When I moved to Seattle three years ago, I quickly realized that my home state of Minnesota was irrelevant to the West Coast. I never took it personally when my new friends called my home a “fly-over state”, but I was shocked when no one knew that legendary musicians came from my Midwestern home.Growing up, I thought of my local musicians as hometown heroes. My friends and I saw Atmosphere perform three times and meeting local female rapper, Dessa made me want to become a performer.I also learned from a young age that music binds my community together. Bob Dylan murals coat the sides of downtown Minneapolis buildings and students at the University of Minnesota boast that the artist attended their school (even though he barely showed up for classes). When Prince passed away in 2016, the entire city went into mourning. The infamous 35W bridge was lit with violet lights for days and 1st Avenue nightclub hosted Prince dance parties every week.We Minnesotans covet our musicians. They put our Northern home on the map and give us relevance beyond the Spoon and Cherry sculpture and the Mall of America. Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I like to check on my local music scene to see who will become the next Prince or Bob Dylan. I have compiled a list of my recent favorites who with some luck, might just get their own mural downtown.Dizzy Faehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzzn2dWhS-Q Dizzy Fae is a young R&B Pop artist from St. Paul whose music makes you want to groove whether you’re at a party or on your commute to work. The rhythms on her first mixtape, Free Form are upbeat and catchy while her soprano vocals carry each song with melodies about finding love. At only 19 years old, she has been featured in i-D Magazine and Vogue.com and has gone on tour with fellow Minnesota artist, Lizzo. This week, Dizzy Fae starts a two-week tour around the U.S. with Toro y Moi and has already sold out shows in Brooklyn, NY. Unfortunately, she won’t make it to Seattle this time around, but I recommend you check her out on Spotify before everyone else does.Lizzohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P00HMxdsVZIShe may not have been born in the Midwest, but Minnesotans have embraced Lizzo into our clan of beloved musicians since she moved here in 2011. I was first introduced to Lizzo in 2014 when she opened the Rock the Garden Music Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Her onstage persona was as sassy and confident as her lyrics, which spoke about body positivity and not giving a fuck about the haters. The crowd went wild on that muggy summer afternoon and I was automatically hooked. Four years later, I saw her again at the 2018 Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco. I was glad to see that she was still on brand: cheeky, enthusiastic, and flamboyant in the best way possible. She donned a poofy yellow tulle dress as she sang “Truth Hurts”, a track about moving on from a relationship. Whether the audience knew her music or not, they twerked and grinded along with Lizzo and her backup dancers, “The Big Girls”. I was proud to see Lizzo’s influence break out of the Midwest, but felt even more proud to scream, “New man on the Minnesota Vikings” into a crowd of West Coasters.Scrunchieshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C604Xk7ZyoHere’s a Minneapolis feminist punk band that even my dad likes. The four girls that make Scrunchies bring a unique balance of edginess and melody that remind me that feminity and toughness are not mutually exclusive. The band formed in a post-2016 election frenzy to create a force of change with music. Their first album, Stunner, which released in June 2018, includes “Wichita”, a song that addresses modern misogyny. With the midterm elections happening this week, there’s no better time to lend these women your ears.Gully Boyshttps://gullyboys.bandcamp.com/album/not-so-brave The Star Tribune called Gully Boys the Sleater-Kinney of the Midwest and I’d have to agree. Their ‘90s grunge rock melodies paired with Courtney Barnett-like lyrics are a mashup that could only be successfully done by a Minneapolis group. This past August, the rock trio released their first album, Not So Brave, which received a stamp of approval from the tough critics at City Pages. The first tracks on Not So Brave, “Greasy” and “I Wanna Go Home!” have been stuck in my head for days. Both are repetitive and aggressive but their subject matter is simple and relatable. Keep an ear out for this band in the coming months. I have a feeling the Seattle rock audience is going to fall for them soon. Claire Butwinick
