Brockhampton: Boy Bye

Set to appear on the group’s forthcoming LP Ginger, due out 23 August, Brockhampton’s “Boy Bye” is their most worldly release yet—from the underlying Samba tone to the upbeat rhythm. Although each member—there are more than 10—contributes something unique here, the track feels cohesive and as concentrated as ever. Accompanied by a Spencer Ford-directed video, the track may not tell a discernible story but it’s …

The Dark Historic Associations of Gingerbread

From violent literary associations to war-driven distribution, the history of gingerbread cookies happens to be tinged with darkness. According to historians, ginger first entered the European world of baking in the Middle Ages, after centuries of use as a medicine, due to The Crusades. Those fighting in the Middle East brought it back and centuries later it became a confectioner’s ingredient used to make hard, …

Switchel

The old-fashioned farmer's refresher mixed with spirits at Brooklyn's Prospect restaurant

While learning how to properly brine and prepare a Thanksgiving turkey during a cooking class at the new Prospect restaurant in Brooklyn we also had the pleasure of discovering Switchel, an “American heritage” beverage from Vermont. The restaurant serves up this variation of the vaguely sweet, vinegar-based refresher as a mixer—it pairs best with rum—and the beverage’s enigmatic blend of refined ginger, apple cider vinegar, …