Friday, June 22, 2007

A Noo Yawk Minute


Hellooooo, Dearest Friends! I'm surviving The Big Apple!!! Over one week now and I've yet to be mugged, shot, or thrown under a subway train. Only another 48 hours to go...

It has been a powerful strange eight days, and I'll give you the skinny upon my return. But right now, let me focus on a couple of unabashedly fantastic points:

First, I had a lovely time reconnecting in person with Dearest Bishakh, both on the cruise and the following evening chez lui, where he plied me with delish ale (in particular a luurvely framboise lambic) and divine cheese (especially a scrummy Gres de Vosges, at least I think that's what it was). On top of that, I got to spend time with his Dearest J and their mate N, who's the nicest skin you could possibly hope to meet!!

Second, I met up with Dearest Colleen and Dearest Bryce at their DJ soiree at the wonderfully cozy Last Exit Bar & Grill! Yaay!! Yes, I tore away the veil of blogdom and I'm happy to report that my view was confirmed: both are wonderful folks and absolutely splendid DJ selectors. Oh, and Colleen has fantabulous tastes in videos, while Bryce gives lovely hugs!! So go visit their respective blogs here and here.

And music, sweet, sweet music. Well, since we're still in a kind of a retro frame of mind, here's a digital rip of a 7" single that I, er, um, liberated from my college radio station back in 1988. I don't know exactly what it is, but "Just Like Hemingway" has exactly the right combo of electro-synth and arty (overwrought?) lyrics that made me feel nostalgic for I-dunno-what the very first time I heard it. Blue Clocks Green were active in the New York area from 1984 to 1990, but never met with breakthrough success. Last year saw promises of an album in 2007 from a successor group, Tripp Finn, but so far they appear to remain unfulfilled. Oh well...

Blue Clocks Green - Just Like Hemingway (you can try to buy here)

I hope you are all keeping well, Dearest Friends, and I look forward to resuming normal-ish service sometime next week or possibly the next!

P.S. Fancy a trip to the Antarctic? Then head over to Contrast Podcast to hear this week's episode!!

7 comments:

mjrc said...

glad to hear you're having a grand ol' time. can't wait to get the skinny. ;-)

funny story about that subway map. at my 10-year high school reunion they asked us to list our accomplishments, and i responded that i'd learned the new york city subway system as well as or better than some of the native new yorkers i knew--and it was true. i was always sorta proud of that. : )

Monkey Bastard said...

Always good to read stories from NYC. But your mp3 links don't seem to be working.


http://monkeybastard.blog.com

FiL said...

Dearest Marcy, I'm impressed! So, tell me from memory, how would I get from 103rd St - Corona Plaza to Broad St?? No peeking!!

Hi Bastard Monkey! Thanks for the kind words and the heads-up; I had exceeded my bandwidth, but now all is fixed...

mjrc said...

oh, the dratted bandwidth! i might shoot you an email about that . . .

re: the subway, um, i should clarify that i really only knew manhattan and brooklyn--serves me right for bragging! but if you're on the east side, there's really only one train--the 4, 5, 6. which reminds me of something else. there was a great restaurant in chinatown we used to frequent called the 4, 5, 6. ah, delicious memories.

Crash Calloway said...

New York City, imagine that - how does it feel to be a skateboard punk rocker?

(Couldn't resist, sorry)

Colleen said...

fil -- you are a gem! it was so great to finally meet you :) xoxo c

ally. said...

i was going to say what cc said so just read his thing
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