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Recipes

November 26, 2009

So I bought an acorn squash because it looked cool and festive but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I found a recipe for squash filled with goat cheese, pecans and maple syrup. But I didn’t have pecans and syrup in my kitchen; I had almonds and honey. So, voila, here it is!

Acorn Squash filled with Goat Cheese and Toasted Almonds

2 acorn squash, halved crosswise and seeded
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
2/3 cup toasted/roasted crushed almonds
2 tablespoons honey plus more to drizzle
1/2 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
4 oz. log goat cheese

Heat oven to 375F. Sprinkle inside of squash halves with salt and brush with melted butter. Turn upside down on baking sheet and bake 30 minutes.

Stir together crushed almonds, honey, and thyme. Turn squash upright on baking sheet. Reserving about 3 tablespoons almond mixture, fill hollow of each squash with remaining almond mixture. Fill the rest of each squash with goat cheese, and sprinkle with reserved almond mixture.

Bake 10 minutes more. Drizzle with more honey as desired and serve.

Servings: 4

By Nada R.

Shanty Cheryl’s Photo of the Week!

November 23, 2009

This photo was taken right around the same area of the last photo I posted on K.O. Zine. I don’t think I have been anywhere else like the hills of Fort MacArthur above Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro.

There is so much beauty and history up above there. I recommend any artists, writers or photographers to take their sketch pad, journal or camera up there and let yourself go.

Tiesto: World’s biggest DJ?

November 21, 2009


Tiesto is arguably the biggest trance/dance/electronica artist in the world. He’s had hit singles, a grammy nomination, is featured on the new DJ hero video game, and performed at the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympics. Not to mention, he can start a party anywhere, anytime.
Today I had a chance to talk with him briefly. Listen here for our conversation:


I ask him the following questions:

Q: Can you even begin to describe what it must be like to perform in front of 250,000 people?
Q: The new album is Kaleidoscope and the first single is “I will be here.” The song hit #1 on Billboard’s dance radio Airplay chart. Safe to say it’s your biggest hit so far?
Q: How/where did you learn to dance? What do you feel the dancing adds to your music and performance?
Q: Your track, “elements of life” is featured on the new DJ Hero game. How did that come about?
Q: Kaleidoscope is your fifth album. What can you say about the album?
Q: On this album you work with acts like Sneaky Sound System, Nelly Furtado, Emily Haines and Calvin Harris. How did these collaborations come about and what was it like working with those artists?
Q: The tour for the album sees you playing 175 live shows across five continents. Where are you currently in that process?
Q: It has been said that you have, “created the biggest and best live show to date leaving fans and critics breathless.”
Q: Some people say that you have made the dance album an art form. Your thoughts?
Q: Your website features a section where fans can remix your songs and submit them back to you. Tell me more about this.
Q: Any thoughts on your future as an artist?

Find more on Tiesto at:
http://www.tiesto.com/
http://www.myspace.com/tiesto

Q. and A. with Phantom Communique

November 20, 2009


Q: To my readers who may not be familiar with you, tell us a bit about the sound of this band and what you are all about.

A:The sound of this band can only be described as rock metal. We love epic melodies and we love crushing riffs. I wanted this band to reflect that, so rock metal is what you get. What we are mostly all about is energy, raw vicious energy. Our record is well thought out and quite under control, but when you get us on the stage you may not even recognize us as the same band. The music is just as tight but the energy will singe your eyebrows. To make it easy, take some of the euro metal like “in flames” and “sybreed” and American metal like “killswitch”, “all that remains”, and infuse it with some good solid catchy hard rock like “foo fighters”, mix it up with a bit of “faith no more” and here we are.

Q: Your new album is coming out in February. Bring us (the fans) up to speed on the album, how it came together, what it’s all about, etc. Catch us up!

A: We have had a few bumps in the road with the economy and some other things getting in the way, but we busted our asses on this record and are very proud to get it out there. Jim Kaufman, who produced it, is also my best friend, he said he wanted to produce my band and loves the material. I gave him the shot and he killed it. There ya have it.

Q: On the album. Quote from label, “With a respect for the rock of old and a knack for heavy hooks, the Los Angeles foursome perfectly captures that spirit in the studio.” Would you say this is accurate?

A: Damn straight!

Q: You also have a four song EP that will be available at your upcoming shows. How did you pick the four songs? Do you feel they are representative of what we can expect from the album?

A: We suggested the ones we thought were a good introduction to what we are and the label agreed.

Q: Brandon Thomas has come over from Bleed the Dream. Talk about the process of leaving one band and forming another. Can you tell me how that came about and how this project came together?

