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  • Krispy Kreme rolls out American doughnut range

    first_imgKrispy Kreme has unveiled a new American doughnut range with Reese’s and Oreo flavours. The limited-edition Twisted range comprises Twisted Reese’s Choco Ring doughnut, Twisted Cookie S’mores doughnut, Oreo Kreme Shake, and Strawberry Kreme Shake with Oreo. It is available until 11 October.Twisted Reese’s Choco Ring doughnut (£2.25) is made up of an Original Glazed doughnut and a chocolate Reese’s filling, topped with a sprinkle of Reese’s drops and hazelnuts.The Twisted Cookie S’mores doughnut (£2.25) is dipped and rolled in a mix of icing and American cookie, filled with a whipped marshmallow and topped with chocolate.Oreo Kreme Shake (£3.30) includes crushed Oreo pieces, chocolate syrup and whipped cream.Strawberry Kreme Shake with Oreo (£3.30) contains crushed Oreo pieces, strawberry syrup and whipped cream.“Krispy Kreme is all about bringing smiles to customers’ faces. Our new Twisted range is all about bringing exciting American flavours and twisting them together with our iconic doughnuts,” added Louise Direito, head of innovation at Krispy Kreme UK and Ireland.In addition, Krispy Kreme has launched a Twisted in Two film montage on social media, consisting of “the most iconic American film scenes condensed into two minutes and played out on a mini screen for a movie on the move”. Performed by UK mimic and stand-up comedian Josh Berry, it will feature Reese’s Choco Ring and Cookie S’mores.“It’s long since been an ambition of mine to work with Krispy Kreme, so to combine them with the American film genre has been beyond a pleasure. This is my finest work and will not only revolutionise social media but the way we perceive doughnuts around the world and through time,” Berry said.The Twisted in Two mini screens are available to win on social media, alongside a Twisted three-pack doughnut box.last_img read more

  • Alex Waugh on Nabim’s rebrand to UK Flour Millers

    first_imgSource: Getty ImagesChallenges and opportunities in 2021There are still a lot of questions around Brexit, Waugh noted, particularly in the absence of decision making from the government.“It’s less of an issue where there is trade just within Great Britain. It’s more challenging for businesses, and there’s actually quite a lot of them, in trade between GB and Northern Ireland or indeed exports to the wider European Union,” he said.Concerns range from “relatively simple” issues around labelling and paperwork to delays and costs in serving customers in EU markets and Northern Ireland to potential tariffs.The wheat harvest, which has been described as one of the smallest for years, also poses challenges.“We’ve got quite a difficult harvest this year and we’re going to be relying much more on imported wheat, at least until the next crop comes along, so there’s a Brexit-related question around that to do with what access we’ll have to European supplies. Clearly, a free trade agreement with the EU would help in securing the supplies that we need at a reasonable cost,” he added.There are also longer-term issues around what the recovery from Covid is going to be like – for example, will the takeaway sandwich market be diminished?A boom in home baking coupled with panic buying saw many supermarkets run out of flour at the start of the pandemic. At the time, Nabim pointed out the problem was not a shortage of flour but instead by millers’ capacity to pack into smaller bags used for retail. It also responded by creating an online map showing the public where to get hold of flour.“Food is linked to social behaviour so there is going to be some impact from that through 2021 and beyond,” he said. “Everyone is trying to remain agile so they can respond to how people change.”Waugh said millers are well placed to respond to these changes, particularly cost concerns, and have been taking steps that do drive down their own costs.This also offers an opportunity as UK millers are set up to handle “several hundred different grades, varieties and types of flour” suited to specific end uses. This is even more important due to the changes in demand from certain sectors, predominantly as a result of Covid-19.“Millers have been in a fortunate position, assuming they’re supplying a range of customers, so overall the total amount of flour they’ve been producing is pretty much the same. The opportunities in 2021 are to continue to supply businesses and outlets in areas where demand is growing and find ways of doing it better,” Waugh concluded. Source: Getty ImagesThe National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers (Nabim) is to rebrand as UK Flour Millers.Nabim, which has represented the interests of UK flour millers for nearly 150 years, says the rebrand is aimed at raising the industry’s profile at a pivotal time in its history thanks to the unprecedented demands of the Covid pandemic and the imminent departure from the EU. The rebrand will take place over the next few weeks.“After 142 years the decision to rebrand as UK Flour Millers has not been taken lightly, but as an acknowledgement of changing times and perceptions,” said director Alex Waugh (pictured right). Source: UK Flour Millers“We did a survey of what people think about the flour milling industry and Nabim,” he told British Baker, “and found that most people [outside of the baking industry] didn’t know the flour milling industry existed. And, when asked what their image of flour milling was, it was a bit old fashioned.”This, Waugh added, isn’t an accurate reflection of the industry which has high tech modern facilities to help “blend art and science” to achieve the high quality end products bakers and others want.“Flour milling is an ancient art, but our members invest over 15% of their gross margin every year in infrastructure, research and recruiting the next generation of millers. They quite rightly demand an association that is professional, reliable, important, modern and efficient.”Founded in 1878, the organisation’s membership encompasses nearly all flour milling businesses in the UK, which together produces over five million tonnes of flour each year.Associate members include plant breeders, grain merchants, pest control companies, engineers and packaging manufacturers linked with the industry. It also includes the Flour Advisory Bureau, launched in 1956, which advises consumers on domestic flour use.Despite its “simple and direct” new name, Waugh emphasised that the trade body’s role wasn’t changing. However, it would look to better represent the needs and views of members across the UK through the proposed introduction of devolved milling associations.“We are adapting to the changing political landscape that comes with Brexit and the development of devolution in the United Kingdom,” Waugh added.last_img read more

