Click: Loose Lipped Vegans, the California Droughts, Verbal Shots at the FBI and Other Things That Transformed My Week

Click: Loose Lipped Vegans, the California Droughts, Verbal Shots at the FBI and Other Things That Transformed My Week

Hey, didn’t you used to be that Man v Food guy who’d eat like fifty pound steaks and hellfire hot wings? Why are you instagramming out photos of tofu? Don’t tell me PETA and Neil Barnard ganged up on you too:

Happenings:

Recipes:

Singles:

“Hummingbird” by Hira King

“State of Low” by Cajsa Siik

Jade the Moon “Broken Angels”

Sivik “High”

“Skeletons” by Trails and Ways

Videos:

“The Bells” by Francisco’s Fortune

“This is War” by Skinny Lister

“Broken Angels” by Jade the Moon

“The Wolf” by Mumford & Sons

First Quarter Click Tracks (When Available) via Spotify:

Click: Black and Vegan, Combating PMS, Dairy Free Illuminaties, Mint Chocolate Chia Parfaits, Bitches in the Hood and Other Items From This Past Week

Click: Black and Vegan, Combating PMS, Dairy Free Illuminaties, Mint Chocolate Chia Parfaits, Bitches in the Hood and Other Items From This Past Week

Its bad enough that the Ivy League schools scheme about ways to rule politics, now (meaning for the last four years) they are doing the same thing to veganism. We’ve gotta watch out for those vegan illuminaties. Here are some other things to watch out for:

Happenings:

Recipes:

Singles:

“What D’You Say” by The Go! Team

Will Joseph Cook “Streets of Paris”

Canopy Climbers “Fever”

“Cities Between Us” by Ellenberg

The Longwalls-Home

Remixes:

Sirena “Chemicals” (Ace Supreme Discomix)

Videos:

“Fucking Bitches in the Hood” by Death Team

“Hypnotic” by Zella Day

First Quarter Click Tracks (When Available) via Spotify:

Click: Beyonce Delivers, Starbucks Going Coconut, Cardamom Creme Brûlée, I’m From Barcelona Returns, Pleather Sales are Booming and More Things That Came My Way This Week

Click: Beyonce Delivers, Starbucks Going Coconut, Cardamom Creme Brûlée, I’m From Barcelona Returns, Pleather Sales are Booming and More Things That Came My Way This Week

Hello. I’m Tender Branson, and you are? I’m From Barcelona? Didn’t I used to know you back in 2012? Where have you guys been? Never mind. Let’s just get to your new music and all the other cool stuff that came my way this week:

Happenings:

Recipes:

Singles:

“Violins” by I’m From Barcelona

Mickey Cupid “Oh You”

All Tvvins “Thank You”

“Still Chasing Nothing” by Kid Astray

“That Spring” by Guards! Guards!

Bang Gang “Out of Horizon”

Videos:

“Violins” by I’m From Barcelona

The Mowgli’s “I’m Good”

“Oh You” by Mickey Cupid

“Where Your Heartache Exists” by The Menzingers

“Hey Now” by Matt and Kim

“A Room of Her Own” by Like Swimming

Calvin Harris “Pray to God” featuring Haim

Willa “Stay the Night”

First Quarter Click Tracks (When Available) via Spotify:

Food Pairing 101: What Goes Well with the New Louis the Child Remix?

Food Pairing 101: What Goes Well with the New Louis the Child Remix?

On a recognition scale of one to ten, with one being the girl I dated in elementary school who has since undergone massive amounts of plastic surgery and ten being Jello Biafra at a local diner, Katy Perry fell somewhere in the negative numbers. I didn’t pay an ounce of attention to her or her “accomplishments”. Because of that, every time she wound up in a lineup at my local jail, I failed to pick her out of it (she’s gotten away with so much). Things would’ve continued that way had I not been so slow to switch the channel during the Super Bowl halftime show. Instead I wound up face to face with Ms. Perry. I have to say, because of that performance, she now falls around a five on my scale. Any adult woman who can take herself seriously while dancing between a couple of cartoonish sharks has my attention.

