Monday, June 3, 2013

What We Like Right Now: Strawberries, Patrick Stewart, Lydia Lunch

By Ellen Cushing
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

FOOD
It's peak strawberry season right now, and there is no shortage of bright-red beauties available at your local farmers' market. This year I've been loving the strawberries from the Tomatero Farm stand at the Grand Lake Farmers' Market. They aren't the very sweetest strawberries you'll find (though they're plenty sweet), but they might be the juiciest — and, while YMMV, I'll take that tradeoff any day. Plus the farmers' market stand always has at least two or three varietals available each week. My favorites have been the Rosas (the juiciest of a juicy lot) and the small, intensely sweet Seascapes. — Luke Tsai

Maybe you heard: Patrick Stewart just ate his very first slice of pizza in his 72 years on this Earth, and he tweeted a picture to document the experience! New York Magazine's Dan Amira got to the bottom of this very important news item. His interview with Stewart was the most adorable thing I read all week. — L.T.

MUSIC
Ellen already eloquently explained why you should be listening to the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs' album, but I'll say after a month of heavy rotation, Mosquito transports me to a weird and wonderful head space every time I hear it. I even now like the ridiculous rap-rock track "Buried Alive" — mostly for its chaotic noise intro and dirty guitar riff — but truly, the entire album moves me to laugh and cry. For a glimpse into the band's strange sense of humor, check out the video for the title track. — Whitney Phaneuf

On the other side of the women-who-rock-spectrum, art-punk-poet Lydia Lunch takes a little stab at Karen O (and Kim Gordon) in her recent interview with Vice (a publication she also seems to dislike, thankfully). Best quote: "Once you get past 30, you might as well fuckin’ live because, come on, we don’t live as long as sea turtles. So you might as well just go for it." — W.P.

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