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Heads up fellas: there are two WATCH recommendations this week. I’m not apologizing. I had to include both. I had a bit of a theme going on and then POW! – life, or in this case, death happened. I will fight you if you have an issue with this.* Also, it looks a little different this week because we have an original in-house recipe for you guys.

 

WATCH: I Am Easy To Find – The Movie.

I was lucky to experience this movie at a screening that included the director Mike Mills, The National, and the actress Alicia Vikander. Not gonna lie. I was deeply affected by this movie. I remain surprised at the hold it has had on me since seeing it. Mills collaborated with The National, using their music as an inspiration and soundtrack. The film moves along without dialogue, the story being propelled by sub-titles. It is filmed in black and white and I was intrigued with the art-house vibe Mills employs here. Vikander is simply stunning. I hope you can see this on the biggest screen possible.

 

EAT: You need this Bacon Salmon/Chicken Power Bowl.

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Bacon Salmon/Chicken Power Bowl. Some of my favorite dishes come together by happenstance. Mostly this involves digging through the fridge to see what I have to choose from. My point being that you don’t need to have a recipe to make something tasty. A few skill sets and a good pantry are your friends. Joe sent me this photo last week and described what he did and I was instantly jealous. Also, hungry AF. Joe made his with salmon because that’s what he had but he’s also used chicken and likes it even better. I love this kind of meal. I enjoy the prep, sipping on something while I’m cooking, and enjoying the results. Check it out here.

 

LISTEN: I Am Easy To Find – The Album.

That screening I mentioned above was not the only experience of that special evening. There was a Q&A after the screening featuring Bryce and Matt of The National along with Mike Mills and Alicia Vikander hosted by Carrie Brownstein. And then The National took the stage to perform the album. There was something unique and intense about hearing an album for the first time in this manner. Director Mike Mills produced this album in tandem to making his movie based on the band’s music. This new album features female vocalists, something the band has not employed before. This brings a rich new element to the already emotional nature of their music. And perhaps because of my experience, I recommend listening to I Am Easy To Find in its entirely on first listen.

 

WATCH: A perfect way to remember Doris Day.

Hi. My name is Tim and I was a Doris Day fan. Not even embarrassed abut this. The woman was marvelously gifted. She was a terrific actress and singer. And she spent much of her life championing the protection of animals. I sat down and re-watched this film the night she passed. It happens to be one of the best films of the past 70 years. It’s a Hitchcock classic. If you haven’t seen it, it offers a great example of 1950’s Americana even as it is set in Marrekesh and London. And yes, there are a couple wince-worthy moments, now common with movies from this era. But, it is totally worth it.

 

DRINK: Upgrade your Summer tea.

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/orange-iced-tea

It’s not something that happens on a certain date. It’s not something I can force. It just happens. And I’m always so happy when it does. It happened last week. We had temperatures in the upper 80’s, the yard had become green and shady and I was ready. I have officially entered iced-tea season. I switched to cold brew tea bags years ago from the jug-in-the-sun version I had been brewing since…well the point is that I continue to look for ways to freshen the routine. This orange ice-tea recipe is simple. As much as I appreciate the recipe itself, I’m a fan of the template it suggests for adaptations. There are so many possibilities for different versions of this.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s pretty sure about some of the things most of the time, but totally clueless about everything else all the time. 

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PLANT: Bring some green into your living space.

Succulent Container

Depending on where you are, Spring might be exploding around you. I’m definitely a fan. I don’t have a lot of house plants because of cats and thumbs. But I love having a little bit of life in my living space. That’s where succulents come in. The best thing about succulents is that you have to work hard at killing them. They do best when ignored, mostly. There are so many varieties of plants to choose from, and just as many textures and structures. It doesn’t take much to put together a centerpiece or a medium size pot and the plants are easy to work with. First things first. Yes – there is a slide show element to this link. This is actually not a bad thing. Because below that, you can see the information you need if you are interested in finding out which plants are which. Maybe you decide to put something together for a gift. But don’t be surprised if you decide to keep it. And even if you’re not one for words like “zen,” you benefit from their presence just the same.

 

EAT: Mix up your taco routine with mushrooms.

https://www.blessthismessplease.com/the-best-mushroom-tacos/

Mushroom tacos! On a recent visit to Los Angeles I enjoyed this dish at a rooftop restaurant with a view of the Hollywood sign. I am still thinking about those tacos. When I got home I had to find a similar recipe and give it a chance just to ensure my original impressions were based more on the mushrooms and not the Hollywood hills and the Capitol Records tower in the distance. It was the shrooms. Hearty portobello mushrooms are a good meat substitute especially since they hoover up any seasonings you use. Grilled vegetables are a summer staple at my house and this dish will find its way into regular rotation for sure.

 

BINGE: It’s a beautiful world we live in…

Netflix’ Our Planet is a really good addition to the nature documentary genre. David Attenborough‘s* narration brings gravitas to the series. The writing is excellent. It is a program where you will learn much about nature and the fauna within. Where you will find yourself beaming at the incredible footage and inspiring sights and then crying ten minutes later. Where you will hear a phrase “the boobies carpet bomb the shoals” and not snicker. Hopefully (goals?). But seriously, it is a show where you will learn so much and be entertained the whole time. *David is the younger brother to the super rich but lousy with the grandkids dude from Jurassic Park.

