Ninja Tune is the new label home of Kelis, who will be releasing a new album in April called Food. One song that represents the album in a culinary fashion is “Jerk Ribs”, which may be about human ribs, or human jerking, depending on waht’s being jerked. Maybe it refers to a season meant to be applied to the meat, we are uncertain but answers may be found in the song, represented here by a remix by Mount Kimbie. Some of the other delicious treats on the album will include “Hooch”, “Cobbler”, “Breakfast”, “Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy” and “Fish Fry” but she also realizes that after a full day/week/month of food, you may find yourself “Runnin'” some laps or to the toilet. Watch your doo doo flows, y’all.
Queens representative Rock Mecca gets into a feud with whomever feels like stepping up to this guy, and he delivers a statement in the form of “W.A.S.C. (Rebel Anthem)”, produced by Jake Palumbo. The song will find its way on Ironworld, his second full length.
With a name like Rumpistol, does it mean they could also be named “Ass Guns”? The song features the sound of someone playing a saw, but it’s some moody and somewhat melancholy pop. That may be perfect for any winter blahs you may be feeling now, which may be felt and heard in “Away”. It’s the title track from their forthcoming album, where every song starts with the letter “A”. It is due out on February 17th.
Shot live last year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the Summer Slaughter Tour, The Ocean unleash the brutal “Demersal: Cognitive Dissonance” to a very devoted crowd. Helping out the band is Thy Art Is Murder vocalist Chris “CJ” McMahon, taking this performance to where it needs to be. The studio version of the song can be found on the Pelagial album on Metal Blade.
1) It was called Dirty Dick’s, a reference to the maker of the sauce whose first name is Richard, but it’s called Dirty Dick’s, which is still funny.
2) I learned of Dirty Dick’s because of a video review, and I had liked the Hotmaple hot sauce from Portland, Oregon, which used habanero peppers and I wanted to taste another habanero hot sauce variation.
3) The label states it is a hot pepper sauce “with a tropical twist”. While I am Hawaiian, it seems most things with a tropical twist tends to cater to Jamaican/Caribbean flavors, but I am an islander, we all love tropical things so in the spirit of island love, I was eager to try it.
4) It was called Dirty Dick’s.
I decided to order it and it had taken about a week (if that) to arrive. The first thing I noticed was the color of the sauce, a nice and rich maroon, or close to maroon. I also liked the smiling pig as the hot sauce’s mascot, which reminded me a lot of the logo for the bootleg record label, Trademark Of Quality. It was as if they were cousins, with one making fine illegal records, the other making hot sauce.
Heading to Dirty Dick’s website, you’re able to see the label in full with nutritional facts (55mg of sodium per serving) and ingredients, and I wanted to see what made it tropical: mangoes, pineapple, bananas, and sultanas. I noted that it was vinegar based, but my first thought was “oh, a hot sauce with bananas? Interesting.” The ingredient mixture sounded great, but I couldn’t quite figure out what it would taste like. Then I opened the bottle and had my first taste.
Wow. In comparison, the hot of the habaneros is more immediate than the Hotmaple sauce, and it lasts longer too. I found myself getting a sense of each fruit with each tasting, very much getting a sense of mango, sometimes getting a bit of that pineapple, sometimes a bit of the banana, or some mixture of the three in some form. The nice kick of the heat was awesome and throughout the week I tried on different foods, from scrambled eggs to chicken, and it got to where I found myself trying to conserve as much as I could because I had reached the end of the bottle in less than a week. It was too good and I had to buy another.
I want to try it with different dishes and had hoped to try it on a taco from a local tack truck, I figured it would be a great way to utilize the flavors of the sauce with the contents of the taco. Instead, I found myself in a dilemma and ended up buying a Jack In The Box taco. Good idea? Not at all, especially when I waited until I got home to try the taco, and the shell was completely soaked and far from what it had looked like when I was given the bag. I will say that Dirty Dick’s made the taco bearable, but barely.
