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Sam of Diagrams loves kladdkaka!

Sam Genders of Diagrams
I’ve been busy opening up my little cafe Llama Lloyd so I’ve not taken the time to publish this little food interview, I was also thinking I would try to make the soup, I’ve bought Marmite but that’s as long as I’ve gotten. But I guess it’s time to try another soup at the cafe anyways?

Hi Sam, what do you feel like eating right now?

Actually I’ve just eaten! I had porridge with dates, prunes, raisins, almonds and pumpkin and sunflower seeds and a smoothie made with blueberries, tropical fruit and dairy free yoghurt. It’s probably the most healthy breakfast I’ve eaten in weeks! I do love an English fry up but I spent a lovely Christmas and New Year in Sweden eating and drinking the finest that your good country has to offer and I’m in serious need of a January health kick.

What breakfast suits a Gentle Morning Song?

Well, that song is all about the very, very early hours of the morning so perhaps instead of breakfast it would have to be a midnight feast. You’d need to throw a sheet over a few chairs to make a den in the front room and then huddle underneath there with a loved one and eat comfort food… Cheese sandwiches, crisps, dips, maybe some herring and potatoes roasted with garlic, lemon and rosemary. Then finish off with a little fika… Hot coffee or hot chocolate and kladdkaka.

What’s your favorite fruit?


Do you have any food on your rider?

Just a few minimal heathy snacks. Pitta bread, hummus, fruit and salad.

French Onion Soup

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share with us? Maybe a cake or a soup?

Vegetarian French Onion Soup.

I think this (or something very similar) came from Cranks recipe book and was passed on to me by my friend Sylvia – it’s very easy and wonderfully warming. The croutons and grated mature cheddar are integral to the dish. I fry my croutons in butter with a little swedish herb salt (Trocomare) until crispy.


Large onion x2
Oil 3 x tbsp (45ml)
Veg stock 1 + 1/2 pints. I prefer Vecon stock.
Mixed herbs 1 tsp (or whatever nice dried herbs you have to hand)
Yeast extract 1 tsp (5ml) I use Marmite.
Salt and Pepper to taste
Croutons (the recipe recommends wholemeal which is tasty but I find any bread works okay – I especially like to use white sourdough)
Cheddar cheese, grated 4oz/100g.


Finely slice the onions
Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onions until golden brown. This bit can take a while, 15 mins or longer so this is a good time to put some music on.
Add the remaining ingredients.
Bring to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15mins.
Serve with croutons and cheese sprinkled on top.
Serves 4 (or 2 if you have 2 portions each!) Freezes well so sometimes I’ll triple the ingredients and make a bigger batch.

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My favorite albums of 2014.

Avi Buffalo Press Photo by Renata Raksha

Here’s my favorite albums of 2014. One song from every album. All brilliant music. Since everything isn’t on Spotify I used Youtube, the Killers Walk Among Us track was only available as a live piece, unfortunately. Besides that everything. That’s more than we can say about Spotify where no 3, Ty Segall, wasn’t available. At least not his last album.

Avi Buffalo – At best cuckold
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Temples – Sun Structures
Alvvays – s/t

Shellac – Dude Incredible
St Vincent – s/t
Angel Olsen – Burn your fire for no witness
Woods – With Light and With Love
White Fence – For the recently found innocent

The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader
Grouper – Ruins
Luluc – Passerby
Mourn – s/t
Iceage – Plowing into the field of love

Allah-Las – Worship the sun
Alice Boman – EP II & Skisser
Caribou – Our Love
Killers Walk Among Us – s/t
War on Drugs – Lost in the dream

Goat – Commune
Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
Kindness – Otherness
Peggy Sue – Choir of echoes
Ought – More than any other day

Perfect Pussy – s/t
The Growlers – Chines Fountain
Phantogram – Voices
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the people what they want
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather

I’ve interviewed a few of these acts about food! Check them out!
Avi Buffalo
Steve Albini (Shellac)
Alice Boman
Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy)

If you wanna keep track of what I like more often than when I take time to blog about it, check the #llamalloydapproved-hashtag on twitter.

