Mixtape for fall 2009

October 15, 2009

Been working on a mixtape this fall. Maybe you can guess what the theme is.

The Cars – Since you’re gone

Tune-yards – FIYA

Fleetwood Mac – I Don’t Want to Know

Michael Hurley – SweeDeeDee

Lindsey Buckingham – Mary Lee Jones

Belle and Sebastian – I’m a Cuckoo

Big Star – Give Me Another Chance

Jackie Wilson – Lonely Teardrops

The Beach Boys – Hang on to your ego

PS. Mississippi Records has reissued Armchair Boogie!  And I have it!

Scritti Politti

September 28, 2009

Well, so much for regular posting in my vintage store.  I’m going to get back to it, hopefully next week, just as soon as I can find the time and energy.

In the meantime, here’s another song I’ve been listening to a whole lot:

Sorry for the weird cut off, I couldn’t find another version.

Also, Ryan Power, as a real band, finally, is playing in Montreal this Saturday at 3:30 pm at Phonopolis! We had a super great show this Saturday, not all that quietly, at Radio Bean.  Check it out!

Law and Order

September 18, 2009

I picked up my album of September 2009:

177409_1_fYes, it is by Lindsey Buckingham.

I also recommend the Kids Incorporated version

Relevant to this exact moment

September 7, 2009

Excellent, relevant, appropriate, totally understandable song for this very moment.  Thanks again, Belle & Sebastian.  Really, thanks for everything.

All of us are 80 per cent water or maybe more

August 30, 2009


Here’s a quote from a recent interview with Yoko Ono in Arthur Magazine:

“this is what the problem is. All of us are 80 per cent water or maybe more. So when I say to you, “I hate you,”I might be saying it with a laugh, but   the water takes it seriously. So your water is saying, “Omigosh, she hates me.” I say, “I love you,” you get it. But at the same time I’m water too. So I’m saying to myself that two people may be in love, God they must be in love because they look beautiful. Well of course, because each time they see each other they say, “I love you, I love you.” But actually they are saying it to themselves, too.”

(Photo of water by Hiroshi Sugimoto, found here)


August 30, 2009

At the Firehouse yesterday, I saw a video of Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s “kinetic sculptures,” which he calls Strandbeests.  They are basically made of PVC pipe and wire ties, and they are wind-powered, once you give them a push.  They are so beautiful.  Go see them! Animaris Percipiere number one may 2005 photo Loek ven der Klis

Photo from Theo Jansen’s website.


August 26, 2009

Today, 89 years ago, the 19th Amendment went into effect, and women won the right to vote.




Photos from the amazing, digitized LIFE magazine photo archive now on google images.

I am packing the ETSY shop

August 23, 2009

So there are 16 garbage bags of vintage waiting.  Basically I am reaching into one in the dark, where they live, pulling out a clothing, wearing it momentarily, and then trying to sell it to you, reasonably priced!  This weekend’s theme has been blouses:

blue button 5cream 4crop top 2eyelet 1flower


paisleypattern 4tank 5red button 2red 5sea foam 4

Hot lunch

August 23, 2009

It’s been really hot  (how interesting, wow, really?). It’s too hot to cook, but not quite too hot to eat.  Luckily, there are still tasty things to be had.  Here are two of my favorites:  homemade hummus and cucumber salad!  Both are easy, quick, cheap and delicious.  The dark rye is from the farmer’s market.



1 can cooked chickpeas (water set aside)

2 tablespoons-ish of tahini

1 large clove of garlic, minced

Generous 1-3 T of olive oil

1 t to 1 T of lemon juice

Salt and pepper

Optional additions: chives, dehydrated tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, herbs of all kinds, dried chili

Combine ingredients in a cuisinart or bowl and mash.  If it’s too thick…add more olive oil.  Sometimes I add a little of the chickpea water to get things going more smoothly.  If it feels like it’s just missing something, add more lemon juice, unless it’s really lemony.  Be wary with the tahini, it can be bitter and not to everyone’s taste.  Yes, it’s really that easy to make hummus.

Summer Cucumber salad:

1 cucumber, cut into quarters

Small red onion, sliced very thinly

1/4 cup yogurt

1 T rice vinegar

Fresh dill and fresh mint, minced

Salt and pepper

Mix up yogurt, vinegar, salt and pepper, and onions in the bottom of your bowl, so the onions can marinate.  Slice the cuke into quarters the long way, and if the seeds seem really soggy, scrape them off.  Slice the cuke horizontally and combine.  Add herbs and salt and pepper to taste.  Delicious, and one of the first things I ever learned to cook.


Weedy but productive

August 21, 2009

Well, the garden is very weedy.  I’ve made my peace with it — things like this are good for me.  I can’t be tied down in the summertime, I have to do what I feel — and this summer I had to take an 8 day vacation in early August.


But just because it’s been weedy, doesn’t mean it’s not producing anything!

calendulachardtomatomatoCalendula to dry for winter soups, beautiful and effortless swiss chard, productive tomatillos, and not-yet-totally-blighted tomatoes!

It’s been hard to focus on weeding because right across the field from the garden is the biggest and most bountiful blackberry bramble ever!

black berry