Blitzen Trapper

Guest Mixtape + Interview / Greylag “The Essence of the Pacific Northwest”

Photo Credit: Greylag

It’s true that there are no shortage of emotive folk artists in the world, but that certainly does not negate their ability to make an impact.

Take Greylag for example; the band has captured such purity in their music that it is impossible not to connect with them.  Minimal and raw, their debut EP, The Only Way To Kill You, is far too short to do justice to the depth of emotion that the band is capable of.

In a way that I can’t quite describe (maybe because I haven’t been myself) it makes complete sense for them to pay homage to the Pacific Northwest with their mix.  Yes, the band is based in Portland, but the relationship is deeper than that.  Their whole “musical aura” seems to be the color of gloomy skies, and the feel of a cool drizzle on your skin.
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TA Mixtape / Sleep Tight

Photo via digital retrograde

When I was little I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.  A painter, to be specific.  It was the clearest way I knew how to translate images and stories in my head into something I could see and touch.  I always told myself that someday – when I was a real artist – I would finally be able to paint the perfect sunset. I tried a few times of course, but I just couldn’t get the textures, layers or nuances in each vivid shade.  No matter.  Someday I would get there.  Well, that day still hasn’t come, but living in California and getting to see the most beautiful sunsets every day from the 5th Floor of my office building has certainly brought it to the forefront of my mind again.

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Comfort Food: A Cozy Cup of Chicken Noodle

Music and food have always been two things tied closer to emotion than almost anything else. When you’re in a great mood you want to bop down the street to Ben Lee or The Beatles. When you’re pissed you might pull out some Aerosmith or Alkaline Trio. And especially when you’re bummed out, a pint of ice cream or chicken noodle soup, a warm blanket and some Bon Iver sound really good.

This week it’s all about comfort food and comfort tunes. Like a chef pairing your wine and entrée, I’ll be pairing each playlist with a delectable recipe perfect for when you need a pick me up. We start with a cold day classic: soup. Chicken noodle is of course the most traditional, but below check out a fantastic Rachel Ray recipe for Smoky Sweet Potato Chicken Stoup – I’ve made this one before, pretty sure I messed up somewhere, and STILL had a great dish that lasted for days.  Sort of like this playlist (except I NEVER mess up, obvi) – so eat up, team.

Comfort Food: Cup of Soup by comfortadpole1

Upcoming shows…

See Frightened Rabbit at The Music Box at Fonda this Sunday May 23 – get those tickets, I know I have mine!

Freelance Whales will be performing with the Shout Out Louds, The Franks and DJ Daisy O’Dell at the El Rey tomorrow, May 20 and on May 21.  Details here!

Blitzen Trapper is at the El Rey as well, on June 29 with The Moondoggies.  Get yer tickets!

And you can catch Clem Snide with The Heligoats on Saturday, May 22 at Spaceland.  Tickets here.

Rachel Ray’s Smokey Sweet Potato Chicken Stoup

INGREDIENTS

Photo credit: Tina Rupp

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 ribs celery
1 large onion, peeled and halved
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 chipotle chili in adobo, finely chopped, plus a spoon of sauce from the can
Salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon dry thyme (eyeball it)
1 bay leaf
1 cup dry white wine (eyeball it)
5 cups chicken stock
1 large sweet potato
3/4-1 pound chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces
4 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, a generous handful, roughly chopped
1/2 cup sour cream, for garnish (optional)

PREPARATION

Heat a soup pot over medium-high heat with two tablespoons of EVOO, about two turns of the pan.

While soup pot heats, chop carrots in half lengthwise then slice into thin half moons. Add the carrots to the pot while it heats, stirring to coat the carrots in the EVOO. Chop and drop in celery and onion, chopping as small as you can, but don’t make yourself crazy. Add the garlic, chipotle, and adobo sauce and stir to combine. Season the veggies with salt, pepper, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook the veggies together for one minute. Add the wine and reduce a minute. Add the stock to the pot, cover the pot, and raise heat to high. Bring the stoup to a boil, remove the cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into quarters lengthwise, then thinly slice into bite-size pieces. Add the cut chicken and sweet potatoes and simmer five minutes until sweet potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through. Turn the heat off and add the scallions and cilantro. Serve each portion of stoup with a dollop of sour cream on top.

'Tis The Season: The Leaves They Are A-Changin'

There’s nothing better than fall on the East Coast…the leaves changes colors, there’s a nip in the air and its the perfect temp for football – whether you’re playing a pick up game with your friends or tailgating your favorite college team.

1. Blitzen Trapper “Black River Killer” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WruodIBlfs(video)

2. Rod Stewart “Maggie Mae” ♫ http://twt.fm/378988

3. Elvis Perkins “Shampoo” ♫ http://twt.fm/379011 #tistheseason

4. Sonya Cotton “Baltimore Trees,” “The Dim & the Dark Light,” and “Red River”http://song.ly/2je2m

5. Akron/Family “Running, Returning” http://twt.fm/378996

6. Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson “Relator” ♫ http://twt.fm/379129

7. Our Lady Peace “Potato Girl” ♫ http://twt.fm/379151

8. Modest Mouse “Gravity Rides Everything” ♫ http://twt.fm/379165

9. Sam Cooke “Bring It On Home To Me” ♫ http://twt.fm/379176

10. The Cars “Just What I Needed”

11. Paul Simon “Me and Julio Down at the School Yard”

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