With The Grain: Jalapeño De Mezcal and Thee Dang Dangs

It’s summer grab a beach bunny and hit the beach Moondoggie! 


First off we need a tasty beverage somthing that sizzles, the Jalapeño De Mezcal

Jalapeño De Mezcal

2 ounces of Crema De Mezcal
2 ounces of Ginger Cordial
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce of simple syrup
2 jalapeño wheels

For garnish
Smoked jalapeño
*Smoked jalapeño ginger orange sugar, for rim

1. Muddle jalapeño wheels. 2. Combine muddled jalapeño with Crema De Mezcal, Ginger Cordial, lime juice and simple syrup, shake and double strain over rocks. 3. Rim the glass with smoked jalapeño ginger orange sugar (see recipe below) and garnish with smoked jalapeño.

*Smoked jalapeño ginger orange sugar

1 pound of fresh ginger root
5 limes
2 cups of sugar

Directions for garnish
1. Juice 1 pound of fresh ginger root and boil it with the juice of 5 limes and 2 cups of sugar until all the sugar is dissolved. 2. Then take the ginger root left over from juicing and put it in the oven at low heat to dry it out. Constantly check it so it does not burn, but just becomes dry and crispy. 3. Extract the jalapeño seeds from a jalapeño and roast them in the oven on low heat until they are crisp. 4. Mix ginger root, sugar, and jalapeno seeds to taste and use either a food smoker or char a wood block and put all ingredients in a closed container to be smoked. 5. Finally grind the smoked ingredients in a food processor or spice grinder to get a powdery consistency.

Next we need some music Big Kahuna, some hip shakin’  ipso cripso Bikini Grindin’ beach dancin’ surf music….

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Thee Dang Dangs are a Denver, CO based Psych Surf Garage Rock band proving that surf is a state of mind not a place.

Fronted by Rebecca Williams with her reverb-heavy psychedelic sultry vocals conjures up an image of a reform school Gidget who’d think Moondoggie was a square man. Heavy hitting fuzzy surf guitar riffs, surf pounding beats this ain’t the twist daddy-o it’s the pile driver.



Rebecca Williams – Vocals/Guitar
Scott Gervais – Drums
Ray Koren – Guitar/ Keys
Matt Lane – Bass / Synth







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With The Grain: A chat with Lara Hope of Tiger Piss

tiger with glassThis month I grab the tiger by the tail and rock the stripes off.

The head is pure white, the beer itself is bright, clear gold; it’s a little darker than the straw yellow typical of beer’s like this.
The smell is a little husky, there’s a sticky, fruity aroma of apple juice with light grains against a little husk and dry bread with a hint of corn . Carbonation is pretty high, and crisp. Very refreshing, a good beer to drink at a tropical beach or with spicy food. Tiger Beer brewed by: Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd.

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Most people are busy working a few jobs in the current economic climate. This is especially true for recently graduated college students. For one SUNY New Paltz alumni, busyness is an afterthought. Lara Hope is more concerned with entertaining, while also helping people along the way.
Twenty-something Lara Hope,  a 2006 SUNY New Paltz graduate with a Bachelors in communications and media, now a Rosendale resident, is constantly on the move. Of all the things she does, perhaps it is her day job that is the least interesting. By day, Lara Hope is an entertainer at the Rocking Horse Ranch in New Paltz where she is known as Lara Hope-A-Long. But by night she is the front woman for four bands, the host of several different open-mic nights in the area, a children’s guitar instructor, the organizer of the Zombie festival in Rosendale, the music-booking agent for Cab’s in New Paltz, and can even be found on the pages of Ulster magazine. It’s a long list of responsibilities, but as Hope puts it, “I don’t like to be bored.”
One other thing that she does is probably the most important, and meaningful. A few years ago, after starring in the SUNY New Paltz production of The Vagina Monologues, Hope decided that she wanted to direct the play herself. It wasn’t long before the bar formerly known as The Basement in Kingston allowed her to stage her play in 2010. Two years later, in February, Hope was at it again, and this time it was for a another cause. In two consecutive weekends, Hope and her crew raised $5,700 for the Family of Woodstock Domestic Violence Services and Vagina Day.

