onsdag 29 december 2010

A band of horses and their arms - their allegedly infinite arms

This Seattle sound will give you a mix of the best that Panic! At The Disco delivered, when Ryan Ross still was active and they dropped the "!", mixed with the evaporative compositions of Fleet Foxes. One should call out a global buy-warning (but download the album) because the thumb on my hand is pointing towards the ceiling where I have not yet hung my lamp.

The uniqueness of this band is the choir-esque sound that would make the overrated Simon& Garfunkel pale in comparison. Additionally, it goes well for that late evening winter jog. Don't forget to stretch.

måndag 20 december 2010

Finding the salami

Bought it weeks ago and it never ends, unfortunately, the cheapness of it matches the loss of wanting to buy another one (something for meta-cognitians to discuss). Only get this one if you are cheap or are having friends over who do not necessarily share you sensitive pallet. OK for frying without a bad conscience (virtually unwasteable).

You can almost taste the acorns the pigs grazed on in this dark piece of Nostrano meat. Rapidly dwindling and very popular among my neighbors who don't bother to ask before taking. Have a slice for breakfast to awaken you taste buds en masse; réveillez-vous! I can recommend it. Probably, my neighbors would as well.

The conservative Appenzellers are preserving the Swiss (and the brunt of the European) pride by creating smoky sausges whilst refusing to reveal the secrets behind making it (or was that the cheese? Or beer?). One bite of this Appenzell Tannenberg Schübling and you need not have your morning cigarette - it would just be too much. A true stop-and-think-for-a-second-taste, means; try it! 

The softer, cheaper and (most likely) produced for kids version of a salami. Naturally, my schizo-manic taste buds love the simplicity of it. Perfect for in-jacket-storage and to bring out in the envy of your hungry fellow tram riders.

And you thought your salami was little. Stop complaining! Seven of these Citterio Irresistibili will fit in a small pocket size box that works perfect to snack on after the party is over (believe me, I did this last Friday after a WG-party which broke the ice and cracked some people up. Some are easily entertained, I suppose.) Like manna during winter!

söndag 19 december 2010

2 cakes: low carb high or über fat cake!

Perfect for Christmas or Easter or Ramadan or Hanukkah.

Bon App!

Kanye West is making music ill again

Kanye West is doing something mean to the 21st century that he is living in.1 h and 8 min of jogging music in 13 tracks from this male version of Kelis. Most songs are collaborations with 279 other artists, even if he could have done it himself, if you'd ask him. Tracks like "Power" already hitting high, I recommend "Runaway" to be listened to while you decide if your thumb is up as well.

As usual, Kanye brings to our attention the racism in the world, especially poignant is the depraved situation of the white woman in today's society. Thank you, Kanye! Our last beacon of hope!

Familjen makes music for the mänsklighet

Already from the first track it is evident that it all began in Hässleholm. After a few tracks it starts to sound like Hässleholm might be a Swedish version of Brooklyn, wherefrom the bulk of indie/experimental/so-not-mainstream-that-it's-mainstream music comes from. However, I would not give this as a Christmas present - I don't even give a thumbs up. Almost did, mainly because of the lack of Swede-lingual musicians these days.

fredag 17 december 2010

Yeasayer and blood that is "odd"

Yes! You guessed it - it's an indie/experimental band. From Brooklyn. They are not very famous, not yet - but as soon as they will be the indie epitaph will vanish and the uniqueness of being another Brooklyn-based in a pool of six hundred others will go with it. Untill then, enjoy tracks like the great "Ambling alp" and strange "O.N.E." so you can feel special among your friends because you heard them a long time ago...

Can't help thumbing up.

söndag 12 december 2010

The suicide bomber of Central Stockholm

One bomb attached to a suicide bomber and one car bomb. Falluja? Bagdad? Karbala? Almost, in fact, it was Central Stockholm. No, not "New Stockholm" - we're talking the actual Swedish capital. Follow the events on (here; Swedish). Or maybe some "unbiased" news channel. The Imam of Stockholm's biggest mosque came out earlier and condemned the act (here; Swedish). Conspiracy theorists quickly (and correctly) pointed out that the attack was performed on the 11th of a month, just like the Twin Tower (2001-9-11) and London (2005-6-11) bombings.

Police are allegedly investigating this as a terrorist crime (here; English). However, apparently, the Swedish Defense knew about the planned attack several hours before the it happened (GPSvDFBDN; all Swedish sources). An employee of the Swedish Defense said "Om du kan, undvik Drottninggatan i dag. Det kan hända mycket där. . .bara så du vet" - meaning "If you can, stay away from Drottninggatan today [site of bombing]. A lot could happen there... just so you know" - according to TT hours before the attack.

