Aug 29, 2014

Smashin' Radio Transistors for August 28th 2014

     Three big hours of listening fun from last night. The station's temporary did us fine over the summer but with the sound of an old timey air conditioner rumbling in the background and a cider block/high ceiling room who's sound would be more conducive to recording some lo-fi rockabilly record  it will be nice to be back in our old studio soon. Give a listen to the whole thing here.

Aug 21, 2014

Smashin' Radio Transistors for August 21st 2014

      The upgrades at Ye Ol' 'SGR are still in the budget approval stages so we still have to improvise if people want to hear them outside of our twenty mile broadcast range. After my last gadget bit the dust from A LOT of use the past gob of years I've been looking for a solution to share my shows for those who wanna give them a listen. The latest way needs a few bugs worked out but here's the show from tonight with some radio static included to, y'know, keep it real, man.

Aug 10, 2014

Odd Side Ale's Lucid Dreams Red Wine Barrel Aged Dubbel Ale

     In business for the last four years (and bottling a variety of their liquids for about the past two) Grand Haven's Odd Side Ales has become one of the fastest growing breweries in the state of Michigan. With the amount of beermakers there are in the Mitten now (and, it seems, a new one opening up every week) and, that Odd Side's distribution is currently kept only within state lines, they must be doing something right.
     Aged in red wine barrels, this Dubbel style ale pours a hazy firebrick red in color with a two finger fizzy, bubbly head that melts into consistent ring that hangs through the rest of it's session. The smell of fermented grapes are obvious when giving it whiff followed by currants, a dash of black pepper, some toast, vanilla and a slight nudge of oak.
     Buttery and candied malts that are common in the Dubbel style come out in the front and back of the initial sip. What those flavors surround though, such as tart cherries, a medium tannic that is found in a lot of Merlot's along with a dash of tobacco and some light pepper notes, give this creamy but quite lively to the feel brew a curveball of complexities that makes it individual and unique. The barrel aged factor of it is somewhat muted all the way through save for the when it drifts it way in at the finish amongst a blend of farmhouse ale funkiness, red wine astringents and Dubbel sweet notes in the finish.
     If you know of someone who claims to be just a wine drinker that has a tendency to turn it's nose up to beer of any kind this may be the kind of thing that changes their mind and open them up to the many different offerings, ideas and interesting things the brewmasters of this country (and especially this state) are up. It's ain't no soda pop tasting wine cooler (or whatever those bright colored "malt beverages are suppose to be.) It also goes well equally with something to sip after doing yard work or a quiet fancy dinner with the sweetheart of your choice.
www.oddsideales.com

Aug 8, 2014

Gwen Owens "Just Say You're Wanted (And Needed)"


    
     I was doing a little research on something totally unrelated and learned that the label this Gwen Owens single was released, Velgo, was owned by a friend of my family. This record here was a 14 year old Gwen’s follow up to her ‘67 Detroit hit “I Lost A Good Thing” (which was also on the Velgo label.)
     Not many heard this record because the pressing plant screwed up most of the copies during manufacturing making it play all warped. Most copies didn’t even make it out to stores and what was in the warehouse went to the trash.
     The family friend has been dead for some years now. Every once in awhile he would talk about his music biz days but it was mostly stories of the biggest star he worked with, Jack Scott.
     Gwen Owens had a national top 40 soul hit in 1969 with “Keep on Living.”