An Evening Well Spent

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Cigar – Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 ’50 Years’
Commemorating 50 years since the Cuban revolution this cigar is composed of Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers, and a Honduran inner binder paired with a dark, satiny Brazilian wrapper. This robust medium-full cigar has deep notes of espresso, roasted nuts with an overall toasty character and pleasant spice.

Rum – Flor de Caña 7 Year Gran Reserva
Sipping a mahogany-hued, extra-smooth and full-bodied rum.
Flor de Caña distillery uses 100% renewable energy and every year the company plants 50,000 trees. At this eco-friendly distillery is where the high quality of Flor de Caña rums is achieved through a five-times distillation process to obtain alcohol of maximum purity. Good rum.

LP – Neil Young and Crazy Horse Rust Never Sleeps
Great album from Neil Young and Crazy Horse. The standouts for me are Pocahontas and Sedan Delivery, although every song on the album is really good.

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30 Years On

These two albums are 30 years old this year.

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Jam Econo

To me, the best two records of the 1980s are ‘Double Nickles on a Dime’ by the Minutemen and ‘Zen Arcade’ by Husker Du. They both still hold up to this day. They both will always be superb examples of the American Hardcore from the 1980s that shaped many of the people of my demographic’s lives.

To listen to them now in 2014 and still hear the craftsmanship, beauty, melody and sheer rock goodness is a testament to their greatness. If you have the vinyl, dig them out and put them on. You’ll thank me.

Records

In my opinion Zen Arcade is one of the best records of the 1980s. Double Nickles is the best record of the 1980s.

From the first note of Anxious MoFo you are in for a rocking, funky, jazzy, burst of short, brilliant songs. The guitar playing of D. Boone is unique and never been paralleled. Mike Watt’s bass is innovative to say the least. It still speaks volumes today. George Hurley’s drumming is brilliant. The lyrical content is both immediate and profound. If you do not own it, buy it and listen. That’s really all I can say.

I must Look Like a Dork

“Since we heard mortar shells, we cuss more in our songs and cut down the guitar solos.” Followed by a great ripping 12 second solo. ‘Nuf said.

To get a great review of Zen Arcade written by a real writer check this link.

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Worked Book (a fans notes)

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The late 1980s were a time for me of driving, learning how to be happy, working on the road and learning to play the guitar in more ways than just the punk rock slam of my earlier years. At the beginning of that decade I saved and bought a Gibson Explorer, got a little Gibson amp from my uncle, started a garage band with some skate friends and played shows at the Pralltown Cafe in Lexington, Kentucky. I learned to play in front of people. We practiced in my father’s basement in-between skating the half-pipe in our yard and drinking shitty beer.

Most of the early to mid-80s I played in punk rock bands. Three chords, no waiting. Then towards the late 80s I got an acoustic guitar and started hanging out in the woods in eastern Kentucky playing a lot of folk and old-time country with my uncle Jimmy. That is when I began learning how to play guitar. Playing melodies, arpeggios, learning to flatpick, listening to a lot of Doc Watson, New Grass Revival and Ernest Tubbs. I never left my love for punk and hard rock completely behind though and always managed to throw some Minutemen, Black Flag, Husker Du, DRI and the like into the mix.

In 1989 some time after Husker Du went down in flames Bob Mould released an album called “Workbook.” I remember I bought it on Cassette and played it nonstop for many months in a row. This was a rock music that hit me in the gut like the punk of my youth, but was something more. Something adult. Something technical without being proggish. The guitar playing was tremendous, as was the song writing. He took the catchy pop hooks from Husker songs and showed me that you could write a rocking fucking song with interesting lyrics and song structure and have some heft and depth. A real work of art.

Shortly after, cousin Keith and I were driving to Chicago on a cold and snowy winters afternoon/evening and we were so engrossed in the album that I ran out of gas on I-80/90. Luckily a cop pulled up and drove me to the nearest gas station so I could grab some fuel. That was the kind of fresh goodness the album had.

Fast forward 25 years and the re-issue of Workbook is released. I bought it on vinyl and received it the other day. I hadn’t listened to the album in a long time. From the opening guitar work of Sunspots to the closing notes of Whichever Way the Wind Blows, and a bonus tune of All Those People Know this album doesn’t disappoint. Just as this work stayed in my Walkman during the moths of late 1989, it is staying on my turntable now, bringing me much joy. Thanks Bob Mould.

 LP Track List:
   Side 1:
1. SUNSPOTS
2. WISHING WELL
3. HEARTBREAK A STRANGER
 
   Side 2:
1. SEE A LITTLE LIGHT
2. POISON YEARS
3. SINNERS AND THEIR REPENTANCES
 
   Side 3:
1. BRASILIA CROSSED WITH TRENTON
2. COMPOSITIONS FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD
3. LONELY AFTERNOON
 
   Side 4:
1. DREAMING, I AM
2. WHICHEVER WAY THE WIND BLOWS
3. ALL THOSE PEOPLE KNOW [Bonus Track]

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