Posts tagged #playlist

Mixmas 2008

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone. It has become a bit of my annual tradition to post a playlist of my favourite new music of the year, and this year shall be no exception. I still can't shake the feeling that this year wasn't quite as good as the year before, or the year before that, but maybe its just that this music is still too fresh to have fully penetrated into my consciousness. I'm also feeling more and more that the hipster music 'blogosphere' is almost as narrow in its scope as the major labels, top 40 radio, and MTV. Hopefully, my music tastes haven't entirely been shaped by the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Elbo.ws. Thus, I give you Mixmas 2008, my own 'Top 40' of 2008, in something resembling a particular order. A few things I discovered is that MGMT are better when remixed, Stereolab can still release music as good as anything they've done before, and that the best indie tunes evoke misty windswept seascapes (see Shearwater and Okkervil River). An additional note, for those of you prone to misheard lyrics, is that the screeching falsetto chorus in Jaguar Love's "My Organ Sounds Like..." is actually "and everything it hurts" not "and I've got fingerholes" (although it would be so much better that way).

The whole list can be found at FIQL.

Posted on December 21, 2008 and filed under Tunes.

Recipe & Playlist: Jamaican Jerk Chicken

We're heading out to Arto and Hannele's now for a bbq, and decided to bring Jamaican Jerk Chicken to grill. We've done it only once before and absolutely loved it. The only reason we haven't done it more often is that the combination of habanero chilis, onions, and other spices creates an almost painful eye-scorching, nose-running, choking, coughing vapour in the kitchen. So to the great outdoors it goes! I've basically taken the recipe exactly as it appears here. For real jerk-iness make sure to poke some holes in the chicken (we used pointy Japanese chopsticks to pierce the breasts). * 1 tablespoon Ground allspice * 1 tablespoon Dried thyme * 1 1/2 teaspoons Cayenne pepper * 1 1/2 teaspoons Freshly ground black pepper * 1 1/2 teaspoons Ground sage * 3/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg * 3/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon * 2 tablespoons Garlic powder or fresh * 1 tablespoon Sugar * 1/4 cup Olive oil * 1/4 cup Soy sauce * 3/4 cup White Vinegar * 1/2 cup Orange juice * 1 Lime juice * 1 Scotch bonnet pepper (habanero) * 3 Green onions -- finely chopped * 1 cup Onion -- finely chopped * 4 to 6 chicken breasts

Since many of the most popular posts on the site are either recipes or playlists, I've decided to combine it into a 'Recipe and Playlist' feature. These songs go along with the Jamaican vibe (including the islands other more famous 'herb'), and some about the main ingredient. So cook up some spicy hot chicken, put on the grooves and enjoy!

Posted on July 26, 2008 and filed under Food, Tunes.