Because of Hope’s great aversion to boredom, her other endeavors are equally as consuming. Her four bands, Tiger Piss, The Gold Hope Duo, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones and Lara Hope and the Champtones are beginning to receive a lot of attention. Tiger Piss, is her rock band that was started in New Paltz five years ago and has done 10 national tours. They have released three albums, which consist of two EP’s and one full-length record. The band members went into “hiding” for a few months, but are now gearing up for a tour with the Coney Island Rock ‘n Roll Show, which isn’t a band really, but as Lara put’s it, “they’re more of a troupe.”

Lara Hope and the Champtones are her pride and joy. Although the rockabilly band has only been in existence for half of the life of Tigriss, she refers to her experience with the Champtones as “the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.” She blames the sentiment on how well they have been received. Dressing up, making money and music videos help, too, but who can tell what is next for her? After being asked if she was only in two bands she responded, “maybe three or four in the next few minutes. I’m kind of serious about that.”

The Gold Hope Duo  Foot Percussion! Kazoos! Banjo! Guitar! Upright Bass! Fun! They bring you their unique brand of stripped down upbeat Rhythm & Blues, Country, Folk, Rockabilly, and a pinch of humor. In a joint effort between front-persons Lara Hope and Matt “The Knife” Goldpaugh, Lara strums the guitar while Matt slaps the Upright Bass or picks the 5 String Banjo. They share percussion duties with their fast feet and live by the motto “If you can’t do it, kazoo it!” Their powerful voices intertwine, harmonize and amaze.

Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones are The Hudson Valley’s premier Rockabilly/Rhythm N Blues/Rock N Roll outfit, an all-star cocktail of musical talent, driven by Lara Hope’s powerful and sultry vocals, Matt “The Knife” Goldpaugh (of the Arkhams)’s relentless upright bass slapping, Dave Tetreault’s undefeated drum stylings, the guitar heroics of Chris Heitzman, and co-starring the cheery attitudes of all of the above members. This fun-loving bunch packs the dance floor with reworkings of rockabilly and rhythm and blues classics and standards as well as their own original musical offerings, sure to please listeners of all ages and walks of life.

Tiger Piss since forming in 2007, Kingston, NY’s they have become an exemplary band to hold up for those seeking fun sing-a-long rock n’ roll that still matters. Bourne from from a true DIY asthetic, Tiger Piss has self promoted their way into many hearts over the course of ten national tours

Theater isn’t out of the picture just yet, either. In a few weeks Hope is bringing The Vagina Monologues to Oneonta for some more fundraising and entertainment. She also plans on putting on a production of Cry-Baby the musical in the next nine months to a year.
Whether she is singing on stage to fill the silence of an empty bar on open-mic night, or singing in front of a crowd of hundreds – Lara Hope is a performer at heart. It’s great to know that her passion can also provide thousands of dollars to community organizations that need it.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with founder and whirlwind Lara Hope about stuff and such.

Popa: Your bio reads like something most people would take a life time to accomplish, have you ever been able to be contained or were you born running?
Lara: To be honest, I feel like I was a bit of a slacker until about 4 years ago. Sure, I had a band since college, but it took a while for me to start to take the whole thing more seriously. “The whole thing” meaning my music, myself, my life….but never take anything TOO seriously!
Popa: Of your four bands naughty humor and fun plays some part in each, though Tiger Piss seems to take it up another notch do Danny Mark Asis and Rev. Kev egg you on to let loose? What is the process for the songs coming together on the new EP?
Lara: When Tiger Piss started it was almost 7 years ago. We had our first show booked before we even had a song written. It was for a cancer benefit and we only need to do a short set. My drummer Rev Kev came into our first practice and said we call ourselves “Tiger Piss”. The name stuck! It was Danny who suggested our first song be about his love of Pancakes, which turned into a song about eating pancakes to cure a hangover, and next came The Porn Store (both songs from our first EP “Ear To The Wall” from 2007). But really, we always just had a lot of fun together and the naughty humor just came naturally.
Popa: What’s the story on the name change from Tiger Piss to Tigeriss and recently back to Tiger Piss?
Lara: The easiest answer I usually give people is “we were a bunch of sellouts!”. A few years back we wanted to try to hit the radio market harder and we thought having “Piss” in our name would make it more difficult to get air play. If we knew two years ago when we know now, we probably never would’ve changed it. We didn’t want to stray too far from the original name so that people who have followed us over the years could still make the connection, but time and time again we were told to change it back to the Piss…and so we did.
Popa: The new EP Alcoholiday screams ‘turn me up to 11’ and your vocals are so powerful when you rock and roll, as of yet is only available at live shows, when can we expect it to hit the earholes of the world? When will you be on the road promoting it?
Lara: The only reason that’s it’s not available digitally yet is because I haven’t had the time to do it!! I’m on the road now with my other band The Gold hope Duo on an 8 week national tour, which pretty took up all of my time booking for the past few months! As soon as I get a little downtime, I plan to get it up on CD Baby, Amazon, ITunes, MOG, etc…hopefully by the end of the month!
Popa: So far the only genre I haven’t heard you tackle is soul, is there some Motown sounds in the future?
Lara: Wait until The new Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones record “Luck Maker” comes out in June…I think there’s some soul in there!
Popa: Ok now for the mandatory with the grain questions, you’re relaxing what’s your beverage of chose? Its last call what do you order?
Lara: It’s usually a whiskey on the rocks (Irish Whiskey or Bourbon) and whatever beer is dark and made locally!

