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Not only was Faith & Flower just chosen by Esquire as one of the best new restaurants, their “Chief of Booze” Michael Lay was awarded 2014 “Cocktail of the Year” for his innovative English Milk Punch. We were invited Wednesday night to a cocktail party to sample the Milk Punch, along with a special seasonal cocktail menu. The cocktail menu which is Farmer’s Market driven is divided into three sections, “Highballs,” “Stirred, Spirited, Evocative,” and “Shaken, Citrus, Refreshing.”
The Berry-infused Gin and Tonic, which comes on draft, is all alone in the “Highballs” category. It is made with Martin Miller’s Westbourne Gin and Small Hand Foods Tonic. There is also a touch of bergamot to round it out. This is a drink for people who really like gin. A lot.
The “Stirred, Spirited, Provocative” cocktails are what I normally classify as “intense” and which General Manager Tyler Dow referred to as “Spirit-forward.” They are perfect for anyone with a high tolerance for alcohol. The Dundorado is inspired by Kappeller’s “Modern American Drinks’” published in 1895. Ingredients include Arette Blanco Tequila, Calisaya (an herbal liqueur made from flowers, botanicals and bitter orange), plus Bittermens Burlesque Bitters. The Witch of Wilshire is made with Jensen Old Tom Gin, Strega (An Italian herbal liqueur), Geijer Glogg (a liquer infused with traditional baking spices and botanicals), and Bittermens Tiki Bitters. These two drinks arrive in the same style of glass with the exact same garnish — a wide lemon peel — but that’s not all they have in common. These are some serious drinks. You can really taste the quality alcohol, but you do need to be seriously into the current bitters fad.
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On their new album, “Pe’ahi”, The Raveonettes, whose style has definitely changed a bit over the years, are masters of accessible melodies submerged in reverb and distortion. It’s a very satisfying combination of edginess and catchiness, that was only enhanced live at The El Rey a couple weeks ago. The duo from Denmark, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, were joined only by a drummer to complete their lush, dense sound, so it was apparent right away that some of the arrangement – such as the keyboard – was prerecorded. I’m not one to have any problem with that, because, for one thing, it requires the live players to be super tight, and obviously, you gotta do what you gotta do to create the right sound. The two of them both played guitar, with the statuesque Foo occasionally switching to bass, and once letting the drummer take over the latter, while the computer filled in the drums. They had no trouble filling the space with shimmering, buzzing, pulsing atmosphere and underplayed, sweetly creepy vocals, mostly from Wagner. Some of the vocals that I thought were Foo’s while listening to the album, turned out to be Wagner’s, whose voice is high and sometimes childlike.
The interesting thing about the band’s sound is the incorporation of 50s and 60s-style melodies into their aggressive dream pop effects. There is occasionally a surf rock feel, such as in the guitar sound at the end of the song “Sisters”, while on the track “When Night is Almost Done”, which is one of my favorites, Wagner and Foo harmonize over 50s wah-ooh’s. The song makes use of a sparse synthesized background to emphasize its gut punch of a chorus with the line, “Hey! do you think you’re on your own?” The bridge on “A Hell Below” is another retro moment, but it’s all blended into the Blonde Redhead-style magic that first catches your ear. “The Rains of May” is a good example of the latter, or “Endless sleep” with its ominous building into a rocking chorus.
Then there are the danceable drum beats of both the single “Killer in the Streets” and “Kill!” (should we be concerned?) behind languid melodies, a bit like Phantogram, which were very fun live. The only real movement from the band was Wagner’s dancing whenever he wasn’t playing guitar, like on the catchy “Summers End”. I remember him bopping and gesturing while singing on the bridge, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most evil of them all?” But no one needed to jump around; there was a general sense of energy and tension coming from the stage anyway, and the crowd was definitely enthusiastic. Wagner spoke a little to the crowd, mostly just to thank us, and there was one moment when Foo needed to tune, so she told us, “Talk amongst yourselves”, which made people laugh. Otherwise they carried straight through, song to song, breaking before a welcome encore after “When the Night is Almost Done”. Highly recommended.
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By Andy Nystrom. Published in There’s Something Hard in There September 28, 2014.
