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  1. Musical Pairings: Beck – Modern Guilt

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    Today Kasey is featuring Roasted Romano Beans with Hazelnuts and Smoked Paprika in the Kitchen. Romano beans, if you haven’t tried them before, are essentially a meatier alternative to your standard green beans that are popular in Italian cooking and, as Kasey has informed me, are a seasonally summer ingredient that, due to the Indian Summer we’ve been experiencing recently, have remained abundant at local farmers markets. And that seems fitting. With the lemon zest, romano beans and olive oil blending with hazelnuts and smoked paprika, this tastes like a summer recipe in disguise as a fall recipe. It’s incognito. Sharing many of those characteristics, Beck’s Modern Guilt is a great pairing for this recipe. Modern Guilt is an album whose true form Beck, with the help of producer Danger Mouse, had tried to hide. Lyrically it is melancholy, organic and fall themed, but the production is upbeat, contemporary and summery.

    It’s a trick as old as pop music, selling sad sentiments through melodically upbeat tunes, but it is one that never gets old. And it is one that comes naturally to this collaboration. Sure some of Beck’s most popular early albums, Odelay and Midnight Vultures for example, were filled with neon lights and the vibe of gritty urban parties, but increasingly those feel like the exception to his muse instead of the rule. After all, he made his name with the single “Loser” and his more recent output, Sea Change and The Information, are lyrically filled with paranoia, fear and regret. Nonetheless, with the exception of Sea Change, Beck’s always worked hard to obscure the emotional weight of his music with lively, eccentric music. Meanwhile, Danger Mouse has proven himself as potentially unparalleled at crafting sonically intricate collages that are  almost effortlessly balanced between darkly lit pop-noir and free-wheeling summer jam. Their most obvious example of of this fusion is on the album’s most popular single “Gamma Ray” which certainly has the signature of a feel good jam but is nonetheless lyrically menacing:  “Trying to hold, hold out for now / but with these ice caps melting down.”  The track “Modern Guilt” follows the same blueprint by being sonically energetic, but lyrically downbeat: “I don’t know what I’ve done, but I feel ashamed.” It is only the Beck’s closing shot, “Volcano”, that maintains a poetic and musical consistency and directness with it’s skittering paranoia and pensive rhythm as he sings: “I’ve been drinking these tears so long / All I’ve got left / Is the taste of salt in my mouth.”

    Beck – Gamma Ray
    Beck – Orphans (Acoustic)
    Beck – Profanity Prayers (Acoustic)

    Head to the Kitchen to read Kasey’s recipe for Roasted Romano Beans with Smoked Paprika and HazelnutsModern Guilt is no longer in print on vinyl, but you can buy a CD from Insound.

    Romano Beans Hazelnuts Smoked Paprika Musical Pairings Beck Modern Guilt

  2. Musical Pairings: Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine

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    As you may have heard, Toro y Moi (a.k.a. Chaz Bundick) released his sophomore album last month – and it’s pretty darn good.  One review from a prominent music publication (I’m not going to point any fingers – I have some reviews I’m not proud of) suggested that one of the most overlooked aspects of Toro y Moi’s last album was its “lush ambiance.” I found the comment surprising, because for me, that is like saying one of the most overlooked aspects of Radiohead’s OK Computer is Johnny Greenwood’s guitar, or Thom Yorke’s vocals or songwriting. I had thought there was a pretty solid consensus that the Mr. Bundick’s ability to create lush, layered ambiance was one of the album’s most obvious and appealing strengths. Sure, his vocals and lyrics are often spot on and his thoughtful melodies sink-in deeper with repeated listens, but that lush, beautifully textured ambiance is what really hits you.  And yeah, that was true on Causers of This, and that is still true on Underneath the Pine as well. But the ambiance on Underneath the Pine is very different from the ambiance  of it’s predecessor.  Causers of This crackles, pulses and shimmies in a deep, scattered groove. Underneath the Pine is more flash, more disco and more hip-swayingly rhythmic.  As to whether or not it is better than his last album, that will definitely depend on the listener’s preference.  Personally, I have a slight preference towards Causers of This.  This is primarily because I suspect that when I want to hear a Toro y Moi album in the future, it is the one I expect I’ll scroll to on my iPod and pull from my stack of records.  But I definitely find tracks like “New Beat,” “Still Sound,” and “Elise” to be irresistible. All three tracks, like most of the rest of the album, have an upbeat and smooth disco-pop groove that makes them shine.  In fact, “Elise” is probably my favorite Toro y Moi track to date featuring a tense, jittery intro featuring skittering piano and a slinking-bass line that slowly builds into a spiraling, flowery serotonin-producing space jam.  At six minutes, it is over twice the length of the other songs on the album, but certainly doesn’t feel like it despite the somewhat lengthy break-down that fleshes out the tracks midsection.