 

DRINK: An update of an old favorite.

http://eat-drink-garden.com/2011/08/tequila-gimlet/

The tequila gimlet is a terrific take on a classic cocktail. I stumbled upon these out of necessity one evening when I realized, halfway into making drinks, I didn’t have some of my usual margarita fixings (I’m a sucker for Grand Marnier in my version). I had some simple syrup and I had lots of limes so I set about fixing what is essentially the tequila version of the popular gin gimlet.  This is a great recipe for the drink. While the author is not a fan of Roses lime (I get it), I have no issues using Rose’s because that particular brand is heavily associated with the original recipe and sometimes you don’t have or don’t want to make the simple syrup. Sticking with fresh lime juice ensures that this cocktail is much less sweet than the typical margarita.

 

READ: One of those books for guys who think they don’t like to read.

The Alienist

Caleb Carr’s 1994 best-seller is a great read for anyone who has an appreciation for well told detective tales. In addition, if you are at all interested in history, modern forensics, or 19th century NYC, this is for you. Carr is an American military historian with a terrific knack for telling a story. The Alienist is quick paced and well written, with a great deal of atmosphere. Warning: this one is hard to put down. I can’t speak to the new limited series adaptation currently on television.

Tim Johnstone is Dappered’s music correspondent as well as our resident gatherer of all things interwebs related. He’s pretty sure about some of the things most of the time, but totally clueless about everything else all the time. Goals?


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WATCH: Grade A B-Movie fun.

You are either down for this or you aren’t. This is pure genre fun, with an excellent cast and production values that steer clear of anything wince-inducing. Maybe that’s not your thing. Totally get it. It shares a concept with last year’s “A Quiet Place” (although it is from a book published before that film’s release) so maybe you think you’ve been here and done that. You haven’t. This is a hoot. It doesn’t reinvent anything but it keeps you on the edge and you could consider it the mental version of a palette cleanser. Pop some corn and settle in!

 

READ: The Book that Saved the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Yes. I realize that the video above is an actual movie version of Victor Hugo’s classic. And that it is a silent movie. Also, black and white. It’s still sexier than an edited picture of a book cover. Besides, this whole story about how Hugo wrote this novel to save the famous cathedral was something I only learned about this week. This week’s fire was really difficult to watch, as someone who has been fortunate enough to have been there and stepped inside. And so, in Hugo’s book, the cathedral is every bit as important to the story as the famous protagonist of the title. A gothic story about gothic times? That was enough to get me to read this years back and it is enough to make me return to its pages.

 

LISTEN: LSD for your earholes.

I have included a song or two from LSD in past Dappered playlists. The band name comes from the three artists who joined forces for this project: SIA, Labrinth, and Diplo. I am a sucker for this upbeat, inventive and hook-filled sound. The production is so very, very impressive. It seems perfect for the season. Open the windows, turn up the volume and smile. (You might also find your body language alter accordingly.)

 

EAT: An Early Spring Mixed Grill.

Shrimp and Chorizo Mixed Grill from Epicurious

Shrimp and Chorizo Mixed Grill. As soon as I am able to move the majority of my cooking outdoors, I do. It’s not just about leaving the kitchen clean (although that is a really strong notch in the plus column), it’s also about keeping my kitchen as clean as possible. Plus, the clean kitchen. I kid. Mostly. What I appreciate about this menu is the combination of fresh-right-now ingredients like asparagus while including the chorizo, which hints at the more robust cuts of meat which will roll out over the summer. I suggest adding green onions and other spring greens available at area farmers markets.

 

DRINK: A Tasty Easter Mocktail. 

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/how-to/g785/best-mocktail-recipes/

Coconut, Cucumber, Lime, and Mint Cooler. There are only a handful of ingredients. From the link: “4 cups of coconut water 2 cucumbers sliced very thinly, half cup of lime juice, quarter cup of sugar (optional), and a quarter cup of chopped mint leaves.” You simply combine all of the ingredients and chill. If it’s me, I’m doubling ingredients. And then some. Shouldn’t be too hard to make this attractive to the 21+ adult beverage set either.

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READ: Consider this your lifehack of the week.

If there is one thing I don’t do with my phone, it’s actually make calls and such. As in talking. Actually communicating via telephone seems so late 19th century. In the instance when mine actually rings, I deliver a withering side-eye and cuss like a sailor before ignoring it completely. You may have a different relationship with your phone. And that’s all good. I would imagine however, that we are of like mind when it comes to Robocalls. Which means this is totally relevant to your interests. With thanks to Joe for the heads up.

 

LISTEN: Jai Wolf brings big melodies to go with the big beats.

More of this please. Jai Wolf is a Bangladeshi-American producer who, having worked with Skrillex and other big names in the EDM world has released a debut collection of his own. This is electronic music that is warm and embraceable. The title gives away the idea here. The Cure To Loneliness. You have to be working hard to not find comfort in these songs. Yet it all rings true. It feels good. At the dog end of a particularly craptacular day gone by, I stumbled upon this and within minutes I had let my arguments with the day fade away. Not even kidding. There’s an indie-rock feel to some of this in a way that is less moronic than it sounds.

 

EAT: A different take on Spring’s favorite root vegetable. 

Roasted radishes with Herbs. I am fairly flabbergasted at the notion that people roast radishes. It’s not the actual roasting that flabbers my gast, but the idea that in all of my time on this particular orb, I had never run across it or had thought of doing it myself. I am such a disappointment. You, who aren’t burdened with such failure, are free to enjoy completely. But for reals, this is so good.