Speaking of dancing with the sharks, Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren (aka Louis the Child), had their own experience with that phenomenon this week when they premiered their new remix for Soy Sauce’s “Broken Record” to a bunch of their friends. While the LTC version of the song stays pretty true to the original, it does turn the gyration knob a bit higher. No matter how hard their friends tried to stand still and calmly take in, they failed. Every single one of them. Less than a minute into the song and the whole place looked like Katy Perry’s shark tank. I can’t blame them. You think I didn’t try to find a shark costume while this song pulsed through my speakers? Unfortunately Pokey the pesky horse was the best I could do.

So what does one pair food wise with the new LTC remix? That’s a bit of a tough one. The obvious choice is soy sauce. But LTC’s remix is way to upbeat and fun to be bogged down but that sludgy substance. I imagine the track to be more like a light airy cake full of funfetti. If only there was such thing as a soy sauce cake…that would be perfect <Runs to the nearest google location in Atlanta, looks up soy sauce cake, runs back to the computer>. Guess what people…there is such a thing! When you are down and out thinking there is no way a soy sauce cake exists, just set your sights on Kikkoman and let them deliver. Pair this remix with a chocolate cake covered with Kikkoman’s famous Chocolate Ganache Sauce.

The remix:

The original:

Click: Facebook Firings, The Media’s Obsession with Toddler Diets, Meat free Sushi Shops, Vegan Cookie and Milk Combos for Santa and Other Ideas That Resonated With Me This Week

Click: Facebook Firings, The Media’s Obsession with Toddler Diets, Meat free Sushi Shops, Vegan Cookie and Milk Combos for Santa and Other Ideas That Resonated With Me This Week

What if Santa’s a Vegan? What if you want to go on a cruise but don’t do the dairy thing? What if Dr. Dog covered Architecture in Helsinki? These were just a few questions that were answered via the internet this week. Here’s some more:

Happenings:

 

Recipes:

 

Singles:

“Operator” by Echo Bloom

Lilly Wolf “Moving Pictures”

Sans Parents “Coming Back To You”

“Black & White TV” by MENAGE

 

Videos:

“Nasty” by Hooka Hey

“Crown” by As Elephants Are

“Mona Lisa”  by Little Daylight

“I Bet My Life” by Imagine Dragons

“Heart It Races” by Dr. Dog

“Through the Dark” by The Mowgli’s

“Eagle” by NOME

“Color Hit the Canvas” by Clemency

December Tracks (When Available) via Spotify:

What’s Cooking with Mario from Epic Proportions Tour?

What’s Cooking with Mario from Epic Proportions Tour?

It all started with an old school bus and some 1506549_666227003412431_4524983395809636810_nused vegetable oil. That, and a crazy idea dreamed up by a musician and former artist manager. Why don’t we make some waves in the music industry and take music to the people who need it by gathering up young, local, unsigned bands and sending them out on tour to do some free shows at colleges, high schools and military bases? While we are at it, let’s include some class discussions and education opportunities for any of the high school kids that are interested in learning about the music industry. What do you say?

That is where the Epic Proportions Tour began. Founded in 2011 by Peter Sotos (the former artist manager) and Gabe Kubanda (the musician) the first tour lasted just three weeks. Since the inaugural showcase, the business has grown. So have the length of the tours. Now the typical tour lasts from 30-90 days and includes many of the major festivals and industry conventions like SXSW, CMJ, Summerfest, Vans Warped Tour and NAMM. The old school bus that runs on vegetable oil? Traded in for an actual motor coach/tour bus. That’s big time, or as they like to say around these parts, the tours just keep getting “proportionally” more EPIC!

