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Green Gondry

The Onion AVClub is reporting that Michel Gondry, the french director behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, and a buncha really cool videos like the White Stripes as Legos,   this really cool Kylie Minogue video (video as loops is a recurring theme in his very cool video work),  and of course, Cibo Matto’s Sugar Water, will direct a big screen adaptation of the DC comics hero who, up to now, is most famous as the cheesey 60s Batman tv show spinoff that introduced Bruce Lee to the world.

Of course, the joy of hearing this is probably offset with the trepidation that schlubby stoner Seth Rogen is also attached to the project to star as the hornet….  hmmmm

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Quick! What’s the most random collection of pop/rock musicians you can think of to form a supergroup?

Go ahead, make your list. I’ll wait.

Ok, does your list include original Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Fountains Of Wayne/Ivy songwriter/bass player Adam Schlesinger, mmmbop singin’ Taylor Hanson and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos? No? oh, you whiffed then.

According to the Onion AVClub, this supergroup (called Tinted Windows) will be releasing their debut record on April 21st, appearing on Letterman the night before.

It’s got to at least be better than The Firm, no?

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HUGE food day here at the Limits of Science. So huge, in fact, we’ve decided to make food (eating out and cooking) part of our regular programming. Don’t believe us? Look at our tagline; taglines don’t lie.

Jamaica Plain’s Ten Tables – one of my top two Boston-area restaurants (along with Oleana) – is expanding to the other side of the river. As a Cambridge resident, I couldn’t be happier. I think I even did a fist pump when I heard the news.

Ten Tables Cambridge opens today at the old Craigie Street Bistrot location and will nearly double the seats of the tiny JP restaurant, which literally fits ten tables. Chef David Punch will split his time between both spots, reports the Daily Candy.

Off the top of my head, here are some highlights from my many visits throughout the years: Sparkling watermelon juice, beet and blue cheese salad (made me a beet convert), garlic soup, “autumn” gnocchi with acorn squash, chestnuts, nutmeg, and glorious magical bacon (best meal ever). Oh and polenta topped with chocolate sorbet. They’ve also got unpretentious servers who know their stuff, and chefs who routinely bring free samples to your table and tell you about their newest creations. Nice ambience too.

You must go there. 

Ten Tables Cambridge, 5 Craigie Circle, Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-576-5444 or tentables.net

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I am completely obsessed with baja tacos from Olecito in Inman Square.  Not five hours after I gorged myself on Sunday brunch at the Plough & Stars (fantastic) I had a massive craving that couldn’t be ignored.

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These tacos are filled with batter fried shrimp, pickled cabbage, cilantro pesto, and chipotle mayo.  I had them with chips and chipotle salsa.  I love these tacos so much that I even forgave the excellent folks at Olecito for FORGETTING TO GIVE ME MY GUACAMOLE.

Alright.  Maybe I’m still a little upset.

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according to the guardian, the next unholy combination of concepts fueling hollywood’s current bankruptcy of new ideas is this: Pride and Predator.

I’m not kidding. Unless they are.   Jane Austen meets the Governator in a battle of genteel victorianism vs intergalactic manhunters. This sounds more like a Mr. Show sketch than anything else.

Oh and, apparently Elton John‘s production company is producing this.   The bitch is back indeed.

The two co-stars just loved working together and became fast friends offscreen

The two co-stars just loved working together and became fast friends offscreen

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I visit New York City fairly frequently.  I have some beloved family and friends in the big city, Brooklyn in particular, and am often in need of an escape from Boston.  Ever since I was introduced to the Merritt Parkway I’ve shunned the Fung Wah and the Lucky Star and driven myself.  This last trip was especially fun.  I went to a DIY loft show/benefit in Bushwick, spent Valentine’s Day listening to an acoustic show at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse at Columbia University, celebrated my cousin’s birthday at Union Square Cafe, and ate lots of brunch.

Brooklyn’s pervasive and overwhelming hipster aesthetic makes for truly excellent people-watching.  I know this is a generalization – I just go to the especially hip areas, naturally.  Every trend and soon-to-be-trend and not-even-a-chance-of-becoming-a-trend is on amazing and vibrant display (I DID see some white Ray-Bans – I think they’re still hip – see Brenda’s post).  Strange and hideous 80’s glasses, fedoras, neon American Apparel sweatshirts, retina-destroying thrift store combinations, ironic mustaches, general ironic dishevelment, and lots of these guys, are everywhere.  The armchair socioanthropologist in me was thrilled – as was the gastronome, the musician, and the shopaholic.

In no particular order, here are some of the new places I enjoyed for sociological research, food, and shopping.

The Postcrypt Coffeehouse

This is a strange and lovely little acoustic listening room in the basement of a cathedral on the Columbia campus (which I realize has nothing to do with Brooklyn, but whatever). There was an enthusiastic and attentive built-in crowd, which made the performer very happy.  They also responded well to being plied with heart-shaped cookies.  Musician friends – this is a very good way to get people to sign your mailing list.

Whisk

I almost had a heart attack wandering around Whisk.  I wanted every adorable (yet useful! and not overly expensive!) kitchen item in this place.  I’m sure that having a kitchen store this nice in Williamsburg is some kind of sign of the apocalypse or whatever, but fuck it.  Sign me up.

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Beautiful people making beautiful chocolate.  Their factory is soon to be open regularly on weekends for tastings.

Aurora

I can’t speak to the dinner menu here, but the brunch was incredibly cheap – $8 for amazing eggs Benedict with the best Hollandaise sauce I have ever had.  It was fluffy, somehow.  I don’t know if that sounds appetizing, but I assure you – it was delicious.

Cheryl’s

Another totally awesome and not-overly-expensive brunch place, this one in Prospect Heights.  Best quiche Lorraine ever.

So go!  And let me know how you like some of these places, and if you have any other suggestions.  I am DEFINITELY absolutely undoubtedly going to write about food in Boston/Cambridge soon, it’s just a question of narrowing it down.

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I will preface this post by saying I am well aware of the overuse and abuse of  comparing a band to another band to describe their sound. So I will not describe sexy skinny young Brit synth band Late of the Pier as “Gary Numan meets Franz Ferdinand”, or call them “The Faint’s British cousin” or even muse that if “all of the members of Human League and The Cars ever begat a son it might be Late of the Pier’s lead singer Samuel Dust”. But I will say that their recently released album Fantasy Black Channel sounds like all of the bands I enjoy dancing to, and sometimes it sounds like the soundrtrack to Galaga, which now that I think about it, I would probably enjoy dancing to as well.

If KEXP didn’t tell you first I will accept heartfelt thank you’s for introducing you to the next band that will make you regret your delayed purchase of white ray-bans…because you’ll want to fit in when they play the Paradise on April 8th. (Brooklyn people, are those so 5 seconds ago yet or what? We trust you to let us know, thanks!)

You wanna know why else you can love them forever? They have a CRAPLOAD of pretty sweet and arty videos on You Tube, including an obligatory 80’s throwbacky video (for “Focker”, which looks like it was shot on 1989 Canadian TV film).

Also, somebody get me a style guide…

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