Download Alcoholiday
Better Off Than Yesterday
El Bordello De Europa
My Friends Are STILL Better Than Yours
Wash It Away

With The Grain: Settin’ and Sippin’ with Cindy Emch of Rhubarb Whiskey

Whistle PigWhistle Pig 100-proof, straight rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years through a unique double-barrel process. WhistlePig was released in the summer of 2010 to great critical acclaim. WhistlePig embodies the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age — hitting “the sweet spot” in all three categories. In short: more rye, all the proof, and the perfect age.

cindy1I recently sat down with the talented Cindy Emch (Emchy) for some virtual sippin’ and convo.
Emchy is the affectionate nickname of accordion player and poet Cindy Emch. Emchy is a cat person who fervently loves her dog, a midwestern girl who is hella west coast after 15 years in the Bay Area, a punk rocker who loves country music and experimental jazz, and a walking bundle of contradictions. For day jobs she’s burnt beachside hot dogs, patrolled cemeteries, worked an old school phone switchboard, done accounting for a kinky leather shop, programmed films for one of the world’s biggest film festivals and worked for MTV and Yahoo!(among other things). Cindy’s writings have been been published in the Can I Sit With You project, LodeStar Quarterly, There Journal, Tough Girls 2: More Down and Dirty Dyke Erotica edited by Lori Selke, It’s So You: 35 Women on Fashion, Beauty and Personal Style edited by Michelle Tea, and numerous chapbooks. She also founded, hosted and curated San Francisco’s Queer Open Mic from 2004 – 2008.
She believes that art can create change in the world and that it’s not so hard to be nice to people. She also thinks that dirt smells like magic and gets lost in the woods on purpose

