Of the four styles of BBQ this country boasts, Texas BBQ is the most well-known. The famed pit barbeque creates smoked meats so flavorful that side dishes are secondary: one article in The New Yorker stated, "you don't hear a lot of people talking about the piquancy of a restaurant's sauce or the tastiness of its beans; discussions are what a scholar of the culture might call meat-driven."
When you have a product so good that it stands alone -- and is purchased by the pound, even in restaurants -- the urge to change or alter it in any way seems nonexistent. However, when you take into account the popularity of Tex-Mex, a combination of Mexican and southwest U.S. cuisines, the concept of a delicious food mishmash is too good to pass up.
The marriage of barbecue flavors and Mexican dishes is perhaps one of the most natural in our country. Cooking meat in big Texas smokers infuses them with incredibly delicious flavors, while the spices and complimentary sides in Mexican cuisine help bring out the meat's inherent smokiness. Dive into this ultimate fusion food by learning about what it is, where you can find it, and how to make your own.
I have been deflecting the same question (or variations of it) every February/March for roughly a decade now: "Will we be seeing you at SXSW?" Despite working in various disciplines that are represented at the annual festival in Austin (Music, Film, Interactive), I've never gone. Each year, I answer a growing number of emails (probably 200+ this year) with variations on the same answer: "Maybe next year." I just don't do a lot of conferences (and when I do, someone else is paying), so for folks like me, it helps when someone else rocks some good coverage. This year? It's The SXSW Diaries - a five-part webseries from PBS, hosted by "pseudo-reporter" Steve Goldbloom. Let's watch...
Dallas-based, Nashville-bred singer/songwriter LIZZA CONNOR has just released her first children's album, COMMANDER SALAMANDER. Available digitally via iTunes and Bandcamp, with hand-wrapped, autographed CDs available from her official site, listeners can get a taste of the country-tinged record with a FREE DOWNLOAD of the album's titled track. Grab it from the widget below...
Texas-based Alaskan metal act TURBID NORTH are hitting the road for THE TRUDGE TOUR, and much as they did last year when I reviewed their debut album (reposted from another site, here), they had one of their operatives hit me up personally to help spread the word. To get said word out there, they took a page from the book of NAVY SEALS and HOT SHOTS with a special video in which the entire Turbid Team is assembled 80's action style. Video and dates below.
Well here's a surprise: the self-titled debut album from KILL DEVIL HILL is a pretty good record. In all honesty, I wasn't expecting much. Their name is over-used - having been slapped on at least one film, and recently there was that ILL BILL and DJ MUGGS collaboration called KILL DEVIL HILLS, not to mention an Australian group by that name (taken from a place in North Carolina), and a IRON MAIDEN Bruce Dickenson song that's actually called 'Kill Devil Hill.' Toss in numerous bands that have mentioned or eluded to the NC region, and yeah - I would've called my band something else, but that's not what Vinny Appice, Rex Brown, Dewey Bragg, and Mark Zavon did. They're KILL DEVIL HILL.