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Joan Shelley obviously puts Bourbon in her rye cookies!

Joan Shelley. Photo: Press.

Joan Shelley. Photo: Press.
On Friday Joan Shelley will grace Pustervik with her Kentuckian presence during Way Out West. Last week I shot her an email asking her about food and she gave me a cookie recipe. Yay!

What do you feel like eating right now?

A croissant and coffee. I haven’t eaten yet today and that would be divine.

Do you have any food on your rider?

We usually request fresh fruit and vegetables of any kind, smoked fish or salami, bread and cheese (it’s especially great when they get the smoked fish). Especially when you move from place to place so fast that it’s hard to get a sense of the place, it helps to get to try the local varieties of cheese, breads, or preserved fish and meat. It helps build a stronger memory.

What did you have for breakfast?

I haven’t yet, but probably will have coffee and toast, and maybe some vegetables that I have to cook before we leave for tour (mushrooms, green onions, arugula, peppers).

What’s your favorite fruit?

Watermelon.

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

I fell in love with making these Bourbon and rye cookies (since I’m from Kentucky it is mandatory we learn these kinds of things). It has rye flour and a little bit of Bourbon and then the vanilla bean and sea salt on top really makes it fragrant and lovely. Also, cookies are my favorite food!

You use 1/2 cup rye flour with 2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon bourbon

Chocolate chips
Vanilla bean and coarse sea salt

After whipping the wet ingredients up and adding the dry ingredients, then the chocolate chips, I form the dough into a log and chill in the fridge for a few hours. After that I cut them into slices, garnish them with scrapes of the vanilla bean seeds and the sea salt, and cook them in a preheated 350 degree F oven (not sure what that is in Celsius!) for a few minutes, turn it down to 325F and let them get barely golden-brown on the edges. I like them soft in the middle so I don’t cook them too long, don’t want them to lose all their moisture.

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Pascal vet vad det behövs för mat till ett party!

Pascal. Foto: Press.

Pascal. Foto: Press.
Min kompis Zacharias for till Stockholm i våras för att kolla när Pascal spelade för första gången på massa år. Jag frågade honom hur det var och fick Årets spelning! till svar. Peppen är alltså på topp inför Pascals spelning på Stay out west nu på fredag! Jag frågade ut Manuela, Mimmi och Isak om mat och fick svar på tal, speciellt angående partymat!

Vad är ni sugna på just nu?

Räkfrossa.

Är Tutti Frutti bästa godiset?

Nä, det är Riesen.

Vad är er favoritfrukt?

Fruktsallad.

Vad behövs för mat när det är Party?

Ost, korv (modell snackskorv), chips, snittar, landgång, mer ost, kex, fikonmarmelad, marängsviss, grillad kyckling, fransk potatissallad, stekt strömming, falukorv i ugn, morotsstavar, en god morotskaka, oliver, mer ost, smörstekt sparris, varma mackor med tallegio, en god beuf, potatismos, skaldjursplatå, hummus, rysk kaviar och lite andra tillbehör!

Har ni ett recept ni vill dela med er av?

Lägg en piggvar i ett foliepaket, ta på lite smör och en skvätt vitt vin och kör in i ugnen, typ 150 grader tills fisken ser fin ut. Servera med några goda potatisar.

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Mats Gustafsson är ALLTID sugen på souvas!

Fire! Orchestra Photo: Press.

Fire! Orchestra Photo: Press.

Nästa vecka är det dags för trion Fire! (Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling och Andreas Werlin) att än en gång samla fler artister ur Sveriges jazzelit än det får plats på Nefertitis scen (förra gången jag såg dem fick Joachim Nordwall stå bredvid!). Platsen är Stay Out West. Tiden är nästa torsdag. Jag pratade lite med Mats Gustafsson om mat inför detta!

Hej Mats, vad är du sugen på just nu?

Jag är alltid sugen på souvas. Med trattkantareller och svart trumpetsvamp. ALLTID sugen på detta! ALLTID!

Har du någon mat-ritual du följer slaviskt?

[Ritual]
Jag försöker att inte ha så mycket ritualer för mig. Det kan stoppa upp kreativiteten, men att vässa knivarna noga innan attackerna mot livsmedlen är en fin sak! Annars handlar det mycket om vilken musik som ligger på någon av skivspelarna när jag lagar mat. Just musiken kan faktiskt påverka resultatet mycket! Men allt handlar om råvarorna, sedan spelar ritualen inte så stor roll.

Vad är din favoritfrukt?

