Tag Archives: Mastodon

#83 – Westbrook Mexican Cake and Mastodon

21 Jul

Westbrook Brewing Company Mexican Cake Imperial Stout

We got our hands on the much-ballyhooed Mexican Cake Imperial Stout from Westbrook Brewing Company over in South Cackalatia. This beer was acquired “organically,” meaning I purchased it at retail price from my local alcohol purveyor. I did not have to trade away an arm and/or leg, and I didn’t pay some crazy auction price for it. This is a very interesting beer.

For the song, we revisit a brand new track from Atlanta’s own Mastodon. How do you revisit something that is brand new? I WILL TELL YOU. I updated GarageBand immediately before recording what was to be episode 78. We drank Pliny The Freakin’ Elder and listened to this Mastodon song. The resulting audio was unusable because … GarageBand. We are revisiting the song because it is good. And as soon as we get another bottle of Pliny, we’ll revisit that too.

Mastodon - One More 'Round The Sun

#62 – 2013 Year-End Extravaganza

31 Dec

2013 Year End Extravaganza

Man, remember when 2013 started? That was like three weeks ago. And now it’s already over. We sat down with Mr. Blake Tyers (who you may remember from Episode 20), and, just like last year, drank 3 beers and listened to 3 songs. The beers are a big Belgian, an English ESB, and an American IPA. We pontificate on Russ playing Iron Maiden for his mother. The fact that all three songs are from English artists is purely coincidental. Happy New Year!

#27 – Terrapin BFM Collaboration and Pg. Lost

20 Nov

Once again we start with some songage before moving on to the beerage. I failed to share the beauty of Mastodon with Russ as I had planned in Episode 26, so we get that out of the way right up front. Russ was stoked. The riffage from 3:37 (of the podcast) to the end of the song is the stuff dreams are made of. After the song, I showed off the snazzy 9-second-long Blood and Thunder ringtone I made a couple years ago. You can download it below. That’s right, two episodes, two ringtones. I believe ringtones are soon going to be the new text messages, you guys. Invest with confidence.

Mastodon – Blood and Thunder ringtone .m4r file (iOS ringtone)

Mastodon – Blood and Thunder ringtone .mp3 file

So, THE BEER. This week, we happily quaff the 2011 Barley Ryne from Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, GA and Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM), in Jura, Switzerland. We did an awesome job speculating on the origins of this beer and the version brewed at BFM that preceded it, and ended up saying several things that were probably incorrect. And we actually prepared for this a little bit. I spoke with someone at Terrapin and they set me straight. For the purposes of chronology, we will call them Version 1 and Version 2:

    Version 1 – Barleywine brewed at BFM in Switzerland in early 2011. Aged in oak Rum barrels. Contains notable (good) funkiness from the barrel-aging process. Served in 11.4 oz. swing-top bottles (pic). This is NOT the beer we’re drinking for this episode.
    Version 2 – Barleywine brewed in September, 2011 at Terrapin. Aged on borbon oak. More representative of a traditional American Barlelywine. Oh, look, here’s an info sheet (PDF) on the beer directly from the, er, turtle’s mouth. This IS the beer we are drinking in this episode.

We have both versions and will likely do a comparison episode at some point in the future. Or not. You’re not the boss of us.

OH GOD, THE SONG. We listen to Spirits Stampede from Pg. Lost off their recent record, Key. I try, badly, to summarize the genre known by many as post-rock. Russ … well you’ll just have to listen.

#26 – New Holland Dragon’s Milk and West End Motel

13 Nov

New Holland Brewing from Holland, Michigan is new to the Georgia market. We enjoy one of their flagships, the Dragon’s Milk Ale Aged in Oak Barrels. And when I say we enjoy it, I mean we enjoyed it, because it is a very enjoyable beer. But you’re going to have to be patient because it takes us until the 4:00 mark to even mention the beer.

We actually start the episode with a little musical discussion. We were touching base on the Mountain Goats song from Episode 25, and Russ did an impression of what a ‘chipped’ note sounds like. You can hear this impression at exactly 1:44. It is … special. So special, in fact, that I isolated the noise and it is now the notification sound my phone makes whenever I receive a text.

I’m serious:

Click here for the ‘chipped’ noise .m4r file (iOS ringtone)

Click here for the ‘chipped’ noise .mp3 file

The musical conversation continued with a brief analysis of my deep contempt for RUSH, who were playing live in Atlanta when we recorded this episode. Sigh. I just don’t get the Neil Peart worship. Stiffest drummer ever. OH LOOK AT ALL MY DRUMS AND PADS AND CYMBALS AND TRIGGERS. I thought about embedding a video for reference, but I’m not sharing my space. If you are having trouble sleeping, watch Peart’s solo on David Letterman from last year.

Whatever. Let’s see, what else. Apparently Russ has some Jewish ancestry he is either suppressing or unaware of because he says Mazel Tov twice in this episode. We analyze Sprayberry Bottle Shop’s Twitter handle.

Oh right, the song! We headed down the path toward listening to a song from Mastodon, but took a sharp turn at the last second and opted for a song from West End Motel, featuring Mastodon’s own Brent Hinds. Russ was nervous at the beginning, but his anxieties were soon eased marking TWO EPISODES IN A ROW he has enjoyed the song. All attempts at description on the podcast and on this blog are failures, so you’ll just have to listen. Song starts around the 12:00 mark.