Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Don't tell me what I wanna hear"; or Loving SPIN Magazine's tribute to Nevermind.

Been cleaning out the red letter bin here at the good old blog... the outline stems from a Tumblr post from mid-late July... and now for something completely different.

Like millions of angst filled teens, Nirvana defined the first half of the 1990's for me. Overnight the halls of my middle school were filled with ripped up jeans, Converse All-Stars and flannel shirts. Lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Come As You Are" were scribbled in the margins of every textbook and on every bathroom wall. While I still prefer the rawness of Bleach, there is no denying Nevermind is the quintessential album of 1991. Perhaps of the early 90's or even the 90's as a whole.

Listen free on SoundCloud. Download free from SPIN on Facebook.
I found out about SPIN Magazine's tribute album Newermind from a Tumblogger I follow, Ian Brooks. When I saw his post about a free Nirvana tribute album, well, I was prepared to club baby seals with other baby seals to get a copy immediately. Thankfully no baby seals were injured in obtaining Newermind. I did have to sell my soul on Facebook by Liking SPIN, but well, whateves. It was worth it.

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's not 1994, please stop using "Coming Soon"

I'm constantly looking around the web for interesting, inspiring and occasionally funny things to post on my Tumblog so I look at dozens of different websites each week. In the world of Web 2.0 Web 3.0 and HTML5 I find it utterly ridiculous when I find a "Coming Soon" page.

Missing Content Example: Market Garden Brewery. Screenshot taken August 26th, 2011 at 10:43 pm.
Sure, I used some terrifically terrible animated gifs back in the day, but if you were on the web in 1994 you were most likely there for some sort of technical or scientific data. Or porn. Either way, form followed function and it was perfectly appropriate to have some sort of flashing graphic toting that you were under construction and open 24 hours!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Night In CLE

My amazing wife Morgan is a member of the Cleveland Yelp Elite (translation: she writes Yelp reviews that are well received.) and she got invited to a special event at Campbell's Sweet Shop on 25th Street in SoLo (that's SOuth of LOrain for us non-hipsters). The shop is actually pretty cool. The smells were amazing and the confections looked quite tasty.

Pirate Oreos
Chocolate covered Oreo cookies made to look like pirates.
Afterwards we did a roundabout drive through downtown, narrowly avoiding Cleveland Indians traffic and getting stuck knee deep in The Avengers filming traffic. I know that I went to film school and have a completely different perspective, but the number of gawkers was depressing.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Buddy Holly is rolling over in his grave.

Okay this is a total red letter. I started my tirade about two months ago on my Tumblr and decided to move it here for a more detailed explanation, but it seems this got left in the drafts folder. Well... on with the show.

Someone please kill me.

I'm waiting. Seriously.

When I first heard about the Buddy Holly tribute album, Rave On Buddy Holly, I was ecstatic. I love Buddy Holly. There I said it. I love Buddy Holly. Buddy Holly was a genius long before the time of rock geniuses. Sure, some of his singles were utter pop crap, but if you really look at what he did with music and when, well, Buddy Holly rocked that shit. Hard.

Concord Music Group posted the entire album on SoundCloud for you to "enjoy" for free.
Sadly his legacy has been tarnished by his early demise. Tarnish? Yes, tarnished. He's remembered as the guy that sang "That'll Be the Day" and died in the plane crash, not as a songwriter, producer and musician that left a lasting impact on the music industry. If you listen to the body of work he recorded in the four - FOUR - short years of his music career, you can just imagine what he'd have done if he had lived.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Pig 'N Swig at the Happy Dog (AKA I'm a Big Pig Too!)

Poor blog, have I've neglected you. Despite wanting to post this to my Tumblr, I'll go old school and write a blog.

Last night Becoming Rooks and I had an amazing dinner at The Happy Dog; Chef Eric Williams seriously out did himself with his latest dinner pairing, the Pig 'N Swig, a three course bourbon and pork dinner. We've been to all of Chef William's Happy Dog dinners except the first and he always find a way to top himself. It's going to take a lot to top this one.

Course One: Eagle Rare Bourbon
Course One: Eagle Rare Bourbon
Bourbon guru Mike Gully introduced each of the bourbons, starting with the first course, an Eagle Rare 10 year single barrel bourbon; my favorite sipping bourbon of the night. If I was going to drink bourbon for the sake of drinking bourbon, I'd definitely reach for this one. Mike suggested that at 90 proof, it drinks like an 80 proof and I definitely agree. There was a slight burn, but only well after it was deep down inside.