Since international coverage is sparse, I hope this opened your eyes.

The National are high and also violet

Mr Subwoofer-Vocal-Cords Matt Berninger still got it - eventhoe (my own word) sometimes I do not understand anything he sings (like in "Gospel", am I right people??). Songs to warm you up are "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks", "England", "Conversation 16" and of course the hit "Bloodbuzz Ohio".

See if your thumb is up as well. And, after reviewing female singers yesterday, I appreciated this baritone dose.

lördag 11 december 2010

Zara; love-hate relationship

Usually, workers in a clothing store will repeatedly kiss up, offer assistance and tell me that color goes great with my eyes. Not in ZARA. No one greets you, no one cares and the cashier needs a Zoloft. It's not H&M. It's ZARA. The place I get 80% of my clothes.

ZARA, you are Spanish, have PMS and are in fashion. Thankfully, there are three of you in Zürich in case I get blacklisted if asking for too much help (inevitable).

And don't let the door hit on your way out...

Rihanna be ballin'

Next album by a far-out female vocalist (can you tell Christmas times are coming?) - Rihannas "Loud". She brings quintessential beats but also rock ("California King Bed") in a well-furbished package. Thumbs up!

Outside of the hit "Only Girl", she finally delivered a Matisyahu-ish (strange word of the day) reggae track that sounds good to me: "Man Down". And "Raining Men" with Nicki Minaj almost had me kick-ball-change stepping at every stop light on the Saturday jog. Finally, the "Love the way you lie" version 2 with less of Marshall and more of Rihanna definitively blows away the other version.

Kelis - Rytmus für Alle

... as the Germans would way. After seeing what kind of woman Kelis is here I expected her album to be great. Appreciate the base!

Thumbs up - I'd recommend "Acapella" made with David Guetta (recipe for success, by the way). Additionally, "Home" and emancipate will probably pon the replay.

The female version of Kanye West!

Black Eyed Peas, the proverbial chameleon

With the latest "The Beginning" it's evident just how much a group of musicians can change and yet still remain modern; they are the chameleon.

Despite replacing tonight's gonna be a good night with love you long time - I raise a flag for "The Time (Dirty Bit)" and "Do it like this" - maybe, just maybe, you'll be hearing these on a dance close to you floor very soon. I also raise one tired thumb up.

And "big radio mega smasha"?

MGMT - A wonderful new album!

Congratulations, indeed to all of you who like modern core music - MGMT is your oxygen. The track "Congratulations" is already a hit in the making, - try "It's working" - the opening track and you'll see - it's definitively working. Thumb up.

9 tracks, but it feels like 20 - much like Arcade Fire, bold transitions are common (try "Siberian Breaks"), and here, it works so well. Although, "Lady Dada's Nightmare" creeped me out a little during my evening jog.

And, you have to see the video for "Congratulations":

fredag 3 december 2010

Low carb French Fries

About time (forgot to post it here!) - dip it, turn it, watch it, leave it and serve it! Celeryroot is the key.

Bon Apero!

Paul's Coffee

In a three-pack discount I got 1,5 kg Caruso for 13 CHF. Caruso must be a bold mongrel of Central/South American highland Arabica, Indian/Indonesia and Asian-African Robusta descent judging from its uncompromising flavor and also, because it says so on the package content label. Highly recommended for coffee connaisures who enjoy a kick in the teeth for breakfast. Thumb up.

Exquisito - ah, yes indeed; the mild choice - perfect for those Sundays where the Saturday is but a lost memory. A mild body and flavor, chased away by a sour aftertaste that leaves the pallate asking; Wherefore does thine replenishing abide, old trustworthy patron?. Thumbs up, for these bean hunters.

Cheesy fo-sheezy

Luzerner Rustico; Swiss fermented dairy - and I could smell the lake upon breaking the seal. Classic pugnant old cheese taste. Absolutely splendid. Only minus is the soft texture that doesn't allow fine grading. Thumb is up.

The Italian Pecorino Siciliano, given the "rich" history of this island, you would expect something unforgetable. Instead it is one of the most boring and pale things ever to come out of a cow. Thumbs down, despite the hint of a lingering aftertaste.

An easy-eatin' mild Swiss cheese for them who likes it soft. Like a bed of clouds and kittens. Too hard to be brie, too soft to be Gouda. Works well on cold Monday and Wednesday mornings. Thumb-upped!

torsdag 2 december 2010

Home made low carb Pesto!

Pesto change-o (you knew it was coming); doing it yourself is in style again. If you have never ground something before, it is about time.

Bring it!