We've seen a few things lately poking gentle fun at the mixology culture, including a damn funny picture series. While we have the eye droppers and the multiple bar spoons and more shakers than you can shake a cocktail pick at, we can still laugh, and we think this Mixologist music video is the cream of the crop. (via WeirdAndWacky)
We realize this is a liquor site, not a music site, but we just stumbled across this new video from Korpiklaani, a fun band that loves to sing about drinking. So if you're in the mood to hear a Finnish folk metal band sing about a Mexican liquor, today's your day. [via Blabbermouth]
What happens if you take Kanye West's SUPER SERIOUS "Power" video, and get it drunk? You get "Power Hour" by Destorm Power, and it goes from SRSLY to LOLZ in less time than it takes this guy to drink a beer. [via The Awesomer]
Call Star Trek enthusiasts - especially folks who like the original series - nerds all you want, but one thing we can tell you is those humans and Vulcans knew how to party. We'd never heard the song in this video before (Tik Tok by KE$HA) but whoever knit this video together knew a little something about how to throw an intergalactic party. That's right - you need fistfights, golden midgets, and a shirtless Sulu. Suck on that, you stuffed shirts from The Next Generation!
We're sure none of you want to hear the word "drunk" after your Cinco de Mayo celebrations yesterday, but we recently stumbled across this video and thought we'd share it. We were friended on Myspace by a certain Horatio Lee Jenkins recently, and when we watched a video on his profile on a whim it made us chuckle.
Horatio is a Hank Williams Jr. doppelganger, and the song is a blatant riff on "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" with Jim Beam instead of a fiddle, but most of the flag waving shenanigans in the video seem tongue in cheek. Plus, we're kind of wondering if "Satan" in this video is actually Ron Jeremy in disguise.
We remember when the first Smirnoff Tea Partay video came out, we weren't quite sure how we felt about it. Then, after watching it like 40 times, we realized we probably liked it. Check out this sequel to the original, which leaves behind the golf courses of Connecticut for the sandy beaches of the West Coast. We don't drink a lot of alcopops, but that doesn't mean we can't laugh at their commercials, right?
We generally try to avoid posting self-important wankery about our daily lives here on the Snob, because we're well aware you could care less. You just want to show up, get your news and do a surgical strike on your liver. In keeping with the Drinking Songs theme we began last week, however (The Hold Steady) we wanted to tell you about the show we went to last night - our favorite band that wears powdered wigs, The Upper Crust.
Imagine, if you will, a group of 18th century noblemen, sporting buckled shoes, velvet pants and beauty marks, playing AC/DC-style rock and roll about how awesome their butler is. They are a must-listen if you like power rock of any kind, especially if you like songs about rickshaw boys, rock and roll maids, finger bowls and leeching.
They put on a good show, with discussions of animal husbandry and plumbing the depths of the bass player Count Bassie, but our favorite moment of the night occurred offstage. It appears our Editor in Chief, the crusher of interns, saw lead singer Lord Bendover in his civvies before the show and became starstruck as an 11 year old girl at a Britney Spears concert. Lord Bendover complimented our EiC on his Malt Whisky shirt, and instead of asking for an autograph or saying something pithy, our fearless leader was heard to mutter something about a reciprocal t-shirt appreciation and then proceeded to black out for a few minutes. [Sadly, this couldn't be more true - Ed.]
For those of you needing a more direct booze connection for this post, here are a couple:
The Crust played the Modern Drunkard Convention this year - if they're good enough for Frank Rich they're good enough for us.
Lord Bendover drinks tequila like the agave plants are burning.
The Liquor Snob staff reacquainted itself with PBR at the show.
We've included a list of the Crust's albums below - we recommend the Cream of the Crust, a greatest hits album, to get you started.
It's no secret that we like to drink here at the Liquor Snob offices, but the ice chest full of beers next to every computer isn't the only thing that makes our humble little abode a great place to work. We also like to listen to music, and we have a little office-wide contest where the interns bring in music that's somehow drinking-related for us all to enjoy, so we thought we might start sharing some of that music with you. Y'know, to try to brighten up that miserable existence you're constantly trying to drink away the memory of. Plus it's so cute to watch the interns try to wow us.
Anyway, this installment of our drinking songs saga is The Hold Steady, a group that's been called America's best bar band. We were reading a Pitchfork review of Boys and Girls in America (Amazon), the band's latest release, however, and they think the bar band tag is a misnomer, something we've got to agree with. They say "...although the characters in the Hold Steady's beery tales are big drinkers, you can't imagine many of them bellied up to a bar." We couldn't agree more - bar drinking is something that can be morose and introspective, but the Hold Steady's music is all about people who're just having a lot of fun with their drinking. They drink at parties, they sneak booze into places, and in one song on Boys and Girls manage to drink out of a purse.
But it's not all about the booze, either - the Hold Steady just plain rock. Some people might have trouble with the lead singer's voice - he doesn't quite sing and he doesn't quite talk and it all sounds like it's being dragged over gravel - but dammit it works. This isn't music for white-belted hipster pixies in mommy's eye shadow...it's good old sipping-PBR-while-pumping-your-fist-at-the-club, driving-along-with-a-beer-between-your-legs (not that we condone that) balls out rock that makes you feel like you're starting a three day bender. And there's nothing wrong with that.
The Hold Steady's Catalog:
Almost Killed Me - 2004 (at Amazon)
Separation Sunday - 2005 (at Amazon)
Boys and Girls in America - 2006 (at Amazon)