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Fin De Semana! 12-19-14

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Back when West Texas was under the sea. My home turf is ringed by ancient coral reefs.

Jerry Jeff Walker, the larger than life figure who forms a thread that binds generations of Texans. How a New York folkie became a Texas icon is a story I’d really like to see the Coen Brothers tell sometime.

The politics behind a Ralph Lauren ad. The ad has since been taken down, and the company has apologized.

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Listening To

Speaking of Jerry Jeff, here’s a song of his I don’t think gets enough credit for being awesome. Something about the melody just stays with me and the image of a wheel spinning futilely in the air haunts me.

What I’m Drinking

Big Bend Brewing Co. Terlingua Gold Ale- NOW THIS is a hot weather beer. As crisp and refreshing as your average well made Light American Lager with just enough hops bitterness to give it some serious flavor. This is what your Dad’s trusty six pack of Whatever Light would taste like if the people making it gave shit. That perfect amount of tangy hops bitterness makes me think this beer is just dying to be partnered with a bite of a lime, a lick of salt and a shot of tequila. I’m gonna have to make that happen. Preferably this summer.

Fin De Semana! 12-12-14

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Native American country singers providing welcome relief from the outright garbage that is bro country.

A controversial deal will swap land sacred to the Apache to a mining company. It was snuck into a larger military spending bill.

My modest proposal: If you feel that¬†tumbleweeds are a nuisance, move out of the desert. But I’ve always been a love or leave it type when it comes to the desert.

What I’m Drinking

Tejas Lager– Slightly bitter and oh so malty. Pity I just found this in the winter, this is a beer perfect for drinking after long hours working in the hot summer sun. Did I mention how frothy this beer is? So frothy and slightly creamy. Brewed in one of my favorite places on the entire planet, Alpine, TX. Definitely picking up a bunch of this when the weather goes back to scorching.

What I’m Listening To

Leo Rondeau– Mix the good, intelligent, stone-country songwriting Austin is famous for with a fragile, expressive voice reminiscent of Gram Parsons. There you go, you’ve got Leo Rondeau. I don’t know a whole lot about the guy, a google search says he’s from North Dakota and lives in Austin. To tell the truth, I’m a little tired of being able to know tons of stuff about an artist. I prefer to let Rondeau sing stories about bars, the Rapture, whalers, and fighting the white man. Give him a listen and I’m sure you’ll agree with me.