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Here, North Dakota

By on Aug 9, 2013 in Featured, Fiction | 0 comments

She loved his ugliness. He hated her beauty. In a small cafe with shitty food and oily coffee, their lives reach a crossroads. Inspired by “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers.

Marketing Lessons From Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

By on May 16, 2013 in Featured, Marketing, Music | 0 comments

Macklemore, an “overnight” sensation who has been working his craft for two decades, has remained staunchly “i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t.” For small shops, their approach to music, art and marketing can provide some valuable lessons.

5 Songs From Utah Bands (For Wasatch Academy Family Winter Weekend)

By on Feb 8, 2013 in Music | 0 comments

These bands hail (or have a connection to) Utah. Enjoy while traveling our great state.

Road Beats: “California”

By on May 15, 2012 in Music | 0 comments

California, the ideal. California, the land of milk and honey and escaping the hell of urbanized middle America and everything becoming right. Sunshine and ocean and the green grass underfoot. Delta Spirit’s “California” treads this same ground, except the escape is a dream for another, for the woman the narrator loves and abuses and drags down. For the woman who fears escape for more than a moment. “I want you to move to California for yourself I want you to find whatever your heart needs I want you to move to California for yourself But not for me.” The words are a heartbreaking farewell, backed by a steady rhythm and swirling guitars — perfect for an open two-lane in the middle of nowhere, when the only destination is somewhere...

Hop & Bop: Winter Now

By on Oct 17, 2010 in Featured, Food & Drink, Music | 0 comments

Hop Fall is in the air, but during the past week, it’s been winter in my pint glass. Last weekend, friends from Washington brought us a 24-pack of Deschutes Jubelale, one of my favorite Christmas beers. It’s pretty typical of the winter seasonals–in so much as it is Deschutes, one of the best microbreweries in the country–although less spicy than some of the bolder holiday recipes. Chocolate notes and roasted malts dominate the flavor pallet, with underlying hints of cloves, cinnamon and black licorice. All of the flavors are subtle, and the sweetness is not overwhelming. Yes, it’s a heavy beer, but during the winter months that’s what people like. This week, I’ve also sampled a couple of other winter beers. During a trip to the Bayou Monday, I ordered the McTarnahan’s porter without realizing it was the Hum’Bugr holiday porter....

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