One of my favorite spots on this pale blue dot. The Beer Garden in Corolla, North Carolina, a couple of minutes south of the northern endpoint of NC Highway 12. You get your Corolla Pizza slice/cheeseburger, you walk over to the Beer Garden, you hear good music like “Nancy From Now On,” from Father John Misty’s first album, and you feel like a human being again.
Father John Misty — “Nancy From Now On” [Spotify/iTunes]
A cold Guinness, a hot steak and Guinness pie, and a slow, sad version of “Danny Boy” drifting in from the distance, all before noon. Not bad, Church Hill Irish Festival. Not bad.
Here’s one of the slowest and saddest versions you’ll find: Harry Belafonte’s.
Harry Belafonte — “Danny Boy” [Spotify/iTunes]
Got takeout from Perly’s yesterday and they had excellent music going at the bar while I waited, including a live Grateful Dead cover of “I Second That Emotion.” Not sure if the one below is the same version, but I thought it was worth sharing nonetheless.
Speaking of sharing, thanks to Mrs. YHT for letting me have the other half of her Goy Vey for lunch today.
The Grateful Dead — “I Second That Emotion” (Smokey Robinson cover) [YouTube]
This multi-talented gent was playing “Sloop John B” when I walked by on my way out of Can Can last Friday afternoon. Quite the fancy lunch, Mrs. YHT and I had. Tasty onion soup, salads, and bread that tasted exactly like Goldfish. So fancy!
The Beach Boys — “Sloop John B” [Spotify/iTunes]
Two very exciting things happened last Friday.
- Battles reissued their killer Mirrored album, and…
- A thoughtful neighbor brought by a generous chunk of fresh challah she’d gotten at the Weinstein JCC.
I got to enjoy both on Saturday morning, as Mrs. YHT and I (with Baby YHT’s help, of course) made challah french toast and bacon with the sounds of “Atlas” and the rest of Mirrored drifting in from the living room.
Given how long I’ve been hoping to get my hands on this album, and how tasty challah french toast is, the net effect scraped the happiness ceiling for me. It really doesn’t get much better.
Battles — “Atlas” [Spotify/iTunes]
Seen while running today. Turntable set up to serenade Patterson and Belmont while the mural was being worked on. Didn’t recognize what was playing when I took the picture, but I passed by again on the way back and “Southern Man” was blasting. Great song, great mural. This is why I love public art so much.
[Update: I’ve since learned that the artist’s name is Nils Westergard, and he posted a request in association with this mural — that people fill out a survey that asks about public art in Richmond. Click here to complete the survey.]
Neil Young — “Southern Man” [YouTube/iTunes]
4 adults, 3 fish tacos, 2 brisket sandwiches, 1 baby with a granola bar. Add in the Scud Mountain Boys version of “Please Mr. Please” on the way home and you’ve got yourself a successful trip to Alamo BBQ.
Scud Mountain Boys — “Please Mr. Please” [Spotify/iTunes]