Central Snark

Saturday, 3 November 2007, 7:37am
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If anybody happens to see an Unidentified Flying Object, it may very well be my post that seems to have disappeared.

Not to worry, links are out there to be recreated, so let’s get moving.  

I heard today’s artist, Jesca Hoop on NPR’s All Things Considered while driving home one evening.  That may be the only upside of car commuting, the radio.  Well that, and a guaranteed seat, even if it is the driver’s. 

She’s a real unique talent.  Her music has the feel of drawing on different cultures and times, but being like nothing else.  Or as Tom Waits put it just a tad more poetically:

Jesca Hoop’s music is like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or a red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night.”

He should know, she was his children’s nanny.  That is after she came down from the mountains where she was living a fairly austere survivalist lifestyle for a time.  Jesca is an LA based songwriter and her song, Seed of Wonder, kicked it all off.  She now has a debut album out, Kismet.  You can hear Seed of Wonder on one of the links, give that one a listen.  This song, Big Fish can be found on the new album as well:

Check out her own site, HERE which is rather enchanting and her MySpace.

So have a good time listening and a great weekend ~ DJ LAMPSHA

Psst:  Head on over to Humor-blogs.com where survival of the funniest is a way of life. 

Saturday, 27 October 2007, 8:07am
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I don’t know why I haven’t featured The Hold Steady before.  Really, it’s one of those unexplained things of the Universe.  It’s not like I haven’t been enjoying their music over this past year.  Their debut album, Boys and Girls in America was released in October 2006 and you may well have heard their music on your radios.  NPR has described them as “America’s Bar Band” – sounds good to me.  So grab a beer and pack yourself into a crowded space and check em out:

Here’s a link to their MySpace and I’m eyeing their tour dates because I wouldn’t mind checking them out when they come to NYC in November.  I think I can even get Scissors to go.  Our musical tastes don’t always mesh but he’s a sucker for live music and I’m betting they’ll deliver.  Oh and I imagine, everything you ever wanted to know about them can be found HERE.

Now I’m off to hold steady and get my kids to music school. 

Have a great weekend!


PSST:  They’re holding steady and rolling in the aisles at Humor-blogs.com

Saturday, 20 October 2007, 7:30am
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I was looking for something else on YouTube and the following song caught my ear/eye.  It’s a song of the Corrs, “When the Stars Go Blue” sung with Bono of U2.  In that moment, I remembered why even if I haven’t listened to anything by U2 in ages, they’re still a fave.

It’s been a tough week for someone quite near and dear to us and her family.   I just wasn’t feeling a new spin for today.  I’ll be back next week, once again spinning out of control, but for today we’ll rest. 

Have a great weekend.


To answer the Corrs question, “Where do you go when you’re lonely?”  – why to Humor-blogs.com, of course.

PS:  If you’d like to meet my new family member who looks suspiciously like this guy, by all means drop by SimplySaid.  And Kalfu’ur – he’s not a Yorkshire Terrier, got it?

Saturday, 13 October 2007, 8:09am
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I think you all might be getting the wrong impression of me.  Week after week of songwriter driven music.  Relax, it’s the weekend – let’s all sit around and drink coffee and listen.  You might think I don’t listen to anything too…well, harsh.  But not today friends.  Today we’re getting rowdy.  Put a shot of Bailey’s in that coffee and get ready to relieve some angst.

Yes, today we’re going to listen to the dulcet celtic tones of the  Dropkick Murphys.  I have Mutha over at She’s A Real Mother’s blog to thank for the reminder. She featured them in this recent post.  Then I realized where I first heard them and maybe you will too when you hear the song featured in the video below.  I won’t say here, you can mention in the comments.  Quit yer complainin’ and leave me a comment. 

Their current album, The Meanest of Times was just released in September, but you can hear a song or two over on their MySpace.

In the ethic of punk, short and er, sweet.  I’m off to violin.  Have a great weekend! 


   PS:  Head on over to Humor-blogs.com, the moshpit of humor.

WEEKEND UPDATE:  This just in!  Snuppy who submits snappy captions under the name “Crazy Aunt Bea” has just won this week’s MattressPolice.com Caption Contest, thus garnering the coveted “IN YOUR FACE!” award.  WooHoo!  I think this makes like eight, or at least four such wins.   Show some love Snarksters.

Saturday, 6 October 2007, 11:02am
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Well that’s how my days go without a set schedule – nice and easy.  Firstly, we all, of course are bummed out and just plain worried and feeling badly for Neva and family.  Oh, Snuppy to you.  I just want to say once again (and can’t enough) how much we all send our love, good thoughts and prayers your way.   Here’s to a speedy recovery for that big strong young man of yours – may his path to recovery be smooth.  We love you lots.  

