Boston Hip Hop veterans Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists)just released their new album Resolution on Mello Music Group and stopped by the NPR Headquarters for an on camera show with a live band for the acclaimed NPR Series Tiny Desk Concert. The band made up of Tommy Benedetti (of John Brown's Body) on drums, Van Gordan Martin on guitar, Lean Thomas aka Chop on Keys, and legendary bassist Ashish Vyas (of Thievery Corporation).
PARIS (Reuters) Asterix, the indomitable pint-sized Gaul forever outfoxing the Romans, returns for his 37th comic adventure on Thursday, this time battling his way across Italy in a chariot race. The mustachioed hero, who has been entertaining readers with his magic-potion exploits alongside Obelix since 1959, has become a mainstay in the publishing industry, with more than 370 million albums sold worldwide. As well as being translated into more than 100 languages, the books have inspired a dozen movies and cartoon series, making it a global phenomenon. The latest edition, 'Asterix et la Transitalique' (Asterix and the Chariot Race), is set in ancient Italy. Rather than a showdown with Julius Caesar, it involves the resolute Gauls meeting a tribe called the Italics who are also fighting to remain independent from Rome. The original books, written by Rene Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, built up a mass following in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, with many childhood readers from those days still snapping up the titles decades on.
Author Jean-Yves Ferri (L) and illustrator Didier Conrad hold a copy of their new comic album Asterix et la Transitalique (Asterix and the Chariot Race) during an interview in Vanves near Paris, France, October 17, 2017, the latest in the series created by illustrator Albert Uderzo and writer Rene Goscinny in 1959. Picture taken October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer After Goscinny's death in 1977, Uderzo wrote and illustrated the series until he retired in 2009. The last three editions have been written by Jean-Yves Ferri and drawn by Didier Conrad, sticking closely to the original format. We had Italy in mind and then I had the idea of a chariot race, a sort of rally from ancient times, a trip across the peninsula leading from one city to another, said Ferri as he and Conrad presented the new edition this week. According to tradition, the latest Asterix features a new villain, Coronavirus, a mysterious, masked chariot racer who will stop at nothing to win. While Uderzo plays a role overseeing the series, Ferri said he had not asked for any changes. He wanted a team able to perpetuate the tradition and he put his trust in us, he said. He shows his support, but is not really critical. The only change we had to make was putting a dot on the 'i' of 'italique', he joked. We agreed against our will. With the Asterix movies proving box office successes, the books have attracted a new, younger generation of followers. That is reflected in the print run for Asterix and the Chariot Race, with five million copies planned.
1UP drops his newest mixtape Jokes On Me it starts with a comedic overtone about paths and reasoning. The album then drops into the 1st song Change beginningwith a reflective track as 1Up sings the hook showing his emotional balance within his music. The production brings you right into the atmosphere and better helps you visualize the song.
1Up is growing as an artist and I can see his delivery tighteningup for the next mixtape, great concept, and will of creation. The tape continues as 1Up digs into his pain and comes out with the track Exhale, the production is right on point, very eeriedark feel mixed with an insightful touch. Do What I Wants to is a freedom track restating his life is his to live and no one can show him how to discover his purpose. This is how artistshave to feel in order to create their best work. 1Up keeps this train rolling as Three Sixty Five is a testament to his dedicationto his royal highness. The movie rant is a great touch to the album, it shows off the artist's personality and very unique stances. This can very well be a returningsegment to 1Up's future albums, I'venever seen this before within a musical composition. HIPHOPhas always been about originality and concepts and I can see 1Up growing into a top tier artist when he finds that right pocket. Chasing Dreams again comes in with some amazing production that carries throughout the song effortlessly and the magical hook seals the deal, this is by far my favorite song on the album.The second half of the album heats up as Burn Bridges catches my attention, the sound is very precise and mellow. I would like to see a very out of this world visual for this one. As the album concludes 13 tracks I rate this album a 6.9 and Highlight of the compilation was the unique concept and Chasing Dreams Follow 1Up on all social media accounts @1upwhatup IG FB and Twitter
Three Parts is a column inspired by the Jack Rose Society- a group of bartenders in Boston that set out to test classic cocktail recipes until they landed on their favourite iteration. The concept is simple- we ask three bartenders to provide their preferred recipe for one classic cocktail. This week we're looking at the margarita.
