Music

Greetings From Nashville, Tennessee

Greetings From Nashville, Tennessee

I arrived in Nashville in the early a.m.  One, because of entering the Central Time zone and two, more so, because I left Sweetwater, TN at the crack of dawn. I just didn’t know what to expect as far as traffic. But it was smooth […]

Joshua Tree, California

Joshua Tree, California

Today is day one of a California summer adventure! And day ones are about getting acclimated, adjusting to the road and a totally new lay of the land. This land, our land/your land, is coated in a sun-dried muff; it’s baked, the high and mighty […]

Pink and Red All Over

Pink and Red All Over

Though I don’t like pink on men because I am a confused jumble of progressive principles and old fashioned ideals that leave me mostly mourning the disappearance of real men, Lou Barlow can wear pink if he wants to. He can also describe his feelings vividly in song, sure. If […]

Last Day in Paris

Last Day in Paris

Are you really productive on Sunday? I am. There is something about the last day (of the weekend, in this example) that pushes me to action. Of course this ‘Sunday urgency’ exists today, Friday, as it is my last day here in Paris, France. With a full day […]

C’mon, Spring. Please.

C’mon, Spring. Please.

While I finish a busy week before Spring Break travels, here are iridescent heads of mallards at the Massapequa Preserve glistening in the sun… The crocuses in the backyard, like me, who are just sick of waiting… The daffodils, worse for wear, finally standing up […]

<i>In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea</i> photoshoot

In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea photoshoot

The postcard that inspired the album’s artwork The album’s artwork The dress I embroidered with gold trim and stars many moons ago, along with other supplies I was so excited that the shoot was finally happening, I snapped a picture of my leg driving to […]

V.V. hits State 48!

V.V. hits State 48!

Guess where I am…Yes, I’m in Iowa! Vegan Victuals is now reporting in 48 states! So let’s get to my lunch. I decided that Krunkwich Ramen House in Des Moines, Iowa had the best vegan options in the whole state. Krunkwich has a wonderfully appetizing selection of clearly […]

18 Hours: Upstate / Connecticut Loop {Day Trips, 101}

18 Hours: Upstate / Connecticut Loop {Day Trips, 101}

Travel tucks you into new environments, which facilitate different experiences. And experience is the basis of all learning, all growth. So, travel is enlightenment…. Luckily, there is no need to head to an ancient Buddhist temple to derive this wisdom. There is plenty of beauty, adventure, inspiration, oddity (and vegan eats) […]

Black Circles.

Black Circles.

The music used to be your own. Some songs you listened to on your record player. And you noticed the unique speed of your turntable when hearing it for the first time on another’s. Mine was just slightly faster. And the vinyl’s unique scuffs made […]

My Breakfast and Lunch, and Why I Don’t Like New Music

My Breakfast and Lunch, and Why I Don’t Like New Music

I’m thinking of the piano chords to Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens. They’re kind of thundering, like a definitive decision, like a confident first step of something. I love how that song makes me feel. What is so delightful about music is that you get to pick […]

When that open road starts to callin’ me…there’s somethin o’er the hill that I gotta see

When that open road starts to callin’ me…there’s somethin o’er the hill that I gotta see

It was a long drive into Birmingham, Alabama. After hours of being snug between rolling green acres with the occasional billboard, sometimes a city comes out of the night and disorients you. Birmingham was faster than I expected. I slept in and slept off my […]

Here Comes the Summer

Here Comes the Summer

Last day in May, the afternoon: remember? Black marks off charcoal from the dune: remember? I thought it wouldn’t be too soon; we’d wait at least until its June. The twenty-ninth of March it rained: remember? You looked so sad that I explained: remember? You […]

Vegan in Toronto, Part 1: One Love, Holy Hogtown & the King of Carrot Flowers

Vegan in Toronto, Part 1: One Love, Holy Hogtown & the King of Carrot Flowers

Quick! Name as many starches as you can in this dish from the all-vegan One Love in Toronto, Canada. I’ll help you. 1) Green banana, steamed… 2) sweet potato… 3) yucca… 4) yellow yam… 5) plantain, as well as cooked greens and some fresh avocado slices. […]

Born to Lose

Born to Lose

From the archives of 1997: Check out the price (and service charge) of the ticket. And my hair growing in from when I shaved it off When the Bouncing Souls announced they’d be playing discography shows in New York, I was a bit giddy. The […]

Dear Panda Bear,

Dear Panda Bear,

Thank you for playing the Williamsburg Hall of Music when so many hipsters were out of town, Sunday, July 3, 2011. With this recent Noah Lennox fix, I need not stand outside of Prospect Park’s Animal Collective show later in the month. Panda Bear collaborated […]

Misc. March

Misc. March

I feel like March is my least favorite month of the year. At this point, I am through with winter and impatient for April, when warmer and brighter weather is more consistent. March’s sunny teases leave me annoyed. And it’s a loooong month. Somehow, it […]

1998 Called…

1998 Called…

I did most of my growing up in the 90’s. I did a zine. Worked in record stores. Went vegetarian. Fell in love with misfits.. often who listened to The Misfits. Had an amazing record collection. Listened to Riot Grrrl. [Balanced that with Lou Barlow. Balanced that […]

Jazz Bar, Vegan Options

Jazz Bar, Vegan Options

Sometimes there are vegan options in unlikely places. Park Slope’s Puppets Jazz Bar being one of them. A seitan steak sandwich and jazz? Yes. Can I say something about jazz? I enjoy the dance of musical elements that is jazz, enjoy watching inflated cheeks and […]

Vegan Missionaries

Vegan Missionaries

Home has many shapes and forms. This particular evening, in Green River, Wyoming, it came in the form of the Coachman Inn, yes, but more the huge sky and rock formations that surrounded the cluster stop on the way to the great Flaming Gorge. But […]

I Left My ღ in Chicago

I Left My ღ in Chicago

In Chicago again for the Pitchfork Music Festival I realized I kinda, like, love Chicago.ღ But moving onward to food, something far more translatable to the written word… I took the opportunity to squeeze in some vegan eats in before, between and after musical acts. […]

Cinderella and Cinderella

Cinderella and Cinderella

When I was a tween watching Headbangers Ball, I internalized the possibility that long-haired metal guys could infiltrate my daily life and save me from the tedium, save me from, say, school, or an arguing father. It seemed completely rational to me that Twisted Sister […]

The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

1.) Lust Lust (Latin, Cupidita), or lechery, is usually thought of as excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature. Dante’s criterion was excessive love of others, which therefore rendered love and devotion to God as secondary. Mega-D.I.L.F. Panda Bear, Terminal 5, NYC (photo: Joseph “Whoa Whoa Whoa” Roth c/o […]