Drinking A Schlafly "Christmas Ale" from November 18, 2011

Drinking A Schlafly "Christmas Ale" from November 18, 2011
I LOVE that they put the exact date right on the front of the bottle! Schlafly Christmas Ale “Special Release” from November 18, 2011. Light and pleasant at first sip. A lot of the spices have faded at this point, so it’s rounding out to be an Amber Ale. Each breath brings cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg... Read more »

Every Top 10 Song From Every Month

Every Top 10 Song From Every Month
There’s a website that has gathered every “every top 10 song from every month,” starting in 1950 and going up through December 1989. I made a playlist, in Spotify, of the top 10 singles from my birth-month, October, 1974. Yes, I’m old. Most of the hits from my birth-month are either disco, funk, or soul. Hmmm…... Read more »

Sleep Is Hard To Get Sometimes

Sleep Is Hard To Get Sometimes
I’ve wrote many a song about not getting sleep. I’ve bartended, played in bands, and stayed up all night, many times. But that was the first half of my life, and that was by choice. The second half of my life has been spent up all night, mostly because of circumstance. I’m typing this right... Read more »
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Shipyard "Prelude" Special Ale from November of 2012

Shipyard "Prelude" Special Ale from November of 2012
Shipyard “Prelude” Special Ale from 2012 in November. Nothing but chocolate is left, here, in the bottle. Let’s call it, “Godiva saliva.” There’s a little bit of nutty malt as well, but Prelude is a whole different animal than the usual Christmas Ale, packed with weird spices. On this winter’s night, a few years after... Read more »

Hey Rosetta Showcases "Gold Teeth" On Their Extended Tour

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, there is one album that I have not removed from my CD player. That album is Second Sight by Hey Rosetta. It seems they are extending their tour and coming back to Chicago in November, and this writer could not be more excited. Now I can actually... Read more »

UPDATE: Citi Prepaid Customer Service Department Calls Back

UPDATE: Citi Prepaid Customer Service Department Calls Back
The Citi Prepaid customer service department called me just after 8am Saturday morning to apologize. Yes, they are really sorry: THEY CAN’T HELP ME! I’m rarely off on weekends, and was playing with my daughters when the phone rang. I was annoyed, but excited, thinking it might be Citi calling back to say they saw... Read more »
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Citi Prepaid: All Excuses and No Customer Support

Citi Prepaid: All Excuses and No Customer Support
The customer is always wrong when dealing with Citi Prepaid card services. This has been my experience over the last 48 hours. For the last three years, I have received a rebate from Acuvue for buying one year’s worth of contacts. The first two years they sent me a check, and I cashed it. Last... Read more »

Fort Lean Bring "The Smooth" On Cool Cover Of Travellin'

Fort Lean released a cover of the Jeremy Spencer Band’s “Travellin,’” and it’s high cool to say the least. You can hear the difference between the two, and I think I’m going with Fort Lean’s version. It has an updated sound, and that sound, is something smooth. Want more from the Cut Out Kid? Enter... Read more »

Morrissey: Wolverhampton Civic Hall (1988) Gig Is Nostalgic But Lacking Typical Polish

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Billed as a dedication show to all Smiths fans, the remaining members of the band, along with guitarist Craig Gannon, played a farewell concert at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England on December 22, 1988. For a long time, this show was unavailable to the public. Now that it is, thanks to some eBay bootlegs and... Read more »
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Morrissey: A Live iPhone Photo Gallery Taken From The BCPA On July 11th, 2015

These photos were shot with my iPhone from the balcony of the Bloomington Center For The Performing Arts, on July 11th, of this year. I’ve seen photos that are much better, but this gallery will give you a good sense of the stage and the players. Long live Morrissey! Want more from the Cut Out... Read more »