Win New Music from Old Man Markley

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Posted September 20, 2011 by Chelsi Schriver

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I’ve got some friends that are in a band. They’re called Old Man Markley, and they play a bang-up style of bluegrass and punk music. Some like to call it “newgrass,” but to me, it’s just awesome. Knowing that the band has several veg members that are big fans of PETA and peta2 only make them that much cooler!

On the heels of their latest Fat Wreck Chords EP, Party Shack, I present to you: A Coffee Table Chat with Old Man Markley on Vegetarianism, Puppies, and the Awesomeness of Soy Milk. Be sure to read the whole thing, cuz we’ve got a few copies of Party Shack up for grabs!

1. What prompted you to become vegetarian? Were there any bands, books, etc. that influenced your decision?

JOHNNY: For me, the decision to become vegetarian came about foremost because I’ve always loved animals. It was through PETA, in fact. I saw a video from a campaign against the meat industry. It was really well done, about something I didn’t realize was happening to animals, and it brought me to tears. Before I chose to stop eating meat, I was overweight and unhealthy, and completely unconscious of how my diet was affecting my life. Once I made that choice, my entire life changed. I immediately lost weight. As I realized what nutrition was, I started to pursue alternate protein sources. I’m vegetarian right now, and go back and forth between being vegan and vegetarian.

RYAN: I was inspired by Johnny of Old Man Markley. (Laughs)

2. What are some of your favorite vegetarian and/or vegan foods?

JOHNNY: Tofurky. We make a lot of sandwiches on tour. For instance, we’ll wrap a Smart Dog in a piece of whole wheat bread with fresh avocado, some soy cheese, and ketchup and mustard. It’s cheap and easy and SO good.

ANNIE: Soy latte from Starbucks! That’s an easy thing to do on the road even if you’re not vegan–pass on the half and half and get soy milk instead. It’s delicious! Also, at home we cook with a lot of spinach and kale. They can be wilted into almost any recipe: stir fry, soup, beans … the possibilities are endless! They are also great raw in salads.

KATIE: Bananas with peanut butter are my favorite snack in the entire world. I could live off of it for days. Actually, sometimes on tour I do. And I have yet to meet a Morningstar product I don’t like.

RYAN: Chips and salsa. And beer.

3. Of all of the major animal rights issues (animal testing, factory farming, animals used in entertainment, dog fighting, etc.) are there any issues that are particularly close to your heart?

JOHNNY: The fur industry. What happens to these animals is horrifying. Dogs and cats, and lots of other kinds of animals, are being skinned alive for “fashion.” The whole process—from how the animals are bred and raised, to how they are transported to be slaughtered, to how they are actually killed—is unbelievably awful. Luckily, there are things we can do to help stop it. Make sure you read the labels on your clothes; don’t wear leather, and don’t wear fur even if it says it’s fake. You have so much power to stop these companies with the choices you make about what to buy and wear.

KATIE: Really, I wish more people would get shelter animals rather than designer pets.

ANNIE: I agree with my best friend Katie. Puppy mills are so depressing. If more people would pay attention to the conditions that their expensive puppy came from, they might think twice about their purchase. The mama dogs are kept in such horrifying conditions. I’m very proud to say that my half-breed adopted pup, Lucy, is designer to me!

4. If a fan were to approach you with questions about how to get involved with animal rights, what advice would you give him or her?

JOHNNY: Join PETA! I’ve been a PETA member for four years, ever since I became vegetarian. I’ve even considered funding one of their starter kit racks on my street. I would love to do that, and I plan to someday. But the easiest way to start making a difference is to be conscious of what you’re eating. Be conscious of where your food comes from. If you’re conscious of where your meat comes from and you can live with it and that works for you, fine. But really understand the foods you eat. You may find that you don’t support everything that happens between where your food began and how it landed on your plate. Every dollar you spend or don’t spend on meat affects the industry. Small, easy decisions not to support it will change the world. Save the world, even. Let’s save the world! (Laughs)

KATIE: The peta2 website is a perfect starting place for info and recipes, but don’t just park yourself in front of a computer. Go out and volunteer at an SPCA, foster an animal, or request that your local grocery store stock better veggie-friendly options and organic foods. And write a letter! Companies take letters really seriously, and almost always answer them, since so few people actually take the time to write to them. The little effort it takes goes a really long way.

Johnny, Ryan, Annie and Katie, you all RULE! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us. OMM takes off for a North East tour with NOFX and peta2 besties Anti-Flag this week, so be sure to check their tour dates and go see them when they hit your area!

In the meantime, we have 3 copies of OMM’s new 7″ EP, Party Shack, up for grabs. Each winning EP will also include an extra special recipe for the band’s oh-so-yummy bread pudding. And it’s VEGAN! Could these stakes be any cool—er, yummier?

For your chance to win, let us know your favorite kind of vegan pudding (or vegan dessert) in the comments below. Comments must be received by September 30, 2011 and two winners will be chosen at random and notified on October 4, 2011.

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  • 1293 days ago

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    My sister makes the most amazing Vegan raw lemony cheesecake. It is creamy, cold, sweet, nutty, and tastes amazing. I know its 2 late for the contest but well, it’s true.

  • 1296 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    hey i really dig new stuff and that there are peeps like me in your group makes it totally awesome. question tho how and when do you know if your body is lacking something like a mineral or vitamin?? im looking for a nutionist and im gonna go talk to them just wondering if there were any tell tell signs? any how ive been meat free for 4 years and its great.