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Steve Albini, who’s back on the bike, talks food!

Steve Albini. Photo: Robin Olsson
Ok, I’m sorry this took me forever to transcribe. I met Steve Albini when he was here in Gothenburg in October and played an extremely rare date with his excellent band Shellac. If you haven’t heard his band you have most certainly have heard (and very likely loved) a record he’s produced, Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Palace Music, Smog and it goes on and on and on. I saw a documentary about the making of Magnolia Electric Company’s Josephine the other day and what Steve said there is really what I think makes him such a great producer: he makes sure everything runs along smoothly and efficiently, he stays in the background and let’s the band be the band. We spoke for half an hour and that was the same impression I got from him, that he’s pretty humble, but efficient. Let’s eat along the way:

LL: So what I do is, I try to ask questions that’s related to the lyrics, so I try to make that into a food question somehow.

Steve Albini: Ok, good luck.

Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes bands sing a lot about food, but sometimes it’s harder. Have you ever eaten a crow?

No. I’m trying to think of if I’ve ever eaten any irregular birds and I don’t think I have. I’ve eaten just normal birds that you would eat. You know like partridge, pheasant, quail, grouse, chicken, duck, goose, you know, normal you-would-eat-them-birds.

How about a dog or a pony?

I’ve eaten horse. There’s Bresaola in Italy. It’s smoked cured horse loin. It’s delicious. Really incredible. I’ve had horse cutlet and steak and stuff and I don’t think that’s very good meat. Used in that way it’s not very good. But that one thing, the smoked cured horse loin is incredible. It’s like solidified camp fire smoke, you know? Very, very pure smoke flavor with just enough meaty protein to make it wrap around your tongue. It’s really incredible but other horse things I’ve eaten have not been delicious.

So no dogs?

I don’t think I’ve eaten dog. There was a Chinese restaurant in Chicago that was rumored to serve dog but that’s the kind of rumor you hear of a lot of Chinese restaurants. And I’ve eaten there so if they were serving dog, I’ve eaten dog. I don’t think it was true, I think it was just an urban myth.

So, in Songs for the Minerals, ”how do make a meal out of nothing at all”? How would you do that?

Well, that song is specifically about a kind of cultural perception that women are emotionally unstable because of their periodic cycle and that the hormone and mineral content changes cyclically and that changes how their brains work. That’s a cultural stereotype and one part of the song is about trying to negate that stereotype by saying that the range of behavior that you can consider normal should include all of the parts of the spectrum that would occur naturally according to these variations in mineral and hormone cycles, right? And to say that the baseline for normalcy should be something defined externally by men rather than being a wide enough definition to include all parts of the spectrum that occur normally is chauvinistic, basically. That’s part of the song. And there are two other parts to the song. One of the other parts is that there are accommodations that people make in their lives to certain psychological issues that they have and one of them might be an eating disorder and that’s what the sentence ”make a meal out of nothing at all” comes in. And again these behavioral things is seen as something that needs to be ironed out, to be corrected, in order for someone else to conform to my perception of how she should live her life and again I’m trying to negate that perspective by saying that I can conceive a normal state that includes accommodating these psychological issues in whatever way you need to. Then the third part of the song is just a catalogue of different minerals and their properties so that’s where that lyric comes from.

So what would be the easiest, most basic thing you would make if you were to make a meal?

Oh I see what you’re saying, ok, I regularly make dinner out of nothing. I mean if you have flour and eggs you have pasta and if you have any plant then you have something to put on the pasta. That’s a standard thing at my house, if we can’t think of anything else to eat I make pasta.

So I guess, what food could you cook in a minute then? Pasta? Now you can’t cook pasta from scratch in a minute?

If the pasta, if you’ve made it and you just boil it but ah, yeah I think you’re limited to a sandwich in a minute.

Do you often ”eat along the way”? I don’t even know what I mean by that, even.

