Friday, December 28, 2018

The BESTY's 2018

Tis the season to be BESTY, the longest running snapshot of live entertain that's worth noting is back by lack of popular demand. I really dig thinking back on good times, lucky I guess. Participating in public settings and shared experiences can exhilarate. I've said many times that I want music to make me think, make me dance or inspire me. Witnessing art can often make you feel part of it; creative power has endurance. 

I'm surprised by artists that I'm familiar with who continue to impress, other times I realize I've moved on. Whereas artists or performances that are new-to-me have that unique, first opportunity to impress. I'm not sure which form of expectation is the tougher to fill. What I do know is, it's awesome to be wowed by anybody. So that's where I've come to reside in terms of opinion; I want to be impressed, wowed, inspired, allowed to feel free and dance uninhibited. To all the fun and culturally relevant events, thank you. The BESTY's are...

STS9 | 12.31.17 | The Warfield

Kimock & Mathis * | 02.03.18 | Sweetwater | A Love Supreme & Meditations

Built to Spill * | 02.20.18 | The Fillmore | Keep It Like A Secret | Noise Pop

Jeff Tweedy * | St. Paul & The Broken Bones | 04.21.18|  High Water | Charleston, SC

Valerie June * | Tank & The Bangas * | 04.22.18 | High Water | Charleston, SC

LCD Soundsystem * | TV on the Radio | 04.29.18 | The Greek

Kimock & Leslie Mendelson | 06.17.18 | The Reel | Sonoma

Rocket vs. Warriors | Game 4 Western Conference Finals  | 05.22.18 | Oracle 

Best Restaurant Meals of the Year: The Rarebit in Charleston | Little Jacks in Charleston | Red Fish in Port Orford (x2) | Diavola in Geyserville (x2)

Happy Holidays | eightychoices.


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Happy Christmas

Current Mood |

John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir ~
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"

Happy Holidays,

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Brew Detective: Comet IPA | Buoy

Buoy is keeping us all afloat with their tasty beer. A new single-hopped IPA hit shelves locally and I scored one. It pours a beautiful caramel-gold and has great clarity. I'm really digging the brewing companies that strive for proper carbonation, it's spot on in the Comet Single Hop IPA. I also appreciate a good malt balance when the hop profile may need a little taming. 

Comet hops are said to yield dank, citrus and tropical fruit notes, others will point to grapefruit. I personally got a whole lot of the dank mixed with a formidable bitterness, which is why the malt component is so clutch. I always look for Buoy beers at my local grocer and you should too. Enjoy craft beer responsibly this holiday season. Cheers!

Comet IPA | 6.7% | 65 IBU


Thursday, December 20, 2018

"Some Birds"

Best New Music

Jeff Tweedy | Warm | "Some Birds"

I break bricks
With my heart
But only a fool
Would call it art.
     - Jeff Tweedy


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Brew Detective: Thirst Trap | Breakside

Breakside Brewery has been a revelation to my taste buds, I like 'em a lot. And recently, my partner-in-crime and I enjoyed some of their libations. Our tasting notes for the Thirst Trap IPA are below.

Agent M: strong at the start, smooth and fruity at the finish, frothy, creamy head, murky and complex. (Damn, that sounds good right?)
My notes: stone fruit, apricot, plus bitterness, amazing carbonation, super downy foam that just sits, it resides in the glass, almost see-through 6.4%(So there ya have it.)

Be safe this holiday season.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Everybody Knows

Best New Music

The Jayhawks | Back Roads & Abandoned Motels | "Everybody Knows"

Tell me now, if you came sneaking up behind
Would you know me and see behind the smile?
I can change like colors on a wall
Hoping no one else will find what lies beneath it all
I think I hide it all so well
     -Gary Louris


Friday, December 7, 2018

Brew Detective: Gigantic Brewing Co. | Hop Bot

New to me, so here you go. Gigantic has some nice branding and I dig their single bottle offerings. The Hop Bot is a fresh-hopped, Citra IPA. Tasting notes: resembled flowers, dandelion greens, a strong presence of white grape juice, and maybe even escarole. Quite the cornucopia of produce. It pours with a nice head, glowing orange-gold underneath. Hops for the Bot were farmed locally by Sodbuster. Enjoy local beer responsibly.

Hop Bot | 6%


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Having Been is No Way to Be

Best New Music

Jeff Tweedy | Warm | Having Been is No Way to Be

I'm reaching out to you
I'm writing all the time
I don't see deep but I see far and wide
I see dead trees
But the roots have leaves
Just because I can't describe it doesn't mean I shouldn't try
To untwist the knife
To unwind the mind
Having been is no way to be alive

And I'm alive
When I watch you sleep
I wonder how much freedom we need
And I'm here when you wake up to me
And I'm still here when you wake up to me
   - Jeff Tweedy


Monday, December 3, 2018

Brew Detective: Vertical Lift | Ascendant Beer Co.

Ascendant's Vertical Lift hazy IPA presents fruit forward characteristics derived from hops; those same fruity notes are not overwhelming, which is nice. It's pure haze in the pint glass, you cannot see through it. The carbonation is a big plus, presenting a foamy top, not always the case with Hazy's. I'll be looking for more of Ascendant's libations. Shout out to Bridgetown Beerhouse. Enjoy responsibly.

