Happy 239th birthday, United States!
I don’t blog much. Not much time. I haven’t even put out my Favorites from 2013 or 2014… well, here goes for my Top 10 of 2015 so far…
Artist – Album (style)
- Failure – The Heart is a Monster (rock)
- Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (indie rock)
- Faith No More – Sol Invictus (hard rock)
- Steve Taylor & the Perfect Foil – Goliath (rock)
- Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (progressive rock)
- Daniel Johns (of Silverchair) – TALK (pop, dance, rock)
- John Zorn’s The Dreamers with Mike Patton, Sofia Rei & Jesse Harris – The Song Project Live at Le Poisson Rouge (jazz, avant garde, pop)
- Dave Douglas – High Risk (jazz with electronics)
- Nellie McKay – My Weekly Reader (cheeky 70s rock tribute)
- DRKWAV (Skerik, Medeski & Deitch) – The Purge (doom, jazz, electronic, all over)
What’s still to come in 2015…
Ben Folds with yMusic, Holy Fuck (no release date, but they recorded it in late 2014), John Zorn (about every month), Puscifer (teaser on their Instagram?), TOOL (music done, lyrics nearing completion?), Charlie Hunter, and based on kickstarters/pledgemusic that I’ve supported: Chali 2Na of Jurassic 5 has a couple more EPs due, Dweezil Zappa, Jeremy Enigk of Sunny Day Real Estate, Jude Christodal, Dylan Carlson of Earth, and Fleming & John.
Will I continue with blogs in the future? I don’t know. :P
Dan – np: Critters Buggin – Stampede
I know, it’s been a while since blogging… took too long of a hiatus. At any rate, Cincinnati indie rock band Wussy has a new album out now — Attica! And they just swung through Portland. Here’s what they played…
Rainbows and Butterflies
Mountain of Tires
Gene I Dream
To The Lightning
Death by Misadventure
Yellow Cotton Dress
Don’t Leave Just Now (not on printed setlist)
My photos below…
Happy belated* 237th birthday, United States!
*-everything I do lately is belated
So, here are my faves of the first half of 2013… and outside of the Top 5, it’s all kind of random order on how I feel today… it’s all bound to switch around by year’s end (click album art for sound samples):
Artist – Album (style)
- Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace – AMOK ( electronic rock )
- Sigur Rós – Kveikur ( ambient icelandic )
- Kim Taylor – Love’s A Dog ( singer-songwriter )
- Dave Douglas Quintet – Time Travel ( trumpet jazz )
- Fol Chen – The False Alarms ( electronic indie pop )
- Jeffrey Foucault’s Cold Satellite – Cavalcade ( americana rock )
- Goddamn Electric Bill – Dead Alive ( electronic indie pop )
- Jon Madof’s Zion80 – Zion80 ( jewish afrobeat )
- Pat Metheny plays John Zorn’s Masada Book Two – Book of Angels, Vol. 20: Tap ( jewish jazz )
- Palms – Palms ( catharsis, a magical blend of Isis & Deftones )
- Mike Patton – The Place Beyond the Pines ( movie score )
- Overseas – Overseas ( indie rock )
- Pinnick Gales Pridgen – Pinnick Gales Pridgen ( soulful power trio )
- Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (and Other Stories) ( prog rock )
- Puscifer – Donkey Punch the Night -EP- ( rock )
- Les Rhinocéros – Les Rhinocéros II ( avant jazz rock )
- Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob – Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti: Sexmob plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota ( trumpet jazz )
- Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob ( pop )
- Tomahawk – Oddfellows ( hard rock )
- Wussy – Duo -EP- ( indie rock )
I didn’t get a few that already came out this year (yet) and whatever “et cetera” that the cool kids are listening to these days; but they may make it to the list at the end of the year.
The 2nd half of 2013 promises to bring some potential great ones, too… a few more from John Zorn, Over the Rhine (a double-album Meet Me At the Edge of the World & new holiday album), George Hrab’s 21812 live CD/DVD, another from Holy Fuck, new Nellie McKay (rumored), Levi Weaver (pledge now!), 3rd Ear Experience (just got in the mail), Chali 2Na (more EPs in the Against the Current series), Au4 & Digital Noise Academy (physical CDs for their late 2012 digital only), yMusic, and many more…
Favorite concerts of 2013 (so far):
- Tomahawk in Portland (Feb)
- John Zorn @ 60 in Minneapolis (Apr)
- Charlie Hunter, Booker T. Jones & Carlton Jackson in Portland (Apr)
- Prince in Portland (Apr)
- Secret Chiefs 3 – two nights / four sets in Seattle (May)
and tons more where I didn’t write a review
(click pictures below for review links)
Last night, I was invited to a beautiful outdoor house concert / potluck… The Littlest Birds played a long, entertaining set amidst the garden and kids running about. Check them out on the Facebook, and if you’re in the Eugene Oregon area, check out Bronak House Concerts and Events.
Oh, but wait… I said “potluck”… I had a hankering for something new, and decided to take a classic flavor combination and see if it’d work with a tried-and-true scone recipe. I made…
Fuji Apple and Aged
White Cheddar Scones
makes 8-10 regualr sized scones
(I made a double batch and cut them smaller)
- 1 Fuji apple, cored & diced into small pieces
- 1 to 2 Tbls coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
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- 4 to 5 oz. aged white cheddar, diced into small pieces
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- 1.5 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (split into 3/4 cup & 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup sugar & cinnamon, mixed
- Sautée diced apple with the coconut oil until lightly brown (but still retain some firmness). Add cinnamon, stir and remove from heat. Cool the apples. If making the scones right away, place apples in the freezer for ~5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. When mixed, make a big hole in the middle of the mixture and add 3/4 cups of whipping cream.
- Before mixing the liquid in further, spread flour out on a clean surface (keep extra flour handy in a bowl, as the mixture will be sticky).
- Add the cooled apples and diced cheese to the dry & whipping cream mixture. Stir or mix with your hands until the mixture is crumbly. Turn the dough onto the floured surface and continue to knead. At this stage, I ended up adding more flour to make it more doughy and less gooey. Rather than alter the recipe and add more flour to the mix early on, I figured that it’s good to play it by feel/texture. It should be soft and malleable dough, not too sticky.
- Roll out the dough flat until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Cut with a pizza cutter, sharp spatula, or other tool into the shapes / sizes that suit you. Place on a lightly greased or parchment papered baking pan.
- Bake for 21-24 minutes until lightly golden. After baking, brush with remaining whipping cream and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mix. Cool slightly before serving.
Prep time: 30-45 minutes… best served warm or within the day!
And, obviously, different apple and cheese choices open this up to MANY different options at your fingertips.
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