RSD 2017

on saturday morning i couldn't get to a record store with the early morning die-hards because i was fulfilling my pious duty of bai san (also called ching ming or grave cleaning) way out in mililani. but i made it back to town a little after 3pm and walked over to ideas music and book shop to flip through the stacks.  i was hoping to find the thrice 7" and the balance and composure 7".  neither was to be found there.  but i did find three other things that are on my wishlist. 

1) Antics by Interpol
Evil, Slow Hands, and Public Pervert are long time favorites.  i even remember the first time i heard slow hands.  i was in 7th or 8th grade (because i was still living in makiki) and there used to be a late late night show on the style network that paired runway shows with music videos.  interpol blew my mind.  i can't even recall what other songs were shown on that program that night (or ever) except for slow hands. it's so cool to have a physical copy of a song that i love. 

2) All day and all of the night by The Kinks
All day and all of the night
i am on a quest to find singles of all my favorite kinks songs.  this one really rocks, right?! i'm still looking for Lola and You really got me. 

3) Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
Louie Louie
i really love 60s garage rock.  i'm trying to find more if you have any recommendations. this record in particular is special because it apparently came from Tom Moffatt!

i was worried it might not play because of the many scratches but i had to have this particular copy anyway. this is why i love record collecting.  not only does this physical object play music, but it was created a long time ago and physically transported to the present day.  it has a history! who was it's first owner and where did it come from? how old is it and how did it get here? i love knowing the answer to at least some of these questions for this particular record.  R.I.P. Tom Moffatt. i miss hearing your voice on the airwaves on saturday mornings. 

did you find anything good on record store day? 


i made carrot cake for the first time this week!

used a very simple recipe from ina garten.
grating the carrots was the most labor intensive part.  i pretty much avoided making carrot cake all these years because i really really didn't want to waste time grating carrots! but i really wanted to eat carrot cake so i set my mind (and my ipod to angry punk music) to it and... it didn't take as long as i thought. haha.

here's the original recipe:

i followed *almost* exactly.

here's how i did it:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1- 1/3 cups veg oil
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons b. soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt

add dry to wet in two or three parts. 
i also do not have electric hand or stand mixer since i moved so i folded gently by hand.

  • 1 pound carrots + 1 large carrot

fold this into batter with 1 cup chopped walnuts. i did not flour the carrots or walnuts because the batter was pretty thick, i didn't think it would sink due to the viscosity.  the batter thinned out a little once the carrots were in probably from residual juice. 

i didn't put raisins because i didn't have any. :C i added the extra carrot for two reasons: 1) replace some of the raisin volume 2) i didn't grate the 1# carrots completely.  i just ate the last inch of carrot so i don't have to worry about grating my fingernails and knuckles off. 

bake 400 deg F 10' then reduce temp to 350 deg F for 35'

for the frosting, again, i don't have a mixer so i just softened a block of cream cheese with sugar using a rice paddle. ;P  i didn't use marscapone (because i am poor) and i didn't use crystalized ginger (which i actually do have) because i was sharing with @wild_twinkies and she doesn't like ginger. 


SO HAPPY THE RECIPE WAS THIS SIMPLE! and i had all the ingredients on hand except the raisins. i really wish i had raisins it would have made the cake perfect.  otherwise, it was very good!  if i had a mixer it might have turned out less dense but it wasn't too dense to be enjoyable.  i really like spice cake/prune cake/fruit cake/gingerbread so i might have even ventured in the future to add nutmeg and/or clove but if you are like @wild_twinkies and prefer less spice, this is a prefect easy recipe.  at first taste, i thought it could use more flavor... but when you eat it with the frosting it's just right.  the cream cheese has just enough tang to make it perfect.  

will definitely be making this again! 




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