Closer to knowing

December 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

Peter Hook
Last night at Mezzanine, San Francisco. After enduring (too) many dozens of minutes of video clips from the Joy Division and New Order archives, Peter Hook and the other unknown musicians took the stage–unknown, except the other bassist was his own son!

Peter Hook was the the bassist of post-punk rock band Joy Division during their short existence between 1979 and 1980. Though short, their music helped formed modern/alternative rock we know today. Furthermore, we now have New Order.

Last night Peter’s vocals didn’t(couldn’t) achieve the unique character of Ian’s, but the music was spot on.

They played every song from Joy Division’s debut 1979 album Unknown Pleasures. The set started with an intro from a Kraftwerk’s “Trans Europa Express.” Then in encore: Atmosphere (dedicated to Peter’s recently passed friend), Transmission, and the crowd pleasing Love Will Tear Us Apart.

updated 12/13/10:

Well, it looks like I blew it. They lights came on after Love Will Tear Us Apart. Show’s over.

Today at work, I compared notes with my co-worker, Mark. He mentioned liking the last song the best–I was a little surprised at that. But it turned out that there was a second encore. The song played: Ceremony. The first song released by New Order as a new band. To me it’s a classic JD/NO song and a favorite.


setlist via


soundtrack for stew

November 23, 2010 § 1 Comment


Yes, these first posts are going to be dominated by food topics. How can it not be? This is the week of Thanksgiving.

The end of the Gustavo Stanaolalla’ soundtrack for Motorcycle Diaries is playing in the background in the living room. ‘De Usuahia A La Quiaca’ is an especially good song.  Tonight during my stew cooking endeavors in the kitchen that album was mixed with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club . Obvious connection, interesting juxtoposition. Thanks to iTunes.

Listening to:

B.R.M.C. - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (2000)
The Motorcycle Diaries Soundtrack - Gustavo Santaolalla (2004)
Selmasongs - Björk (2000) 

Here is the recipe for the Beef, Barley, and Butternut Squash Stew…. « Read the rest of this entry »

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