Today we praise the delicious, earthy, and nutty Buckwheat flour! Buckwheat flour is naturally gluten free (as it is not related to wheat at all, but rather the seed of a flowering fruit!) and high in protein! It is perfect for pancakes, brownies, bread, and much more! Head to the Student Food Co Op Bean Basket to get yourself some of this super whole grain flour and make these incredible recipes and make sure to jam to our Buckwheat Playlist while you’re feeding your soul! Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/duw2cz3q0rhhodijwwd5r5mc1/playlist/66Z6Jwch96oIxFIQ4r82ve?si=Bb18Bmn1RRqFcByo_2kRsARECIPESBuckwheat Pancakes/CrepesMakes about 10 Takes about 20 minutesIngredients1 cup buckwheat flour1 Tbsp flaxseed meal1 ¾ cups non-dairy milk1 pinch salt1 Tbsp olive oilShake of cinnamonMashed ripe banana (optional) (emma puts mashed banana in most things)MethodsMix all the things! It should be a very thin batter.Oil and heat a pan on medium heat.Splash some batter in there. Maybe a third cup or so at a time. Flip when the batter is bubbly throughout pancake. Enjoy with sliced banana or jam :)5 Ingredient Buckwheat BreadIngredients½ cup almond milk or water¼ cup olive oil1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buckwheat flour½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon saltMethodsPreheat the oven to 350° F and grease a baking sheet with a little olive oil. In a mixing bowl, stir together the almond milk and olive oil. Add the buckwheat flour, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Let sit couple minutes to thicken. Form into a 2” wide baguette shape on the baking sheet and cut a few slashes on top with a bread knife. Bake for 25-30 minutesCabbage Soup With Buckwheat DumplingsMakes 6 Servings, takes 1.5 hrs (looks like a lot but worth it)IngredientsFor the soup:2 teaspoons whole caraway seeds1 ½ teaspoons whole coriander seedsabout 7 ounces sliced mushrooms1 medium Granny Smith apple1 medium yellow onion, small diceFreshly ground black pepper4 teaspoons stone-ground mustard1 medium cabbage and thinly sliced¾ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed4 cups vegetable broth3 cups waterFor the Dumplings:1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour¾ cup buckwheat flour2 teaspoons baking powder2 teaspoons kosher salt1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 cup milk or alt milk2 tablespoons unsalted butter or vegan butter, melted and cooled slightlyMethods:Toast caraway seeds and coriander seeds in a skillet for 4 minutes or until fragrant, let cool. Crush seeds slightly using a pan.Brown mushrooms in oil in the bottom of a large pot. Grate the apple on the largest holes of the grater. Add the apple with any juices, onion, toasted seeds and salt and pepper to taste to the pot. Stir occasionally until onion is soft.Stir in the mustard, cabbage, ¾ teaspoon salt, pepper to taste and cook until cabbage is slightly wilted. Add vegetable broth and water, increase heat to high and bring to a simmer.To make the dumplings: Whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the milk and melted butter until the dough just comes together (it will be very thick)After soup is simmering, reduce heat to medium low. Drop a heaping tablespoon of the dough in the soup and repeat until all dough is used. Cover with a lid and cook until the dumplings are fluffy (10 minutes). Enjoy on a cold day!!Mulled Wine Cranberry Galette with Dark Chocolate Ganache (v, gf option available)Makes 8 Servings40 minutes active prep time3 hours and 20 minutes totalIngredientsFor the Crust1 stick (½ cup) very cold vegan butter (or unsalted dairy butter) cut into ½ inch cubes⅓ cup buckwheat flour1 cup all purpose flour (or gf all purpose flour if needed)1 teaspoon salt3 tablespoons sugar¼ cup ice waterExtra flour for dustingFOR CRUST WASH: 1 whisked egg or a little alternative milkSugar for SprinklingFor the Filling2 cinnamon sticks3 Star Anise pods2 cups fresh cranberries¾ cup + 2 tablespoons sugar¼ teaspoon ground clovesJuice and zest of half an orange (reserve other half for slicing)½ cup red wine⅓ cup water1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extractFor the Ganache1.5 ounces dark chocolate (not chips): I use Endangered Species 88% bar with the panther on it!½ cup alternative milk (If not making vegan, use heavy whipping cream)½ tablespoon red wineMethod: NOTE: Crust must chill for at least 2 hours after being prepared before assembling/bakingFor the Crust: If a food process is available, add the flours, salt, and sugar and pulse until combined. Scatter the cubes of butter on top of the flour in the processor, then pulse for three half second intervals. At this point, you want to check the size of your butter pieces, as you want them processed into pea sized balls in the flour (this leads to a flakier crust!). Once you have pea sized butter crumbles, slowly add ¼ cup ice water, pulsing at 1 second intervals just until a mass is formed. If not using a food processor, place flours, salt, and sugar into a bowl and whisk until combined. Scatter butter pieces over flour and with your hands (or a butter/dough cutter) cut the butter into the flour by breaking it up with your fingers and squishing it into the flour until the butter is worked into dough into pea sized balls. Drizzle the ice water over the mixture and work it in, raking it with your fingers and squeezing it with your hands until a mass is formed. At this point, you want to turn the dough onto a floured surface and finish forming the dough there. Using the palm of your hand, push the dough onto the surface and push away from you then fold it back onto itself. Turn the dough and repeat 3 more times. Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in fridge for at least 2 hours. For the Filling: Heat a medium saucepan over med-high heat and place cinnamon sticks and star anise pods. Toast for about 30 seconds, shaking pan to move them around. Add 1 cup of your cranberries, HALF A CUP of the sugar, ground cloves, the water, orange zest and juice, and red wine and stir until fully incorporated. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Let the mixture reduce for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add ½ tablespoon of cornstarch, stir, and let mixture continue to reduce for another 20-25 minutes. By the end, it should be a jammy texture. Scoop into medium sized bowl. To the medium bowl with the jammy cranberries, add the other cup of fresh cranberries, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and the vanilla extract. Mix until incorporated. Set aside. FOR DECORATION (optional): slice remaining half of orange into three ½ inch rounds, then lay flat and cut off rind so that you have little hexagon orange slices. Assembly, Baking, and the Ganache:Preheat oven to 400 DegreesOnce at least two hours have passed, remove dough from fridge and plop onto a floured surface. With a rolling pin, roll dough out into a 14 inch round (it doesn’t need to be a perfect circle), flouring the underside and turning dough as needed. Once your dough is fully round, transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Scoop cranberry mixture into the center of the dough and VERY GENTLY spread until even, leaving a 2 inch border of dough around edges. Fold dough up and over the filling allowing the folded dough to overlap slightly. Wherever your cranberry filling is exposed in the middle of the galette, place your three orange slices (this can be omitted). Brush crust with alternative milk (or egg if using) and sprinkle the whole thing with sugar. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until crust has browned edges (this would normally say golden brown, but due to the fact that buckwheat makes the dough darker, it is okay that the finished product has a darker hue. However, check frequently after the 40 minute mark to make sure not to burn the galette). Remove from oven, let cool for 10 minutes. While the galette is cooling, chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. In a microwave safe cup, microwave the milk for about a minute. Add the red wine into the chocolate and slowly add hot milk a little at a time, whisking after each addition. Continue adding milk until the ganache is smooth and still thick, but can be easily drizzled. If your milk is not hot enough, microwave the chocolate for 10 seconds and whisk until desired consistency. Drizzle ganache over galette in any pattern your heart desires and serve with whatever the heck you like 🙂
Fondly referred to as “Nooch”, nutritional yeast is a staple of vegan cooking, often replacing the same savory satisfaction as cheese! It is a great way to add some extra protein and nutrients to your diet, so don’t forget to head to the Bean Basket to grab your own fill and make some of these delicious recipes! Whether you’re experimenting your own cooking creativity or following some of our curated recipes, make sure to listen to this Noochiful playlist to get your ears and tastebuds vibin’
Easiest Salad Dressing
-½ cup olive oil
-⅓ cups apple cider vinegar
-1 tbs lemon juice
-3 tbs nutritional yeast
-2 cloves garlic (minced)
-Salt and pepper to taste
Put all the ingredients in a small jar and SHAKE. Put on your favorite salad or store in the fridge.
Emma’s made up yummy recipe
-1 cup quinoa
-2 cup water
-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
-2 tablespoons of tahini
-Salt and pepper to taste
Bring water to boil in a medium pot. Add quinoa and drop the temperature to low. Cook until all water is absorbed by quinoa.
Mix cooked quinoa, tahini, nooch, salt n peppa in a bowl with a spoon.
All done! Enjoy 🙂
We Rainy Dawgs have started a new project with the Student Food Co Op in an attempt to highlight all of the wonderful (and sustainable) offerings of the Bean Basket! For those of you who do not know, there is a bulk store inside of ASUW+ maintained by the Food Co Op that offers cheap, sustainable, and delicious bulk dry goods to the student body! We have decided that nothing pairs better with food than music, and so we have curated recipes as well as a playlist for our key ingredient of the week to get you all cooking and vibing! Tune in to Tasty Tuesdays every week where the recipes, pictures, and playlists will be posted here!
Here is a recap of our first 2 weeks!
Pulan Rice Dish (v, gf)
30 minutes to prepare
Makes 4-5 servings
start by prepping rice first!! 2 cups basmati in 4 cups water == 6 cups of rice
-Couple of tbs of olive oil
-1 small onion, chopped
-1 tbs fresh minced ginger
-Shake of salt
-1 tsp mustard seed
-1 tsp turmeric
-2 tsp ground coriander
-2 carrots diced
-2 large cloves of garlic, minced
-1 bell pepper, diced
-½ cup raisins
-6 cups cooked rice
Heat oil in a big pot. Add onion, ginger, salt, and spices, and saute until aromatic! 5-8 minutes.