Well, that song that that’s from, the Dude Incredible song, is kind of inspired by seeing similarities between the behavior of other social animals and people, how, if you have a group of people and somebody says ”hey, let’s get go get something to eat” it seems like that could happen very quickly but it can’t happen quickly because everybody needs to decide how they wanna spend the rest of their evening, like their whole evening before they can decide ”yes, we’re gonna go and get something to eat now” and then there might be quite a bit of debate on what we should eat, where we should go and in that song there’s a fellow who takes it on himself to sort of lead the group and say ”let’s go do something” and some members of the group object and they say ”we’re quite comfortable where we are” and then he shuts them down by saying ”fuck that, let’s go, we can eat along the way” meaning you don’t need, what if you’re hungry, we can pick something up along the way, we can still go on our adventure. And I guess I was just struck by the parallels between like the social organization of any group whether it’s a pack of gorillas or a school of fish or whatever, it doesn’t matter what it is and the organizing principles are always the same. There’s always gonna be some descent and some people are gonna need to be convinced and eventually there’s gonna be a movement and everybody follows the group.

Right, this one is not food related but I’m about to start this café where I will encourage people to ride bikes so I was just wondering if you still ride bikes?

I actually just recently started riding a bicycle. As an adult I’ve never had a bicycle. I had a motorcycle when I was a teenager but I hadn’t ridden a bicycle since I was a kid and I just recently moved. I was living in the studio building, in the studio that I run had an apartment in it and I was living in that apartment for about twenty year. My wife and I just recently moved out into a house and so as a kind of a house warming present for me my wife got me a bicycle so I could ride my bike back and forth to work. So I’ve been riding my bike to work, to and from work everyday, I ride between seven and ten miles every day now and I really like it, I really enjoy, it’s not much physical activity, but I enjoy have some physical activity every day. There’s a sense of real freedom and real mobility with a bicycle and with a car it’s kind of a pain in the ass, you have to find a place to park it and lock it up and get all of your shit out of it, on a bike you’re carrying everything and you just get off the bike and you’re done, you know. So I quite like riding my bike, I haven’t had a chance, previously, to ride a bike in an urban setting until very recently and I’ve really gotten use to it and I really like it. Bob has been riding bikes for a very long time. Bob is a big proponent of bicycles. But Todd and I, Todd just bought a bike as well, he and his wife had been cycling around Minneapolis and I just got my bike in March so I’ve had like six or seven months of bicycling. I think Todd’s had four or five months of bicycling.

I will encourage people to bike just by having a discount if you arrive on a bike. That’s pretty much the whole idea of the cafe, to get more people to bike and maybe I can do that with an economic incentive.

Speaking as an urban bike rider the thing that matters most is having a convenient place to put your bike. Like this scenario here, where you have a bike rack where everybody puts their bikes and locks them up, that sort of thing doesn’t really exist in Chicago. There are some occasional places where you can find two or three places to put a bicycle but I mean a big centralized bike parking area doesn’t really exist.

I’m actually gonna talk to the city, there’s just one place in the whole city where they have made a car parking into a bike parking so I’m gonna try and talk to the city and try to get that in front of the cafe. That would be convenient. We’ll see if it happens. So at the cafe I will have soup and I heard that you like soup a lot?

Big fan of soup.

So what’s your ideal soup?

I make twenty or thirty different soups. The ones I like the most are very simple vegetable soups. Like you can take, just take a broccoli or cauliflower or asparagus, ah, [a begger comes by and Steve gives him some coins]. So I don’t know, my favorite soups are just like if you just take broccoli or carrots or cauliflower or asparagus or something like that and just boil it in stock and just puree it and that’s it. But it doesn’t need anything extra or fancy. Those are my favorite soups. Just one very simple and very clean taste. Potatoes make a natural soup. Tomatoes, you basically don’t anything more than tomatoes, just take some tomatoes and puree them and heat them up and add some lime juice and some garlic and you have soup.

Is there a reason why there’s a lot of vegetables and fruits around Uffizi on the cover of Excellent Grey Italian?

