Saturday, May 7, 2011

Wrestling a Tortilla Pie to the Ground Alongside the Computers, Neighbors, Let's Wrestle and Cage the Elephant

I celebrated Cinco De Mayo in the best way I know how. I went and ate some pasta at Ivarones. Afterwards I pulled on my Mexican wrestling mask and vacuumed my house wearing a t-shirt that said Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. Oh and I also looked up some teacher's mug shot from a few years back when she was caught driving under the influence of ritalin and corona's.

Tortilla Pie
(printable version)

-3 large tortillas
-olive oil
-1 onion, diced
-1 jalapeno, diced
-2 garlic cloves
-1/2 cup spinach, sliced
-2 cups dried black beans
-bottle of beer (12 ounces)
-2 cups frozen corn
-4 scallions, sliced thinly
-shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the black beans in a stock pot of water for 90 minutes. Drain. Add the beer and cook an additional 30 minutes.

2. While beans are cooking, saute the onions, jalapenos and garlic over medium heat for five minutes (or until onions are translucent). After the beans have stewed in the beer for thirty minutes, add the onions, garlic, corn and scallions. Stir until well mixed.

3. Lay foil on a circular baking sheet. Place a tortilla on the foil. Layer 1/3 of the bean mixture, 1/2 of the spinach and 1/3 of the cheese on top. Spread to cover the entire tortilla. Place a second tortilla on top. Place another 1/3 bean mixture, 1/2 spinach and 1/3 cheese on top. Add a third tortilla. Finish with a final layer of beans and cheese.

4. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The cheese should be beginning to brown. Slice the pie into six slices and cover with salsa. Lose yourself.

To accompany this pie I listened to the ethereal, screamo soul punk of the Computers. They can be best described as the band that your mom, grandmother and wife hate with a passion (so maybe avoid them on mother's day) and that your father tells you to turn down because he is concerned about getting jacked in the side of the head by she who wears the pants. Your hipster friends probably won't like them either. That makes them perfect for a misunderstood holiday such as Cinco de Mayo. "Music is Dead" is the Computer's first single from their new album Recorded in Stereo Direct to Tape. It's out May 16th on One Little Indian Records.

THE COMPUTERS - MUSIC IS DEAD from One Little Indian Records on Vimeo.

Everyone, except me, has probably heard Cage the Elephant before. I found them through Let's Wrestle (rather than vice versa). "My Arms Don't Bend that Way Damn It!" was given both the elephant and wrestling treatment during this cooking experience. I prefer, albeit slightly, the wrestling treatment. Starting in reverse order:

The Neighbors sound straight from the 80's with their majestic synths, echoed "Heys" and drum machine blips and bumps. What separates their music from the 80's is that it is actually good. And that they call bullsh*t on everyone. In all serious, this is laid back fun. We can expect more as the band plans to release their August EP for free at some point in the near future. Thanks to Consequence of Sound for the heads up on these guys.