Popa: Besides Rhubarb Whiskey you are involved with many other projects, right off the bat let’s plug them and maybe make some news?
Cindy: Sure, I love talking about my projects *laugh*. There are five total. I guess I like to be busy! First would be Vagabondage,  which is a mixture of stompy drinking songs and beautiful soul shaking maladies with balkan and punk influences. I play accordion and do secondary vocals in that band. The press has said some really nice things about us, and those guys really make me laugh just all of the time. We’re releasing our fourth recording early in 2014. Next would be the Oakland Wine Drinkers Union, we call our music drinking songs for the proletariat. Just a trio on acoustic instruments having fun. We trade off who writes what and who plays what and make little love songs to our time with pals in Oakland. A newer project is a true Rhubarb Whiskey offshoot. Sizzle la Fey the Rhubarb fiddle player and I put together a project called Sinners Tonic . The sound is a bit like if Mazzy Star and Jane’s Addiction had a country band. We’ve got our EP recorded and are planning to release it early in 2014. Last would be my solo project, Emchy, I called in some favors and some of my favorite collaborators from Canada and the Bay Area and got a nice 5 track EP recorded. It’s called Feral, since I kind of went rogue on my other musical projects while I was working on it, and it’s very rootsy and (as usual) a bit dark. It’s in the mixing stages now, but it should be fully born in 2014 sometime.
Popa: What/who influenced you to pick up the accordion and strangle that unique Emchy sound out of it?
Cindy: Well it’s a funny thing. My mom played accordion when I was young and I used to sing along to her practicing. It’s part of where my love for old 1920’s music and culture came from I think. But also how I learned to follow pitch, read music, etc. She tried to teach me when I was seven, but man, accordions are big and heavy. I just wasn’t up for it yet. Fast forward a couple of decades and I was running an open mic. A friend emailed me in a panic, some musician friends of hers had their SF gig cancelled last minute and could I throw them on the bill for my show. I said sure, and so Yankee Sheila (a side project of the Dandelion Junk Queens) brought their musical saw / accordion magic to my stage. I was enchanted. I hadn’t heard music so magical and surprisingly fresh / honest / sincere in a long time. A few days later my friend Whitney asked her people to celebrate her birthday by joining her at the Monsters of Accordion show. Playing were Jason Webley, Mark Growden, Geoff Berner, and a few others. Again, I was blown away by the accordion itself, the sounds that these people were making with it, how powerful and passionate the music was. So that night I went home and blogged about it, mentioning that I wanted to learn how to play it. Within a day I had an offer of a free accordion and someone who wanted to start a band (that band became Vagabondage). From there it all just came from improvisation. Aside from a few weeks of lessons from the amazing Skyler Fell (Accordion Apolcalype / Hobo Gobbelins) I’m primarily self taught. The way you play it though – how the buttons are laid out, how to get the best sounds, it changes how you write music completely. For me it pulls me into the sad beauty of minor chords all of the time, even when the songs are about happy things.
Popa: Rhubarb’s songs come from some dark corners of bars and life, obviously the three of you couldn’t drink all the time and get anything accomplished, what is the creative process between you and your bandmates Sizzle La Fey and Boylamayka?
Cindy: Well with five bands I do tend to be in bars too often *laughs*. Primarily how it’s always worked is that I write some lyrics down and bring them to Boylamayka and we figure out how to extract the melody from my brain into instruments. From there we start to workshop the song as a trio and the arrangements are born. For us, mostly, you can assume that whoever is singing wrote the song. Boylamayka is also an accomplished horn player and ex-punk rock guitarist, so often his song drafts come to the band more fully formed and then sometimes I help massage words so the phrasing works, or in songs like Whiskey Neat, he just has a perfect piece of music and brings it to the table for us to learn and put our stamp on it. Covers are always hilarious for us though, because nothing ever stays in its normal key, and we’re always trying to figure out what to do to make it Rhubarby – aside from just turning it minor of course. It’s been really fun playing with harmonies, vocal gender roles, and things like that to really turn and bend the songs into something that sounds like ‘us.’
Popa: I’m a huge Greta Garbo fan, besides blues and folk you list German cabaret as an influence, that seems far removed from what others list as influences how did that come about?
Cindy: Well like I mentioned earlier, singing along with my mom’s old songbook with its 1920’s songs definitely turned my aesthetic in that direction. The other thing is that I’m a huge film buff, and for whatever reason films set and made in the 1920’s and 1930’s just capture my imagination. The height of decadence that was Weimar Berlin before the Nazi’s took over. The wildness of the American speakeasies. Perhaps some of it lies too in the sudden freedom women were taking for themselves by joining in the party without apologies, smoking, drinking, gambling, performing, and just embracing life outside of the uptight Victorian corsets of the generation before. I find it fascinating. And the music – it was gorgeous. How American blues and romani rhythms and the oomm pah pah of German drinking songs all started coming together to make this new hybrid of cabaret music. Oh it’s just so sensual and intoxicating to me, even to this day.
Popa: You’re a veteran of the SF Bay Area punk rock scene are you a SF native? I also wonder what you may have been like as a younger youngster, were you a rebellious hellcat?
Cindy: I’m not a native to SF. I’ve lived in the Bay area since 1995 and the first place I lived was a big punk rock house in Berkeley with about 10 other people. One of whom was actually Boylamayka though he was in his punk band Subincision at the time. As a youngster I was… a bit of a hellion. Primarily I was a political agitator I would say with rowdy musical leanings. I was also a competitive dancer and (still am) a poet. So I was always keeping up with things academically while raising as much hell as I could. Let’s say I was the friend who helped make sure we all got away with it and got home alive.
Popa: Ok some whiskey questions, this is a with the grain series.
A. What’s your favorite whiskey?
Cindy: Whistle Pig is my favorite if my wallet is fat. Otherwise I go with Old Overholt Rye or Bulleit Rye.
B. Sipping or slugging?
Cindy: Always sipping. Preferably with one rock.
C. What bartender has the fattest three fingers? (without getting them into trouble)
Cindy: Dave at Broken Record in San Francisco, Everyone at Honor Bar in Emeryville, Amber at Lucky 13 in Alameda, and the very nice gentleman with the tattooed face at Eli’s in Oakland.
D. It’s last call what do you order?
Cindy: Ha! If I’m driving I get tonic water. If not, it’s a rye on the rocks every time. Gotta go out with a bang!