The idea is that he’s a black and white dog and we wanted to have a contrast between a colorful setting and a black and white dog, grey dog. And we couldn’t think of anything that would be free of context except fruits and vegetables. It seemed like a very colorful group of fruits and vegetables and then have a grey dog in it would look good and I like the way it looks. I mean anything else that’s really colorful has some kind of context to it, like clothing or money or photographs or magazines or whatever. Like all of those have an implicit content like you’re trying to make some kind of statement about all of these things and that wasn’t our idea. Our idea was just show off this good looking dog.

Is he still alive and well?

Uffizi’s still with us, he’s been Todd’s companion for fifteen year and he’s still there.

Do you boycott any foods?

No, I’m not crazy about sea food. When I was a, when I was very young I got very sick eating fish and so for the longest time I was convinced I was allergic to fish. And since then I’ve eaten, I’ve gradually incorporated fish into my diet now and again and I just don’t like it very much. I’ve had a few physical reaction to a few fishes that made me think I may have some kind of allergy to some aspect of some fish but it’s not a general thing. But I’m not that into it. The thing that’s weird is I really like fishy flavors like I like if there’s a an anchovy mixed in with a salad dressing or something like that I think that tastes pretty good usually or if there’s things like sea weed or sea salt. I think all of those taste fantastic but actual fish, for some reason, doesn’t sit will with me. I’m not into. And I realize that’s a lot of food but I will basically eat, I will try to anything, I will eat any other thing in the world, any plant, any animal, any mineral, doesn’t even have to be cooked, doesn’t have to be dead, whatever it is I’ll eat it. I don’t care. If it something that people eat some place in the world I’ll eat it.

But you don’t boycott anything for political reasons?

Well, I don’t eat fast food, that’s more of a concern for, I suppose it’s a political act. I don’t like the corporatized, I don’t like anything that has been reduced to a polypoly of corporate suppliers, I don’t like mass media, I don’t like fast food, I don’t like having a limited choice in cooking and eating so I prefer to buy my stuff from a market rather than a supermarket where everything is organized by brand. I much rather buy things from suppliers or producers or farmers or whatever. If I can. And I don’t eat factory farmed animals, I don’t buy meat and fish and chicken, I don’t buy that from a supermarket. I’ll buy it from a reputable butcher where I know the animals are raised humanely and that sort of thing.

What’s your favorite fruit?

It’s really hard to beat a fresh peach. A peach straight off a tree is like one of the most incredible foods. I really like melons as well, water melon, cantaloup. I like pretty much all berries. Berries can sometimes be annoying because of the seeds. You have this very luscious, very squishy, tasty fruit and you wanna just slurp it down and you end up with all these seeds in your teeth. But yeah, I’m gonna say fresh peach. I’m not a big fan of things done with peaches, you know? Like peach pie or peach cobbler, they’re ok but a peach by itself is amazing.

Do you have any food on your rider?

We don’t actually have a rider. We just, we try to keep things simple and if you have a rider that gives you a number of things to be disappointed by so we just tell people that if there’s some water and some towels back stage that’s really all we need. We can feed ourselves and take care of ourselves.

So I guess you don’t bring anything from America, food-wise?

No. When I’m traveling I try to find local candy, like candy produced locally for the local market. Because often there’s very distinctive flavors that don’t exist anywhere else. In Hawaii, for example, there’s a salted licorice plum called Li hing mui, a Chinese dried plum with salt and licorice on it and that’s used in all kinds of things. They use it in. There’s shops called ”crack seeds shops” and in these crack seeds shops they sell hundreds of things all flavored with Li hing mui. And the Li Hing flavor, it’s like salt and peppar for them, it’s on everything. You go to a fruit stand and you buy some fresh pineapple you will always be offered to have Li Hing sprinkled on it, if you want. If you go to an ice cream place you can get Li Hing sprinkled on your ice cream. It’s an insane flavor.

So what does it taste like?

