SXSW Song Of The Day: Arre! Arre! – Anthem

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Every good band needs an anthem. And with a sound reminiscent of their PNKSLM labelmates and fellow Swedes Shitkid, Malmö four piece Arre! Arre! comes charging out of the gate with a fierce anthem of their own in the aptly named “Anthem” off of last year’s Tell Me All About Them.

With an appearance at SXSW 2019 as well as a slot on last year’s Roskilde Festival already under their belts, the punk quartet seem poised to make some waves this year at SXSW 2020.

SXSW Song Of The Day: PONY – Limerence

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It’s that time of year. The time when those who’ll be making the pilgrimage to Texas in a couple of months start getting a little excited about being in Austin again. Or maybe you live in Austin already, in which case it’s probably the time when you brace yourself for the massive influx of music industry interlopers and/or start making plans to get out of town.

Yes, it’s almost SXSW time again, and today sees the announcement of the latest round of performers for this year’s edition of the festival (taking place from March 13-22). There’s a lot to like in this latest list, with names such as Soccer Mommy, Lydia Lunch, Caroline Rose, Ratboys, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids standing out as some of the highlights.

And since Panic Manual is based out of Toronto, we might as well take this opportunity to shine the spotlight in the direction of one of the Torontonian acts on that list – PONY. The Toronto grunge pop band, fronted by Sam Bielanski, has put out a couple of EPs since their inception in 2014 and will be releasing their debut full length on Buzz Records some time later this year. In the meantime, check out the video for the band’s latest single “Limerence” below.

Favorite Food Things 2019 – Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Uchi, Jerk King, etc

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2019 was a good year for eating. Like Richard Gere once said – “Food is the only beautiful thing that truly nourishes”

Here are my favorite food things in 2019

Austin Foods – Kemuri Tatsu-Ya / Uchi
This year I went to the BBQ mecca that is Franklin’s BBQ, but frankly – Kemuri Tatsu-Ya is my favorite place in Austin. The combination of using mixing Japanese ingredients and technique with Texas BBQ and technique is just something so purely unique and out of this world you just have to shake your head. The BBQ smoked fish collar and the ramen tsukemen where the dipping broth is made from some concentrated brisket bbq stock are just so good.

Uchi was another great experience – Omakase Japanese dinner that is traditional in service sense but also not that traditional in that food plays around with some of the ingredients that are clearly influenced by people living in a south Texas city that is close to the Mexican border. A great meal.

Oyster + Foie Gras + Uni, Morimoto, Las Vegas
It doesn’t take a genius to put three things super rich and high on umami together on a single plate – or does it? I have never thought about combining these three things before and yet, here we are, in Las Vegas and I’m eating this delicous thing (picture at top) that I don’t even know how to process mentally.

Peking Duck
Just leaving this here, because I enjoy eating Peking Duck always.

Kudu, Crocodile, Wildebeest, Blesbock, Uganda
Not often you get to eat all the animals featured in a Planet Earth episode, but for me this dinner was great for several reasons.

1. This was our only real stop in a city on my Africa Safari tour, and previously we had been eating a lot of lodge food, or make shift dinners.

2. It was nearing the end of our adventure so me and my tour mates decided to splurge (I guess you can call it that) and book the best restaurant in Kampala

3. The food was delicious

4. There were no bugs despite sitting outside because there war bats the size of little cats flying everywhere eating them all.

So overall, you have great food with great memories, and that’s the formula for success

Jerk King (Anything, anytime), Toronto
Jerk King is amazing, you can literally get two meals for like 12 bucks because they give you so much food. I love Jerk King, and I go there frequently. Mostly after midnight.

The Free bread at Aloette, Toronto
I didn’t even know the tasty bread at Aloette was free until after my second visit. I love that bread. Go eat it.

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Everything – De Librije
Located in a tiny town just outside Amsterdam, De Librije was a gastronomic experience that I quite enjoyed. The presentation was amazing, and each dish was so unique and great.

Congee Queen – Congee Queen is like the life line for Chinese people living in Toronto. It’s consistently good and very cheap.

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Oyster, Nerua Guggenheim – Bilbao
This oyster was the best oyster I’ve ever had. It was not even raw, slightly cooked but just tasted amazing.

I could go on and on, but those were some of my favorites! What were yours

Favourite Concerts of 2019

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The Comet is Coming

Hard to believe a decade has come to an end, I thought about encapsulating my decade in shows and coming up with a best of, but that’s far too much work and frankly, only I’d care about that shit. So here is some shit that probably only I care about anyways but I guess that’s the point of the blog anyways.

I didn’t see a lot of shows this year, this thing called “work” really got in my way in terms of sucking all the energy out of me during the day, leaving me little reserve to go out at night. Like those famous philosophers Blink 182 used to say, “I guess this is growing up”

Still, I saw some shows, so here are my favorites from what i say

Otokobe Beaver, SXSW
What can I say that I haven’t already said in my review of their show?. Nine months later, the memory of utter chaos and explosive energy that was the show still remains fresh in my mind. Considering I don’t even remember what I ate for lunch three days ago, that’s quite the accomplishment. Luckily for me, they are playing Austin next year, so I can go see them again.

The Comet is Coming, SXSW (x2), Mod Club, Toronto
The only band I saw three times this year, The Comet is Coming makes me wonder if I’m slowly descending into a more jazzy area of my life. They aren’t really jazz, but I don’t know what they are. I just know they are fucking awesome. Here is my take on their show from Austin.

The Chromatics, Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
If you were to put a gun to my head and ask me for a bucket list of still active bands I’d like to see that I’ve never seen before, the Chromatics would be at the top of my list. You could get that list without putting a gun to my head as well. I’ve been following this band for a bout a decade now, as around ten years ago, I was really obsessive about the VALERIE / French electronic music and somehow Chromatics got lumped into that group. The band has been shy about touring but continue to sometimes put out music. Their show here was great, it was amazing hearing songs I really loved live, and as you can imagine, the show’s aesthetics / light show was meticulously crafted. Considering the build up, not disappointing at all.

The Strokes, Budweiser Stage, Toronto
People like to shit on the Strokes these days, but they can’t deny that the first two albums they released were magical. Their show was a great dive into those nostalgic times in university when I was trying to tell all my friends about them and how much cooler they were then those shitty Edgefest Canadian Raine Maida-esque bands they liked. In other news, the Strokes album is almost twenty years old. So by that measure, I’m getting old.

Chai, SXSW
Chai is the Baby Yoda of the music world. Impossibly cute, but underneath it, some crazy powers. Their show was enjoyable and better yet, makes you happy.

How was your 2020?