Mule Chatter

Dharma Christian
[ 02/14/2012 - 18:22 | Best Beers/Songs 2011 ]
on the trail of some bourbon barrel aged infused beer? Hard to find in a pinch, but if you travel widely, always seek it out. For ex. Sun King rules in downtown Indy, but also I know of barrel-aging operations in Denver, Chicago, and even in Beantown. I heard tell that a Allagash Black BB-aged selection is on tap at the Sunset Grill in Allston. They're gonna be found only on tap in 99% of cases (I've never seen one bottled with the same effect and freshness). Happy hunting
Philip Francis
[ 02/13/2012 - 18:01 | Taking the Edge Off ]
Brian Sousa
[ 02/07/2012 - 16:16 | Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes ]
Such a great tune, and great live band!
'Seven Tweets From the Rapture' is just right. Occupation: Dreamland is also fantastic. Loving this stuff. Thanks for sharing.
Philip Francis
[ 02/03/2012 - 03:21 | You Know My Body ]
ole Leonard "in a suit" makes a bid for inclusion too. 'Old Ideas' has stunners.
Brian Sousa
[ 02/02/2012 - 17:44 | Best Beers/Songs 2011 ]
...and BBJ!!? Sounds unreal. I love bourbon. Where can I get this brew?
Dharma Christian
[ 02/01/2012 - 16:39 | You Know My Body ]
I'll be adding a lyric about him to an old song I wrote long in the past: Mr. I.M. Pei... Has never (fill in the blank) But I have! ps, I would add Paul Simon and Paul McCartney to the list of old guys that still produce new concepts and albums (symphonic in their cases).
Brian Sousa
[ 02/01/2012 - 16:35 | You Know My Body ]
I agree with the Stones being, somewhat, caricatures of themselves, but I'd still pay to see Neil Young any day. What's better than playing music and making people happy? They can give to charity when they're not on tour.
Nate Gowtham
[ 02/01/2012 - 16:00 | You Know My Body ]
or rather "look into Neil Young more"
Nate Gowtham
[ 02/01/2012 - 15:57 | You Know My Body ]
great piece Señor Francois Matty, look into Neil Young ,ore - he does some pretty rad things with his money these days
Matthew Patrei
[ 02/01/2012 - 04:02 | You Know My Body ]
great piece. love it! covers so many different aspects of the issue. i'll quote my mom on Mick Jaggar: "Oh, please. He's my age and he's still acting like a teenager." going with the soul-as-the-body metaphor, that's an arthritic, wrinkled soul. shouldn't these old dudes be doing philanthropy, NGO stuff by now? makes me wonder about late-in-life responsibility. call me old school, but i think neil young and mick jaggar could be doing better things with their fame and their heeps of money...
Philip Francis
[ 01/30/2012 - 20:01 | Benji Hughes and Floating Action Live ]
but not until you put that shirt back on.
Your summary makes me want to both read this book and not read this book. Though I'm leaning towards just going ahead and reading it, but with tempered expectations...
Nathaniel Gaede
I loved this book. It held an impressive number of truly transcendent moments where Egan is able to artfully capture in writing human emotions, motivations, and subconscious decisions not often put into words, and even more seldom put into words as accurately and poignantly as she is able. It stands out as one of the best written books I have read in years with some of the most unforgettable moments. My wife called it the literary equivalent of the movie Crash, which I think pretty much nails it (well, unless you didn’t like Crash…). That said, I thought the end was disappointing. The book ends oddly and in my view is unsatisfying both in where it leaves the characters and in its lack of a worthy message. After vividly plumbing the depths of her characters psyches, Egan leave the reader feeling like they were unceremoniously dumped out of a car mid journey. It was as if Shawshank Redemption had ended after Andy gets out of solitary confinement. Sure, the scenes with the beers on the tarred rooftop and the opera over the prison PA system were majestic and the characters memorable, but the work is unfinished, and decidedly lacking in redemption. This was, of course inevitable, since the premise “time is a goon” is such a limp philosophical offering. We should have known we were heading nowhere satisfying. But if we had arrived at something more worthy, in my view it would have made a very good book great.
