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You are Human and You Need to be Loved: A Reflection on Two Songs by The Smiths

Posted by Shamir Lee on 05/31 at 05:39 PM

I’ve listened to The Smiths’ “ Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” at least ten times in the past 24 hours. Another one of their other songs, “How Soon is Now?” also received a high replay count from me today. I can’t seem to figure out why. I’m not depressed. I don’t necessarily feel lonely. Why was I drawn to these songs today?

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Video: Three Belle Cheese…Milking past financial and cultural limits

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/31 at 01:00 PM

Local Food Journey is pleased to announce that Penn State student and WPSU Multimedia Intern Jessica Paholsky will be producing videos for us that will cover a variety of local food topics, places, businesses, and more. These will generally run every Friday. The first one looks at a few of the challenges of being a goat dairy farmer with Three Belle Cheese General Manager Darren Rhyne.

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Emerging Artist: Chrvrches

Posted by Brandon Vesely on 05/30 at 04:43 PM

Are you looking for fresh and upbeat electronic music that stands out from the rest of the genre? Check out Chrvrches, an emerging electro-pop group from Glasgow, Scottland. This up-and-coming group specializes in poppy, harmonic soundscapes featuring Lauren Mayberry’s smooth, sweet vocals and Iain Cook and Martin Doherty’s imaginative instrumental work.


(From left: Iain Cook, Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty)

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Marina and the Diamonds & Charli XCX Join Forces on “Just Desserts”

Posted by Kayla Tooma on 05/30 at 09:46 AM

Revenge never tasted so sweet - that is, not since British pop artists Marina and the Diamonds & Charli XCX recently released a playfully dark pop duet, “Just Desserts” just in time for their joint North American tour.  It was only a matter of time before these two ladies joined forces as two of the edgier pop artists in the mainstream, and it is no surprise their collaboration is the essence of the two - playful, ironic, and smart.

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There’s Something About the Summer: Your Playlist for the Warm-Weather Months

Posted by Brandon Vesely on 05/28 at 02:41 PM

It’s almost June, the trees finally have leaves and the snow is finally gone.  With the onset of summer, you’ll need some carefree music to put you in the mood for outdoor activities, cut-off shorts and tank tops, and warm days that last well into the evening.  Here’s a playlist filled with some of my favorite warm-weather songs:

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At the Dinner Table: Shellie Mierwald, founder of Sweet Heat Gourmet

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/28 at 01:08 PM

This edition of At the Dinner Table (a conversation with someone involved with local food), is with Shellie Mierwald, founder/owner of Sweet Heat Gourmet, a State College-based sauce company that uses local vendors for the ingredients.

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What Happened to Rock and Roll?

Posted by Shamir Lee on 05/25 at 06:23 PM

“Let’s give it up for people lip-syncing under pre-recorded music!” Words from the very, ahem, wise Kid Rock this past Sunday May 19, at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards held in Las Vegas. I don’t usually watch music award shows. Actually, I don’t watch any award show that the entertainment industry puts out nowadays. They’re pretty much the entertainment industry celebrating itself. But anyway, I thought I should tune into the Billboard Music Awards this year, just to see what I’m not missing out on. I wasn’t able to watch it on Sunday night, so I found a link to a recorded version of the show, got me some popcorn, and proceeded to enjoy a two-hour event of pop singers, who call themselves “artists” and “musicians,” jumping around on stage. The popcorn was gone in the first five minutes, and I was left wondering how I would get through the rest of the show without it.

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Album Review:  The Great Gatsby (2013) Soundtrack

Posted by Kayla Tooma on 05/24 at 12:20 AM


Grade: A

Perhaps the most anticipated film of the year, Baz Luhrman’s film adaption of the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby, has been causing quite a stir. And perhaps getting just as much attention as the film itself is the soundtrack to the movie, produced by rapper Jay-Z. At first, like most people, I was very skeptical about mixing hip hop/dance/modern music styles with the imagery and story of the 1920’s. And while many still criticize this choice, I found every track to work well with the film, in addition to being able to stand alone as songs independent of the film.

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Introducing the Blue Robot Summer 2013 Writers

Posted by Pat Baxter on 05/23 at 03:56 PM

Blue Robot is back in the game with three new writers ready to tell their stories of music happening here in State College and across America. Meet the new writers who are blogging this summer, and stay tuned for their upcoming articles!

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2013 Tour de Corl Street

Posted by Mike D on 05/23 at 02:22 PM

Story by Jessica Paholsky

Corl Street Elementary School Principal Scott Mato organized the second annual Tour de Corl Street to promote health, safety and fun during this year’s National Bike Month. On Wednesday, May 22, the event brought together first to fifth-grade students, their teachers and their families. An avid biker, Mato said he believes community events like this can encourage healthy lifestyle changes.

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Fundamentals of Pairing Wine with Food

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/23 at 11:17 AM

Post by Jamie Ryan, Wine Consultant & Educator, Mt. Nittany Winery

In wine and food pairing, the fundamental goal is balance. The flavors found in both the wine and the elements of a dish should be balanced and neither should overpower the other. A well-matched pairing should enhance the existing elements of each and ultimately bring out new flavors that are not detected in the wine or food when they stand alone. As a wine educator, the most frequent questions my students always ask how they can make safe pairing choices when they are on their own, either at home or dining out. Here are some basic guidelines that are fairly universal in the world and I find that they are a great place for beginners to dive in and start playing with their pairings.

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PASA sows seeds of sustainable, innovative farming practices in Pennsylvania fields

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/20 at 08:58 AM

Article by PASA Staff

Back in the early ‘90s a small gathering of Centre County “kindred spirits” came together around the idea of founding an organization that focused on a variety of sustainable farming practices, addressed issues family farmers faced, and filled a need for those who wanted to support “alternative” agriculture, as some may have called it back then. Through the dedicated efforts of this group (many of whom still live, work, and farm in Centre County), the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) took root over 20 years ago and today continues to flourish throughout Pennsylvania.

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LFJ Farm Report: Mud season at Green Heron Farm

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/17 at 08:22 AM

Editor’s Note: The LFJ Farm Report is a sort-of-regular-whenever-I-get-copy series here on Local Food Journey that takes a look at what is happening on area farms. If you would like your farm to get a mention and report on what you have happening, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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WPSU radio story asks: Can State College support a local food co-op store?

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/15 at 09:39 AM

A few weeks ago, WPSU ran a story by Kate Lao Shaffner during Morning Edition on the new Friends & Farmers organization. We wrote about them back in early April. Their goal is to establish a co-op grocery store with local food here in State College.

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Want to become a food blogger? Write for Local Food Journey!

Posted by Jamie Oberdick on 05/14 at 12:58 PM

Hi everyone! We are looking for volunteer writers for Local Food Journey. If you have a passion for local food, the philosophy behind local food, and enjoy writing, then we would love to have you join us as a contributor. This blog has always been about the local food community and having the community contribute to content we believe makes perfect sense.

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