A: I am Brandon Thomas and I can tell you that guy Brandon Thomas is a real jerk! Well I was in an LA band called bleed the dream, we toured the world a few times, sold some records and rocked for a few years till it just wasn’t working and we parted ways. I wanted to get back to my metal roots and originally this band was supposed to be heavier then the fucking devil. Didn’t work out that way, people convinced me that hooks is what I’m good at and they were right. So heavy we are, but hooky we are too. I went back to Baltimore and formed ranks and then hooked up with American voodoo and Jim Kaufman in LA to put the final spin on things. And now we set out to run amuck on the rock and metal world.

Q: What can we expect from the upcoming show on Nov 23rd at the Key Club?

A: Pure raging, rocking, debaucherous times. A 30 min set of great energetic music mixed with visual stimuli to go with it. And a little funny funny between songs. I’m a loudmouth. I like to fuck with the crowd and make the best of what I have in front of me.

Q: With the new album coming out in February, can we expect a big tour and a huge year from this band?

A: YES!! we are currently scoping out what tours make sense for us and look forward to unleashing hell on girls and boys all across the lands and sands of time. Epic….

Plug your websites, albums, management, anything and everything ya want:

well, the usual myspace.com/phantomcommunique and purevolume.com/phantomcommunique. you can also follow my silly ass at twitter.com/broshianis. I tweet a lot and get into some silly shit and I like to share it with the world.

We are self-managed right now but I would like to shout-out the whole American Voodoo team and family for busting heads and never even asking questions after. We rule.

Let’s Talk About: Media Bias

November 20, 2009

In this bi-monthly column I plan to comment, complain, etc. on topics relating to the media and consumerism and how these two evils (at least sometimes) affect Americans.

I think the media is far too influential on how Americans live their lives. Most of us depend on a certain news source to receive all of our information on current events. Now this wouldn’t be such a problem if all media were fair and balanced. Unfortunately this is not the case. Americans need to wise up to this fact.

It’s sad that many liberals probably go to MSNBC for their news. At the same time conservatives flock to Fox News and those seeking “unbiased” coverage go to CNN. Each demographic has no idea what they are missing.

No news can be unbiased, most reporters have an agenda and very few will look for a story they aren’t interested in covering. With that said, Americans are in trouble. Thankfully, we can rout out this problem by focusing on the younger generations and how they perceive and seek out media.

I strongly believe kids should be taught about media bias from a young age. As most of us know, the older we get, the more stubborn we become. If children begin to understand that the media has all kinds of influences that affect the final draft of each story, they will become less likely to believe everything they hear or read (that is if we can still convince them to keep reading).

I would also hope these classes would encourage students to actively seek out a variety of sources, so that they can get a number of different sides of every story and form their own opinions on the issue.

Not only would this make for smarter Americans, it would help push journalists to a new level. No longer would they be able to mold the brains of the public.

Families also need to make it a priority to talk with each other about how certain types of media affect them. For most, a conversation about the nightly news is probably a little boring, but if your kids watch MTV or Sesame Street, ask them what they liked about it. Americans need to become active participants with the media they consume.

I realize this may be a long time coming, but it’s important that it happens. So many Americans today take what Sean Hannity or even Keith Olbermann say seriously. And yeah, sometimes they might be correct, but there’s more than one side of any story.

In fact, there’s normally five or six.

Americans are known as being excessive. We need more food, bigger cars and louder movies.

Settling for one news source is simply un-American.

By Kelly KO.

Continuum Conversation with John Baizley of Baroness

November 19, 2009


Today I spoke with John Baizley, singer and guitarist of Baroness, one of the biggest names in Metal today.

Baroness just started a new tour that has them playing basically every night from now until Dec 11th, from the East Coast to the West Coast and back. Then in February they’re on to Australia. Some of the bands they’re touring with include Pig Destroyer, Earthless and Iron Age, all artists featured at Chicks with Guns.

Their new album is Blue Record and has been out for about a month. It has drawn rave reviews from such publications as Rolling Stone, Spin, and Metal Hammer.

The album debuted at #117 on the billboard top 200. It’s been incorrectly called the sister album to The Red Album of 2007. It is a clinic in duel guitar wizardry. With ups and down’s, slow and speed, the album is balanced from beginning to end. John Baizley and Pete Adams share guitar duties and each bring a symmetry in style and substance. The result is metal harmony.

The album is bookended by, “Bullhead’s psalm” and “bullhead’s lament.” These two slower, instrumental pieces are the perfect open and close for this brilliant album. The album also features, “A horse called Golgatha” with a new video for that song, and the very artistic “O’er hell and hide,” featuring spoken word lyrics.

