Good morning internet and Happy New Year!! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and whatever else I might be forgetting. How is everyone doing today? Good? Are you breathing..? I think it's time for the second cup of coffee my friend. The sun is out (kind of) and it is a beautiful day to.... stay inside and read another exciting issue of itslikemusictomymouth.com! We have The Cat Empire, Herbs & Rye, another boba spot and more!
(S/O to my favorite show, Bob's Burgers, for the gif above)
Wolves- The Cat Empire
These crazy, party-loving, funky jazz enthusiasts from down under bring us a newly released single that is sure to make you get up and dance (I know I did). Made up of members Felix Riebl on vocals, Harry James Angus on trumpet, Will Hull-Brown on drums, Jamshid "jumps" Khadiwhala on percussion, Ollie McGill on keyboard and Ryan Monro on bass. Their sound infuses jazz, ska (mix of reggae, Caribbean feel and rhythm & blues ), funk, rock and lots of Latin flair. Formed in 1999, these guys have been around the world a time or two. Wolves is a new venture for the band though it seems. "Wolves is one of the most unique songs we've ever released," lead vocalist Felix Riebl stated in an interview with triplej.com earlier last year. "It's got a Caribbean disco edge, with a African-sounding melodic hook played on a [broken] toy synthesiser, and a dance anthem chorus. It's quite chaotic, about running away from any kind of boring situation." I have got to say, I couldn't agree more. While listening to Wolves, you almost feel as if you should be on some distant island, running in circles, covered in body paint and dancing your heart out. Not only does this song have the melody and beat to make anyone sing or dance along, it brings a new type of sound to the forefront of popular music now-a-days. It's refreshing if you ask me! And let's be real.. what's not to love about a band who literally has cat in their name?!
A single and a live EP made up the bands first album, The Cat Empire, in 2003. Two shoes, their second album was released in 2005 and followed by Cities in 2006. The bands fun loving and party infused sound didn't come to be until the release of their fourth album, So Many Nights, in 2007 which received great reviews all across the board. The Cat Empires latest album, Steal The Light, was released in 2013 followed by a worldwide release and tour. The band has since performed at many concerts, festivals, benefits and more. Maybe another album is in the works as we speak? We can only hope.
Herbs & Rye
3713 West Sahara
I have heard about this place many many times, just always had an excuse not to go I guess. Finally! I was able to check out this little American / Italian influenced restaurant & cocktail bar. In their 6th year of business here in the valley, Herbs & Rye has made a huge splash in the food and beverage industry. With dim lighting and an intimate setting, H&R allows the guests to travel back in time and try some hand crafted cocktails from all eras.
First up - Weekend At The Waldorf (1951)
Made up of rum, lime, Dry Curacao and strawberries, this is the epitome of a "girly drink". Sweet and refreshing, not too alcohol strong and is a great starter for anyone. Finished with a lime wheel, this cocktail looks classy and makes you feel even more classy as you take a sip with your pinky up. First off I truly am not one who enjoys any type of hard alcohol, just hand me a beer and I am set. But every once in a while, my "girly-er" side does make an appearance and a cocktail as simple as this one could make anyone like hard alcohol.
Second- The Ward Eight (left) & The Brown Derby (right)
The Ward Eight, made of Rye Whiskey, lemon, orange and H&R grenadine, was created on election "eve" in 1898 by Tom Hussion of Lock-Ober-Cafe in Boston (or so the menu states). With powerful orange notes and hints of lemon, this was a great choice as well. Sweet to the tastebuds and smooth going down, whiskey was very apparent but not too over powering. Over all, I would give it a 7/10.
The Brown Derby was named after a famous hat shaped restaurant and originated from the Vandome Club in Hollywood. Made of bourbon, honey and grapefruit and finished with a grapefruit ride, this drink is short, sweet and gets to the point. Definitely the most alcohol strong drink of the three, but didn't make you cringe at the taste.
Crab cake with chili oil & remoulade sauce.
Great way to start a meal. Creamy, slightly crunchy, sweet & salty, and a hint of spice. The remoulade (yellowish- tartar sauce) was a great component to the dish and added another layer of flavor. The first bite brought together all of the complex flavors from the combination of fresh crab meat, spicy oils and crisp greens on top. Even though the cake itself was a nice size, it would have been nice to see two crab cakes on the plate to ensure there would be enough to share with another person.
Filet sliders with caramelized onions & creamy horseradish
If you were wondering what the epitome of melt in your mouth would be, it is these sliders. Overall a perfect little bite of heaven. Tender, savory meat with sweet, succulent onions topped with pillow soft bread. MUAHH (me making a kissing sound/move with my hand). This is a great starter for yourself or to share, IF you're willing to part with one.
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Brew Tea Time!
Tea, boba, coffe & more!
located next to Albertsons, on the corner of Warm Springs & Rainbow