Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Day In His Court

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Lakefront Brewery Fuel Cafe


Wisconsin is considered by most to be one of the best states if you love craft beer. Living in the Southeast (Arlington, VA is still technically the Southeast, right?), I don’t get much opportunity to sample Wisconsin’s craft beer offerings. However, one craft brewery from The Badger State distributes to the area – Lakefront Brewery. But, I didn’t acquire Lakefront Brewery's Fuel Café, which is the beer I’m currently reviewing, here in Arlington. My brother, who lives in Wisconsin, gave me, for Christmas, twelve of his favorite beers brewed in Wisconsin, and he included two bottles of the Fuel Café. Not only am I thankful for those twelve beers, and, specifically the two bottles of Fuel Café; I’m thankful that the excellent coffee stout from Lakefront Brewery is available at a store down the road from my apartment; well, it’s purported to be there[1].

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Favorite Albums of 2014


For 2013, I ranked over twenty albums for my “FavoriteAlbums of the Year” list. This year, fortunately for you readers, I listened to far less new music than I did in 2013 - which may seem odd since I began writing for Bearded Gentleman Music this past year; I didn’t even have to pay for new music this year[1]. But, considering that the final eight months of the year, in terms of my music writing, were mainly consumed by the research and writing of the Pop Presidents series, I think that I did fairly well. Over the course of this last year, I have engaged with almost thirty albums released during 2014[2].  With this list, I rank my ten favorite albums released during 2014.

A few notes – keep in mind that these are my favorite albums. Although I believe that they are all excellent albums, I’m not claiming that they are the best[3]. Using the comment section, please let me know about the albums that I’ve missed. I love discovering new music. Finally, I will be linking to the reviews that I wrote for the albums in case you’re interested in reading my “official, professional” opinion (I didn’t write a review for all of them). Oh, one last thing, my five favorite albums of 2014 would probably beat out my favorite album for each of the last five years, at least. 2014 was an excellent year for music!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Pop Presidents: Clinton




One of the things that should prompt a thankful pride in all Americans is how our country’s presidents so often and so willingly reach for the hot handle of responsibility. In fact, a famous president once said, “The buck stops here.” This series, “The Pop Presidents,” seeks to honor an aspect of the last eleven president’s responsibilities that is often overlooked – presiding over the growth of pop music, specifically the genre known as Rock and Roll. Over the course of the first eleven articles, the ten best albums released under each of the eleven administrations’ oversight will be briefly discussed. In the final article of the series, the eleven presidents will be ranked based on the music released during their time in the Oval Office.

Catch up with the series: Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush (I).

From the onset, Bill Clinton, saxophone in hand, made it clear that music was going to play an integral role in his White House. Answering questions on MTV about his past weed use and his underwear preference, basically being the musical guest on an Arsenio Hall Show appearance, and partying with musicians like Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, and Michael Bolton, Clinton charged into the Oval Office like Robert Plant looking for groupies after a concert in Seattle.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cinema Purgatorio




Chris and Emily White, the husband and wife team behind Cinema Purgatorio, are my friends. They’ve drank so much of my alcohol that they qualify as really good friends. In fact, Chris and I are just a couple of shots away from being bff’s. But, dear readers, don’t let my relationship with the filmmakers cause you to doubt my impartiality as a film critic. Besides, and as long as I’m being totally honest, I clicked “play” on Cinema Purgatorio with the hopes that I would hate the film. You see, I’m also an actor, and my filmmaker friends didn’t cast me in their movie. Because of my hurt feelings, I was rooting against the movie. So, I settled in with a big salty bucket of self-righteous indignation and a super-sized cup of gleeful critic’s contempt, and prepared to take copious notes in order to better craft my final evisceration. Well, surprise of all surprises, I enjoyed the film; so much so, in fact, that I forgive Chris and Emily for not casting me, even though they have yet to offer an apology.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Chucktown Follicle Brown


When a beer is made to commemorate a beard and mustache competition; and when that beer is named by the beard and mustache society hosting that competition; well, expectations for the beer should be high. While pouring the Chucktown Follicle Brown from Holy City Brewing, my expectations were definitely high[1]. In fact, I was so looking forward to drinking the damn thing that I almost skipped reviewing it all together. But, having bought a six-pack, I knew that I could write a review and still have five beers left over to enjoy at leisure and without thought.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Pop Presidents: Bush (I)


One of the things that should prompt a thankful pride in all Americans is how our country’s presidents so often and so willingly reach for the hot handle of responsibility. In fact, a famous president once said, “The buck stops here.” This series, “The Pop Presidents,” seeks to honor an aspect of the last eleven president’s responsibilities that is often overlooked – presiding over the growth of pop music, specifically the genre known as Rock and Roll. Over the course of the first eleven articles, the ten best albums released under each of the eleven administrations’ oversight will be briefly discussed. In the final article of the series, the eleven presidents will be ranked based on the music released during their time in the Oval Office.

Catch up with the series: Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan.

When George Herbert Walker Bush took the oath of office on January 20, 1989, Soviet style communism was on its last legs and the Berlin Wall was about to come down; America was on the verge of winning the Cold War. Domestically, however, President Bush faced uphill battles with a rising deficit, climbing unemployment rate, and a contentious Congress. With his own party members in Congress turning on him, President Bush realized that solving domestic problems would require the efforts of the citizenry, and, so, his famed “thousand points of light” was birthed. Average men and women gladly pitched in as volunteers, but the segment of the population that could be counted on the most to tackle head on the problems of society were the musicians.