Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6th, 2016 - Going CoCoNuts In Joe's Garage

Good afternoon and happy Friday!  Your drinkin' buddy the Meista here today pairing Frank Zappa's "Joe's Garage Act I." and a CoCoNut Porter from Maui Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Frank Zappa
  • Title: "Joe's Garage Act I."
  • Recorded: March through June 1979 at Village Recorders "B" in Los Angeles, California
    Release date: September 17th, 1979 (28th album by Frank Zappa)009-02-03)
  • Record company: Zappa Records
  • Production: Frank Zappa
  • Album cover art: Ferenc Dobronyi (design), Norman Seeff (photography), and John Williams (artwork)
  • Personnel: Frank Zappa (guitar and vocals) with Arthur Barrow (bass, guitar, and vocals), Dale Bozzio (vocals), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums, combustible vapors, and optometric abandon), Warren Cuccurullo (rhythm guitar and vocals), Marginal Chagrin aka Earle Dumler (baritone saxophone), Jeff Hollie (tenor saxophone), Al Malkin (vocals), Ed Mann (percussion and vocals), Tommy Mars (keyboards), Patrick O'Hearn (bass), Stumuk aka Bill Nugent (bass saxophone), Craig Steward (harmonica), Denny Walley (slide guitar and vocals), Ike Willis (lead vocals), and Peter Wolf (keyboards)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock, hard rock, rock and roll, blues rock, jazz, fusion, R&B, experimental rock
  • Sound: Wow... how do you describe Zappa's sound??  Seriously?  In a word... BRILLIANT!!
  • Major themes: A concept album/rock opera, Zappa described "Joe's Garage as a "stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music."  The songs examine individualism, free will, human sexuality, the music industry, invasive government, censorship, religion, oppression, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "The Central Scrutinizer"
  2. "Joe's Garage"
  3. "Catholic Girls"
  4. "Crew Slut"
  5. "Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt"
  6. "On The Bus"
  7. "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?"  
  8. "Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up"
  9. "Scrutinizer Postlude"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Maui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii)
  • Website:   
  • Brew: CoCoNut Porter
  • Style: American Porter
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • IBUs: 30
  • Ingredients: 6 varieties of malted barley, hops, and hand-toasted coconut
  • Pour: Ink black with a frothy white head that leaves a thin ring and trace lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is roasty, toasty, and earthy.  There are big aromas of toasted coconut, French roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla bean, and hints of spicy hops.
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the CoCoNut Porter is rich, complex, earthy, sweet, toasty, nutty, and roasty.  There are notes of dark malt, black coffee, dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, hints of marshmallow, nutmeg, hazelnut, and a lovely balance of toasted coconut.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with lower carbonation, the mouthfeel of the CoCoNut Porter is rich, creamy, silky, and smooth with a slightly dry, spicy, and sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The bold, complex, nutty, and semi-sweet flavors of Maui Brewing Company's wonderfully tasty CoCoNut Porter makes for a nice companion to the brilliant insanity that is Zappa's "Joe's Garage"!   'Nuff said!


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