New Vinyl Releases 6/23/17

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  • 311 – Mosaic 2-LP Gatefold
  • BardSpec(Ivar Bjomson of
  • Enslaved) – Hydrogen
  • Bedouine – S/T Debut Album
  • Bestial Raids – Master Satan’s Witchery (Czech Import)
  • Big Boi (OutKast) – Boomiverse (‘Blue and White Swirl’ Vinyl)
  • Broken Hope – Mutilated And Assimilated  (180 Gram Neon Pink Vinyl)
  • Joe Bonamassa – Live at Carnegie Hall (180 Gram 3 LP)
  • Kirin J. Callinan – Bravado
  • The Chain Gang of 1974 – Felt
  • Celebration – Wounded Healer (Limited Edition Clear Vinyl)
  • Chimmney – S/T
  • The Deslondes – Hurry Home (150 gram Pressing)
  • Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With (‘Oxblood’ Colored Vinyl Limited to 500 Pressing
  • Ex Eye – S/T
  • Health – Disco3 (2 LP Pressing)
  • Helmet – Meantime (1992) 2017 Repressing
  • Gracie and Rachel – S/T Debut Album
  • Immortal – Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism ‘Limited Edition Beer Colored Vinyl’
  • Iron Maiden – Rock in Rio (180 3-LP)
  • Iron Maiden – Dance of Death (2003) 180 gram 2-LP reissue from the 2015 remaster
  • Iron Maiden – Brave New World 180 gram 2-LP reissue from the 2015 remaster
  • Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and Death 180 2-LP Reissue
  • JJ Doom – Bookhead (2017 Lex EU Pressing)
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe (‘Indie Exclusive’ Blood Pool colored Vinyl, Limited to 3000)
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe
  • Meshuggah – The Violent Sheep of Reason ( Grey with Black Splatter Limited to 1000)
  • The Monks – Hamburg Recordings 1967
  • Municipal Waste – Slime and Punishment (Bottle Green Vinyl Limited to 2300)
  • Willie Nile – Sings Bob Dylan
  • OneRepublic – Native (2 LP Reissue)
  • Post Malone – Stoney (2-LP Deluxe Reissue on Orange vinyl)
  • Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain (1984)
  • Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain/GOD 12″ Single Reissue
  • Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain  Limited Edition Picture Disc
  • Prince and the Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy/ Erotic City 12″ Single Reissue
  • Prince and the Revolution – When Doves Cry/ 17 Days 12″ Single Reissue
  • Prince and the Revolution – I would Die 4 U / Another Lonely Christmas 12″ Single
  • Rozwell Kid – Precious Art  (Side One Dummy Limited Edition Colored Vinyl)
  • Ruts DC – Music Must Destroy
  • Schammasch – The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite
  • Selena – The Last Concert (Recorded Live from the Houston Astrodome Feb 26,1995)
  • Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Cipher
  • Soundtrack – 13 Reasons Why (Cassette Tape)
  • Steelism – Ism
  • Tigers Jaw – Spin (Black Cement Pressing on Turquoise Colored Vinyl)
  • Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last (Limited Edition Opaque Yellow Vinyl)
  • Tyrannosorceress – Shattering Light’s Creation (2-LP on 200 Gram Silver Vinyl Etched D-Side (Czech Import Limited to 300!)
  • Delroy Wilson- Go Away Dream
  • Jaymes Young – Feel Something
  • Neil Young – Decade (1977) 3-LP Tri-fold Remastered Pressing

In Defense of Shitty Beers

Sometimes it’s Necessary to Sacrifice Taste for Street Cred…

By Kevin Sterne


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I’ve talked about craft beer ad nauseam on this forum. Here. And here. Also, here. We’ve given a lot of attention to craft brewing, especially Chicago craft brewing, but I feel this publicity has come at the expense of non-craft beers, the un-crafters. Beers that, despite the bad reputation and unfiltered water, can pack just as much flavor—minus the prestige and sticker shock. Take Hamm’s for example, it’s an unassuming beer that has never indulged in the bells and whistles of its high-brow, new age brethren. Hamm’s doesn’t try to be something that it’s not (looking at you, barrel-aged IPA)— and that is admirable in a time when Donald Trump is still trying to be president and Kellyanne Conway is trying to be a human rather than an alien.

So even if you are a reptilian masquerading as a human, a baller on a budget, or a trust-fund hipster kid looking to augment your street cred in Wicker Park or Logan Square, I have the retro aluminum that won’t leave your wallet or palate dry.

