Moogfest Oct 28-30 Asheville,NC

•June 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s finally here. It was like Christmas morning seeing that line up spread out on the website. Sure. The same old schtick of The Flaming Lips adorned the topspot that is so coveted. Soundtribe was a given. Ghostland Observatory and Battles has passed their prime and don’t get me started on the aural raping of Passion Pit and Chromeo. But what stands out is a trio of names that even I am impressed with in my old age. Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelins, and Suicide (performing their 1st album in its entirety) among a backdrop of a “who’s who” of the current electronic scene.

The city of Asheville is just an amazing place for this to happen in. Spread out over 4 venues across downtown over Halloween weekend the festival and provide ass shakin till wee hours of the morning and wonderful hotels to sleep in till early afternoon.

The initial lineup:

The Flaming Lips
Suicide (performing their album Suicide)
Crystal Castles
M83
Passion Pit
Tangerine Dream
STS9
Austra
Ghostland Observatory
Chromeo
Battles
Umphrey’s McGee
Mayer Hawthorne & the Country
Adrian Belew Power Trio
Holy Fuck
Matthew Dear
Toro Y Moi
Twin Shadow
Oneohtrix Point Never
The Naked And Famous
Can’t
Ford & Lopatin
Brandt Brauer Frick
Anika
Tim Hecker
Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Gold Panda
Little Dragon
Causing a Tiger

I can’t wait to see whats instore.

Coming soon to Biscuit Shooter is a closer look into the artist playing Moog.

http://moogfest.com/

Tickets on sale Saturday at Noon via Ticketmaster

 

Coca Cola Cupcakes? Yes,please!

•May 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

   I’m more of a Coke guy. There is something to be said about the sugary sweetness that flows from the top of the bottle. You know when you pop the seal of a Coke bottle. The hiss and a caramel aroma that Pepsi can never match; and without that chalky aftertaste. It takes me back to my childhood and working the farms. Nothing tastes better after several hours of working in the heat. I have the teeth to prove it. There is almost a zen state while drinking. Sure they don’t use cane sugar anymore and since the 80’s the soda has been in plastic bottles; but there really is nothing in the world like it.

Cupcakes. Gods gift to the world. Enough said.

Put the two together and you have something resembling the second coming of Christ. To me at least.

This is a new recipe I found and will be trying it out this weekend, thanks to the wonderful people of squidoo.

Coca-Cola Cupcake Ingredient List

Coca Cola Cupcake Recipe

1/3 cups plain flour

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 large egg

1/2 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup Coca-Cola or carbonated cola drink

4 Tbsp cocoa powder

Icing for Coca-Cola Cupcake Recipe

Coca-Cola Cupcake icing

2/3 cup pure icing sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1-2 Tbsp Coca-Cola or carbonated cola

Preheat oven to 180C.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In a separate jug, mix together the egg, yogurt and vanilla.

Gently heat the butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a heavy saucepan until melted, then add to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.

Add the yogurt mixture to the batter and stir well until everything is incorporated.

Portion out the batter into patty-lined muffin tins. Fill to about two-thirds to three-quarters full. The recipe should make about 12-15 standard sized cupcakes.

Bake at 180C for about 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Pipe the Coca-Cola icing onto the cooled cupcakes and decorate with cola bottles and a heavy dusting of cola sherbet.

To make the icing, beat the butter using an electric mixer until it is light and fluffy. Add the icing sugar and beat until incorporated. Add 1 tablespoon of cola and beat. Add more cola and/or icing according to texture and taste.

It post photos after this is done.

In The Kitchen, Yet Again.

•May 5, 2011 • 1 Comment

  Growing up on an old mountain farm, buried deep in the Appalachians, I found myself in the kitchen with my grandmother. She was a baker of cakes and all things good and fattening. Nutrition be damned, this was comfort food and she knew how to make it. Buttercream was a food group to this woman. Nanny taught me a lot about baking and cooking. I was always in the kitchen covered in flour and greens, chopping away, reading recipes and playing with equipment I was probably too young for. My grandfather used to call me Biscuit Shooter. A term I didn’t know what it meant many years later but it makes sense now.  A biscuit shooter was a camp cook for hobos. Looking back at the miles I’ve logged and the back alleys I’ve wandered, cooking for travelers, it’s eerie really. Some cryptic foreshadowing he was giving me.

The worst was the day he asked me to fix him a tongue sandwich. To this day I have a problem with tongue. The idea of eating something that has the potential to taste you back just gives me the chills. Seriously.

Somewhere on that old mountain farm I fell in love with rock and roll. I packed my bags and hit the road. Watching the mile markers pass on those all night drives and some Neil Young in the makeshift tape deck I had wired in the glove compartment with my Walkman. I was knocking off the bucket list one at a time. Wherever I ended up I had to eat there. I needed to know the regional cuisine that each city had, usually in some all night diner that had refills on coffee and never minded I took up space writing postcards and looking at tour dates trying to figure out what was the next move.

Biscuit Shooter is an extension of those all night diners.  I’ve grown tired of music blogs. Interviews and Reviews all share the same boring questions and redundant analogies. It’s driving in circles when you wanna go straight. That’s what this will be.  A fuckton of rock and roll and a fuckton of food.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you kick your shoes off and stay awhile. I’ll put a pot of coffee on.

 
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