Sunday, June 5, 2011

herMajesty, Class of Kill'em High and Long Island Sound Piled High on Top Macho Tostones Supreme

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere I joined some girls dancing like a fool. During a lull, I jumped from a second story balcony, grabbed ahold of a tree and scaled down it as gracefully as a monkey. Instead of filling a stereotype by grabbing a celebration banana, I turned a little to the west and reached for a plantain. My first experience with tostones was pleasurable enough that I tried it myself a few days later making some minor changes.

Macho Tostones Supreme (adapted from watching Fedster)
(printable version)

-2 plantains, peeled and cut into chunks
-5 Tbs. vegetable oil
-refried beans
-jack cheese

1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet. Place the plantain chunks into the oil and fry on each side (about 3 1/2 minutes per side). Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon. Continue until all chunks have been fried.

2. Using a plate, press down on each fried plantain to flatten. Put the circular plantains back into the oil and fry for an additional minute on each side. Remove from the oil again with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate. Pat dry. Repeat until all plantains have been refried.

3. Top plantains with refried beans and jack cheese. Heat for thirty seconds in the microwave (or until the cheese has melted). Top with salsa. Masticate monkey style.

Two bands that have appeared on this blog before return with Macho Tostones. First there is the dreamscape night waves of herMajesty (here and here). The band recently finished their first ever video for "The Stranger." It is a four minute peak at what lies inside your radio.

"Rhino" by Class of Kill'em High (here) has been my favorite song for the past month. It never seemed to fit until the tostones because it needed something more "macho." On par with any American rock band, these guys hail from Sweden. But they trade in the jangle pop of some of their Swedish brethern for aggressive rock and roll. They do send out a little tribute to these guys by slowing it down a little at the end. The only disappointment with "Rhino" is that it isn't longer.

Class of Kill Em High-Rhino via Absolut Noise

If Class of Kill'em High and herMajesty are the nightlife, Long Island Sound is a sunny day. Poppy, happy and infectious these Australian's harmonize in a way that causes Beach Boys' fans around the globe to shed a tear. "Joseph" comes courtesy of Triple J Unearthed.

Long Island Sound-Joseph