After introducing the TRAffIK School Students (also known as “Listeners”) to Thrash Metal in his last episode, the re-broadcast of “The Rise of Thrash Metal (original broadcast date: Friday the 13th 5/13/11)” on http://intraffikradio.com. Professor Pancake changes up the tone with his latest episode of TRAffIK School.
This week’s re-broadcast focuses on Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, Gothic Archies, Future Bible Heroes) (Original Air Date: 5/27/11)
Stephin Merritt created and played principal roles in the bands, The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies, & Future Bible Heroes. Under his own name, he also recorded and released the soundtracks to the films “Eban and Charley” and “Pieces of April,” and penned the music and lyrics for a 2009 Off-Broadway stage musical of “Coraline”, based on the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman.
For more info about Stephin Merritt, visit www.houseoftomorrow.com or check out the documentary, “Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields”, which premiered in March 2010.
- The Magnetic Fields – “Strange Powers”
- The Magnetic Fields – “Born on a Train”
- The Magnetic Fields – “100,000 Fireflies”
- Tracey Thorn and Jens Lekman – “Yeah! Oh Yeah!” (Magnetic Fields cover)
- The 6ths (featuring Dean Wareham of Luna) –”Falling Out of Love (With You)”
- The 6ths (featuring Sally Timms of the Mekons) – “Give Me Back My Dreams”
- Future Bible Heroes – “I’m a Vampire”
- The 6ths (featuring Gary Numan) – “The Sailor in Love With the Sea”
- Astrud – “With Whom to Dance (Magnetic Fields cover)”
- Mary Lou Lord – “I Don’t Want to Get Over You (Magnetic Fields cover, live)”
- The Magnetic Fields – “Two Characters in Search of a Country Song”
- Bodies of Water – “I Don’t Believe in the Sun (Magnetic Fields cover)”
- The Gothic Archies – “Things Are Not What They Appear”
- The Gothic Archies– “Shipwrecked”
- Superchunk – “100,000 Fireflies” (Magnetic Fields cover)
- The 6ths (featuring Georgia Hubley from Yo La Tengo) – “Movies in My Head”
- Stephin Merritt – “Forever and a Day”
One of the item on my “to do” list for this year was to grow something in the earth and keep it alive for an entire year. I decided that the best thing to attempt to grow would be a garden of veggies. I like eating, I like eating vegetables and honestly somewhere in the back of my mind is that Apocalyptic – world ending – no food in sight – how would I survive scenario? The best thing I can do is to know how to live off the earth! I know, I know…my brain is its own little amusement park. You wouldn’t believe some of the scenarios I can come up with. But I digress.
I am growing a garden. I’ve always wanted to have a garden with fresh vegetables. I’ve just never had the room nor a home to do it in. And to be perfectly honest, I probably don’t have the know-how to do this on my own – this is why having a brilliant landscape designer as a friend (and someone who knows about growing things in the earth) comes in handy! When I mentioned my plans my girlfriend said, ” Great, I’ll help!” and off a planting we went!
I picked out what I wanted to plant based on some criteria someone else discussed with me when I mentioned I was going to do this. As I was finding out there should be some sort of plan in order to do this correctly. Who knew?
Rule #1 – Only plant things you want to eat or will eat. The reason being, that once everything starts to sprout – they really get going. Meaning, you’ll have a lot of whatever it is. So, rather than having food wasted – you should only plant items you eat a lot of and will be using. Growing eggplant, just because they look like something you can grow, probably isn’t ideal. Sure, they are pretty but if you don’t like them, what are you going to do with them?
Rule #2 – Decide if you are going to start these plants from seeds or get partially grown plants at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. What it really comes down to is the possibility that the seeds won’t take and you’ll have to replant and the cost. Partially grown plants are higher priced and part of the work is done for you. Starting with seeds is less expensive but a little riskier. I felt like buying the plants already started was cheating so I went the more difficult route and got seeds. I do everything the hard way – why would this be different?
Rule #3 – The area in which you are going to plant your garden needs to be properly divided into appropriate plots. I knew this in the back of my mind but never thought about the act of actually doing it? So my friend Ashley became the master mind in creating a grid for my plants. We sorted them and decided where things should go – and then used some yarn (That’s all I had) to create the plots. Next we got plastic forks (again it’s all I had) to stick in the ground to attach the yarn to and then…viola – 15 minutes later…I had 4 rows with 4 plots in each row for all of my veggies! I planted Broccoli, Red & Green Lettuce, Fennel, Oregano, Carrots, Green Onions, Chives, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Squash, Bell Peppers, and Tomatoes!
Something to keep in mind – you need to make sure the area in which you are planting your garden is fairly free of weeds. Ashley, my son and I spent about 15 minutes pulling weeds out of the ground before we mixed in the potting soil. Not terribly exciting but terribly necessary if you want your garden to grow. The funny thing is – I didn’t know what were weeds versus anything else so basically I just waited for instructions from Ashley, “Pull that out”, “Leave that alone”, “Don’t worry about those”, “Yes, that’s good enough”, etc. (more…)
(to get the most of this week’s Gimme Gimme Schlock Treatment Experience don’t forget to listen to the Deltron 3030 music player above as you read)
Usually my first site to hit in the morning is Met’s Blog . I have a sick obsession with my Mets. After that it’s Pitchfork. A few days ago as I wiped the sleep out of my eyes I found out the Mets were planning on signing Gary Sheffield and The Arcade Fire were offering up their documentary “Mirror Noir” for free for seven days via Pitchfork.TV. I had mixed feelings about Sheff dawg but I had zero reservations about seeing “Mirror Noir” for free. Free documentaries “in this economy”? Kudos to you Win Butler and Company. Win is definitely just trying to make up for the time he stole some kid’s basketball. The Arcade Fire has churned out two amazing albums so they can steal whatever they want. If the documentary is even half as good as Neon Bible or Funeral it will rank in the top five of my favorite musical documentaries. …and there’s the cue for another list:
Del’s Top Ten Musical Documentaries
10.) Eddie and the Cruisers – Not really a documentary but it deserves credit for constructing the general template used for VH1’s “Behind the Music“. It also doesn’t hurt that “On the Dark side” happens to be the best song by a fake band in the history of film.
9.)Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten – A kick ass documentary that if nothing else introduced me to the song “Keys to Your Heart” by Joe Strummer’s pre-Clash Band, The 101’ers. Strummer doesn’t come off to well in this film. I’m sure if you told him so he’d simply tell you to “piss off!” and then he’d rip through some power chords.(more…)