 

FISH: As in, adopt one. Or two.

My brother spent some time living at my place this summer, because life. While I was off enjoying a week at a mountain lake, he was goofing around at the state fair and when I returned I discovered a big fish bowl and two goldfish on my dining table. I was introduced to Loki and Thor and when my brother moved out last fall, the fish stayed behind. I knew this was going to happen the moment I saw them. What I didn’t know was how attached I would get to these guys. My previous experience with a state fair goldfish culminated with my father dumping the dregs of his scotch into the fishbowl when I was nine. To be honest, it culminated with a ceremonial flush later that night. I have since learned that even goldfish have personalities. So to speak. Mostly. Having lived with them for a good while now, I have to say that this article and this article do a good job of explaining why I am happy they’re still with me. Photo by Sri Lanka on Unsplash.

 

WATCH: I’m late to this party but what a party it is.

And by party I mean Western.  An entire anthology of first rate Westerns as only Joel and Ethan Coen could create. You get everything here. All the feels. ALL OF THEM. Because it’s the Coen Brothers, it is laugh out loud funny as well as bark real loud uncomfortable, funny or otherwise. Just don’t get too emotionally attached to the characters. Let’s face it, the American West of the era portrayed here, was not exactly the best of times. It was pretty brutal in fact. And with this as a backdrop, the stories that play out do so in ways that stick with you. The cast includes many Coen regulars along with a few surprises (Dudley Dursley we are looking at you!) including a classic performance from Tom Waits.

 

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Ah St. Patrick’s Day. The pageantry! The green beer! The not-really-Irish Americanisms of one of the country’s favorite excuses for drinking. This week’s recommendations offer a more traditional take on the best of the Emerald Isle. And yes, that does include a noteworthy cocktail.

 

EAT: Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley.

Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley

Donal Skehan, an Irish food writer, photographer and rising TV personality has had an interesting past. He has performed in bands, published award winning blogs and several books based on his “The Good Mood Food Blog.” He has shared a number of traditional Irish dishes (he suggests that most Irish food is comfort food) through his books and blogs. And since corned beef and cabbage isn’t really an Irish thing (it is an American creation), I am sharing one of his favorite recipes this week. Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley. The ingredients are readily available and while you will need to convert a couple measurements from their metric origins, that really shouldn’t be a deal breaker here. C’mon now! It’s coddle. AKA rechauffe. Basically, leftovers. This is the best thing to dig into after a few celebratory beverages.

 

LISTEN: Wasteland, Baby!

Nobody was more surprised at his sudden success than Hozier. He was largely unrecognized in his home country when his single “Take Me To Church” was first released. That would not last for long. Five years on, he has toured the world, sold out concerts in his wake. His place in the world changed, he set to the task of following up one of the most important debut records of the last 10 years. And here it is: Wasteland, Baby.  If you were a fan of his first album, this will not disappoint. I was fortunate to get some time with him on the phone a couple weeks ago. We talked about the new album, pressure he was under, dance, his gospel influences and more. You can listen here.

 

READ: Seamus Heaney – Ireland’s favorite poet.

I have Gary Lightbody and Andrew Hozier to thank for my introduction to the poet Seamus Heaney. I am a fan of poetry but I’m not always comfortable reading it because it never sounds in my head as it does when it is read. That’s on me. Heaney is an Irish national hero who has had such an influence on Irish culture. His work is lovely for many reasons. Helen Vendler of The New Yorker called him “by turns mythological and journalistic, rural and sophisticated, reminiscent and impatient, stern and yielding, curt and expansive” In my recent interview with Hozier (above) I asked him about his thoughts on Seamus Heaney. You can hear his thoughts right here. This part of our visit comes about 8 minutes into our conversation.

 

WATCH: Forget Darby O’Gill. This is your movie of the week!

Hands down, this is one of my favorite Irish movies. There are lots of them actually (here and here and here and here and also here) but this is one I go back to often. It features terrific performances, a great deal of humor and charm, and a wicked sea-beastie. In addition to all of that, it’s a wonderful movie for those who love the language and accents of all involved.

 

DRINK: The Fat Frog is a legit Irish Favorite. 

The Fat Frog

I’m sorry. Let’s just get this out of the way right now. I’m sorry. I’m pretty sure that if you have more than a few of these you are going to Vesuvius some day-glo green comeuppance. Everywhere. This drink, the Fat Frog, is an Irish favorite. This is likely due to the fact that, to quote one fan, it “gets u rat assed quik.” There is nothing at all noble about the ingredients. They are all beverages I stay very far away from. Let’s be honest. St.Patrick’s day has become one of America’s grandest displays of ritual excess. This drink, just one step removed from 151 and kool-aid, makes it perfect for a day of debauchery and bad accents. But. And here’s where I could get in trouble. Because, in the spirit of the day, I would try one in a minute. I might even have two. By then I’d either be down for the count or half naked, wearing a pair of four leaf clover novelty underpants and covered in glitter belting out Thin Lizzy songs in the local parade. Totally worth it.

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BINGE: Not Your Grandad’s Groundhog Day.

