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The Brian Jonestown Massacre

By Bob on December 26, 2013 4:19 AM

I have a long-standing belief that if I live long enough, everything I once thought was "Hip" will come back around - wide ties, bell bottoms, psychedelic music...my old Ford Pinto. Well, with the exception of the Pinto, I'm actually right. Old IS new, especially when you're talking music.

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Enter The Brian Jonestown Massacre. This American psychedelic rock band was formed in San Francisco in 1988 with a sound eerily reminiscent of the best of Jefferson Airplane and the Rolling Stones - with a little Kinks thrown in for good measure.

Take It From the Man!

Our son and resident music expert, Cole, introduced me to BJM's third album, Take It from the Man! and I fell in love. Close your eyes and you could swear you're sitting in Fillmore West listening to the Stones or Strawberry Alarm Clock (Incense & Peppermints, anyone?). The album is the first of three critically acclaimed albums released by the band in 1996.

It's all great music and most of the tracks were written by mercurial front man Anton Newcombe. If you think you've heard this music before, it's only because you probably have. Not just because of the psychedelic sound, but because this music has been used on TV shows. The track Straight Up and Down is the theme for HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Straight Up and Down (aka, Boardwalk Empire theme) 

If you're looking for some NEW music with a sound that'll bring back memories, give The Brian Jonestown Massacre a listen. You won't be able to get it on 8-Track and play it in your Pinto, but iTunes and Amazon can hook you up just fine.


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Playing Favorites is a column where Charlotte and I pull back the curtain on our Boomer lives to show you what we're into these days. It may be a movie we've discovered. A new restaurant. Great food. Interesting drink. A song we can't get out of our heads...it could be anything. It's all about discovery and the stuff that makes us happy. So, step inside our world and let us show you around. Don't mind the dust, the housekeeper comes on Thursday.

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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