2 Mar

Stick Figure Shares Retro-Style Music Video For ‘Shadow’ – Premiere

first_imgVideo director Bulldog Media’s Joe W. speaks more in-depth about the band’s decision to shoot in this style. “I came up with the idea after listening to the song a few times. I’ve always wanted to do a 1950’s era video and thought this song would be a good fit. The lyrics “Old Country Road” made me think about the roads surrounding where I grew up in Sonoma County. We ended up shooting the film outside of Petaluma, CA, about 30 minutes from my home town. It was the perfect setting to match my vision for the video.”The song itself was written by Woodruff, and the first-ever song recorded at the band’s Ruffwood Studios in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Built by Woodruff himself, creating a workspace was influential on the album’s direction. “The process of building a studio from scratch in the mountains, surrounded by Redwood trees, yet 15 minutes from the beach, really framed the concept and direction of the album.”Stick Figure is on tour throughout March and the majority of 2016, so don’t miss the group on the road! For more information, click onto their website. California-based roots rockers Stick Figure always bring a good time wherever they go. Known for their soulful takes on the reggae genre, Stick Figure released their 2015 album Set In Stone to critical acclaim. You can listen to the album here.Now, the band is expanding on the artistic direction of Set In Stone with a brand new music video for the single, “Shadow.” Written about Cocoa The Dog, who frontman Scott Woodruff calls “my sidekick, my shadow,” the new video was shot in a retro 50’s style. Woodruff speaks fondly of Cocoa, saying that she “is essentially a member of the band. She is on stage every night, walking the perimeter and greeting the fans. She also gets first pick on choosing her bunk on the bus!”Enjoy the new music video for “Shadow” below:last_img read more

17 Jan

Cooking staples

first_imgAre you afraid to open your cupboard and look for those baking ingredients? Do you wonder if they are OK or should be thrown out? Do these items ever get old? If seasonal baking is all you do, those leftover baking ingredients may be less than fresh. Even if you bake throughout the year, staple ingredients should be refreshed periodically. Now is a good time of year to take inventory. Dry ingredients like sugar, most flours and spices are safe to use no matter how old they are. But they might not taste or perform as expected forever.FlourWhite flour keeps its quality up to a year when stored in an airtight container or freezer bag in a cool, dry place. Remember, moisture content can affect your recipe. All-purpose and bread flour will keep up to two years at 40 F in your refrigerator, according to the Wheat Foods Council. It can be stored indefinitely in the freezer. Allow refrigerated flour to come to room temperature before using it. Whole wheat flour keeps best for one to three months at room temperature. It becomes rancid if kept at room temperature for any longer. For longer storage, put it in an airtight container or freezer bag in the refrigerator or freezer. It will maintain quality six months in the refrigerator and up to 12 months in the freezer. SugarWhite granulated sugar keeps indefinitely if properly stored. However, rotate the supply every two years for ease of use and quality. Store it in an airtight container or a heavy moisture-proof plastic bag. To soften hardened sugar, put it in a sturdy food-quality bag and pound it with a hammer. Smash smaller pieces with a mortar and pestle or break in a spice grinder.Brown sugar keeps maximum freshness and flavor for four to six months. It’s important to store it in an airtight container to retain moisture and prevent hardening. Keep it in its original plastic bag, tightly closed, or transfer it to an airtight container or a moisture-proof plastic bag.To soften brown sugar, heat it in a 250-degree oven for a few minutes. Or, place it in a microwave-safe container and loosely covered with a white, damp paper towel. Microwave on high and check it every 30 seconds. Be very careful when handling heated sugar.Baking powder, sodaBaking powder and baking soda keep 12 to 18 months if stored tightly covered in a dry place. Discard both after expiration date. Use dry utensils to dip baking powder or soda. To test baking powder for freshness, mix one teaspoon baking powder with one-third cup of hot water. If it foams vigorously, it still has rising power. To test baking soda, place one and a half teaspoons in a small bowl with one tablespoon of vinegar. If it fizzes, it will still leaven food. If it doesn’t, place it in the refrigerator to trap odors.Herbs and spicesHerbs and ground spices keep good flavor up to one year if stored in cool, dry cupboards. Whole spices can keep their quality up to two years. Store them in a tightly covered container in a dark place. Air, light, moisture and heat speed flavor and color loss. If you use a spice rack, place it away from light, heat and moisture. Avoid storing above or near the stove, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, sink or heating vent. Use a dry spoon to handle spices or herbs. Don’t sprinkle them directly from the container into a steaming pot.To check the potency of a ground spice, smell it. If its aroma is immediate, strong and spicy, it should still add flavor to your foods.To test herbs, crush a small amount in your hand and smell it. If the aroma is still fresh and pleasant, it can still flavor foods. If there’s no smell or an off smell, toss it. Get into the habit of smelling your spices and herbs periodically; you will learn what fresh smells and looks like.Following these tips and paying attention to your stored staples can help avoid disappointments in your baking. Be sure to always read labels, follow storage information and look at recommended use-by dates for all ingredients.last_img read more

17 Jan

Police hunt Guyhoc man for mechanic’s murder

first_imgIetectives are hunting a Guyhoc, Greater Georgetown man in connection with the murder of Orrette West, 29, of Tucville Terrace, East La Penitence, who was stabbed to death at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara on FridayOrrette Westmorning.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the Police received information about the suspect and were currently pursuing him. He also confirmed that the stabbing might have stemmed from a December 2015 incident involving the two men. The Police in a release stated that the father of one was stabbed during an argument with another man over an old grievance.However, persons who witnessed the stabbing told this publication that the now dead man was dancing with a woman when the suspect walked towards him, hugged him and inflicted the fatal wound.The man was reportedly stabbed to the chest after which he collapsed and died almost immediately. He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Relatives of the dead man have confirmed that he died as a result of a single stab wound to his chest. The post-mortem on his body was performed on Monday by Dr Nehaul Singh. The relatives are calling on the Police to arrest the suspect who is known to the family.On the day of the stabbing incident, the dead man’s mother told this newspaper, her son did not have any issue with anyone, and she refuted the claims that he was involved in a fight with the suspect in late part December.The man leaves to mourn his four-year-old daughter, parents and other relatives. The Police are continuing their hunt for the suspect, who is suspected to have absconded.last_img read more