När jag första gången smakade en färsk röd grapefrukt så tror jag att jag gröt en skvätt. Fantastiskt vad den kan göra i matlagning också! En färskpressad juice av denna magiska frukt gör mig knäsvag och stark på samma gång! Sedan är ju kärnorna en fantastisk medicin. Naturens eget penicillin! I koncentrerad form har det hjälpt mot förkylningar under många, många turnéer! ROCKIN!

Har du ett recept du vill dela med dig av?

Jag kommer spontant att tänka på en sommarsoppa som trumpeteran Lasse Almqvist bjöd på för några år sedan. Jag har utvecklat den lite, om jag kommer ihåg rätt:

Koka upp vitt vin, färskpressad citrus, vanilj fr vaniljstång, sockerlag.
Låt svalna.
Koka mycket fint riven stjälkad rabarber ett tag. Lägg i soppan.
Skiva jordgubbar som dragit i lite honung och basilika – efter smak i soppan.

En kall fantastisk sommarsoppa, som efterrätt.
Passar bra till Nina Nastasia, Lee Konitz eller Frida Hyvönen!

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Arre! Arre! Mjukglass hela dagen!

Arre! Arre!

Inför Way Out West pratar vi mat med några av banden som spelar, först ut är Malmös finest, Arre! Arre!

Vad är ni sugna på just nu?

Lidia: Pistage-glass.
Anna: Cocio, fick nyss sådant himla sug på det. 

Vad är era favoritfrukter?

Lidia: Avocado.
Anna: Passionfrukt, mmm, gott!

Äter ni mjukglass, trots att Margaret Thatcher var med och uppfann det? [Soft ice-cream on the beach]

Lidia och Anna: Nöden har ingen lag! [Har nyss fått höra att det inte verkar vara så att Thatcher var med och uppfann det trots allt.]

Vad är favoritgodiset? [Hard candy]

Lidia: Surt.
Anna: Choklad, choklad, choklad!

Odlar ni nåt själva?

Lidia: Jag bor på landet så ja, odlar jättemycket: majs, tomater, gurka, morötter m.m.
Anna: Odlar mitt klasshat.

Har ni nåt gött recept på en soppa eller bakverk som jag kan göra på kafé Llama Lloyd?

Lidia: Salmorejo, en spansk kall soppa som liknas gazpacho. Tomat, vitlök, bröd, vatten, olivolja och lite kokt ägg och serrano-skinka i små bitar på (funkar även med vegan-skinka såklart).
Anna: Kladdkakemuffins, sjukt gott ju! Är inte så bra på att baka men laga mat kan jag mer. Angående soppa så kikärtssoppa. Kikärtor, gul lök, vitlök, grönsaksbuljong, viola! Och lite creme fraiche och ärtskott uppe på.

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Tre små band på Way out west – lördag.

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Igår gjorde Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation en av årets allra bästa jävla konserter. Gillade att Johanna och Mariam från insomnade Taxi Taxi! körade. Så jävla många bra musiker i det här jävla bandet. I särklass Sveriges bästa svenska band för tillfället. Ni har sett att det är Josefins låt Sunny Afternoon i crowdfunding-videon vi gjorde, va?

Slint, Linné kl 15.00.

Kanske inte ett litet band? De startade hela postrock-svängen och är ett av årets måsten. De var fantastiska på Primavera och kommer vara fantastiska idag.

Nils Frahm, Operans stora scen kl 23.30.

Nils är en helt underbar pianist, hans Screws är en av mina absolut mest lyssnade skivor de senaste åren. Bara han och ett piano. Bliss.

Deafheaven, Linné kl 13.00.

Överraskade mig på Primavera och kommer överraska de få som tar sig dit om en timme!

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Tre små band på Way out west – fredag.

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Igår tipsade jag om The Garden och de var så bra att jag köpte tisha. Sjukt roliga.

Mac DeMarco, Polketten på Liseberg, kl 02.00

Jag såg Mac DeMarco göra en rolig parkspelning på Primavera Sound, jag tror det var förra året. Det var hur lattjo som helst, han kastade ut sina cigg och ville sedan ha tillbaka en själv. Sedan satte sig hans tjej på hans axlar. Och nu har han dessutom gjort en av årets bästa skivor. Innan spelar dessutom fina Growlers!

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, Operans lilla scen kl 23.45.

Jag pratade med Josefin häromdagen, om det var ok att använda årets bästa svenska låt, Sunny Afternoon, i min crowdfundingfilm. Det var det! Hon och hennes frigörande band gör underbart krautig rock. Det var grymt på Asperö häromveckan och kommer var grymt ikväll!

Broken Twin, Operan stora scen kl 00.30.