  

Busch’s Light

Smells like your gym bag and tastes like your friend’s gym bag. Busch Light has been bringing friends together since 8th grade. The more cans you drink, the more it tastes like your friend drank it and then spit it back in the can. It pours a pale yellow, like drunk-after-sex urine and drinks as smooth as your pec flies. But not as smooth as Hamm’s.

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Natural Ice

In a glass it’s nearly translucent, like you filled an empty yellow Gatorade bottle with water. But, don’t be fooled, this beer packs a lot of flavor. It tastes how your bathroom floor smells after a party. There’s plenty for your palate to sample here: the goopy bottoms of Converse sneakers, stale urine, residual puke stain, condom residue, and more spilled Natty Ice. A cocktail of flavor that will have your taste buds YOLOing for more. This beer is good, even great if you get it fresh, but still a slight notch below Hamm’s.

PBR

I’ve learned that this beer is drinkable at nearly any temperature. Throw it in the snow on the porch until it’s near freezing; this will mitigate any potential taste profile. Or let it simmer in your shed or garage during the dog days of summer. This helps bring out the flavors of dead field grass and skunky gym socks. You can even age a 24-pack in the trunk of your car; just let bang around for a few months until the case is sun beaten and the cardboard smashed. Remember to drink it as fast as you can, the less that touches your tongue the better.

Bud’s Light

This beer pours a faded parking-line yellow and smells like cafeteria creamed corn; both are excellent conversation starters at the next house hop. Bud’s Light is best enjoyed when found in a red cup with no name on it. You can also imbibe sips off a beer pong table. This one pairs excellently with dirty ping pong balls, cigarette ash, and 7-11 Taquitos. Overall, this is a beer worth arm wrestling over, but if you win the drunk push-up contest, you better down a victory Hamm’s.

MGD-64

Beer or cleaning agent? This dual-purpose adult beverage gives whiffs of Pine Sol and sun-dried lawn bags, making it ideal for scrubbing the hard woods or scrubbing your palate. This is my favorite chaser for any combination of the following: Malort, Jim Beam, Jose Cuervo Especial, Bacardi 151, Chivas Regal, and Canadian Mist. If you’re on a diet or if it’s cutting season at the gym (it’s always cutting season for me), then this and Hamm’s is the beer for you, bro.

Guinness

Literally, like the heaviest beer in the world. It smells like grandpa’s cigars and tastes like his garage. It’s sludge. But I drink it because he was Irish and I’m like 1/29th Irish, so it’s family tradition. I’ve had an Irish car bomb once because my older brother made me on my 21st. I like blacked out.

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Bud’s Light Limes-A-Rita

Pitbul is to John Lennon as Bud’s Light Lime-Ritas is to ___________.

  1. A) Holy Water
  2. B) Holly Water
  3. C) Holie Water
  4. D) Not as good as Hamm’s.

Milwaukee’s Beast

Tastes great with my protein. I get mad gains mixing it in my shaker after getting in a pump at the gym in Gold Coast. My Pi Kapp Alpha brothers and I killed off two 30-racks of Milwaukee’s Beast last Friday after I closed a sale with a major client. Who’s the man? Me. Now who wants to take shots of Hamm’s off my stomach.



Kevin Sterne is a writer and journalist based in Chicago, the editor of LeFawn Magazine. Apart from Shuga Records, he’s written about beer and music for Mash Tun Journal, The Tangential and Substream Magazine. His creative fiction has appeared in Drunk Monkeys, Potluck Mag, Defenestration, Praxis Magazine, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and Word Eater, among many others.

