Awaken Cafe and Slow-Gin present a “First Friday” love songs and photography exhibition in The Town!
When: Friday, February 5th, 2010, 5-8pm
What: Slow-Gin DJ Set + Meet & greet with photographer Winston J. Dong Jr.
Where: Awaken Cafe (414 14th St, Oakland, CA – between Broadway and Franklin)
More on the exhibition from Winston himself:
What I look at in my photography—and how I take my photographs — is about pausing and taking a closer and slower look at the juxtapositions and quirkiness of everyday places and objects, how people use them, and how they change us at a particular time of the day.
I’m attempting to start a story with a picture: think about how a radio piece or a country song can give you such a strong image; I’m trying to achieve the inverse, not by focusing on portraits, but on places and parts of places and how people move through them and see them and are affected by them.
Growing up in New York, “catching the sun” was the phrase I used in my mind to describe racing through the West Village down to the Hudson River to catch the setting sun and looking at all the places and people I passed in that late afternoon light.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on January 29, 2010 @ 1:13 PM
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It’s been a tad over 2 weeks and the delicious GPA (Gunnther’s Pale Ale) has been chillin’ in the secondary fermenter AKA The Glass Carboy! The term carboy comes from the Persian word qarabah or qarrabah, meaning “large flagon.” It is thought that carboys originate from the Near East, where drug sellers used large glass vessels, filled with coloured liquids, especially rosewater and wine, in their stalls. While I type this, I am in the process of preparing the bottles (thank you Peter, Dimas, Megan and Heinold’s for your generous contributions). My lovely brewing assistant and myself will be bottling the GPA tonight, so if all goes well, we should be tasting this nectar of the grains on Valentines Day weekend. Keep you posted. If you live in SF and are interested in trying a brew and some new hand selected Om beats, leave a comment.…
Behold the Carboy, and the GPA begins to flow from the Deluxe Fermenter!
Soaking the tube in hot water softened it up so I could get it on. Nice trick, thank you Griz!
Happy NEW beer! To celebrate, I am documenting my first beer brewing experience. In a little over a month’s time, the delicious GPA (Gunnther’s Pale Ale) will be ready to taste! Thought you’d enjoy a peek into the process below…
The glorious grain BAG! Full of delicious ground up barley (that smelled like grape nuts)
The 5 gallon pot, purchased on Clement Street for $40 (a startling value).
After bringing 3 gallons o’ SF tap water to almost boil, in goes the BAG, with a heavy towel to retain warmth.
Out comes the BAG after 45 minutes of steeping to make the “WORT” – AKA Beer before fermentation AKA grain tea.
Next, 6 lbs of sweet and sticky malt extract is added to the WORT and the heat is turned up to HIGH!
…also added at this time, the UK Challenger. This is essentially hops, picked fresh, mashed up and frozen w/ liquid nitrogen (to retain freshness) into pellets. They look like rabbit food.
After 30 minutes of a firm steady rolling boil, ½ oz of the 2nd hop pellets are added along w/ something I like to call an Aflac clarifying tablet and then after another 20 minutes, the rest o’ the hops are added.
Now, 60 minutes in, the WORT has bubbled into a very FUNKY smelling hoppy soup.
Time to cool the WORT down, dipped into a cool refreshing ice bath of U LINE gel packs in the sink for 45 minutes.
Ahhh…check out Billy Dee in the background. Behold the Deluxe Fermenter (sanitized and dry).
After filling the Deluxe Fermenter with 2 1/2 gallons of cool water, 1/3 of the WORT is added and then my lovely Brewing Assistant Riya ceremoniously PITCHES the yeast!
This is then followed by a vigorous pour of the remaining 2/3 of WORT to activate the yeast w/o stirring.
The lid of the Deluxe Fermenter is snapped on, and the Italian made air lock is inserted.
Ahhh…5-6 days of primary fermentation and then out of the Deluxe Fermenter and into the secondary fermenter AKA the glass CARBOY! To be continued….
Check out this added bonus video of the air lock doing its thing:
Today’s Top Tune is a free song a day, from KCRW’s all Music Channel, that represents a cross section of KCRW’s eclectic music format. Tracks selected are chosen from recent and upcoming releases as well as songs performed live on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Each song will be available for download and podcast.
DJ and remixer James Curd is the main man behind Greenskeepers. His new solo EP, The Wills and the Wonts is full of whimsical and danceable tracks including the title track and Today’s Top Tune, “The Wills and the Wonts”.
The homeys over at Vimby spent the day w/ PUTS in SF documenting this little slice of life. Check out the freestyle footage at the Om studio, stage diving antics at Slim’s and some real talk about being a rap artist these days. Enjoy! PS_Dig on the photo from Guigo Lima taken backstage in Brazil.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on December 3, 2009 @ 11:45 AM
Posted in: Music
Our peeps over at URB have a new site with an interview with Thes One! Peep the link below and find out what’s up with the new album, hearing his beats on TV and having a shirtless angry Will.I.Am in his face.
We’re bringing it back! In celebration of Halloween and Michael Jackson.
Check it out! Our homeys from up in Portland return for the second time this week w/ another dope FREE remix. This time, they’re bringing ‘Thriller’ out of the crypt and onto the dance floor with a funky house remix. It’s subtle, they focused on the bass line (the funky one you know and love). Touch the banner above to download the FREE spooktacular remix and get down w/ the groovy goolies Om style.
Yes, it’s true, now’s your chance to get your paws on a PUTS & Billy Dee Williams 45! The good peeps at Colt 45 hooked up our happy panda with 50 copies…
Be one of the first 50 to go to om-records.com.and buy a copy of ‘Carried Away’ on heavyweight audiophile double vinyl, and the ‘Beer’ 45" is yours for FREE (courtesy of Colt 45).
Pick it up, pick it up HERE.
Check out the gate-fold board game!!!
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 29, 2009 @ 3:01 PM
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Featuring an all new remix and instrumental dedicated to the smooth taste of Colt. Don’t let it fool ya! These are limited to 1,000 copies pressed on beer colored vinyl (yes!). The only way to pick one up is to bring your Very Important Partier card to a PUTS show or stay tuned to this blog. We will reveal other ways to touch copies. Keep drinkin’ yall.
Who wants a quart?
Who wants a 40?
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 22, 2009 @ 2:51 PM
Posted in: Music