Last night Brett and I were out to prove we can do and be it all: rock star parents with healthy/happy kids and an active night life. 6am came just too quickly this morning and we owe our good friend, Paige, much credit for being so great with the girls but we did it – we managed to see AWOLNATION, with San Sebastian, at The Sound Academy in Toronto last night and it was a spectacular dose of rock and roll.
I first heard AWOLNATION on the radio last spring with the single “Sail“. It reminded me of an early Trent Reznor sound (think NIN – Head Like A Hole); deep, grueling bass, melody mixed with screaming emotion. I liked the song as soon as I heard it and wasted no time in grabbing the entire album. To my surprise (and likely many others), “Sail” is no reflection of the rest of the album. It’s an emotional mix of happy, upbeat ‘pop’ to 90’s industrial-inspired heavier beats. I ended up liking it even more for it’s diversity and Megalithic Symphony quickly became my summer’s soundtrack.
AWOLNATION is the brain child of L.A. based audio / visual artist, Aaron Bruno. This debut album is clearly a very personal journey for him: fighting “guilty, filthy” demons of the past, while striving to be genuinely uplifting today. I’ve found Megalithic Symphony to be exactly what I’ve been craving, a perfect reflection of myself these days. It gives me that hit of aggression I crave at times but then lifts me up with lyrics that inspire, and make me want to move. Just listen to the song “Kill Your Heroes” for a musical reminder to “never let your fear decide your fate” and I dare you not to dance to the 12-minute post-apocalyptic beat opera “Knights of Shame“- I’m going on week 19 of singing “dance, baby, dance like the world is ending” in my head.
Click here for a capture of last night’s performance of “Sail“: awolnation-sail.
So being in the same room as the creator of one of my favourite albums this year was exciting enough but getting my first dose of live rock n’ roll in years was AMAZING. Oh! How I miss those giant amplifiers pumping kick drums and chords into my soul. Live performance is such an incredible art form. When you can be a part of that moment in time, when an artist is giving you their talent in it’s rawest form.. it just makes me tingle all over. Brett and I knew we wouldn’t be spending much time near the stage once babies came so we fueled up and did our best to go to as many concerts as we could through our 1st pregnancy. I already like to tell Edie about how she heard Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order) play with The Complete Stone Roses in Manchester, U.K. when she was in my belly. She couldn’t care less now but maybe one day she’ll think it’s cool 🙂
So what does an AWOLNATION concert have to do with an incredible Apple Spice Cake recipe? Um.. they’re both awesome and we all know awesome + awesome makes Dana one very happy food blogger. Actually I’ve been meaning to post this reliable cake since apple season started and just couldn’t contain my excitement for a great band. I hope you enjoy both as much as I do. xo
Apple Spice Cake
Originally inspired by a writer to marthastewart.com
- 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3 to 4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (3 cups)
- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Nonstick cooking spray with flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine vegetable oil, sugar, and eggs; mix on high speed until lemon yellow. Add vanilla, mixing until incorporated.
With mixer on medium speed, gradually shake in dry ingredients until just incorporated. Add apples and, if desired, nuts, to batter; mix to combine.
Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 75 to 90 minutes.
Remove from oven, and cool slightly on a wire rack. Invert cake onto rack; turn cake right-side up to cool completely on rack, and serve. Enjoy. xoAdd to favorites