Friday, May 25, 2012

The Tallest Man on Earth - 1904

The Tallest Man on Earth is releasing his new album, There's No Leaving Now, on June 12th.  The first single is "1904."  You can download "1904" from Rolling Stone here.

My favorite The Tallest Man on Earth song had previously been "The Gardener," but this one is creeping in.

Album cover via.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sasquatch Roundup

I'm headed to Sasquatch for the weekend and couldn't be more excited.

There are so many great bands who are going to be there, but here's who I'm most excited about, after the jump.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Conference Bright

{Top: Ann Taylor; Pants: J. Crew, Booties: Cole Haan, Jewelry: Fuchsia (Viki), Spike the Punch, J. Crew, Michael Kors}

I like being tall at conferences, so I can pick people out of the crowds, and these Cole Haan booties are super comfortable despite the high heel.  Plus a brightly colored shirt never hurts.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Yellow Ostrich - The Shakedown

I found out about this song through February's monthly playlist by the blog "we all want someone to shout for."  The blog has been a great source of new music for me, found by my delightful friend Laura.

Brooklyn-based Yellow Ostrich started out as the solo effort of Alex Schaaf, but on this, his third Yellow Ostrich album, he is joined by Michael Tapper on drums and Jon Natchez on bass and horns.  They're touring a bunch this summer, with both Of Monsters and Men and Los Campesinos, so hopefully everyone gets a chance to see them live.

Album cover via.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Military jacket

{Jacket: Old Navy, Sweater: J. Crew, Scarf: Gift from my friend Stephanie, Jeans: Red Engine, from Tumbleweed, Boots: Fergie, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Jewelry: J. Crew, Kenneth Cole}

Apparently this was my uniform this winter and spring, skinny jeans, boots, sweater, scarf.  There are so many great military jackets out there, but before I was ready to invest in an expensive one, I found this one at Old Navy.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Shaved Asparagus Pizza

After what seems like a long time coming, particularly here in the Northwest, the spring produce is finally showing up in markets and my produce box.  Every spring when asparagus is in season, I make this pizza.

It's so good.  And making your own pizza is really not that hard, especially if you buy the dough (Trader Joe's has great pizza dough, both plain and whole wheat, for about $1).  Or here is a good, easy pizza dough recipe.  This time we had some leftover pepperoni knocking around the fridge leftover from a pizza party, and so I just threw that on there, and it was tasty.

Shaved Asparagus Pizza, adapted from Smitten Kitchen:

1/2 recipe Pioneer Woman's Pizza Dough or your favorite pizza dough (TJ's)
1/2 pound asparagus
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 cup mozzarella, grated and roughly chopped
4 ounces pepperoni (optional)
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
flour and cornmeal to dust cookie sheet

Preheat your oven to it's highest temperature, usually 500 degrees.

Peel the asparagus, using the woody end as a handle.  Lay asparagus flat on counter and create long shavings, some of which will most likely be uneven, which is fine.  Toss shaved asparagus with olive oil, green onion, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (to your preference).

Roll or stretch out pizza dough on cookie sheet dusted with flour and/or cornmeal to help prevent sticking.  Sprinkle pizza with cheeses, then pepperoni (if using), and pile asparagus on top.  Bake pizza for 10-15 minutes, or until dough is cooked through and the cheese is bubbly.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Scarf Shop

{Sweater: J.Crew, Shirt: J. Crew, Belt: Gap, Jeans: Mavi, Boots: Target, Scarf: Scarf Shop, Sunglasses: Kate Spade (old, similar to these), Jewelry: J. Crew, Michael Kors, Fuchsia (Viki)}

More colored jeans, with a sweater and scarf for cool spring days.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Imagine Dragons - It's Time

I have been listening to this song on repeat, and it is now thoroughly stuck.

Their most recent EP, Continued Silence, just came out on Valentine's Day of this year and is the product of the band working with  Alex Da Kid.

Album cover via.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Electric Guest - This Head I Hold

I just recently heard this song and the radio and immediately loved it.  Electric Guest is an L.A. based band made up of Asa Taccone on vocals and keyboard, Matthew Compton on guitar, bass, and drum, and Brian Burton as producing and songwriting collaborator in the studio.

They are currently touring in Europe before coming back to the U.S. for Sasquatch and Outer Lands.  Their first album just came out recently, and covers quite a bit of ground.  "This Head I Hold" is quite upbeat, and actually reminds me a little of Janelle Monae's "Tightrope."

Band image via.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Vegetarian Minestrone, minus the pasta

Still struggling to get through the produce box every two weeks, but this seems to be my go to, a big pot of soup full of veggies, greens, and beans for a little extra protein.  I made this last week for a last minute dinner party, and again, it's easy to tweak and substitute to your hearts content.  I should have planned ahead better seeing as my friends called around 6 to see what they could bring, and I realized I didn't yet know what I was making.  However, this soup comes together quickly, and with a quick salad of homemade croutons, blanched green beans, and halved grape tomatoes with lots of balsamic, it made for a nice dinner.

You could also make it a proper minestrone by adding some small pasta, either pre-cooked or raw about 10 minutes before it will be done.  For greens, I had a big bunch of huge spinach (ie not baby) and some curly kale.  I didn't bother de-ribbing the spinach, but it was definitely necessary for the kale.  

Vegetarian Minestrone, minus the pasta:
Serves 6-8

3 Tbs olive oil
1 large leek, white and light green parts, cleaned and sliced into half coins
4 stalks celery, washed and diced
3 carrots, washed and diced
2 Tbs salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 medium zucchini, washed and diced
1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
2 cans (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
4-5 cups vegetable broth or water
3 cups chopped (and de-stemmed, if necessary) greens (i.e. collard greens, kale, chard, spinach, celery leaves, broccoli rabe, etc)
2 cans (14 oz.) white beans, drained and rinsed
3 Tbs red wine vinegar

In a large pot, add olive oil and heat on medium high. Add the chopped leeks, carrots, and celery stalks, as well as all your spices plus salt and pepper to your preference, and cook until softened, about 5-10 minutes, stirring every so often. Add the zucchini, and cook for another 5 minutes.

De-glaze the pan by adding the wine and tomatoes (with their juices) and giving the whole pot a good stir, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Then add your broth or water and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer for 5-10 minutes and then add your greens and beans. Simmer long enough to wilt the greens and re-heat the beans, about 3-5 minutes.

Taste for salt and pepper and acid.  Add the red wine vinegar (if needed) and give another good stir to incorporate.  The soup is done when all your vegetables are cooked through and the greens are wilted.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Harriet - Sign

I just only heard this song recently, but have been really enjoying it.

Harriet is the new project of Alex Casnoff, formerly of Dawes.  They are currently offering their EP "Tell the Right Story" for free on their website.

EP cover via.
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