I then had it with chicken again, and later within a sandwich and I could easily see a lot of uses with it. It’s not thick but it can be used as a dipping sauce, in fact, get rid of your ketchup right now, toss it in the trash and replace it with this. You can use it over fries, potato or tortilla chips (the latter of which I found was a great way to take in the flavors of the sauce), and I could easily see it being used as a marinade, add it over some popcorn to spice things up. After I used up two bottles, I wondered what else I could have it with and I want more. I want boxes of this stuff not only for myself, but to give as gifts. Without hesitation, this is an incredible tasting hot sauce. The heat is very nice, but don’t expect super hot on the level of a Dave’s Insanity or hotter. Some might consider this mild, and it is, but the heat that is there lasts for awhile. There’s a good reason why Dirty Dick’s website shows a list of them winning awards for it since 2006, and they should be proud of it.
(You may order a bottle or a pack of 12 bottles directly from DirtyDicksHotSauce.com.)
(NOTE: This review comes unsolicited, I paid for this sauce and wrote the review without compensation.)
Haven’t decided yet on what to make this Sunday for the Super Bowl EXTRAVAGANZA? This recipe is a beast, and it can be eaten as part of a sandwich, or all on its own. It’s a sausage with sausages inside, along with a sausage roast. If it sounds gargantuan, wait until you see how it is made. If you are reading this after the Super Bowl, make this for whatever day or event. This was found on the BarbecueWeb channel.
Two things to talk about concerning Jagwar Ma. First, a new music video for “Uncertainty” from their Mom+Pop album Howlin’. The video is of course a promotional tool for the band and the album, but one of the greatest promotional tools is of course the live performance, which they’ll be doing a bit of as they have SXSW and Coachella plans. This is where they’ll be popping up before the beginning of summer.
March 12-16… Austin, TX (SXSW)
April 11… Indio, CA (Coachella)
April 14… San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore) *
April 18… Indio, CA (Coachella)
May 29… Primavera, Spain (Primavera Sound)
* w/MS MR
As Yuck brave the chill of North America while on tour, it has been made known that they will be releasing Southern Skies on Fat Possum/Pharmacy Recording Co., with four brand new audio nuggets to sample. You may dip one of the nuggets into the sauce (b/k/a “your ears”) by listening to “Athena”.
The band played at Don Don Quixote’s in Felton, California tonight, and will be heading to Costa Mesa tomorrow. The current tour will lead them to the East Coast in two weeks, with the Bowery Ballroom in New York City being their final stop. Check them out if you can:
January 31… Costa Mesa, CA (Detroit Bar)
February 1… Los Angeles, CA (Troubadour)
February 2… San Diego, CA (Casbah)
February 3… Phoenix, AZ (The Crescent Ballroom)
February 5… Austin, TX (Red 7)
February 6… Houston, TX (Rudyard’s)
February 7… Dallas, TX (Trees)
February 8… Kansas City, MO (Riot Room)
February 10… Atlanta, GA (The Earl)
February 11… Asheville, NC (The Mothlight)
February 12… Chapel Hill, NC (Local 506)
February 13… Washington DC (Rock and Roll Hotel)
February 15… New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
Portland, Oregon is a peculiar place… but is it? Nah, but it’s a city that has gained a lot of attention in the last ten years but one band that wants to show you what being a Portlander is all about are called Grandhorse. “Short Drive With A Kidnapper” sounds like the kind of song that would scare parents and kids alike, but it’s nothing more than a song from their Portraiturefolio album, a title which is peculiar in itself and… okay, maybe Portland is a peculiar place but it’s a wonderful place to be. Grandhorse are a wonderful band, but don’t tell them about it.
The group will be doing a small handful of shows in the spring, if you are in the following cities and states, you may drive, scoot, bicycle, walk, or like this music video shows, run to these venues and rock out with Grandhorse.
March 25… Portland Oregon (Kenton Club) @ #
March 28… Billings Montana (The Railyard) @
March 29… Denver Colorado (Illegal Petes) @
March 31… Boise Idaho (a House Show) ^
@ = w/ Rubedo
# = w/ Khan Heir
^ = w/ Sun Blood Stories
Their Portraiturefolio, released last summer, can be downloaded for free with no obligation to you.
Last month/year, Lauryn Hill allowed a live performance of “Ex-Factor” to surface to the world. From that same New York show at the Bowery Ballroom on November 27th. She is allowing another track to surface again to show that when it comes to making music and performing, Hill is far from over like Frank Stallone.