Friday, May 16, 2014

Arkansas Times Recommends: 'Fade Out Lines,' Ted Lucas and Homemade Irish Cream

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

click to enlarge Ted Lucas
  • Ted Lucas

'Arkansas Times Recommends' is a weekly series in which Times staff members (or whoever happens to be around at the time) highlight things we've been enjoying (or, in Max's case, not enjoying) this week.

Who is The Avener? I don’t know. They (is it a band or just a DJ?) are French, I think. The Avener only has 1,000 likes on Facebook and 30 followers on Twitter and as far as I can tell, has only released one song. But what a song! “Fade Out Lines” is like a groovy stroll through a New Wave film. It’s a Deep House remix of a 2011 bluesy song from the French singer Phoebe Killdeer. Killdeer’s original was a ghostly Mazzy Star vibe; The Avener happily ups the funk and imagines the ghosts shaking their haunting hips. I find that I do the dishes more joyfully, quickly, thoroughly, and soulfully while listening to “Fade Out Lines.” In the meritocracy that is free music, the track has become a minor hit on Spotify and YouTube. Check it out. — David Ramsey

What's the deal with all these overhopped craft beers? Whatever happened to beer companies that advertised "The beer to have when you're having more than one?" (Schaefer) Or "Pick a Pair of Six-Packs"? (Budweiser)

You can take your chocolate and your raspberry and your nine-row Albanian barley and slop it on the heritage swine out back. Give me a plain old mellow lager, ice cold. First beer to sell out at the beer stand at our Heritage Hog cookoff? It wasn't the IPA or the Lower Slobbovian Porter. It was the summer lager. Golden. Mellow. Quaffable. Particularly served from the tap, as all beer should be served.

I'm happy the Arkansas booze regulators are about to allow draft beer "filling stations" in retail outlets. But I fear the taps will drizzle nothing but that funky craft stuff. Me, I vote they include Busch Bavarian. Or Pabst Blue Ribbon — "old time flavor that goes down easy." Cheap, too. — Max Brantley

Because I am a fan of American music, I spent the first part of the week listening to the new Future album, “Honest.” I used to live in Atlanta, where Future is, I believe, the mayor, sheriff and city council president. I remember riding the bus to work and listening to “Neva End” and thinking about how great it was that the beat sounded like Tangerine Dream’s score for “Sorcerer” and that he said things like “I reflect memory” and “Butterfly, Butterfly,” and that it was the strangest R&B song I’d ever heard. “Honest” is good, but I haven’t been able to absorb it in the same way. I got it for free, but it feels expensive.

At the other end of the spectrum, or really maybe not, I’ve been listening to Ted Lucas, who began his career in the 1960s playing balalaikas and sitars on Motown singles, fronted a series of forgotten bands like The Misty Wizards and The Horny Toads and in 1975 made a self-titled solo record sometimes called “The OM Album.” Much like Future, he sings about how nice it is to get stoned and the importance of just being honest. The highlight, though, might be a song called "I'll Find A Way To Carry It All," which, once again (why not), I'll dedicate to my car: "You took me for a ride, and what can I say: I'll find a way to carry it all." The record will be reissued this year thanks to a label called Yoga Records. — Will Stephenson

I got so fed up with the price of Irish Cream for my coffee a few years back that I resolved to find a recipe. I quickly found one online, and have since tweaked it to my liking. It's a work in progress, but I think it's progressed fairly well, thank you very much. The recipe seen below makes two fifth-sized bottles, so have a funnel on hand and clean bottles (they have tight-sealing glass bottles with fancy wire-holddown stoppers in all sizes at The Container Store). The stuff is good thinned with a little milk over ice, or divine in coffee. Better after a few days, and will keep for a good long while in the fridge because of the alcohol content. Excellent as Christmas gifts if decanted into smaller bottles, good for parties if glugged into a bucket or pail. Shake well before use. You wouldn't want to down a gallon of the stuff, but in small doses it's manna from heaven:

Koon's Trailer Trash Cream

1 fifth of whiskey of your choice (doesn't have to be the good stuff)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup of very strong coffee (the cup on the ring in your drawer, not a cup from your cabinet)
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1/2 cup Hershey's chocolate syrup (or more to taste)
1 big carton of heavy cream (not the BIG big carton, but that one in the middle between short and tall)
Dash of salt
Some crazy folks have even added a pinch of nutmeg, though I'm a traditionalist.