Warning. This trailer begins with the words “let’s f*ck this party in the mouth.” This gives you an idea what kind of attitude this character has right from the start. I have only seen Natasha Lyonne in a couple of movies and I’ve liked her in everything I’ve seen. This is her show. Not only does she star in it and help create it, she writes and produces it (alongside Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler). The nature of the show (it moves quickly with each episode running about 23 minutes) pulls you in with the first episode and cements your interest by the third. There is a lot of smoking and drugs. Also adult humor. I may have learned one or two things I’m not sure I needed to know. But this I do know: it makes me want to live near people who have conversations like this. It’s smart and funny and it takes what is now a familiar plot feature (repeating the same day over and over and over) and makes it all new again.

 

EAT: It’s time to start thinking about Spring.

That is not meant to suggest it is here, yet. Mostly. But it’s never too early to start thinking about meals that go beyond seasonal one-pot comfort food. This weekend consider making Coconut Seasoned Prawns (this is where I was going to write “SPRING IT ON!” but decided against that. You’re welcome). Yes, there are more ingredients in this dish than our winter warming one-pot dishes. No, it is not a big deal. Yes, a couple of the ingredients listed are in metric. That should not be a deal-breaker considering the internet can help you with this. I’d serve this on Jasmine rice and consider mixing up something spring-like and delicious to serve with it. Like, perhaps, this…

 

DRINK: The classic Daquiri.

A perfect welcome for the season to be. This was a favorite of Hemingway and if we know anything about him it’s that he was a man’s man. So, yeah. Papa’s favorite poison indeed. Simple, classic and delicious.

 

LISTEN: “Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception.” 

This is a story made for the podcast format. I’m really happy to discover this because I followed this story a little bit when it was all happening. Not that you need to know anything about this story before you listen. Ambition, power, technology and the lure of health care profiteering all combine for one of the biggest business blunders in recent history. This will make you feel infinitely better about so many decisions you have made in your life.

 

READ: Treat your little grey cells to a classic Christie whodunnit.

If you are a fan of mysteries and thrillers, you can thank Agatha Christie. She set the standard for what we enjoy today. Her impact on popular culture remains impressive. Barnes And Noble calls The Murder of Roger Ackroyd one of the “25 books you should probably have read already.” They draw direct connections between Christie’s work and contemporary best sellers like Gone Girl and credit her with the introduction of the “unreliable narrator.” I just know that Hercule Poirot is one of literature’s greatest characters and any chance to read him in action is always a good thing.

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START: A Bookclub. It’s a good thing.

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Or, join one. I am seeing more and more of my friends joining bookclubs or starting their own. This is a good thing. There are many benefits from being part of a bookclub. There are some good resources out there for guys interested in getting one started and you can find recommended titles here. More and more books now feature bookclub notes, either in the book itself, or online. I really enjoyed the last one I was part of. I read books I never would have otherwise and was glad I did. While food and drink are a regular feature of most clubs, ours made it a point to bring food that matched the locale or geography of the story. This is harder to pull off with some nonfiction books, but it was another aspect of the activity that we looked forward to. You can arrange the club anyway you’d like. Read whatever books you like. And then get together and trade thoughts about what you’ve read sharing that shared experience.

 

SWEAT: Thor wants you to be your best self.

No, this new app didn’t pay to be here. But it does look like it could be the next… thing? Maybe? Chris Hemsworth, his wife Elsa Pataky and his trainer Luke Zocchi have launched a lifestyle app called Centr. They have collaborated with celebrity chefs and elite trainers and well-being experts to bring people a roadmap to a healthier and happier life. Workouts are customizable and tailored to each person’s fitness level. “From the moment we’re made, we’re not finished…We’re all different, but with one inherent power in common: a choice to be a work in progress…to be a human doing rather than a human being.” The program aims to “take the guesswork out of fitness.” The app includes 24/7 access to support and motivation. That’s impressive. If you pay upfront, Centr is $ 10 a month (a year subscription is $ 119). That seems like a reasonable price. There is a free trial so you can get an idea of what Centr is all about.

 

PLAY! Two pop culture favorites join forces and we all win.

Rick and Morty Operations

This is not your grandfather’s Operation. Nope. This is another genius offering from the folks behind Rick & Morty. This particular version of the classic game comes with a 17+ age recommendation. And it is based on the third episode of the first season of the show. Instead of operating on the poor pear-shaped red nosed bastard of yore, you will be taking twitchy tweezers to Ruben. Szechuan sauce not included.

 

LISTEN: Remembering the musician who disappeared from view. 

Mark Hollis, along with his band Talk Talk, was responsible for one of the most remarkable musical transitions over the course of their time together. Hollis died earlier this week at the age of 64. Hollis was the main songwriter and singer. Their early records were stuffed full of memorable synth-pop hits like “Talk Talk,”  “Life’s What You Make It” and “It’s My Life.” They were omnipresent on MTV and the college radio scene. You could hear the steady evolution of their music over those first three records, whereas Talk Talk’s last two albums found Hollis exploring a sound that included elements of jazz, art-rock and ambient pop. Those albums, Spirit Of Eden and Laughing Stock are considered modern classics. They have been hugely influential to many contemporary artists. These particular albums are not to be consumed as background music. With their quiet structures, these songs require attention. It also becomes much more rich with repeated listenings. Hollis was a musician’s musician and his legacy can be seen in the many responses to his death among many, many artists.

 

READ: Breaking up is hard to do. But it’s worth it.

How To Break Up With Your Phone

Thanks to reader Brandon D. for passing this along. I’m guessing that more than a few of you have wondered if being tethered to the world in such a manner is worth it. Your phone can be demanding, an attention vampire of the worst sort. Disconnecting might seem like an impossible task until you do it. By the time you realize you’ve done it, you realize you don’t miss it as much as you thought.