Same Sad Day is an album of dichotomies. It is the glint of a switchblade held to your throat; it is the friend whose flask is always full and whose shoulder is always there to cry on. It puts new spins on old songs, and makes new songs sound timeless. From the sad and beautiful title track, Same Sad End (with guest vocals by Carolyn Mark) to the rowdiest, most foot-stompin’ version of St. James Infirmary Blues you ever heard, this album has it all – dark, sexy killing songs (Gravedigger), boozy ballads (Mendocino), off-kilter anthems to drinking with pals (Bottles), blues-grass with a danceable groove (Knock ‘Em Down), and country weepers (My Rifle, My Pony, and Me; Ella). It will break your heart and heal it all over again – and you’ll love every minute of it.
Released 23 January 2013
Conceived of, written, and performed by Emchy, Boylamayka Sazerac, and Sizzle La Fey.

groupEmchy: accordion, vocals
Boylamayka Sazerac: guitar, mandolin, upright bass, vocals
Sizzle La Fey: violin, mandolin, banjo, piano
Special Guests:
Carolyn Mark: backing vocals
Lulu Darling: backing vocals
Whitney Moses: backing vocals

With The Grain: Spiced Eggnog & The Yawpers

SONY DSCSpiced Eggnog:
From: Brittini Rae, of Goldie’s Bar
Serves: 25-30

12 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1 quart milk
2 cups spiced bourbon (see recipe below)
1 cup Jamaican rum (Brittini Rae likes Blackwell)
1 quart heavy cream, whipped
1 cup Nestle Carnation malted milk
Just under a tablespoon of vanilla extract (or 2.65 teaspoons)
About 10 dashes Miracle Mile chocolate chili bitters


1. Blend the milk, malted milk, and vanilla extract together until smooth.
2. In a separate bowl beat egg yolks slightly, adding sugar, a little at a time, and continue beating until smooth. Pour in the malted milk, bourbon, and rum.
3. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until they stand in peaks. Fold egg whites and whipped cream into yolk mixture, gently but thoroughly. Add about 10 dashes of Miracle Mile chocolate chili bitters, then refrigerate.
4. Serve cold, shaving nutmeg on top and then “burn” the shavings using a butane lighter (normally for about 5 – 7 seconds).

Spiced bourbon:
(1) 750 ml bottle of good bourbon of your choice (like Buffalo Trace or Hirsch Select)
5 Gala apples, quartered
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon whole allspice
1 pinch cloves


 1. Place all ingredients in a glass container with the bourbon and let sit for a minimum of 24 hours at room temperature.

2. Strain out the apples and spices; store in a clean bottle.



The Yawpers are a stripped down, brazen rock and roll band from Colorado, accompanied by overdriven acoustic guitars and a trap kit. Inspired by Whitman’s promise to “sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world,” the Yawpers have created a sound that is equal parts frenetic, earnest, and menacing, all while bringing together disparate pieces of the American musical lexicon.
Though less than two years old, the Yawpers have played over 200 shows on both coasts, and everywhere in between, dropped one of the best albums of 2012, their debut LP “Capon Crusade” an expansive and diverse blending rock/blues riffs, country twang with punkitude and have played with: the Heartless Bastards, the Black Angels, Cracker, the Nadas, the Supersuckers, Quiet Corral, the Delta Spirit, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, the Stone Foxes, Joe Buck and many others.
What the lads may have entered into as a lark, in October they recorded in one day at the studio in Bill Douglass/Royal Recording Colorado Springs “Good Songs/Shitty Versions” is a covers album as only The Yawpers can do, rough, loose, let the shit hit the fan and see what sticks. What sticks is every song on this great covers album. It isn’t easy doing covers unless you completely own the songs and make them your own, The Yawpers do just that in their brazen style.

They twang up ‘Sweet Emotion.mp3’ with a Rock a Billy middle finger to “The Bad Boys from Boston”

The King gets punked and capowned as the lads tighten and hoist their tighty whiteys for background vocals on ‘Suspicious Minds.mp3

Slowing it down as Ween pleas on, ‘Booze Me Up and Get Me High’ The Yawpers demand ‘Booze Me Up and Get Me High.mp3

Yakety Yak.mp3 (The Coasters) gets blasted to high heaven and falls back down to earth in glorious pieces of debris.

Can you cover yourself? The Yawpers take their song ‘Silicone Love.mp3’ speed it up, surf it up and add a punk a billy attitude to it.

Ripping through Ace of Spades.mp3 (Motorhead) like meth head maniacs, guitars ablaze and drums pounding at the gates of hell leaving Lemmy scratching his head and asking ‘What the fuck just happened?’

From it’s very first song The Yawpers 2012 debut LP, “Capon Crusade”. makes it clear it is going to kick your ass and not ask you for your name. The guitar work is expansive and diverse blending rock/blues riffs, country twang with punkitude. The bottom end is speaker rattilin’ pound the steering wheel and hit the gas good. Nate’s vocals have a very unique style yet he seems to channel everyone from Bob Dylan to Iggy Pop. Having only been together for a year these Colorado lads in my opinion have created a piece of art, a sculpture of sounds and styles that offer something new and exciting from every angle.

Sample it:

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With The Grain: Rooster Red Lager / The Imperial Rooster

roosterredBank Beer Company’s Rooster Red Lager is crafted with the finest ingredients. Using North Dakota Barley, Carpils and 2 Row Carmel Malt and finished with flecks of wheat give Rooster lager full body, a hint of nuttiness, and great amber color that leaves a crisp refreshing taste. The pleasant maltiness is balanced by the subtle sweetness and mild bitterness. The mild hoppy flavor is supplied by the light fruity fuggles hops and finished with tettnang hops that give it a smooth finish with a touch of spice. It is a great beer that is refreshing and solid in craftsmanship. Rooster lager pours out a very hazy amber/orange/bronzeish color with a thin wispy head leaving little lace. Lots of caramel, toffee and cocoa in the nose…smells inviting. The taste is crisp and semi-sweet conglomeration of caramel malts with a wheaty citric twist. sort of fruity and with more toffee and choco notes all riding a crisp, if not delicate, mouthfeel.


Members: Cootie LeRoux, Nat King Kong, Tennessee Skilly McGee, Khorn Syrup, Lulu Lotus Cornblossom, Dusty Vinyl

Hailing from Santa Fe, The Imperial Rooster is one of the most unique bands you’ll ever hear; they’re rough, raw and march to their own drum, whimsical but poignant lyrics and a style all their own, part traveling minstrel show, part vaudevillian and part anarchistic tent revival, they are porch pontificators spreading the message of what they call gonzo roots to all who with listen and you should listen. Prolific musicians they have put out six releases since 2010 each one a raucous rowdy reverie. As the say in their anthem, ‘Anything Goes At A Rooster Show”

Cluckaphony released 29 March 2013
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Bill “The Hitman” Palmer at Frogville Studios, Santa Fe, NM
Cover artwork by Tennessee Skilly McGee

Couch By Couchwest 2013 Playlist

With The Grain: Uncle Leon and the Alibis/Pabst Blue Ribbon

makemineapabst I ain’t drunk I’m just drinking, so let’s get right down to what this ‘With The Grain’ series is all about, excessive guzzling  and kick arse music! This month’s beer is Pabst Blue Ribbon, lots of it!

Uncle Leon and the Alibis are a raunchous rabble rousing, saw dust kickin’ beer muscle flexing, table top dancing, boot stompin’ Hell raising ensemble of NYC denizens that pack moreUncle_Leon_and_the_Alibis_photo punch into their music than a troop of boxing kangaroos.  Their latest album ‘Wild Ways’ is available for only 5 buckaroos! In March they put out a casting call for the city’s wildest, most freak-tastic  inhabitants to be in their video for Wild Ways, the results of are on magnificent display in the video below.

Their Couch By Couchwest submission of ‘Beer Train’ created a variety of twitter memes and made more stops for straphangers than the entire MTA on New Years Eve!