Add carrots and garlic. Stir and cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Add bell pepper. Stir and cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add raisins and cooked rice into the big pot and mix. Serve warm 🙂
Rum Raisin Blondies (v,gf option available)
15 minutes to prepare
~25 minutes bake time
Makes 16 servings
-1 Tablespoon Ground Flax Seed
-2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
-¾ cup Almond Butter
-3 Tablespoons Almond Milk (Any Milk Alternative will work)
-1 Tablespoon Dark Rum (Another Tablespoon of milk will work if you don’t want to use rum)
-¼ cup Almond Flour
-¼ cup Rye Flour (Can be substituted for oat flour/ buckwheat flour for gluten free option)
-1 tsp Baking Soda
-1 tsp Baking Powder
-1 tsp Orange zest
-½ tsp Cinnamon
-¼ tsp Cardamom
-¼ tsp Nutmeg
-¼ tsp Salt
-¼ cup Raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease an 8×8 inch pan.
In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of cold water and set aside.
In a large bowl, place dates and cover with boiling water and allow to soak for 10 minutes. Once the dates are soft, drain the water and mash the dates with a fork to form a paste (this can also be done in a food processor if available). Next add the maple syrup, almond butter, milk, and rum (or additional milk) and whisk until smooth. Add in almond flour, rye (or gluten free alternative), baking soda, baking powder, orange zest, spices, and salt and combine until fully incorporated. Once the batter is smooth, gently fold in raisins and pour into the greased pan.
Bake for 25-27 minutes, or until edges are gold brown and a toothpick comes out dry. Let blondies cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan and cutting into squares (or eating the whole thing with a fork and some friends).
No-Bake Cinnamon-Raisin Balls (v, gf option)
1 cup dried rolled oats (divided) (use Gluten Free oats if necessary)
⅔ cup raisins (divided)
¼ cup natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
Pinch of salt
-In food processor, add ⅔ cup of the oats, ⅓ cup of raisins, peanut butter, coconut oil, salt, cinnamon and water. Process for ~15 seconds or the mixture starts to come together.
-Transfer mixture to a bowl. Stir remaining ⅓ cup oats, ⅓ cup raisins. Stir well to combine or knead with hands (this method is easier to get mixture to stick together). Scoop out ~1 -Tablespoon of the mixture, using your hands roll it into a ball, proceed to to scoop and roll with the rest of the mixture. Store balls in air tight container in the refrigerator.
5 minutes to prepare
Makes 1 serving
Prepare the night before you want to eat these 🙂
-1 banana (ripe and spotty. for your own good)
-1 cup oats
-2 tbs chia seeds
-1 cup nondairy milk of choice
-Shake of cinnamon
-Small splash of vanilla (optional)
Mash banana into jar or container of choice.
Add all other ingredients and mix! They should be pretty liquidy so that the oats and chia seeds can soak up the other ingredients. Put a lid on it.
Stick it in the fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning 🙂
Thai Basil Plum Crisp
20 minutes active cooking time, 30 minutes bake time
*Refined Sugar Free
*Vegan and Gluten Free option available
-3 cups pitted and cubed plums (about 7-10 plums)
-2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar for Vegan)
-Juice of half a lemon
-2 tablespoons chopped Thai Basil
-¾ cup oat flour (which can made my processing oats in a food processor or blender)
-¾ cup rolled oats
-2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
-1.5 tablespoons olive oil
-¼ teaspoon salt
-1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
-1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
*If you have a cast iron skillet, the plums can be made in the skillet on the stove and then directly transferred to the oven once the topping is put on.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Heat a cast iron skillet (or medium saucepan) over medium high heat and add the plums, 1 tablespoon of honey (or agave if using), and lemon juice. Mix the ingredients and let sit until mixture begins to bubble, then turn the heat to medium-low. Stirring occasionally let the mixture cook down until the plums are softened and begin to have a more syrupy texture, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the chopped Thai Basil. Set aside.
In a bowl combine the oat flour, oats, coconut sugar, olive oil, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
If using a cast iron skillet, spoon oat mixture on top of the cooked plums to create a somewhat even layer.
Otherwise, transfer cooked plums to a lightly greased pie dish and spoon oat mixture onto the plums in a somewhat even layer.