Joe Hoare and his Orange Goblin mates have a hunger for traveling the open road and ripping through their 10-ton, rock-solid songs on stages all over the world.
With a stellar new album, “Back from the Abyss” (Candlelight Records) on tap for an Oct. 7 release, the English stalwarts are set for a two-month European tour with Saint Vitus (starting Oct. 9 in France) and a three-week December jaunt in the United States alongside Down, Bl’ast! and King Parrot.
While guitarist Hoare, 39 — joined by singer Ben Ward, bassist Martyn Millard and drummer Chris Turner — digs his job and his pals, who all formed the band in 1995, he’s also a father and husband who relishes his home life in South Woodford in East London. (On the kid front, his stepdaughter is 15, and he has two sons, ages 3 and 8.)
When Hoare’s missing his family when he’s on tour, his wife offers words of wisdom:
“My wife, last year she summed it up for me quite well. I was having a bit of a moaning, ‘Ah, we’ve been away all year, I’m exhausted, life is terrible, I wanna come home’ … and she said, ‘Look, what are you moaning about? You’re in a band, you’re with your mates, you’re traveling the world. It really isn’t that bad.’”
Another great TV made horror movie helmed by Dan Curtis and written by Richard Matheson. Great film noir and Dragnet vibe. I met the actor who played the vampire. He looked almost nothing like his character, plus he had a goatee.
Sunday was as warm as any summer’s day for Los Angeles Magazine’s Food Event, but the flavors were definitely autumnal. Squash was everywhere, from Crossroads‘ sweet and savory Kabocha Squash with Pumpkin Seeds to Faith & Flower’s Pumpkin Panna Cotta to Farmshop’s Butternut Squash Canapes with Pomegranite. Root vegetables are coming into season as heralded by a surprisingly delicious Parsnip Poached in Duck Fat from Cliff’s Edge. Another homey dish that had us imagining cool nights with comfort food, albeit gourmet comfort food, was the Garganelli with Pork Sausage, Parmesan and Fennel Pollen from Drago Centro.
Red meats were popular, with the line for Michael’s Wagyu Steak with Soba Noodles stretching more than twice as far as any other line that day. A Meatball served in a Steamed Chinese Bun from Barbrix, Vietnamese Pork Belly from MB Post, and a Wild Boar Bacon BLT in a Gougere from Saddlepeak Lodge were standouts. Tar & Roses Oxtail Dumpling was rich without being too filling, and newcomer Front Yard made a great first impression with Korean Braised Shortrib Grilled Cheese. Rather than adding kimchi, the Korean flavor came from a galbi marinade.
On the lighter side, we could eat the Freshly Baked Sourdough Bread with Ricotta, Honey and Walnuts from Bucato for breakfast every day for the rest of our lives. Tar & Roses also served an addictive Popped Corn with Bacon, Brown Sugar and Chili.
Familiar restaurants that can always be counted on for something special were Animal, serving a light Honey Walnut Shrimp dish, and Jitlada, helmed by the ever friendly and ebullient Jazz. Jitlada’s Tamarind Dip Chicken wasn’t as spicy as many of their dishes, but we were grateful for the Turmeric Rice with Tofu, considerately prepared for vegetarians, that helped balance out the heat. Sotto mixed things up with a creative Pulled Pork Salad and Loteria Grill brought the always welcome chilaquiles, both verde and roja.
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3-D Theatrical’s production of Ragtime: The Musical, currently at the Plummer Theater in Fullerton and then followed by an engagement through November 9 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, gives theatergoers a chance to see a lesser-known musical performed by an excellent company. The story revolves around three families, culturally and socially diverse, and shows their interaction, attitudes, struggles and conflicts with themselves, within themselves and with each other during a critical era in American history, the time between 1895 and the end of World War I, in 1918. This period of time was known as the Ragtime Era.
E. L. Doctorow has always been an author with a magnificent touch for Americana stories. Novels (and movies) like Billy Bathgate give an accurate, personal portayal of events in the early 1900′s. In the original book for Ragtime, he did the same thing, taking a serious look at America in the period just after the turn of the century and before World War I. By combining real historical personalities along with his own characters, the book makes an interesting portrait of the time.
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