Vertical Lift | 7% | 77 IBU


Friday, November 30, 2018

So Good, So Far...2018

Time flies, even though it has also fallen back, as our seasonal tendencies settle in. One of my daily rituals is music. So Good So Far is the second installment of my favorite albums from the calendar year. I posted a quick-hitter back in summer of my then go-to records. Now it's time to complete the list of the dozen or so "best" releases of 2018. Hopefully everyone's had a nice transition into autumn and with a little luck, or preemptive planning, we'll all have a good holiday season too. So Good, So long 2018.

Yolanda | What Vision
unsigned, talented, mood, must hear... Drivver_New Waltz &  Following Me

The Jayhawks | Back Roads & Abandoned Motels
OG's, can't go wrong, the way i want these songs to sound, thank you jayhawks... Gonna Be a Darkness & Carry You to Safety

Jeff Tweedy | Warm *
tell it like it is, warm, cold, observant, pain, felt, no bull shit, jeff... Some Birds & Having Been is No Way to Be

Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread | Self Titled
timely, honest, makes the real more real, voice, sounds, construction, a favorite song of the year... Less Than Positive

Lydia | Liquor
stripped, soft, strong, rare, mystifying and direct, want more, my other favorite song... Way Out

Cat Power | Wanderer
nothing changed, everything changed, smokey, what i want, more please, cover of the year... Stay 

Khruangbin | Con Todo El Mundo *
no one else is doing this, original, rooted, futuristic, texas gone psychedelia international, the next level, get down... Maria También & August 10

This, coupled to that, equals a baker's dozen! Happy holidays!



Saturday, November 10, 2018

Brew Detective: Hazy Rock | Pelican Brewing

Oregon has a plethora of tasty breweries to indulge in. One that's held my attention is Pelican Brewing. I recently grabbed a six pack of their latest juicy IPA. Hazy Rock pours a deep golden straw, not quite as hazy as others in this category. The carbonation is an A-plus, bubbles move upward, recharging the smooth foam atop. Even with the greater transparency, you still notice particulates. 

Nosing out early are reminders of pineapple and guava. Hop bitterness arrives up front, unfolding into super balanced flavors as the ale dissipates. Hazy Rock is both nuanced and overly drinkable. The color, mouthfeel and finish make this an approachable juicy IPA. Enjoy fine ales responsibly.

Hazy Rock | 6.2% | 35 IBU


Sunday, October 28, 2018

OREGON is Calling US

Life makes time the most valuable resource, that or fresh water. Anyhow, let me confirm my love for California. I love California, its topography, coastal climates, and geographic beauty intoxicate. I was married in California and have lived, thus far, most of my adult life there. I have a soft spot for The Bay Area, especially north of Golden Gate. Mr. Salty, Pip and Wanda were all born in California. Although Salty left the state with us on more than one occasion, the two little ladies have only known their homeland since the jump. I will always speak and think fondly of the Golden State. Now the page is turning as we migrate to a place that's been calling us for two years.

Oregon's the only Pacific state I have not called home; here we come. The sirens of the PNW sing sweetly. The massive cost of living in wine country, and the onslaught of too many people, has created less than favorable changes. With that said, our roots grew deep into the fertile soils of Sonoma County due to hard work, creativity and love. We have lifelong friends and were fortunate enough to immerse ourselves into the intricate communities of west county and beyond. My fellings are a mixture of excitement and wonderment. This transition will be greatly assisted by a growth in both personal and professional skills (knowing more about myself and what makes me tick). It also helps to have savings. I'm so good with this decision. The only chance we're taking, is whether or not we take the chance... the golden hour county paradiso

Oregon has been calling us and now we've committed to listening.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

NBA Preview 2018-19

Only in the NBA
One of my main fixes is back, only in the NBA. This particular post will deal with predictions and a quick statement regarding some happenings around the Association. In the East I see six locks to make the playoffs (my projected 1-6). I'm going to go out on a limb (the paid pundits say they'll be terrible) and predict the Cavs will make the playoffs; leaving Detroit, Miami, and perhaps Charlotte, to win just enough games and fall into the eighth seed. The (+/-) indicates the potential to rise or fall. Miami will be well coached, they'll play hard and should make the playoffs regardless. However, the continued and tiresome Jimmy Butler ordeal could cause the Heat, not to mention the Timberwolves, to crumble or exceed expectations. Tangent: Pre-agency sagas are ridiculous. What Kyrie, Kawhi and Butler have done is the exact opposite of what a highly paid professional should do, in any field. All three are favorites of mine to watch, especially Kyrie. The major difference between them and what LeBron and KD did is cavernous. James and Durant made their own decisions as free agents. The circuses they created are entirely different, and in my opinion less soap opera-like. The two best players on the planet WERE NOT under contract when they left their previous teams. If Miami rattles their roster too much maybe the Pistons can sneak in.

East: 1. Boston 2. Philadelphia 3. Toronto 4. Washington 5. Milwaukee 6. Indiana 7. Miami (+/-) 8. Cleveland

First of all, the West is a gauntlet. It's likely to have multiple teams with winning records who end up missing out on the playoffs. The competition and winning percentages will be better record than the lowly squads back east, reseeding anyone? It could ultimately be a battle between four teams for the final two spots. New Orleans and Portland have the inside track in my opinion. New Orleans (+/-) could climb in the standings or dive. Should AD become the destroyer of NBA worlds that he seems capable of, his team will be a top four seed. If the Pelicans are floundering, the Brow could become the next pre-agent. Minnesota is in shambles and I'm no longer a believer in Thibs, at least they signed Towns. And sadly, San Antonio now has two young and talented players either hurt (Lonnie Walker) or injured for the season (Dejounte Murray). For the record I am not writing them off. DeRozan will help Aldridge carry the load offensively and the Spurs will do Spurs things, probably making they playoffs as they always do under Pop. I'm interested to see Spurs DeMar. The funny thing is, Dallas and Memphis are going to be better too. If my predictions hold true, the Lakers and Nuggets will take two spots, leaving teams from last year on the outside looking in.  