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New Vinyl Releases 6/16/17

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  • Abram Shook – Love at Low Speed (Limited Edition Paradise Blue Vinyl)
  • Anchorsong – Ceremonial (Tru Thoughts 2-LP Pressing)
  • B Boys- Dada
  • David Bowie – Be My Wife/ Art Decade (Live Perth 1978, 40th Anniversary 7″ Picture Vinyl)
  • David Bowie – Hunky Dory (’45th Anniversary’ Limited Edition Gold Vinyl)
  • David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars (’45th Anniversary’ Limited Edition Gold Vinyl)
  • The Byrds – Eight Miles High/ Why (1966, 7″ Sundazed Reissue on Translucent Yellow Vinyl)
  • DBFC – Jenks (2-LP Pressing)
  • Big Star – The Best Of (Stax 45rpm Gatefold 2-LP Compilation Pressing)
  • Brandy – S/T (1994)
  • Bublé, Michael – Call Me Irresponsible
  • Bublé, Michael – It’s Time (2005)
  • Cage, John With David Tudor – Variations IV Volume II (Clear Vinyl)
  • CAN – The Singles (3-LP Compilation with Rare Tracks and 7″ Versions)
  • Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – On The Echoing Green
  • Color Film – Living Arrangements
  • John Coltrane, & Don Cherry – The Avant-Garde (1966) 180Gram Mono Reissue
  • John Coltrane – Coltrane Plays The Blues (1962) 180Gram Mono Reissue
  • John Coltrane – Giant Steps (1959) 180Gram Mono Reissue
  • John Coltrane – Olé Coltrane (1961) 180Gram Mono Reissue
  • Com Truise- Iteration (Limited Edition Blue/White Vinyl)
  • The Drums – Abysmal Thoughts
  • Enya – A Day Without Rain (2000) Reissue
  • Eyedress – Manila Ice
  • Fat Joe- Don Cartagena (1998) Reissue
  • The Flaming Lips – Onboard The International Space Station Concert For Peace
  • Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  • Free – Ex Tenebris EP (7″ vinyl, Limited to 800)
  • Goldie – The Journey Man (Metalhead 3-LP Pressing)
  • Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (1973, Limited Edition)
  • Hey Violet – From The Outside (Limited Edition ‘Clear w/White’ Vinyl)
  • Iced Earth – Incorruptible (‘Indie Exclusive’ Deluxe 180Gram 2-LP on Red Vinyl w/ Etched D-Side and 12-Page Booklet)
  • INVSN – The Beautiful Stories
  • Isbell, Jason and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound (Limited Edition)
  • Jackson, Milt & John Coltrane – Bags & Trane (1961)
  • Jason Lowenstein (Sebadoh) – Spooky Action (Limited ‘Bone Colored’ Vinyl)
  • Kevin Morby- City Music
  • The Kinks – Low Budget (1979, Audiophile Reissue w/ Gatefold Cover and Poster)
  • London Grammar – Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
  • The Men- Leave Home ( Limited Edition Clear Vinyl)
  • Michael Nau- Some Twist (Limited to 1000 pressing)
  • Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse
  • Nappy Roots – Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz (2002) Reissue
  • Palehound – A Place I’ll Always Go (Pink Vinyl)
  • Palm – Shadow Expert (Limited Edition Dark Blue Vinyl)
  • Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?
  • Single Mothers – Our Pleasure (Limited To 500/ Blue Vinyl)
  • Songhoy Blues – Resistance (‘Kelly Green’ Vinyl)
  • Styx – The Mission (First Album in 14 Years)
  • Trevor Sensor- Andy Warhol’s Dream (Limited Edition Silver Pressing)
  • Twista – Adrenaline Rush (1997) Reissue
  • Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Revival
  • Wet Hair – The Floating World
  • Yowler – The Offer (Colored Vinyl)

Chicago’s own Pipeworks Brewing Company and Dark Matter Coffee have a threesome with 18th Street Brewery.

Review by: Kevin Sterne


Pipeworks Brewing Company and Dark Matter Coffee are two institutions of experimentation in Chicago, consistently twisting tongues and bending palates with S’mores and Chile flavored lagers and hop-infused roasters, respectfully. The two cross pollinate the other’s nectar on many occasions; DM releases beans aged in Pipeworks barrels during holidays. In turn Pipeworks has brewed several coffee-forward beers: Dark Matter Machine Coffee Cream Ale and Grand Guignol: Act Two Oatmeal Stout.

For their latest sexual intermingling, they invited a third party, 18th Street Brewery. The child of this threesome—Attack of the Devil’s Lettuce, whose name and artwork alone raise expectations as high as a Wicker Park hipster’s brow. ADL is ultra-dank, coffee-infused imperial IPA that leaves the tongue pulsating from so much flavor arousal.

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My tongue felt how my brain does when heavily caffeinated. I was wired to everything. And with so much going on in this beer, the stimulation can be a bit overwhelming. But I’ll break it down in simple terms:

• Look: No filtering leaves this golden child hazy and deep amber.
• Smell: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee. Some hops, a bit of malt. But mostly Coffee, Coffee, Coffee.
• Taste: A tome of flavor. Coffee in the front accented by tones of peppercorn, lemon, orange peel. The Sorachi Ace hops lend intense Earthy flavors, giving the swallow a pucker of vegetables plucked from the soil—maybe lettuce? This makes for a flavor clash that’s difficult to reconcile.
• Feel: Big and bulbous, with noticeable alcohol.
• Overall: The bomber size demands two mouths. Full disclosure: I didn’t finish the whole thing, there too many flavors fighting for attention, making the drink experience more taste chore than drinkation.