Now let’s play some music because how is anybody going to recover without some tunes?   This week’s artist is Jose Gonzalez, an Argentine Swede.  He’s a young artist who has two albums out, the most recently released titled, In Our Nature.  Both are filled with beautiful acoustic guitar playing and his smooth soft voice.  You may already be familiar with his music without perhaps knowing, in the form of his song, Heartbeats featured in THIS AD.  

 Whether or not you are familiar, here’s a link to his site, Jose-Gonzalez.com, where you can listen a little more and decide for yourself what you think.  Also of course, a link to his mySpace for an immediate listen. 

I couldn’t send you all on your way without a little video to provide some entertainment, so here’s a cool little number of his, Stay in the Shade,  that I enjoyed.

Now let me get this baby published, before it’s not even Saturday anymore.   Oh, and have yourselves a great weekend!


 PS: Head on over to Humor-blogs.com where you never have to ask “Does anybody remember laughter?”

PPS:  Heh, heh, now that I look at the outline of the video still, it kind of reminds me of Snuppy’s post (she really just wants to put us all to shame) yesterday with the artistic interpretations that started off, well – organically and ended up as quite something else.  Go take a look at “Dirty?” if you haven’t already.

Saturday, 29 September 2007, 8:01am
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Today I have a post that will practically write itself, and it will as I have to be sitting in my driver’s seat with a certain child and a violin nearby before it’s done. That’s easy because today’s spin is an artist you may have heard of, Bruce Springsteen. I’m featuring The Boss or Bruce because his new album, Magic hits stores this Tuesday. Although I don’t readily recognize it, I am a giddy fin even if I haven’t bought every album and caught every tour. In fact I’ve only seen Bruce a handful of times but they were admittedly some of the best concerts ever. Enough of my blathering, I have to be out the door. This new album looks to be a good one. How can you not relate to a man of the people, voicing our every day concerns and heartaches – no matter what your age? For those who can’t relate, I’d like to hear from you too. Now onward. Above link is to Bruce’s “official” website, the following is to Backstreets.com, which may be even more official as it’s a fan site.

Before we go to video, I’d also like to mention Patti Scialfa, Bruce’s wife and mother of his children who just released her album, Play It As It Lays – out in stores now under some nice reviews also. An NYT interview can be found HERE.

Okay, enjoy the first video which features a new song from Bruce’s album and the second featuring a song from Patti’s.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a link to Q 104.3, a NY based classic rock radio station, where you can listen to Bruce’s album in its ENTIRETY.


Gotta run! Head on over to Humor-blogs.com where although no albums are being released (yet), they’re laughing about something.

Friday, 21 September 2007, 3:08pm
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pharoah's daughterToday is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Therefore I won’t be around today, but I thought it might be nice to feature a group who had some sort of spiritual connection for those visiting. I think I have found the perfect fit.

Pharoah’s Daughter is a group led by Basya Schechter who was raised in a Chassidic Jewish home in Brooklyn’s Boro Park and left the family’s fold to follow her love of music. It lead her on a path through the Middle East and Africa which included Israel, Egypt, Central Africa, Turkey, Kurdistan and Greece. Inspired by these new cultures, she came back on a different path and with a different sound for her guitar. It’s a perfect marriage of religious Jewish spiritual music which is her upbringing and world beat. Just a note, it’s not that music doesn’t exist in Chassidic households, quite the contrary. Chassidic Judaism came about in the 1700’s as a more expressive way of prayer and spirituality through music and dance. But in the insular world of Chassidus, Basya’s departure although not unheard of, is radical nonetheless.

Their latest cd, Haran, which came out this past July, was the name of an ancient city in Western Asia that both Jews and Muslims believe to be the start of Abraham’s spiritual journey. This ties in nicely to my own spiritual journey of the day. Some of the songs on Haran, such as Ka Ribon, are taken from Shabbat (or the Sabbath) prayers.

You can hear their music in the group’s link above which also has a nice NPR interview with Basya Schechter. Here you can find an interesting review of their ablum on Blog Critics* by Richard Marcus.

I thought I’d forgo videos for today because as discussed with TLP in a recent comment section, sometimes you just want to hear the music. So go take a listen at their MySpace as well.

If you’re fasting, have an easy one. If not, think not of me as I become delirious round about hour 18 seeing a roasted chicken in place of the cantor in the synagogue. It’s actually nice how good anything you eat afterwards to break the fast tastes.

To all – have a wonderful weekend.


They’re chowing down over at Humor-blogs.com lead by the culturally sensitive, Diesel.

*Speaking of Blog Critics, I would just like to mention that the dear and fabulous Pia from Courting Destiny did a great interview there with Jancee Dunn, a reporter for Rolling Stone Magazine, which you can (and should) read HERE.