The Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new in music
Happy Friday! First off, an amazing discovery this week: Cheetos Mix-ups. My husband and I couldn't decide between puffs or crunchy, and then spied the bag of Mix-ups - puffs, crunchy, parmasan balls and waffle-fry looking ones. It is my new favorite.
I'm still combing through the music this week, but here's what I've found so far. First: The List
Bend Sinister, Animals - I'm just taking a wild guess after listening to the first track, but I'm guessing Queen is a pretty big influence.
Aloe Blacc, Lift Your Spirit
Curtis Harding, Keep On Shining - Single with a throwback sound. Full album due out in April
Yacht Club, Tropicana - 80s all the way
Elder Brother, Heavy Head
Macy Gray, Stoned
Dirty Guv'nahs, Hearts on Fire
Cody Chesnutt, Landing on a Hundred: B Sides and Remixes
Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy, Stratosphere
Ledisi, The Truth
Playground of Rock:
Battleme, Future Runs Metallic - Rock.
The Silver Palms, Superstar - A single that is more rock than the playground, while a little poppy.
Dean Wareham, Dean Wareham
Bobby Bare, Jr., North of Alabama by Mornin' - A single from upcoming full length on April 15th. Give a listen
Ozomatli, Place In The Sun
Metronomy, Love Letters
Laibach, Spectre - This is going to the dark shadowier side of the playground, but I really got a kick out of "Eat Liver!"
The Shrine, Bless Off - Hard rock and fun
Black Submarine, New Shores
Spotlight Kid, Ten Thousand Hours
Tunabunny, Kingdom Technology - Electronica rock.
Lissie, Cryin' To You - I'm a Lissie fan and while I think she could've taken the One Direction cover a bit further, there was nothing but glee in me as I heard "Mother" start up.
Hands & Teeth, Before the Light
Trudie Dawn Smith, No Pop
Wake Up, Forever Home
Juanes, Loco De Amor
Alsarah & The Nubatones, Silt - The single came out a few weeks ago, here's the full length now
Coréon Dú, Bailando Kizomba - Dancey Single
Don Williams, Reflections
Matt Wallace, For A Season
Sara Evans, Slow Me Down
Cowboy Troy, King of Clubs
Albin Myers, Ganesha EP - I really enjoyed the club mix of "Ganesha." But I'm a sucker for some 8-bit sound.
Uberjak'd, The Moment - single track, dance pop fun
Sleepers Work, No Turn Before the Shoreline
Gappy Ranks released 3 singles this week, "False Promises," "Maybe," and "Star Sign."
Hezron, "Good Reggae Music"
Young Money, Rise of an Empire
Our Last Enemy, Pariah
Insain, Enlightening The Unknown
Havenside, Living Our Darkest Days
Armageddon Rev. 16:16, Sundown on Humanity
Nervosa, Victim of Yourself
Eisbrecher, Zehn Jahre Kalt
Psyclon Nine, Disorder: The Shadow Sessions
Nicky Schrire, To The Spring - I liked the first track a lot.
Ambrose Akinmusire, Imagned Savior Is Easier To Paint
Watters/Felts Project, Watters/Felts Project
Well, I have cabbage, potatoes and corned beef sitting around the homestead for the weekend because I love celebrating holidays that have food associated with them. And while I know it isn't St. Patrick's Day until Monday, that is also the busiest day of my week and I can't wait until 9 in the evening for that goodness. Anyway, try this Irish inspired recipe on for size - steam some whole leaves of green cabbage just til pliable. Shred some potatoes and carrots. Add a little caraway and salt. Or just salt. Put carrot/potato mix in middle of cabbage of leaf, and make a cabbage roll. Wrap with a strip of bacon, and bake for 20-30 minutes (this is from memory, I can't remember exactly the timing but it sounds right) at about 350 Fahrenheit. If you use half leaves and half pieces of bacon, they are a perfect 2-bite appetizer too. I might have put a little minced onion in the roll as well. Anyway, happy weekend!
Friday Refrain is a weekly post regarding what new releases have caught my ear for the week. I try to compile a pretty comprehensive list of pop/rock releases of the week and see what is available for me to listen to on the web. This is just my non-scientific, highly-subjective, randomly-listened-to list of stuff from the week. Oh, and I don’t always listen to lyrics or look at album art/music videos, so appropriateness is left up to the listener.