The bands you are likely to hear at an Epic Proportions Tour show include mostly local Phoenix artists (where the company is based) that Peter and Gabe have stumbled across and fallen for. Examples include Lost in Atlantis, Halocene, Eclipses for Eyes, Captain Squeegee, and UFN. Occasionally the tour has hosted some international bands like Far Away Stables (Australia) and Take Me To The Pilot (Canada). The latest installment of the tour includes Gabe Kubanda, Hour24 and UFN and runs from now until November 5th. Click here for tour dates.

Mario is a PR director for the Epic Proportions Tour and he puts on quite a show in the kitchen. Usually it involves a German twist. Today Mario has graciously agreed to share his Mole Cake recipe. This dish includes bananas, mandarins and chocolate. It also includes lots and lots of dairy so it is not for the vegan in you, at least not yet (greedily rubs hands together with a crazed look in his eye). Anyway, you can get a hold of the Mole Cake recipe by clicking here.

Some pictures of the process:

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Pair the mole cake up with an Epic Proportions Tour approved band such as alumni Corrin Campbell:

Click: Animal Free Prom, A Tick Bite Vegan, Beignets, Life is a Bitch and Other Odds and Ends From the Week That Passed

Click: Animal Free Prom, A Tick Bite Vegan, Beignets, Life is a Bitch and Other Odds and Ends From the Week That Passed

These were the things that made me say hmmmm:

Articles:

Recipes:

Singles:

Lovestarrs “Life is a Bitch”

GGOOLLDD “Younger Days”

The Griswolds “Right on Track”

“Games for Girls” by Say Lou Lou x Lindstrom

Josef Salvat “Shoot and Run”

Videos:

“Anchor Down” from Outasight

“Trust Your Feelings” by Rennata

“Missing Piece” by Moxi

“Coming Down” by Buchanan

“Night Terror” by We Were Promised Jetpacks

Cook: Date Night Pudding

Cook: Date Night Pudding

DSC_0522It was date night last evening in the Branson household. Now I know what you might be thinking and I assure you this has nothing to do with our normal date antics like dinner and a movie, being raped by aliens, taking blood samples or running a crack cocaine ring (yep, 27 out of 37 were just me and J-Fur having fun). Last night was all about the fruit version of dates.

A few years back I played with dates as a replacer for chocolate in these Raw Boris Bars. They were all the rage for a week and a half and then I closed that chapter of my life and forgot all about it. When I started looking for a way to secretly add protein to Z-Bot’s diet (I still haven’t gotten her completely down with tofu) I came across a recipe for date and chia pudding. It seemed easy enough and naturally sweetened without added sugar or dairy so I rolled with it. While she couldn’t yet eat the Carob Chips that were layered across the top (or maybe she could, we just didn’t risk it) she wolfed down most of what was below. I followed the recipe almost to a t, though I threw in some cherries because of her affinity for them and my feeling that chocolate covered cherries rule the roost.

The results? Well, not to brag but, it was one of the best dates ever. I didn’t even have to break out the Jehovah Witness Drug Dealer Routine or the “did that edmame really just come from there” joke. When those can stay bottled up, you know it was a good date night.

Dates rolling around in a high speed blender sound a bit like this.

Click: ILVTOFU, Will Go Vegan for Paid Water Bills, Take Me to Church, Chasing Rubies, Cheeseburger Oats and Other Things That Caught My Eye This Week

Click: ILVTOFU, Will Go Vegan for Paid Water Bills, Take Me to Church, Chasing Rubies, Cheeseburger Oats and Other Things That Caught My Eye This Week

In the land of instant gratification and information overload, these are the things that caused me to stop and take a moment:

News Articles:

Recipes:

Singles:

Hudson Taylor “Chasing Rubies”

Western Education‘s “Peace”

Wise Girl’s “Don’t Go”

Remixes:

“East of Eden” by Zella Day (Carousel Remix)

Videos:

“Endless Sleeper” from The Raveonettes

Video for the acoustic version of “Carousel Ride” by Rubblebucket

“Pull the Trigger” by Apes

“Take Me to Church” by Hozier

“Behind Yr Face” by False Colors

“Tonight (We Live Forever)” by Union J