    Because it is upbeat, sugary and sweet, Underneath the Pine pairs well with today’s recipe in the Kitchen: candied orange peels.  These addictive – and yes irresistible – bites were a big hit in our household.  They are chewy, aromatic and, as the name implies, taste just like candy. Kasey tells me the recipe is somewhat time-consuming – albeit relatively simple in terms of the actual preparation – but they are definitely worth the time required. Similarly, Underneath the Pine is Toro y Moi’s sweetest sounding album yet, and although it may not be his most rewarding album, it is rewarding nonetheless and definitely worth getting familiar with it.

    Toro y Moi – Still Sound
    Toro y Moi – Still Sound (KNIGHT STALKER Remix)
    Toro y Moi – Still Sound (Paola remix)

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  3. Single Serving: Hong Kong In The 60s – My Fantoms

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    Today’s new discovery? Hong Kong in the 60s.  This London-based trio make music that is cuddly, analogue, soothing and shimmering.  On their debut LP, My Fantoms, they have woven together a beautiful and quietly understated collection of feather-light ballads delicately imbued with gently rolling melodies, twinkling ambiance and vintage Casio keyboards.  Lead vocalist, Mei Yau Kan, offers quiet, precious vocals on most tracks, but her companions, Christopher Greenberg and Tim Scullion also effortlessly contribute contented contributions to the album’s vocals (including on the title track), and all three contribute keyboards and guitar on the album.  Download My Fantoms from the Hong Kong in the 60s Bandcamp.

    Hong Kong in the 60s – You Can Take A Heart But You Cannot Make It Beat

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  4. Single Serving: tUnE-yArDs – Bizness

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    Want to know what I’m feeling this morning? The new track by tUnE-yArDs. This track is the poly-rhythmic, clattering, quirky, horn-laced jam. I’m not sure how I missed it, but it would seem like it has been floating around out there for awhile now. I found it on Terrorbird’s SXSW sampler, and also noticed (via hypem) that Listen Before You Buy posted it several weeks ago (nice scoop!). So, yup, from the sound of things Oakland’s Merrill Garbus’ new album would seem to have come along splendidly. It is titled w h o k i l l and will drop before long. And when it does drop, you’ll want to be all over that if you want to be in the know. Bay Area fans: tUne-yArDs will be playing Great American Music Hall on April 26 – be there.

    tUnE-yArDs – Bizness

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  5. Musical Pairings: Keep Shelly in Athens – In Love With Dusk

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    The roasted cornish game hens recipe featured today in the Kitchen is a delicious recipe that uses simple, clean ingredients to craft a dish that tastes wonderfully “different” and yet still somewhat familiar.  Part of what makes it stand out is the use of healthy amounts of Sumac – a spice that has been commonly used in Greek cooking since it came to Greece from the Middle East.  As a result, it pairs well with the In Love With Dusk LP by Greek duo Keep Shelly in Athens, who craft an evanescent and velvety sort of downtempo electronica that is similarly “different” and yet familiar.  Indeed, the similarities between Air’s Moon Safari and the tracks “Running Out of You” and “Fokionos Negri Street” have been widely noted, and not without good reason.  However, that isn’t to say that Keep Shelly in Athens are mimic-ing Air.  John Bush wrote in his review of Air for Allmusic: “while Air had certainly bought records and gear based on the artists that had influenced them, they didn’t just regurgitate (or sample) them; they learned from them, digesting their lessons in a way that gave them new paths to follow.”  The same could be said for Keep Shelly in Athens. But still, I can’t resist examining this album from my personal experiences with Air’s debut LP. I remember picking up my first copy of Moon Safari while on a trip to London as a teenager.  I wasn’t familiar with the album, hadn’t heard the band before, and wasn’t sure what to expect. First listen: it sounded amazing. I nearly played “Kelly Watch The Stars” and “Sexy Boy” on repeat for several days while wandering through London. And listening to In Love With Dusk certainly calls to mind those memories. In fact, perhaps strangely, at this point in my life, listening to In Love With Dusk calls to mind those great memories far better than actually listening to Moon Safari does.  Moon Safari is 13 years old, and after spending 13 years with the record, it doesn’t sound nearly as contemporary as it once did.  Keep Shelly in Athens definitely sounds contemporary.  Funneling the resurgence of music with chilled-out vibes into a clean, stately, urban brand of electronica – Keep Shelly in Athens take the lessons they learned from their peers and the artists that have influenced (including Air) them to forge their own path while retaining the essence of what made their influences great in the first place. The results are fantastic. The vinyl is long sold-out, but you can download the record from iTunes.

