Winter Tagine with Fenugreek and rose: a Moroccan twist on roasted root vegetables. I don’t have a “tagine”, the pot the dish is named after, but I do have a cast iron and you probably do too. The most important part are the spices (“ras el hanout”… google it, for chrissakes).
With a mortar and pestle or another grinder, blend:
1 tsp fenugreek
1 tbs dried rosepetals
various other mix of spices, such as turmeric, coriander, cinnamon (go easy on this) black pepper, nutmeg, chili peppers, anything you might put in an indian curry. you can even use a masala curry powder if you are a cop out. i made this one nutmeggy.
toast in your cast iron skillet on LOW for 5 minutes or until fragrant. add to the pan:
1 block frozen, thawed and drained tofu
1 medium onion
5 garlic cloves, in skin, sliced in half
1/2 cup black or green olives
1 small lemon, sliced, rind and all
assorted root vegetables. whatever fits in the pan and looks good from the dumpster or farmer’s market
as much olive oil as you and comfortable with
Mix together, bake at 350 for about an hour or until everything is cooked and browned! Traditional tagines are a little more stew like but who cares, it’s your world.
This three-piece band from my neighborhood of Temple, TX plays some fast and catchy hardcore with a good dose of energy and conviction. The nine song album starts off with a slow song which was a change of pace, but a nice way to get into the album, then on song two, shit gets serious! They come out of the gates with a good dose of speed and lyrics about how people want them gone, but they refuse to go away, and it has a Simpsons sample near the end of the song, the next one is against censorship, and the next one is about standing up to what you believe in and is dedicated to Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, & Wikileaks. Lots of cool ideas on here and this is only the third song. Then you have songs about people not thinking for themselves, the song “Frozen Blood” has a cool experimental hardcore feel to it with lots of feedback and a more metal feel, but it doesn’t take away from the power that they still put forth on this song, it’s also the second longest at just over six minutes, the real interesting track on here is the last one, “Doomsday Forever”. This track is a mind-blowing track of just over nine minutes and comes with samples from Law & Order and Fox News. This song about the end of it all is really an impressive piece of music, it shows their skill in changing the tempo, and the feel of the song as it goes by, with some peppy hardcore, distorted vocals and slower bits that have some great guitar work and drumming. The production is pretty good, giving them a loose area to fill in with their skill at putting forth the emotion that comes from them when they play. I will have to check these guys out when they play around here, and would wear a button and shirt from these guys with pride, no matter if they do have haters out there! (Rick E.)
Here is my first digital only review. What is the world coming to now with all these digital releases. Can’t really complain when I listen to this, this is a bad ass release. They call themselves D-beat/Crust Punk which I can see but this is better then your average D-beat/Crust band these songs sound way better with the gritty vocals and the heavy guitar. Plus all the songs aren’t long epic riffs there are some like “Bottle of Oblivion” that is a super fast catchy punk song with heavy drums and fast vocals. Track #9 has a nice intro into the song of a Native American talking about the struggle of the white man taking there land away and putting them on reservations. So kind of in the lines of RESISTANT CULTURE. Kind of has the KONTRASEKT sound to them. Then goes into the gritty as hell vocals that I think really make this album, nothing fancy straight to the point and not over produced at all. Please everyone go follow the link and download this album for free or pay whatever you can. You’ll be glad you did. (XbezerkerX)
This four piece band from Sweden have put out four hardcore songs with a pretty good dose of rock mixed in. The four songs are all really well produced with the band not being buried in the mix, but you can hear them come at you with both barrels and hitting you hard. These guys are in the vein of the HELLACOPTERS / MOTORHEAD which is not a bad thing by any means because they carry on the feel of both of them, without being a copy of them. The band really locks into some heaviness and just goes with it, making you move your head and feel it in your feet as you tap furiously along with them. From the vocals to the drums, guitar, and bass, these guys bring a glorious mess of fun on this single. (Rick E.)
This Boston band that first started up way back in 1982 has released some new music after fourteen years and it’s been far too long! We have four awesome songs, with one being a remake of “Legalize Murder” that they did with GG ALLIN, and every one of them kills, (pun meant). This is some classic and great hardcore with no metal crap, just pure hardcore goodness. These tracks have a timeless sound and the great production helps the grittyness still shine through. This is one of those bands that should have been bigger and now you have your chance to find out about them with this cool single. It comes die-cut into a saw blade which is actually pretty sharp and looks very cool. It’s a limited edition of 500 with only 150 of them coming on blood-red vinyl (the rest are black) and it’s in a fold-over sleeve with lyrics and info printed on the inside. You can’t go wrong if you want some old school hardcore that is just a cool release. (Rick E.)
This three-piece band from New York city play some really fun punk rock with no pretensions, and some pretty funny lyrics. The band is composed of Bryan Defiance on vocals/Guitar, Kat Kaos on Drums/Percussion/Vocals, and Jessica Carmen on Bass/Vocals. Lots of harmony on this release, great fun lead vocals, and the guitar, bass and drums are really well done as well. The production is really good, leaving the band room to move and nice and clear. This ten tracks are lots of fun, and not something for the delicate because they are raunchy, but damn, funny as hell and lots of fun too. This band is one that I am going to be watching in the future for more great releases like this. (Rick E.)
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This five piece band from my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario plays some catchy melodic hardcore in the vein of LAGWAGON, NO USE FOR A NAME, BAD RELIGION and FACE TO FACE. This band plays tight, and super catchy and I have listened to it over and over again. This is the kind of catchy punk that yo can sing along with, skate to and jump around to and it makes you feel good too, what a bonus! The vocals are nice and clear, with some good gruff spots, great background vocals, quick, catchy guitar solos, the bass and drumming are right on point as well. It’s always a treat to hear this kind of stuff done right and these guys sure hit all the right buttons. They would be a band that I would love to see live and even wear their shirts for support, yes, they are that good! Nice clear production which leaves everything easily heard and enjoyed so you air guitar, bass or drum to your heart’s delight. (Rick E.)
This band originally from Fullerton, California started way back in 1983 and is back after over twenty years and they haven’t changed or grown up one bit! They still have the same goofy lyrics that are made to piss everyone off, and some great hardcore punk tuneage. You do need to go into this with an open mind and try not to be easily offended because they are a total goof band and sometimes you just need this kind of stuff. I laughed so hard at some of this album, like the punk/ska of “Beat Your Meat” and singing about donuts on “Donut Shop Rock”. I loved their older stuff and now I have something new from them to crank up while I’m driving and listen to it over and over again. They were founded by Daddy X of KOTTONMOUTH KINGS, and the band lives on with original vocalist Ed “Shaggy” Caudill, plus you get special guest vocal appearances by Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. and Gordon Cox of The DETOURS on this LP. This is going into my play often pile, you need some goof punk in your life, trust me! (Rick E.)
This is a compilation of their rare tracks that appeared on various compilations and EPs, all now long out of print and hard to find. This hardcore punk band also featured bassist Nate Mendel (FOO FIGHTERS/SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE) in it. You get sixteen tracks on this CD, all of which have been cleaned up and sound great, with none of the faults you hear from some other reissues. The band blazes on this compilation, you would never think that it wasn’t a completely recorded album, instead of songs from other releases, it flows that good. They were around in the late 80’s until the early 90’s and put out some great songs, and it’s great to get a bunch on here instead of trying to hunt down the originals. The band has a lot of political and personal lyrics and super tight musicianship and it’s so refreshing to hear a straight up hardcore album without any metal wanking or tough guy attitude on it. This is a great release and they deserve to be heard by a bunch of new fans, and loved by their old ones. (Rick E.)