Upcoming Release: The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove by Rob Watts

  

April 22, 2015

So fingers crossed, it looks as though the snow is finally in the rear view for all of us here in the northeast. While stranded in my ice castle during the last several months, I’ve managed to put the finishing touches on my forthcoming novel and its accompanying soundtrack album. I’m pleased to announce that The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove will be released this June as a special edition hardcover book & CD. The official date will be announced in May, along with a cover reveal. 

The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove is a new novel based on the previous three-volume novella series released between 2011-2014. Those books, as some of you know, were limited to 250 physical copies and (with the exception of Left-Hand Path) have since sold out. There is a limited amount of Left-Hand Path Hardcover/CD copies available here. Huldufolk and CRABAPPLES from the series are still available in digital form, but are set to be deleted from the Ocean View Press catalog upon the release of Crooked Roads. 

Pre-orders for the book will begin soon. All copies will be signed and will include a 20 song soundtrack CD performed and composed by yours truly. You’ll also have a chance to buy copies in person before the official release date, as there will be a select amount of signing appearances scheduled prior to release. Dates and locations will be announced soon. That’s it for now. Until next post! Stay safe—Rob

Spicy Chicken sauté w/ Chicken & Garlic Rice (Recipe)

  

Spicy Chicken Sauté w/ Chicken & Garlic Rice

Recipe by Rob Watts 

@RobWattsOnline

What You’ll Need: For The Chicken Sauté 

1 Package of Purdue Pre-Cooked Sliced Chicken (Southwestern Style)

2 Celery Sticks, Sliced/Chopped

1/2 Bermuda Onion, Diced

1/2 Teaspoon of Sriracha Sauce

1/2 Teaspoon of Adobo Seasoning

1 Cup Teriyaki Sauce

1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

Olive Oil

What You’ll Need: For The Rice

1 Small Package of White Rice (Preferably Uncle Bens)

Chicken Stock (Any Brand)

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder 

What To Do:

Coat your pan with just enough olive oil to cover the surface of the pan. Set on medium heat. Add your minced garlic. Next, add your celery and onions that you chopped and diced. Sauté for five minutes, then add your chicken to the pan. The chicken is pre-cooked so it won’t take long for it to brown in the pan. Make sure your meat and celery and onions are cooking evenly. Next, pour your teriyaki sauce over the mix, along with Sriracha sauce and stir consistently. Finally, add your Adobo seasoning and continue to stir. 

For your rice, it’s very simple. Add an equal amount of chicken stock to the exact amount of rice you are cooking. Put them both together in a pot and cook (and stir continually) over medium heat. Once your rice becomes puffy, add your garlic powder and continue to stir consistently until rice is completely puffed and free of liquid. Now, turn off the heat and cover your pot with a lid, and let stand 10 minutes. This allows the rice to finish cooking properly without over cooking and possibly burning. 

Once you are finished, plate both your rice and chicken to your liking and garnish it with anything you desire. Enjoy! Serves 1-2

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Katherine Silva “Memento Mori” Book Review

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Book Review: “Memento Mori” by Katherine Silva
Review by
Rob Watts
@RobWattsOnline

Synopsis- In this prequel to Vox and Aequitas, Whitaker Hayward, an out-of-work architect, is contracted by one of Seraphim City’s affluent magnates, Blumstein, to investigate a room in a long forgotten house on the outskirts of the city; a room that has no doors. Doing this means re-visiting a past he’s tried desperately to forget. But this job could be his salvation. It could be his way of leaving it all behind for good. Unless this job isn’t all its cracked up to be…

Review- Cleverly, Memento Mori, book three in The Monstrum Chronicles serves as a prequel to the previous releases, Vox and Aequitas. For those who may be unfamiliar with this dark and dramatic series, Memento Mori makes a good starting point. However, for Silva’s longstanding fan base, they’re sure to find satisfaction in connecting the dots with some of their favorite characters (i.e. Torrent) to the following books in chronological order. For new readers to the series, there are some tantalising hints of what’s to come, which I’ll almost guarantee will have them getting aquatinted with Silva’s back catalogue.

The setting of Seraphim City (and surrounding neighborhoods) is both ominous and intriguing, as Silva has an incredible way with depiction, sketching out for the reader the most distinct nuances which places us right in the epicenter of the tale. Many well-developed characters weave through this tapestry, and the plot line is very engaging, hooking us in immediately with Whit Hayward, a man with a relatable dilemma—an out of work architect eager for employment in order to avoid being tossed out on the street. The mysterious offer he receives is what draws us in.

The dialogue between the characters is solid and convincing—not overblown, as is the case with many stories. Silva keeps us entranced with her well-paced action scenes within the story, while she chronicles the actuality of the moment impressively with phrases such as “He smelled like blood, a heavy coagulated stench that invaded her pores.” The violence throughout the novel falls into place at just the right time—in a non-gratuitous fashion.

