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  1. Back in the day I was introduced to a lot of good music by the Tulane University radio station, on the static-y edge of its range (maybe 40 miles). An old timer at Fee Verte Forum, Lord Hobgoblin (a Brit) could expound at great length about the differences between Punk and New Wave. I'm not crazy about things being labeled and dissected in that way, but I thought that Punk was an anti-MusicIndustry revolution by young people in clammy garages who couldn't play their instruments but wanted to make some noise, record companies be damned. Obviously, some of them got signed to record deals. I would cite the Sex Pistols as probably the most notable example. Any band that would tour Texas, endure the storm of thrown Lone Star longnecks, and flip off the crowd has something going for them. Many years later they were invited to the Rock and Roll "Hall of Fame" and wiped their asses with the invitation. As I understand it, New Wave developed out of Punk - the attitude was similar but the New Wave bands could actually play their instruments, or learned to as time went by. Here's Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1988: Talk about three chords, there's not much more than one in The Killing Jar. Yet they do so much with it. That busy guy on the cello even makes me take my eyes off of Siouxsie (drool) for a while. Much of New Wave was heavy on the synthesizers (Gary Numan), but I like a little weirdness with my synth. More than a little, in the case of Devo: Danny Elfman with his trademark evil smile, fronting Oingo Boingo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PMI4XcUTgY...feature=related I think this was Oingo Boingo's farewell concert:
  2. I opened a fresh bottle of Blues Cat a few days ago and all the wax was dry and cracked - every bit of it came off with the tape that was wrapped around the top, which was okay with me. But then the wooden cap came off in my hand, leaving the cork in the bottle. Still not a big deal, but even T-corks aren't perfect.
  3. Just when I was getting ready to put my Urinal Homme and Urinal Femme up on Ebay as Belle Epoque his and hers absinthe carafes.
  4. I actually enjoyed a lot of stuff that Journey and Abba did (still do), and to a lesser extent, Foreigner. I had a friend who was a big Journey fan, and he got irate one day when I told him that Journey and Boston were interchangeable (we both agreed that Boston sucked). He got over it, though. Until the day he died he and I had a running joke: Boston would come on the radio and one of us would say, "Journey!" and vice versa. He got his musical cues from listening to the radio (stadium rock) and I got mine from Saturday Night Live (Devo, Talking Heads, Leon Redbone, Kid Creole and the Coconuts), and Trouser Press (Siouxsie and the Banshees, Adam and the Ants, XTC). It's all good when it's good.
  5. My initial impression was that it was a way more creative than usual pop in and press their thujone button post (and I've seen lots of them). He may not have a rabbi; he didn't say he was a Jew. I've known people who aren't Jews, but identify with the Old Testament and ancient Hebrew practices and consider themselves Israelites of a sort - they've built their religion from pieces and parts, which is okay with me. In any case, Artemisia absinthium isn't a rare item - plenty of state agricultural services provide help with exterminating it because it's considered an invasive, noxious weed. Most insects want nothing to do with it and it actually repels many of them, including fleas. It's my guess that ancient purification rituals making use of it are rooted in that, rather than its bitterness, but wormwood was so strongly identified with bitterness by the ancients that the word wormwood itself became a proxy for "bitter".
  6. I sure didn't. I read your post carefully, and as I understood it, you were into a specific type of music and passed through a decade that had a dearth of it. Can't argue with that at all. My response wasn't intended to be confrontational or argumentative in any way. I just threw out some things that I enjoyed in that decade to show my experience was different. Admittedly, most of those bands started in the 70s, and I was into "New Wave" at the time ... My comment about Depeche Mode and soul was strictly a matter of "check this out, maybe you'll see in it what I saw". My taste in music now is more eclectic than ever before. I've been putting a playlist together, and Hoagy Carmichael is in there right next to Ministry. But there has always been room for Blues and Bluegrass.
  7. Agreed. Green polished aluminum goblet. Just like in the Belle Epoque.
  8. Dragonwyck http://classicmoviesdigest.blogspot.com/20...spense-fox.html
  9. I would submit that absinthe forums ARE the stronger voice in a Facebook world wherein the only criterion is respiration.
  10. Lots of good music in the 80s. If you think Depeche Mode had no soul, viddy any of the clips of them at Rock Am Ring, reducing what looks like a crowd of millions to jello. This one, for example: Then there was the Cure, Prince, Ozzie, Oingo Boingo (maybe the most underrated band of all time - Danny Elfman is the only rock musician who ever came anywhere near Frank Zappa as a composer) XTC, etc. etc. As for Frank, he was the best lyricist of all time on top of being a dog nuts guitarist and band leader. Then, his endearing personality - if anyone had handed him a Pulitzer, he might have lit a cigarette with it to show how much he valued awards. RIP, Frank. I would. Mandolin fits just about any Led Zeppelin piece like a glove. Celtic fairy magick.
  11. If there was a film with Vincent's voice coming out of a fire hydrant, I think I could watch it for a while without boredom.
  12. I don't know about that, and I'm not into scoring anymore, but when I was, I was wary of scoring any modern absinthe maximum for any attribute, because if any modern absinthe is 100 (max score with Fee Verte system), then vintage Berger would have to be 110.