It’s sour and salty and kind of dirty tasting. I really like it, but I’ve only eaten it in Hawaii where everything is amazing. So if I tried to incorporate it into my regular life I might not like it as much. But it’s a really amazing, distinctive flavor. And in Scandinavia this salted licorice is everywhere and I mean that’s a nasty, nasty thing but once you get use to it I can see how you can develop an affection for it. And in the United States for example there’s a soft drink called root beer that’s like basically unknown elsewhere but It’s a very particular, very peculiar flavor that Americans are very fond of. Like every town have their own local root beer and people are fiercely loyal to the root beer that they grew up with or the one they consider the best root beer. So I like this sort of local, the unique local flavors that you find in places and how passionate people are about their… Like in Japan, each region of Japan has it’s own kind of fast food, kind of street food, you know? Like in the coastal areas there’ll be like a salted eel is very common, or dried eel. It’s eaten like a snack. Sometimes just the bones of an eel are eaten like peanuts. In Kyoto and Osaka there’s kind of a dinner pancake that’s called Okonomiyaki, it’s like chopped vegetables and eggs and flour are cooked into a pancake and then that pancake is painted with this very rich sort of barbecue sauce and then it has bonito shavings sprinkled on it and it has herbs on it and sea weed. So it’s a very complexed, rich flavor, but it’s basically a pancake. And that’s only served in that part of Japan and in this other part of Japan. Then in Tokyo and the north there’s the ramen shops. Everybody’s fiercely loyal to their ramen shop, the one that they think is the one true, great ramen. I love all that, I think that’s one of the nicest things about traveling is that you get to experience little things that people think are great and unique about the particular place where they live.

I’m thinking about root beer and if I’ve ever tried it. There’s this thing, a Christmas drink that I think might be…

Yeah, julmust.

Have you tried that?

Yeah, I tried that the other day, I thought it was very good. The juniper flavor is really distinctive and that’s, root beer is, if you replace the juniper flavor with kind of a kind of Wintergreen flavor or birch bark flavor then that might give you an idea of what root beer is like. But julmust is not miles away from it.

I just stumbled over some Nirvana thing. I heard that you recorded the drums for Very Ape in a kitchen? Did you cook something as well?

No, in the studio building there was the normal performing area and then outside the performing area there was a small kitchen. And that’s where we set up the drums up for some of the songs on that record, I don’t remember which ones. Could’ve been that one, sure.

I thought of a Barcelona thing. I go to Primavera every year as well.

Amazing food in Barcelona!

That was what I was thinking. What’s your favorite restaurant?

There’s a little tapas place called Quimet, Q-U-I-M-E-T, I’ve heard it called Bar Quimet. It’s just a bar but it has every kind of bar food you can imagine. Really just deliciously prepared stuff. A lot of the food has been canned, in-house, they prepare something and then they put it in cans so that they can serve it at any time, you know? It’s really delicious food. I’ve had incredible cheeses and they have a canned quail that they make there that’s really delicious. Incredible preparation of foie gras there. Maybe my favorite serving of foie gras ever is from there.

You’re going next year as well?

Oh, yeah. If I’m in Barcelona I’m gonna go to Quimet, it’s just an incredible place. It’s very informal and it doesn’t have to be expensive. If you eat a few things, like a light lunch, if you eat a lot, like a big meal, it’s gonna be expensive but it’s incredible food. So, definitely worth it.

This isn’t food-related, but what do you think of the whole ATP debacle?

It’s depressing the way how ATP has sort of collapsed into itself. Because ATP, in my mind, still represents a better version of the world. A festival where the patrons and the bands are treated well and the slate of music is chosen because it’s excellent and not because it’s current, you know? There are things about it that I think survive in principle, I think it’s a shame that money was managed so poorly, that the company is in bad shape, that’s the shame. What they’ve accomplished, what they did, the way the ran it, the shows that I’ve seen, the ATP shows that I’ve seen, the festivals have all been really magical experiences so I think it’s really sad that it’s sort of collapsing on itself.

Do you think they’ll…?

It’s hard to see how ATP can dig themselves out. I mean, they owe so much money to so many people and they’ve got so many people angry at them. It’s hard to see how they could turn it around. But if it happens it would be great. I should be going because they’re probably waiting for me back stage.

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Avi Buffalo loves burgers. And bacon, obviously.

Avi Buffalo, Pustervik, September 2014. Photo: Robin Olsson.

