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Watermelon Granita

Makes about a half gallon

6 cups watermelon pulp
1/2 cup water
About 1/2 cup thistle or clover honey
About 1/2 cup sugar
The juice of 1/2 lemon (approx 2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup dry champagne, chilled
A dash of salt

Note: Start this delicious frozen treat the day before you plan to serve it, ideally in the afternoon. Then attend to the scraping and refreezing as needed, and add the champagne before going to bed.

Pulp cubed melon in blender or food processor, then pass pulp through coarse sieve to remove seeds. Heat water almost to boiling, then disolve honey and sugar in it. Add lemon juice and salt to the hot sugar-water and set aside to cool slightly. Pour melon juice into a large, shallow metal cake pan or roasting pan (the disposable aluminum ones work fine). Mix in sugar-water. Taste for desired sweetness, as this will vary according to the melon and the strength and taste of the honey; the unfrozen mixture should be slightly sweeter than you want it to be when finished. Add more sugar or melon pulp to adjust to taste. Cover mixture with aluminum foil and place pan in the coldest part of your freezer. After several of hours, check to make sure it’s freezing around the edges; break up any chunks with a large metal fork, scraping semi-solid portions towards the middle. Check and scrape again in a few hours, making sure the texture is grainy, yet fluffy and light. Scrape again in a few hours and quickly stir in the champagne, blending thoroughly. Let freeze again for another couple of hours, then scrape out into a large plastic container with a tight lid, packing lightly, and let temper in the freezer before serving. Serve in chilled, heavy glasses or dishes, garnished with sliced starfruit, shredded crystalized ginger, or a few choice blueberries. This can be stored for a month or so in the frezer, and keeps best in small containers. LDB

Lady Sovereign
Those Were the Days” (acoustic version), from Those Were the Days ep (Universal, 2007)
[Music listing for Saturday, July 7]

Morrissey
The Last of the Famous International Playboys,” from World of Morrissey (Sire, 1994)
[Music listing for Friday, July 6]

Sunny Day in Glasgow
A Mundane Phone Call to Jack Parsons,” from Scribble Mural Comic Journal (Notenuf, 2007)
[Music listing for Friday, July 6]

The Books
That Right Ain’t S**t,” from The Lemon of Pink (Tomlab, 2006)
[Music listing for Saturday, July 7]

Akon
Don’t Matter,” from Konvicted (Universal, 2006)
[Music listing for Sunday, July 8]

Annie Ross
Manhattan,” from Skylark (DRG, 1996)
[Music listing for Tuesday, July 10]

Little Richard
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” from Rhino Hi-Five: Little Richard (Rhino, 2007)
[Music listing for Monday, July 9]

Crooked Still
Wind and Rain,” from Shaken by a Low Sound (Signature Sounds, 2006)
[Music listing for Wednesday, July 4]

Cinematic Orchestra
That Home,” from Ma Fleur (Domino, 2007)
[Music listing for Saturday, July 7]

Under Byen
Palads,” from Samme Stof Som Stof (Paper Bag, 2006)
[Music listing for Monday, July 9]

Shearwater
Seventy-four, Seventy-five,” from Palo Santo (Matador, 2007)
[Music listing for Thursday, July 5]

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Voicebox 24: Noise From The Front

 

“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?” — Ernest Gaines

Matt & Kim
It’s A Fact (Printed Stained),” from Matt & Kim (iheartcomix, 2006)
[From music listings for Friday, June 22]

Third World
Now That We’ve Found Love,” from The Best of Third World (Island/Def Jam, 2004)
[From music listings for Thursday, June 21]

Superchunk
Cursed Mirror,” from Come Pick Me Up (Merge, 1999)
[From music listings for Sunday, June 24]

Peaches
Downtown,” from Impeach My Bush (XL, 2006)
[From music listings for Wednesday, June 20]

Team Dresch
Growing Up in Springfield,” from Personal Best (Chainsaw, 1995)
[From music listings for Saturday, June 23]

