1. The Theremin: I really want to make one of these. They have such an amazing sound. Maybe one day I can finally start a band with all off-beat instruments.
2. Cadillac Ranch: I used to live in Amarillo as a kid and I've got to say, it is one odd little city that all too often gets over looked. Anyhoo, we used to go out to the Cadillac Ranch quite a bit. This year I'm hoping to go back and take the fella as he's never been.
3. Madeline Kahn: Girl Crush #3. So amazing, so funny, so missed.
4. Monsters of Folk: The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me... just lovely.
5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: This film is such a visual treat. I saw it the day it came out in London, in the main theater at the beautiful historic Ritzy Cinema. I feel as though I have to add that because it really added to the visual aspect of the film. I went alone, as I often do when I go to the cinema, and was literally the only one in the theater. It was great. For 3 hours I just let it wash over me completely alone. The film was just beautiful. The way it was shot, the landscapes, all just amazing. It also had this haunting, ephemeral quality that I couldn't shake for days. I just adored everything about it. Below is a still from the film. For me, it is the most beautiful shot from any film that I've ever seen.
6. The Ritzy, Brixton: There were a ton of things I loved about living in Brixton, but my favorite, by far, was living so close to the Ritzy. I went every Sunday morning for the £3 Early Bird Matinees.
7. Fred Rogers: He was such an important part of my childhood. When he died I cried quite a bit, as it felt like losing a family member.
8. Kale Chips: I cannot get enough of these. They are sooo tasty and crazy simple to make.
9. The New Mexico Desert: There is such beauty in its vast, flat silence.
10. Murder Ballads: This is probably a strange one for some people, but damn if I don't LOVE a good Appalachian murder ballad. For those of you not familiar with this little sub-genre, they are folk songs about murders and the aftermath created. My favorite is "Down In the Willow Garden". There are tons of versions of this song. I like the oldest one the best, but it is very difficult to find. The one below is the best version I could get from YouTube and still fantastic. Do take a listen.