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It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

BINGE: The Umbrella Academy is not your usual super hero show.

Gerard Way spent years leading the band My Chemical Romance. He apparently also spent years reading comics. He, along with Gabriel Bá authored several volumes of a comic/graphic novella called The Umbrella Academy. Netflix has just release the first season of its limited series. I can’t tell you how or if this differs from the original source material but it seems that Gerard Way is happy with the adaptation. I pretty much loved everything about this. It has a great cast, with a mixture of familiar faces and some terrific newcomers. Ellen Page is just fantastic. And Mary J. Blige shines as she always does. There is terrific music throughout, from classic British Invasion cuts (The Kinks “Picture Book”) to indie rock (“Mary” by Big Thief and “Run Boy Run” by Woodkid) and bigger artists like David Gray and Way himself.  They get so many details right. It’s big. It’s ridiculous. And it’s touching. I yelled out loud, repeatedly and with much astonishment at one point in the 8th episode; Like, really loudly and for an extended period of time. This was repeated in episode 9 and episode 10 as well. There are some truly inspired scenes in this first season, nearly always action oriented, accompanied by a soundtrack that always brings a smile. It is quite the ride.

 

EAT: Brunch treats with a side of culinary skillz.

Taste of Home Hash brown nests with portobello mushrooms and eggs.

Hash brown nests with portobello mushrooms and eggs. This is a relatively quick and easy dish that is not only something that would work for brunch, but parties as well. Half the reason I’m sharing this is because once you master the hash brown “nest,” (pre-browning is recommended) you can easily adapt this for other ingredients. Use your imagination (as well as whatever you might have in your fridge or pantry) to tweak the recipe. A good example would be using black beans, roasted green chiles and a suitable cheese like sharp cheddar or cojita. You are really only limited by your imagination. Go for it.

 

DRINK: Get a head start on happy with England’s favorite Summer drink.

It’s light, flavorful and easy to make. This would be a good choice for that brunch you’re going to host where you serve those delicious tater-fungi-cups. Also, you could consider it your fruit dish. So, yeah. Double bonus.

 

LISTEN: J.S. Ondara’s Tales of America is an absolute gem.

The first time I heard J.S. Ondara’s voice, it stopped me in my tracks. Floating atop the neo-folk arrangements of his new album Tales Of America, his is a voice that reaches out and soars. It is an incredibly expressive tool and it is one that tells stories about the American dream as seen from the outside. Raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Ondara discovered Bob Dylan as a young man and was inspired to do his own thing. His music is timeless, and the production is sparse where it serves the song, which allows Ondara’s voice to take center stage. He has a sense of style that is confident and charming. I’m just completely won over.

 

WRITE: It’s good for your little grey cells.

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I catch a bit of grief at work because I’m still an analog guy. I use pen and paper in as many aspects of my job as I can. I write proposals. I write out contests and content for my daily air shift. I write thank you cards to colleagues and artist managers. I write out marketing and promotion campaigns. I write as much as I can. I do this because my memory has always been a bit shaky and I learned a long time ago that actually writing things down helps my memory. It was years after this realization that I began to see articles on studies that basically backed me up. It might be easier to use any number of keyboards that are in front of us on a daily basis. But this is better for you.

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The Weekend Reset: Strange tales, Seattle sounds and pickleball.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

PLAY: Introducing your new favorite activity.

PICKLEBALL. Yes, pickleball. I have it on excellent authority (hey boss!) that this game is a blast. I feel a bit out of touch not having heard about it before now. I guess I wasn’t running in the right circles. But this totally has my name on it. I like the amalgamation of other net sports. As with most games, you’ve got some rules to learn. While Coach Mark does a fine job of explaining the game, he could stand to be a little more exciting. Nonetheless, you get a good idea of how it all works. Here’s to a summer of fun.

 

NAP: Your grey matter will thank you.

When I was a kid, I hated having to take naps. I just wasn’t having it. I was always straight-up frustrated when the day care lady made us lie down for an hour so she could watch her “stories.” At some point (most likely college) my attitude was, as they say, adjusted. I love naps. Happily, they are good for us for a number of reasons, from the “oh that’s pretty cool” to “yes, please and thank you.” All of this should wipe away any lingering guilt you might have about napping. Now, if I could just figure out how to fall asleep in minutes so I can get the benefit of “power naps.” Also, I have never in my life been able to take a nap that lasted only fifteen minutes.

 

WATCH: Satire, social commentary, big laughs and…

…one ginormous plot twist. I keep thinking I should give you all a heads up about some of the content but while this is satire that bites, we are all adults.

 

READ: Because truth is stranger than fiction.

The Man who mistook his Wife for a hat

Dr. Oliver Sacks became something of a celebrity when this collection was originally published. This was quite the feat considering that The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat And Other Clinical Tales discusses cases about people who suffered from severe neurological disorders “with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations.” The reason that this book became a best seller is due to Sacks’ ability to share these complex stories in a relatable manner. Fascinating stuff. I’ve read it a couple of times.

 

LISTEN: 25 years on, the Singles soundtrack still satisfies.

Here’s where I do my full disclosure thing and share that I was smack in the middle of this remarkable era of Seattle’s music scene. I was promoting records for Virgin Records. The company had just signed Smashing Pumpkins (who appear on the soundtrack). I had many friends who found themselves in the midst of all of this. I even had a friend who ended up in the movie. I am no casual observer. None of that matters. This is just a great cross section of rock from a specific time and place. The 25th Anniversary re-issue (here is a good overview of it) is the best way to revisit this album as the bonus material is stellar. Flannel not required.

