Hi, I'm Andriana, but my friends call me Dre. Just a fan, with an ear for what's good. Coming up in tha game just in time to get old and die.
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I’m obsessed with the amazing seafood shop, that’s actually called "The Seafood Shop" just down the street from my house in the Hamptons. I literally go there every day for their cooked shrimp and homemade cocktail sauce. They also have a killer selection of shellfish, whole fish for purchase, premade salads and side dishes, oh and several varieties just-caught-that-morning LOCAL bass. You really can’t beat that.
So as I’m buying my daily hoard of shrimp, I noticed the giant filets of beautiful, local Striped Bass. I decided to get some to cook for dinner last night, and it came out so delicious every person on the planet deserves to know about it. The recipe I came up with was super simple, and consisted of just a bunch of flavors I love thrown together. I was so happy it didn’t suck, (and was quite the opposite), I had to share. Enjoy!
Striped Bass with Tomato Bruschetta and Swiss Chard
2 - 1/2 lb portions of stripped bass
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 pint yellow cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 pint red grape tomatoes, quartered
1 handful fresh basil, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable or canola oil, plus more for grilling
1/2 bunch rainbow swiss chard, cleaned, bottom part of stalks removed
In a medium bowl mix together the garlic, yellow and red tomatoes, basil, olive and salt and pepper to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside until serving to let flavors develop.
Turn on gas grill and heat to medium.
Rub both sides of fish and swiss chard with vegetable or canola oil, and season both sides with salt and pepper.
Once grill is hot, grill sea bass on each side for 3-5 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from grill and place on a serving plate.
During the last minute of grilling the sea bass add the swiss chard to the grill, flip each leaf after 30 seconds. Remove swiss chard and place on serving plate.
On each plate arrange a pile of swiss chard on one side of the plate. Place a piece of fish skin side down in the center of the plate. Spoon tomato basil mixture over fish and serve.
From Odd Future and Instagram to preconceived notions and higher states of being, I played a game of 20 Questions with rising London rapper Little Simz.
Landing major roles in the UK’s hit TV shows Spirit Warriors and Youngers, opening for Schoolboy Q on the European leg of his Oxymoron tour, and most recently, self-releasing her fantastic E.D.G.E. EP, Little Simz has solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with. After hearing any of her complex lyrics and triple-time flows, there’s no doubt the talented 20-year-old is wise beyond her years. But does that thought process also hold true for life’s every day questions? Mass Appeal sought to find out. We recently sat down with the UK’s princess of hip-hop to play a game of 20 Questions.
1. So you’ve been writing, dancing and acting since the age of 9, what made you want to start rapping?
For me it was just exploring different elements of performing arts. I was never too… let’s say, talented in the singing area. Haha. At the time anyway, so it was just another form of expression for me to write raps and rap poetry.
2. You’ve mentioned you play guitar, what’s the first song you learned to play on the guitar?
I think it may have been Nelly, “Just a Dream.” Only because it was like four chords and it was the easiest thing to learn.
3. Did you have any musical inspirations when you were writing EDGE?
At the time I was listening to a lot of Tracy Chapman actually. In terms of song writing, and just looking at how she kind of puts together songs and writes them, and the fact that everything has a meaning. I wanted to be a lot more conceptual in terms of what I’m talking about as opposed to just talking about ‘I’m the best thing coming out of UK and no one can test me,’ ya know? So just trying to challenge myself in that aspect.
4. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Bahamas or Hawaii.
5. What has been the proudest moment of your life so far?
My mom telling me she seen me on tely.
6. Who is your favorite character on the Simpsons?
Bart. Yes. 100%. I just like that fact that he is so rebellious and just has a cheeky attitude. In real life I don’t really like kids like that, but in a cartoon it’s quite funny, so definitely Bart.
7. What are your hardest bars to date?
My hardest to rap physically and to perform live would probably ‘Bars Simzon’ because obviously the speed, and how many fucking metaphors and syllables are in one word, and to get it on time, it’s pretty difficult. Plus to time it up on stage, with the crowd.
8. Do you have a verse that you think is your best to date?
Ah, my best is yet to come.
9. Who is your idol?
10. What can people expect to find on your Instagram?
I suppose what I’m doing in life. I’ve come across so many Instagram pages that are either just a bunch of selfies, which I think ‘Yo, vanity has got the best of you’ and then I come across Instagram pages that are just pictures—like I would never see what the person looks like, it’s just pictures of literally whatever they see. It could be a picture of an ocean, a tree, and I like them type of pages.