  • Phish Is Releasing ‘Hoist’ On Vinyl For Record Store Day

    first_imgAs the newly-created JEMP Records continues to work their way through the Phish discography, it seems that the 1994 album Hoist will be next in line. The band’s fifth studio album recently surfaced on Amazon and Music Direct, with each citing an April 22nd date for release.Hoist is one of Phish’s most prized studio releases, with tracks like “Axilla (Part II),” “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Sample In A Jar,” “Julius” and more! There are also a number of great musicians featured on the album, including Alison Krauss on “If I Could” and Belá Fleck playing banjo on “Scent Of A Mule,” “Lifeboy,” and “Riker’s Mailbox.”Interestingly, the April 22nd release date is a full week after Record Store Day, which is scheduled for April 16th. This probably means that the physical vinyl will be available at record stores on the 16th, before becoming available for online purchase on the 22nd. Considering one of their recent live releases, Live At Madison Square Garden, came out on RSD, it would only make sense for this organic pairing between RSD and Phish to occur once more.Either way, we’re excited to spin a newly-remastered Hoist on the turntable.last_img read more

  • Inside Ray LaMontagne’s Rich New Psychedelic Release, ‘Ouroboros’

    first_imgRay LaMontagne’s new album Ouroboros is a sprawling opus that takes a majestic nose dive into psychedelia that is the most enveloping musical experience LaMontagne has put to tape.Rich and heavily textured, songs are given free-reign to explore the expansive psychedelic environment they inhabit. The album represents a distinctive shift in sound from the musician’s early output of blue-eyed, meadow-soul on releases Trouble and Till The Sun Turns Black, though it builds upon his first forray into a more electric sound on 2014’s Supernova. The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach produced the album, who is experiencing his own sonic shift with his new band The Arcs, and his rock and roll stylings definitely influenced the album’s direction. Ouroboros was helmed by LaMontagne’s pal Jim James and his mystical touch molded the aesthetic of the album (To bring Ouroboros on the road, LaMontagne will be backed by the members of My Morning Jacket, minus James).LaMontagne couldn’t have set the tone any better for what Ouroboros is all about than with “Homecoming,” which opens the album with a serene calmness. Centered around contemplative piano, lightly strummed guitar and LaMontagne’s hushed singing, the song hangs in the air like morning mist in the the pre-dawn darkness. It’s eight-minute length gives LaMontagne plenty of space to wallow in the atmospheric melody and lets the song naturally develop into the shining piano outro that cracks through just at the end like the first rays of sunlight bleeding through the trees, signaling a new beginning.This new trail is something the LaMontagne is certainly embracing, which he alludes to in the monstrous “Hey, No Pressure.” “Anything you want your life to be it can be/ Anything you want it to be/ Anything you want to be you can be, hey no pressure,” yearns LaMontagne as the song’s fuzzy, liquid guitar hook weaves in and out. Layers of guitars, keyboards and bass give the groove a heavy, lavalamp flow to it, with a strobe-like guitar solo breaking open the ceiling of the song. “The Changing Man” rests on the back of a gnarled blues lick with heavenly aspirations and immediately segue into “While It Still Beats,” which really just continues the melody as it slowly ascends to another realm on the voices of an angelic choir.Beyond the musical shift in direction on Ouroboros, the craftsmanship on this album is really something to behold. The songs are meticulously built with each instrument and they grow in beauty as each element blooms. Quarantining them into three or four minute compositions would be a disservice to the natural elegance of the songs, like trying to harvest a meadow into flower boxes. It is exemplified in the luscious ending couplet “A Murmuration of Starlings” and “Wouldn’t It Make A Lovely Photograph,” which the former begins as a meditative instrumental lost somewhere in rolling hills of grasses. LaMontagne heartfelt singing takes the reigns on the latter and continues the breezy affair with a gentle soul. The songs lose their impact when they are taken separately and the album’s flow is built upon each song being placed perfectly in context with the songs around it.No one song exists on its own and Ouroboros is best when one takes the time to enjoy it all in one sitting. It is an album in its purest form and the best one LaMontagne has ever made. Find out where to purchase it here.last_img read more

