• Cocktails,  Congressional Investigations,  Music

    Impeachment Cocktails, Mob Movies, Crime Music

    In the midst of impeachment investigations, it is often best to turn to cocktails and music. Here are three leading cocktails for Democrats and Republicans, all from the folks at Liquor.com: the Corpse Reviver No. 2, the Porter’s Old Fashioned, and the Improved Dunlop. An updated White Collar Wire playlist is out on Spotify. Note the new contributions from Gucci Mane (“Richer Than Errybody”), Gallant (“Sweet Insomnia”), Miranda Lambert (“Way Too Pretty for Prison”), Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash (“Wanted Man — Take 1”), A Winged Victory for the Sullen (“The Slow Descent Has Begun”), Dr. John (“(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away”), and Kendell Marvell (“Hard Time with the…

  • Music

    Sturgill Simpson’s White-Collar Anime

    To start your business Monday in gear, here is the anime for “Sing Along,” from Sturgill Simpson’s new album Sound and Fury. Consider, towards the end, the decadent white-collar types on the flying contraptions: As he notes: “Compromise is made out of peace/But history’s made out of violence.” White-collar crime anime is difficult to find, but Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a good place to start:

  • Music

    Brigitte Bardot and White-Collar Crime

    For the remainder of this Labor Day week, here is an updated White Collar Wire playlist on Spotify: New entries include Chris Stone, the Seratones, Sheryl Crow, Lana Del Rey, The Hold Steady, Handel, Raphael Saadiq, and — thankfully — Brigitte Bardot.

  • Cocktails,  Crime Fiction,  Music

    Cocktail Codex, Summertime Crime

    Readers, writers, and drinkers are irretrievably linked. “I’m an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard.” ―Raymond Chandler Barry Day, ed., The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words (2015) Books about cocktails, on the other hand, are often unhelpful. Where they are practical, they lack insight. The best I have come across in a long time is The Cocktail Codex, by the folks at Death and Company: “‘There are only six cocktails.’ So say Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, the visionaries behind the seminal craft cocktail bar Death & Co. In Cocktail…

  • Cocktails,  Crime Fiction,  Music

    Spring Break Meditation

    It is the end of Spring Break, at least where I write. The end of the week always puts one in mind of the spring-breaker classic “Where The Boys Are” (1960). Here, after everyone else has left the beach and gone back to school, Merritt (Delores Hart) ponders love with Brown senior Ryder (George Hamilton): Crime Fiction To keep you current, here is a “Revue of Reviewers” from Rap Sheet, as well as recent reviews from the Irish Times, the Guardian and Crime Fiction Lover. Music An updated “White Collar Wire” is out on Spotify. New this week are Liily, The White Buffalo, Johannes Brahms, The Allman Brothers, Black Sabbath,…

  • Music

    Music for White-Collar Crime

    The “White Collar Wire” playlist on Spotify has been updated: New entrants since the last update include Arnold Schoenberg, Howard Shore, Dire Straits, Gary Clark, Jr., and The Cold Stares.

  • Film,  jazz,  Music

    Music for White-Collar Crime

    I have never created the soundtrack for a film, nor do I have the competence to do so.   I imagine, though, that it is very difficult to get right.  Assembling a “soundtrack” for a cultural and legal lagoon like white-collar crime is not easy, either, and subject to much subjectivity. Nevertheless, here below is my Spotify effort.  The list includes Bach, The Last Mr. Bigg,  Miles Davis, Lana Del Ray, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Mozart, The Steve Miller Band and Warren Zevon. Please follow the  “White Collar Wire” playlist on Spotify.  I plan to refresh it every other Sunday.    

  • Cocktails,  Crime Fiction,  Music

    New Year’s Day: Reflection, Not Resolution

    Reflection without discipline can be self-indulgent, especially as the year draws to a close and a new one opens before us. So, let us impose discipline; avoid white-collar crime (there will be plenty in 2018); and focus on music, booze and books. First, music is especially appropriate at this season, whether for reflection or not.  Here is the Miles Black Quintet, Jazz For The New Year: As jazz critic for the Wall Street Journal (and JazzWax blogger) Marc Myers notes: Sixty-three years ago, on New Year’s Day in 1955, pianist Teddy Wilson, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Jo Jones went into a studio for Norgran Records and recorded The Creative…