My Instagram will be a picture of me with someone in the studio or just whatever I’m doing at the time, just to keep people updated, letting them know what I’m doing. I can’t lie, I take the occasional selfie, but you wouldn’t scroll down my profile and every single picture is of me.
11. Do you have a favorite Instagram to follow?
There is an Instagram called Travel Pancakes. Yeah, it’s a weird name right? But her photos are so sick, I enjoy looking at her photos. And as well, my friend Tilla, his Instagram is tight. He’s 16 but he just has, his vision as far as what he captures is just tight.
12. What was it about Odd Future that initially drew you to them?
I think I just like things that are different, and a bit left. And I like the fact that they do everything they’re own way, and they’re sort of, I get the impression they don’t answer to anyone, and they don’t like answering to anyone. And I’m very much like that. I hate being told what to do, and I’m just that person ya know. And I get that, and I’ve not met all of them, but just being a fan of them in general, they just have that attitude that they make the music they want to make, they put out what they want to put out, and everything’s just done how they want to do it, and I totally respect that.
13. What’s the last great show you went to?
Probably the “Would You Like A Tour?” show. The Drake tour. Yeah that was tight. That was so sick.
14. What goes through your mind just before you hit the stage to perform?
I knew I should have went to the toilet.
15. Do you have a good luck charm?
I actually don’t. Actually, cos I’m Muslim, so sometimes when I go on stage I have praying beads in my pocket. And yeah I’ll just have it on me when I’m traveling, when I’m on a plane I’ll just have them with me in my pocket.
16. If earth could only have one condiment for the rest of time, what would you pick to keep around?
Ketchup. I eat everything with ketchup.
17. What movie or show remake would you want to star in?
New Girl. Too funny.
18. Do you have a go-to party song?
Future “My Momma”
19. If you had to pick a food or a dish to describe your sound, what would you pick and why?
Risotto. It’s like rice and like creamy. The reason why is because when, basically my manager ordered it and I looked at it and I was like, ‘Uuhhh na, why would you order that?’ Cos it just looked really… it looked a bit like baby food, like just the way it was all mushed together, and I don’t know I just didn’t like the look of it… until I tasted it. I was like ‘Yo, why did I not order that?’ And me, I don’t like trying new things, especially when it comes to food, I just kind of stick to what I know. So I guess that would be a way to describe my music. People like, they hear a female rapper, and they already have their preconceived ideas and their judgments, but that’s until they actually press play. Same way, until I actually tried the food, you like it.
20. What’s the one thing everyone should know about Little Simz?
That I’m a Pisces and I believe a lot in star signs, and that I’m coming to take over everything.
Little Simz plays NYC next month. Details coming soon.
I got a preview of Jeff Koons Retrospective at the Whitney Museum in NYC last week before it’s opening and decided to create a cheat sheet to help the world out. Enjoy.
“It’s taught me how to feel, it’s taught me how to enjoy ideas… And really, it’s taught me how to be a better human being.” – Jeff Koons opening remarks
There is the art world and there is the real world, then there is Jeff Koons. Somewhere between the age-old debates of “what is art?” lie sculptures of balloon dogs in punchy, iridescent hues, lithographs of celebrated sports heroes, and vivid 3-D objects of every medium blurring the lines between fantasy and what we think we know to be true. This weekend the Whitney Museum of American Art will celebrate Koons 35 year career with the artist’s first Retrospective.
Jeff Koons is the most successful, and often most controversial American contemporary artist in history. A student of fine art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Koons is known for his larger than life sculptures, and use of readymade objects to create original works.
Amidst Oscar Wilde quotes and shout outs to H&M from various curators and contributors, Alice Pratt Brown Director Adam Weinberg closed out remarks on the retrospective on Tuesday by saying, “If Jeff Koons didn’t exist, we would have had to invent him.” Giving Koons the ultimate platform– essentially the entire museum, the exhibition will display well known pieces like Michael Jackson with his monkey Bubbles alongside pieces that have been tucked away in Koons’ private collection for decades.
The exhibition ranges in scale from the traditional form, paying homage to Koons’ works in small galleries beginning 1987, and grows to the monumental scale (and success) of his exhibitions in the present day. The museum’s lobby, second, third and fourth floors, along with the outdoor sculpture court have been transformed into a Koons-themed Fantasia of epic proportions.