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While this three-pronged sexual conquest may have resulted in some tainted birth flued, this is by no means a bad brew. There’s a lot for the tongue to touch, and if you can get your slimy paws on it, pick up the Brain Tentacles and Wild Jesus & The Devil’s Lettuce record to stimulate your audio nodes in conjunction. A droning chamber of bass, sax and metal darkness pulled from the murky pools of Lou Reed’s long ago Berlin. Stir the brew and the tunes in a cauldron and puff on your devil’s lettuce. Now THAT is a sensory orgasm.



Kevin Sterne is a writer and journalist based in Chicago, the editor of LeFawn Magazine. Apart from Shuga Records, he’s written about beer and music for Mash Tun Journal, The Tangential and Substream Magazine. His creative fiction has appeared in Drunk Monkeys, Potluck Mag, Defenestration, Praxis Magazine, Down in the Dirt Magazine, and Word Eater, among many others.

kevinsterne.com
Twitter: @kevinsterne
Instagram: Kevinsterne
Instagram: LeFawnZine

New Vinyl Releases 6/9/17

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  • Agent Blå – Agent Blue
  • All We Are – Sunny Hills
  • Anathema – The Optimist (Silver Vinyl)
  • Arcade Fire – Everything Now (12″ Single on Orange Vinyl, LTD. to 2000)
  • Badbadnotgood ft. Kaytranada & Snoop Dogg – Lavender
  • Big Thief – Capacity
  • Big Thief – Capacity (White Vinyl, Limited to 500)
  • Cigarettes After Sex – S/T
  • Cigarettes After Sex – S/T (Limited Edition Grey Vinyl)
  • John Coltrane – Trane: The Atlantic Collection
  • Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie) – Emotional Freedom Technique (Crystal Clear Vinyl)
  • Dying Fetus – Destroy The Opposition
  • Dying Fetus – Stop At Nothing
  • Dying Fetus – Descend Into Depravity
  • Dying Fetus – War Of Attribution
  • Dying Fetus – Reign Supreme
  • Faith Evans & Notorious B.I.G. – The King & I (Including rare and unreleased Biggie Vocals)
  • Gideon – Cold (Coke Bottle Clear With Heavy Purple And Black Splatter, LTD. to 300)
  • Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come…Revolution Go
  • The Handsome Family – Singing Bones (Ghost Green Vinyl)
  • Aldous Harding – Party (Comes with Bonus 7″)
  • Haxxan – Loch Ness Rising
  • Hazel English – Just Give In / Never Going Home (Expanded Double EP, Blue & Yellow EP)
  • Kreator – Pleasure To Kill
  • Kreator – Terrible Certainty
  • Kreator – Endless Pain
  • Kreator – Extreme Aggresion
  • Kronos Quartet – Folk Songs
  • Lupe Fiasco – The Cool (Deluxe 20th Anniversary Issue, Clear Vinyl)
  • The Magpie Salute (w/Members of The Black Crowes) – S/T
  • Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane – The Complete 1957 Riverside Recording (File Folder Packaging with Artwork and Booklet)
  • Natural Velvet – Mirror To Make You
  • Pantha Du Prince – The Triad: Ambient Versions
  • Pixx – The Age Of Anxiety (LTD. Colored Vinyl)
  • Populous – Azulejos
  • Rancid – Trouble Maker (Deluxe and Standard Versions)
  • The Secret Sisters – You Don’t Own Me Anymore
  • Sleepy Sun – Private Tales (Ltd. Edition Red Vinyl)
  • Slow Dancer – In A Mood (White Vinyl)
  • Smidley – S/T
  • Suffocation – …Of The Dark Light (Electric Blue with Black Splatter, LTD. to 300)
  • Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister – Planetarium
  • Third Eye Blind – S/T (20th Anniversary 3LP Reissue With Di-Cut Gatefold sleve
  • Tony Toni Toné – Sons of Soul (1993, ‘Respect The Classics’ 2-LP Reissue – First Time in 20 years!)
  • Venenum – Trance Of Death