Listen here as John and I talk all things Baroness. Among other things, we go into depth on the new album and the songwriting process. John is very open and shares his thoughts and processes that went into making this record.


Find more on Baroness at:

myspace.com/yourbaroness

Stay tuned for more updates on Baroness, here as always, in the Continuum.

Q. and A. with Kava Kava of Britain

November 19, 2009

Q: Tell me about the origins of this band and how you came together.

A: The original line up met at University in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. We shared a mutual love for deranged partying and all kinds of music.

Had a few releases on UK labels, for example Delerium Records (who established acts like Deadflowers, Porcupine Tree, Praise Space Electric) and my own label Chocolate Fireguard. We’ve toured all over Europe and played some pretty amazing festivals including Glastonbury Festival,

Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland, Trutnov Festival (Czech Republic) Rockmarkt (Belgium). Toured China too. In 2007 I managed to get us on at SXSW in Texas and that lead to us being licensed by New York label Midnight Swimming- founded by publicist Paula Amato from Pai Media.

Q: To the unfamiliar readers, talk about your sound a bit. Does the term “psychedelic funk” fit accurately? Maybe “electronica” fits better? How would you describe your music?

A: I’d say right now we are rock / electronica with added soul and psychedelic vibes! Its true to say that Kava Kava started out as a psychedelic funk band. UK mag NME referred to us as this, saying the music was like a cross between George Clinton and King Crimson (Discipline era). Early on we played gigs with bands like Porcupine Tree (but were probably a bit too freaky and funky for their audience).

Since then we’ve developed the sound to incorporate electronica and dance genres. Our music is now very much at home in clubs and festivals.

Q: What are some of the elements you use to make such a unique (i.e psychedelic) sound? Sampling, bass, etc. Talk about how you use the various tools.

A: Fundamentally the band is a 4 piece rock band set up- vocals, guitars, bass and drums. Most of the album was recorded in home studios using Cubase and Logic so it was really exciting to be able to add beats, real strings and brass sections, extra keys etc. Some of the album was recorded at Faust Studios in Prague. We then mixed the tracks down in various studios based in the North of England.

Q: It is said that the band has a ‘revolving lineup.’ Would you say that is accurate?

A: I get musicians where I can, some are recruited in parks others from shopping malls. Seriously, we all do other projects, for example I’m singing for a lot of drum n bass projects at the moment eg Hospital Records acts London Elektricity, Logistics etc and recently with Tak over in Japan. I try to keep it the same line up for Kava Kava but we go out live as a six piece, which is quite a large line up – so there’s a pool of musicians especially brass players…….

Q: What has the transition in moving from Britain to the States been like? Living here now? Just touring here? Etc.

A: We are still living in the North of England! Wouldn’t mind spending some time in NYC or the Bay Area though!

Q: How did you end up with songs on the show “Weeds” and the XBOX 360 game “stoked”?

A: In recent years I’ve been lucky enough to have been at a few music conferences in the States, sometimes with my own label Chocolate Fireguard or repping a few other music projects that I’ve been involved in. Kava Kava’s first synch to US TV was “Weeds”. Over at at SXSW I had a few beers with Amine – the first series music supervisor and she was interested in using “Don’t Stop The Music” for the very first episode. Happy days there really. It’s a dream for bands to get the chance to air their music in cult TV shows. “Weeds” was a particularly good show. I think it got a Golden Globe, right? This placement introduced us to the world of Synchs. We’ve worked with placement Agents who have helped – tracks in shows like “Dirt” (Courtney Cox) and “John From Cincinnati” followed. Also raunchy Hollywood independent film “Boys & Girls Guide To Getting Down” It’s amazing for us to get in a show like “John From Cincinnati” when the only other tracks are from peeps like Bob Dylan, TV On The Radio, Kasabian, Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Joe Strummer, U2, Muse etc and its really helped draw attention to the band’s music. This year it’s been good to get our music into video games. Again meetings with contacts at conferences secured our music into the snowboarding game “Stoked” and last month “Bank Job” became a free track in iphone app “Tap Tap Revenge 3” which I understand is pretty good coverage.

Q: The new album came out this summer. I just finished listening to it and am completely blown away. What has the response to the album been? What have you been doing to support it?

A: Thank you very much for that response. Appreciated. This particular album has only been released in the US so far, although a few singles like “Tic”, “Bank Job” and “Don’t Stop The Music” have been released worldwide on itunes already. The reaction has been very positive, lots of great US press but we are itching to get back to the States to do some touring in support of it. Any ideas?

Q: Talk about some of the lyrical concepts on the album. Have a favorite song or lyric?

