Posted Jun 11, 2012
‘Turn up the Radio’ may be the next single off the MDNA album, rumoured to be filmed in Rome, but it isn’t the new song that’s causing a stir in the media, no. Well, this is Madonna we’re talking about. There is the ongoing feud with Lady Gaga and, oh yes, the fact she got her boob out during a live show in Istanbul… of course.
Always one to shock, Madonna clearly thought it was time that she got her boob out on stage to a live audience. That is exactly what she did when on stage in Turkey, wowing the audiences with her current MDNA tour. Yes, what b
Todd Snider, Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables (Aimless Records) 2 stars
Todd Snider is one of the best songwriters in America, straight out of the Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine school of rabble-rousers.
Check out the Snider-isms that accompany media copies of this album: I want to inspire people. I want to inspire them to leave home, to do things traditionally considered wrong. If you listen to my record and vandalize your school, godspeed.
However, typically as consistent as any songwriter, this is not Sniders best album.
Recorded in under a week he told his musicians to make a mess.
The songs sound like they were written on the spot and cuts such as Too Soon To Tell, and the Rolling Stones styled New York Banker, are just a few disappointments.
The Greenhouse is light and airy with one wall of expansive glass windows topped with skylights. The terracotta tiles, French posters and plenty of plants add to the breezy effect. Our party of four was seated in the small gallery between the Greenhouse and the bar at a cozy table in a dining room that was quite lovely.
The special three-course menu was surprisingly extensive, with plenty of delectable-sounding choices in each category. Our party of four tried 11 items, all excellent, so space will force me to cover just the highlights.
For appetizers, the steamed Nauset Mussels and shrimp taco were standouts. The mussels were in a subtle saffron broth that allowed the perfectly cooked and plentiful shellfish to shine. A homemade crouton with a slather of garlicky rouille was a lovely finishing touch.
The shrimp taco was beautiful to behold and tasty to eat.
TWEETABLE REVIEW: 5* 2nd book in Jackson Brodie series finds ex-P.I. in Edinburgh, harassed by a bat-wielding thug. A delightful read. http://amzn.to/LhqXUT
The second installment in Kate Atkinsons Jackson Brodie series is as good as the first (Case Histories, see my review), which is to say that its a perfect read. Jackson, whos been loafing in France since he inherited millions from an eccentric client, is in Edinburgh with Julie, the flighty actress he met over a cold case in his first outing. Jackson is not a man suited to retirement, so hes not very unhappy to run into trouble while in Scotland. He witnesses a road rage incident that winds up being part of a web of inter-connected crimes. It also leads to a series of run-ins with the police and Jacksons introduction to Detective Inspector Louise Monroe: the spark between them should make for interesting reading in subsequent books.