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Musical Pairings: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – self-titled (paired with striped bass with sage and red wine butter)

Kasey and Matthew are presently enjoying their honeymoon. Satellite tracking performed by MI6 has located the couple near the village of Tilcara. In light of these circumstances, today’s post is essentially a new and improved re-run–or maybe more like a victory lap. After all, not only did Matthew pick the pairing – he selected and prepared this recipe for Kasey on Valentine’s Day. I’m pretty sure this is the only reason she showed up at the alter for the wedding. Anyways, if you liked it before, you’ll love it now. P.S. Completely new posts will resume in October!

A few words that describe the music of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: earnest, warm, fuzzy and heartfelt. Although I’ll leave it to Kasey to share the details of our meal, suffice to say that descriptors such as “earnest, warm, fuzzy and heartfelt” were all I hoped to achieve with my Valentine’s Day dinner.

Therefore, I think this debut, self-titled album is the perfect musical accompaniment to my recent culinary adventure. This album is reminiscent of a My Bloody Valentine album blended with equal parts The Smiths and Belle & Sebastian: a tender wall-of-sound rests upon a buttery sauce of catchy hooks and warm lyrics. Take for example the lyrics from standout track Everything With You: “I’m with you and the stars are crashing through / Tell me it’s true / I want everything with you.” The band has offered the track as a free download you can pick up by following this link. Afterwards, you should just go buy the album–it is worth it.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Young Adult Friction

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

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