The Devil’s Box …

Saw these guys at the Basement Tavern in Santa Monica on Wednesday. They definitely rocked the place. The Devil’s Box is a “punk rock, revisionist-western take on playing fiddle tunes from around the world. Two-beat Cajun stomps, break-neck bluegrass, haunting Gypsy laments, and cranked out Celtic jigs all get twisted, bent, and melted down to […]

Wendell Berry vs. Godzilla

Wendell Berry was hitting stride while delivering the 41st annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at Kennedy Center last night. The great agrarian poet was calling out the excesses of corporate America, technology, capitalism and our rampant disregard for nature. Our wanderlust has destroyed our rootedness, our sense of place. It suddenly dawned on me […]

Dancing with La Muerta

It’s hard to believe the concrete chaos of Mexico City was once a large system of lakes and canals. At Xochimilco, it’s possible to get a taste of what things once were. Trajineras, boats reminiscent of Venetian gondolas, line the docks, waiting to take tourists out to see the floating gardens that lounge throughout the […]

Beautiful music

Just stumbled across A Meeting by the River by Ry Cooder and U. M Bhatt. It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve encountered since Michael Blake’s Elevated. Definitely worth a listen. Not claiming either of these works is new. Just new to me. And worth a listen if you’re looking for something […]