The time, it flies! This Saturday [4.16] is Record Store Day! So let’s dig into the B&C archives for this updated post from 4.14.15 to get you ready for the Big Day [if you wanna skip the history and musical musing, scroll to the bottom for details on Dogfish Head’s slate of RSD events happening all over the state this week]:
As we’ve often noted, we love music even more than we love beer, and regularly combine those life-enriching pleasures at the B&C desk. In November, we did a story about Beer Thousand, Dogfish Head’s liquid tribute to the 20th anniversary of Guided By Voices’ cult classic, Bee Thousand. Here’s an excerpt:
Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, is passionate about beer — and music. In the section titled “Rhythm” in his book Brewing Up a Business: Adventures In Beer, he writes, “I have always loved music — I remember waving my magic Wiffle ball bat and chanting hexes on my parents’ radio in an effort to get it to spit forth Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’…As I got older my tastes developed, diversified, and intensified, but my love of music goes back to my earliest childhood memories.”
In 2010, Sam combined his love of beer and music with Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, an imperial stout [which is now a recurring release] commemorating the 40th anniversary of the trumpeter’s milestone disc. Hellhound On My Ale [an imperial IPA] followed in 2011, marking the 100th birthday of storied bluesman Robert Johnson. Dogfish’s Music Series has also spawned a series of one-time [for now] offerings: Faithfull , a Belgian Golden Ale, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s Ten; Positive Contact , an herb/spice beer, with Dan the Automator; and American Beauty [an imperial pale ale], a 2013 and 2015 partnership with the Grateful Dead.
So, as Crowded House sang, it’s only natural that Dogfish Head is the Official Beer of Record Store Day, the worldwide celebration of independent music retailers and the permanent and inspiring bond they forge with their customers [aka fellow obsessives]. RSD is highlighted by the release of a jaw-dropping array of very limited edition mostly-vinyl offerings [picture discs, colored discs, 10-inch discs, box sets] by a wide-ranging array of artists.
Metallica are the 2016 ambassadors of RSD. Drummer Lars Ulrich said: “Independent record stores are part of Metallica’s DNA. They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we’ve all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond.”
You can hit the racks and grab the RSD goodies [and much more] at the Music Box [Newport], Armageddon Shop [Providence], Newbury Comics [Warwick and Providence], Olympic Records [Providence], What Cheer Records + Vintage [Providence], Looney Tunes [Wakefield], In Your Ear [Warren], and Vinyl Guru Record Shop [Newport]. Check their sites for details on in-store performances and other enticements.
OK, back to the beer-and-music connection: Dogfish Head has released a special tuneful brew, Beer To Drink Music By. The DFH crew says it “was created as the perfect beer for fans to pair with their favorite songs. Utilizing ingredients inspired by some of our favorite tunes, the four primary ingredients (orange peel, peppercorns, candi sugar, and cardamom) were inspired by the following: ‘Orange Crush’ by R.E.M., ‘Sgt. Pepper’ by The Beatles, ‘Sugar On My Tongue’ by Talking Heads, and ‘Mock Song’ by Phish. The result is a Belgian-style Tripel and a perfect marriage between beer and music. ‘The enjoyment of a beautiful beer with an amazing album at the same time is an exponentially awesome experience,’ Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione says. ‘This beer is purposely built for this ideal.’ ” There’s also a sweet new official RSD poster by artist Tim Parrott [available for free at select stores and bars that sell Dogfish and on RSD at participating music retailers] and a custom mini-traveling turntable by Crosley, with the Dogfish logo and the slogan “Analog beer for the digital age” on the inside of the cover. You can buy the record player [$120] at Dogfish.com — or you can enter to win one at RSD/DFH events at these spots [you get a raffle ticket with each purchase of a DFH beer]: today through Saturday at the Mews Tavern [enter all week; drawing on Saturday]; on Thursday [4.14] at Pizza J [drawing at 10 pm]; on Friday [4.15] at the Thirsty Beaver in Cranston; and on Saturday [4.16] at 84 Tavern on Canal in Westerly [drawing at 10 pm]; the Ocean Mist in Matunuck; the Scurvy Dog in Providence [drawing at 10 pm]; the Malted Barley Providence [drawing at 10 pm]; and Pour Judgement in Newport [drawing at 10 pm].
And, to come full circle to the B&C desk, here’s a suggestion for your Record Store Day bin-diving: Van Morrison’s Veedon Fleece, a transporting treasure from 1974. Here’s a highlight: