Sunday, April 30, 2006

The life domestic.

Tonight is going to be our first actual dinner in our house, only about a month after we moved in. We -- well, Chris -- cleared out the kitchen yesterday so that it is finally usable. Of course, all the extra kitchen appliances that were on the kitchen counters are now on the dining room table, so what we have gained in a usable kitchen we have lost in a dining room table. One of these days we'll find a rack for the corner of the kitchen and have the ability to store all this stuff in an appropriate location.

The stuff Chris is cooking tonight -- yes, he not only cleared the kitchen but is also cooking the first dinner, but don't feel too bad for him since in all likelihood I will cook most of the others, and anyway I've been doing laundry and pulling up weeds from the yard all day, and yes, I do feel defensive about this why do you ask? -- smells ridiculously good. Braised chard with onions, garlic, cilantro, and a healthy dose of smoked paprika, and red beans and rice. And now we learned what was underneath the cluster of huge leaves in the garden! We're having rhubarb compote for dessert.

Picked up the Essex Green and the Concretes albums at the advice of the thread below. You guys know how to pick them where my taste is concerned. Essex Green has been compared to Belle and Sebastian and the New Pornographers in many of the reviews that I've read, but I think I hear more Ladybug Transistor. And the Concretes are really similar to Ivy's first album. I'm happy. Next I think I'll get Jose Gonzales (besides what you've all said, I like what I've heard on KEXP) and the EP by the Little Ones.

Pretty good weekend all things considered.


Blogger heathalouise said...

For some reason, I want to say that the Essex Green and Ladybug Transistor share some members, but I could be completely wrong...

Oh, and I third that Neko Case record. I saw her a few weeks ago, and she was fabulous. Mike and I have been listening to a lot of Architecture in Helsinki lately.

6:46 AM  
Blogger this charming man said...

yeah, i kinda figured you'd especially dig the concrets, given the ivy-like vibe.

9:02 AM  

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