Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 8th, 2013 - St. Lupulin Is Speaking In Tongues

Good evening!  Tonight I'm pairing a refreshing St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company and "Speaking In Tongues" by Talking Heads!

St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale from Odell Brewing Company is an American India Pale Ale (IPA).  Here's what Odell has to say about their fine brew: "A mystical legend echoes in our brewhouse – that of St. Lupulin (loop-you-lin) the archetypal hophead. He devoted endless summers to endless rows of hops, tending to the flowers and the beloved resin within – lupulin. Extraordinary oils in this yellow resin provide this dry-hopped extra pale ale with an undeniably pleasing floral aroma and clean, crisp finish. One sip of this seasonal summer ale and you too, will believe."  It pours a hazy golden straw-yellow color with a frothy, bright white head with good retention and pronounced and sustained lacing.  The nose is big grapefruit aroma with yeast and some biscuit malts.  The flavor is a balance of grainy malts and citrus/pine... mild grapefruit and a little juniper.   It is crisp and refreshing with a slightly bitter finish.  St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale is an outstanding example of this style of brew and one I highly recommend!

Released in 1983, "Speaking In Tongues" is the 5th studio album by the "new wave" band Talking Heads.  This is the album that really expanded their audience, a commercial breakthrough that produced the band's first (and only) American Top 10 hit, the excellent "Burning Down the House".  The album included other great tracks "Making Flippy Floppy", "Girlfriend Is Better", "Slippery People", "I Get Wild/Wild Gravity", and "Moon Rocks".  Combining funk, punk, synth-pop, and new wave elements, "Speaking In Tongues" is a very up-beat, more accessible album, but still exhibits the band's quirky and artistic approach to music production.  David Byrne provides lead vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass, and percussion.  Chris Frantz provides drums, backing vocals, and synthesizers.  Jerry Harrison provides keyboards, guitars, and backing vocals.  Tina Weymouth provides synthesizers, string bass, backing vocals, and guitars.  As with the St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale, "Speaking In Tongues" is something everyone needs... a great album, from a great band!!


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