Posts Tagged ‘joe swensen’

Rhyphte Reviews: ‘Lachrymose Dreams of the Alchemist’ by Joe Swensen

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Hi everyone — I hope you’re all enjoying 2020, because we’re actually about to take a little trip back to December 2019, a time when everyone decided to drop their albums in a bizarre, chaotic rush to beat the clock on the new decade. Or was that just me? Projection aside, there’s a lot of great tunes to unpack from the climactic finale of the 2010s, so we’re gonna linger here a bit for me to shine the spotlight on a lovely, experimental EP from the equally lovely Joe Swensen!

Album art by the blog’s very own Giselle Llamas!

Formerly known as Turtle Beats, Joe’s been a formidable presence in the scene for a while, but they have recently launched into the forefront by their flawless execution of the “ChipWIN roster debut to new album to Chipspace showcase” true-combo we’ve seen play out plenty of times over the years! ‘Lachrymose Dreams of the Alchemist’ is a compact concept album packed to the brim with novel techniques in Joe’s lively, minimalist style. It’s certainly a must-listen for anyone brainstorming new directions for their next LSDJ project.

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 8 [Tracks 21 – 30]

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Every year, ChipWIN releases a compilation of 51 of the best chipmusic tracks of the year, and every year it continues to impress. In case you haven’t been tuning in over the course of the last week, here on The ChipWIN Blog we also happen to review every track from the compilation. A daunting task indeed, but it’s our way of saying thanks to the many people involved in this continuously expanding project. Shall we?

Pixel Syndrome‘s pixel-tastic entry.
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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #45: Blueberry Creamcheese Bread

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For a lot of folks, holidays involve family (for better or for worse). I always spend my holidays with family, although mine is what you might call… “non-traditional”.

For instance, each Easter involves an Iron Chef style cook-off with a secret theme/ingredient. This year, the secret theme is “The Letter B“. So Buzzfeed brought to me…

Blueberry Beer Cheesecake Bread!

Difficulty level:
Newb           |         Apprentice        |         Journeyman         |         Master

Super simple, super delicious! I’m going to need to make a second one…

Quest Items:
1/2 C powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/4 C self rising flour
1/3 C brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 C milk
1 C Blueberry Ale (can substitute Blueberry Flavored Water)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C blueberries

Musical Accompaniment:

Illustrated Guide:

For this one, we’re gonna need about Tree-fiddy.

Butter your pan in a way that would make Paula proud.

Whip together your softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Once smooth, set the mixture aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and the brown sugar.

Add in the wet ingredients: egg, butter, vanilla, milk, and blueberry ale. Once whisked smooth (like a thick waffle batter), stir in the blueberries.

Time to put it all together!

Add half the batter to the bread pan, and then layer the cream cheese mixture on top, making sure not to push it down into the batter.

Add the rest of the batter on top; then pop it into the oven for 40 – 45 minutes!

Let the bread rest and cool, top with powdered sugar, and then devour.

Lastly, remember, Chip Mom luvs ya!