    Keep Shelly In Athens – Running Out of You

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  6. Single Serving: TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light

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    TV on the Radio has proven to be one of the most consistently rewarding and innovative bands recording these days.  So it is cause for excitement when we have a new single, album artwork and the title for their new record.  The album will be titled Nine Types of Light, and is due April 12.  “Will Do” is the first track released from the album and you can stream it below.  I’m officially excited.  What about you? Woot!

    TV on the Radio – Will Do

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  7. Single Serving: Loch Lomond – Little Me Will Start A Storm

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    Portland’s fantastic Tender Loving Empire have been quietly releasing some of the best new music over the past couple years (including No. 5 on TK’s Top LPs of 2010: last year’s excellent Hunger & Thirst LP by Typhoon).  And they clearly haven’t run out of talent to feature: yesterday they released another stunning LP, this one by Portland’s Loch LomondLittle Me Will Start a Storm is the sextet’s first release on Tender Loving Empire following a series of releases on Hush Records (many of which are still available). Blending the earnest, rustic sensibilities of folk with their brand of symphonic chamber pop, Loch Lomond have spun a lush, earthy record that is sure to earn them a spot in many listeners’ hearts this year. Download the album’s first two cuts and a Fleetwood Mac cover below.  That cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” is simply smoking.  This is orchestral folk at it’s best.

    Loch Lomond – Blue Lead Fences
    Loch Lomond – Elephants & Little Girls
    Loch Lomond – The Chain (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

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  8. Single Serving: Birdlips – One Tongue

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    Birdlips is the project of Virginia-based Lindsay Pitts and Cliff Usher: a duo who have been using their music to live out their rock ‘n roll dream: they’ve been wandering the country for the past year, playing gigs and recording tracks along the way.  Their latest mini-album, titled One Tongue, was recorded in Sandpiper Cove, Destin, Florida.  It collects 8 slices of flowery, smokey psyched-pop that alternates between flowery, earthy and upbeat to spacey, billowing and plaintive.  For example, the opener, “Paper Palms” has a faded, washed-out ambiance that envelops Pitt’s lovely, dream-like vocals alongside a sparse electric guitars that are whirring and woozy.  The next cut, “Under Crooked Trees” features a cuddly, organic rhythm and an upbeat but light-headed melody.  The duo share the vocal duties on the album, supporting the lyrics with glistening, woozy ambiance, catchy melodies and organic rhythms.  It’s one of the best things I’ve recently discovered in my inbox.

    They’ll be playing a free show at the Hotel Utah on March 2 at 9:00 pm.  Definitely a gig.  After all, it’s not everyday that you get to hear quality music by a rising artist for nothing.  Buy One Tongue from Bandcamp for pay what you want (including free – though I’d implore you pay a few dollars to support the artists).

    Birdlips – Paper Palms
    Birdlips – One In Seven

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  9. Single Serving: Two Tears – Eat People

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    So far a number of my favorite records from 2011 have been of the dubby, electronic persuasion (i.e. The King of Limbs and James Blake). But the result of ingesting such heavy, regular doses of highly textured, electronic music, is that as a reaction, I’ve been jonesing for some good-ole’ electric-guitar wailing rock ‘n roll, and I’ve learned that I can rely on the awesome folks at Kind Turkey Records to consistently deliver a healthy dose of just that. Their latest release is a raucous trio of sly, snarling, and rhythmic garage-pop proudly dressed in a layer of grimy reverb courtesy of NYC-based Two Tears.  The solo project of Kerry Davis (formerly of L.A.’s Red Aunts), this is the fiery, sneering sort of down-and-dirty rock ‘n roll that will have you stomping the floor boards and nodding your head.  Hightail it over to Kind Turkey to pre-order the 7″.  Personally, I’d recommend snagging the bundle that also includes the Trent Fox 7″ and Wheels on Fire 7″ as you’ll get three great singles at the best possible price. 

