Friday, June 11, 2010

It Must Be Bobby

The Bobby Didge cocktail by Adam Schuman – from the Tipsy Diaries, Frank Bruni's new column on drinks and drinking culture which appears every Friday in the New York Times. Click here to check it out and see a slideshow of other unique cocktails including the Algerian Typist, the Beggarman Thief, and the Penelope Cruiser.

“Bobby Didge”
1½ ounces Yamazaki 12-year-old Scotch
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
½ ounce sesame simple syrup
3 dashes house orange bitters
Orange twist.
Crack two pieces of ice in a pint glass. Add three more pieces of ice. Combine all ingredients over ice and stir for 15 to 20 seconds, adding ice until well chilled. Strain into a bell coupe. Garnish with a long orange peel.

[hat tip to Maxbillions / photo Evan Sung/NYT]

While we're at it:

RZA aka Bobby Digital "It Must Be Bobby"



From the IMDB synopsis of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky:
Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor's work parallel Coco's radical ideas. She wants to democratize women's fashion; he wants to redefine musical taste. Coco attends the scandalous first performance of The Rite in a chic white dress. The music and ballet are criticized as too modern, too foreign. Coco is moved but Igor is inconsolable. Paris 1920, Coco is newly wealthy and successful but grief-stricken after Boy's death in a car crash. Igor, following the Russian Revolution is now a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris. Coco is introduced to Igor by Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballets Russes. The attraction between them is instant and electric. Coco invites Igor along with his wife - now sick with consumption - together with his four children and a menagerie of birds to stay at her new villa, Bel Respiro, in Garches.
Damage and chicness ensue etc. etc.
Now showing in select US cities. More info here.

7:53 AM

Broken Social Scene "All to All"
Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts & Crafts, 2010)
If you don't have that record yet, go on, git it git it. A couple weird tracks as with all BSS albums, but overall my favorite new release at the moment.

[photo: Bull Kelp in Deception Pass, WA, June 2010]

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

Young Fang takes a rest after a particularly vigorous session at the scratching post.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hard to Soft

Balenciaga Resort 2011. More here.

Best Foot Forward

Dolce Vita Farrah open-toe canvas ankle boots,
$190 on pre-order at

(Same idea as these, but attainable, not just aspirational.)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

That Swing

Jean Shrimpton, early '60s, by photographer Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy, who along with David Bailey and Terence Donovan helped define the look of London in the 1960s, has died at the age of 76. Here's a small selection of his iconic images.

John Lennon

Grace Coddington, 1960

William S. Burroughs, 1960

Fashion photo for Queen Magazine, 1965

Nina Simone with her daughter Simone, 1965

"How to undress in front of your husband" series with Amanda Lear and a Panton chair

David Bowie as Aladdin Sane, 1973

The Year In Pictures has a nice remembrance of Brian Duffy and I'm sure many more are to follow.

The black and white images shown above are available from
Chris Beetles Gallery [click to browse more and purchase]

Monday, June 7, 2010

Memory Lane

I've wanted to write some stuff about this, but haven't had time, and now the night is upon us, so here it is:

The Foundation was a long-running night started in the mid-'90s by Sureshot, Supreme, Soul and myself at a bar in downtown Seattle called the Art Bar. Sureshot, Supreme and I deejayed a bunch of different places (Re-Bar, Crocodile, etc.) to finance our record label, Conception Records, but with Soul promoting, it took off. At first it was called Nitty Gritty because we were playing rare groove, but after awhile it morphed into almost all hip-hop, and we called it The Foundation (the ad-lib at the beginning of the Group Home song "Tha Realness" made me think of it). A bunch of different people started spinning with us and the night got huge – I would always try to spin first so I could play underground stuff that wouldn't really work for the dance floor later on. At one point they showed the flyer (designed by Modern Dog) on MTV because it was one of the longest running hip-hop nights in the country. Anyway, long story short, Emily and I moved to New York in 1999 and it went on for several years after that. Tuesday night the original cast of characters re-unites at the Lodge. It will be a fun party, you should come over.

Nas "Memory Lane" (Prod. DJ Premier) from
Illmatic, 1994

Update: Thanks to everyone who came out, it was cool reconnecting with a bunch of different people from way back and dusting off some old cuts. Special thanks to Soul and Alonso for putting it together, to Marcus for hosting, and to Kutfather and J. Moore for emceeing.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Great Seattle Fire: June 6, 1889

Fire Fire I Heard The Cry from Drew Christie on Vimeo.

Not Great Meaning Good but Great Meaning Big

Downtown Seattle before the Great Fire. Photo by Peterson & Bro., c.1883.

The Great Fire, June 6, 1889.

Downtown Seattle after the Great Fire
(First Avenue between Columbia Street & the Skid Road).

[Images from the Museum of History & Industry, via KUOW. Visit for more images and recently-found audio clips of survivors of the Great Seattle Fire.]