Wednesday, 28 August 2013

What We're Listening To...

Serving as one of the stand-out tracks from Irish folk-rock quintet Little Green Cars’ debut album Absolute Zero, current single My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me will find listeners taking full advantage of the repeat button. 

The band have previously supported Jake Bugg, and whilst they have stormed their way through a string of impressive festival slots including: SXSW, Coachella and Lollapalooza – their artistic credibility has always remained firmly intact.

Expect killer melodies and a headrush of emotions, as Faye O’Rourke switches to vocal duties and ramps up the grandeur. It’s a track that yields prolific results and will attract a larger crowd to their sinewy indie sounds.

The entirety of their debut release is prematurely polished, but this tune more so. The chart-toppers have conquered Ireland and America but now they’re tackling the UK and are ready to cause an impact. Obey your ears and add this gem to your collection.

By Lauren Wade

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Urban Outfitters Autumn 2013

The latest lookbook from Urban Outfitters has got us dreaming of heading to Paris with their dreamy images shot by Lina Scheynius. We love the laid-back casual look mixed with the elegance of the backdrop of the french countryside and city streets. 

Featuring casual denim, feminine shapes and washed out prints - it's the perfect mix of romantic grunge and their signature edgy look that we love. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

What We're Listening To...

Rattling round our skulls this week is Merseyside five-piece The Sundowners new track ‘Move With Time’. After their Glastonbury set on the BBC Introducing stage, the band made up of siblings and friends, begun work on new material. One of these new tracks was performed for the first time during soundcheck for their Queen of Hoxton gig in London last week. 

Their latest offering is another sneering number. It’s a slice of howling rock that begs to be heard and is guaranteed to get any crowd bopping along to their old school styled beats and frills. The riffs are gorgeous and there is not a single downbeat moment. 

In the same vein as the Fleetwood Mac inspired trio Haim. The Sundowners also contain the same qualities we could liken to the Californian descendants; however they do things a little differently, pursuing a different kind of groove, one that definitely rocks harder. Conditions are ever-changing for this band; it won’t be long before they’re playing much bigger stages at Glastonbury, and headlining venues twice the size of Queen of Hoxton.

By Lauren Wade

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Sweet Scallops

We're huge fans of DIY's here at Cellardoor - unless it involves any sort of power tools, then we're out. So we got a little excited when we discovered this lovely little DIY from Extra Petite for a quick idea to update your wardrobe with a cute scalloped hem. 

It's such a a simple idea to revamp some of your dresses, skirts, tops... just about everything!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

What We're Listening To...

The Vaccines have risen through the ranks pretty quickly since 2010. Their debut album ‘What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?’ was sealed with the initial charm that attracted fans, but on the follow up they kicked it up a gear, elongating the short, sharp bursts of intense pop rock that appeared on their debut effort. Second album, ‘Come of Age’ disappointed some fans, but you’re never going to please everybody. 

The London four-piece announced details of their latest EP ‘Melody Calling’ recently, and the title track from this has been rattling around our minds ever since the first play. Recorded in LA, the American influence is tangible but this is a band who has not allowed themselves to lose their heads in LA.

The track is different from what we’ve heard before, and it certainly boasts palm trees and exotic vibes. The hooks may be more laidback, but still as catchy as The Vaccines never fail to conjure up. Whilst die-hard fans will dig this, others may be quick to dismiss it. Here’s one word of advice; put your doubts to one side, The Vaccines may have taken a more scenic route but they will still reign victorious when they finally release a third album. Mark our words.

By Lauren Wade

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Asparagus Tart

The heat wave and summer in general may be fizzling out, but that doesn't mean that there isn't time to squeeze in one last picnic or one final trip to the beach. This tart is a perfect tasty treat to take with you to either of these places. It isn't fussy too make and it's nice and easy to eat too - no sandy sandwiches around here! 

 Butter for greasing 
300g Asparagus 
225g Shortcrust Pastry (ready made is fine!) 
3 Eggs  
1 Egg Yolk 
1 Red Onion 
250ml Double Cream 
60g Parmesan Cheese

- Preheat oven to 180C, grease a flan tin with the butter. In a large saucepan, bring 500ml water to the boil and pop in the asparagus and cook for 2-3mins.  
- Roll out the pastry and use it to line the flan tin. Pop over some greaseproof paper and then place some baking beans (or dry pasta/rice) and put the tin into the oven to blind bake for 10mins.  
- Meanwhile, chop the onion finely and mix it in within the eggs and the cream.   
- When the pastry has cooked remove the greaseproof paper and baking beans.  
- Cut the ends off the asparagus spears and lay the leftover trimmings on the bottom of the pastry shell, pour over the cream and onion mix. Bake for 15 mins.   
- After the 15 mins are up, take out the tart and lay over the remaining spears of asparagus so they fan out. Sprinkle over the cheese and bake for a further 20-25 mins.  
- Serve warm or cold - both are delicious! 

Recipe and photography by Ailie Williams

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

I do like to be beside the seaside

There's nothing more than us Cellardoor girls like, and that'a nice little stroll along the beach... complete with a Mr Whippy in hand of course. So when we spotted these amazing photographs from Leo Caillard, we were instantly transported to straight the seaside - now where's our 99!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

What We're Listening To...

Wolf Alice’s smash hit single Fluffy has been floating around for a few months, yet it’s impossible to tear yourself away from their early punk/grunge layered sound for too long. One user on the band’s Soundcloud account commented that they’re happy bands are “still making music like this” and this sums up our feelings about the London four-piece in one.     

With talk of “searching for cheap thrills” and selling souls, lead singer Ellie Rowsell paints an apathetic picture, but it’s not all doom’n’gloom. The group’s distinct brand of moody grooves packs a punch with clattering drums, ferocious riffs and searing guitars that save the track from wallowing in its own despair.   

North London’s finest will be pitching their tents at End Of The Road Festival in Dorset this August, so if you fancy grooving to their tunes, this festival is the place to be.   

By Lauren Wade

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Sweet Chilli, Philli Bites

These bites are such a great alternative to crisps and dips. They’re really, really easy to make, taste amazing and get your tastebuds flowing for whatever is to come next – whether it be a barbecue or a simple salad!     

French baguette  
Sweet chilli sauce     

- Slice the French baguette into thin rounds and pop under the grill and flip over after about 30 seconds. - Once nicely golden allow them to cool.     
- Then top them with the Philadelphia – just a small coating.     
- Drizzle over the sweet chilli sauce. 
- Serve straight away or pop in the fridge until you need them!

Recipe and photography by Ailie Williams