West: 1. Golden State 2. Houston 3. Utah 4. OKC 5. LA Lakers 6. Denver 7. New Orleans (+/-) 8. Portland


Monday, October 8, 2018


Best New Music

"Stay" | Wanderer | Cat Power


Monday, September 24, 2018


...Is (NOT) A Loser...

"Sunflower" | soundtack | witten by: Lindsey Beer | performed by: Shannon Purser


Friday, September 21, 2018

The Chain

Rumors Remastered

Fleetwood Mac | Rumors | "The Chain"

Listen to the wind blow, down comes the night
Run'n in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies
Break silence, damn the dark, damn the light
     - Fleetwood Mac


PS. It's been a Fleetwood Mac sort of month... writing credits go to the entire band, so...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Don't Stop

Current Mood

Fleetwood Mac | Rumors | "Don't Stop"

If you wake up and don't want to smile 
If it takes just a little while
Open your eyes, look at the day
You'll see things in a different way

Don't stop think'n about tomorrow
Don't stop it'll soon be here
It'll be better than before
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone

Why not think about times to come 
And not about the thing's that you've done
If your life was bad to you
Just think of what tomorrow will do
     - Christine McVie


Monday, September 10, 2018

Take Me To The Pilot

Elton John | self titled | "Take Me To The Pilot"

If you feel that it's real I'm on trial
And I'm here in your prison
Like a coin in your mint
I am dented and I'm spent with high treason

Through a glass eye your throne
Is the one danger zone
Take me to the pilot for control
Take me to the pilot of your soul

Take me to the pilot
Lead me through the chamber
Take me to the pilot
I am but a stranger
     - Elton John


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Brew Detective: NAMAZU

Namazu Oat Pale Ale from Seismic Brewing is a welcomed diversion from the over-saturated IPA market in Sonoma County. First things last, the art is outstanding. It's easily a favorite locally and this can stands up to the cool branding elsewhere. Cool artwork deserves to be acknowledged.

The first can popped with good carbonation, a great addition to this multi-grain beer. Those suppressed bubbles amplify an almost doughy head. Malt-forward aromas hit your smeller. This western oat pale ale reminds me of a favorite from the Southeast. I'm of the belief that the oat helps to smooth out the malty first impression. Namazu is so well balanced considering the cadre of malts and hops. There's also some dry-hopping going on; hops are not forgotten in this pale ale. Find a six pack and enjoy responsibly. Namazu works well on warm days and cool evenings. 

Namazu | Seismic Brewing Co. | 4.8%
Malt: 2-Row, Aromatic Munich, C40 Caramel, Flaked Oats
Hops: Cascade, Mosaic, Simcoe, Calypso, Belma, Hüll Melon


Monday, September 3, 2018

Way Out

Best New Music

Lydia | Liquor | "Way Out"

Yeah, always talkin' 'bout
How you missin' out everywhere you'd rather be
See you hidin' out
You can cover up love it's cool with me


Cause I've been wonderin'
Why you runnin' round like the sirens goin' off
Don't understand it
Go and find what you love, I hope it's enough
     - Lydia

Current Mood,

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Less Than Positive

Best New Music

Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread | Self Titled | "Less Than Positive"

Where was your mouth when they told you to talk
Where was your travelin' toe when they told you to walk
Where was your heart when they told you to love
Where was your big big brain, guess it wasn't working hard enough
     - Michael Nau

Current Mood,

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Adios Manu...

If you don't like Manu, you don't like hoops, regardless of which team is yours. Ginóbili retired yesterday as an all-time competitor and future hall-of-famer. He's one of my favorite international players, especially having not played college ball stateside —Hakeem & Nash did; as did Duncan who is from the US Virgin Islands if you want to get snarky. Manu is a 4x NBA Champ and also spearheaded Argentina to Olympic Gold! His resume is sterling, his on-court toughness, one of a kind. Craftiness, a fearless attitude and that left hand, shattered many opponents. Manu changed the game. He'll most likely ride off into the sunset just as uniquely as he played the game of basketball.

G I N Ó B I L I 


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Grateful Dead | Crimson, White & Indigo

The year, 1989. The Place, JFK Stadium, Philadelphia. This would be the last concert held there, days later it would be demolished. And let me just say, The Dead demolished the audience with an all-time throw down.

Officially released in 2010 on Grateful Dead Records, Crimson, White & Inidigo was the live title, taken from the song "Standing On The Moon." On August 1st of this year, the amazing video was again released for Jerry's Birthday. Lucky me, I was invited by a great buddy to watch it on the big screen at the Clover Theater in Cloverdale, CA.  

First set highlights included a driven "Little Red Rooster." Bob and Jerry were making their guitars sing while both playing slide. Another gem was Dylan's, "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again." But the hammer that pounded everybody was the emotional "Blow Away" that Mydland somehow unearthed to close the set. Jerry walked over to check in with him prior to his heartfelt and off the cuff rendition. Brent was on fire, taped to a keyboard were photos of his kids,  likely helping to power his performance.

