The 90 and 100 degree Summer days start to end as you look to the lovely mountains. The Alpenhorn echoes down the canyon and you can nearly hear it. Maybe it’s just in your heart. It’s probably because you know it’s time for some bratwurst, Perogies and your choice of chilled brew in a tall stein while taking in the visions of majesty Snowbird has to offer. Well don’t let the sound of that giant needles scratching a record pull you away from your Fall-time fantasy…or do.
If the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control or UDABC follows through on its new policy, it will be a dry Oktoberfest. At that point I am not even sure what you'd call it. You can ask, “Do you really need beer to have an Oktoberfest?” Well, you don’t have to drink it, but it flies in the face of anything called Oktoberfest. Are we now going to let them water down a tradition that has been going on at Snowbird for decades become as watered down as the suds flowing out of those keg trailers? I, for one, hope not.
According The Salt Lake Tribune's article, “the state liquor commission is getting tough about granting single-event permits to business.” A slippery slope this could be indeed for those who enjoy their social lubrication at some of the state’s events throughout the, well, event season. Could this mean no libation for events such as Pride, The Utah Arts Festival or The Living Traditions festivals? Could this attitude leak over to events like The Big Ass Show or Summer Jam? Twilight?
According the to Trib’s article, the state uses a two-tired test to determine who gets these single-event passes: One, one-time or unique event that lasts only a few days and used by a civic or community group to promote a good cause. Basically, they are talking about non-profits. Perhaps a celebration of a German tradition doesn’t serve the common good in the eyes of the DABC. It’s always made me feel pretty good. Will the people raise their voices or just empty steins?
I freaking love a good demolition derby. I've been a fan since I was a little kid...and apparently, I haven't grown up yet. So when I had the chance to go into the pits at Stirrin' Dirt Racing's May Mania and interview some of the drivers, it was like I was meeting rock stars. As it turns out, the drivers I spoke with, Dalton Gullo and Butch Johnson, won the main event. Check out the video and enjoy the crashing cars. And remember to click it or ticket!
I can see hating Chevy Chase or Anne Coulter, but Sofia Vergara? She is so cute! Her accent. Her smile. Her...assests. Not to go full-on objectifying her, but my eyes have done seen the promised land! She is a globally powerful and sexy woman who genuinely seems happy and comfortable in her success. In that regard she's like Bryan Cranston or Dave Grohl. Those two. Have you ever seen two happier people? These are people who have internalized they station in life and seem to truly appreciate where they have made it to. Most of us, myself included, could win $250,000 and complain that it wasn't a million.
So, here we are. Chapter 7 of Jimmy Kimmel's "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets." Some people have such random hate in their hearts. Don Cheadle? He's Iron Man's sidekick. How they hell can you hate him?
I will say, I had to watch the Andy Garcia one about 8 times. I've never said "f*ck Andy Garcia" ever. Not once or 100 times, but I remember "The Godfather 3" and we are all entitled to probably say it at least twice after those credits roll. If you made it that far. Then again, Mr. Garcia is another seemingly happy guy.
America hates happy people.
People just hate.
The fabled Drum-Off between Will Ferrell and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers finally happened on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. What resulted was an awesome cow bell solo! Check it out!
So there I was two nights ago. I was embracing my insomnia and listening to music when I forgot about this podcast I had, which I managed to keep forgetting to listen to. It was about 11:30p, so I did what anyone who wants to focus on something does: I went for a walk. I walked from my house to the University of Utah and back down South Temple enjoying how nice the city can look when you only see its form. The lack of detail was good, non-distracting company. The perfect place to be to listen to my favorite musician talk about his upcoming album.
Jack White's new album will finally be released on June 10th. It's his second solo album and there are rumors of another Racountours album along with an infrequent release of music from The Dead Weather. And since he has a new album coming out he has been hitting the interview gauntlet pretty hard. The one must here interview is from NPR's "All Songs Considered" where Jack breaks down some of the new songs, his songwriting, his love of studio spontaneity and his dislike for keeping things around that aren't perfect.
If you've been waiting for some new music from Mr. White and June 10th still seems too far away this interview should tide you over.
Click here and enjoy the interview.
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