I liked this quote from Merril Garbus in the current issue of the New Yorker, which seemed to sum up the origin of her sound pretty well.
“For my independent study project, I wanted to study pirates, like Somali pirates who stole shit, but my advisers pointed me towards Taarab music. So I went to live in Lamu” – an island off the coast of East Africa – “and tracked down poets who wrote the mashairi poetry that Taarab is famous for, and took lessons with a harmonium player, Ali Hassan. I had brought my fiddle (my dad had been teaching me old-timey Appalachian fiddle towards the end of high school), so when he grew frustrated with my keyboard skills he encouraged me to play violin parts with his harmonium, and eventually I was invited to play a gig on the roof of a hotel with him and his band.”
After LeBron James(notes) declared that closing out the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of its playoff series was akin to the Miami Heat “finishing our breakfast,” the star inspired a roar of laughter and eye rolls in the visiting locker room.
Philadelphia guard Lou Williams passed out breakfast nicknames to his 76ers teammates prior to tip on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena, including the dubbing of 7-footer Spencer Hawes(notes) as “Over Easy” and forward Andres Nocioni(notes) as “Huevos Rancheros.”
During the expansion of the housing bubble, lenders felt protected because they could repackage risky loans as mortgage-backed securities, which sold briskly to a pious market that believed housing prices could only increase. By combining slices of regionally diverse loans and theoretically spreading the risk of default, lenders were able to convince independent rating agencies that the resulting financial products were safe bets. They weren’t. But since this wouldn’t be America if you couldn’t monetize your children’s futures, the education sector still has its equivalent: the Student Loan Asset-Backed Security (or, as they’re known in the industry, SLABS).
The term “deviled,” in reference to food, was in use in the 18th century, with the first known print reference appearing in 1786. In the 19th century, it came to be used most often with spicy or zesty food, including eggs prepared with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity.
In some parts of the Southern and Midwestern United States, the terms “salad eggs” or “dressed eggs” are used, particularly when the dish is served in connection with a church function - presumably to avoid dignifying the word “deviled.”
A nice spread of deviled eggs is so awesome. Just poppin’ those bastards one after another. Ooooooh weeeee I see you deviled eggs, I see you.
Kinda sounds like a song that should be on Friday Night Lights. Then again, everything sounds like it should be on Friday Night Lights right now since I’ve been averaging about 3.5 episodes per day recently. Damn that show is good, and I’m only on season one. Gonna start drinking brews like Riggins.