church of tarot: ace of wands

ace of wandsThis week’s card is the Ace of Wands which displays a hand issuing from a cloud grasping a stout wand. The card represents: creation, invention, enterprise, the powers which result in these, principle, beginning, source, birth, family, origin, and the beginning of enterprise. Feeling like getting back to your roots lately? Or perhaps you’re putting down new roots? Let us know in the comments, how does this card apply to your day or week? Maybe you’ve just been eating lots of root veggies?!

waka winter classics this week: Cain’s Ballroom

As we mentioned last week, this month is full of wakarusa’s waka winter classics. These are battles of the bands held in venues all around our region giving small local bands a chance to win a set at wakarusa in the coming summer. This week we’ve given each of the classics’ bands a listen and have our picks for you.

First up is Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa on January 9th. The bands are:

We The Ghost
“Urban Acoustic, Indie, Reggae, Singer-Songwriter, Rock n Roll… Call it what you will, Midtown Tulsa’s We The Ghost has an unexplainable chemistry and authenticity that cannot be faked.”
We The Ghost has a really finished sound and is on a level above the average hometown band I think of when I think of the Waka Winter Classic. The band consists of Beau Tyler (lead vocals, acoustic guitar and synth), Jocelyn Rowland (violin and backing vocals), Dain Samuelson (djimbe), Jimmy Dean Adams (drums and backing vocals), and Matt McHan (lead guitar and backing vocals). It’s definitely the violin that gives this band it’s unique sound. Somehow the classical undertones it brings make the music sound like a mashup and the result is a really fun, different kind of sound.
Jumpship Astronaut
“Jumpship Astronaut began as an experiment in melding the danceable sounds of electronic music with guitar-driven indie rock, resulting in a stellar combination bolstered by polished pop sensibilities and a penchant for strong melodies.”
I would describe Jumpship’s sound as “gritty boyband”. The band consists of: Ryan Bryant (vocals and guitar), Chris Bourland (synth), Scott Dunn (bass and synth), and Kris Davis (drums). They are a newish band and their first album comes out in March.
The Dirty Creek Bandits
“With the rock recipe complete their stew will folk you up!”
The Bandits are: Justin (guitar and vocals), Wesley (guitar, vocals, and harmonica), Brandi (vocals and tambourine), Steve (guitar, mandolin, and keys), Jason (bass), and Eli (box drum and washboard). First off, any band with a tamborine girl and a washboard guy wins. Second, these catchy folk, bluegrass, psychadelic rock sounds did more than just catch my ear. I’m a fan. It’s like the Beatles learned what bluegrass is!

The Loaded Dice
“Many describe their sound as rockabilly, rock ‘n roll, and they are often compared to The Black Keys and the Kings of Leon.”
If you’re looking for a full on rock band, with piano that gives them a White Stripes-ish sound, here you have it.
The Younglings
“After a revamp in the fall of 2012 the band moved its lead singer to drums to continue the two piece musical onslaught. The band has taken influences from bands such as Manchester Orchestra, The Black Keys and The Queens of the Stone Age. With their new musical setup they are focusing on a new album to be released in the spring of 2013.”
Must every band compare themselves to the Black Keys? The Younglings at least achieve the comparison better than the previous band, in my opinion.

So, The Younglings would have been my pick, if The Dirty Creek Bandits hadn’t won my heart. Who’s your pick? Who do you think will win? We’ve got our fingers crossed for The Dirty Creek Bandits over here!

church of tarot: seven of wands

seven of wandsThis week’s card is the Seven of Wands which portrays a young man on a craggy eminence, brandishing a staff, six other staves are raised towards him from below. It is a card of valor, for on the surface, six are attacking one, who has, however, the vantage position. On the intellectual plane, it signifies discussion, wordy strife, in business – negotiations, war of trade, barter, competition. It is further a card of success for the combatant is on the top and his enemies may be unable to reach him. Are you on top of the world this week? How so? Do you love that guy’s pants or what?

Paige Lorrabeth’s Pie of the Month Club

pieAs I mentioned yesterday, it’s one of my New Year’s resolutions to bake a different pie each month in 2014.  Below you’ll find a tentative list of each month’s pie.  Each month I will post the recipe in advance along with the date that I will be making the pie. This way, you can play too! If you’d like to bake along with me, just hop on to twitter and live tweet your baking experience too!  We’ll use the hashtag: #piealong since it’s a pie bake-along of sorts. If you’re having trouble with your pie or want to show it off we’ll all be there to help, or ooh and ah, or both! Follow @lorrabethblog on twitter right now so you don’t miss any pie-related details, and stay tuned on the blog for January’s date and recipe!
PS: I’ll be making all of my pies gluten free, but it will be easy to make them glutenous too so don’t hold back because of that!
PPS: It will be my first time making some of these pies too, so don’t be intimidated – we’re all in the same boat … or pie pan, oh you know what I mean.

The 12 Pies:

January: Chocolate Cream Pie

February: Cherry Pie

March: Lemon Chess Pie

April: Fresh Strawberry Pie

May: Key Lime Pie

June: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

July: Fresh Berry Tart

August: Blackberry Pie

September: Apple Pie

October: Coconut Cream Pie

November: Pumpkin Pie

December: Mini Mincemeat Pies