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otherwise they wouldn’t need the lights: advice from thelonious monk

word.

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the simple things, done right: a shim breakfast

*yawn* i am truly not a morning person. never have been. nope. even, i might add with a solid 8 hrs of sweet, sweet shut-eye. but goddamit, i am also of the type that is as fucking useless as rehab is to lindsay lohan without a good breakfast. although this ain’t solving pi or anything […]

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get fucking crackin’ with the kraken black spiced rum

aye matey!!! captain fucking morgan this ain’t. this bad-ass spiced rum is inexpeez, almost black in color and tastes of kola syrup (molasses?) and dark chocolate, with hints of ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. and like all good pirate fare, it’s a hold-fast inducing 94 proof. but worry ye not: it’s as smooth as freshly […]

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good reads: jim harrison’s the raw and the cooked

whether you be searching for the perfect cool summer read or possibly a spicy foodie tome with balls big enough for rachael ray to choke on, i give you: mighty jim harrison’s the raw and the cooked. this book’s basically got it all: the adventures of a guy that masterfully and effortlessly lays down words, […]

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konnichiwa, bitchez! sake + beer = japanese for delicious

well, i’m not professing to be an expert on sake or sushi, but i AM an expert on delicious. and this extremely super fucking delicious extremely super fucking dry insanely delicious sake is… delicious! and inexpeez! which, you know you gotta love, i.e. $22 for 750 mL. michinoku otokoyama tokubetsu junmai sake. best served room […]

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seeking nirvana-the kitchen edition: shim recommends cookbooks

a quote to live by: “every good meal begins with a murder.” a few years ago, i lived above a stoopid fucking snaggle-toothed troll that decided, at 3 am to walk her dog. what’s the problem? you ask. well, “she” was deep frying a bunch at the time. needless to say, due to her mount […]

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texas vodka smackdown: tito’s vs. dripping springs-FIGHT!

you know, i really hope y’all appreciate the personal sacrifices made here at the diet-of-insects tasting lab. it’s a long, hard road to the top, and when you claim bullet-proof xxx-cellence, many facts have to be checked and re-checked. and in this case, re-checked and re-checked and reeeeee-czech-ed-ed… i wanna call up russia right now […]

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mini album review: a sufi and a killer by gonjasufi

whoa. gonjasufi is so far out you’ll forget where “in” was. teaming up with the equally founded in dark matter, dj the gaslamp killer, they do it the way i envision burning man should be (if they kicked out all those stinky, scenester ass grinders.) very wonk and fucked up but somehow seriously in the […]

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proceed with caution-shim recommends: le tournment vert

ahhh, fucking french people. only they could make and sucessfully market something translated as “the green torment.” but better known to us north american scum as THE… GREEN… FAIRY. dun-dun-DAAAAAA!!!! yep, le tournment vert‘s actually got a considerable amount of wormwood in it. or Artemisia absinthium for you goth heads. how the fuck is this […]

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mulatu astatke: mini review

mulatu astatke is one of those artists that i wish i had been aware of years ago. ethiopian jazz?!? so much wasted funk. so many dark moods that could have been salvaged. this man has pretty much single-handedly dug a bottomless well of afro-caribbean-jazz-funk. but it’s so much more. this music brims with so much […]

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