Essay reading is much nicer with a Johnny Flynn soundtrack,
So a new term has begun, thus I have taken to trawling the internet for new music in an attempt to avoid reading/essays/dissertation/life. I stumbled upon this gentlemen, a one George Ezra, and have had the few songs available on youtube on repeat ALL day. He has the most hauntingly beautiful voice and yet such an unassuming presence. A young man with an old soul- one of the better combinations. Now to give up my last cliched halloween as a student, no doubt drinking and dressing up , for a chance to hear him in a dingy pub in Glasgow- I am undecided. But if my obsession with these two tracks continue I may just have to.
It’s the last push for essays and exams, and in a couple of days I will be free. Plus, in a few short weeks, I’ll be enjoying a whole day of folk music at the Lunar Festival. I am indescribably excited to see this man…
Ps. Youtube, stop with your adverts, I hate having Nicki Minaj’s manic face staring back at me every time I watch music videos.
Shouldn’t really be posting as I have so much revision/essays to write, so will just be a quickie.
This song keeps popping up on my spotify playlist, and I absolutely love it. It’s by a guy called Benjamin Folke Thomas, unfortunately I can’t find a youtube link, but it’s on myspace (cringe, I know, who uses myspace these days) check it out, it’s pretty jaunty, pretty folky, but chill enough to have on in the background of some last minute cramming.
BEARDED IRISH MAN ALERT!! Let me introduce you to the wonderfully talented, James Vincent McMorrow-esque, Marc o’Reilly…
I can’t get enough of this guy, he’s irish, folky and bearded, doesn’t get better. There’s not a lot of his music on youtube, but if you check out his official website you can find more, and of course iTunes, for those with a few pretty pennies to spare for a really talented guy who deserves to make it big. I’ve been obsessively checking his tour dates, but alas, he is nowhere near in the immediate future, but hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be able to put his name on my ‘Best gigs 2k12’ list.
So here’s a track of his called ‘Foo’, Enjoy!
Happy T-easter y’all, which in the Moran Household, is a combo of Easter and Afternoon Tea (we love a good pun). It has become some-what of a tradition that every Uni holidays me and some B-town friends get together to eat cake and catch-up/spend a ridiculous amount of time mocking one another. So, following the success that was ‘Cakemas 2k12’, plans for an easter themed afternoon tea were put in place and people got their bake on. The success of afternoon tea is reliant on everyone bring something literally to the table, and my oh my did people deliver (well, one un-named friend baked a questionable sponge, half orange and covered with what looked like red candle wax and already licked mini eggs, but it’s the thought that counts…) I was pretty bad at snapping pics of what people baked but I have a few, the above picture shows the Carrot Cake (recipe below) and Mini-egg cupcakes I baked for the occasion. One thing I will remember for next time will be to shake it up with some savoury fare, eating 10 different forms of baked goods leaves you feeling remorseful and sick. Below is a cheeky pic of what people made, including some delish cupcakes, gingerbread with caramel frosting and strawberry ones, cookies- peanut butter and chocolate and some white chocolate and some home-made meringues and brownies. I certainly recommend adopting this tradition for yourselves!
Enjoy! (we certainly did)
Triple Layer Carrot Cake.
For the cake:
300g plain flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g soft brown sugar
1 orange , zested
1 lemon , zested
200g carrots , finely grated
227g tin pineapple pieces (sainsbo’s is exactly 227g!)
For the filling and decoration:
200g unsalted butter
100g icing sugar
350g cream cheese
½ a zested orange.
Crushed walnuts for the topping
Drizzle of Honey on the top.
Into a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir together, roughly, it doesn’t matter too much! In a separate bowl (or jug, probably easier) mix together the oil, eggs, lemon and orange zest. Then simply mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients together. Finally stir in the grated carrot (make sure it’s finely grated) and pineapple chunks (you can leave this out, but they do make the cake more moist)
Line a cake tin with greaseproof paper, preferably a 10 inch, the smaller the tin, the taller the cake, the more layers you can cut. Simples. Then whack in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 2/150 degrees C for 1 hour 25, check after 1 hr 15 just to be sure, if you pop a skewer in and it comes out clean, it’s done!
Make sure you leave it to properly cool, it can’t be even slightly warm when you cut it, I left mine over night.
To make the frosting; beat together the butter, cream cheese, sugar and orange. Slice the cake into three layers and spread the mixture over, leave some for the top. Spread the remainder on the top and sprinkle with crushed walnuts (if you’re a fan) and a drizzle of honey, then finish off with a sprinkling of orange zest, et voilà a triple layer cake easy peasy.
I have always been a massive fan of Charlie Fink and the boys, their second album ‘The First Days of Spring’ is absolutely phenomenal. So I was overjoyed to hear they were playing at the HMV Picturehouse last Tuesday, this joy was quickly replaced with despair when I realised the tickets were sold out and greedy seat-wave sellers wanted 45 quid for a single ticket. Alas I turned to my old friend Gumtree. I am under the impression (and have yet to be proven wrong) that Gumtree sells, buys and advertises pretty much everything that has ever existed, ever. And I was right, multiple emails later following a pleading post from myself, I acquired two tickets, at face value from a very nice middle-aged woman named Sharon (Sharon’s sister has bailed last-minute, her boss was in Australia and she needed to work overtime on a project that was being presented the following week – Sharon , albeit extremely lovely, was a massive over sharer). So me and the twin headed to the packed HMV Picture amongst many prepubescent cringe fan-girls and plenty of ageing hipsters. Emmy the Great supported, a great band with a great ‘sound’ but the lead singer is extremely unlikable and not at all engaging. Her attempt at ‘crowd banter’ extending to an ‘OMG its so cool you’re here’, however, their set was faultless and her live performance proved she is an exceptional talent.
Apologies for the poor quality snap, but check out the dapper attire.
On to the main act, Noah and the freaking whale. Their set was one of the best live performances I have ever seen, possibly one of the greatest gigs I’ve attended (bar Bon Iver, no one beats Justin Vernon) Playing a mixture of all three albums, they weaved in and out of emotional ballads to crowd favourites. The set was pretty damn long and felt almost tailored to me as they played every one of my faves. I was totally surprised by their stage presence, Charlie Fink is one hell of a show man, engaging and effortlessly cool. All donned tailored suits and quirky handkerchiefs, ties and braces and all have an uncanny ability to play numerous instruments, many two at a time. Tom Hobden’s fiddle skills were indescribable,he certainly is the Jimi Hendrix of the string world. I would, given the chance, see them play again and again and again. After all, who doesn’t enjoy chanting L-I-F-E-G-O-E-S-O-N with an eclectic crowd of fellow Noah fans.
So I’m attaching the crowd pleaser that is ‘Tonight’s the kind of night’ from the newest album Last Night On Earth…
My all time favourite, despite being hugely depressing, ‘I Have Nothing’ from the First Days Of Spring album…
And, for Rach, ‘Love of an Orchestra’