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The Weekend Reset: Sweatin’ to the oldies and why the Scots have the best accents.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

ENJOY: “We Will Rock You” – The Kevin Bacon of Rock N Roll?

You probably never thought much about what Queen’s “We Will Rock You” had in common with Metallica, or The Temptations or The Jackson 5? Luckily, this guy did.

 

EXPLORE: A new way to think about what happens after death.

A piece that makes you look at the business of death in a different way. Sometimes it seems as if we aren’t that different from the ancient Egyptians, at least when it comes to burial practices. You can read the article over here. As for me, I see myself volunteering for one of these.

 

REFRESH: A story about sweat and your stanky gym wear. 

Our gym clothes stink because we stink and it is all about our sweat. There are two kinds of sweat in this world. This is where the story begins.

 

LAUGH: This is why we need sub-titles. And tissues.

Unfortunately. There are no sub-titles. As a proud Scot, this makes me heart swell. Keep the heid!

 

CUSS! Make your own kind of…swear words. 

I heartily endorse this article. Not just because I’m always interested in the origins of words and linguistics. I endorse this as an avid and proud person who swears. A lot. Studies exist which suggest that people who swear are smarter than those who don’t. Do I have that link handy at the moment? I do not. So @#$ % right off. Or, better yet, come up with your own. Also, there’s this.  And also, this.

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The Weekend Reset: A great food hack, a new Beck track and why the internet is wack.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

READ: The Internet of all things is fake, mostly.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/bizarre-click-farm-10000-phones-10419403

But you probably already guessed that? This explains how this comes to be. And it is as depressing as you might imagine. We are nearing the point where there are more bots than actual people on the web and that is where things like Skynet catch up with us. Fascinating (and depressing) stuff. Anytime I hear about how many streams a band has, or video views, I understand that those numbers are mostly meaningless. It’s all about cheating money out of people.

 

WATCH: Because sometimes Jenga just isn’t enough fun…

First things first: I am still catching up on movies released last year. And occasionally I end up watching something with friends I had skipped for whatever reason. Game Night is one of those movies. It had surfaced on streaming services recently and I finally got around to watching it the other night. I ended up watching it again the next day. If you have ever done game nights with your crew then this is immediately relatable. Until it isn’t. This is a clever, funny, fast paced movie that really works because the acting ensemble shines (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are so good here) and the characters are genuine. And yes, sometimes you will have to rewind things just to catch lines that you missed. It’s worth it.

 

EAT: An overnight one-pot chicken to eat off all week.

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Yes, there is the multi-paragraph origin tale before you get to the helpful parts. And yes, you are looking at a picture of how you should plan meals around said chicken. Ultimately, it is literally a bird in a pot. Nonetheless, for myself, this is kind of a game changer. It makes it easier to get more out of the chicken, especially if you need protein for the week ahead. There’s that. And the fact that you get a broth out of the whole deal is kind of a big deal.

 

CREATE: Yeah, you can. This suggests you should.

https://jamesclear.com/make-more-art?fbclid=IwAR3-KNBF7HdibD9dqbzaAW5YFD4_QW3WdsL3R3iOYE2HbHIKY834E92fD_A

I have no doubt that this isn’t the sort of thing that will resonate with everyone. But, for many of you it might spark a change you’ve been thinking about or looking for. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder about the importance of art in our civilization.

 

LISTEN: This is not your grandfather’s Beck.

I’ve had this on repeat for a couple days now. This is not “Loser” Beck. It’s not “Up All Night” Beck. Or “Lost Cause” Beck. It’s a cover of an obscure 1982 b-side that would find a bigger audience via This Mortal Coil. And by bigger audience, I mean artsy introverted liberal arts majors who bought anything that came out on the 4AD record label. The This Mortal Coil version (which Beck pretty much replicates) remains one of my favorite songs from that era for reasons which are impossible for me to convey. It’s all hormones and melancholy. This song has been released as part of an upcoming collection of songs inspired by the Oscar nominated movie Roma, which is on Netflix.

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The Weekend Reset: Big Scares, Big Butts, Big Bites and more.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

LISTEN: When Cranberries are bittersweet.

A little over a year after her unexpected death, Dolores O’Riordan’s voice is front and center once again on the first new song from what will be The Cranberries final album. Fans should not be disappointed with “All Over Now” although the title might give them reason to be bummed all over again. It really does bear repeating that the band didn’t really sound like any of their contemporaries, with a sound that merged alternative rock, pop, and Irish musical motifs. It was a winning formula and it made for some truly memorable music. This is a fine addition to their catalogue.

 

APPRECIATE: Is your butt too big for your britches?

http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/25707545/the-struggle-real-why-hockey-butts-jeans-mix

Oh sure. Finding a great pair of trousers can be challenging depending on any number of factors. But for those of you who play hockey, or ride road cycles, or play football, baseball or rugby, the challenge is completely different. Y’all have big butts. Solid muscle. Here’s a solid take on what that means when it comes to finding a pair of jeans. 

 

WATCH: It is traumatizing and frightening and so damn good.

