This Saturday (March 14) is Pi Day, since the date is written out by 3.14. Get it? If you’re more into food than math, feel free to interpret it like we do, as Pie Day, a perfect excuse to bake a pie or head to your favourite diner for a slice of something served a la mode.
In terms of math, well, we’ll just say that both Julie and I excelled in the Humanities back in school, but we can talk about math rock. For those who didn’t listen to a lot of college radio in the ’90s, math rock is often (but not always) instrumental music marked by atypical rhythmic structures, dissonance, and a sense of angularity. Those who dislike it really dislike it, but those who love it really love it. And there’s nothing that makes math rock more palatable than a big piece of pie.
So, in celebration of Pie Day, here are some of our favourite pie recipes that we’ve run here on the site, paired with a little bit of math rock. Happy 3.14!
Pair it with Don Caballero, since they are a math rock classic. From Pittsburgh, Don Cab will always have a place in our hearts since they’re named after an SCTV character and pretty much ruled the ’90s math rock scene. They broke up in 2000, but drummer Damon Che (responsible for the band’s “mathy” time signatures) reformed the band with new players a few years later and claims that they still “exist” to this day, though they haven’t seen a lot of action in the last five years or so.
Pair it with Drive Like Jehu. Because their music brings together many different elements that work together surprisingly well. These guys (from San Diego) are a favourite of just about every college radio guy who came of age in the ’90s. The band’s life was short, but they’re currently enjoying a reunion, which will include a show right here in Calgary at the Sled Island Music Festival.
Pair them with Polvo. They’re from the South (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, one of the great indie rock Meccas of the ’90s). These guys don’t like being called “math rock,” just as these little hand pies may feel like they don’t quite fit in with the rest of the pies.
So, celebrate your love of pie and math (or math rock) this Saturday. You know that we’ll be raising a fork along with you.