Mix together and heat everything but the whiskey in a big pot over low heat until it starts to steam a bit. You're not trying to cook it. You're just trying to get everything married. Remove from heat and add the whiskey. How long does it keep? I don't know because it gets drank too fast around my place, but given the high alcohol content you're probably safe. Hell, man, smell it. If it still smells good, drink it. — David Koon

Every Saturday when my toddler wakes me up way too early, I stick him in his car-seat and we head for the Argenta Farmers Market. I like knowing that everything they sell was grown in Arkansas, and if you get there early enough, you can always buy farm-fresh eggs and, at least for a couple more weeks, strawberries. But the big draw for me is the Arkansas Fresh Bakery stand. Even if you've never heard of Arkansas Fresh, you've probably had their bread: They supply to everyone from Big Orange to Hillcrest Artisan Meats. But the only opportunity you have to buy bread directly is 7 a.m. until noon at the Argenta Market. Even though they're set up under a tent, with bread in a portable case, their selection is broad: There's always some sort of sweet bread (the monkey bread is especially good), a really hearty multigrain and all sorts of sourdoughs and such. Plus, owner/head baker Ashton Woodward is always experimenting: last week he did a walnut and chive sourdough; another week he had a long roll stuffed with a sausage made by former bar-food king Jonathan Wilkins, of White Water fame. Wilkins is another reason to visit; every Saturday, he cooks up breakfast sandwich specials using Arkansas Fresh bread and local meats and produce. — Lindsey Millar

Tags: , , , , , , , ,


Speaking of...


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Will Stephenson

  • A Q&A with Peter Guralnick

    On writing biographies, Elvis, Charlie Rich and more.
    • Apr 14, 2016
  • Ruthie Foster comes to South on Main

    Also, Mumford and Sons at Verizon, 29th Annual Ozark UFO Conference in Eureka Springs, Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer Festival at Riverdale and Melanne Verveer at the Clinton School.
    • Apr 7, 2016
  • Goodbye to all that (Arkansas edition)

    What I'm trying to say is that I'm quitting the Arkansas Times — this is my last week — and not because I hated it, but because I loved it so much.
    • Apr 6, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Staff Picks: Netflix and Chill, Benji's pasta fresca, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more

    The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
    • Aug 28, 2015
  • Guest Mix: Rural War Room

    World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
    • Sep 14, 2015
  • Your new flags of Little Rock

    BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
    • Sep 18, 2015

Most Shared

  • "Nasty Woman" at HSU: 32 artists celebrate Women's History Month

    A photograph of a woman doing a headstand so you can see her red underpants. A sculpture by Robyn Horn titled "Approaching Collapse." Those and other works that assistant professor of photography Margo Duvall says "celebrates the female voice in art" for Women's History Month go on exhibit March 1 in the gallery in the Russell Fine Arts Building.
  • Home again

    The plan, formulated months ago, was this: Ellen and I were going to go to Washington for inauguration festivities, then fly out the morning after the balls for Panama City and a long planned cruise to begin with a Panama Canal passage.
  • Who needs courts?

    Not since the John Birch Society's "Impeach Earl Warren" billboards littered Southern roadsides after the Supreme Court's school-integration decision in 1954 has the American judicial system been under such siege, but who would have thought the trifling Arkansas legislature would lead the charge?
  • Bungling

    If the late, great Donald Westlake had written spy thrillers instead of crime capers, they'd read a lot like the opening weeks of the Trump administration.
  • UPDATE: Campus carry bill amended by Senate to require training

    The Senate this morning added an amendment to Rep. Charlie Collins campus carry bill that incorporates the effort denied in committee yesterday to require a 16-hour additional training period before university staff members with concealed carry permits may take the weapons on campus.

Visit Arkansas

New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

New Crystal Bridges exhibit explores Mexican-American border

Border Cantos is a timely, new and free exhibit now on view at Crystal Bridges.

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation