music, I need a sewing pattern if I want to make anything wearable. But WHERE are the cool patterns? I apologize for naming names but companies like McCall & Butterick seem to generally come up with soccer-mom type clothes that are just not the fresh & fly fashions I'm looking for. I'm seeking stuff that's kind of out there, super-chic, unique and yet still a regular sewing pattern in regular sizes with regular directions.

So far the best big commercial companies seem to be Vogue and Burda. I like Vogue patterns because some of them (especially the vintage stuff) have a lot of nice detail like pockets and linings, etc. Burda is European and so not your average JC Penney's outfits--they're a little wacky.

But what else? Is there some enterprising Bust reader out there who's started her own company producing bitchin' brand-new/retro clothing patterns? Cuz there should be. I'll keep looking into it and post any findings here.

Another outlet seems to be vintage patterns. For example, Groovy Juice has some pages of "Women's 70s Patterns" for sale. I also saw some authentic-looking 70s patterns at Deb's Recycled Sewing Patterns. An online store called Mrs. Cleaver's Kitchen has retro patterns for a tunic and pants, palazzo pants & maxi skirt, and a peasant blouse & apron. (This site is worth checking out just for the bizarre descriptions of when June Cleaver would wear each item.)

You may have noticed I appear to love the 70s. That's because those are the sunny bicentennial days of my childhood. From my point of view, everything was good and nice in the 70s. So now I'm hoping 70s fashion can take me back... way back.

Linkin Up

Some links & info that people have sent me or that I've found. Posting here for safekeeping. How to give stuff to others instead of just junking it Michala Petri, recorder virtuoso. I am going through a phase of wishing I myself was a recorder virtuoso, so Michala is my idol.
casio wk-3000: I played one of these recently--76 key electronic keyboard. Saving my pennies now.
surprising quote: According to this USC site, "Dr. Appleby is also completing his research on methamphetamine use and risky sex among men who have sex with men as part of a state funded grant."
Charivari: Not bad musical group. Keyword: Jupiter
Alan Hovhaness: Composer I've never heard of before... now seeking Hovhaness works.
Keeping cats indoors: Just amassing info to support an ongoing household debate about whether our beloved cats should be allowed out into a world of cars, fences, fisher cats, and Log knows what else.

Justified & Ancient Grains: Quinoa Salad

Here's an easy quinoa thing I invented.

2 cups water
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
juice of 1 lemon
olive oil
kalamata olives, stoned (I mean take the pits out)
1 T capers (or more if you love capers)
handful of parsley, chopped
1 small can great northern beans
1 red onion, chopped fine
1 red pepper (either a fresh one or pre-roasted type)
oil & vinegar dressing (homemade or commercial)

Boil the water in a saucepan and add quinoa. Cover, turn the heat down to medium (or whatever is a good simmer heat on your stove) and cook for 20 minutes. Check for doneness (all water should be absorbed) and cook a bit more if needed. Once quinoa is done, pour the lemon juice over it while still hot, and stir in some olive oil. Let cool.

Prepare the rest of the ingredients by combining the olives, capers, parsley, beans and onion in a large bowl. If you are using pre-roasted red pepper, slice it up and add that too (pimentos will also do). If you're starting with a fresh pepper, roast it up first. I like to do this by cutting the pepper in half and coring it, then sticking it in the toaster oven at about 400˚ until the skin starts to really blacken and even puff up a bit. (May take about 20 minutes, may also need to crank the heat.) Once the pepper is looking roasted, pop the pieces in a brown paper bag for 5 minutes while it cools. (There is some kitchen wisdom that this will make it easier to peel.) Then, carefully scrape the skin from the flesh with a knife. Do not yield to the temptation to rinse the burnt pieces of skin off the pepper, as you will also be washing away flavor. Just take your time and scrape everything off. Then chop & add to the bowl.

Finally, dump the cooled quinoa in the bowl and mix everything together. Season the salad with your favorite combo of oil & vinegar dressing. Add salt & pepper to taste. This is a refreshing summer side-dish, an easy potluck choice, or a nice pre-made lunch to take to work.

Optional: If you'll be eating this soon, adding some chopped cucumber can also be yummy. (But after a day or two the cucumber will begin to deliquesce in a disturbing way, so don't wait to consume!)