Bake the crisp for 25-30 minutes. Once removed from oven, let sit for about 10 minutes. Serve with ice cream and some friends 🙂
Banana Oat Cookies
15 minute prep time
*vegan and gluten free options available
¾ cup oatmeal
1 banana (mashed)
1 tablespoon soy milk
1 tablespoon preserves
¼ teaspoon salt
(feel free to add fruit and nuts as desired!)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Mash together all ingredients thoroughly. Add a bit more soy milk as needed.
Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
RDR Music Director’s BEST Chocolate Chunk Cookies (*Vegan options listed)
Time: 30 min prep, 20-25 min baking, 1-24 hrs idle time
1 cup (227g) unsalted butter/*vegan butter
1 cup (213g) light brown sugar, packed
½ cup (99g) sugar
1 egg yolk (*use 1.5 vegan egg replacer such as Red Mill)
1 generous tbs vanilla extract
2 cups (241g) all purpose flour
1 cup (99g) quick cooking or old-fashioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 generous tsp salt
1 18oz (510g) semisweet chocolate bar cut into chunks (*trader joes 1 lb dark is vegan)
Preheat oven to 325°F, line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Add egg + egg yolk (or 1.5 vegan eggs) and vanilla to butter and sugar mixture.
Whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add this to the butter sugar mixture in small ingredients.
Mix everything until incorporated but do not overmix (3 minutes should be fine)
Stir in chocolate chunks with a rubber spatula, scrape down sides to make sure everything is incorporated.
OPTIONAL – wrap dough ball in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hrs. You can also scoop into balls on tray and place that in the freezer for 30 minutes for the same effect. This stops the cookies from spreading too much and gives them that delicious chewy middle. You can always scoop the dough and bake without chilling but DO NOT press dough balls down at all, they will spread too much.
I like a big cookie, so I make my dough balls about the size of a small ice cream scoop. Place the dough balls on the tray and bake for 20 minutes, after then it depends on the strength of your oven so check every ~3 minutes after then until golden brown.
PRO TIP – press cookies flat with the bottom of a jar and sprinkle salt flakes on top, this gives them the ~cute local bakery~ look.
Steam Year of the Snitch hereThis is the 6th full studio album from hip hop trio and enigma, Death Grips, consisting of front man and lyrical genius MC Ride, drummer extraordinaire Zach Hill, and visionary producer Andy Morin. Since their 2012 breakout record The Money Store, the group has garnered an intensely loyal following but have also become easily one of the most polarizing sounds in music. Their incredibly abrasive production, and unparalleled aggression has turned many listeners away. Like them or not, the group has been one of the most influential names in hip hop since the release of The Money Store and has led to a number of Death Grips copy cats and introduction of punk and industrial into many mainstream hip hop artists’ sound. Death Grips has continually put out one incredible critical success after another with each one turning over a new artistic leaf for the group, exploring new sounds, and constantly keeping fans guessing at what comes next. Their discography includes the enormously abrasive, arresting, and at times terrifying sound of No Love Deep Web. An intensely cerebral and colossal mix of industrial and hip hop that truly sounds like nothing else. It’s apocalyptic, crushing, and claustrophobic, as if at any point during the album MC Ride himself would break down your door and beat you to death with his bare hands right then and there. Or the endlessly abrasive yet catchy and punky Bottomless Pit, cover to cover with sticky hooks, layered synths, roaring guitar and as always, the primordial drumming of Zach Hill – a very similar sound to that of The Money Store. Or the Bjork sample heavy album about them being on the moon which was followed up release of Jenny death a post-hardcore and metal inspired spin on their industrial hip hop roots to complete the 2015 double album, The Powers That B. Their latest project released prior to YOTS was a 22-minute “megamix,” Sterioids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber), a colossal mix of gabber, krautrock, and trap blended together with their aggressive, synthetic, and abrasive industrial sound.Going into this, I was a little worried, I was a little back and forth on a few of the singles released prior to the full album. They weren’t nearly as otherworldly as I was used to the group sounding and I worried that the overall product might be watered down and uninteresting in comparison to the rest of their discography. I can gladly report that I was wrong.The opening track “Death Grips is Online” sounds like going to a rave on a pound of cocaine and a bad LSD trip. It features a haunting, almost carnival-like synth jangle over a buzzing baseline, bustling drums, with a danceable EDM inspired beat with Ride delivering these quick, tense bars. To my surprise this EDM inspiration runs much of the length of the album, returning for tracks “Streaky,” “Disappointed,” and “The Horn Section”. The next track is “Flies”, a very No Love Deep Web sounding synthetic and almost terrifying track with Ride half shouting and