Moving into the second set I distinctly remember the "Fire on the Mountain," followed by "Estimated Prophet" which blended into "Standing on the Moon." The "Rhythm Devils" break was phenomenal. Mickey was manipulating The Bar and the two percussionists made sounds that could only be described as futuristic. "Turn On Your Love Light" closed it down before the band would return for a rousing "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." 

I tend to really dig the early 70's and late 80's of The Dead's infinite cannon. This show, which I was not intimately knowledgable of, immediately rose to become one of my favorites. I avoided listening to this show on Archive once I'd been invited. I was glad to have watched the sliver screen light up with a sensational show by the Grateful Dead clicking on all cylinders. 

Crimson, White & Indigo,

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Brew Detective: Animal Friends | Brut IPA

Hen House and Crooked Goat teamed up for a collaborative take on a Brut IPA. I was told that the only difference was during the dry-hopping process, which was done at each breweries' facility. The result, Animal Friends, the label is an obvious nod to Orwell's Animal House.

For the sake of this review, I will be describing the Hen House concoction. They distributed this limited release in a 4-pack of pint-sized cans, which I was lucky enough to score. Crooked Goat's take was only available in-house.

An almost opaque yellow assembled into the glass, as if a bail of hay was turned into liquid. Pineapple punched out of the can, overwhelming the front end. A decent head dissolved quickly once poured. Tasting however provided a different story. It was not as juicy or fruity as the nose suggested. Dryness prevailed early and became more noticeable on the finish. Cheers to the local craft brewers who not only produce great beer, but create an energy within our community. Animal Friends (6.3%) may have escape your enjoyment this time. But you can still check out Hen House and Crooked Goat.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Riga Black

Current Mood

Chuck Johnson | "Riga Black" | Balsams

A cousin of mine, who is both a best friend and an older brother of sorts, turned me on to this beautiful album back in June. I cannot wear it out. The reason for our reunion may have been bittersweet (Uncle Bill was truly one of a kind and I am beyond blessed to be influenced by you. I MISS YOU!) Thanks to those who make me feel sane. Chuck Johnson's music is meditative gospel.


Postscript: Aretha Franklin passed today and it made me feel. I love Aretha's music. We're all wiser for sharing our time on earth with her, we're lucky to be honest. She is soul. Thank you Aretha for making this world a better place. She will always be a treasure, one that makes us all rich. Rest in peace.

R E S P E C T 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Brew Detective: Time Is Flat Circle | Hen House

Guess who's back on the case? Those weathered and dedicated detectives from Brew Detective, I mean, True Detective. Joking and namesakes aside, Hen House has crafted another unique and tasty IPA, Time Is A Flat Circle. The name is pretty cool, uncanny if you will. 

Nosing around you'll unearth fruity-melon and muted peppercorn scents. Glowing and dense this beer means business. The mouth feel is a definite plus. Bitterness lingers though the finish as it softens. Muddled together but not lost, early flavors coalesce. I noticed a grainy earthiness, which put the focus squarely onto the hoppy bitterness. Time Is A Flat Circle adds nice diversity to the Hen House lineup, it's different and I like it. 

Time Is A Flat Circle | 6.8%
Hops: Huell Melon & Mosaic


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Yolanda | What Vision

Yolanda | "Following Me" | What Vision

Local independent music is always a worthy endeavor, it becomes part of your life when the music is good to great. Yolanda is an up and coming band that is the brainchild of a creative talent now living in Petaluma after some years in LA. Yolanda's initial offering is a five song EP that draws from the past and the future, creating a sonic collage of energy.

What Vision oozes with thoughtfulness. "No Great Shakes" emits a feeling of Petaluma-like fog. "Goldtimes" beams like sunshine, feeling more like southern California. I especially dig the vocals on this track, aided by creative drumming and coaxed along by subtle guitar work. The final offering on Side 1 is "Drivver_New Waltz." New Waltz is frantic, resembling a sprint, somehow blending 80's UK synth-pop to the fuzziness of surf-psyche. I'm all in on New Waltz.

Side 2 begins with the rocking and rhythmic "Following Me." This number stands out by adding another layer of diversity amidst the density of this EP. The closing "Fetch" embodies a sense of calm, tethered to sound bites and backing vocals, pulling me into Yolanda's sound-scape. It feels new without losing site of the walls of sound that have come before it. I like it a lot. 

Look for Yolanda online via streaming outlets. If you're in the market for some new wax, check out and perhaps you'll score some vinyl. Thanks Yolanda, I look forward to your future output. What Vision is available now.

Support local music, 


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Princess Nokia

NYC | Hip Hop

Princess Nokia | "Tomboy" | 1992 Deluxe


Friday, July 13, 2018

Cry To Me

Current Mood

Solomon Burke | "Cry to Me" | Single 1962

From the deep culture of rhythm & blues, American soul music. Long live soul.


Monday, July 9, 2018

These Arms Of Mine

Current Mood 

Otis Redding | "These Arms of Mine" | Pain in My Heart

No one sounds like Otis, he's unmistakable. This song will stand the test of time. Long live soul.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Brew Detective: Maine Beer Co. | Woods & Waters

I'm convinced Maine Beer Company does what's right. Having had three of their outstanding offerings I can say Maine Beer is high on the craft beer ethos ladder. If you get the chance, listen to Dan Kleban discuss his personal history and ethics on the Craft Beer & Brewing podcast. The Brew Detective is on board with Dan's impressive thoughts and brewing practices.

Woods & Waters is a special IPA that was brewed to commemorate the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. The barley and wheat were grown in Maine. This outstanding IPA is another testament to excellent craft beer, from beginning, to bottle conditioned end. 