We’ve created a handy cheat sheet for Jeff Koons and his new exhibit:
The Retrospective unfolds in chronological order and is divided into thirteen collections: Inflatables and Pre-New, The New, Equilibrium, Luxury and Degredation, Statuary, Banality, Made In Heaven, Easyfun, Easyfun-Ethereal, Celebration, Popeye, Hulkelvis and Antiquity.
The Retrospective explores the themes of controversy, freedom, trust, humanity, and of course pop culture.
Koons’ new work, which can be seen in the outdoor sculpture court, Popeye,wasfinished just weeks before the Retrospective’s opening.
In a 2013 interview, Pharell Williams asked Koons which character from his work he identified with most. He answered “Popeye,” saying “He represents my father, and my father’s generation. And also, Popeye transforms. He eats his spinach and he transforms. And art’s the spinach. And you know, art can transform your life.”
One of Koons most famous works, One Ball Total Equilibrium is part of Koons’ first solo show held in 1985 on the Lower East Side. The Equilibrium series also includes framed mint-copy Nike posters of 1980’s star athletes obtained directly from the company’s Oregon headquarters. (Second Floor)
The New explores the popular concept of everyday objects as art. Taken from Koons’ 1980 series, household appliances are set in a pristine, “shiny and new” light fill an entire room of the Retrospective.
After his divorce from Italian pornstar and parliamentarian Illona Staller, Koons claimed he destroyed many of the works from his famed Made In Heaven series. Seeking to emancipate the shame of sex,Koons’ created billboard size paintings of himself and Illona in illicit sexual poses as a kind of fantasy-meets-modern day version of Adam & Eve. Luckily for the Whitney (and us) a few of the most provoking billboards are on display on the Third Floor.
Yes there is a sandwich.
And Michael Jackson.
And inflatable sea creatures in trash cans.
Koons’ Celebration installments comprises some of the most technologically demanding objects ever produced in the history of postwar art.
This Retrospective unveils Koons’ gigantic Play-Doh sculpture, a piece that has been in the works for more than 25 years. (Fourth Floor)
Jeff Koons is the first artist to collaborate with apparel retailer H&M. To celebrate the opening of the brand’s newest flagship store on Fifth Avenue on July 17th, H&M will debut a limited edition Jeff Koons Balloon Dog (Yellow) handbag.
Coinciding with the exhibit at the Whitney is Koons’ Split-Rocker. The thirty-seven foot high sculpture constructed of soil, stainless steel an internal irrigation system and over 50,000 flowering plants will reside over Rockefeller Plaza beginning today through September 12th, 2014.
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective is on display at the Whitney Museum from June 27th – October 19th 2014.
My Monday has been consumed with the dark and alluring sounds of Matthew Barnes aka Forest Swords brand new Fact Mix. Get on it.
Tracklist: Forest Swords – Gathering Ex-Easter Island Head – Mallet Guitars Two David Borden – Enfield In Winter Fatima Al Quadri – Szechuan Phil France – The Swimmer Wild Beasts – Pregnant Pause Vatican Shadow – Encryption Nets Hercules and Love Affair ft John Grant – I Try To Talk To You August Alsina – I Luv This Shit ft Trinidad James Jeremih – Raindrops Travi$ Scott – Upper Echelon ft T.I & 2Chainz Ben Frost – Secant Adrian Sherwood – Starship Bahia Frida – I See Red Peaking Lights – LO HI Love Joys – Stranger Susan Cadogan – Nice and Easy Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do (Without You) Jade – Don’t Walk Away copeland – Advice To Young Girls Neneh Cherry – Blank Project Dutch E Germ – Rani Actress – Time Muslimgauze – Every Grain of Palestinian Sand Sd Laika – Meshes Boothroyd – NYC Raime – The Last Foundry Unknown – Thor’s Stone No Love (Forest Swords ft MC Ride) Richard Skelton – River Song Steindór Andersen – Stephansson: Rammislagur
Read my recent interview with LA’s weirdest hip-hop trio, clipping.
clipping. is one of those bands that it feels wrong to describe as “a band” but at the same time it feels just as strange to call them a “rap group.” They’re a noise project as much as they’re a hip-hop trio, making some of the wildest beats in the game. Accomplished sound engineers with the utmost regard for popular music, yet with an unwillingness to make music any other way than exactly the way they want to.
Regardless of how you choose to categorise them, what they’re making is authentic. Authentic in the sense that the music that results stems from a genuine love of experimentation, the creative process and the often agonizing details that go along with it. The mad scientists of modern music, blasting away at 12-bar progressions with a blowtorch then using the most detailed of craftsmanship to wield golden era inspired beats that crackle and pop in all the right places. The perfect balance of calculated exploration, while still allowing for those beautiful mistakes to seep through, clipping’s June 10th release is one of the most charmingly subversive albums of the year.