  • Flood City Music Festival To Feature Grace Potter, TAUK, Charles Bradley & More

    first_imgComing in hot from August 4th through 7th, the annual Flood City Music Festival will take over Johnstown, PA for a glorious summer weekend packed with great festival music. The festival recently rolled out artists for their 2016 lineup, and it’s looking better by the minute!The event will see sets from Grace Potter, Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires, The Revivalists, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, The Record Company, TAUK, Samantha Fish, Marc Broussard, The London Souls, Chris Smither and so many more! It’s one great show after the next, and it’s coming up soon!In addition to those performers, a number of smaller acts are featured, and more will be announced in the coming days. Potter’s performance will kick things off on a Thursday night, opening up the weekend for the great music to come. You can find out more about the event via their official website.last_img read more

  • Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announces Three-Night Run At Brooklyn Bowl

    first_imgWith a lighter load of tour dates in 2016, the famed Joe Russo’s Almost Dead felt like something was missing. Despite having performed there in March and another scheduled performance in December, the band has announced plans to perform at the iconic Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY for three nights in October. From 10/6-8, some Gratefully inspired music will fill the Williamsburg venue with joy.The band’s three night run will go on sale this Friday, August 26th at noon Eastern, but look out for a Facebook “Fan Club” pre-sale on Wednesday, August 24th at noon Eastern. The venue will also be offering a pre-sale on August 25th at noon, so don’t miss your chances for tickets!Considering the band formed out of performances at the Brooklyn Bowl, these homecoming shows are sure to be quite special. You can find tickets for October 6th, 7th and 8th via those links, and three-day pass tickets here.last_img read more

  • The String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann To Join The Floozies At Kansas City Christmas Show

    first_imgAfter filling in for drummer Mark Hill at Peach Music Festival in August, Jason Hann fit right in with electronic funk act The Floozies. The String Cheese Incident percussionist sat in with the duo at Red Rocks a few months later, and have now announced an official show together. Jason Hann will join The Floozies at the Midland Christmas Show in Kansas City on December 23, with supporting acts from Autograf and Linear Symmetry to round out the celebration. Tickets are available here.last_img

  • Greensky, Punch Brothers, RRE & More To Play Blue Ox Festival In 2017

    first_imgBlue Ox Music Festival is set to return to Eau Claire, WI in 2017, bringing along an exciting lineup for the weekend of June 8th through the 10th. Today, the festival has revealed their lineup, stacking it with a number of bluegrass favorites including headliners Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass and two nights from festival hosts Pert Near Sandstone.The lineup features the likes of Drive-By Truckers, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Son Volt, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Grateful Ball, Keller & The Keels, Jeff Austin Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Fruition, Billy Strings and so many more! You can see the announcement posted below, and head to the fest’s website for details.last_img