Hold On
Cold Dark Night
All My Crazy Friends Got Old and Lame
Loving a Cowboy
Fuck the World
The Cheatin’ Kind
Don’t Blame This Guitar
It Ain’t That Easy
Wild Ways
Whiskey and Weed and Big-Titted Women

With The Grain> Wood Chuck Cider/Jonathan Warren & The Billy Goats

Wood Chuck Barrel SelectImage
Wander out on the porch in the early morning hours, yes morning this is a cider. Stretch yer toes out to catch the rising sun, light up the corncob with some of Kentucky’s finest homegrown, stick some Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats in yer ears and you’ll soon be doing splinter dodging dances and foot stompin’
This ultra-limited cider manages to combine the sweet and crisp taste of apple cider with smoky and dry flavors of Kentucky Bourbon. Woodchuck Cider is awesome, Kentucky Bourbon is awesome.
Style: Cider, Barrel Aged
Availability: 12oz/6pks
6.9% ABV


ImageLugging the sound of Appalachian around like a travel worn tattered old suitcase plastered with travel stickers, containing the basic necessities a traveler needs to keep their roots close, and ample space for things collected through weary wanderings, Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats build on those roots of mountain music with a cross section of influences for a sound they rightly call “progressive psychobilly folk grass” with a bit of Gypsy and Vaudevillian styling’s, you know my dear readers this gets right in my Boxcar for the long haul.
Now Boise, Idaho-based Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats released ‘A Little Something Stronger Than Wine’ (Amazon) in 2011, and have a new album ‘On This Very Evening’ dropping October 15th
The songs on the new release ‘On This Very Evening’ sound timeless, and Jonathan Warren and The Billy Goats would be just as relevant at a 60’s Folk Festival as they would today. From start to end the album is a rip roaring foot stomper, and one of my favorite releases of 2013.
Track List: Image

1 Greyhound
2 I’d Rather
3 Rules Bending
4 Angeline
5 Handshake
6 Quite Clearly
7 Living Room
8 On This Very Evening
9 She Gets The Blues
10 Coin Toss
11 On The Hill
12 Partly Cloudy
13 Honey Dear


Coin Toss

The Billy Goats perform “Strangetown” for CXCW (Couch by Couchwest) on a couch in Austin, TX.


Tour Dates:
9.25 – High West Distillery – Park City, UT
9.26 – Gracie’s – Salt Lake City, UT
9.27 – Yucca Tap Room w/ Some Dark Hollow – Tempe, AZ
9.28 – The Raven – Prescott, AZ
10.2 – LVCS w/ Ha Ha Tonka – Las Vegas, NV
10.4 – George’s Restaurant – St. George, UT
10.5 – Piper down pub – Salt Lake City, UT
10.15 – 10 Depot – La Grande, OR
10.16 – Emerald of Siam – Richland, WA
10.17 – Johns Alley – Moscow, ID
10.18 – The Top Hat – Missoula, MT
10.19 – Jones Radiator w/ Tyler Aker – Spokane, WA
10.20 – Next Door Gastropub – Port Angeles, WA
10.22 – The High Dive w/ Origami Ghosts – Seattle, WA
10.23 – Goodfoot w/ Kory Quinn – Portland, OR
10.24 – Sam Bond’s Garage w/ Hillstomp – Eugene, OR
10.25 – Silver Moon – Bend, OR
10.26 – Club 66 w/ Ponderosa Breeze – Ashland, OR
10.27 – Parade Grounds of Fort Barry – San Francisco, CA
10.28 – Amnesia w/ The Earl Brothers – San Francisco, CA
10.30 – The Torch Club – Sacramento, CA
11.1 – Plough & Stars – San Francisco, CA
11.2 – The Crepe Place w/ Windy Hill – Santa Cruz, CA
11.3 – The Starry Plough – Berkeley, CA
11.5 – The Mucky Duck – Monterey, CA
11.6 – Frog & Peach – San Luis Obispo, CA
11.7 – Muddy Waters – Santa Barbara, CA
11.8 – The Standard w/ Hoist The Colors – El Segundo, CA
11.9 – The Tin Can – San Diego, CA

With The Grain – Joe Kille’s Arkadelphia & Holy Moses Ale

Holy Moses White Ale, a 5.4% ABV Witbier from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Holy_Moses_White_Ale
A small off white head of merengue sticks around for a while then recedes to a lasting soapy collar. Pale hazy golden, full bodied from the wheat but not overly sweet, crisp and refreshing with herbal and spicy notes, finishes with a sweet lingering taste.