Agent M spoke one word, refreshing. How often do you hear that about an IPA? Woods & Waters pours crisp, clean and clear. A combination of IPA and German-style ale aromas hit the nose. The carbonation's amazing, enhancing attributes of the grains and hops. A light foam tops the see-through body. Cheers to Mother Nature & all she provides. 

Woods & Waters IPA | 6.2%
Hops: Magnum, Simcoe, Mosaic, Columbus & Idaho 7
Malt: American 2-Row, Blue Ox Pale, Blue Ox Wheat, Blue Ox Vienna

enjoy responsibly,

Thursday, June 28, 2018

So Far So Good 2018

music to our ears
Summer is officially here and that means many things, warm weather, road trips, BBQ's, swimming and the need for good music. Each June I highlight records that have made their way into my listening rotation. This is the first of two installments, the latter comes in November. 

Music is a vital piece of culture that can define who we are or which mood we are in. I'm consistently listening to music, new and old. Below are albums that have grabbed my attention. Have fun this summer. Stay safe and keep cool. SO FAR SO GOOD...


Jericho Jackson | Self Titled
real hip hop, NC + Detroit, wordplay, much needed, cerebral, reminiscent of Guru & Premier... overthinking & self made

Soccer Mommy | Clean
new sounding, honest, lyrical, raw, edgy yet soft... your dog

Superorganism | Self Titled
fun, fresh, catchy, modern, psyche pop, mixed media, creative, blended... something for your mind & everybody want to be famous

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | Tearing at the Seams
poignant, personal, timely, rocky mountain soul, full of feeling... long time running & shoe boot

Janelle Monáe | Dirty Computer
funky, danceable, Prince-like, new pop, sexy... make me feel

DJ Critical Hype | The DAMN. Chronic
Voltron, mix tape, hip hop, Kendrick, Dr. Dre, need I say more?... download link

HM: Seinabo Sey - Single 
i owe you nothing & remember

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


OKC Highlights | 2011-12

...because right now, there is no Basketball...

Two years prior they'd lost to the Lakers in the postseason and the next year to Dallas in the conference finals. During this campaign they would reach the NBA Finals by defeating the Mavericks, next the Lakers and then the Spurs. DAMN. Look at how young these dudes were, just out there ball'n, straight fly'n around. Three MVP's drafted by the same team...only in the NBA. Never forget the OG OKC Thunder; KD, Russy & Harden, plus a young Serge & Thabo. DAMN!


ps. I've got a basketball jones. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Brew Detective: Hen House | Philadelphia Experiment

Hen House just keeps crushing it. I have a reputable friend who has suggested that they are now the top brewery in the county! The Philly Experiment is a bit hazy but tastes lighter than the body of the beer suggests. A nice pillow rests atop the opaque straw-yellow nectar, which glows with a tinge of orange. This tasty libation has legs in the glass, it leaves its mark.

The aromas are murky, almost trying to trick your senses. Tropical tasting notes prevail on the front end. There's a dry quality at the finish, an encouraging component to assist you in drinking more. Philadelphia Experiment is brewed with Simcoe, Enigma and Vic's Secret hops. Chances are this IPA will disappear quickly, just as the USS Eldridge did in the Philadelphia Naval Yard back in 1943. 6.0%

Enjoy responsibly,

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

In The Year 2000

Not long ago, in galaxy not far away...

Outcast | Stankonia

Outkast, pronounced outcast, adjective meaning homeless or unaccepted in society. But let's look deeper than that. Are you an outcast? If you understand and feel the basic principles and fundamental truths contained within this music, you probably are...

This is hip hop,

Monday, June 11, 2018

Something For Your M.I.N.D.

Current Mood | 

Superorgnanism | "Something For Your M.I.N.D." | Superorganism 

Live from KEXP in Seattle, Superorganism drops by to dose us with their modern mixed-media pop.


Sunday, June 10, 2018


Current Mood | 

Valerie June | "Shakedown" | The Order of Time

Change remains the only constant while life provides the moving and shaking. Change can also trigger hope, inspiration, positive thought and productivity. And sometimes change can be the stick—I want change to be the carrot.

Shakedown Breakdown Showdown 


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Brew Detective: Barrel Brothers

Taking My Talents to New England
Windsor's Barrel Brothers is one of many west coast breweries deciding to bite on the New England style. Taking My Talents to New England is a deliciously smooth, flaked IPA. I was drawn to this four pack due to the name & label. The brewing information rests on jerseys. A flaming hop, influenced by the Miami Heat logo is the centerpiece and a rendering of a basketball court fills the background. Did I mention I love basketball?

It teeters toward the juicy side but it's not a total juice bomb. Flaked oats and wheat give it a foggy appearance without sacrificing hop forward flavor. As far as hazy IPAs go, this one is very well balanced and doesn't taste too sweet, nor does it have an abundance of particulates. Running the point is 2-Row malt. Vermont Ale Yeast is used to illicit its own unique set of characteristics. I highly recommend Taking My Talents to New England. Enjoy responsibly.

Hops: Citra, Denali, Mosaic, Bru-1
6.9% ABV | 35 IBU


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Need Your Love

Current Mood |

Curtis Harding | "Need Your Love" | Face Your Fear

Harding's voice seems too effortless, yet powerful and clear. Straight forward lyrics pierce with arrow-like precision. The band is tight, dig'n the bass yo. Check out Curtis Harding on tour or dive deeper into his studio catalog. 