half speaking his bars about death, decay, and whatever other crazy shit is hidden buried in the lyrics. The next track “Black Paint” features a blending of arena and krautrock, a lot of record scratching, and Rides hoarse shouted vocals. It’s totally infections, blood pumping and fight inducing; one of my favorite cuts off this album. This album has near perfect flow from track to track. Either perfectly complimenting the sound of one track with the next like “Hahaha” and “Shitshow” or the complete contrast on “Black Paint” and “Linda’s in Custody.”One of my few quarrels with this album is with the track “Little Richard.” It feels like an overly drawn out interlude track that doesn’t do a great job of holding my attention. Other than that, this album is impeccable. I love the total cacophony that is “Shitshow,” the driving arena rock sound of tracks like “Black Paint,” and “Dilemma,” the danceable EDM/IDM inspired tracks like “Death Grips is Online,” and “Streaky,” the colossal and terrifying sound of “The Fear,” “Flies,” and “Disappointed.” The album overall is exceptional and everything I wanted without knowing I wanted it. Surprisingly, despite how intensely abrasive Death Grips has been keeping their sound album to album, this is a fairly easy listen (in comparison). There’s no “You Might Think He Loves You for Your Money but I Know What He Really Loves You for It’s Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat,” “Lock Your Doors” or “Hot Head” kind of tracks; the kind of tracks that sound like Death Grips has gone completely off the deep end. It’s definitely not an easy listen but I would say it’s the least abrasive in their discography by a big margin.The group has seriously flexed their artistic and creative ability on this album, with their completely off the wall blend of genres, incredibly dense and cerebral production, tight song writing and album flow. They somehow managed to make the creepy and disturbing cover come to life through the sound of the album. Cover to cover, Year of the Snitch is a work of art and even if you have been turned off by Death Grips in the past, I highly recommend you give this album a listen because there is nothing that sounds like it.9.5/10-Alex(Also if you are wondering about the meaning of the title of the album, though Death Grips has never been open about the meaning of their music or art, the community has gleaned this. Based on the release date of the album, the title of the track “Linda’s in Custody,” the name of the album itself, and the band’s long running influence from to and sampling of Charles Manson and the Manson family, it does appear that it is an elaborate 69 joke because it was released on Linda Kasabian’s (the snitch of the Manson family) 69th birthday which is honestly simultaneously the dumbest, most in character and hilarious thing for them to do.)
Hey yall, decided to dig up some shots I took from Rainy Dawg’s 15th birthday fest (day 1). Below are pictures from i///u, Chynna, and Open Mike Eagle with an interesting blurb about each.i///u – a sultry, spicy, gumbo pot brimming of funk/neo soul influences. good set with great chemistry. godspeed on those broken windows!Chynna – Chynna personally told me this was her worst set ever…yikes. I agree. Her trademark ‘boss ass bitch’ vibe wasn’t really palpable in this set, instead a mumbly Chynna performed, with occasional riles to the crowd here and there. hey, at least I got some good shots from it.Open Mike Eagle – great closing set. open mike is one funny guy. 10/10 would have a elysian beer with. side note: you grooved like a kid in a middle school dance, try to move a little, Mike.Anyway, hope these shots tickled you in some way, if you want some shots yourself, I take commissions for coffee. Here’s to another 15, Rainy Dawg.- Clem
Remember when YouTube was actually good, the days when the highest quality of video was 480p and the subscribe button was gold? A landscape full of Nigahiga, Smosh, iJustine, and Timothy Delaghetto videos. Content that was not full of low quality garbage people (Paul Brothers) and 30 minute videos of a dude playing Fortnite. Remember when MTV previewed America’s best dance crews? I can’t even tell ya what is the most current culture of today’s YouTube because I don’t even think there is even a culture anymore and I can’t even associate MTV with “music” anymore, I mean “Floribama Shore?”, tf? It’s all desensitize, just basic ass stuff, mass culture. I love history, was my top subject all throughout school. With that I could say I’m pretty reflective on the past. To honor October as Filipino-American history month I analysis and reflect on the golden era of YouTube music and MTV dance, the late 2000s and early 2010s, a time when happy music and gigs prevailed. When quantity < quality. When you could go into video wormholes and get out after hours. When actual content ruled. But it’s 2018 now, that means quantity > quality, the shorter the video the better, the more likes the better?