And it is not Bird Box. It’s Hereditary. I know. I’m months late in recommending this one. I had put off seeing this because I knew it would mess with me. But it has popped up on streaming services now and maybe some of you haven’t heard about it? Toni Collette. Is. Amazing. As are all of the folks in this movie including Gabriel Byrne who is well cast here. To call this movie intense would be to undersell it. To refer to it as traumatizing would be less hyperbolic than you think.

 

NEST: It’s Hooga Time!

Actually, the word is HYGGE. But it’s pronounced hooga. And it is Denmark and Norway’s gift to the world. Right about now, there’s a decent chance you might need a good dose of it. In a word, it is a concept. To be cozy and comfortable. That is something of a simplification, but it works. The word is probably derived from the word “hug.” What’s not to like. This weekend, especially if you are dealing with terrible weather, take a day to employ your own version of hygge. Grab a book and some coffee. Watch some football. Build a fire and play board games with friends.

 

EAT: You don’t have to eat wings for this weekend’s big games.

https://kalynskitchen.com/low-carb-chicken-stir-fry-sheet-pan-meal/

For some reason, it is very difficult to find a recipe these days that does not come with a 1500 word essay on (insert peculiar family custom/recent dietary change/kale) and this link is no exception. But the idea is solid and once again this is mostly a one pan dish. So, just scroll down, keep scrolling, there you go, and eventually you’ll get to the recipe. It is fairly simple, straightforward and easy to clean up after. I’d consider using another pot to cook some brown rice or cauliflower rice or one of your favorite grains. It makes for excellent left-overs for work lunches as well so, bonus!

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The Weekend Reset: Merry Christmas fellas.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

WRAP: Because sometimes wrapping is a pain in the jingle bells.

This entire post is handy for those who find wrapping presents a challenge. From odd-sized packages to bottles of wine (because gift bags are soooo 1995) and other wrapping tips, this is pretty handy right about now. There are several videos included in the post besides the one above. A nicely wrapped gift stands out from the rest and is especially impressive coming from a guy. Obligatory. 

 

LISTEN/READ: Chares Barkley made me cry. Now it’s your turn.

Joe sent this my way and I’m thankful he did. There are lots of things one can say about Charles, but as Joe pointed out, he lives his life so honestly. This is quite the story.

 

EAT: A hearty and satisfying one-pot meal for Christmas dinner.

One-pan slow-roasted leg of lamb with scalloped potatoes | Taste.com

Thanks for the great feedback about these one-pot recipes. Dappered reader Travis inspired this week’s recipe. This slow-roasted leg of lamb dish borders on comfort food with the addition of scalloped potatoes. It makes for an impressive winter meal. Yes, the recipe is Aussie so you’ll need to convert from metric (hello search engine of choice). Aside from that, it is not terribly complicated and should be worth the attention. For more one-pot main dishes for the holidays, check out this post.

 

GOALS: This woman is living her best life.

The ten year old Tim would have lost his mind if this had happened to him. The old-as-the-hills Tim can appreciate the beauty of this so much more. What an adventure. Such beauty.

 

WATCH: Speaking of ten-year old Tim…

This isn’t one of the best know Rankin/Bass holiday specials but it is a cult classic for sure. Come for Snowmeiser and Heatmeiser, stay for Mrs. Claus and the rest of Southtown USA.

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The Weekend Reset – Product Wars, disguise tips and a Halloween party playlist.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

ADJUST:…your perspective.

This is a story about the Mercator projection. It is a story about maps and how they are mostly wrong. It is a story about distortion and the poles. And, it is a reminder that there are some things which we learned and thought we understood that might need another look.

 

PARTY: A playlist made for your Halloween bash.

The Saturday night before Halloween (especially when the holiday is in the middle of the week) is THE night for big adult parties. For those of you hosting or going to a party, we’ve created the perfect soundtrack for a night of fun. Like the old Ronco adds would say, “set it and forget it!”

 

READ: Yes, you can work yourself to death.

It happens. If you find yourself being tasked with more and more projects and obligations at work, make sure you keep yourself healthy and aware of your health. We’d very much like to have you hanging around with us. Obligatory.

 

WATCH: Product Wars (a short)

For those of us who wonder about the future of marketing and branding, this is a surrealistic take on what could be coming our way. Satire and social commentary with a dose of humor all combine for a bit of fun. I’m hoping for my own Gritty.

 

LEARN: Pick up some pointers for your Halloween costume?

When I was a kid there was a movie called F/X and it was a pretty big pop culture hit. It hasn’t aged well but it was fun at the time and it left an impression. This story is about how the CIA protects its agents via disguises. In other words, this is the real life version of the movie and it is really interesting.

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The Weekend Reset: A little history, a bit of a fright and a reason to hoard.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

BINGE: Guaranteed to make you feel better about your childhood.

Family dysfunction like you’ve never seen. NETFLIX’s “The Haunting Of Hill House” is a slow-burn take on Shirley Jackson’s classic gothic novel which stretches over the course of 10 episodes. There are legitimate chills and some good frights as well. But the way the story flows it what holds it all together. The complete story is unwound bit by bit as the narrative goes from what happened then to what’s happening now in a way that keeps you engaged and guessing.

 

EAT: Another hearty one pan meal for a blustery fall evening.

One Skillet Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans from Domesticate-Me.com

One Skillet Braised Chicken Thighs with Spinach and White Beans. Bust out your cast iron pan and set to work on a delicious and easy fall meal. Most of the ingredients are pantry-favorites. Yes, there is sooooo much to scroll past to get to the recipe but it’s worth it.

