Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kanye wishes

I think it's funny that in 2 Kanye West songs, one pre and one post-Kim, he mentions that after years together he deserves a ménage a trois. I'm thinking there's a 50/50 chance Kim is not down with that. She is super nasty for sure, but I don't think there has ever been the slightest mention that she is into the ladies.

Wow, speaking of infidelity, I just started season 6 of Mad Men to get ready to watch 7 and jeez the cheating is just rampant. I won't say who! I know it has been but now it's more depressing than ever. 

Heckarap tonight! I am positive it is going to be popping off because of a couple of birthdays in the house. However, some people have kind of wrested control over the schedule and it's a little unsettling. I know it will be fun regardless and this will be the only time that will happen. I get way less nervous now about djing.

Nar on Friday! Monumental. Both bass players (not at the same time)! Old Ironsides.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

narnarnanrarnarnarnarnnarnrn

A lengthy NYtimes Mag piece about the Mikkeller bros

Take a look at today's foodways. I posted a good interview with Sac Beer Week dude Dan Scott.

Have you guys ever looked at Garfield without Garfield? It's insane.

Heckarap tomorrow! Pretty excited. Nar on Friday night.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I'll get between those staves


I didn't go see 3-6 Mafia but I did go to Lowbrau and have one of these. Man, this beer is spectacular. It smells just like Consecration to me and tastes like a Russian River brew, too. It's only 8% ABV, rad. Too bad it's insanely rare.  wa wah

Does anyone know why the Bee and SNR have ads that say the Tower has a documentary about Jodorowsky's Dune that started on April 11th when it isn't actually playing there? This went on for at least a couple of days.

Monday, April 14, 2014

still hamstering

Happy Monday! I am trying to muster up the energy tonight to go see 3-6 Mafia, but I don't know when the last time I got 8 hours of sleep was. I stayed up late Friday and Saturday and then had to get up for B52s practice both days. By the way we are ripping it up to the trillionth degree squared. Not calling out any other bands. I view the Halloween show as a collaboration and scene love-fest not a competition.

Stop reading here if you are really bored of reading about the ongoing debate over our SNR IPA tasting panel or if you have no idea what I'm talking about. I keep hearing a few negative comments and there may be a rebuttal column in a local beer publication so I just keep hamster-wheeling about it.

A real sticking point is one single comment that a beer had a "butterscotch nose" in the positive side of the notes. Some people are searching for a reason to discredit the integrity of the whole panel because this can be a characteristic of diacetyl, an organic compound that can be a natural byproduct of brewing, and which is sometimes felt to be desirable in English pale ales, but in other styles is often considered a flaw.

I admit I had to look up what diacetyl is when I heard this rebuttal. I tend to evaluate beers as a gestalt, both because my palate is not exquisitely sensitive and also because that level of beer nerd-ery bores me. I can pick out an ester aroma and I hate it. I can sure detect a hop smell (which about 2/3rds of these IPAs did not have). I hate a buttery chardonnay and now I know that this is probably because of diacetyl.

There are debates on beer advocate about diacetyl sometimes with some raters noting it in beers where others don't, or some noting it as pleasant, even in an IPA. OK, just rando beer raters, but surely some of them are credible.

On to another point of mine: this column is viewed as a slap in the face to "supporting the scene". Ay yi yi.

When the music scene in Sac was smaller, people were supposed to support the scene in all writing - even bad or mediocre bands. All hell broke loose when Christian Kiefer criticized a few bands in the SNR. Now everyone just writes positively for the most part (including me) so most of the writing gets little notice.

We're supposed to support the art scene, and since it's still pretty small that's remained the party line. Maybe that is part of the reason it's stayed small. How can someone stand out if it's all good?

Some mild criticism of the theater scene seems to be acceptable, although I don't think anyone ever gets a really poor rating. I don't know if I've ever seen the Shakespeare barfing icon or whatever denotes zero stars in the News and Review.

Harsh criticism of movies is OK cuz they're not local.

Critics are supposed to support the restaurant scene, with no humorous snark or sarcasm ever. BAR gets raked over the coals for this sometimes. The restaurant scene is exploding, so now people are getting used to real criticism. It will take time.

Keep in mind that this only refers to on-the-record criticism. All critics, people in the industry, and serious fans all criticize, talk shit, and gossip like mad but will never go on record as doing so.

I chalk this up to growing pains. There is no room for mediocre or bad beers locally anymore. I stand by all our letter grades. I will openly say that I will give the Rubicon IPA a C- or D+ and most beer nerds if they were being honest would, too. I say the HopSac and River City also earned their Fs.  I think the top 3 (1 Berryessa 2 Bikedog 3 Track 7) are exactly right and I was chuffed that I rated them that way in a blind tasting.