As the band unveils a live stream of their forthcoming Sub Pop debut, Best Fit took some time to sit down with the guys and find out what makes them tick. From their painstakingly methodical musique-concrète techniques, to making weird music that’s still accessible, working with Three 6 Mafia, and the evolution of their live show, the Los Angeles trio introduces us to their disturbingly unique take on music, it’s clipping (bitch).
Denzel CurryIce Age Feat. Mike Dece (Prod. By Keenanza & Yung Icey)
The first single off Denzel Curry's forthcoming EP is too cold. The Carol City up-and-comer is one of the smartest, coolest, and most talented artists I've had the pleasure of working with. He’s such a gifted MC, with such a vision. His creativity spills into his flows, beats, and every bit of his being.
His new track, ‘Ice Age,’ is a perfect example. Next level lyrics, true to Miami tropical-cloud rap beats, and a killer hook. I can’t get enough of this one. You’re such a star Zel. Get it homie.
'Ice Age' is off Curry's Three Two Zel EP out later this year?
Art Work by Makada Duncanson & Denzel Curry.
PREMIERE: PsymunEating Disorder (Ackryte Remix)
They say Minnesota is all rhymes… as it turns out, that may be only half true. As of late, MN has been kicking up dust (or snow rather) with a handful of new singers and rappers like Allan Kingdom, Chester Watson, and of course Spooky Black. And behind those great sets of pipes are some seriously fresh beats. Many of which come courtesy of Minneapolis producer Psymun.
The 21-year-old beatmaker recently released his Pink Label EP, which features the best of the Twin Cities’ new class of musical suspects dropping verses over his signature jazzy syrup-cloud sound.
Today, Mass Appeal is proud to present the first remix stemming from Pink Label. Fellow Minneapolis producer Ackryte has blessed us with a spacey rework of the single “Eating Disorder.” On the rework, the HW&W producer throws a layer of silky goodness over the fuzzy two-minute number consisting of rickety clicks and jazzy exhales. He then turns up the bass and flares up the synths, while adding plenty of subtle flips and switches to keep you paying attention.
If you’re digging these funky beats as much as we are, be sure to be on the lookout for Ackryte’s forthcoming 8-song EP, Fly Opus, and plenty more remixes off Psymun’s Pink Label EP.
Best New Music: MoiréNo Gravity
Werkdiscs is always a win in my book. The Ninjatune imprint headed by avant-garde music gawd Actress, signs one new act a year at most, and then takes several more years to allow that artist to develop and showcase their craft. Their latest signee, Moiré is on the top of the creative-brilliance-in-the-making foodchain. His work is unconventional beauty at it’s finest. Don’t sleep.
Obsessed with the new Jim-E Stack track ‘Reassuring.’ His signature droopy synths are like deep jabs into whatever feelings you’re pretending you don’t have. You can’t help but feel something.
I asked him to play a party I threw last year when I first moved to New York. He said yes, and then cancelled the day of. Maybe he was busy working on this album.
Tracklisting: 1. Somewheres 2. Run 3. Below 4. Reassuring 5. Everything to Say 6. Is It me 7. Out of Mind 8. Ease Up 9. Without 10. Wake
SabaBurnout (Featuring Eryn Allen Kane)
I’ve been traveling so I’m behind on new music, but I like this… a lot.
While reading the words “Chicago hip hop” and hearing the opening chords of rapper and producer Saba's “Burnout,” you can't help but anticipate a Chance The Rapper sounding cut. But what greets your ears instead is something refreshingly different, with singer Eryn Allen Kane stealing the show at the 1:18 mark.
Though not completely proving myself correct, considering Saba hails from the same production camp as Chance, the similar piano chords and preaching harmonies are too catchy to not keep listening. Saba drops double-time rhymes with punchy sing-alongs, then emerging Chicago songstress heads into her first and then second savvy verse. Suddenly this nostalgia for anthem-worthy independent women lyrics a’la Destiny’s Child’s ”No,No,No” begin to do summersaults in my head. This is girl is the real deal (shout out to Tree for tip off on her way back when).
With a wide range of influences, infectious lyrics and an update on what made 90s R&B great, “Burnout” is a home run for me. Looking forward to hearing Saba’s ComfortZone mixtape which drops July 15th.