 

SHUDDER: Enjoy your brewski while you still can, gentlemen. 

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Looks like your favorite brew might end up in short supply in the (?-too-distant) future. Plan accordingly. This might require some changes to your home environment. Perhaps that second fridge finally makes sense? Or maybe a climate controlled storage facility? Because you are going to need someplace to stock up before it all goes south. Priorities.

 

TOUR: Appreciate the architecture of the NYC Public Library…

…without getting up from your chair. For those of us who never get anywhere near the Big Apple, this is a pretty swell opportunity to discover some features of the library many visitors never notice.

 

LEARN: The story of Ctrl + Alt + Del. 

Yes, this will be one of those oh, so that’s why moments. Now you know (comet rainbow sploosh).

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The Weekend Reset: Big ideas, a dying art, and some tunes for your weekend.

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

APPRECIATE: Once upon a time these guys were everywhere

It is one of my favorite things about business travel: ending up in a hotel with overnight shoe shine service. Yes, it’s a bit of luxury but it always seems worth the cost. Shoe shine stands were a part of one’s everyday environment. You would see them in airports and kiosks at train stations. They were in many department stores and nicer hotels. And then, not so much. It really is an art. Thanks to Dappered reader John S for sending this our way. It is really cool. Also, I would be a doofus if I didn’t remind you all of this Dappered post.

 

WATCH: It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Let’s just admit that kids have always been dicks. And then let’s feel really terrible for Linus because you totally identify with him and…uh…forget that. Pop some corn and remember that when in need of a last minute Halloween costume, a sheet with black holes sharpie onto it with two holes for eyes and a paper bag with rocks is as easy as it gets. Also, identifiable.

 

LISTEN: You know you are a 90’s indie-rock nerd when…

It’s one of those weeks where I was listening to a lot of music while working on the Reset. So I made a playlist. It started with Hum and boom! I ended up going down a 90’s indie-rock kind of rabbit hole. This was music that I either promoted, played on the radio, played in clubs or sold at an indie record store.

 

SAFEGUARD: No, really, you might need to change your passwords. 

I’m not going to share with you the seriously effed up stories I’ve seen this week about hacking because that would be adding insult to injury. There are already so many reasons for you to head over here and find out who may have unintentionally shared your personal information. It does get old doesn’t it?

 

CONSIDER: A thoughtful take on you and me and what ails us. 

Art of Manliness

Any other existential astronauts out there? Also, obligatory.

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The Weekend Reset: The case for grown-up pumpkin carving parties

It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each week contributor Tim Johnstone pulls together five things to get your weekend started. Could be something to read or watch, something to eat or listen to, or even something to do. Enjoy the weekend fellas.

 

PLAN: A pumpkin carving party is the best kind of fall gathering.

I had never been to a pumpkin carving party until my friend had a series of them over the past few years. Our group of friends enjoyed these parties so much. So much. Our friend went all out for these affairs (I am not even kidding). The food. The decor. The baked treats. And the warm adult beverages. You don’t need to go all out though. Find a good fall-friendly dish to serve (like, say, a Pork and Tomatillo stew), get yourself the warm beverage (yes, see below), and invite your pals. You’ll need bowls to collect the pumpkin seeds and garbage bags for everything else. You should get typical party supplies (cups, plates, napkins and cutlery). While you could ask people to bring their own candles (definitely have them bring their own carving tools), having some on hand is a good idea. We also had people vote on their favorites which seemed to be a hit.

 

PREP: Up your Jack-O-Lantern game.

There was a time when I was a pumpkin carving purist: you draw your own face and you carve it. And then I realized you can make some super fun jack-o-lanterns with templates. I have used one or two myself over the last few years. Whether you are hosting a pumpkin carving party or going to one, or just making your front door a little less egg-worthy, these make carving great pumpkins easier. You can find them in lots of stores this time of year (they’re often included in pumpkin carving kits), or all over the internet. Like here. Or here. And here. A google search for “halloween pumpkin templates” will keep you busy as well.

 

EAT: A simple one-pot dish that celebrates the season.

Pork and Tomatillo Stew from Food & Wine

Let’s face it. In the past this was the time of the year we were meant to be packing it on for the upcoming winter months. Wait. That’s bears. And squirrels. But for reals – this is when we can, without guilt, turn to comfort food and old favorites. It is also a great time to discover new favorites. That’s where this comes in. Pork and tomatillo stew. A hearty dish with vegetables and tomatillos with a seasoned pork that nearly shreds itself. Oh, and this is a perfect dish to serve at a pumpkin carving party. Just saying.

 

DRINK: It’s time for delicious warm adult beverages. Start here.

Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch from Brown Eyed Baker

Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch. This is as easy as it gets. Just as important, it’s an easy recipe to double. Or triple. Because people will drink this. And then go back for more. In this way, it is kind of dangerous, but moderation in all things, right? It tastes like fall, pumpkin-spice be damned. You can even make it with Honeycrisp Cider. Personally, I would add some cloves but that’s me. Finally, it is a perfect drink for a…wait for it…pumpkin carving party.

 

READ: A Ray Bradbury short story that will creep you out.

Or, if you prefer, listen. True story – I heard this read to me before reading it myself, when I was in high school. It has stayed with me since. It is not one of Bradbury’s best known stories, but it is one of his darkest. It’s a quick read that seems, as is the case with Bradbury, ahead of it’s time.

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