Thursday, February 7, 2008

... and Now it's Time for Deep Thoughts

In the beginning, I planned on making this blog not solely about food, but about my art, my music and living as a vegan in general. Well, I've been very bad about doing that. I know that I've been pretty good with the foodie updates, which is mainly what I've been striving for, but there's so much more I want to share with all of you.

My main goal is to record my ideas, recipes, experiences, creations and veg life and to communicate with other awesome veggie bloggers and 'tree-hugging-hippies' as I always love to quote (I mean it in a good way... kinda like 'taking it back'... haha). Well, this means YOU guys. And you're all so awesome and I've learned so much and am definitely looking forward to learning more and meeting new veggie friends.

That being said, my second goal was to really promote my band, Acrasjia, and tell the tales of a metal vocalist (who actually sings- using her real voice- not screams) and my journey with my band and in the music field. I hope to turn some vegans who are not metal-heads onto some metal and at the same time (and more importantly) turn some metal-heads who are not vegan onto some veganism.

Acrasjia quadtic

So do not fear, this blog will still be chock-full of food pictures and cooking/baking tales. I would never leave ya hanging with that! But I do need to get my butt in gear and start incorporating more art/music posts. I think the winter's brought me down into hybernation, but I'm gonna fight it.

Another reason I may have been slacking on the music post side of things is due to the fact that the band is writing and preparing to record, so there isn't much to detail. Hopefully after our studio consult on Saturday, we'll be getting into some heavy-duty recording. Of course I am going to be posting the mp3s as each one is mastered and completed. :)

Our aim is to record a 5-track EP at Sanctum Sound in Boston. They are a very well-known professional recording studio, working with artists from Fuel, My Chemical Romance, Counting Crows, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Gary Cherone, Extreme to Wyclef Jean and little JoJo! So they are the real deal. We're just hoping they are good at recording heavy metal/thrashy bands because that's what we are and that music can be pretty hard to mix unless you know what you're doing. They DID record Mike Mangini, who was in a few speed metal bands, so perhaps we are in luck.

Anyway, I won't bore you with any more details.

For now, I would like to recommend a group to you who are NOT metal. Believe it or not- my style of music ranges from opera to musical to jazz to ska to rock and everything in-between.


Their name is Collide and I've been obsessing over them lately. They are a male and female duo and their sound is very trancey (but not techno), slow, soft electronic rock. What really sold me on them was the vocalist's extremely unique melodies and low, soothing voice.

Check them out and let me know what you think.

I'll be back with foodie pics on Monday. But I do urge you not to be bored by musical banter. You never know, my band just might make it and you'll be able to say, 'I used to swap recipes with the singer!' ;)


Vegan_Noodle said...

I'm sure I will be saying that one day (soon hopefully)! Can't wait to hear some of your music. I started my blog as wanting to do more than just food posting as well, and have also fallen behind. Usually I find myself blogging in a hurry, so I need to slow down and take a little more time.
I"ll definitely go check out that duo when I get back to my home computer tonight!

Cookiemouse said...

You may like to contact Chalky of Terrible Love Songs as she runs a music review blog in London.

mike said...

I can't wait 'til we get our stuff recorded! It'll be nice having some quality stuff for everyone to hear!


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(That's my acoutsic guitar. I couldn't create my electric one well enough)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Can I have your autograph now, to store away for ater? ;o)

It sounds like you lead such an interesting life as a singer in a metal band-- No boring desk job for you!

Vegan_Noodle said...

As far as cake leveling goes, there are a couple of fancy tools out there that will help keep it even (one is a simple stretched wire with handles on the side). But there is always the trusty kitchen knife, just can be tricky to keep it level. Supposedly, then the cut sides should be against each other, i.e. the bottom of the cake becomes the top! I decided to just level one cake that went on the bottom, seems easier. Easier still is just not to level them!

And the soy curls are some kind of dehydrating whole soybean (sorta like TVP but not as processed). You just rehydrate them for ten minutes in warm water and voila, they are ready to be put in a stiry fry or whatever else. I would definitely recommend trying some!

Ashasarala said...

That helps, thanks! :)

Candice said...

I am a music girl. I love female vocalists. I play guitar myself ( i have a beautiful acoustic electric ovation that i am in love with other than my girlfriend).

It would really be great to hear your stuff.

Keep doing what your doing, you have really great pictures for your band!

Rural Vegan said...

What do you mean your band "might" make it? Of course you will! And you're right, when that day comes, I will tell the world how I made your butternut lasagna and traded witty banter with you on food blogs.

I, for one, am all for hearing about everyone's personal interests as well as what's going on in the kitchen. It makes us better educated, cultured people. Bring it on!

Theresa said...

I look forward to hearing more about your band and your life in general, in addition to your food. And that way, when you are famous, I'll know the details of your rise to stardom and people will actually believe me when I say "we're blog buddies".

Kang Doy's Bloggy Blog Blog Blog said...

Yeah, Mike Mangini is one of my favorite drummers. He teaches at Berklee and he once held the world record for the most single strokes in one minute. I only hear his drumming on James Labrie's (the lead singer of Dream Theater) side projects.

As a matter of fact, remember when we checked out that tiny, tiny studio in Quincy and we walked into that small room with the huge drum set? That was his! Because when we walked out, I saw a road case that said 'Mike Mangini.' But, I couldn't tell if it was him sitting behind the computer beacuse I couldn't really see since we were all standing side by side. It probably was!

Collide made me want to take a nap, not in a boring way, but in a relaxed way. The night we went into Boston and you had it playing on your CD player, I was drifting off haha!

urban vegan said...

So cool that you're in a band. Good for you. Good luck and don;t forget us when you're world-famous.


Liz² said...

yay asha! I've been so curious about this side of your creativity, actually, I can't wait to read what you post about band experience! maybe there'll be mp3s eventually? :D

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Good for you!! I always love learning about the actual lives (apart from food) of fellow vegans/bloggers/foodies. :)

bazu said...

I know exactly what you mean- I don't want my blog to be solely a food blog, but more often than not that's what I write about. It's all about giving ourselves the freedom to write about whatever we want- categories be damned!

vko said...

you know what my dear- I love that your blog is about vegan food but also that we can see other aspects of you, it goes to show that there are vegans in ALL walks of life and I look forward to hearing about your band's path to stardom!!

Emilie said...

I really would love to check out your band next time you play! So, yeah, keep us all posted with good band news and awesome cookingz!

Anonymous said...

Heya :) I'm a vegan singer/songwriting girl looking to form a metal band with other vegans, typed "vegan opera metal" in google and this is what I found! Awesome :) you go girl and good luck. Do you have a myspace? If so add me, I'd love to hear your music.

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