Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I have shows now!

And I'm even telling you about them this time!

This Friday, for example, I'll be doing a reading at Church of the Advent (over by Charles/MGH)with my friend and esteemed colleague Christopher Kain, who just last night gave a beautiful feature to the Emerson Poetry Project. I'll be reading some of my quieter poems, but there will still be drinking and probably cussing.

Also, on Sunday, May 3rd, I'll be playing a half-hour set as part of an acoustic night set up by another one of my friends, singer-songwriter Tony Lovell. I'm on at 9, but you should get there by 7 if you can, because that's when Tony goes up, and he is fun.

The other dates are on my "shows/readings" menu to your right. I'll post more about them as the dates near.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I Fucked Up!

First, I had a show at Gallery 263 and didn't say anything about it on this blog (though I guess that's mostly okay since most of you got invited on Facebook? I hope.) I have a few shows coming up in the next month or two, and I promise I'll tell you about those as soon as I do some fact-checking.

Then, when I played that show last night, I covered this song, "Pablo Picasso," and introduced it as a song by one of my favorite songwriters John Cale, when in fact, it is by another one of my favorite songwriters, Jonathan Richman.

It was a weird mistake for me to make, since the song is on The Modern Lovers' self-titled album, one of my favorite albums and the main thing that I listen to when I'm delirious on good weather and salty air and full of love for my home city. But John Cale was the producer of that album, and (here's where the slip comes from) he covered this song on his (unbearably cool and Eno-ful) 1975 album Helen Of Troy. I heard that version first. Anyway, here's my version:


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Vegan Matzoh Brie

It's Passover, and you know what that means: no bread for the Jews. If you're a real fan of Jewishness, you know that that also means no cereal, no pasta, no flour tortillas, and no whiskey or beer (or gin, but that is of less consequence to me).

If you're a vegan, however, you already know that restriction is the mother of invention, which is to say that you will eat delicious things that you would not have thought of eating otherwise.

One of these things is matzoh brie. You will eat matzoh brie.

You might be curious to know what matzoh brie is--basically, it is French toast, but since the "toast" is made out of the flattest and hardest of "breads," it is delightfully crispy and, I dare say, fried egg-like. It is easy to make; you will make it; it will be so good.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup soymilk or other non-milk

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • a pinch of cinnamon

  • some matzoh (yields about 8 sheets' worth)

  • oil for frying


DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put the soymilk, bananas, and cinnamon into a blender and puree them until smooth. Pour the mixture into a wide bowl.

  2. Break each sheet of matzoh into three or four pieces and soak them in the soymilk mixture for about three minutes.

  3. Fry the matzoh in oil until it's browned on both sides, which shouldn't take long, so watch out--it's best if they're still pretty soft anyway.


HEARTILY RECOMMENDED: Pour on some sugar and/or jelly, or some maple syrup. Some people prefer their matzoh brie more savory, like they fry it with peppers and onions and put ketchup on it, but I was never one of those people.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Gay Republicans

a Trevor Byrne-Smith joint starring me and Sam Teitel, "The Two Sensitive Guys" (a name that grows more ironic with our every action).