Tuesday, January 31, 2012

lazy bachelor's cookbook - roasted spicy mayo chicken

In case you can't tell, I like to cook with chicken. Chicken tastes good and it's not as bad for you as beef. Here's a recipe that I found online. It sounded interesting (mayo. cayenne paper. celery seeds?) so I decided to throw it together tonight and see how it tasted.

4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup mayo
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp celery seeds
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 pinch cayenne
zest from 2 lemons

Preheat oven to 425. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

Whisk all the ingredients together. Slather on chicken. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pricked with a fork.

Simple, huh? Even I could make this dish without too much trouble.

Just pulled it out of the oven. It's not much too look at but the true test is taste. I'll update you later if it passes the yum factor.

Verdict: Not bad. It was spicy enough to make me hiccup, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I threw in a lot more than a pinch of cayenne, though. Next time I might invest in a basting brush and apply the spicy mayo to both sides of the chicken evenly. This time I used a butter knife to spread the spicy mayo only on one side. It produced a creamy layer of spice on top of the chicken. A coating on both sides might kick it up a notch.

Monday, January 30, 2012

lux cover black tambourine for their new album

Up and comers Lux have a new album, We Are Not the Same, dropping soon. For it they recorded a cover of 90s twee-pop quartet Black Tambourine's "Black Car". It's buried in a hidden track on the album but it's been dredged up for your listening pleasure here.

I'm also including the original version here. What do you think?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

another way to make free money

Here's another free way to make money. It's by doing something you already do: buying stuff online. It's simple. Click on this link, sign up, and then go to the ebates site any time you buy something online. Many stores participate, you just need to click through from ebates and voila, cash back. Also, ebates tracks many coupons and special deals available from your favorite retailers.

I'm trying to de-clutter the blog and keep the ads down to a minimum. But at the end of every post you'll start seeing one of these buttons linking to ebates. It's not a sponsorship thing. I'm doing it because I want to. And because if I get enough people to sign up, they'll give me an iPad 2 or cash.

Likewise, I'm going to start using the following buttons to remind you to sign up for bing rewards and earn free money by using the microsoft search engine.

Friday, January 27, 2012

top 5 of the week for 27 january 2012

1. masonic - way down avenue

It seems after Jennifer Christen left the band, Masonic re-recorded all the songs from their debut album with a new vocalist. The new girl wasn't nearly as good. Unfortunately, it's rare to find the originals on the internet so you'll have to put up with this.

2. sonic youth - schizophrenia

3. raveonettes - apparitions

4. spoon - got nuffin

5. braveyoung - we are lonely animals

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

top 5 of the week for 20 january 2012

1. the circulatory system - the spinning continuous

2. sonic youth - superstar

3. soul coughing - circles

There's also a great Cartoon Network Groovies video with the Flintstones and this song but it seems to have been wiped from the internet.

4. olivia tremor control - define a transparent dream

5. explosions in the sky - first breath after coma

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

only in japan for 18 january 2012

Here Puss in Boots decides to have an epic adventure across the globe to retrieve a "miracle herb" for his sick owner, a little Japanese girl. But inexplicably, at 0:26, he stops to lick his balls. By the way, I think the miracle herb is cough drops.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

only in japan for 17 january 2012

As I prowl the strange recesses of the interwebs, occasionally I come across something so strange, so weird, so utterly bizarre it could have only been made in Japan.[1] This is where I shall collect the detritus of demented minds.

The first installment... Well, you just have to see it for yourself.

Apparently a wrestling clip of American gay porn actor Billy Herrington somehow made it's way onto a Japanese file sharing site. And then somebody did this.

Obviously, Cho Aniki wasn't homoerotic enough so they had to cross it with Twisted Metal. You can't unsee something like that.

[1] Despite the title, strange clips from all parts of Asia are fair game for this segment.

Friday, January 13, 2012

top 5 of the week for 13 january 2012

I got some unpleasant news this week. Apparently my high blood pressure has the docs concerned enough that they've put me on medication to lower it. So here's a top 5 songs about hearts and heart problems.

1. the magnetic fields - i think i need a new heart

2. telekinesis! - calling all doctors

3. the national - looking for astronauts

4. paul westerberg - dyslexic heart

5. japandroids - young hearts spark fire

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

new shins album coming in march

I guess the breakup rumors were just that: rumors. James Mercer returns to The Shins to release Port of Morrow. Follow this link to preorder the album with some bundle options including an exclusive t and tote bag.

Friday, January 6, 2012

top 5 of the week for 6 january 2012

First playlist of 2012. 1. the eels - good old days 2. the national - lucky you