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Number 206. July 15, 2022.
THE WEEK AHEAD: JULY 18-22                                                               
Podcast: We will hear from the bands playing Saturday night at Suburbs Fest Midwest: The Stick Arounds, Demolition Means Progress and the Cutest Nuisance.

Happy Birthday: M.I.A. (July 18, 1975); Brian May (July 19, 1947); Tony Allen (July 20, 1940); Sara Carter (July 21, 1898); George Clinton (July 22, 1941).

Musical Milestones:
July 19, 1954: Elvis Presley's debut single, "That's All Right," is released as Sun Records 209. 
July 21, 1987: Guns & Roses debut album Appetite for Destruction is released. It has sold over 30 million copies to date. 
July 22, 1999: Woodstock '99 Festival opens in Rome, New York. 

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Aug. 4-6, 2022 – Chicago area

  • Thursday Aug. 4 – Live Hootenanny at Arlington Ale House. 7.30pm
  • Friday Aug 5 – Record a 10-minute podcast w/ Jim & Patrick. You pick the topic. 5pm. Arlington Ale House.
  • Friday Aug. 5 - Frank Muffin show at Arlington Ale House. 9pm.
  • Saturday Aug 6 – Show at Hidden Cove: Demolition Means Progress/The Stick Arounds/Cutest Nuisance. 6pm. 


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Sept. 29-Oct. 1 – DC area

  • Thursday Sept. 29 – Live Hootenanny - VFW Post 350. 6pm.
  • Friday Sept. 30 – Frank Muffin and the HalFSmokes show at Hank Dietle’s in Rockville MD. 9pm.
  • Saturday Oct 1 – Show at American Legion Post 41: Wingtip Sloat/ Apollo 66/ Late Earth/ J. Schnitt. 7.30pm.
MIKE'S BEER BEAT                                                                                  
New or notable, classic or quaffable, Mike is pouring a glass of it.

Beer: Three Wired Peanut Butter Baltic Porter
Style: Porter
ABV: 7.5%
Brewer: Settle Down Easy Brewing

Three Wired Mike Sez: If you have never had a porter, you need to get to a brewery or beer emporium and holler out, in your best Johnny Cash bass-baritone voice, "Hey, porter!"

After years of focusing on pale ales and IPAs, somewhere along the line, I collided with a porter made by Boulevard Brewing and, voila, I was converted to a new style. Porter, which is typically semi-dark and malty, is usually not as strong in taste or alcohol as a stout.

It was originally created in 18th century London by blending leftover beer with newer ones to make a quaff affordable for the porters who moved goods from place to place -- and that's how it got its name.

Conclusion: Three Wired is a Baltic porter made with peanut butter by our friends at Settle Down Easy Brewing in Falls Church, which hosted last year's Suburbs Fest hootenanny.

A Baltic porter is brewed with a lager yeast and at cooler temperatures than a typical porter, which yields a more subdued, complex beer. Three Wired exudes a nutty aroma and has a sweet smooth character, along with a slightly higher ABV. In addition to a mellow peanut butter flavor, you get some hints of chocolate, making this a bit like a liquid Reese’s treat. 
PLAYLIST: JUNE NEW MUSIC                                                                    
We had three episodes of new music picks that are as hot as the summertime temps.

Big thanks go out to Steven Routledge, Niklas Nygårds, Roger Grace, Barret Ries, Harris King (whose theme music Patrick forgot to add, AGAIN), Gerald Chyzenski, Liam McIndoe, Sunny Varney and Jason Goebel for sending in top-notch picks. 

Now that they have done the hard work, we can enjoy the fruits of their labors but firing up this delectable playlist. Thanks all!

MJ'S BAND NAME O' THE WEEK                                                               
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ALBUM SPOTLIGHT                                                                                

Ry Cooder 
Into the Purple Valley 

For his second album for Warner/Reprise, Ry selected a group of songs to cover, but they are so ingrained into his artistic persona that you wouldn't be surprised if he had written most of them himself. The record turned 50 earlier this year, but it probably sounded 50 years old on the day of its release. 

It's a masterful Cooder performance — both as a vocalist and arranger (and yeah, he can play a little guitar, too) — and probably my favorite of his records. 

Starting with a beguilingly great version of the traditional "How Can You Keep On Moving (Unless You Migrate Too)," the record takes you into a parallel world of American vernacular music, backed by a cadre of like-minded musical explorers, including Jim Dickinson and Van Dyke Parks on keyboards, Chris Ethridge on bass, and Gloria Jones and Claudia Lennear on backing vocals. 

There are a pair of Woody Guthrie tunes, one by Leadbelly, one by the great Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence and a wonderful take on Johnny Cash's "Hey Porter."  As outstanding as those are, for me, two songs rise to the top of the 11 tracks.

The first is a beautiful take on George Washington Phillips' "Denomination Blues," where Ry sounds like a preacher leading a drunken street-corner jazz band in a wild west ghost town. And the pick of the lot is the note-perfect arrangement of "Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All" which rings just as true 50 years on as it did 100 years ago.

This may not be the place for the Ry Cooder novice to begin (that would probably be Paradise and Lunch), but once you are under his spell, this is definitely the place to dwell. 

--- Patrick Foster 
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