Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Buongiorno!



All the Gravy visitors seem to be in Italy these days... possibly because the Italians are a majestic people and the only ones who understand the true glory of a great gravy.

Benvenuto from Ben V, you beautiful people of the boot!



No one knows how to live like the Italians, not even the French.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Favorite Albums of 2017

20. Slowdive SLOWDIVE
19. Brian Eno REFLECTION
18. Spoon HOT THOUGHTS
17. Jessie Ware GLASSHOUSE
16. Lorde MELODRAMA

15. Sheer Mag NEED TO FEEL YOUR LOVE
14. Wolf Parade CRY CRY CRY
13. Hey Violet FROM THE OUTSIDE
12. Visible Cloaks ASSEMBLAGE
11. Mount Eerie A CROW LOOKED AT ME

10. Futures Islands THE FAR FIELD
9. Japandroids NEAR THE WILD HEART OF HEAVEN
8. Gas NARKOPOP
7. Tom Rogerson/Brian Eno FINDING SHORE
6. Alexis Georgeopolous/Jefre Cantu-Ledesma FRAGMENTS OF A SEASON

5. San Fermin BELONG
4. Mark McGuire VISION UPON PURPOSE
3. HAIM SOMETHING TO TELL YOU
2. Pallbearer HEARTLESS

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1. Lana Del Rey LUST FOR LIFE

Secret contender for song of the year:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

PHANTOM THREAD dir. Paul Thomas Anderson (2017)



Lush, tactile and funny.  The neuropathologist I worked for was an older English gentleman (Northumberland born) who shared many traits with Reynolds Woodcock.  His preferred mode of operation was to move in kindness; extremely polite and cleverly, quietly absurdist.  But he was very easily nudged out of that, when situations didn't accommodate him exactly, and he'd become flustered and condescending. Daniel Day-Lewis is delightful and Vicky Krieps exudes thoughtful poise as someone who methodically lives each day, puzzling together the way to achieve her dream.  Caregivers want attention too, maybe more than the children do.

Scott digs it toooooooo! If you want a tremendously well-written synopsis + analysis rather than rambling anecdotes.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Mark McGuire AUTOMATIC WRITING (2018)



If we lived in the coolest timeline, Mark McGuire would have a Deadhead-esque following and I would be an itinerant caravaner, living off my pot ball sales, so I guess it is good we don't live in the coolest timeline. Throw this ascended friend some shekels.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

YOB CLEARING THE PATH TO ASCEND (2014)



Portland knows.  This is now a Cascadian separatist blog.