…?! In some cases yeah, in this case, hell no. She’s my sunshine in the rain, my tylenol when I’m in pain. I really hope you sang that in your head. YouTube was exactly what I needed, especially during the time of my existential crisis at age 14, ha ha? The time when I really questioned who I was and how people who looked like me in my generation vibed. Not a lot of Fil-Ams went to my hs, I was one of like 4? in my class? Half of them being half. And I didn’t have a lot of cousins at the time to grow up with to the culture. So I got lonely, very lonely. I know I’m not alone on this for the ones that grew up similarly in predominantly White-American communities. I mean yeah you have your white friends, your black friends and everyone in between. Your race friends, family, but my ethnicity friends didn’t exist. Sucks to be me right, but it was honestly fine because I had basketball, soccer, school, and music = YouTube. The music scene of YouTube at the time was my domain. My solace. The names Jeremy Passion, AJ Rafael, JR Aquino, were my friends, my kaibigans. Names that looked similar to my name, faces that looked similar to my face, but voices that didn’t match my atrocious voice :(. With Fil-Ams you either get the singing gene or dancing gene or depressingly NOTA (I’m so sorry for you). Growing up I really wished I had the voices of these guys, but don’t worry because I was compensated with the dancing gene and idc what anybody says but I got the moves. With dancing I also had role models to look up to and emulate. This was also the time when dance competitions were big on national networks like NBC, ABC, and especially MTV. A bright eyed 11 year old was really tryin’ do the motions of the Jabbawockeez, tryin’ do all the flips and freezes like D-Trix, and tryin’ be as smooth as Andrew Baterina. ABDC on MTV was monumental because season after season there was representation. SoReal Cru, Super Cr3w, Quest Crew, Kaba Modern, Mos Wanted Crew, our native Seattleites Massive Monkees, etc. Not lying to ya but all these guys kept me from ending it all, (not literally obviously), but to have people that resembled me to have the talent, to have the popularity, to have the success on platforms like this that the majority of the globe saw made me feel proud to be who I am. You really gotta remember, before 2018 with the box office blockbuster ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and the Netflix hit ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Asian/Pacific Americans DID NOT get regular screen time and absolutely DID NOT get respect in the entertainment/media/music industries. Actors/actresses were either portrayed as stereotypical roles like a kung fu ninja warrior or some shit, exoticized babes, that nerdy sidekick, or just plain extras and backups, never the main lead. There was no coverage of an up-and-coming U.S. Asian rapper or singer on Billboard Hot 100. So YouTube and MTV became that center stage to shine, and man did my people ever rise up. Not saying that to provoke triggers but the proof is in the puddin, the influence has been solidified. You got today’s best new singers like Daniel Caesar and Mac Ayres covering “Lemonade”! You got dancers like Brian Puspos, Keone and Mari Madrid, and the Kinjaz killin’ it with sensational choreo vids and being featured in music videos for the likes of Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and many more. It not only showcased the natural singing and dancing abilities, but it broadcasted our personalities. I’m introverted, ever since back to my preteen years. Back then I never thought we could have this type of energy. I didn’t know we could be that loud both literally and metaphorically. So this was a fire to my life because that charisma represented my community, my home, my domain. That aura helped me get through the tough times. The success of these pioneers holds true, even to this very day. You got people like Jessica Sanchez and Charice (now Jake Zyrus) making headlines on bigger music stages like American Idol, got Kina Grannis being featured in showtime films for her angelic voice, and Bruno Mars being one of our generations best entertainers that has performed for not only one but TWO Superbowls. They all broke the mold from the stereotype of us solely being known for academics and being professionals, we’re more than that. So to cut my take on FAHM I just wanna say maraming salamat because all of them inspired many to pick up a guitar or ukulele, to take up dance lessons, and to be 2 > 1, especially to be much more than just our typical stereotypes. 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– Lyle Lasala
Heyo – My name is Alexander. In this post, I’ll be throwing some tunes that I dig your way. Catch is, I’ll review each song with one brief blurb. A sentence. Enjoy.“Worry No More – Keys N Krates Remix” – Diplo, Keys N Krates featuring Lil Yachty, SantigoldTake notes: This is how you transform a weirdly heartfelt Lil Yachty, Diplo collab into a something more.“Weekend” – Kane BrownGrab a beer.“MOOO!” – Doja CatChildhood lullaby instrumentals combined with your edgy mid 20s aunt’s commentary.“Gmail” – Sheck WesStingy Giorgio Moroder like synths meet the many flows of Sheck Wes.“Master Groove” – WizkidThis is the musical portrayal of an African trying to dance flamenco, fucking genius.-Alexander (Open to good conversation and music recommendations via Instagram-click my name)
