National Find a Stranger and Offer Them a Sweet Potato Day With Work Drugs, Blonde Louis, Pacific UV and Little Daylight
Whoa there. Step back for a second. Take a moment to breathe and tell someone you love them. Pull a couple weeds from the garden in your soul. Smile, a little. Relax. Share a sweet potato. Anyone in America that lives in a swing state can attest that they need these moments. I mean there is a lot of hate flowing. Ads on television, message boards in the newspapers, graffiti on the bathroom stalls, you name the medium and there has probably been some angry diatribe flung recently. We’ve become a bunch of three year olds sticking our tongues out, calling each other bad names and competing to see who can come up with the best sound byte or one line zinger.
And to think we had to live 18 years just to earn this right.
That is why, for one day, I am proposing a truce. A chance to get your life back in order. A chance to tell those who are suffering from kidney disease or fallen from a tree and are currently unable to walk (and may never do so again) that you love them and you will be there for them. A chance to find a stranger and offer them a sweet potato.
Spinach and Garbanzo Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
-2 sweet potatoes
-1 Tbs olive oil + more for drizzling
-six handfuls of spinach
-2 tsp rosemary
-1 cup garbanzo beans
-salt and pepper (to taste)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Bake the sweet potato on a baking sheet for 45 minutes (or until it can easily be punctured with a fork). Slice and cool for ten minutes. Scrape out the insides leaving the potato skin intact.
3. In a cast iron skillet, saute the spinach in bunches. Add the rosemary and sweet potato innards. Mash everything together.
4. Pour in the garbanzo beans and season with salt and pepper. Circulate until well combined.
5. Place the garbanzo mixture in the sweet potato skins. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for an additional ten minutes. Serve to someone on the other side of the fence.
There was a time when this country knew a thing or two about partying. That’s like all we did for a decade. “Tigerbeats” by Work Drugs is an ode to a period of partying, one that happened this July in Philadelphia at Barbary’s weekly indie dance party. “Tigerbeats” is about memories that are fuzzy, photographic evidence that fills in the gaps and timeless teen idols that remain forever young. Look for a new album, Delta, due out in November via Bobby Cahn Records.
Blonde Louis is a four piece pop rock band from Letchworth Garden City, Herts, UK. They look good and play great (which explains their performance splits of swooning teenage girls and young hipsterish gentlemen). The band is preparing for the release of their debut album by debuting a four part video web series entitled ‘Cover Stories’. Here they reinterpret other people’s masterpieces. The second installment is Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”:
One of their original tracks “If You See James”:
PacificUV has just released a double EP that features remastered versions of last year’s Chrysalis E.P and 2006′s E.P. Included on this double shot are a rare Eluvium cover, a Smiths cover, a guest appearance by Carolyn Berk (Lovers) and a number of remixes. There is also a low key live version of “Funny Girl” (my favorite track):
I also dig (literally) sweet potatoes and sharing with the likes of Little Daylight. Their new remix: Passion Pit’s “Constant Conversations”: