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Crap Factory Coffee!

Posted in Coffee, connoisseur, Culture, roasting, unique, video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2008 by howsoonis08

Who knew shit could taste so good?! There is nothing I would enjoy more then to dry some of this shit, crush this shit, run pressurized water through it, and enjoy every last drop of the oily water! Confused yet? I know, personally, if someone was going to tell me that they were going to drink something that came for poo, I would be a little confused… and very skeptical… Well, as it turns out, what they’re really doing is waiting for coffee beans to be eaten, digested, and excreted from the Asian Palm Civet, and making coffee from it!

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These coffee beans are called Kopi Luwak, and are the most expensive coffee in the world! How expensive? Well, it sells for between $120 and $600 US dollars per pound! It’s really quite something… The civets will eat the coffee berries, the bean (inside the berry) will pass through their system undigested, and will come out with a decreased amount of caffeine, and a unique palette of tastes (none of which are shitty!).

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The reason for such a high price isn’t a hard answer to come up with… for instance… the workers have to follow around a weasel-like rodent waiting it to shit…. does that help a little? What about the fact that the civets can only eat and shit so much (Low Quantity)? And if its increasing the flavors in the coffee bean, this means it’s going to be an increase in demand for coffee connoisseurs!

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This makes me wonder about people using this information to make money… If the civet-poo coffee is so delicious, why not put them onto farms, feed them beans, and harvest the poo? Of course people do this! But I wonder about the quality… If in a nature setting these civets create masterful coffee beans, what happens when you collect them, feed them a food substitute as well as coffee cherries, and then collect their poo? It probably won’t be as authentic as the real product, nor as high quality. Unfortunately this is all true, and new processes, such as chemically stimulating the civet’s digestive system, have been developed in order to create more and more of a supply…

Well… I am yet to try Kopi Luwak… Our local coffee roaster Cupper’s brought it in once, but there is no way I can afford upwards to $100 dollars a pound for coffee on a tight university budget. Someday… someday I will get to indulge in flavors that have been created by sitting in a animals crap factory…!

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It was all whirlwind, heat, and flash…

Posted in 80's, Culture, Indie rock, music, Music Video, Shoegaze, video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2008 by howsoonis08

Layers of guitar, whirling puzzles of melodies, tonal bliss, subdued vocals, alteration after alteration of effects… I love shoegaze… and how could you not? With the ever-droning riffs, and the non-stop wall of sound smashing against your body, and mesmerizing your mind! I’ve never felt more encompassed by a sound then when listening to powerful shoegaze.

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Of course, watching them play live is usually as fun as watching bread rise, but I honestly believe that that’s not why you go to watch them. You’re not going to watch, you’re going to feel, and experience the creation of slab of sound that’s going to ram into your body like a 400 pound undulating mass of human flesh running towards some Cheesies.

It really is a shame that they never got the exposure they deserved… but really, I can see why… have you ever watched an interview with Kevin Shields?

Shoegaze came about sometime in the early 1980’s around the Great Britain area. Unfortunately, because it really was a scene the celebrated itself, shoegaze basically died in the England area. At that time Brit-pop started to become increasingly popular, and basically built criticisms towards shoegaze. Because Brit-pop soon became the dominant music structure in the England area, there was not much else the shoegazers could do but remain under radar, and eventual fall to its death. Just to clear up any confusion, they were labeled as shoegazer bands, because for most of the show they were huddled over their effects pedals and playing with enormous passion…

I’ve heard many of my friends say that at concerts such as Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky, they’ve been so moved by the experience that they will go as far as to compare it to a religious experience…. Shoegaze would provide mine…

So, to end off my post for today, I’m going to allow you to indulge in some shoegaze sweetness…

 

The Telescopes – Flying – Off of their album “# Untitled Second”

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Just like Honey – Off their 1985 release “Psycho Candy”

My Bloody Valentine – You made me Realize – From their 1988 Ep “You made me Realize”

My Bloody Valentine – Feed me with your Kiss – Quintessential shoegaze! Off their 1988 LP “Isn’t Anything

Ride – Leave them All Behind – From their 1992 LP “Going Blank Again”

Others you may want to check out: Chapterhouse, Lush, Slowdive, Swervedriver, The Swirlies, Spaceman 3, the Cocteau Twins, Even early Dinosaur Jr., 

Coffee Shops – A cool place to Hang??

Posted in Coffee, music, percussion, unique with tags , , , , , , on January 22, 2008 by howsoonis08

This post will concentrate mainly on the music side of my blog. I found this video while Stumble!-ing around the internet. To tell you the truth, I was quite dumbfounded when the video began to play… I had no prior knowledge of hang drums, and am very interested in percussion instruments. This video knocked my socks off, and led to an afternoon (and the majority of the evening) of research in the attempts to gather more information on hang drums, and how I could own one! So please, please look at the video! An musician or music lover will receive great pleasure!

As you can see, hang drums (pronounced ‘hung’ or ‘hong’) are very similar to a steel drum, and uses many of the same principals to operate. What amazes me is the variety of sounds you can generate! For more information, make sure you google search ‘Hang Drums‘, or you can check this site out here!

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I’d love to here something like this in a coffee shop! If you were interested in buying one yourself, take a look at this link here!