11.17.2018

Pizza Is Life

The texture, the aroma, the flavors...that heighten your senses. It's not complicated, it's pizza!
Here's a contemporary look at the living history of one of the world's most popular foods. From Neapolitan to New York style, including some notable favorites of mine along the way. Salute!


I'm grateful to have experienced the legendary Neapolitan style pizza while traveling through Italy.


Living in Chicago, I embraced Lou Malnati's Deep Dish style...but I grew up on New York style pizza, and there is NOTHING better!


My favorite pie in New Jersey, Rudy's Pizzeria, deserves some love, too ;)


Honorable mention goes to my friend, Billy Jacobs, who introduced me to New Haven style at Piece Pizzeria, a welcome reprieve from all the Deep Dish in Chi-Town.


Stayin' Alive: John Travolta enjoying a couple slices of New York style pizza to the Bee Gees.

5.25.2018

Like, Obscure...Totally!


New Wave songs that process more memories than many of the top 80's hits could ever recall. Lesser known classics woven into the fabric of the era...they're totally bitchin, like for sure!



StMM exclusive playlist featuring over 30 tripendicular tracks!


Here's Paste Magazine's 50 Best New Wave Albums and NME's 100 best Songs of the 80's.


3.14.2018

For Your Aural Pleasure

Introducing the all-new Lounge Productions!

"The finest in Downbeat & Dub music"

Lounge Productions presents: Passport Radio with exclusive interviews and archived playlists; hundreds of music resources; and the label, Burning Bowl Records.


Passport with host Architektur, broadcasts LIVE on WRUW 91.1FM!

2.18.2018

5,000 Days On Mars

The Sun rose on NASA's solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday.


"A Martian "sol" lasts about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, and a Martian year lasts nearly two Earth years. Opportunity's Sol 1 was landing day, Jan. 25, 2004. The prime mission was planned to last 90 sols. NASA did not expect the rover to survive through a Martian winter."



David Bowie - Life On Mars? (1971)

12.29.2017

How to make a Tombstone into a Gemstone

My 9 year-old son has very specific tastes, and his favorite frozen pizza is a Tombstone 5-Cheese pizza. He's currently Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian, but he doesn't know it. For a late night munchie, I decided to bake one of his frozen pizza's, not my first choice, but I was willing to make the most of it!

Start with a frozen Tombstone 5-Chesse Pizza or similar. Drizzle with fresh tomato sauce* and olive oil. Sprinkle some more mozzarella and parmesan, along with basil & crushed red pepper to taste... *Marinate olive oil, white onion, garlic, basil, salt & pepper with Cento San Marzano tomatoes.


Bake pizza at 425+ until completely browned on edges.


Enjoy!

12.17.2017

Worlds Collide

'Located about 250 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab), NGC 2623 gained its unusual and distinctive shape as the result of a major collision and subsequent merger between two separate galaxies. This active star formation is marked by speckled patches of bright blue; these can be seen clustered both in the center and along the trails of dust and gas forming NGC 2623’s sweeping curves (known as tidal tails). These tails extend for roughly 50 000 light-years from end to end. NGC 2623 is in a late stage of merging. It is thought that the Milky Way will eventually resemble NGC 2623 when it collides with our neighboring galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, in 4 billion years’ time.'

Courtesy ESA/Hubble & NASA



The B52's "Planet Claire" live on ITV's "Get Fresh" (Plymouth, UK - 7/11/87)



NASA - "Solar System & Beyond"

8.09.2016

Chillout To The Finest In Downbeat & Dub

Passport Radio - Broadcasting 24/7!

Featuring: Kruder & Dorfmeister, Gotan Project, Pressure Drop, Massive Attack, Sofa Surfers, Thievery Corporation, dZihan and Kamien, DJ Bootsie, Ralph Myerz, Tosca, Yonderboi,
Nightmares On Wax, Xploding Plastix and loads of heavy Dub!

7.16.2016

Reinterpretations

An alternative take on classic treats...and meats.


Newman's Own version of the Oreo cookie, Newman-O's. The classic treat, that features more cocoa flavor than sweetness (with no high-fructose corn syrup), it's (mostly) organic, and all profits go to charity...it's clearly superior to the original incarnation.


Fig Bites made with Turkish figs. A healthier, more satisfying version of the Fig Newton brought to you by the always welcoming, Trader Joe's


Here's a rarity...a veggie burger that's moist AND dense. The Beast Burger, brought to you by Beyond Meat, is made from pea protein. A welcome departure from the black bean and soy options that currently dominate the market.


Finally, a long-time favorite of mine by WestSoy. Seitan is high in protein, low in fat, and has great density & texture. It easily replaces any meat...try using seitan in a Philly CheeseSteak or Shepherd's Pie.

7.15.2016

Natty Dread


Twilight Circus Dub Sound System | Ranking Joe - Don't Follow Babylon
(Blood And Fire Meets Wai Wan Remix - 'Dub Shop Style')



The original Black Uhuru - Live in London (1981)