Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Drink To The Beat- The Dazed and Confused Drinking Game

You will need:

1. Lots of beer (a variety of cheap sixers)
2. One bottle of hard liqour for shooting
3. Weed (totally optional)


1. Everytime a character says "man" take a drink.
2. Everytime Mitch touches his hair or nose, take a drink.
3. Everytime a character says "sixer" take 6 drinks .
4. Everytime a character says "O'Banion" the group must shout out, "THAT ASSHOLE!". The last person to do this has to take a shot.

Sounds too easy, right? WRONG! "Man" is said over 200 times in this movie. That fact alone makes for an excellent drinking game (because it gets you super drunk). With the addition of a bad ass soundtrack with choice cuts from Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, and Foghat you really can't go wrong!

Disclaimer: We did not invent this game. Apparently there are many different versions floating around out there. This is one that myself and a group of friends made up out of boredom on a Saturday night. You know what else cures boredom, karooke brought to you by the fine folks at On Demand. They even had "I Believe I Can Fly"!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A house so nice they named it twice.

Floating happily through my early twenties, when Thursday night rolls around I often find myself in the same pickle: What the hell am I gonna do this weekend? This is Nashville. And there has to be some tragically hip yet ultimately listenable act rolling through town, right? Right. But sometimes $12 admission + a quarter tank of gas + overpriced alcohol doesn’t add up to fun night for a girl with an already light pocketbook. Thank god our town has seen a recent resurgence of a classic ingredient to the proper collegiate experience: the house show. And when it comes to house shows, my hands down favorite venue is House House.

Murfreesboro’s House House prides themselves on hosting shows consisting primarily of "experimental/weird/art'ish/fun'ish music of various sorts." Now, before you start to judge (either the venue or myself) let me do it honest with you for a second. This girl loves pop music. I clap my hands to Of Montreal, shake my head to Talking Heads, shuffle my feet to Wanda Jackson, and generally freak out to Roxy Music on a fairly regular basis. I mean, you might catch me listening to Deerhoof once in a blue moon, but isn’t that every pop-lover’s go-to "experimental" band? What I’m trying to say is that my feel for the whole experimental music scene is extremely limited. Ain’t no shame in that. But I’ve genuinely enjoyed every show I’ve seen at House House. There is definitely something to be said about standing in a room full of interesting, cool, ecclectic, and all-around badass people, appreciating music that you would otherwise not have been exposed to. And don’t be suprised if you, my fellow pop-lover, feel your knee start to jerk to the, um...non-beat.

Some local bands that have played at House House in the past include: The Most Amazing Century of Science (pictured), Lazer Slut, High on Life, and German Castro. A full list of artists that have graced the place can be found on the venue's myspace page. Though I admit that I may not be jammin’ to these bands in my car anytime soon, I definitely give them props for amazing and fun live show experiences.

But wait, there’s more! House House also hosts regular art shows! Past gallery themes have included "antidepressant" and "ROBOTS!"

House House is located on Greenland Drive across from the cemetery (insert joke about no noise complaints from the neighbors). It’s always BYOB and donations are most appreciated for touring bands. Keep an eye on their myspace for upcoming event dates. If you’ve never been, you should really give it a shot. Sure, the air may be a little smoky, but it’s definitely free of pretention.

(This photo is by a House Houser, not me.)

Monday, February 25, 2008

King's Market- Antioch, TN

To quote Tek from Real World Hawaii- I'm a baller on a budget. I appreciate good, cheap eats and don't mind going a little out of my way to find them. King's Market is a small-ish Asian grocery store in Antioch that also has a cafe inside that serves Laotion and Thai food. We were a little confused when we entered the store and didn't immediately see the cafe. We wandered around to the side of the store and spotted a little cafe that has been built back into the wall. It's a small space with only about 8-10 tables. The waitress/hostess quickly greeted us and seated us. She was extremely friendly despite the fact that she was experiencing mild contractions- a fact she casually mentioned while giving us our menus and taking our drink order. We took a few minutes to peruse the double-sided menu of appetizers and entrees. All of the dishes have a short descrption that comes in handy when ordering something out of the pad thai comfort zone. My dining companion was a vegetarian and the waitress assured us that any of the dishes could be made with tofu instead of the specified meat. He went with the Khao Op Saparod, fried rice with pineapple, raisins, and nuts. He gave it high marks and seemed to enjoy it. I thought the tofu was rubbery.

My turn! I always order summer rolls and these had an added bonus. Little strips of pink pork! I don't eat pork so this was not so cool in my book.

Thankfully, the entree was redeeming. I chose the Lad Nah with seafood, a dish of wide noodles with brown gravy, chinese broccoli, fried egg, shrimp, and squid. It was definitely tasty and for the price, $6.95, it was a hell of a deal. I had more than enough to take to work then next day.

I give this place two enthusiastic thumbs up. Most Thai restaurants price their entrees in the 8-15 range. King's Market is cheaper by a few dollars and has a large portion size. That fact alone could win my heart but there is more. This place is also super cool because it's a one-stop shop. You can sit down for a quick meal, do some grocery shopping, and buy a snazzy gold necklace (yeah, they have a jewelry store in there too!). The grocery selection is impressive and I left with some tofu and durian chips. If you don't know about the power of the durian then I suggest you read this .

Eat to the Greet

"Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist." G.K Chesterton said that, and I, like, totally disagree!

So welcome to our blog. The "our" refers to Nicole and myself, April. We’ve been super BFFs for a long while now and we only like two things: food and music. Okay okay, we may like a few more things, but we promise not to talk about them here. You see, what we’re trying to do here at Eat to the Beat is super important. We’re eating at restaurants. We’re going to shows. We’re cooking stuff. We’re listening to records. And, get this, we’re going to tell you about it!

On the slight chance that people besides our friends are reading this blog, I’ll give you some mini bios. Nicole lives in East Nashville. She’s off to grad school for library science in the fall. She’s into Anthony Bourdain, books and being awesome. I live more towards Murfreesboro. I’m finishing my Spanish degree in December. I dig kitties, drive-in theaters and baking things for you. If you spied on us, you’d probably find us pilfering through thrift stores, breaking it down to Blackstreet and Montell Jordan or just having some laughs with our friends. You love us and we love you.

So, G.K. Chesterton, I just wiki’d you and you may have been an influential English writer of the early 20th century, but you are certainly not welcome here at our blog. Because eatin’ food while listenin’ to music is so 21st century it hurts.
America '08,