I have this relative who is always espousing about the “damn liberals in Hollywood.” I used to think he was only referring to their political affiliations and sexual practices. But this week I discovered that there was more. Those Hollywood liberals just couldn’t leave perfection alone. They also had to attack an American institution, the peanut butter cup.
Back in the day (which means 8-10 years ago for those of you not in the know) peanut butter cups were made from a few simple ingredients. There was chocolate, which formed the outer covering and a mass in the middle of peanut butter and probably some sort of dairy and sugar. Sure they came in different sizes, ranging from the miniature cups to the six pound behemoths, but each contained the same basic makeup. All things evolve and peanut butter cups were no exception. Someone got the bright idea to make them with white chocolate and a board room agreed. Mass production began immediately. These cups were white and different, but they still had a chocolate covering and a mass of peanut butter, dairy and sugar in the middle. But then Hollywood aka Alicia Silverstone (of such film classics as Clueless, Blast from the Past and The Babysitter) decided to get involved. Peanut Butter Cups would never be the same. Silverstone, a vegan, went for a more “humane” approach. First she added vegan milk, then she threw in some vegan butter, and added maple sugar. All fine and dandy as the cup was, in essence, still recognizable. But then Silverstone went off the deep end. She stirred in some random nuts and, this is the real kicker, she incorporated graham crackers. Graham crackers!? The peanut butter conservatives were livid. How could you do such a thing? You call this humane? Clueless quickly became one of the most boycotted films ever. Worst of all, Silverstone shaped her cups into O’s. Like Obama. This was no longer a dessert, it was a political statement.*
Sex, politics and peanut butter cups, three things those “damn liberals in Hollywood” can’t keep their prying fingers off of. Anyone know the ETA for California sinking into the ocean?
Last night, my final day of summer before returning to work, I made a batch of Silverstone’s Peanut Butter Cups. Regular eaters of the real thing weren’t confused, but if you treat these like their own dessert they were perfectly tasty (I suggest calling them Obama Cups instead so as not to give the wrong impression).
A very dessert friendly track comes our way from Shannon Curtis. Shannon crafts thought provoking dream pop and “Anti-Gravity” is no exception. Recently Shannon has been on a 15 state tour playing only in fan’s living rooms or backyards. She has not once stepped into a club. This tour is being turned into a film. You can catch a short preview here. “Anti-Gravity” has been one of the most talked about songs on her tour. It is the latest single from her upcoming album CINEMASCOPE due out on August 28th (via Saint Cloud Records).
Another dessert friendly tracks comes from The 1975, who released their debut EP last week. While “The City” remains my track of choice because it is upbeat and epic, “Woman” also hits a nerve. Completely different, “Woman” is slow and calming and introspective. It is great to see a young band able to play both sides of the spectrum without losing themselves. You can hear the rest of the EP, here.
Jasiri X is a Pittsburgh hip hop artist on Wandering Worx Music. In his hometown of Pittsburgh, this popular MC is a six time hip-hop Award winner including an Album of the Year award for his debut LP American History X. One can’t help but think that national success isn’t far behind. “Warrior” is his new track and it was co-produced by Rel!g!on. You can also catch a new interview with him, here.
*(Most of this probably didn’t happen)