Friday, April 11, 2014

don't let smiller see this bucket hat - it was for sale at the show

There's a fun dance party at Witch Room tonight and also Paul from !!!s band got added. He is a really cool guy (and known Deadhead to boot) so they should be good. I am going to a play first so I may miss him. Dead h8ters I'm sure his band doesn't sound like them and side note don't drink your h8terade because it might be laced with acid.

First b-52s practice this weekend and I am excited/trepidatious. Is that a word? If not a word, a feeling.



I had a hilarious experience sneaking in to schoolboy q at assembly. I actually had passes but I didn't want to wait in the giant slow moving line. I was with a certain person who knew of certain underground access. After various fits and starts, the funniest of which was that we thought we had gotten in but we were actually in the karaoke bar next door, we ended up backstage and couldn't figure out how to get down for a minute. I was petrified we would accidentally end up on stage. We finally exited stage left and we were in.  He was pretty amazing but probably still not my jam.  About half the dudes there were wearing bucket hats. This is kinda funny because if I am going to see someone who wears a particular accessory I would not make sure to wear this accessory.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Barber Bros

There are a lot of Barbered Bros around now. I'm not using Bros necessarily as a pejorative, but it's alliterative and catchy. I can only hope the term does catch on. I was pointing it out to WB at Lowbrau and we agreed he is going to have to start some intensive barbering to fit in. He's been living in the wilderness where there are no barbers. Right now there are about 2 barbershops on every block and he was saying that perhaps he would visit all of them, getting his hair cut shorter every time.

I actually think the picture above might be really old?

I think the barbering looks very sharp, although is being taken almost to fascism in some cases. The head fascism is sometimes countered confusingly by things like 90s shirts, but most often is paired with head-to-to J. Crew or some other store I don't know about. Red Wings, docksiders, you know the drill. SF and other big cities have lots of stores with this kind of sharp, expensive clothing but to my knowledge Sac does not. Smiller and I went to one in London with some lovely men's clothes but it would have been thousands upon thousands for even a few outfits.

I mostly see these men at Lowbrau and wonder where the heck they are the rest of the time. I love Lowbrau and they cause me no problems.

Also, the beards are holding on pretty well, so the extreme barbering is often balanced out by beards. Barber on the top, beard on the bottom is kind of the new mullet. Mustaches on their own don't seem that big and definitely not waxed ones. That guy I saw with a gun at E-40 had a waxed curlicue one, which I probably mentioned, but he looked more like a Gangs Of New York wanna-be gangster than a J. Crew Barber Bro.

I think men's fashion is in a more interesting phase than women's right now. Pretty bored with the short shorts (I know, I know, no dudes agree). Crop tops are going right now which can be cute.  Maybe part of it is because most of the young lady's fashion looks very cheap and the  men's looks very expensive. Don't get me wrong, I totally buy the cheap stuff and my most recent shopping occurred at forever 21, but that stuff looks poorly contructed with cheap material, which it is.

Monday, April 07, 2014

daydrinking

Had a fun bout of light daydrinking on Sunday and a fantastic Mikkeller with brett on draft at Lowbrau. We had a dog with us and turns out Block currently won't do a charcuterie board for outside but the guys up front wrapped up some meat and pate and cheese for us and I bought crackers and cornichons and voila! There was also a Berryessa golden ale and even though it was Berryessa I just don't like that style. The yeast is gross to me, and it probably had a high ABV I am guessing. Oh and a warm pretzel with the cheese sauce that was perfect.

Boy is Sac into Sunday daydrinking! So many buzzed folks at Lowbrau and saw a guy staggering down the street at like 2.

I did my drinking on Sunday cuz I stayed very sober for the Buff $lut dance party to DJ. I was so flattered to be asked and it was a lot of fun although many people stayed on the patio and didn't come on the dance floor or watch MOM, which was surprising. I went right after MOM and it was pretty funny because she had just peed on the floor and sponged the host down with blood so they had to rope off the whole front part. Funny because I didn't have to clean it up, although I did clean the blood off Sergio.

I felt very pro to DJ with a Bay Area dude who was soooooo nice. The local guys who went first vibed me out cuz I guess I'm not pro enough, ha ha. One of them didn't even say hi and later wastedly said I looked like Drew Carey, although in fairness I had just claimed that Drew Carey was my dad (not worth explaining). Whatevs, I don't care to be pro. I made people dance more than they did and that's all I care about. I did a warm up set too because they eschewed playing until more people were there. I just want to enjoy the music so I was happy to spin for a few peeps who were stoked early in the night.

People enjoyed the e-40 wine although I personally would not touch the mangoscato at 18% alcohol. Fuck no!