The baked, spiced ‘corn nuts’ featured on eating/sf are not your average corn nut. For one, they aren’t as crunchy as the fried ones you’d normally find in a store (and are healthier as a result). Instead, they have a sort of crisp chewiness to them. And, of course, as advertised – they have a salty, spiciness. It is a substantial snack to prepare for a small party, game night, watching sports, or just hanging out having a drink with friends. With crisp melodies, a slight crunch, and a definite spiciness, Dum Dum Girls‘ I Will Be is my choice for the recipe’s musical pairing. Sub Pop released the debut full length on March 26, and it has continued to be a Musical Pairings favorite ever since.
Dum Dum Girls received a significant amount of hype leading up to the album’s release (including two Single Servings right here on Musical Pairings), and they definitely delivered. The album is a crisp, spicy blend of medium-fi guitar-based grunge rock with cherry-red lipstick girl group pop. It’s also fairly described as a Tarantino-esque themed collection of blissed-out love songs penned by a leather-clad rock n’ roll bad girl. On the album’s lead single, “Jail La La,” Dee Dee sings: “Soon I’ll be in county jail / someone tell my baby / or else he won’t know I need saving.” The title track, ” I Will Be,” features chugging percussion and a grimy guitar tune, as Dee Dee promises resolute devotion: “You can have my word / I’ll be your girl.” The darkly brooding “Lines In Her Eyes” is a mash of buzz-saw guitars and sugary pop. And on “Everybody’s Out” Dee Dee taunts unknown enemies out to bring her down: “My baby’s better than you / yes he is.” And like any good album, I Will Be is solid from start to finish with no real filler. You can score your copy over at Insound.
Head back to eating/sf to read Kasey’s recipe for homemade corn nuts.