Brian Sousa
[ 01/24/2012 - 17:48 | The Few of Movies 2011 ]
I'm dying to see Tree of Life. Melancholia looks rad too.
Chris Madin
[ 01/23/2012 - 18:29 | The Few of Movies 2011 ]
I watched it twice in 24 hours (I almost never watch movies more than once, even ones that I love). It could have been a really confusing film, but instead of trying to “figure it out” I committed to just watching it and allowing myself to feel whatever the imagery conjured up. A lot of it didn't read as a clear (ham-fisted) metaphor – which I think is why it was so powerful. It wasn’t like, “oh, when this happened it was a metaphor for this.” But I could certainly tell you what feelings were invoked by the scenes. What did the two dinosaurs or the volcano have to do with the three brothers? No idea, but I can tell you that they invoked a consistent set of emotions. The film made sense the way a Jayhawks song makes sense - you have no idea what they're talking about, but you know what they mean. You feel what you're supposed to feel. Which, in this case, was melancholy, inspired, nostalgic, hopeful, sad, graceful, blessed, etc.
Dharma Christian
[ 01/23/2012 - 17:59 | Best Beers/Songs 2011 ]
It's great to know that someone out there is into experimenting with the recommended pairings. Ticking them off the ol' list, eh Philip? I hope you can indeed find a New Glarus Rasberry Tart bottle or 6 in the Boston area. Just a few blocks north of Inman Square I know there's a beer and wine store there with admirable collections of out of state rarities. Best o' luck!
Philip Francis
[ 01/22/2012 - 01:21 | Best Beers/Songs 2011 ]
My Waits/Schwartzbier pairing made for a perfect evening. Now, I'm on to Bon Iver with the Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Co., Wis. I'll let you know how it goes. Its snowing. A bon iver--good Winter--to one and all.
Brian Sousa
[ 01/21/2012 - 16:05 | Essential Yule For the Existential Mule ]
Matthew Patrei
[ 01/20/2012 - 16:18 | Best Beers/Songs 2011 ]
the lyrical content is often fruity. LOL
Brian Sousa
[ 01/19/2012 - 22:54 | Essential Yule For the Existential Mule ]
Awesome! I dig those guys. I need to listen to them more...thanks Beth!
Beth Hansen
[ 01/19/2012 - 20:40 | Essential Yule For the Existential Mule ]
For Dr. Dog... coming out on Feb. 7th, Rolling Stone Magazine reports. I'm gonna check out their winter tour, of course, and bring my older brother, Beck. The album is titled "Be the Void" and a single is "That Old Black Hole" - does that give anyone else an empty feeling inside? Get filled up with Dr. Dog!
Dharma Christian
[ 01/19/2012 - 20:05 | Best Beers/Songs 2011 ]
With a little help from my friends... special guest spots at A Beer, A Song are coming for next month and we'll get this monkey of year 2011 and all its accolades off of our collective backs!
He plays his guitar, I play along - song after song after song after song Now that I've played with the likes of him, ain't never gonna settle for less, my friend! - Dan Bern
Dharma Christian
[ 01/19/2012 - 20:01 | Essential Yule For the Existential Mule ]
I had 2001's Viva Nueva and once upon a time "Rooms by the Hour" - both really killer. Good to hear from the Maine boys that they're still around. Live shows: outdoors at the Rockland Lobster Fest headliners, and down on Landsdown St. Bill's Bar - a very Maine crowd assembled at Bill's Bar (does that still exist?) and I somehow brought in the charge, a 16 year old Beverly teen whom I was mentoring. He said it was the best time ever in his life. The group has seemed to split several times and take their solo projects to deadend directions; imo. they're best off together!