    Two Tears – Eat People

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  10. Turntable Kitchen: The Covers Dinner Mix

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    As you may have heard, this past weekend, Turntable Kitchen and FoxconSox hosted a series of underground supper clubs titled “Covers” :: a dinner of culinary and musical tribute :: for the Noise Pop Festival.  For Turntable Kitchen, it was our first ever physical “real world” event.  Here was the concept: the chefs we worked with would prepare 6 courses of culinary “covers” paying tribute to chefs that influenced them. Then, we would pair appropriate covers to soundtrack the meal. For instance, the first course was a cover of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s “New Style Sashimi.” Chef Nobu, a highly celebrated Japanese chef, has explained that his philosophy as a chef is that you should always cook from the heart (or “kokoro” as Chef Nobu would said). So, to pay tribute to Chef Nobu and his philosophy, I wanted to pair the dish with a collection of Japanese covers of popular love songs such as Nana Kinomi and Leo Beats cover of the Zombies’ “I Love You.” To accomapny Chef Achatz’s signature dish, “Hot Potato, Cold Potato”, I chose “cold” indie covers of “hot” R&B songs such as The Bird and The Bee’s cover of Rhianna’s “Don’t Stop The Music.”  The chefs paid tribute to Chef Michael Tusk with a dish titled “Homage to Winter” (ravioli, 6 ways, prepared using seasonal winter ingredients), for which I simply chose covers of songs about Winter.  For Chef Michel Bras, a rock star in the French culinary world, I chose French covers of popular rock songs.  And to accompany the “Pave of Suckling Pig” by Chef Humm, a hot up-and-coming chef from New York, I chose covers by my favorite up-and-coming artists.  Finally, for the dessert, a riff on Chef Herme’s “Tango”, I chose some blissed-out and contented covers that included Toro y Moi’s cover of “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson to reflect the blissed-out and contented feeling that can accompany a great meal.

    Of course, many of our readers don’t live in San Francisco, and attendance was never an option.  Even if you were in San Francisco at the time, spaces were limited and the dinners sold-out very quickly.  Nonetheless, I put together a mix highlighting a few of the songs we featured during the dinners to share with our readers. Download it below. Finally, I want to thank Unholy Rhythms who helped me track down a number of these covers (including Kasey’s favorite: Sheila’s cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang”).  Enjoy!

    Turntable Kitchen :: The Covers Dinner Mix (.zip file)

    01. Nana Kinomi & Leo Beats – Suki Sa Suki Sa Suki Sa (Cover of The Zombies’ “I Love You”)
    02. Beavers – Saten No Yoru (Cover of The Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin”)
    03. The Bird and The Bee – Don’t Stop the Music (Rhianna Cover)
    04. The xx – Hot Like Fire (Aaliyah Cover)
    05. Klaxons – No Diggity (Blackstreet Cover)
    06. Panda Eyes – White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes Cover)
    07. Beck – Winter Lady (Leonard Cohen Cover)
    08. The Robot Ate Me – Angel in the Snow (Elliott Smith Cover)
    09. Sacred Animals – Castles In The Snow (Twin Shadow Cover)
    10. Sheila – Bang Bang (Nancy Sinatra Cover)
    11. Richard Anthony – Fille Sauvage (Cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday”)
    12. Francoise Hardy – Suzanne (Leonard Cohen Cover)
    13. The Morning Benders – He’s a Rebel (Crystals’ Cover)
    14. Memoryhouse – Foreground (Grizzly Bear Cover)
    15. Grizzly Bear – Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes Cover)
    16. Toro y Moi – Human Nature (Michael Jackson Cover)
    17. Blackbird Blackbird – Float On (Modest Mouse Cover)
    18. Steffaloo – My Love (Justin Timberlake Cover)

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  11. Single Serving: Death Kit – Devadasi 7″

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    The fine folks over at Fort Lowell Records who brought us that awesome 7″ by the Dead Westerns late last year are back with their first release of 2011 – and it is another solid hit.  The Devadasi 7″ is the physical debut of Los Angeles’ Death Kit.  The a-side “Devadasi” is sure to be one of the year’s strongest synth-pop gems and alone is worth the price of the record.  It features brightly-lit synths, glass-smooth vocals, and purposeful percussion that alternates between stumbling and steady. Sporting an ambiance that calls to mind 80’s Cure singles, but a grooving electro-disco rhythm that transform this cut into a contemporary synth-anthem… well, let’s just say that I think you’re probably going to like it.  The b-side is a remix of the band’s first digital single “I Can Make You Love Me” by …music video? and imposes skittery electro-percussion, twinkling lights and a rubbery groove to the tune.  It is set for release on February 22, 2010 from Fort Lowell.  Get it before it is gone.

    Death Kit – Devadasi

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