  13. Also, I'd like to read that article to which you refer. You know, sometimes a $10 bottle of wine is not plonk, and sometimes a $300 bottle is just an overpriced something else. The devil may be in the details. And sometimes a $3000 bottle and a $10 bottle contain the same wine, and the "experts" don't know the difference. I don't know if this is the article in question, but I found it entertaining: http://nymag.com/print/?/news/features/rud...e-fraud-2012-5/
  14. Some comments that had nothing to do with any shitstorm were moved as well (powdery quality in Blues Cat, color and coloration, Peridot, etc.), so anybody who wants the whole story on the substantive points that were made is going to have to read through it anyway.
  15. I remember these from a TXLF years ago: http://www.amazon.com/La-Perruche-Rough-Br...r/dp/B000I346XQ I liked them so much, they followed me home.
  16. I don't recognize that from any louche I've ever witnessed. From white to opalesque to dirty yellow? Consider the sequence illustrated here: http://www.feeverte.net/forum/index.php?sh...mp;#entry196318 The point about watering is well taken, but under and over-watered is a matter of opinion. Did I under-water the 90-year-old Pernod in those photos? Well, the glass only holds so much, and I'm not going to slurp it off the saucer. Could I have cut back on the dose of absinthe? Yeah, but why would I? In general, I don't much value descriptions of absinthe found in poetry. Poets take poetic license. Period French pharmacy and chemistry texts are another matter. Reading those, you find that we don't have a good understanding of the word "louche". As far as they were concerned, "louche" is near the beginning of a process that starts with "clear" and ends with "opaque". From this point of view, almost all absinthe louches. From this point of view, the absinthe in the photos referenced above is not over-watered, nor under-watered, as it's opaque. My tongue also told me it was not over-watered, nor under-watered, but then we're back to opinion. And if the maker of the antique glass knew his stuff (granted, it's not strictly speaking an absinthe glass), he wouldn't think it was under-watered either - otherwise, he would have made the dose smaller or the glass taller. When it comes to vintage brands louching or not, absent a time machine, we're never going to know, but Grim has a theory that may even further shoot down the possibility of discerning among surviving samples from a distance of 100 years or more: it may not be a only a matter of whether this brand or the other louched better originally - the effects of degradation on this sample or that may have to be considered. Old paintings of absinthe are another matter. It's safe to say those paintings represent a variety of brands. They tend to show glasses of louched absinthe that bear a strong resemblance to the one in the photos referenced above.
  17. You could always arm wrestle him. Good luck with Neddy Biceps.
  18. Sugar is less soluble in ethanol than it is in water. In water, it's more soluble as the temperature of the water increases. When you start a drip of water over sugar into a dose of pure absinthe, and the temperature of the water is rising, even if ever so slightly ... sugar in the bottom of the glass. That's why absinthe spoons tend to have pointy tips. http://www.blurtit.com/q299802.html
  19. Okay, capturing the initial header is as much of a pain in the ass as I knew it would be. This post is in response to some points that Hiram made. Probably because the one thing that everybody reads in practically every historical description of absinthe is that it louches. It sets absinthe apart from other drinks (yes, I know, Arak, Ouzo, etc., other liquors louche, but you see what I mean). When you go into it a little deeper, the fragrance and flavor of absinthe depend upon capturing essential oils. The greater the quantity and quality of the oils, the better the absinthe (in general). And the louche is an indicator of how well the distiller captured essential oils. I'm not saying that there are weak-louching absinthes that I didn't like, or that I'm going to sink any absinthe just because it didn't louche, but ... There's no doubt that star anise (badiane) is a shortcut to a thick louche, but I've never figured out to what extent absinthe makers of old used it for that reason, vs. the simple fact that people of the time appreciated the flavor of the stuff. Indeed. Achieving a thick louche without star anise is no mean feat. I remember when people were appreciating the flavor of cooked plants and overdue cuts, thinking they were tasting wormwood. Who knew what the hell distilled wormwood tasted like? Well, it doesn't taste like dirt.
  20. Also, an image from the same wikipedia entry on "peridot", which Id say looks like the color of my BC (i.e. golden) Yes, but the stones in that picture are not yet cut. As Scott hinted, the point of cutting the stones (or one point, anyway) is to define/refine the color. But for what it's worth, the first time I ever used "peridot" to describe absinthe, what I meant was essentially a somewhat pale yellowish green. And that's the color of the one bottle of Blues Cat that I've opened. I haven't even looked at the other bottles on hand.
  21. Would rather see The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, after which, in my opinion, Lovecraft could have put down his pen (or did he have a typewriter?), because he wasn't going to do any better than that. I find At the Mountains of Madness tedious and plodding. Most of Lovecraft's work gives me the sense he was paid by the word (and maybe he was, when he managed to get paid at all).
  22. There's also that issue with color. One might think that when he sees green, everybody else sees the same thing. It's not the case. The regional style designation thing isn't going to happen, for reasons others have posted (good job, I agree with all of them) and then some. One reason I don't think was mentioned, is that many distillers won't reveal what plants went into the batch, for obvious reasons. Even if a style exists, and a distiller claims to have produced it, you can't validate it without having watched him make the stuff. For what it's worth, Blues Cat could be considered to be ROUGHLY a takeoff on the ALLEGED historical style known as Nimes, but that's about as far as it goes.