What I like about the EP and 1990future is that they aren’t afraid to rock. Too many times I have to preface the term rock with electronic or folk or synth. Not with 1990future. They are straight up rock and roll. Roll On‘s best tracks are the first two, “Its Over” and “Momma”. “Its Over” is a rollicking, feed back driven, catchy as all hell affair about doing things that are right all wrong and building life just to watch it collapse horribly around you. But the track’s message is that despite everything going wrong, despite the fact that you currently are lying face down on the floor, you need to find the power and strength to get up and try again. That’s a message that a lot of us need to hear at times. “Momma” features melodic harmonies and a heavy back beat. It builds in intensity throughout the song. The message here is very similar to “Its Over”. There is a “wide-eyed hopefulness” that people will persevere when life gets hard. “Momma” seems to suggest that when its easy to feel lost and downtrodden, take note and try your hardest not to “forget what Momma told ya” (unless, of course, she is the one that told you to give up. If that’s the case, disregard her).
So we’ve got an EP that is heavy, catchy and won’t allow us to give up even in the most difficult times. What kind of dish would pair nicely with that? Something like this Orange Cardamom Coffee Cake which shows the perseverance (but not the heaviness). It only took the author three tries to get it right. It has only taken me two times, so far, to try and get it perfectly veganized. Has it worked? Well, there’s a reason I’m not sharing the recipe right now…
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:
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:
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:
For this year’s cookie exchange I decided something new was in order. I had wowed with my chickpea cookies, played lead fiddle with the iced up whoopie pies and smacked them upside the head with a crack pie. What haven’t I done? Gone simple. Gone easy. Taken someone else’s recipe and just moved along. So, that’s what I did. I flipped through the pages of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and found myself drawn to the cherry/almond combination featured in the drop cookie section of the book. I knew it was a winner as soon as I finished reading the instructions. Hold your Oreos, all I have to do is mix all the ingredients, drop them on a baking sheet and bake? There aren’t any wrong turns? No way I can get lost? Man, it can’t get any simpler than that.
As the cookies baked, I did some heavy listening. Volume wise, not VOLUME wise. During the forty odd songs I ran through, I didn’t feel much. That’s a sad, sad thing. I finally hit the jackpot when I checked out “Sleep City” by Radio Birds. Its a batch of rough and tumble, whiskey stained, dirty country slang. It feels a bit like Drive-By Truckers, during their upbeat moments. It also has a bit of a Gaslight Anthem feel, if you subtract Bruce Springsteen from the equation. “Sleep City” does hit on your typical country theme of drinking on a Saturday night. But its about more than that. Unlike the cherry and almond cookies, life isn’t easy. You can get lost. And you must try and find your way. That’s “Sleep City”. I liken it to a kid who is clearing up after four years of heavy college (or high school) drinking and all of a sudden has to decide what’s next. They really aren’t sure and so they feel sort of lost, possibly even spiral a bit. “Sleep City” is here to tell you, it may take some time, but don’t get yourself down. Eventually most people find their way.
Whoa. Way to be a downer. In reality, Drowning Clowns has nothing to do with scaring your neighbors into cutting your grass for you (if you don’t cut it, I’ll tell the authorities you are a clown). They are a psychedelic rock orchestra from Pittsburgh PA. The Clowns are led by Mike Speranzo (guitar, banjo, vocals), owner of venue/recording studio Mr. Smalls. After that, listing the band members becomes like a who’s who of famous local legends. Liz Berlin (guitar, keys, vocals) is from Rusted Root, Evan Smith (guitar, percussion, vocals) is a pro skateboarder for DC/Element/Independent and Frank Spadafora (guitar, keys, vocals) also plays in critically-acclaimed bands Out of the Blue and Crisis Car. Influences on the band include Pink Floyd, Tom Waits and Modest Mouse.
Drowning Clowns are in the process of finishing up their follow up album to 2013’s All That’s Covered Over. It is due out early next year. Their first single “Holds You Down” sounds a bit like this:
What does one eat with a track such as this? Well the Drowning Clowns suggest a Pineapple HOLDS YOU Upside DOWN Cake. See what they did there? No doubt, they are much to smart to not be Clowns. We must act accordingly…
Thanksgiving is closing in. The amount of articles about “dealing” with vegans as Thanksgiving dinner guests has increased exponentially. Must mean the animal product free style is making some waves. Here are some things, aside from those damn vegan dinner guest articles, that caught my eye this week: