It's only so often that I will happily endorse a product here, and it's usually of the cosmetics variety. However, today I wish to sing the praises of Peels. Not only is Peels a delicious, refreshing malt beverage made with real fruit juices, but it's also extremely effective in making the movie Snakes on a Plane appear far more entertaining than it actually is.
Ohmygod, that is the worst movie. I saw it at the drive-in theater last night and would've gone home quite disappointed had it not been for Final Destination 3, which I not-so-quietly enjoyed. I don't dig horror movies, and I barely tolerate teen movies, so why have I loved the entire Final Destination trilogy? Who knows.
I've been the grateful recipient of four CDs in the past two weeks. First, my friend Ryan made me a totally awesome funk mix that's got me sliding around in the Stratus like I was James Brown. Then, I convinced STNNNG to hand over the deftones' B-sides and Rarities discs from their prize pack after they suspiciously placed above my empty-handed team in the Sound Unseen Rock 'N Bowl tournament. Then, I stopped by Aardvark Records and Vince gave me a copy of Ani DiFranco's latest, Reprieve, as well as all of the mp3s from Lucero's forthcoming album, Rebels, Rogues, and Sworn Brothers.
Lucero will be back at The Triple Rock September 29th and 30th, probably selling it out again (despite playing two shows this time). Friday's the 18+ show, Saturday's the 21+. I might just go to both because I'm crazy like that.
A bittersweet weekend at the end of September: the Lucero shows coincide with the closing of Aardvark Records. Proprietor Vince Murray introduced me to Lucero, and I'm sure a few hundred other people can say the same. Vince has hosted three in-store performances for the band since 2004, and has been largely responsible for their popularity here in Minneapolis long before they were selling out venues in NYC.
Stop by Aardvark Records (on Lowry and Central Avenues in Northeast) before September 30th and show Vince some love for being the coolest record shop owner in town. While you're at it, hit up Lucero on Myspace and tell them how much you want to see an in-store performance/farewell bash at Aardvark that weekend.
I'll personally guarantee copious amounts of whiskey and PBR.