Owner- The Pontiac 1.5 Derrumbes San Luis
0.75 dry curaao
1 tsp 2:1
Shake, rocks, grapefruit oil San Luis is the most vegetal mezcal I have ever had. It taste like pickled okra!!!! It also comes across more sweet on the palate (it is not sweet) so dry curaao helps balance that out. 2:1 for viscosity and grapefruit for aromatics and bitterness. Grapefruit and mezcal hold hands. They just fit.
Owner- Anvil Bar and Refuge 1 oz Cabeza Blanco Tequila
1 oz Del Maguey Chichicapa
.5 oz Persian Lime (Standard American Grocery Store Limes) Juice
.5 oz Key Lime Juice
.5 oz Agave Nectar Shake all ingredients with ice and dump into a rocks glass without ice, garnished with a Tajin and salted rim. If this is about the Margarita I'd make for myself, not necessarily the one I'd serve in a bar to a guest, that means I get to be a little pickier right? Well, here goes. First, spirits I like a basic tequila Margarita just fine, and I enjoy a more robust Mezcal Margarita as well. But rarely do people mix the two together to get the best of both worlds; that's a mistake. The smokiness from the mezcal really helps cut the sweetness in a Margarita, but it can be overwhelming at times particularly when it's hot outside and you really want to emphasize the refreshing qualities of the drink. The 50:50 balance of the two is perfect however. I like Cabeza Tequila in Margaritas because of the higher (but not too high) proof and Del Maguey Chichicapa because of the iconic mezcal profile, which isn't too mineral-driven (like those aged in clay not the best for a Margarita) or too sweet. Limes. It's weird to me how neglected the evolution of citrus is as a topic in today's modern bartending community. What we use as a standard lime today is a hybrid that was cultivated increasingly throughout the last century reaching heights as globalization standardized citrus sold in the US. Blending Persian and Key Limes is ideal for a Margarita the Key Limes are bright and acidic and the Persian Limes have a great texture for mixing. Together, they make a better lime juice for Margaritas. Sweetener. I know lots bartenders and Margarita peanut gallery members hate agave nectar and prefer an orange liqueur. I like Margaritas done in that style too, but I want something sessionable/poundable when I'm drinking Margaritas, and that to me means I want a friendlier drink that has a touch more sweetness. That's why I opt for agave nectar, and if it's good enough for Julio Bermejo, it's good enough for me. After all, this recipe is just a riff on a Tommy's Margarita anyway. The dump. I don't know the shake and dump just tastes better than the shake and strain over fresh ice, which causes another washing of the drink to occur. People typically avoid this because the shaken ice tends to melt quicker than the fresh ice you would strain a cocktail over. Those people don't know how to drink a Margarita. Tajin. Who doesn't like Tajin? And, I've always preferred my Margaritas with salt.
Daniel Parker Guidry
Bar Manager-Bar Casa Vale The Margarita is one of my favorite drinks. It's a quintessential cocktail for a reason. It's also one of the only cocktails my dad ever ordered when we went out to eat at our family's favorite Mexican restaurant. I love the margarita and short of using fresh squeezed juice, I'll drink it in many of it's forms. This is my recipe:
1 1/2 oz. Blanco Tequila 1 oz. fresh lime juice 3/4 oz Cointreau 1/4 oz Oleo Saccharum
Prepare two lime wedges and pint glass with a salted rim, measure all ingredients into a dry shaker, add ice and shake, double strain into your prepared glass, and add bar ice. Garnish with two lime wedges.
There are two camps to the Margarita. Non-purists who grab any exotic fruit and squeeze it in for fun or add a touch of orange juice to brighten up the lime On the other side there are the purists. It's a classic recipe and anything that calls for more than tequila, lime, triple sec and agave or sugar is a derivative. Call it a Grapefruit Margarita or a Prickly Pear Margarita, if you must. I fall closer into the purist camp, but I want to reinforce the floral components of lime juice. The Margarita, however it came to be, is a daisy and daisy's unify the spirit and sour ingredients with an aromatic sweetener, but triple sec doesn't do it alone in my book. Introducing citrus oils to the mix only increases this agreement while amplifying all of their flavors. This is pure un-adulterated Margarita goodness.