May '18 Playlist by Julia Walck

May 2018 Playlist | Julia Walck

The May playlist is here! Ft. new tunes from Tom Misch, Leon Bridges, Lord Huron, Melody's Echo Chamber and more. 🎶Have a listen below. 

Here's the highlights:

  • New music from Leon Bridges is the opposite of his latest single "Bad Bad News", it's Good Good News! Even better news: I'll be seeing him at The Greek in September!
  • It's been a while since we've heard from Friendly Fires. They were one of my highschool jams, and they've still got it with their happy, poppy beats as heard on "Love Like Waves".
  • Have you listened to King Tuff's new album yet? "Raindrop Blue" is my favorite track, but it was hard to choose with so many good ones! 
  • I just got back from The National's Homecoming Festival where I saw Lord Huron for the first time! It was SUCH a great show. And hearing "Wait by the River" right next to a river? Amazing. "Moonbeam" is another one of my favorites from their new album Vide Noir

Design Juice Vol. 2 | An Electro Mix For The Creative by Julia Walck

Design Juice Vol. 2 | Julia Walck

Volume 2 of Design Juice is here! An electro-focus-in-the-zone-get-shit-done-kind-of-mix for creatives. It's time to put those headphones on, focus up and make that deadline your bitch.

*Listening may cause out-of-spectrum colors to print* Enjoy!

Homemade Raspberry Lemon Pop-tarts by Julia Walck

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

I made raspberry lemon pop-tarts this morning because the thought of homemade pop-tarts made my mouth water. I didn't go into this planning to do a blog post, but these turned out too good to not share! Tarts filled with sweet, puffy goodness... with sprinkles!

HOMEMADE POP-TARTS (makes 8)

Ingredients (Pastry):

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into parts

2 large eggs (one for the dough mixture, and one for brushing on the pastry)

2 tablespoons milk

Whole fruit jam (for the filling) I used Bonne Maman raspberry preserves

Ingredients (Lemon Glaze):

2 cups confectioners' sugar

3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Food coloring

Sprinkles

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

Instructions:

Step 1: Make the dough

1. In a big bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and salt.

2. With your hands, work in the butter until the mixture holds together.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk one egg. Then pour over it the dough and mix everything together.

4. On a floured surface, knead the dough until it makes a smooth ball.

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

Step 2: Assemble the tarts

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2. Divide the dough in half. Take the first half and roll it out into a large rectangle, 1/8" thick, on a lightly floured surface. You'll be cutting this into a 9"x12" rectangle, which you will then cut into eight 3"x4" rectangles. 

3. Line up your eight dough rectangles to parchment paper on a baking pan. Repeat step 1 with the remainder of the dough. 

4. Beat your extra egg and brush it over the surface of the first dough (on the parchment paper). This is the "inside" of the tart, and the egg is kind of like the "glue". Scoop a big tablespoon of jam in the middle of each rectangle. Leave about 1/2-inch perimeter around the tart.

5. Place the second rectangles on top of the first. Use your fingertips to press firmly around the tarts, sealing the dough on all sides. Press the outer rims of the tarts with a fork, and puncture the tops with your fork to let some steam escape while they're baking. 

6. Bake for 30 minutes.

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

Step 3: Make the glaze

1. Whisk confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in a medium bowl. The glaze should be thick, but pourable). Adjust sugar and lemon to get desired consistency.  

2. Glaze the tarts once they're completely cooled. Sprinkle immediately, let the glaze dry, and eat up! 

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen and Everything is Poetry

April '18 Playlist by Julia Walck

April Playlist | Julia Walck

The April playlist is here! ☔️Ft. new tunes from Little Dragon, Parquet Courts, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, HalfNoise and more. 🎶Have a listen below. 

 

Here's the highlights:

  • Can't stop listening to "Know the Feeling" by HalfNoise. It's so addictive with its warm, poppy beats. 
  • I stumbled upon this lo-fi house DJ named Ross From Friends on Spotify the other dayObviously I started listening just because of that name. AMAZING. Turns out "Talk to me You'll Understand" is a super chill dancy track that's great for zoning out to. 
  • NPR classifies Superorganism as "Kitchen-Sink Rock". They're an enthusiastically poppy supergroup composed of 8 members, and the frontrunner, Orono, is only 17! "Night Time" is one of my favorite tracks off of their new self titled album.
  • Interpol recently released a few new bonus tracks from El Pintor. Great news because I honestly can't ever get enough of Paul Banks's brooding vocals featured heavily on "The Depths".