Greta Van Fleet“Age of Man”: This song starts Greta Van Fleet’s debut album off with a slow build before presenting listeners with one of their notable guitar riffs. The lyrics evoke a feeling of connection to the land we inhabit, commenting on our need to pay attention how we interact with that world—a theme woven throughout the album—and in their double EP From the Fires. This 6-minute song kicks off the album, but it feels like a necessary entrance into the underlying meaning of their debut album. 5/5 “The Cold Wind”: The album quickly shifts into a typical short rock song reminiscent of a time long gone. References to the times of settlers—when the world was simpler and less degraded by human interaction fill up their second song’s lyrics. However, the song seems to focus less on the lyrics and more on the musical elements. 4/5 “When the Curtain Falls”: Their lead single demonstrates the generic rock song that Greta Van Fleet still tries to put forth, despite their underlying care for more important topics of discussion throughout the rest of their album. I’m not saying it’s not a good song—because it is. But within the context of the album they have created, it seems to stand out more as an anomaly rather than a song that fits in seamlessly. 4/5 “Watching Over”: This track slows down the chaos of “When the Curtain Falls” and returns listeners to the overarching theme Greta Van Fleet tries to weave throughout their album as a whole—the environment and our subsequent treatment of the land we live in. Their care for the environment runs deep, clearly evoking their childhood growing up in Michigan. 4.5/5 “Lover, Leaver”: A fan favorite song with its lengthier counterpart “Lover Leaver (Taker Believer) closing out the album. “Lover Leaver” circles back to the lover that is simultaneously no good, but one cannot simply stay away from. This song departs from the environmental undertones of the album, but feels like a necessary inclusion based off of its cult following and heavier instrumentals which showcase their individual talents. 5/5 “You’re the One”: Every album has at least one—and this one is the one—the love song. Although it tries not to be the typical love song, it still brings something serene and lovely to the sometimes-hard riffs throughout the album. Personally, this is my favorite song on the album. As someone who has seen them play this live, it’s beautiful. Josh Kiszka’s voice shines through in this song—a separation from the screams he usually evokes in many of their other songs. 5/5 “The New Day”: This song feels like a downgrade from “You’re the One”. It’s another love song more focused on the duality of love and pain, but it doesn’t nearly hold up to the strength of “You’re the One”. However, Jake Kiszka’s guitar riff makes up for the less than creative song. 2.5/5 “Mountain of the Sun”: Their 8th song starts off very reminiscent to the guitar in The White Stripes “Catch Hell Blues” but this quickly turns away to reveal that Greta Van Fleet has brought us back to the nature symbols as a way to finish off the last love song on the album. It’s better than “The New Day” but still seems a little cheesy, especially the ending. However, the title gets points in my book for referencing the line “follow me down to the mountain of the sun” from their song “Talk on the Street”. 3/5 “Brave New World”: “Brave New World” calls back the deeper rock sound from the beginning of the album. The brave new world analogy references this dystopian nature we risk having if we keep degrading the earth. This “world” is full of “acid rain”—something that both degrades our plane of existence, also provokes us to want to change our ways, urging us to “take one look at your skies”. 4.5/5 “Anthem”: Personally, the album should end with “Anthem”. It is the closest listeners get to a “title track” and it thematically represents the message that they have so ardently strived to weave into their debut album. It slowly ushers us into the final message that they want us to see—that we have the power of change. It is truly an anthem—not because of the lyrics that we can chant from our lungs at their concert or at a party—but because of the message that it strives to bring forward. 5/5 “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)”: This one feels out of place to end the album, as it is merely the lengthier version of Lover, Leaver. It seems more like a bonus track than a proper ending to the album that “Anthem” evokes. Greta Van Fleet are known for their extension of instrumentals in their concerts, often extending songs many minutes in length past their tracked version. I can see why they would feel the need to add this to the album as a way to pay homage to how they end their shows—in a blaze of Danny Wagner’s drumming glory via “Safari Song”, but in the overall tone of the album it seems like not the most fitting ending. 4/5 Overall: 4/5Final Thoughts: This album is something I both expected and didn’t expect from Greta Van Fleet’s debut album. If you’re looking for the heavy rock and roll sounds of “Highway Tune” and “Safari Song”, you may find some in “Lover Leaver” and “When the Curtain Falls”, but overall the album focuses more on a theme of the environment—with more slow-paced songs than I expected. It showcases a different side of their abilities as musicians and lyricists, which truly shines through in some of their longer songs like “Age of Man”, “You’re the One”, and “Anthem”. Give it a listen and see if you too want to join the peaceful army.Watch out for Greta Van Fleet’s Seattle return in January at the Paramount!Cheers,Alison Bentley