Recently I got to talk to Avi Zahner-Isenberg of Avi Buffalo and he’s even more of a meat lover than I thought! Stream his latest single Memories of you while you read the interview:

When you’re on your European tour do you bring anything from The States, food-wise?

No, not really. I miss the feeling of cooking at home, though. Whenever I get the chance to cook I try to do that. It’s really therapeutic to cook. We’re gonna stay at our manager’s house in London. She’s a really good Italian chef but I’m gonna make everybody hamburgers. That’s kind of my specialty. I’ve gotten pretty good at making a few different experimental hamburgers so I’m gonna try and introduce that. That will be the California gift, cheese burgers, that’s a big thing out there. There’s even a record label that started out there that’s called Burger Records which is really weird. I don’t listen to most of the stuff that’s on there but yeah, Californian hamburgers are the best.

There’s nothing on your rider either?

Oh, on the rider we just ask for veggies and hummus and pita, just for incidental sandwich making type of stuff and juice, avocados. You know whatever’s around. I like having ginger and honey, with a tea cause that’s good for my voice. That’s what I’m drinking now. It just warms your throat up. Ginger is good for your digestion system. And honey’s good for your throat too.

I don’t know how to phrase this into a question but I was thinking of ”Little pieces of bacon”. It was the only thing I could think of related to food on your first album.

It was this woman I was into, she had little lips and it seemed to make sense to describe them as thin strips of bacon. And there’s a new song on the new album that mentions Cheese Balls.

And cherry pie.

Yeah and cherry pie, too. Those are two equally delicious things. And I’m trying to think of other foods that’s on the new record. Hm. Yeah, there’s quite a bit of food everywhere. I saw the band Cibo Matto the other day, you’d love them. The name means ”Crazy food” in Italian, and a lot of their songs is about food. They have a song called Birthday cake and another called Know your chicken. I saw them live the other day with an amazing guitarist Nels Cline, he’s the main DJ-woman Yuka Honda’s husband. He was just shredding it up while this other woman Miho Hatori raps about food. It’s a big thing for them. They really love food. They’d be a good group to interview if they come through Europe! They’re real food experts.

I had dinner at Yuka and Nels’s house the other night and she made this really really good duck with scallops and fish together with rice, like a paella thing. They’re always posting funny food pics online, #cibomattofood with notes on what’s good here and here all over the world. I use to not take it so seriously but that’s actually really important. I learned that from Nels at a festival Wilco was curating (Nels plays guitar with Wilco) how important it is to eat while on tour, to go find food you enjoy. It’s so enjoyable it’s worth getting really inspired and excited about, it’s a really intense thing. And you get inspired from traveling the world so when you get home you can use these influences in your cooking. The blessing to travel the world and play music and try food from all over the world means that I’ll have some European fusion influence that I wouldn’t have had otherwise to cooking. So that’s exciting, for sure. Just to see what’s normal cause it’s totally different, the kind of stuff they eat out here than in the US. Today there was herring and salmon and a lot more than you’d find in the US. In the US there would be a waffle maker and some shitty muffins, corn flakes and it’s never that good. Something like this you get all these weird flavors to experiment with. Today I made a sandwich out of brie cheese, bacon and fish and peppers and it was really good.

Fish and bacon?

Yeah, I put the fish together with the bacon and it felt like it would work and it did work, it worked really well. It was delicious. Extra salty. Maybe that was an American influence that Europeans don’t do? You usually don’t put the bacon on fish and I actually don’t know much about people putting bacon on fish in the US but I went for it and it was good. Definitely.

What’s your favorite fruit?

I think Mango. My first word was banana, though. So that was my favorite fruit growing up.

Do you have a recipe you wanna share with us?

Yeah, I can tell you about the burgers that I make. I sometimes get bison meat, a buffalo burger. I make a patty out of it and I don’t season that, I cook it, usually with sometimes bacon and then some Gruyére cheese and then I take teriyaki sauce and I put it on kale and spinach in a pan and I sautée those greens together and then I put that on top, sometimes with avocado and garlic. Like chopped up garlic, caramelize it with the meat. Just throw that all on the burger and that’s really really good. With mayonaise or ketchup or relish or Dijon mustard. That’s a really tasty burger. Try it.