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Brew Detective: Hen House | Blanc Helicopters

Hen House ~ IPA
Subtle juice aromas hit initially, and the slightest hint of funk, piquing curiosity. Heavy in color, a dialogue ensues, malty-oranges and hazy straw-yellows interact. It churns into the glass.

The first taste entertains a soft bitterness, which I preferred. The over all presentation is unique, yet not overwhelming. Helicopters highlights the Hallertau Blanc hops. A pleasing mixture of stone fruit and hop-induced lusciousness quarrel for attention—neither too sweet, nor too bitter. The hop prevails, yum. Blanc Helicopters is super drinkable. Dare I say, this is my favorite IPA from Hen House...

Be on the lookout for Blanc Helicopters (7%).

Enjoy Responsibly,


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Astral Plane

Current Mood
Valerie June | "Astral Plane" | The Order of Time

Is there a light?
You have inside you
Can't touch

A looking glass 
Can only show you
So much

Follow the signs
Slowly but steady
Don't rush

The day will come
When you are ready
Just trust

Is there a way?
For you to shine
Without fear

From other worlds 
But you can't say
What keeps you here

Is there a way?
For you to give it
Your all

Dreaming a dream
Of sweeter things great 
Or Small

Dancing on the astral plane 
Holy water, cleansing rain
Floating through the stratosphere
Blind, but yet you see so clear

There is a light
You have inside you
Can touch

Valerie's words are hymnal-like. Her poetic positivity makes me feel more than expected. "Astral Plane" registers with me. I would like to thank her for making me feel, and for telling me that I have a light. Thank you Valerie June. Here's to dancing on the Astral Plane and striving to shine our light. 


Friday, April 27, 2018

Brew Detective: Maine Beer Co.

Lunch IPA | Freeport, ME
As soon as this beautiful bottle was popped open, stone fruit called out to me. The pour lofted up nice foam with a plus level of carbonation. Clean was the best word coming to mind to justify both the look and taste. Lunch possessed a nuance in its flavor, it was true to the hops, it's beer. There was a diverse range of bitterness, yet Lunch leans toward subtle, rather than intense. Maine Beer Company has crafted a well-balanced IPA rounded out by a bouquet of hop notes. I'm stoked this made the shelves of a local grocer. Drink Responsibly. 

"Lunch is a special whale that has been spotted off the Maine coast since 1982. She has what looks like a bite taken out of her fin, which adds to her unique character. We dedicate this beer to her determination and persistence. Keep on swimming!" 

Malts: American 2-Row, Carapils, Caramel 40L, Munich 10L, Red Wheat
Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe
Lunch IPA | 7% ABV

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

By Your Side

Current Mood

Sade | "By Your Side" | Lovers Rock

I will show you, you're so much better than you know

When you're lost
You're alone and you can't get back again
I will find you, darling, I will bring you home


Monday, April 16, 2018

I Owe You Nothing

Best New Music

Seinabo Sey | "I Owe You Nothing"

I don't have to walk for you
I don't have to talk to you
See, I'm not on display
Never was, never will ever be for you

I won't help you understand
I don't need no helping hand, no
See, these aren't tears, this is the ocean
These aren't fears, this is devotion

Why you always have to try me?
You think that I'm gon' follow blindly


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Radiohead | Chile | 2018


Radiohead ended their main set in Santiago with this burner. The final, frenetic breakdown is worthy of gyrating and spasmodic dance moves. Give me some of that. — "This one is for the children."

Fake Plastic Trees

Who does that? Who's capable of creating a dance track of frenzied energy, then leaves the stage and comes back to tear at the strings of your heart? Radiohead, that's who. — "And It wears me out. Wears me out. It wears me out. It wears me out. If I could be, who you wanted. If I could be who you wanted, all the time. All the time."

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Rough Cut

This Is Home 

The Faction Collective: Finland

These guys are crazy athletes, and crazy. It's inspiring to see someone create such a fun and adventurous art form by utilizing our everyday surroundings; then they go and literally grind it out with their athleticism and imagination. Go big or go home. This Is Home...


Monday, April 9, 2018

Make Me Feel

Best New Music

Janelle Monáe | "Make Me Feel" | Dirty Computer

This sounds good. It's her own thing, but it's most definitely steeped in the sexual pop magic of Prince. Do your thing Janelle, do your thing. Two singles are available now, the album releases later this month.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Brew Detective: Mikkeller Windy Hill IPA

Mikkeller beer has become more available with four packs having hit the shelves in our little town. Windy Hill is a New England style IPA (please say there's no flour), it's juicy, fruity and tasty too. Windy Hill pours incredibly hazy with dense fruit aromas. If you actually empty the pint, there's more sediment than I prefer. Hopefully those particulates have to do with the Simcoe and Mosaic hops used to dry hop this delicious India Pale Ale.

Keep in mind that this IPA is brewed with a rotation of hops, not always is it the same hop bill, but it does register at 7% regardless of the ingredient profile. Windy Hill is basically hop juice. I was stoked to see it in our fridge, thanks to my better half. Hopefully these heady pint cans find your local grocers or beer shops. If not, look for Mikkeller beer on tap at fine establishments or at one of their California locations if you're lucky enough to live near one. Drink Responsibly.