Sinead O’Connor
I Am Stretched on Your Grave,” from So Far… The Best of Sinead O’Connor (Chrysalis, 1997)
[From music listings for Tuesday, June 26]

Hawkwind
Dangerous Vision,” from Zones (Flicknife, 1983)
[From music listings for Monday, June 25]

Nightwatchman
House Gone Up in Flames,” from One Man Revolution (Sony BMG, 2007)
[From music listings for Tuesday, June 26]

Allan Holdsworth
Temporary Fault,” from I.O.U. (1982)
[From music listings for Wednesday, June 20]

Violent Femmes
American Music” from Why Do Birds Sing? (Slash, 1991)
[From music listings for Friday, June 22]

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“I don’t mean to be a diva, but some days you wake up and you’re Barbara Streisand.” — Courtney Love

MIKA
Love Today,” from Life In Cartoon Motion
(Casablanca, 2007)
[Music listing for Friday, June 15]

Palomar
You’re Keeping Us Up,” from All Things, Forests (Misra, 2007)
[Music listing for Thursday, June 14]

Yuka Honda
I Dream About You,” from Eucademix
(Tzadik, 2004)
[Music listing for Saturday, June 16]

Seretone
Coda.Love,” from Secret Robot Romance (2006)
[Music listing for Sunday, June 17]

The Dead Betties
Hellevator,” from Nightmare Sequence
(2007)
[Music listing for Saturday, June 16]

The Giraffes
Wage Earner,” from The Giraffes
(Razor & Tie, 2005)
[Music listing for Saturday, June 16]

The Dresden Dolls
Necessary Evil,” from

Yes, Virginia (The All Blacks VB, 2006)
[Music listing for Monday, June 18]

Big Business
Another Fourth of July…Ruined,” from Here Come the Waterworks
(Hydra Head, 2207)
[Music listing for Tuesday, June 19]

Kalpana
We Have Illegal Weapons,” from Hors de Combat (Redder, 2004)
[Music listing for Wednesday, June 6]

Happy Mondays

24 Hour Party People,” from Squirrel and G-Man (London, 1987)

[Music listing for Wednesday, June 6]

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Did you know?

On June 8th, 1937, the world’s largest flower blooms in the New York Botonical Garden: a 12-inch calla lily.

Architecture in Helsinki
Heart It Races” (Yacht’s I Should Coco mix) from Heart It Races ep
(Polyvinyl, 2007)
[Music Listing for Saturday, June 9]

Snowden
Kill the Power” from Anti-Anti (Jade Tree, 2006)
[Music Listing for Friday, June 8]

Pipas
Boxes” from Sorry Love
(Long Lost Cousin, 2006)
[Music Listing for Friday, June 8]

Grizzly Bear
Plans,” from Yellow House (Warp, 2006)
[Music Listing for Monday, June 11]

Bert Jansch
Needle of Death” from Best of Bert Jansch (Shanachie Enetrtainment, 2006)
[Music Listing for Sunday, June 10]

Big Sandy
Have Love, Will Travel” from Dedicated to You
(Hightone, 1998)
[Music Listing for Wednesday, June 6]

Califone
Three-legged Animal” from Roots and Crowns (Thrill Jockey, 2006)
[Music Listing for Thursday, June 7]

Joan Armatrading
I Love It When You Call Me Names” from The Best of Joan Armatrading
(Universal, 2000)
[Music Listing for Tuesday, June 12]

Skinny Puppy
Dal,” from Mythmaker (Synthetic Symphony, 2007)
[Music Listing for Saturday, June 9]

Marianne Faithfull
Vagabond Ways” from Vagabond Ways
(Instinct, 2000)
[Music Listing for Wednesday, June 6]

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CSS
Bezzi,” from Cansei de ser Sexy (Sup Pop, 2006)
[Music listing for Friday, June 1]

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Weapon of Choice,” from Baby 81 (RCA, 2007)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 31]

Lavender Diamond
Here Comes One,” from Imgaine Our Love (Matador, 2007)
[Music listing for Saturday, June 2]