I’m kind of a meat specialist, I like cooking meat even though it’s not healthy and I wish I was a vegetarian but I just really like the taste of meat and I like how creative you can get with marinades.

That’s pretty much all I got, I think.

Well thanks for doing it, glad to get to do a food interview! It’s one of my favorite things for sure. I like duck too, I forgot to mention the duck.

You were going to London, right? You should check out Duck & Waffle. Their specialty is a waffle with duck on it.

Wow, that sounds great. Do you know about chicken waffles? In the US chicken waffles are really popular, it’s like a soul food – chicken and waffles, but duck and waffle, I’m in, I’ll look it up. I had duck on pizza once. I like duck in general. It’s a fun meat. I’ve never cooked with duck myself, which is weird. Once my sister made a Thanksgiving duck that she cooked in kosher wine, which was kind of cool, just like nasty sweet wine but it worked as an amazing marinade. She soaked it for a really long time and I think baked it, it came out like a bright purple duck and it was so sweet and tender and it was really really good. It was well done, it was Manischewitz duck.

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Jens Lekman’s vegan pancakes and 3 new songs!

I heard that Jens Lekman was a fan of the ”Citizen Kane of bad movies” too so I asked if he wanted to come play at the screening of The Room I’m setting up together with Bio Roy on the 12th of September but unfortunately he was busy working on new material. However he did give me the recipe for those vegan pancakes he sings about in I saw her in the anti-war demonstration! And today he posted a new mix with three new songs: WWJD, What’s that perfume that you wear? and I remember. Enjoy!

2,5 deciliter flour
2 tea spoons baking soda
1 banana
appx 3 dl soy milk
1 table spoon vanilla sugar
fruit to garnish.

Mix everything, fry in butter, make them a little thicker, like American pancakes. When they bubble on top it’s time to turn them around.

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Recommendations of the week (kinda late but still!) 21th – 25th of July.

Sork at Cykelköket Jönköping.

Yes, I’ve been bad at posting my recommendations, but ey, it’s summer-time and I’m busy transforming this blog into a café! That doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop with the weekly recommendations, it just means I might not do it every week, but I will do my best. And as you can see I’m gonna start posting everything in English so more people can take this in.

Wednesday the 23rd: Communions + Fuck Tornadoes, Nefertiti, 21.00.

Our favorite club What We Do Is Secret have invaded our favorite jazz club Nefertiti this summer. Every Wednesday there’s great rock n’ roll to be heard. This week I’m excited to hear the new Danish band Communions. Gothenburgians Fuck Tornadoes are also playing. I thought they were pretty bad at their first gig at Henriksberg about a month ago but maybe they’ve gotten their act together? Yeah yeah, this week Doc Lounge is showing the documentary about Jay Reatard, Better than nothing so it’s all good. I’m getting an appetite for those Burrito Brothers too, by the way. Yeah. FB.

SORK + Fanny och Johan + Kulturstammen + Koloni, Cykelköket Jönköping, 18.00

If you happen to be in Jönköping you ought to go check this out. I just today found out there’s a bike kitchen in Jönköping! And besides the usual things you might find in a bike kitchen you can also rent a canoe there! I’m totally doing that one day! Also, this Wednesday Christian Pallin of Koloni will go there with the band SORK and meet up with Kulturstammen, that is an improvisation theater group that bikes between the different cities they’re performing in! ALL. GOOD. FB.

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Slothrust’s Leah wouldn’t eat a sloth, but invites everybody on Burger Records for a keg party!


A friend of mine, Ola, turned me on to a new band called Slothrust a few months ago, I loved their single Crockpot and now Ba Da Bing Records have released their label debut, Of Course You Do. I sent some foodie questions based on band leader Leah Wellbaum’s lyrics:

Hey Leah! What do you feel like eating right now?

Some dope steak with a tall glass of organic seltzer. 

Would you ever eat a sloth?