  • Watch Butch Trucks Jam “Possum” With Phish In 1995

    first_imgToday has been a difficult day for music fans everywhere, as Butch Trucks, the legendary founding drummer of the Allman Brothers Band, passed away at the age of 69. Trucks has been an active musician for 50-plus years, helping to start the Allmans in 1969 and remaining a vital part of its lineup and tradition until his death.One of the most fun crossover moments for fans of the jam scene came in 1995, when Phish visited Trucks’ hometown of West Palm Beach in Florida. Phish was really making a name for themselves around this time, and they’d garnered a strong reputation within the musician community.When the band arrived at the West Palm Beach Auditorium, they invited Mr. Trucks up on stage at the end of the second set, entreating him to keep down the rhythm for their bluesy number, “Possum.” Fortunately, video of this sit-in exists, and we can watch it below courtesy of ikoiko95 on YouTube.This sit in would kick off a long, albeit sporadic, relationship between Phish and the Allman Brothers. Trucks would again sit in with Phish in 1996, and members of Phish have sat in with the Allmans over the years. You can watch a rendition of “Franklin’s Tower,” played by the Allman Brothers with Trey Anastasio, here.RIP Butch.last_img read more

  • Pimps Of Joytime Team With Ivan Neville & Pete Shand For Funky New Single [Premiere]

    first_imgBrooklyn, NY based funk & soul outfit Pimps of Joytime are set to release a new studio album, Third Wall Chronicles, on March 24th. The new release comes at a pivotal time, employing a positive message of peace, love, and music on every track. It’s an intoxicating dance party from cover to cover, truly indicative of the band’s energetic style.The album has some hard hitters throughout, including collaborations from artists like Anthony Cole and Ivan Neville. Band leader Brian Jay even teamed with Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin to help produce the album, though he’s no stranger to the studio himself. He’s produced albums for a “who’s who” of New Orleans heavyweights, including such stars as Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), James Andrews, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (The World’s Most Recorded Drummer), and Corey Henry (Galactic). He’s shared the stage with Art Neville, George Porter and Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Eddie Bo, and he’s currently working on an album with GRAMMY Award-nominated blues artist Cedric Burnside (grandson of legendary blues musician R.L. Burnside)!“Brian Jay is a bit of a genius,” says Steve Berlin. “It was a blast just coming in and making a few things larger and more colorful. He has the remarkable ability to get an idea, get a sound and make it real at a speed that I’ve never seen before.”To get the party started, we’re excited to host the first track premiere from Third Wall Chronicles. Titled “Mud,” the song was written in response to the shocking election results, and features work from New Orleans royalty, Ivan Neville. “This track began because I wanted a vibey grimey funk track,” said Brian Jay. “Then I just sang some shit that was on my mind in the midst of these twisted times. Somehow it morphed into a song and I hit up Pete Shand and Ivan Neville to put their badass stamp on it.”Listen to “Mud,” streaming below.Pimps of Joytime will headline venerable West Coast venues in February and March 2017 with MarchFourth before heading to the East Coast for their album release event at The Bowery Ballroom on March 25, 2017. Check out the full tour schedule below, and head to PoJ’s website for all the latest.Pimps Of Joytime Spring Tour Dates2/23 — Aggie Theatre — Fort Collins, CO*2/24 — Fox Theatre — Boulder, CO*2/25 — Ogden Theatre — Denver, CO2/28 — Pink Garter Theatre — Jackson Hole, WY*3/1 — The Top Hat — Missoula, MT*3/2 — The Showbox — Seattle, WA*3/3 — Crystal Ballroom — Portland, OR*3/4 – Volcanic Theatre Pub — Bend, OR3/7 — HiFi Music Hall — Eugene, OR*3/8 — Arcata Theatre — Arcata, CA*3/9 — The Miners Foundry — Nevada City, CA*3/10 — Crystal Bay Club Casino — Crystal Bay, NV*3/11 — The Fillmore — San Francisco, CA*3/22 — Gypsy Sally’s — Washington, DC3/23 — Ardmore Music Hall — Ardmore, PA3/24 — The Wonder Bar — Asbury Park, NJ3/25 — The Bowery Ballroom — New York, NY4/1 — The Sinclair — Cambridge, MA5/20 — VA Beach Funk Out — Virginia Beach, VA* w/ MarchFourth(photo credit Shervin Lainez)last_img read more