A: I’m feeling “Bank Job” right now. Lets face it, we’ve all been taken for a ride over these last few years! Also “Forwards” – we all need some love. If you find yourself in a situation where its repeatedly the opposite, then it’s time to move on or change your surroundings.

Q: I am a metal head at heart, but I also love my experimental/psychedelic stuff. The album grabs me immediately with the start of “tic.” How do you come up with sounds like that? From there, what made you decide to lead off the album with that track?

A:With you there – us Kavas are partial to a bit of metal now and again too. About the sounds in “Tic”……….. at one point the band was based at this old run down house in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. The house was a bit depressing – none of us had any money, but it was good because we could make a lot of noise there. The opening sound you hear on “Tic” is actually the sound of the taps and pipes shaking the house! We ran the water from the taps to the point when the pipes were making the worst possible noise and recorded them. It was a really nasty sound. From hell in fact. Jason manipulated this sound in the sampler! One of the reasons why “Tic” opens the album is due to the great response we’ve had from it being in shows like “John From Cincinnati” and “Dirt”. The single, which I released on itunes on Chocolate Fireguard Records has done well in the States and we’ve enjoyed some really nice contact with people in America via the Myspace site who keep telling us they love the track …. So I figured it was a good idea to start the album with it.

Q: “Clarity” has drawn a lot of attention. What do you think it is about this song that draws people in?

A: Thats good to know. I think having a video helps. Michael Slavens directed this for the label Midnight Swimming who are releasing the album for North America. I’m also hoping the track is more immediate than others have been in the past. Being self produced, we have a tendency to write longer songs, but “Clarity” is just over 4 minutes which is something of a breakthrough for us! I think lyrically its pretty straight forward and hard hitting too. I worked on the beats with Gav Whyte from “Nursery of Naughtiness.” I think the change of groove on this track gives us a different feel and it sounds pretty fresh. Christophe B helped us mix this one down in Manchester.

Q: “Everything” rocks pretty nicely. Tell me a bit about how that song comes together.

A: Elements from a jam around a simple blues lick from Matt (Guitars). I changed the rhythm, added the vocals and a load more keys, organ sounds. Worked with Jason on the acid sounds and he worked the beats in – this time manually. The track was mixed on my laptop with the help of James Reid (Blue Amazon / Darcadian).

Q: What is the future of this band? What is next?

A: World Domination! Off to play some gigs in Switzerland soon. We’d love to tour the States. We had such a great time at SXSW but that was a while ago. I think U2 should offer us a support next time they tour your Stadiums.

Want to know more about Kava Kava? Find them here:

www.myspace.com/midnightswimming

Watch their video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJrJ-evjUsI

Stay tuned for more from Kava Kava, here as always, in the Continuum.

Beth’s Dream Journal (Or Luncay From A Sub-Sane Mind)

November 19, 2009

Dreams- A series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep.

People say dreams are messages from your spirit guide, a premonition of what’s to come, an insight into your subconscious mind… Well this is an insight of what is in mine, lord help you all.

The other week I had a dream of a post apocalyptic United States. The deal was the Middle East pretty much came back and said “Fuck you” and bombed us all. No more streets, recognizable buildings, or trees. Just mud, fire, and screaming men with automatic weapons blowing up every goddamn thing in sight. There was a row of apartments like a ghetto ( a WWII kind not the other kind that we all live in now ). I only saw about 5 of my friends . The rest were dead, didn’t surprise me about 90% of the world was dead. All of would soon, just inevitable and almost a relieving thought, don’t wanna live in this mess.
The few friends I did see that lived must have been super tough. The others weak!

Another sub-plot to the dream involved my ex-boyfriend being a complete ass ( recurring theme to many of my dreams). In real life a great guy. My dreams always just a complete dick. I’m sure I died in the end. That’s supposedly means a new beginning, Booyah Up Turn!

Ananlysis= I have zero paranoia’s. Even in an Apocalyptic world if I die I die. Live it up now. Hey dreams could come true. So fuck it let’s party!

Recipes

November 17, 2009

First the joke:

“Here are my eggs, cooling on the windowsill.”

Now, here’s my recipe for pickled eggs:

In each jar place:

2 garlic cloves
2 hot peppers
3 slices onion
pepper & salt
italian seasoning
6-8 eggs
fill with apple cider vinegar
shake well, refrigerate, be patient, and eat when you can’t wait any longer.

Ta-Da!
By Ginger Ivey

Sarah A.’s Photo Of The Week!

November 16, 2009

pumpkin patch and broken glass

I saw this pumpkin patch on the side of the 101 freeway and had to pull over and take a few pictures, and the broken window i saw while walking down pacific coast highway. It always amazes me the things you can catch if you slow down a bit.