Piano och Danmarks vackraste röst. Underbart fint.

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Tre små band på Way out west – torsdag.

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Under Way Out West kommer jag tipsa om tre små band varje dag, här kommer dagens skörd. Tyvärr har ju The Horrors fått ställa in för att nån blev sjuk. Jävla trist, de ska ju vara grymma live. Och kanske de är för stora för att nämnas som ett litet band här ändå? Nåväl. Här är mina tips för dagen:

Mattias Alkberg/Södra Sverige, Rondo kl 00.30.

Hoppas du inte missat den sjukt roliga Nöff nöff där Matti skriker CARL BILDT MISSFOSTER? Det är ju sjukt kul i vart fall. Förresten så älskar jag Mattis recept på ”dillkött”.

The Garden, Pusterviks lilla scen kl 23.45,

Jag gillar det lilla skivbolaget Burger Records, men det är helt omöjligt att hålla reda på alla kassetter de släpper. De har släppt ett antal med The Garden och jag hittade två igår. De var på en kvart vardera. Snabbt, gött, punkigt och ungt. Kan bli hur bra som helst.

Amen Dunes, Trädgårn, 02.15.

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Veckans tips! 13:e – 19:e juni.


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Yo! Ursäkta uppehållet, om ni följer mig på Instagram har ni ju sett att jag har varit ute och svirat på gigantiska Primavera Sound och minimala Beaches Brew, men nu är jag hemma. Jag hade tankar på att åka till Psykjunta idag, men det sket sig. Jag får helt enkelt hoppas på en Josefin Öhrn-spelning i Göteborg snart. Come on, Way out west! Ni bokar ju bara massa svenska grejer nu det senaste känns det som. Boka då det bästa Sverige har att erbjuda för tillfället! För övrigt var hennes och hennes Liberations EP Diamond Waves det enda jag lyssnade på när jag var i Spanien. Så. Jävla. Bra.

Fredagen den 13:e (duh-duh-duuuh!): Sommarvernissage, Göteborgs Konsthall, kl 18.

En kanske skulle gå på vernissage i afton? Jag blir nyfiken på båda banden som spelar, argentinska Los Cripis och Göteborgska mysiga postpunkiga Mansion. FB. Vill en bara hänga och lyssna på bra musik är Hotel Rica, och Publik två ställen med bra musik ikväll. Till på köpet är det faktiskt punkrock på Yaki-Da: The Fume och Mankind spelar.

Lördagen den 14:e: Cosmonauts + Poppets + Fuck Tornadoes, Henriksbergs takterass, kl 20.

Jag såg sista larmiga låten med Poppets när Koloni fyllde tio för en månad sedan. Gillade det skarpt, imorn spelar de med amerikanerna Cosmonauts samt ännu ett band med Kristofer Åström: Fuck Tornadoes. FB.

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Onsdagen den 18:e juni: Brian Jonestown Massacre + Les Big Byrd, Pustervik, kl 19.

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Way Out West fick ett blandband i år igen!


Luger och Way Out West fick sig ett nytt blandband med årets önskemål, tyvärr hittade de det inte på Alla hjärtans dag, så jag fick posta det, haha.

Precis som förra året gjorde jag en analog playlist, ett blandband, till Way Out West med vad jag vill se på årets festival. 17 av 22, 77%, av låtarna finns på Spotify. Här är den listan.

A.
Tool – Schism
Hanni El Khatib – Pay No Mind
Foxygen – No Destruction
Thee Oh Sees – The Dream
Slothrust – Crockpot
Ty Segall – Thank God For Sinners
The Horrors – Who Can Say
Waxahatchee – Lips and Limbs
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Sunny Afternoon
Josephine Foster – I’m a Dreamer
Beck – Blue Moon

B.
Gang of Four – Ether
Gruff Rhys – If We Were Words (We Would Rhyme)
Cold Specks – Blank Maps
Caribou feat. Koushik – Crayon
Laura Mvula – Green Garden
Nils Frahm – Si
Mirah – Oxen Hope
Shellac – Squirrel Song
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Lariat
Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
Fuck Buttons – Bright Tomorrow

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What will all tomorrow’s parties be? A bike-ride in Utrecht, The Netherlands? Maybe.


Moonface. Photo: Elizabeth Radzikowska.

