There is so much to discover in the pastry world of New York City. Tons of bakeries with specialty desserts to taste and judge. I recently stumbled across the cozy “Zucker Bakery”. Their decor and service make you feel right at home. The smell that hits your nose as soon as you swing the door open is indescribable. During the holiday season, there are limited edition seasonal goods that you just have to try before they’re gone. Since Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day this year (1st time that’s happened since 1888), Zucker’s is celebrating with their holiday special Thanksgivukkah donuts. These turkey-cranberry stuffed donuts are so tasty. They are made up of a light, crisp outer layer and a rich filling…it’s like a holiday meal in a donut. These treats may seem small, but what they lack in size, they more than make up for in flavor and are sure to keep you wanting more. If you’re interested in a sweet donut, go for the toasted marshmallow. They are baked fresh throughout the day so be sure to stop in, now until New Year’s. Yay for Zucker’s Bakery!
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Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays. A day where family and friends come together to celebrate life and give thanks. Life is complicated, but whether it’s a job, a significant other or simply being alive and healthy, each and every one of us has something to be thankful for. It is often hard to realize what you have until it is no longer present. This year I am thankful for all the people within my circle, especially the people who have given me a different outlook on life. Although it may not seem so, everyone has given me the support and encouragement necessary to pursue my passion. That brings me to these beautiful Thanksgiving spreads that people were kind enough to share with me. Some shared the holiday at home with family, at work with co-workers or dining out because family was too far away, but either way way I love that it was celebrated. This holiday is about coming together and giving thanks. And I am thankful for each and everyone one of you.
2013 has squarely set the stage for emerging indie pop bands; Chvrches (pronounced Churches) are indicative of synthpop done right. The Glasgow, Scotland based trio are bringing a synth-heavy sound, that is cultivating a global ground swell of listeners. Chuvrches is comprised of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals), Martin Doherty (synthesizers, vocals) and Ian Cook (guitar, bass, vocals and synthesizers). Audiences are subjugated by way of adventurous uses of samplers and empowering drum patterns; paired with the sharp yet delicate lead vocals of Mayberry. Auditors are deeply drawn in to this EDM-derived listening experience. Chvurches freshman release “The Bones of What You Believe” (available on Google Play and iTunes) provides a plethora of interdependent listening experiences. Dare I say, this album is holistic in its approach. Its deliverables such as “The Mother We Share” is a swift introduction to what is to be expected from Chvrches; rhythmically-melodic production, catchy hooks and pop vocals that are spot on. “Recover” further solidifies what one quickly begins to expect from this band. Songs like “Tether” and “By the Throat” bring a build and break style of which quickly, becomes a signature mark of their sound. Rounding out the listening experience with KDA remixed bonus track of their original song “Gun”, Chvrches takes you where you knew they could go. Whether it be indie pop, synthpop, electronic, and profound lyrics. It all lies in wait for the embarking listener of Chvrches.
by Guest Blogger: Craig Lewis
This week our featured contributor is Craig Lewis. Craig is a Los Angeles based self-professed entertainment junkie. Music, television and film have gone from pastime to passion. Always looking for the next great thing, Craig provides unique insight and perspective on what is available in the marketplace. He challenges you to question what you think you know, explore the unknown and share the lesser known with the masses.
Guest Blogger Craig Lewis
In a market belabored by pop stars with their over-produced songs and terribly catchy hooks, London Grammar are clear standouts in 2013. The UK based indie pop trio, comprised of Hannah Reid , Dan Rothman, and Dot Major; deliver something that you think you’ve heard before, but you quickly realize you haven’t. London Grammar’s debut LP “If You Wait” is an introduction into an unsuspecting trance-like listening experience. Trip hop influenced hypnotic production, which acts as a platform to launch Reid’s haunting vocals, gently envelops the listener. Songs like the lead single “Strong” are demonstrative of London Grammar effect. Offering a unique sensibility that balances elevating melodic guitar riffs, streamed lined down-beat percussion, with a soulful outpouring of emotional relevance. Songs such as “Hey Now” and “Nightcall” sweep in with an encompassing hollow sound that allows Reid’s gutturally breathy vocals to come peering through. Many have compared this highly-stylized group’s sound to their contemporaries; Florence + the Machine (particularly Reid’s vocal attributes) and The xx (with respect to musical arrangement, instrumentation and production). Whatever their influences may be, it is clear that this not your ordinary pop band. London Grammar has welcomed its listeners with a provocative offer; to truly listen to music, not just to hear it.
Photo Cred: London Grammar
Living in Brooklyn, one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the amount of talent that exists here. It’s full of creative individuals with the courage and freedom to express themselves artistically, whether it is vocally or just leaving their souls on canvas. Artist Journal is a new intimate series hosted by FRSH Concepts and Steel Wine and Spirits held at Fork Cafe. I had the pleasure of attending its initial gathering where I was very impressed by the artwork of Cydale Scotton, which varied from pop art to mixed media. Although this was Cyd’s first exhibit, you wouldn’t believe it judging by the overwhelming response of the crowd. He was even able to sell a few pieces on the spot. Not only were we enveloped by powerful art, the amazingly talented Anthony Flammia serenaded the audience with original compositions like Round & Round and covers of Daft Punk’s Something About Us, Drake’s Hold On We’re Going Home and J. Cole’s Power Trip just to name a few. Acting as a one man band, he looped and layered a combination of beatboxing, keyboard strokes and notes that mimicked live instrumentation so closely that it was easy to forget they were not present. Nothing Nice New York was in the building with samples of their newest addition, the “Simply Bklyn” crewneck. A limited edition tee featuring Brooklyn’s “718″ area code on its sleeve. There were also sightings of Lyfestyle. apparel spread throughout the event. Artist Journal will definitely be the place where one can showcase raw talent. These gentlemen are fearless in their endeavors and their passion to create, inspire and grow is why they are clearly on the cusp of success.
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Mother Monster, as Gaga’s known by her fans, recently released her latest album, ArtPop. To commemorate the event, she opened a free pop up gallery for all her Little Monsters to explore and enjoy. The exhibit was held during the past 3 days in her late great friend, Alexander McQueen’s retail store. It featured work by famed artist Jeff Koons, dancers as well as costumes and footage from her illustrious career. Check out some of my pictures below and be sure to check out the videos here.