Cloud is the new “the” and sometimes it’s difficult to keep all of the new cloud bands straight so I was a little slow on listening to the stuff from Cloud Control. At some point over the last few weeks their new album Bliss Release come up and more than once I found myself checking on the source of what I was listening to. CC isn’t making anything really wild music but they’re well invested in playing cool retro neo-surf pop. It’s breezy with a fair touch of charming lyrics. The male-female harmonies tend towards the homey sweet end of the spectrum but not in an annoying way, it actually end up being rather soothing. Bliss Release is the first release for the Australian group and it’s definitely a strong showing out of the gate.
[MP3] Gold Canary
Miami’s Another New Republic (aka ANR) snuck up on me. They’re another group that initially I didn’t give enough of a listen to but stuck on my “to review” playlist long enough that they slowly began to grow into my consciousness. Now that I’ve given their newest album Stay Kids a few listens straight through I am embarrassed it took me this long. They call their music “apocalyptic synth-pop” which certainly touches on the weight of the material – this isn’t all fluffy dance music (although they have their moments) – it’s smart lyrics delivered with a well chosen variation of synths, drums and effects to lend the right mood. On the second trip through Stay Kids I definitely felt the comprehensive ebb and flow that it the mark of a well curated album. Now I just need to make sure to catch them the next time they pass through town.
[MP3] New Armor
For a while now I have been working on my butternut squash soup recipe. I am a sucker for a nice bowl of butternut squash soup and have tasted a fair number of them; curried, sesame, coconut…But there is one bowl in particular that I am particularly fond of. It’s the version served seasonally at Supper, one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. The flavor is delicate, spices melting into the creaminess of the squash; showing off their attention to the little things, they add a schmear of cinnamon marshmallow on the lip of the bowl which is the perfect extra note. I have been trying to replicate this recipe for the last year and a half – trying cream and nutmeg, rosemary, yogurt, vermouth but never managed to get it right. Finally, last weekend I decided to strip it down, undo some of the over thinking I had done about the spices and go with the essential flavor of the squash. I added some sweet potatoes for body and a little sweetness and a touch of sage and, huzzah! The glorious soup that resulted was as close to Supper’s version as I think I’m going to get. Even if it isn’t the exact same it is still damn good.
Philly’s Work Drugs sent across their newest single “Blue Steel,” from their pending release Aurora Lies, and I must admit I really needed the breezy boost this morning. Plus, the video is remixed footage from one of the greatest 80′s movies of all time Mannequin (fun fact: the song “We Built This City” by Starship is prominently featured in the film and became one of my favorite songs as a kid).
[MP3] Blue Steel
As anyone who has read more than a few posts here can tell you there is one person who is responsible for my love of music; my mother. So I am incredibly excited to announce that she is going to begin to contribute some of her wonderful musical musings to TWIAPC. To kick things off she’s got a little something to say about Gram Parsons – which will give you a pretty good idea of the kind of conversations that happened around our dinner table as a kid. Read on!
The beauty of shuffling through your music library is that wham! right in the middle of washing dishes you are hit with Gram Parsons singing “Won’t you scratch my itch sweet Annie Rich…” Continue Reading →
I am coming up on my 1 anniversary of eating meat and I feel I’ve only recently started to warm up to the real art of cooking meat. Letting my mind wander back to the many super tasty meals my mom mande for us when I was a kid I’ve been venturing beyond chicken and turkey into the world of pork, sausage and beef. One meal I’ve been particularly hankering for is pork chops and applesauce. I have fond memories of my mom’s nicely caramelized chops with a hint of rosemary always served with applesauce on the side. It was something she always made in the fall which is probably why it’s on my mind. Continue Reading →
The supremely talented Alan Wilkis – whose many awesome remixes have been previously featured right here on TWIAPC – dropped me a note earlier this week with some big news. His project PRINTS is ripe for the picking. PRINTS is a whole new venture for Wilkis. He started each track with his own instrumental arrangement then developed them through collaborations with the likes of White Hinterland, Lyrics Born and Childish Gambino. Through exploring the unique potential of each partnership the material took it’s own distinct shape.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
- Elbert Hubbard
This is banana blueberry bread.
After the last week I have a greater appreciation for both. Maritime is a band I have known about for a while and enjoyed but my real true love of them was borne last Thursday when I got to see them live. It was from the stage at Johnny Brendas that the waves of their midwestern bred indie rock emanated and the full weight of their greatness hit. The group initially sprouted from the remnants of The Promise Ring and Dismemberment Plan and the post punk pop sound has definitely stuck with them but they’ve developed their own sound over the years. Continue Reading →