In a day and age where many “creature of the night” tales overstep their boundaries into the cliche zone—I can pretty much take them or leave them, Memento Mori is a fresh, unique and captivating story. It held my attention instantly and kept me clutched to the storyline all the way through. Although it’s part one in the chronological storyline, one need not be intimidated if you’re just arriving now. It works well as a standalone, but I guarantee the following novels will call your name midway through Memento Mori.
Learn more about Katherine Silva and her books at The Monstrum Chronicles
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Babbling April e.p. Review

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Babbling April
e.p. (Poster Album)
Review by Rob Watts
@RobWattsOnline

Dayton, Ohio-based Babbling April have recently released their debut e.p. As 2/3 of America has been blanketed with an ominous level of snow in 2015, along comes a collection of music that is sure to drive away your seasonal affective disorder. The opening title “Sunny Day Records” rather speaks for itself. A light, shoegazy commencement which serves as a perfect primer for the rest of the album. “On Breath from Esme'”, a light and benign instrumental, which at two minutes length, serves purely as an adverse counterpart to “Girl Ima’ Babe”, a hard-driving, hook heavy track reminiscent of many (cool) English indie bands. “Liars” is a definite highlight, displaying a girl/boy vocal trade off and ladened with pleasing harmonies and hooks. “Another Kind of Perfume” is another well-performed instrumental, while “All Around” brings the album to a close with its shimmering fuzz rock and catchy, harmonious vocals.

The band members, performing various roles within the group are;
Vivienne Machi
Dave New
Lee Wise
Stephen Yokley

High-Marks on songwriting and musicianship. The vocals are some of the most enjoyable I’ve heard in a while and quite suprizingly, every instrument on the album is well-placed and well-represented. I can actually hear the bass guitar—something that somehow seems to get lost or just fully discarded in the mix of today’s recordings. Babbling April are expected to release their full-length album sometime next year. I’ll be waiting but in the meantime, I suggest checking out their current offering at their BandCamp Page.

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Swervedriver “I Wasn’t Born To Lose You” Album Review

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Swervedriver
I Wasn’t Born To Lose You
Album Review by
Rob Watts
@RobWattsOnline

On their upcoming fifth studio release, British Alternative band Swervedriver produced a well-crafted collection of charming songs that pick up right where we last heard the band, almost 17 years ago. I Wasn’t Born To Lose You, the first studio album of new material since 1998s 99th Dream, sounds slightly derivative (in a positive way) of their contemporaries Sonic Youth, Catherine Wheel and My Bloody Valentine. However, their updated sound and production is pleasing to the ear and feels as though the band had been recording regularly since 1998. The whirling and dreamy guitar playing is simplistic, yet enticing. It’s a mellow vibe throughout the album, shimmering with Shoegaze with enough backbone behind it to not fall into the overly-cliched genre. If you enjoy catchy hooks, melodies, shimmery guitar tones—song after song, then you’re sure to adore this new album. Available March 3rd.

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Moon Duo “Shadow of the Sun” Album Review

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Moon Duo
Shadow of the Sun
Album Review by
Rob Watts
@RobWattsOnline

It’s not often where I stumble upon a new album that hooks me in immediately and holds my undivided attention from point A to point B throughout the entire listen. In fact, I immediately replayed the album again, as it was one of the greatest listening pleasures I’ve had in quite a while. From the opening track “Wilding” to the final piece of the happy frenzy “Animal”, Shadow of the Sun, the band’s third album, feels a bit like a circus act on acid or a carnival fun house ride surrounded by neon pinwheels and dancing mannequins. Each track follows through with repetitive riffs and thumps, drizzled with hypnotic guitar tones and synths by singer-guitarist Ripley Johnson and singer-keyboardist Sanae Yamada. They truly created an eerie atmosphere of hazy, hypnotic sound on this album. I’m confident you’ll enjoy this latest release!

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Shadow of the Sun is available March 3rd.

Paperhaus “Paperhaus” Album Review

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Paperhaus
“Paperhaus” (Available March 10th)
Album Review by Rob Watts
@RobWattsOnline

Anything but mundane, this self-titled 8-track album contains blustery drum swagger, swirly, jangly guitars, and muddy bass lines. Factor in the flourishing vocals and it all adds up to a beautiful sounding ear-worm. This Lo-Fi collection of tunes has had me possessed for the better part of the week, playing it at home, my car, my iPod—you get the picture. It’s not often you come across a band that can lay all the musical pieces out properly in front of them, making full use of their playing potential. The guitar performance throughout the entire album evokes varies stages of emotion, while the rhythm section provides solid backbone. There’s a consistency within the flow of songs, while still maintaining their own identity throughout the album. It’s quite the musical oddity…in a good way! Standout Tracks: Cairo, Untitled and Misery.

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