When was the last time a female singer grabbed you by the gonads? Was it Joni Mitchell? Aretha Franklin? Rory Block? Sheryl Crow perhaps? Chrissy Hynde? As for me, it would have to be Amy Winehouse: a foulmouthed Brit with a wonderfully off-beat, nagging, raw voice. Her latest album Back To Black sounds like a classic 60s Motown Record — From Hell. It’s brilliant. Give it a listen. Rehab alone is worth the price of admission.

11 thoughts on “Rehab”

  1. Joss Stone tickles my testes…
    Nora Jones too.
    And don’t get me started on the Good Doctor; her Janis KILLS!

  2. I second that, I dig Winehouse, hell of a voice and a vision. Her first album has some choice moments but she really came out on this second release. This was the album where she took control. Definitely lovely to hear her use doo-wop and other 60’s in modern pop and have it compliment that era.

  3. …but please don’t use Diva’s cap for a potholder!

    February 21, 2007
    Recipe: Zappa Family Spaghetti Sauce
    Time: 3 hours

    Salt and pepper
    1 pound pork spareribs, neck bones or pork chops
    1 pound beef chuck roast, blade steak or brisket
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    3/4 cup chopped onions
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 6-ounce can tomato paste
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 tablespoon dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
    1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    1 bay leaf
    1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, preferably Italian
    1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped
    4 small or 2 large pickled peperoncini
    Cooked meatballs (see recipe)
    1 pound dried spaghetti for serving
    Grated Parmesan for serving.

    1. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over pork and beef. Place large pot over medium-high heat; when hot, add olive oil and brown meat. (Or cook meat in same pot used for meatballs, browning in the leftover fat.) Remove meat to a platter. Turning heat under pot to medium, add onions, and cook 3 minutes, stirring. Add garlic, and cook 2 minutes longer. Add tomato paste, and stir: cook until it absorbs fat in pan. Add oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, kosher salt and bay leaf, stirring to combine.

    2. Add cans of tomatoes and tomato sauce, then 4 1/2 cups water. Stir in sugar, parsley and peperoncini. Return meats to pot with their juices. Bring sauce to a gentle boil. Turn heat down to a simmer, partly cover and leave sauce to simmer 21/2 hours or more, stirring regularly.

    3. About 20 minutes before serving, add meatballs to pot. Boil spaghetti according to package directions. Drain, return spaghetti to pan and add 3 cups sauce. Toss pasta in pan for a minute to coat with sauce, and place on a large platter. Pour 2 more cups sauce over pasta. Place meat and meatballs on pasta, slicing large pieces. Serve with bowls of remaining sauce and Parmesan.

    Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

    courtesy The New York Times (it’s gotta be true!)

  4. Bob re: Zappa Family Spaghetti Sauce. No wonder Gail never left the house, and Frank had to tour so much…to pay for these timely fixins. BTW Barry, I’d listen to Rehab whilst makinn ZFSS anytime…thanks for the link.

  5. Ok, back to Patty Waters.

    It’s here.

    Truly great. ” The second side of the album features only one track, a thirteen-plus-minute cover of the old folk standard “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.” This solitary track is the opus that has made Patty Waters a cult icon”.

    Then – after this record – she started ” kitchening”, had a couple of children. Started recording again. Not the same absolute qualty, forget about the other records. ” What Is the Color When Black is Burned?”.

    Just listen.

  6. What a post! No doubt, the arrangement for Rehab is just classic stuff, sounds like it oughta be coming out of a single dashboard speaker on AM.

    And a killer spaghetti sauce recipe to boot!!

    Nora Jones is doin it for me these days… and I don’t know why. Mojo girl.

  7. I have not heard any of Ms. Winehouse’s music.
    When I get the time I will check it out.

    Until then, I will simply fantasize about Amy and Sarah Silverman
    screwing each other.

  8. Took me a while to get into Amy Winehouse, but she’s definitely a cut above the usual crew. That voice definitely does grow on you. She hates Bono too, which is a definite plus.

    Wait a minute… there’s something about those dark Levantine looks… the NOSE… the fact that her first album is even called Frank

    Would a DNA test be out of the question?

  9. Me’Shell Ndegeocello ain’t none too shabby… no siree
    suggested listening: bitter… makes me wanna holler… dead nigga blvd… berry farms… etc…

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