Monday, April 2, 2018

No Ordinary Love

Current Mood

Sade | "No Ordinary Love" | Love Deluxe

This is no ordinary love
No ordinary love
This is no ordinary love
No ordinary love

When you came my way
Brightened every day
With your sweet smile

Didn't I tell you 
What I believe


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Brew Detective: Denver Airport

Hen House is a top choice for me when I see it at my local grocery stores. Today they released Denver Airport, a new IPA that will hopefully become a regular within their rotation. The story behind this IPA is almost as good as the beer itself—just look up the conspiracies theories that are linked to the Denver airport. Hen House used Citra, Hallertau Blanc and Ekuanot hops to create a very palatable IPA with the right amount of bitterness. It also helps that the ABV is 6.3%, however, your four pack may disappear quickly too. 

When opening the can the first scent I thought of was pineapple. Denver Airport pours thick, like a hop milk shake, but it is not entirely opaque. A lasting and substantial head protects the top of the ale. The scent was a bit muted once in the glass. Bitterness hits initially, before transitioning into a smooth finish. If you happen to see this latest release from Hen House I suggest grabbing some. 

Enjoy responsibly,


Friday, March 23, 2018

...Long Time Running...

Best New Music

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats | "Hey Mama" | Tearing at the Seams

Hey Mama, it's me
Said you better wait child
Said you've been a long time running
Hey Mama, answer me
Baby boy you better sit down
Can't listen when the sun's out
My only son this will be hard to hear

C'mon mama what do you mean
I know you've been knocked down
I know it ain't all been easy
Nothing ever good really is


Thursday, March 22, 2018


Best New Music

Superorganism | "Everybody Wants To Be Famous" | Superorganism

Their sound is uniquely fresh, like nothing else being made. Superorganism blends multiple genres into one modern sound-scape. They seem to both blur and eradicate the constructed labels of music (psyche, pop, hip hop, recorded sounds, dreaminess, and whatever else you want to call it). Just give it a chance and enjoy their mix of creativity.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Soccer Mommy

Best New Music

Soccer Mommy | "Your Dog" | Clean

I'm not a prop for you to use
When you're lonely or confused
I want a love that lets me breathe


Friday, March 16, 2018

Night Sweats

Best New Music

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats | "Shoe Boot" | Tearing at the Seams


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Brew Detective: Hollow Moon

Hollow Moon IPA
Hen House, one of Sonoma County's best breweries, has yet again crafted a very tasty beer. Hollow Moon is another of their outstanding IPA's. Not only do they brew top-notch pale ales, IPA's and Saisons, their branding is just awesome. Much of the art adorning their four packs are some of the best in the business. Hollow Moon and Frozen Envelope are two of my favorites in flavor and artistically.

Hollow Moon weighs in at 6.7% and is brewed with Sorachi Ace and Mosaic hops. The nose is both fruity and hop forward. The blending of those characteristics is done flawlessly, neither is dominant, they work in cooperation. There is a particular fruit nuance I can't quite place, pear perhaps? The lushness of the fruit is matched perfectly by the hop profile that prevails without being too resinous or piny. Pouring a cloudy, hay-yellow, the top is adorned by a nice foam. Mango and toasted coconut are tasting notes that the brewer gives in its description. I can get behind the mango nuance, I didn't taste the toasted coconut however. Look for Hen House at local North Bay grocers.

Enjoy responsibly,

Monday, March 12, 2018

Record Store Day 2018

Each year I kind of forget, and then, I'll re-remember or be reminded that Record Store Day has revealed their annual list. This year I'll again be in Charleston. Most of my adult life I've perused the collection at The Last Record Store, or a couple of years at Harvest Records. Hopefully the little shop my wife and friends led me to last year will have a selection or two I'm looking to score. Here's a link to the Record Store Day list and below is a quick-hitting rundown of the artists piquing my interest on the list. Long gone are the days of no lines and only die-hards, happy hunting.  

» The Allman Brothers Band, Chuck Berry, J. Dilla, Dylan & The Dead, Grateful Dead, Funk in France, NAS, Prince, Tank & The Bangas, New Orleans Soul, Wilco, and Johnny Winter »

Record Store Day is April 21st


Saturday, March 10, 2018


Best New Music
Jericho Jackson | "Overthinking"

And all the so called civilized peoples
Have increasingly become crazy and self-destructive
We confuse science, words, numbers, and ideas with the real world
Most of us would rather have money than tangible wealth
And a great occasion is somehow spoiled for us unless photographed
And to read about it the next day in the newspaper 
Is oddly, more fun to us than the original event

- Alan Watts


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"Self Made"

Best New Music

Khrysis & Elzhi are Jericho Jackson | "Self Made"

 ... y'all don't play fair and square
All I push is mind power, screw zombies
They brainwashed while my brainwaves is tsunamis 
The small beaches on a island with a few palm trees
Is bars for you gun toters who pursue crime sprees

Self made since twelfth grade, this my calling...


Friday, March 2, 2018

Brew Detective: Mikkeller Round Tower

Round Tower IPA & Poblano Corn Chowder!
Four pints for take out, check. I scored Round Towe, a delicious double dry-hopped, New England style, double IPA—I know, it's a mouthful. This amped up IPA (9%) is one of the more recent offerings from Mikkeller's Hop Series. Gotta love Mikkeller Bar SF.

Pouring Round Tower creates an almost oat-like cloudiness, yet it's ultimately transparent. A nice head floats above, lingering still after a moment. Easily spottable is the sediment and carbonation, both move about in the glass. The nose is skunky and the first taste is juicy. It's smooth, but its gravity does hit the slightest hot. A good finish helps ease any worries. I wish I had more.