  • 1297 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I love when bands are vegan! I love to freeze these vegan chocolate pudding cups I get and it tastes like ice-cream! I just have to let it thaw for about tens minutes. But another desert I love that fills my sugar craving is vegan jel desert! I love the black cherry flavour.

  • 1297 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    baked apple with almonds and cinnamon-yummmm especiaaly on a cool autumn evening!!

  • 1297 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Vegan Pumpkin Pudding ^__^ yummm…

  • 1297 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My favorite vegan desert has to be banana chocolate chip muffins. Good for any meal :D

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    A dreamy double chocolate cake that one of my besties makes.. Pure bliss <3

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Vegan vanilla pudding with strawberries!!!!

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Vegan chocolate cake made with applesauce is delicious! I’m also obsessed with the vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from Trader Joes

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I love the Break-Up Chocolate Pudding from the Peta college cookbook!! :D

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    LOVE vegan vanilla pudding!!!!!!! :)

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Vegan chocolate cake/cupcakes

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/vegan-chocolate-cake/detail.aspx

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    vegan banana chocolate cake. it’s delicious! xD

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Chocolate!!!

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I LOVE VEGAN CUPCAKES

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    vegan chocolate cake :)

    Peace and Love

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yaaaay!!!! soo awesome =]

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Cocoa Marble Fudge ice cream

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My favorite vegan dessert would have to be either Purely Decadent dairy free ice cream (Chocolate) or So Delicious Dairy free ice cream (pomegranate chip)

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    chocolate tofu!!!

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    french vanilla

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Chocolate tofu mousse , brown rice pudding w/ coconut milk , cinnamon, walnuts and maple syrup!

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sarah Kramer’s “La Dolce Vegan!”

  • 1298 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My favourite Vegan Desert/Pudding is Vegan Lemon Lime Cake with Icing as it is wholesome, nutritious and tastes quite delicious

  • 1299 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

  • 1299 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    watermelon smoothies…just watermelon, ice and honey mixed in a blender (adding alcohol once in awhile to spruce it up!!).

  • 1300 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    my favourite vegan dessert are the choclate cookies i bake all the time. I also give them to my non-vegan friends and family and they love it and absolutely appreciate vegan food since then! :)

  • 1300 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    its got to be Banana Carob Pudding.

  • 1303 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My favorite vegan dessert is a simple lemon vegan cake with a lemon glaze! Mmmm delish!

  • 1304 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    being in new England, on the cusp of fall, I would have to say Apple crisp! with flax seed in the topping!

  • 1304 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Grapefruit sorbet ! My favorite vegan friendly dessert!
    Ingredients:

    3 grapefruits, juiced
    1/2 cup sugar
    mint leaves, for garnish
    Combine grapefruit juice and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

    Let it cool down and pour it into a flat pan with high sides. Place in freezer. Once ice crystals start to form, take a fork and stir vigorously, breaking the crystals up, and return to the fridge.

    Do this every half hour for about four hours.

    Once the granite is totally frozen, fluff it with a fork and give it another half hour in the freezer to solidify. Serve with a mint leaf garnish.

  • 1305 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My friend owns a vegan bakery called “APieCalypse Now! Bakery” and it’s amazing! But I think the best thing on the menu is her vegan peppermint patties. Amazing

  • jen

    1305 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I make vegan no bake cookies everyweek. They are my favorite and very simple to make.

  • 1305 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    vegan bannana pudding!!! yum!!!

  • 1305 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Samoan Panikeke is amazing. It is doughnut-like deep-fried puffs that have the tropical flavor of bananas and vanilla. Add some powered sugar or nutella to this and you are well on your way to dessert heaven.

    Fr the recipe go here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/samoan-panikeke/detail.aspx

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Apricot & Coconut Cake

    It’s easy, fast and.. YUMMY!!!
    1 cup chopped dried apricots, 1 cup shredded coconut, 1 cup soya milk, 1 cup sifted self raising flour, 1 cup sugar (yeah, 1 cup of everything!)
    You have to mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour into greased cake tin. Then bake in moderate oven for around 30 minutes.. et voilà!

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    more dancing, more partyin! I love old man markley, good people for sure! Anyways, favorite dessert. Usually something simple like strawberries from the garden, yum!

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Coconut milk ice cream, specifically chocolate peanut butter swirl! So delicious!

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Vanilla. I like to put it in my eclair cake. Yum! Vegan, of course. <3

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    tofu mushroom casserole

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Chocolate pudding is my fave. x3

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Pistachio Pudding yo! loved it since I was a kid before I knew anything of veganism. And who knew it was naturally vegan! :)

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ICE!!!! :D

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    No, but seriously, probably banana nut pudding, or strawberry shortcake. My friend Lucy introduced me to her recipe where she rolls the strawberries in ginger, and basically, it made my entire body vibrate in glee.

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Vegan tofu quesadillas!

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ROASTED ALMOND COOKIES!!!!!

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    almond dream ice cream!

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    vegan peanut butter banana pie!

  • Yrb

    1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My favorite desert is an apple, organic apple from my parents garden, I planted it when I was 13 years old, and it haven’t got any chemicals ever…

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My girl makes this vegan pudding found at the link below and it’s so damn good it makes me want to hug a cow.

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/yummy-vegan-chocolate-pudding/detail.aspx

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Tofu and mango pudding!

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The Chocolate Love Pie from Native Foods!

  • 1306 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Cashew coconut!

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