I imagine Joe Kille as a wizened man with holes in the soles of his shoes, rolling along with his fiddle on his back setting in anywhere there’s a stool and a jam going on. Arkadelphia is a wandering soul’s album, the songs harken to the joys and sorrows of the journey, with a skip in your step on the road less traveled, aimless but persistent in going forward.

He is a proficient multi-instrumentalist on fiddle, lap steel, banjo, guitar from the Philadelphia area and has sat in with Morning River Band and The Miners as well as Soft Gut, Wes Mattheu & The New Way Down, and Sonya Cotton to name a few. He is also playing and recording with The Broken Prayers and Los Culeros. You can get your copy of Arkadelphia by contacting Joe at arkadelphia.music@gmail.com available digitally and on vinyl.

01 – I’m So Desperate MamaArkadelphia Cover (2)
02 – North of No South
03 – Poor Old Moses
04 – Atlantic Moon (Roll Along)
05 – I’m Walking- Up, Jump, Go
06 – Blood In My Heart
07 – Lost At Sea
08 – Blues Ain’t Nothing but a Mocki
09 – Horseflies
10 – Dry Land

Stream Arkadelphia below or view the entire album as a video playlist here.

With The Grain: Maynard and the Musties & Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada, Rhizing Bines

Rhizing Bines

With The Grain: Maynard and the Musties & Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada, Rhizing Bines

Though unique and different we are bound together by the asphalt ribbons and iron rails that crisscross the heartland. An East-meets-West Imperial IPA called Rhizing Bines, clocks in at 8% ABV and 70 IBUs, it pours a clear golden color with an off-white head that clings to the glass before it cascades down leaving a roadmap on the glass. Full of subtle earthy aromas of wheat, rye, ripened fruit and wildflowers, it coats the mouth with a light fabric of caramel and honey and perfect carbonation.

joe3Joe Maynard resides in Brooklyn where when not dealing in rare books he makes music with the east coast version of his band the Musties, he also has a west coast version located in Orcas Island, Washington.

The follow up to the Brooklyn Musties 2012 ‘Cheap Cigar’ album is the debut EP of ‘West’ recorded at Bruce Harvie’s Olgabowl Studio, Orcas Island, WA with Joe Maynard – vocals, guitar, Bruce Harvie – lead guitar, lap steel, mandolin, Melody Funk – bass, background vocals, and Andrew Moore – Drums, tambourine. Originally from Nashville, Maynard got his start playing snide, funny-as-hell country songs inspired by the classics he grew up with, but in recent years he’s explored an Americana-flavored rock.

The four song EP kicks off with the western swinging Big News, I’m Cryin’ with some killer slide guitar by Bruce Harvie and Joe and Melody provide a delightful countrified duet. Tin of Tea and The Killer Inside Me delve a bit into the darker side, the murder ballad Tin of Tea about a woman who may or may not have killed her man with some Lou Reedish vocals, The Killer Inside Me has an haunting echoing vocal with a killer wailing slide guitar solo from Harvie. The last track an acoustic, Love, My Love features Harvie on mandolin and Joe crooning a beautiful love song. Available on Bandcamp as a name-your-price download.

Brooklyn’s Maynard and the Musties –  Couch By Couchwest submission –  Pine Box

With the Grain: Play With Your Toys and Monkey Too

Our music and beer pairing segment, “With the Grain,” is back! Today, David, who runs Popa’s Tunes music blog as well as the food blog Beer and Groping in America (featuring recipes using my favorite condiment, Lusty Monk Mustard) is sharing his first pairing, so read on and drink responsibly.


The sun melts beyond a distant shore as golden fingers weave their way on the forest floor, touching nooks and crannies for one last time. Droplets gather in pools of mead after they’ve languished long on nuts and fruits. Upon first encounter you are hit with boldbrashness, playful intimacy and profoundly satisfying mixture of old world and new world styling’s tempered by a sparkling approach.

Exotic spices from the East round out this global journey to joy. Get on board. This Monkey’s bound for glory! Strong and sensual, this golden Belgian-style ale glows with goodness.


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