New Tunes & Tonics

I probably should have reviewed Margo's (not her real name) Advanced Configuration and Troubleshooting class) slides when I got home but instead I was greeted with Act II of of last night's latest Ant Attack. After that died down (along with the death of many tiny disapproving ants) I realized that I forgot to bring my printout of the class home with me anyway. Oops.

Luckily for me, my brand spanking new copy of The Tikiyaki Orchestra's CD Stereoexotique came in the mail this afternoon. I also hadn't had a chance to peruse the latest Tiki Magazine that came last week. This must be a sign. I should relax, listen to my new tunes and enjoy a frosty beverage. I didn't really feel like mixing anything fruity so I decided to try a Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry beer. That's fuity. Sorta... Maybe.

Yeah... what am I thinking? Pomegranate raspberry beer? I guess I've been giving AB a few shots lately just to see what they're up to. At least they're trying different things: craft beers, varietals, and now... fruity beer. The Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry is nothing spectacular. It's not particularly good but it's not bad. It first hits your nose with a mild cherry LifeSaver. It then greets your palate with a bit of tangy fruitiness from the pomegranate and then just sort of disappears into blah. It's not sweet. It's not particularly hopped. It's tasteless light beer with some fruity flavoring added. I was sort of expecting something more like the Jolly Rancher kick of a Smirnoff Ice but this doesn't do that at all. It's nice that there are alternatives. Overall I give it a 2.5 out of 10 (whatever that might mean.)

The Tikiyaki Orchestra however is a great and welcome find. I can only hope that Stereoexotique will not be the one and only release from Jim. The album takes the vintage exotica sounds of Martin Denny then blends them with a bit of lounge organ and beautiful, exotic (sometime eerie) steel guitar. The more I listened to the steel guitar, the more I was reminded of another album I have by The Vanduras. Sure enough with I looked at the liner notes, Gary Brandin of The Vanduras and The Blue Hawaiians was credited for the steel guitar work. It all makes sense now. This is beautiful soundtrack-worthy stuff. Go give it a listen if you want. It's also packaged with a nifty coaster and a drink-umbrella in the spine of the CD case. Pretty nice huh?


Kim said...

I actually bought that beer this past weekend, and mabye I'm just a girl, but I like it! I've been doing Mich Ultra for a while, so it wasn't too hard for me to switch.

christine said...

Try the smirnoff ice version. It is sooooo tasty. I've got 100 left over from the pool party. Nathan (not his real name) is making a dent in them.