I don’t think I would. I considered this question carefully though. But I am pretty sure I would have to pass.

What’s your favorite type of juice?

I like that green juice that looks like vomit but tastes like fruit.

What food makes your stomach hurt?

Ugh, a lot of it unfortunately. It’s very unpredictable as well, I have a lot of stomach issues :(. It was way worse when I was a kid though!

What breakfast would go with a break-up?


What kind of candy is Eye candy, but tastes like shit?

Rock candy! Those lollipops look like beautiful crystals but generally they cut the roof of your mouth and taste super boring.

”I saw him once on stage with a snake”. Have you ever eaten Snake? King Khan told me he had eaten cobra once.

It’s actually ”I saw you onstage with a snake”, which refers to Britney Spears’s VMA performance in 2001. But now I kind of want to change it to ”I saw you onstage with a steak”. Because I have not ever eaten snake, but I have eaten steak. It’s real good.

Who would you invite to a Keg party?

You, obviously. And every other animal at the zoo. I’d also love it if every artist on Burger Records wanted to roll thru. We could BBQ and get down on some gr33n d3m0n.

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share with us?

I endorse every recipe mentioned in Amy Sedaris’s book, I Like You. She is a genius with a very refined palate.

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Cover of the year! Courtney Barnett – Bein’ Around (Lemonheads cover)

This is my favorite cover so far this year. Been listening to it five times straight while getting my laundry together.
The short list of covers that are better than the original just got a line longer. Looking forward to seeing Courtney at Primavera Sound!

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Perfect Pussy’s Meredith is a nerd so she hides her carbonated water in a brown paper bag.

Perfect Pussy. Press photo: Pooneh Ghana.

We spoke to Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves about food. Their debut album is out on 18th of March on Captured Tracks, unfortunately the limited edition of the vinyl with Meredith’s menstrual blood is sold out… Stream ”Driver”:

Hi Meredith, what do you feel like eating right now?

I just woke up, so I am going to have breakfast soon, which is my favorite meal of the day. I will have a big salad, mostly kale, with half an avocado and two hardboiled eggs.

Where do you find the best water, then?

(reference: Interference fits: ”It makes me sick , it makes the water undrinkable.”)
If I have a choice, I will always drink carbonated water. I like Gerolsteiner, because the bottles are very heavy. Sometimes at shows when people are drinking 40s out of paper bags, I am secretly drinking mineral water and hiding the fact that I’m a nerd.

If you were to eat yourself, what part would you choose? Your broad back or your bad tits?

(reference: Dig: ”and i want to eat myself, broad back and bad tits”)
This is such a gross question, but I like it. I probably wouldn’t eat myself, just because I’m always really stressed, and I hear that too much stress is what makes wild animals taste bad when eaten. I’m sure I’m very gamey. There are far more delicious people out there in the world. I have gained five or six pounds in the last two months from eating really badly on tour, so maybe my liver would be good for some sort of pâté.

What’s the most important eatable part of your rider?

Seltzer water and tea. If a place is nice enough to give us some snacks, we always like healthy stuff like fruit and vegetables, but for me, I can’t eat before we play or I will probably throw up everywhere. Seltzer and hot water, if I see that I will cry with happiness.

What’s your favorite fruit?

I really want to be a dumbass and say tomatoes… I don’t eat a lot of fruit, but I do like bananas. I am always happy when we’re on tour and end up in a place where something delicious is in season, it’s one of the best reasons to go to Florida, because there’s citrus, avocado and strawberries.

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share with us? Maybe a soup or a cake?

I love to cook and always make extremely simple food – my favorite way to eat is putting a bunch of stuff in a bowl and eating it all together! My favorite breakfast is one that my ex-boyfriend and I used to eat almost every day when we lived together: a bowl of quinoa, kale sautéed with garlic, and kimchee, with dried wakame seaweed or raw pepitas or something crunchy on top, and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and then a super runny sunny-side-up brown egg on top of all that. You can kinda smash it all together. That, to me, is the best way to eat. Any combination of grains, steamed and raw vegetables, fermented foods, some protein. It’s all very good.