More Delicious Foods From Around the World (Every Other Friday)

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means!  Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Shakshouka is a savory dish that comes from Algeria. It’s made with poached eggs, chili, tomato sauce, onions, chili sauce, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, cumin, and paprika. It’s also quite popular in Israel, where it’s eaten as an evening meal.

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  • Makroudh is a sweet that comes from Mahghreb. It’s made from semolina and flour. The pastry is then filled with a variety of substances, like figs, or almond paste.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 184

Hurt by Johnny Cash March 2003 From The Album: “American IV: The Man Comes Around” Genres: Acoustic Rock, Country, Alternative

This emotional piece was created by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Cash’s cover of the song moved Reznor so deeply, that it almost seemed like Cash’s version was the original. The song literally brings me to tears every time I hear it, and the lyrics pierce the soul like an emotional arrow. It also is important to know that this was one of Cash’s last songs, as he died months later. In the video, you can tell that Cash’s health is dwindling, but his deep and crooning voice shines out like a last hurrah. His excellent guitar skills are also absolutely beautiful in this song. The video also shows Cash at his prime, and tells his life story. Some of the lyrics really hit hard for me, and I’ll discuss some of them now. “Everyone I know goes away in the end”. This is extremely deep, and basically means that everyone will die at some time, and nobody’s immortal. The chorus also seems like a plea of desperation and demise, which gives the listener a shocking truth about the fragility of human life. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

Asher Recommends (Every Month)

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a new topic! Every month, I will be discussing one of my influences on creating this blog in the first place. Now, let’s get started with the blog, Thirsty Dudes. 

Thirsty Dudes is a drink blog that was created in 2009 by Mike Literman, Jason Draper, and Derek Neuland. Each drink reviewer has a unique style, and the reviews range from text-based, to video. There are also many categories of drinks on the site, my favorite being Other/Weird, Energy Drinks, Jelly, and Chunky. The drinks are rated on a 1-5 bottle scale, with 1 being revolting, and 5 being sublime. I first came across the blog after trying a strange Bird’s Nest drink from Chinatown, and the rest is history! I highly recommend checking the blog out, and I’d love to hear your opinions on it in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome paintings. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Eco Atlas by Alex Grey (2017) Mediums: Spiritual and Psychedelic art

This impressive work was created by “Psychedelic Artist”, Alex Grey. Grey is incredibly popular in the music industry for providing art work for many album covers, including Lateralus (Tool), Untying the Not (The String Cheese Incident), and III Communication (The Beastie Boys). His work reminds me a bit of Larry Carlson’s but with its own unique twist. This specific painting absolutely blew me away when I first locked eyes upon in. It depicts a transparent humanoid with its rib cage, nerves, and brain visible. Grey adds heavy detail to each of these areas, which really makes it stand out. The humanoid is holding up what appears to be the Earth, and has a determined expression on its face. The Earth is anything but normal, as it’s covered with eyes that follow your every move. The work is covered in a very misty blue that gives it a mysterious vibe. I also adore the blend of realism with the Earth, and surrealism with the trippy designs. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • La lumiere, la solitude by Yves Tanguy (1940) oil on canvas

This is a beautiful work by “French Surrealist”, Tanguy. It depicts a gorgeous, rainbow sky with a multicolored ground. Placed on said ground are a variety of different sculptures. The sculptures all appear to be connected by a razor-thin wire, and some are shaped like pieces of candy. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Podcast Recommendation Part 1 out of ?

Hello everybody, and welcome to a very special post! This particular topic will cover one of my favorite Podcasts. I’ve been listening to podcasts for as long as I can remember, and always love the diverse subject that they go into. You can imagine my delight when I found out about this one! I discovered this gem when researching information about Kevin MacLeod’s music. He did a very in depth interview on how Kevin produces his Royalty-Free Music. The Podcast is simply titled Composer Quest: A Songwriting and Music Composition Podcast. This podcast covers a variety of musical topics from Royalty Free Music, to Slot Machine Music. The host of this podcast is Charlie McCarron, an incredibly talented Composer and Producer that lives in Minneapolis. From  He has a very quirky personality, and vast knowledge of everything music. Every week, for four years (1/2/13-1/24/17, he interviewed a different composer about a different genre of music. He would give various composing tips, and explain the inner workings in a way that was easy to understand. There’s 177 episodes to choose from, so the possibilities are nearly endless. The best part is that all of the Podcasts are completely free, and easily accessible on his website, charliemccarron.com, and on iTunes. I highly recommend this Podcast, and will share my favorite episodes below. Final Rating: 10/10 (CHECK THIS OUT IMMEDIATELY!)

My Favorites:

  1. Slot Machine Composing
  2.  Kevin MacLeod, King of Royalty-Free Music
  3. Cyriak’s Surrealist Music And Animation
  4. Game Music so Sweet it’ll Make Your Teeth Hurt
  5. Chiptune Composing With Ben Barnes
  6. Eggs, Bacon, and Composer Wisdom from Rick Sowash
  7. Schizophrenic Synthpop Storytelling with Felix Frost
  8. Torley on Creativity, Asperger’s, and Music Production
  9.  Metal 101 with Devin Earlywine
  10. How to write a pooping duck robot song with Matt Schubbe
  11. North Korean Cannibal Songwriting with Joe Graves
  12. Audacity Producer Desmond Simmons is Big in Japan

Asher’s Jukebox Part 176

Danny Don’t You Know by Ninja Sex Party From the album “Cool Patrol” (to be released on  August 17th, 2018) Genres: Comedy rock, Electronic, Synthpop.

Ninja Sex Party are a comedic music duo consisting of Game Grump, Danny “Sexbang” Avidan and Theoretic Physicist, Brian Wecht. They are known for creating some of the best and most catchy comedic music on the internet. The music video for this song features Finn Wolfhard, the voice of Mike Wheeler from Stranger Things. It also is probably my favorite NSP song with “6969” coming in second. The song is an epic retelling of Dan’s life story. It starts with him as a child, and gradually progresses to adulthood. The song is filled with charm, and the ending will give you chills! I highly recommend this piece to absolutely everyone, and I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.

 

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 175

Hello fellow music lovers! It’s time to bring back one of my favorite topics. The Jukebox has been pretty empty for a while, and that needs to stop! Every Weekend, I’ll be posting more music. Now, let the epic tunes commence!

Zombie by Bad Wolves (2018) Genre: Rock  From the album: “Disobey” Released May 11th, 2018 

Bad Wolves is a Heavy Metal supergroup that’s comprised of many well known Metal musicians like Tommy Vext and Chris Cain. This piece is a cover of the Cranberries’ mega hit “Zombie”. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the passing of the Cranberries’ lead singer, Dolores O’ Riordan. The song takes on a more Metal feel with Doc Coyle’s heavy guitar riffs and John Boecklin’s excellent  drumming. Then, we get to Tommy Vext’s vocals, and our jaws drop. His voice is hauntingly beautiful and gruff at the same time. You’d never expect a fearsome-looking dude with a body covered in tattoos to have such an amazing voice, but appearances aren’t always everything. I highly recommend this song, and would love to hear what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

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