On Monday I came back from a long lovely trip with two of the world’s best festivals ringing in my ears. All Tomorrow’s Parties hosted two last weekends of their marvelous concept where they let one band chose what other bands should play. This next to last weekend however was curated by themselves and their friends at the Primavera Sound festival (the very last the weekend after was curated by Loop). I had been to one ATP before, when Slint reunited, back in 2005. Now I made my way to Camber Sands yet again. Camber Sands is a beach resort for the English working-class but during the winter it occasionally transforms into a music nerd Mekka. I booked my ticket on a whim when I heard that they were about to sell out and I so very badly wanted to see Television perform their masterpiece Marqueen Moon in its entirety. One of the reasons I haven’t made it back to ATP since 2005 is the sleeping situation. You normally have to buy a whole room, a chalet. This time however, you could share a 4-berth room so I bought a ”half-chalet” and hoped someone would come to their senses this time and join me. It’s gotten a lot easier finding peeps to tag along to these fests with because of twitter and the lovely little Primavera Sound Crew group on Facebook, a group for people who are nerdy enough to go to festivals in other countries on their own and there meet up with kindred folk. A Swedish guy, Mattias, whom I had just spoken to once in person, took the chance to join me. We arrived with a crowd-funded bus (We can go dutch, I love y’all for that!) with a few of the others from the PS group. An hour later our new flat mates, Charlie and Ollie, two young brits, showed up. Naturally they would have to cuddle up on the sofa bed. Me and Mattias had gotten their first and in true viking manner just taken the two single beds.

I’m not gonna go into detail about all the bands, you can check out tiny little ”reviews” on every one of them at instagram.com/llamalloyd if there’s something special you would like my take on. The Thursday started with me trying to figure out if it really was Scout Niblett in a wig behind the drums at Magik Markers. Of course it wasn’t, she was upstairs and when I got up there she and her guitar gave me goosebumps, the very best thing that a band can give you. Icarus Line blew me away while Low made me so sleepy I literally went to bed, even before they had finished. I felt incredibly old.

On Saturday me and Mattias took a stroll along the beautiful beach and it was all sublime. We left for Eraas, which I just found out is the new duo behind postrock band Apse. I was happily surprised and then blown away by the marvelous instrumentalists Tortoise. The other band to give me goosebumps was of course the old men in Television during the title track of Marquee Moon. Brilliant stuff, still. Then laying down in the back listening to Godspeed You! Black Emperor was just blissful and someone brought a pet dino to Feel the pain with Dinosaur Jr.

Sunday’s lineup felt a little weak, but if you look at it in a positive way, then it felt like these were the band that were the future, instead of old-timers like Dinosaur Jr and Television (except for Los Planetas, enough with them already, Primavera!). These were the new noise-makers; Haxan Cloak and Pharmakon being the two who made the most, and most fucked-up noise. I liked Forest Swords, who had realized it’s much more fun to watch a guy with a bass instead of just having a bass track on his computer. Hebronix had really beautiful passages and stood for the best party trick at the entire festival when he came in to one of the chalet parties that played pretty awful music and asked to plug in his toaster. When he finally found an outlet the thing short circuited the stereo and everything went quiet and black. Brilliant!

Leaving the fest, hung over as the queen in Maida Vale fellow PS Crewers Joao, Blanca and me endured the bus ride and chilled a few hours at a Syrian restaurant. Our minds were pretty empty and it was lovely to just stare into the air for a while. I took a more comfortable than I had thought bus to Amsterdam (£1.60!) over night and continued chilling with the obvious visit to Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank house and a visit to the Documentary film festival and the lovely film Everyday Rebellion before it was time for the next festival.

On Thursday morning I got an email from the ceo of Spinlister, a site where you can rent locals’ bikes that my rental in Utrecht would be the first bike rented in ”Amsterdam”. I wonder what the good folks in Utrecht would say about that! Utrecht is a lovely university city about the size of Gothenburg half an hour away from Amsterdam. Here the festival Le Guess Who? takes place every year at different venues throughout the city, you could say it’s like Way Out West’s club programme Stay Out West but without all the massive queues you get with 25000 people. The biggest venue is about the size of Pustervik (appx 1000 people). I heard that the festival started as a birthday party and that it celebrated Canadian bands (hence Le Guess Who?) the first year and the next year they cheated with Beach House and Jana Hunter (both American). There’s still a lot of Canadian bands on the lineup and a lot of garage rock. My friend Ola was there last year and I agreed that they had a remarkable sense of what was ”up and coming” so I bought an Early Bird ticket for this year’s fest. I felt that they would give what I wanted and yes, the lineup made me smile.