!!!
Must Be the Moon” from Myth Takes (Warp, 2007)
[Music listing for Wednesday, May 30]

Kings of Leon
On Call,” from Because of the Times (RCA, 2007)
[Music listing for Tuesday, June 5]

Dean & Britta
Wait for Me,” from Back Numbers (Zoe, 2007)
[Music listing for Saturday, June 2]

Woodpecker
Birdie Num Num,” from Supermodel Horse Action (Naked jain, 2005)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 31]

Animal Collective
Grass,” from Feels (Fat Cat, 2005)
[Music listing for Friday, June 1]

Wheat
Round the Corners,” from Every Day (Empyrean, 2007)
[Music listing for Sunday, June 3]

Memphis
A Little Place in the Wilderness,” from A Little Place in the Wilderness (good fences, 2006)
[Music listing for Wednesday, May 30]

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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Scattered Pearls,” from Etiquette (Tomlab, 2006)
[Music listing for Saturday, May 26]

Bebel Gilberto
Um Secundo,” from Momento (Ziriguiboom Discos, 2007)
[Music listing for Wednesday, May 23]

Lifesavas
The Warning,” from Gutterfly
[Music listing for Friday, May 25]

The National
Abel,” from Alligator (Beggars Banquet, 2005)
[Music listing for Monday, May 28]

The Rosebuds
Let Us Go,” from Birds Make Good Neighbors (Merge, 2005)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 24]

Mice Parade
Snow,” from Mice Parade (Fat Cat, 2007)
[Music listing for Friday, May 25]

Jarboe
Mississippi,” from Anhedoniac (Atavistic, 2006)
[Music listing for Saturday, May 26]

Dick Dale
Mag Wheels,” from Mr. Eliminator (Synergy, 2006)
[Music listing for Sunday, May 27]

Turpentine Brothers
Love’s Gone Bad” from We Don’t Care About Your Good Times(Alive, 2005)
[Music listing for Tuesday, May 29]

Kurtis Blow
The Breaks,” from The Best of Kurtis Blow (The island Def Jam, 2003)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 24]

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Lady Hawk
Teenage Love Song,” from Ladyhawk (Jagjaguwar, 2006)
[Music listing for Sunday, May 20]

KRS-One
You Must Learn,” from Retrospective (Zomba, 1997)
[Music listing for Sunday, May 20]

Mates of State
Nature and the Wreck” from Bring It Back (Barsuk, 2006)
[Music listing for Wednesday, May 16]

Si*Se
Noche Azul” from More Shine (Sony, 2005)
[Music listing for Saturday, May 19]

Click Five
Jenny” single (Atlantic, 2007)
[Music listing for Tuesday, May 22]

Laurie Anderson
The Fifth Plague” from Plague Songs (4AD, 2006)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 17]

The Jesus & Mary Chain
The Hardest Walky” from Psychocandy (Warner, 1986)
[Music listing for Monday, May 21]

Johnette Napolitano
Amazing” single (Hybrid, 2007)
[Music listing for Wednesday, May 16]

Psychic TV
Tune in, Turn On” from Jack the Tab (Wax Trax, 1988)
[Music listing for Friday, May 18]

The Bacon Brothers
Flowers” from The Bacon Brothers (Forosoco, 2006)
[Music listing for Saturday, May 19]

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VOICEBOX 19: Noise From the Front

 

 

 

“The cards are on the table now/And every other cliché Somehow fits me like a glove…” — Aztec Camera

Arctic Monkeys
D is for Dangerous,” from Favorite Worst Nightmare (Domino, 2007)
[Music listing for Tuesday, May 15]

Sloan
Golden Eyes/Can’t Figure it Out,” from Never Hear the End of It (Yep Roc, 2006)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 10]

Mando Diao
You Don’t Understand Me,” from Ode to Ochrasy (EMI, 2006)
[Music listing for Monday, May 14]

Girlyman
Hold It All at Bay,” from Joyful Sign (Girlyman, 2007)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 10]

