Episode 18: Benjy Ferree, Planet X, Joel the Knife

Benjy Ferree/photo courtesy of Domino Records

This week: rocker Benjy Ferree’s ode to Peter Pan… We discover the planet that dares not speak its name… and Rico sharpens his conversation skills with Brooklyn’s new king of cutlery.

Audio Extra

Download “Fear,” from Benjy Ferree’s new album.

Drink Recipe: “The Astronaughties Deep Space Freeze”

On March 13th, 1781, famed astonromer Sir William Herschel was using a homemade telescope in his backyard… when he spotted what he thought was a comet. Turned out it was the first new planet to be discovered since the days of ancient Greece and Rome. 70 years later, Earthlings finally settled on a name for the new world: “Uranus.” And 228 years later, it has inspired us to get a little tipsy.

The Astronaughties Deep Space Freeze created for the DPD by Dan Boggs at A+ bar in Houston, TX:

In a shaker with ice, combine:

  • 1.5 oz. of Ten Cane rum
  • dash of maple syrup
  • dash of fresh lemon juice
  • 3 barspoonfuls of blueberry puree or concentrate

Shake well, until cold as deep space.
Strain into martini glass.
Garnish with miniature blue planets, aka “blueberries.”

After Dinner Mint

notes on this week’s show

Benjy Ferree describes his new album as a tribute to child star Bobby Driscoll. Here’s the short, sad version of Driscoll’s tale. And here’s the longer, sadder version. RIP.

This week’s One For the Road is “First Love,” a new tune from aptly-named London songstress Emmy The Great. Our lawyers say we’re not allowed to play you the whole, amazing, track. But apparently Youtube is above the law.

NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute have a slideshow presentation called “Uranus: A World Full of Surprises,” and when you’re done giggling about the title maybe you can act like an adult for five minutes, watch it, and learn something, pal.

Those more inclined towards earthly delights might want to check out Joel Bukiewicz’s beautiful — dare we say “sharp-looking”? — handiwork on the official Cut Brooklyn site. It’s porn for kitchen geeks and serial murderers alike. Speaking of which, hey — it just occurred to us that this is our Friday the 13th episode. Creepy.