Archive for June, 2010

David Lehman: When a Woman Loves a Man

When a Woman Loves a Man by David Lehman

When she says margarita she means daiquiri.
When she says quixotic she means mercurial.
And when she says, “I’ll never speak to you again,”
she means, “Put your arms around me from behind
as I stand disconsolate at the window.”

He’s supposed to know that.

When a man loves a woman he is in New York and she is in Virginia
or he is in Boston, writing, and she is in New York, reading,
or she is wearing a sweater and sunglasses in Balboa Park and he
is raking leaves in Ithaca
or he is driving to East Hampton and she is standing disconsolate
at the window overlooking the bay
where a regatta of many-colored sails is going on
while he is stuck in traffic on the Long Island Expressway.

When a woman loves a man it is one ten in the morning
she is asleep he is watching the ball scores and eating pretzels
drinking lemonade
and two hours later he wakes up and staggers into bed
where she remains asleep and very warm.

When she says tomorrow she means in three or four weeks.
When she says, “We’re talking about me now,”
he stops talking. Her best friend comes over and says,
“Did somebody die?”

When a woman loves a man, they have gone
to swim naked in the stream
on a glorious July day
with the sound of the waterfall like a chuckle
of water rushing over smooth rocks,
and there is nothing alien in the universe.

Ripe apples fall about them.
What else can they do but eat?

When he says, “Ours is a transitional era,”
“that’s very original of you,” she replies,
dry as the martini he is sipping.

They fight all the time
It’s fun
What do I owe you?
Let’s start with an apology
Ok, I’m sorry, you dickhead.
A sign is held up saying “Laughter.”
It’s a silent picture.
“I’ve been fucked without a kiss,” she says,
“and you can quote me on that,”
which sounds great in an English accent.

One year they broke up seven times and threatened to do it
another nine times.

When a woman loves a man, she wants him to meet her at the
airport in a foreign country with a jeep.
When a man loves a woman he’s there. He doesn’t complain that
she’s two hours late
and there’s nothing in the refrigerator.

When a woman loves a man, she wants to stay awake.
She’s like a child crying
at nightfall because she didn’t want the day to end.

When a man loves a woman, he watches her sleep, thinking:
as midnight to the moon is sleep to the beloved.
A thousand fireflies wink at him.
The frogs sound like the string section
of the orchestra warming up.
The stars dangle down like earrings the shape of grapes.

Note: thank you Swapan for sending this to me.

Rihanna: Prince mash up is sexy’n’funky

Club Clique has mixed unreleased “Sexuality” by Rihanna with the purple one’s (Prince) “Controversy” – it sounds funky and that’s a good thing. It’s everything I like in a dance song – it’s funky, groovy, dirty, and sticky. This rivals Prince’s outings with Appolonia Six and Shelia E. When it comes to Prince and Rihanna, what’s next? I have no idea. But if this is any indication, I’m lookin’ forward to it.

Rihanna Vs. Prince – Sexxtroversy (Clique Re-take) by Club Clique

Michael Jackson: Still The Man!

Michael Jackson’s death anniversary reminds me that he is still the quintessential entertainer and pop star for a lot of people all over the world. He’s sold 9 million records in the last year in the US and 24 million worldwide, and its rumored that sales related to MJ products have generated close to a billion in the last 12 month. His music is vibrant and relevant. Enjoy this unreleased track I found online!

Hurts: Better Than Love

Hurts’ new single “Better Than Love” is superbly reminiscent of the early Depeche Mode that we all love. It’s filled with a sense of aching and longing. A desire to beat the odds and yet cognizant that transcendence from preconceived outcomes can bring each one of us closer to our personal jesus or nirvana. They’re stylish, they’re in your face, and they’re captivating. You want to dance, yet you’re totally taken by the music and the lyrics. Now add in the video which feels gloriously cinematic and plucked from the 40’s. You’ll be picked up by this one my friend. I promise you.

Lovely “Billy Collins” poem you can’t miss

Here is the most beautiful poem I’ve read in a while. Thanks to my pal Swapan Seth for sharing it.

by Billy Collins

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read,
never even heard of,

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye
and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,
and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,

something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,
the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.

Whatever it is you are struggling to remember
it is not poised on the tip of your tongue,
not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.

It has floated away down a dark mythological river
whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall,
well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those
who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.

No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.

