Food Pairing 101: What Goes Well With 1990Future’s New EP?

Food Pairing 101: What Goes Well With 1990Future’s New EP?

_DSC0933Today is the day that indie alt-rock group 1990future rolls out their new EP, Roll On, to the masses. If you happen to reside in Toronto, you can catch the EP release show at the Soundtrack of the City Festival at the Hideout.

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…

Click: Vegan St. Patty’s Day Recipes, Fugazi Covers, Beastly Pretzel Sliders, A Non-Dairy Milk Guide and Other Things That Grabbed My Attention This Week

Click: Vegan St. Patty’s Day Recipes, Fugazi Covers, Beastly Pretzel Sliders, A Non-Dairy Milk Guide and Other Things That Grabbed My Attention This Week

The Germans certainly know how to make meat. But can they make vegan meat? That was a topic that I researched extensively this week. Turns out they can. Here’s more of what I “extensively” researched:

Happenings:

Recipes:

Singles:

“Together or Alone” by Eternal Summers

New Arcades “Let’s Get Away”

“Better off Alone” by Everywhere

“Enchanted” by Young Wonder

Rubblebucket “Waiting Room” (Fugazi Cover)

Remixes:

Zella Day “Compass” (Young Bombs Remix)

Videos:

“Violence” by Eternal Death

The Chainsmokers “Let You Go” (featuring Great Good Fine Ok)

“Coyote Choir” by Pepa Knight

“Noah” by Amber Run

“Give Me A Try” by The Wombats

 

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:

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:

Food Pairing 101: What Goes Well With “Sleep City” by Radio Birds?

Food Pairing 101: What Goes Well With “Sleep City” by Radio Birds?

DSC_0261For 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.

Let’s eat cookies to that!

Artist’s Cookbook: Pineapple HOLDS YOU Upside DOWN Cake Courtesy of Drowning Clowns

Artist’s Cookbook: Pineapple HOLDS YOU Upside DOWN Cake Courtesy of Drowning Clowns

A few week’s back I was spending a lot of time worried about feral cats having comfy winter living conditions, growing milk in laboratories and Whole Foods trying to accidentally (on purpose) kill a bunch of red state people with nut allergies. Almost as an aside I shared with the world my love of Drowning Clowns. It only seems fitting, Drowning Clowns, as a lot of people have this horrible fear of clowns. It could be like the 21st century’s version of the Salem Witch Trial. You, with the makeup on your face, I suspect you of being a clown. I’m going to tie you up, throw you in the water, and see if you live. If you do, you are a clown and will be waterboarded to death. If not, well, sorry about your luck.

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…

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Click: Obligated to Eat Insects, Unilever Sues for False Advertising, Tofurky Turns 20, Status Enhancing Orgasms And Numerous Other Things That Made My Week

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:

Articles:

Recipes:

Singles:

Kid Scissor “The Ones That Don’t Care”

Eboi with Little Jinder “As I’m Falling”

“Untamed” by Corsica Arts Club

“Lovesick Youth” by Exroyale

“Wherever You Are” by New Arcades

“Drop of a Pin” by Sidewalk Diamonds

Videos:

“19” by Mont Oliver

“Hypersensitive” featuring Sakura by (Z)

“Freak Machine” by Fit For Rivals

Rich & Lux “Status”

Bipolar Sunshine “Daydreamer”

“Wait on Me” by Rixton

Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar “High”

November Tracks (When Available) via Spotify:

Click: Getting High on Protein Bars, Naked Activists Celebrate World Vegan Day, Butternut Squash Biscuits and Gravy, Cookbook Cultural Appropriation and Other Things That Garnered a Second Look This Week

Click: Getting High on Protein Bars, Naked Activists Celebrate World Vegan Day, Butternut Squash Biscuits and Gravy, Cookbook Cultural Appropriation and Other Things That Garnered a Second Look This Week

Oh boy. These last two weeks have been doozies. Try these on for size:

Articles:

Recipes:

Singles:

Night Drive “Young Rivals”

The Mispers “Shoulder”

“Keisha” by Baby Baby

“Sundown” by Aubergine MACHINE

“Our Ship” by Kin Cayo

Remixes:

The Chainsmokers “Kanye” (K Theory Remix)

Tegan & Sara “I Was a Fool” (Gazzo Remix)

Videos:

“I Bet My Life” by Imagine Dragons

“Stay Gold” by First Aid Kit

“Sundown” by Aubergine MACHINE