If you happen to get your hands on a Mikkeller 4-pack, enjoy, you're lucky. I've been really stoked on their limited supply of rations. Anytime I'm at their bar, I always inquire early about the available beers they've canned. It's awesome to crack open one of their pints at home. I've got 99 problems, but good beer ain't one. Enjoy responsibly. 


Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Pretenders

The Pretenders | "Back on the Chain Gang" | Learning to Crawl

Chrissie Hynde is a rock star. So too is Doug Martsch. His band, Built to Spill, covered "Chain Gang" at the Fillmore on Tuesday (2.20.18) for noise pop. It was a fiery show, well worth the hype. Big thanks to Molly Proctor and the band for shredding.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

NBA All Star Break

Team LeBron vs. Team Steph
The All-Star break is taking place February 16-18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The players will probably enjoy the friendly confines of LA, most NBA stars have a home there. This year the Association decided to mix it up by having the leading vote-getter from each conference draft their team—Team LeBron versus Team Steph. I'm leaning toward Team LeBron, although Steph does have, James Harden, Giannis, Klay, Towns and Butler. But damn, LeBron, KD, AD, Russy, Kyrie and PG, that sounds scary and I haven't even named the other six—plus the reunions, Bron and Kyrie, Russ and KD.

Hopefully this new way of creating teams brings more intrigue. I don't expect this contest to become super intense, after all it's an exhibition game. I prefer not to see a two-time MVP lay down in the lane so someone can dunk. That type of play embodies the criticism of those who say the All-Star game has lost its way. NBA athletes can dunk over and around you in real-game situations. I'll always tune in for All-Star weekend. I'm a sucker for the three point contest and the annual pickup game. And, don't tell me that great dunk contests aren't awesome.

Earlier in the year I made conference predictions. The NBA All-Star break gives me a chance to rekindle those thoughts and reflect on my projections. In the East I missed on two teams. I thought the Hornets and Pistons would make the playoffs, and they still might. Thus far, those teams are on the outside looking in, my apologies to the Pacers and 76ers. Detroit landed Blake Griffin and is currently the first team out, we'll see how he impacts the standings. Indiana plays hard, appears to be legit and Oladipo looks amazing. Philadelphia has the talent, they could use a perimeter scorer/creator. Simmons looks like a star, if he develops a respectable jumper, yikes. For my take on Cleveland's trade deadline moves click here.

The Western Conference is shaping up to be what most expected. I'm still pulling for the Jazz and Clippers. For a brief stint, Utah was again being robbed by injury. They definitely defend and are superbly coached. The Jazz have shown an ability to string wins together during late January and into February—they're hot. Donovan Mitchell is a breath of fresh air, he could literally fly in and snatch R.O.Y. He and Gobert appear to be the building blocks of Utah's future. The Clippers are currently the first team out. It's probably safe to say that Portland and Denver will make the postseason, it's New Orleans that could slide out of the playoffs due to Cousins' injury. 

This year's All Star Game will showcase the embarrassment of talent the NBA currently possesses, hopefully they show a little intensity as well, it could happen. Look no further than Giannis and Westbrook, my picks for AS MVP, they're über competitive and on opposing squads. I'm excited to see how the season shakes out. 

Thanks for checking in,

Thursday, February 8, 2018

NBA Trade Deadline

Game Winner...
Let's not forget about the team with LeBron James. The Lake Erie LeBron's made some solid trades to upgrade their roster, and perhaps more importantly, improve their locker room chemistry. Clarkson and Nance will help the Cavaliers on both sides of the ball, they have size at their positions and are more dynamic athletes. It's bittersweet to see Frye and Shumpert leave. (LA just shed a ton of money as they clear the decks to pursue free agents this summer and beyond.) Cleveland also acquired Rodney Hood and George Hill. Hood is an athletic wing who can provide more offensive punch than any of the players Cleveland sent out. Hill is another perimeter guy who can matchup better defensively on either guard position and shoot the three. This made-over roster looks more apt to compete. All of these acquisitions add length, athleticism and better compliment James, they also got a lot younger. Personally I'm excited to see how this team gels over the next 29 games or so. By the way, the Cavs and Wolves played one hell of an entertaining game the night prior to the trade deadline.

Houston looks legit
Elsewhere in the NBA; the two best teams I've caught (in a single game) this year are Houston and Oklahoma City. I was able to watch the Rockets absolutely destroy Cleveland. Chris Paul looked as good as he has all year and Harden did things only he's probably capable of. Houston's defense was solid and their hustle was how I wished every game looked; their role players are super solid. They won by 30 without Trevor Ariza or Eric Gordon. When Houston has Harden, Paul and Clint Capela, their record's insane. Cleveland's effort was lackadaisical to say the least, regardless, Houston showed them firsthand the competition that looms out West. The NBA has taken notice, so have I.

OKC is figuring it out
The Thunder went into Oracle and hung 70 on Golden State in the first half, eventually winning by 20. Russ was in attack mode from the jump. He puts so much pressure on a defense with his relentlessness, especially when he couples his ability to get the rim with high quality decisions. Paul George looked like the best two-way player in the NBA, guarding damn near every Warrior at some point. George's ability to play stellar defense while still dropping 30 is amazing. This game meant something to Oklahoma City, their tenacity was on full display, highlighted by their two stars; Russ and PG showed out in Oakland. Melo barely played due to a tweaked ankle. I'll go on record, Steven Adams is their third best player, dude's a beast. He owned the second half and no one on Golden State could guard him. The Thunder played exceptionally well on defense with tight, controlled rotations, that took away threes. It was a dominating win on both sides of the ball.

Only in the NBA,