Headphones Weekly, Music

MUSIC: Headphones Weekly – vol.1

I love music. And I constantly listen to it. So my plan is to write a weekly post with what’s been pouring through my headphones throughout the last seven days or so.

So here’s goes nothing…

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Thoughts

THOUGHTS: Social media is crazy addictive

As I mentioned in my previous post, I gave up social media for Lent. But the funny thing is, I haven’t given up anything for Lent in several years.

Say what you want about religion and what side of the fence you fall on with things of that nature. I personally still feel like giving something up that is a sacrifice to you can build some true character, whether it be

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Thoughts

THOUGHTS: Five-Year Hiatus

Hey! I’m back! What up!? Did you miss me?! No?

So, is blogging still a thing? Do people still, ya know, write and blog about stuff?

It looks like the last time I posted something was about five years ago. Truth be told, I don’t even know why I started this blog. But this is probably at least the third iteration of it in some form or another. I used to try and blog in order to keep up my writing skills. Sometimes, I used it to try and keep my name “out there.” And sometimes I just needed to do a brain-dump.

I think with this version of the blog, I’m going to use it for more brain-dumping than anything else. I have a lot of thoughts and things I should probably jot down rolling around in my old noggin’. Plus, I gave up social media for Lent this year…and let’s be honest, I’m missing something to fill that time-suck where I spent a lot of time on a daily basis. So I might as well put it to good use.

That’s about it. Not even sure if anyone will read this gibberish, but if you do, please let me know how you like it!
– Mike

Beer, Beer Reviews

REVIEW: Short’s Goodnight Bodacious

9% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Jet black. Virtually no head.
Aroma: Roasty nose. Not much else.
Taste: Robust and slightly smokey up front. Minimal hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Malty thickness.

Previously immortalized by the band Primus, Short’s latest offering Goodnight Bodacious is named after one of the greatest riding bulls of all time, the undefeated Bodacious. The brew qualifies as a Double Black India Pale Ale, although it’s not a “recognized” category. The initial aroma is minimal and leaves something to be desired. The taste is full with roasted malty qualities throughout mixed with some bitter hops. Overall, while this hybrid falls in between styles, it remains extremely smooth and easily drinkable at 9% ABV.

This review originally appeared on MittenBrew.com

Beer, Beer Reviews

REVIEW: Kuhnhenn DRIPA

9.5% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Golden and cloudy. One inch head.
Aroma: Very citrusy. Pleasant hoppiness.
Taste: Minimally tart. Sweet and malty throughout.
Mouthfeel: Light body and crisp, smooth finish.

Kuhnhenn’s DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) is an amazingly smooth take on a West Coast style double IPA. A former gold medal winner at the World Beer Cup, this India pale ale is made with American long grain rice. The citrus nose is full of great aromatic quality. The taste is incredibly smooth with no bite, unlike other high ABV IPAs. The aromatic hops are present until the last sip while the body is crisp and smooth. This double IPA is up there with the best of the best and should be considered top of its class.

This review originally appeared on MittenBrew.com

Beer, Beer Reviews

REVIEW: Bell’s Black Note Stout

11.8% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Jet black. Poured with no head.
Aroma: Fruity nose. Bourbon sweetness.
Taste: Smoky, roasted, sweet and bourbony.
Mouthfeel: Malty, medium body.

Black Note Stout is “one of the most sought-after stouts in Bell’s history,” according to the website description. Let’s take it a step further and call it one of the most sought after in the craft beer realm. Period. This amazingly complex stout is a blend of the brewery’s Expedition Stout and Double Cream Stout, which is then aged in oak bourbon barrels.

The nose is strong with sweetness and just a hint of bourbon. The first sip is roasty, but calm. Caramel notes and hints of chocolate waver throughout. With every sip, you taste something different. The palate on this brew is one you actually want to swill a bit and savor the flavor. The body is surprisingly medium and smooth for a stout of this caliber. But the most amazing part of this stout is the almost underwhelming booziness of the bourbon aging. The fact that the bourbon isn’t in your face, but still clearly present, makes Black Note perfectly balanced…and just flat out perfect.

This review first appeared on MittenBrew.com

Album of the Day, Music

ALBUM OF THE DAY: Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill

This album. Let me tell you a little something about this album. I love this album. Forever.

My older brother Steve first got me into the Beastie Boys back in the early ’90s when I was a youngster. They’ve been a staple of my musical diet ever since.

When I was young, I really just thought they were cool because my brother did…and because my name is Mike D, so I instantly related.

I’ll never forget hearing the intro to ‘Rhymin & Stealin’ for the first time. It was the coolest shit of all time. And that was even before I knew it was a Led Zeppelin sample.

R.I.P. to MCA. It still hurts my heart to this day that I’ll never hear anything new from one of my favorite bands of all time…