Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
and Jeremy is working on a remix.
> Could you give a brief Summer Camp history?
summer camp was a total disaster, no-one came.....
Seriously though, in October 200 Elizabeth gave Jeremy a mix-tape
which included the song "I Only Have Eyes For You" by the Flamingos.
They thought it might be fun to record a cover version - Jeremy had
his own studio, although Elizabeth had never sung before. We recorded
it and put it online as a fake band, pretending to be seven Swedish
teens. Much to our surprise & delight, Transparent & Gorilla vs Bear
blogs immediately posted about it. We started writing songs and
playing gigs and here we are now.
> Who did you grow up listening to?
> Tell us a bit about recent offering 'Brian Krakow'.
wrote it for Jeremy to sing and he put loads of really loud guitars on
it. It's from the point of view of this kid Brian who lives in
Condale. He thinks he's really cool and that the world owes him a
living, as they say, and he's full of confidence. He's a bit of a jerk
but everyone loves him. He's seeing this girl and she's really keen
but he's keeping her at arms length. The sod.
> What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
now & the money goes directly to paying off our production costs. One
of the things you could get alongside the pre-order was have us write
a song about or for you, which a couple of people have asked for. So
we wrote a song for a marketing dude's website, which was cool, and
then we've had a few people ask us write songs for their partner's
birthday or an anniversary. It's really sweet & it feels really nice
to be a part of people's lives like that.
> What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
All music sounds good in lifts.
> What other artists are you into at the moment?
> Where would you love to tour?
would be so much fun!
> Finally, what's next for the Summer Camp, future plans and such?
mostly just planning for that. Apart from that, writing for album 2,
remixes, touring... all very exciting!
Friday, 23 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
I’m in Berkeley, California right now simultaneously trying to earn my degree while working on my LP.
Could you give a brief Giraffage history?
I started Giraffage around May 2011, mostly because I wanted a clean break from the shimmering beeps and boops of my old project, Robot Science. The name comes from this crazy looking graffiti that I always pass every time I take the Caltrain.
Who did you grow up listening to?
We had a Yamaha keyboard that was loaded with all these MIDI preset songs. One of my earliest memories is me putting on this cheesy MIDI-esque rendition of Venus by Bananarama and rocking out hard. There were also a bunch of MIDI Beatles tunes that I really dug. MIDI sample tunes notwithstanding, I grew up in the 90s so I was really into Blink 182, Nirvana, shit like that.
Tell us a bit about recent offering 'Pretty Things'.
It’s an EP of four songs I made over the course of 2 weeks. I released it May 2011. It’s pretty sample heavy and it’s the first time I’ve used vocal samples in any of my music.
What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
One of my new songs is about having an orgasm.
What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
In the middle of a gigantic field on an overcast cloudy day frolicking with the person that you love.
What other artists are you into at the moment?
I’ve had R. Kelly on repeat these past couple of days.
Where would you love to tour?
I’d love to tour Europe. I’ve never stepped foot in Europe before but I’m always hearing amazing things about it.
Finally, what's next for Giraffage, future plans and such?
I’m in the process of finishing up my debut LP entitled “Comfort” and that should be dropping sometime October. I’m also working on figuring out how to play live, so expect some shows and whatnot in the near future.
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Monday, 19 September 2011
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
It recently came to my attention that there are people amongst us who are ready and willing to speak ill of the deliciously versatile treat that is pesto. As a pesto enthusiast I found this upsetting and was plunged into somewhat of an emotional turmoil. However, after a few hard hours of mulling this over in a dark room, I decided that instead of shunning these people from my day to day life, as a lesser man would have done, it was my obligation to educate them in the ways of pesto appreciation. It is my opinion that this negative feeling around pesto essentially stems from a lack of knowledge and understanding, creating a culture of mistrust and unease. In the interest of education here is a concise history and some nutritional information to help answer any questions people may have regarding pesto, its origin and how it can improve your life today.
Pesto is a sauce of Italian origin, specifically the northern region of Liguria. Pesto traditionally consists of basil, pine nuts, a blend of Italian hard cheeses and olive oil. The name pesto comes from the Genoese word pestâ which translates as pound or crush, this name comes from the original preparation process which involved the use of a mortar and pestle. There are many different variations of pesto; however the most popular versions are the original green pesto, red pesto with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and red peppers and a French version known as pistou. While it is true that pesto is high in fat it should not be dismissed as unhealthy. It should be noted that the fat content in pesto is largely unsaturated fat, the healthier option when consuming high fat products. Pesto contains beneficial vitamins and minerals, the garlic and basil leaves in pesto contain vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is important for skin and eye health and vitamin C is important for supporting the immune system and generating collagen for skin repair. Pesto also contains Phosphorus and Potassium which is important for teeth and bone composition and heart beat regulation respectively.
As previously mentioned, pesto is considered to be a very versatile and dexterous condiment, lending its unique flavour to a vast variety of dishes. It is not just its range but the incredible ease at which it can be deployed that really makes pesto a firm staple. You can make a gourmet meal out of pasta, an onion, parmesan and a few spoonfuls of our green companion in a matter of minutes, making it universally popular from students to housewives. Although pasta is the most common use for pesto, it can be implemented in other recipes. You can create a simple yet delicious Alfredo sauce by melting pesto with cream or milk on a low heat; pesto also makes an excellent topping for an authentic Italian pizza. Pesto can also be used as a marinade for meat and goes especially well with chicken, it is also considered excellent for fish and seafood such as shrimp, as its delicate yet complex flavours do not over power it. Pesto can even be used as a replacement for more conventional condiments like mayonnaise, complimenting sandwiches and salads equally well if not better.
I sincerely hope that the information I have provided has gone some way to shine some light on this shadow on ignorance surrounding this delicious, versatile and undervalued food. To illustrate the joy that pesto could bring to your life, I leave you with the image of these two gentlemen enjoying their country’s finest export. Thank you and goodnight.