Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

The B-Daddy Channel

This week were going with obscure eurotrash lounge music from the 60s and 70s. Why? Because we can. Here is Jacques Dutronc performing his hit Le Responsable.

There is another great version here, with live dancing, but can't be embedded.

And some more French pop, just because:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beer Review - Alesmith Anvil ESB

Today's beer review is one of my favorite beers, that I continue to savor with a variety of meaty dishes. As you can see from the picture, I am talking about Alesmith's Anvil ESB. For the uninitiated, ESB means extra special bitter, from the days in England when most beers tended to be sweeter stouts and porters. An ESB was a lighter beer with light carbonation, and certainly more bitter than a stout. By today's California standards for IBUs, an ESB is not especially bitter.

Alesmith's entry into this category is its flagship beer
. It has a nice dark copper tone, with a bit of head and not too much carbonation. It has a very nice nutty taste that always tempts me to drink it too quickly. I like to drink this ale out of a pint dimple mug, the traditional English drinking glass for bitters. Even tough it is a bitter, my palette has become so used to west coast IPAs that I find this to be a little sweet, mainly due to its maltiness. (Kids, that's probably not a word.) However, I would also say that this entry has more hops than its English cousins. For me, that makes the almost perfect beer, sweet, malty but with just enough bite from the hops.

Available, at Keil's and your fine local liquor stores.

Cross posted from Tiger Lily's Island.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The B-Daddy Channel

Over at The Liberator Today I commented on The Big Chill and the transition of the Baby Boomers from college protesters to capitalist consumers of the finer material things our society has to offer. Today's video has some of those elements. Bowie who wrote and performed the song that created the Major Tom character, was and still is popular among the hipsters. But the Shiny Toy Guns have breathed new life into this classic, even as it used to hawk Cadillacs, which the boomers parents were enamored of, but the boomers not so much. I am including the original version by Peter Schilling because we love to compare the covers.