Cows, Alp Horns, Chocolate and that Stinky Cheese

Processional of cows through Appenzell, Switzerland by John Bragg

In late August and early September the cows process from the mountains through the town and are guided by whistling and singing herders wearing formal traditional attire.  The cows are wearing either massive cow bells or flowers.  It’s a pretty entertaining site to see.  One of the other funny experiences I had while in Appenzell was while purchasing some of the local cheese called Appenzeller.  Before I even set foot in the cheese shop, I was overwhelmed by the smell emanating from the shop.  There was a very pungent smell akin to smelly feet.  My friends and I forged ahead and stood inside the shop and we stood there just laughing.  I couldn’t believe how they could work in this place.  But, part of the experience is to eat like the locals so I purchased some cheese for a picnic we were going to have in the Alps.  We took the bag of cheese with us on the train and it was funny watching the people who were considering sitting across the aisle from us.  Several people looked at us and smelled the cheese and went and sat somewhere else.  Finally, an elderly woman sat across from us and proceeded to look out the window…….with her finger covering her nostrils.   Priceless.  The cheese is simply called Appenzeller and you can find it in finer cheese shops.  It’s great stuff and the kind I have bought in the states doesn’t smell that bad.  Try it some time.   My all time favorite Swiss cheese is Gruyere.  Try the cave-aged kind and you will understand what truly great cheese tastes like.

John Bragg travels the world. He’s a photographer by vocation. He’s a story teller who catalogs his encounters with architecture, food, and people. His work has been featured in national and international publications.

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Redman: Lookin’ Fly

Check out Redman’s new video for his song “Lookin’ Fly”, a remake of Michael Jackson’s classic video and over the “Heartbreak Hotel” beat.

RedMan – Lookin’ Fly from DanTheMan on Vimeo.

Neon Indian’s Sleep Paralysist: Catchy, playful, lo-fi

Neon Indian's new stuff is definitely one of my faves

Neon Indian

Green Label Sound’s first release of 2010 is by none other than Austin indie synth-pop outfit Neon Indian. Entitled “Sleep Paralysist,” the song was written by Alan Palomo, lead mastermind of Neon Indian, and it’s his first new original release since his critically acclaimed 2009 debut album Psychic Chasms. “Sleep Paralysist” was produced and mixed by both Palomo and Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and the result is a collage of catchy melodies, playful beats, and lo-fi haze, all signature sounds of Neon Indian. The video is a full rendering of a song that aptly describes that powerful, hypnotic moment in between deep sleep and being awake. It was directed by Brooklyn’s Focus Creeps.

Miike Snow: Stuart Price & “The Rabbit”

A revamped version of Miike Snow’s “The Rabbit” produced by Jacques Lu Cont, er I mean Stuart Price, again. Hopefully you checked out the track from SS earlier this week from the artist sometimes known as Thin White Duke. I love what he does to songs I’ve already heard. There’s a new video for “The Rabbit”. The track just has the vibe that takes it to the next level – danceable, infectious, and sexy. So, pour yourself a glass of Prosecco. This is your time.

True Blood Returns: Season 3 teaser

Back for it’s third season, True Blood is definitely an acquired taste. Here’s a teaser for y’all hard core fans. Dowload your own season 3 posters here.

Professor Green & Lilly Allen: Just Be Good to Green

What do Professor Green & Lilly Allen, Beats International, the SOS Band, and Faithless & Dido have in common?

This track’s DNA has evolved from The SOS Band’s 1983 original to Beats International’s influential version to Faithless & Dido’s cover. And now Professor Green and Lily Allen spin their version. Of course Professor Green is MC Stephen Manderson. The collaboration supposedly started as a conversation on Facebook.

Trivia: Dub be good to me was written by Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim, Jimmy Jams and Terry Lewis)

Scissor Sisters: Fire with Fire

Scissor Sisters first single Fire with Fire, produced by Stuart Price, might get you to slip on your dancin shoes.

Of course it sounds familiar, it’s the Scissor Sisters. Yeah, but listen a little closer and there’s a deep synth sound that can only have been inspired by the 80’s. Think Pet Shop Boys and Human League. That’s because the new SS album has been produced by Stuart Price. You might know his work under the moniker Jacques Lu Cont or Thin White Duke. He’s produced Madonna, The Killers, New Order, Kylie Minogue, Seal and Missy Elliot to name a few. The SS new album is due out on June 20. Get ready. This song requires a Ciroc and tonic with a few blackberries for later. Drink up!

BTW there’s a remix and the new video posted here!