In these days of dwindling music sales Grammy winning rocker Dave Alvin is just like everyone else trying to find new ways to get his music heard.
Alvin, who will appear at the Iron Horse Music Hall on Wednesday, jumped at the chance to have his song Harlan County Line appear on the FX hit TV show Justified.
It helped a lot, Alvin said. Its difficult these days for any artist to get exposure. In some ways theres probably more great music now than theres ever been. But theres no Ed Sullivan Show or Life Magazine, all those things have been shattered culturally. So everybody living in this little demographic group and thats the way advertisers want it, its easier to market to.
With his brother Phil, Alvin shot to popularity with the Blasters before disembarking.
Some restaurants arrive with a fanfare. Stang of Siam just kind of showed up one recent afternoon in Baltimore’s Midtown-Belvedere neighborhood. One day it wasn’t there, and the next day it was, and within about a week or so, Stang of Siam started filling up every night.
That’s because word gets around about good food. Standout dishes are easy to find, and diners will tell their friends about a delightfully satisfying entree of deep-fried crispy duck in chili garlic sauce and an exemplary version of Larb Gai, the traditional salad of spicy minced chicken.
People are talking not only about the food at Stang of Siam but the nice evenings they’ve spent there. Stang of Siam is related to a group of Thai restaurants in the D.C. metro associated with Chuchart “Bobby” Kampirapang, the best known of which, The Regent, is located near the district’s Dupont Circle neighborhood.
Remember, its not that bad to be awkward. Rock your awk now! Check out a shortlisted entry by Woong Teck Leong from Singapore below!
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There was a time when after drinking a few cans of beer with my future father-in-law, I felt tipsy but decide then to declare my love to my girlfriend and ask her to be my wife. So I grabbed her hands, mumble about how much I love her and asked her to marry me. As there was no answered, I looked up and discovered to my awkwardness that it is my future mother-in-laws hands that I was holding on all the while! I pretended to pass from the alcohol immediately! Woong Teck Leong, Singapore
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Christopher Moore’s books are all about playful dialogue and weird creatures. They’re fun to read. And I really did like aspects of Fluke: a likeable foursome–a marine biologist, a photographer, a faux-Rastafarian, and…Amy–are studying whales off of Hawaii hoping to learn why the mammals sing, and in the process they throw around a lot of witty banter and get themselves in trouble in a big, this-could-lead-to-the-end-of-the-human-race kind of way. I liked the banter part. But the story dragged for me as soon as the weird creature came on the scene. It’s not a likeable weird creature, and that’s part of the problem. It’s the sort of thing you’d want to stomp on with your shoe if its size didn’t make that impossible. But also I think the plot dragged once the beastie hove into view. The story became less about the interaction of the principals and more about the biology and history of the creature, which wasn’t particularly interesting.