2013 has brought about the increased visibility, to me at least, of several power duos from the U.K., including Drenge (who was BOTW last month) and Blood Red Shoes. American duos like Deap Vally have also hit it big across the pond. BRS have been around for years, but their new album seems to be their breakout moment. Who needs three or four band members? Grab a guitar and a drum set and have at it. The White Stripes may have popularized the minimalist power duo sound, but as usual, the U.K. takes an American concept and quietly morphs it into something slightly more important than they found it (see Rock and Roll).
Blood Red Shoes are playing a show in Boston, at House of Blues, on May 8th with The Joy Formidable.
I have to imagine that their shows are as loud as possible. The two first tracks below warrant turning it to 11.
Occasionally I will run out of new bands to talk about. Therefore, on occasion, I will break out old bands that you may have forgotten existed.
Toto did have 5 top 10 singles in the late 70’s and early 80’s, but not many people attribute the hard rocking “Hold the Line” to the same band that produced “Africa”. “Hold the Line” seems to be the peak of their use of distortion pedals. Most of their other works sound like Steely Dan.
Yesterday on Facebook I alluded to making a curry dish in the slow cooker/crock pot. This was my first such attempt. I read through a few different online recipes and developed the following set of ingredients to make a hybrid model of my own:
1 large green pepper
1 large yellow pepper
1 large sweet onion
3 plum tomatoes
1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas)
2 lbs chicken thighs
2 tbs curry powder
1-2 tsp ground coriander (to taste)
1-2 tsp ground cumin (to taste)
I diced the all of the vegetables and threw in the chicken thighs into the slow cooker, along with the spices, and cooked as is for about 4 hours. By the time 4 hours had come around, the chicken could be pulled apart easily, so there is no need to pre-cut the chicken.
The smell in my apartment was amazing, if you’re into those types of South Asian spices. I added the chick peas at let it simmer for another hour. During this period I cooked up a batch of basmati rice.
The resulting dish was awesome. I have enough to last another 3-4 meals. Having done just one tsp of both coriander and cumin, I would suggest for those of you who order your Indian cuisine more spicy, to go with two. I will up the dosage myself next time I try this.
I thought I had seen the limit on how far you could go with TV ads when Charmin rolled out their cartoon bear commercials a few years ago. I was wrong. They’ve gone one step further.
Now, everyone has different wants and needs from their bathroom tissue, but I’m pretty sure that, due to frequency, we’ve all had the chance to experiment with various brands to get the desired result. Charmin has decided to remind us that we are apparently all completely incapable of keeping ourselves clean.
Charmin’s first series of ads dealt with mother bears chasing around child bears to clean of the “pieces left behind”. Are you kidding me?
Found Via: FNX Radio (a new defunct over-the-air station in Boston), XFM
I first became aware of Kasabian via their single Club Foot in 2005. It got a fair amount of radio play but I think the main reason it stuck on me was it was included on a promo compilation CD I got for free at some bar event compliments of WFNX (R.I.P.). Since then I can’t say I’ve heard much from Kasabian in the States, but they remain huge in the U.K. and Europe.
Their body of work is great. Their 4th major release was in 2011 with Velociraptor!, which I didn’t much care for, but I’ll forgive them and focus on the other 3 albums. 3 of their albums reached #1 on the UK chart. The other a mere #4.
Kasabian is one of the few bands I actually get excited about when it comes on. They are just sonically weird and dark enough to fit my usual mood and have great song writing to boot.
If you’re going to spend the money, spend it wisely. There are so many ways to target (or micro target) your audience with tailored messaging, there is really no excuse for something like this. Unless I am missing something, this is a quintessential example of how to waste your FB or online marketing dollars.
For the record, I live in New Hampshire, not Japan, and I have no connection to any other page(s) that deal with aftermarket auto parts and accessories. I can’t read Japanese. And I am definitely not travelling to Japan to investigate if I should be interested in aftermarket parts for the Toyota or Lexus I don’t own.
Chop kale to bite size pieces. Dice summer squash. Place kale and squash into a large pot. Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook over low-medium heat until kale wilts and squash is tender. Add in the sliced chicken sausage and capers (to taste). Most chicken sausage comes pre-cooked, so for this exercise we’ll assume you’re adding cooked sausage. I also added basil, dill and black pepper.
In a separate pot, cook the cavatappi. Once cooked, drain and add into the kale/sausage pot. Be sure to add it and stir gradually to ensure you have optimal pasta/kale/sausage distribution. You don’t want to have pasta overkill.
Once your sure you have achieved the perfect balance of pasta, veggies and sausage, stir in the goat cheese and grated Parmesan. It will melt and create a rich, creamy and tasty – but not overpowering – coating over everything in the pot.