Don't Tell Me How To Hold My Nuclear Bomb (says Van Hunt)

danieltalsky | Albums,Reviews | Friday, November 11th, 2011

Van Hunt's new album What Were You Hoping For? is in the very early stages of rocking my world.  It's a little bit Funkadelic, a little bit Prince, a little bit Of Monreal.  Ok, and maybe a little bit Lenny Kravitz?  It's funky, sweet, bratty, smart, and I listen to it every day, which is something I haven't done in a while.

The line in the title comes from the song Plum, where he sings:

Don't tell my how to hold my nuclear bomb

Until you've resisted urge to love one

[audio:http://thesweetsnob.com/wp-content/uploads/04-van_hunt-plum.mp3|titles=Van Hunt – Plum]

Or the spectacularly rocking Watching You Go Crazy is Making Me Lose My Mind.

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Van Hunt has a lot to offer.  His guitar playing is inspiring, and he can sing a sweet-as-honey neo-soul growl while he sings about the joys and pitfalls of cross-dressing.

Ok, one slow one, just to show how pretty his little croak is.  This is Moving Targets:

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Chinatown Secrets

danieltalsky | NYC,Restaurants,Reviews | Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Walk down Bowery from the Lower East Side and watch as the signs turn to Chinese.

and things are marketed a little differently,

walk into what looks like a little alley with hipsters milling about and see if you can find 9 Doyers St.

so you can walk into the (not really) secret bar of Apothéke, an amazing, fancy cocktail bar.

Notice the chandelier made from flasks.

The drinks are $15 but they're worth it.

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