Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Music #3: Blood and Burger

James 'Blood' Ulmer has been around a long time.  Rodolphe Burger's been around for a while too.  It wasn't until recently that I ever heard of either of them.  They made an album together back in 2004 that contains the recording from this session along with a lot of cool studio work.  At first this was a bit too chaotic to grab me but after multiple listens, I'm hooked.  It works really well played LOUD.  Ulmer's Fusion Jazz stuff and Blues works are worth seeking out. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thirsty Moose Taphouse Bummer

I had been meaning to try the new Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Porstmouth NH ever since it opened.  I finally got a chance today when my sister in-law and her husband asked Jayne and I to meet them there.   The beer list was good, the space is nice, the food was decent but damn was our bartender unfriendly to us.

It was worse than having a barkeep in a bad mood;  there must have been something we did or said that set her off on the wrong foot but it was clear she did not like us.   We didn't send things back or make her life hard in way I can imagine but every friendly word we offered was met with curt service to our face and scowls and eye rolls as she walked away.    We did get beers when we wanted them but it was not a pleasant experience.   I don't recall ever feeling less welcome at a place. 

My wife Jayne and I sat at opposite ends of our group so we didn't get a chance to talk about it at the bar but the first thing she mentioned when we got back to the car was how unpleasant that had been.  So it wasn't just me.

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