Contramano
Checking U,” from Contramano (Contramano, 2005)
[Music listing for Friday, May 11]

The Greyboy Allstars
How Glad I Am,” from What Happened to Television? (SCI Fidelity, 2007)
[Music listing for Saturday, May 12]

Lisa Gerrard
Serenity, ” from The Silver Tree (Rubber, 2006)
[Music listing for Wednesday, May 9]

Dulce Pontes
Pátio Dos Amores,” from O Primeiro Canto (UMG, 1999)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 10]

The Polyphonic Spree
Sonic Boom,” from Wait (Good Records, 2006)
[Music listing for Friday, May 11]

Daniel Johnston
Devil Town,” from Welcome to My World (Eternal Yip Eye Music, 2006)
[Music listing for Tuesday, May 15]

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“If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier… so long as I’m the dictator.” –George W Bush

Arcade Fire
The Well and the Lighthouse,” from Neon Bible (Merge, 2007)
[Music listing for Monday, May 7]

Nekromantix
Rot in Hell!,” from Life is a Grave and I Dig It (Hellcat, 2007)
[Music listing for Sunday, May 6]

Björk
Army of Me,” from Greatest Hits (Elektra, 2002)
[Music listing for Wednesday, May 2]

The Young Gods
Guardez les Esprits,” from XXY (Play Iy Again Sam, 2005)
[Music listing for Friday, May 4]

The Clientele
Everybody’s Gone,” from The Voilet Hour (Merge, 2005)
[Music listing for Sunday, May 6]

Jon Auer
Cemetary Song,” from Songs form the Year of Our Demise (Pattern 25, 2006)
[Music listing for Saturday, May 5]

Blonde Redhead
Silently,” from 23 (4AD, 2007)
[Music listing for Tuesday, May 8]

Beirut
Fountains and Tramways” from Pompeii (Ba Da Bing!, 2007)
[Music listing for Sunday, May 6]

Meshell Ndegeocello
Fool of Me,” from Bitter (Maverick, 1999)
[Music listing for Monday, May 7]

Up the Empire
Stars at Noon,” Springman Records Sampler 1 (Springman, 2007)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 3]

Chayanne
Si Nos Quedara Pococ Tiempo,” from Mi Tiempo (Sony BMG, 2007)
[Music listing for Thursday, May 3]

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Noise from the Front

“If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier… so long as I’m the dictator.”

-George W Bush

Michael Penn
Lucky One,” from Palms & Runes, Tarot & Tea (Mimeograph, 1989)
[Music listing for Saturday, April 28]

Peter Bjorn & John
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” (Girl Talk remix), from Writers Block (Whichita, 2006)
[Music listing for Tuesday, May 1]

Lesley Gore
That’s the Way Boys Are,” from The Best of Lesley Gore (UMG, 1997)
[Music listing for Friday, April 27]

Acid Mothers Temple
I Wanna Be Your Bicycle Saddle,” from Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?
(Ace Fu, 2006)
[Music listing for Thursday, April 26]

Bishop Allen
Little Black Ache,” from Charm School (Champagne School, 2003)
[Music listing for Saturday, April 28]

Kristin Hersh
Wild Vanilla,” from Learn to Sing Like a Star (Yep Roc, 2007)
[Music listing for Wednesday, April 25]

Papa Susso
Bani,” from Sotuma Sere (Traditional Crossroads, 2003)
[Music listing for Saturday, April 28]

Lou Reed
Vicious,” from Lou Reed: The Definitive Collection (BMG, 1982)
[Music listing for Monday, April 30]

Aereogramme
Finding A Light,” from My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go
(Sonic Unyon, 2007)
[Music listing for Sunday, April 29]

Gordon Lightfoot
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” from Gord’s Gold, Vol 2
(Warner, 1988)
[Music listing for Thursday. April 26]

Brandi Carlile
Shadow on the Wall,” from The Story (Sony BMG, 2007)
[Music listing for Thursday. April 26]