When I got to Utrecht I walked to a part of town with schools and little family houses everywhere. I rang the door bell of one, where Wouter, the manufacturer of the interesting bike I had rented answered and led me out the back where he had these new chainless bikes he had designed and made. I rode with a backpack on my back and a smaller one on my tummy until I made my way to my Couchsurfing host, Eduard. Le Guess Who? has realized that the amount of hotel and hostel rooms in Utrecht is limited but they have an almost unlimited amount of students so you can actually ask for a couch directly on their site! Love that! Anyways I met three little Poles that were also couchsurfing at the same place and we got along very well, one of them, Szymon, runs a music blog called Kilof. A fun bunch. We all stayed in the attic of this kid Eduard who wasn’t really going to the festival until we were… Not the best situation, but yeah yeah. Wednesday started with the brilliance that is King Khan and then a little older brilliance by The Fall and after a little bike-ride to a smaller venue where there was a, mostly Norwegian, line, we saw Night Beats who performed last year as well. I can really see why they let them come back again. It’s always a good bet to go see a band that gets booked two years in a row. Biking around in the darkness a little drunk is fun and frankly, that’s exactly what I did at Stay Out West this year too. And you do manage to get into more than one club that way. In Utrecht everybody bikes. It’s the way to go.

Friday started with a few so-so bands before the marvellous Braids filled my heart with soul and my body with goosebumps. Sheer brilliance. I stuck around for The Black Angels instead of going directly to the Ty Segall curated night and they’re always a treat but in hindsight I feel that maybe I should’ve checked out Magnetix because if they were anything like the band Ty chose after them, J.C. Satán, I would’ve loved them too. J.C. were amazing, one of the best garage acts I’ve ever seen. Brilliant guitarist and it never got boring which garage can get sometimes if it’s too repetitive. None of that. Good shit!

On Saturday there was something called Le Mini Who? which meant free gigs at little art clubs and cafés throughout the city. Me and my new couchsurfing host Dominique (I couch-jumped – didn’t stay the whole time at one person’s home) went to see ZZZ’s but they had swapped times with Pins who were awesome, really good stuff. They had been on my ”first band of the itinerary” but this way it was ok that we had so much Mexican food that we didn’t get there in time for their ”proper” gig. Unfortunately the upstairs was full, too bad, I really would’ve wanted to see Thao & The Get Down Stay Down but the goosebumps from Scout Niblett once again was more than enough downstairs. The only Swedish band on the lineup were The Thing, the jazz trio Neneh Cherry made a brilliant album with recently. On their own they play so incredibly loud and fast you almost get sweaty just watching them. Fire! in a condensed form. Happy to be a Swede. After them even Metz sounded kinda lame. A bike ride over to ZZZ’s and a little queueing before I managed to hear the last two songs these Japanese noise women performed. Great stuff.

The Sunday was suitably timed a lot earlier with Matt Elliott, Moonface and Destroyer as my opening trio in a modern church. The Moonface album Julia with Blue Jeans On that landed about a month ago took my friend Madeleine by storm and I remember thinking ”What the hell” when she gave it 9/10 a few hours after it had been made available. It took me a little longer to come to realize she was completely right and when Spencer Krug performed these piano pieces I was in a trance and was very close to crying. Between these remarkably beautiful pieces he seemed to be another man, though, joking about getting shat on in Lissabon and whatnot. I got to think it through, but that might very well have been the concert of the year. The fact that I’m thinking about going to London just to catch see him again should tell me ”yes, it was”…

I sat through most of Destroyer but mostly it felt like just watching a drunk getting more drunk. It wasn’t getting better with Spencer Krug refilling his whiskey. Speaking of sad, the next act was Damien Jurado, whose songs might be the saddest of the bunch. The man himself, though, was very jetlagged and had been up 24 hours. In spite of that he was a lot of fun joking around and speaking about his artwork for the Le Guess Who? totebag that was inspired by ads of companies doing their ”final” sale. In between that he sang his songs while the entire Tivoli fell quiet. I realized I haven’t listened to him in years and that it was time to correct my mistake.

Maybe the biggest name on the bill was Yo La Tengo, who I hadn’t seen for ten years. They played for an hour and a half and I especially enjoyed The Story of Yo La Tengo off my favorite record of 2006, I’m not afraid of you and I will beat your ass. Love it.

I had already returned the bike so I started walking back, the Poles taking the bus and on the way was the other Tivoli, where Wooden Shjips were playing their psychadelia. I couldn’t NOT swing by. It was as packed as ten sardines in a condom. I went for the bar, that’s a good excuse to get into a crowd like that with your coat still on and that Beck’s beer might very well have been the best beer on-site during this, my new favorite festival, Le Guess Who?

PS. The best lager all-in-all was the Hertog Jan! I heard the festival was still doing minus on their account. This should be their beer sponsor!