Lunch of Champions

Alaskan Salmon, Onion, Lemon, Kale, Tomato, Buttered Sourdough

Spook Stuff for Hallowe'en (1960) - 99¢ Record #9

More 33 1/2 RPM sound effects for the season.

Can't fail with descriptions like "Witches and goblins take off for Halloween shenanigans on the moon" and "A cowboy escaping from a prairie fire on a stormy Halloween night."

1. Prologue - Witches Rehearse for Halloween
2. 18 Spooky Sound Effects for Your Ghost Stories
3. The Haunted Mine
4. A Deserted Prairie Ranch
5. A Cemetery at Midnight
6. Halloween at the Haunted Castle
7. Spooky Zoo Party
8. Hobgoblins and Spaceships
9. Hey Diddle Diddle Spook Stuff

Halloween, where the weirdest wildest sites are seen - Oscar Brand

Ichabod Coors

                       Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale is Ichabod.


Snake Bite Porter - Silver Moon Brewing

Silver Moon Brewing is located in, one of the many homes of the western rattler, central Oregon.

Fresh buttery roasted coffee and creamy cocoa. Faint vanilla fused with silky caramel and a Count Chocula fanged pine finish.  5.2%.

Riboflavin flavored, non-carbonated, polyunsaturated blood.


Breakfast of Champions

                 Sockeye Salmon, Eggs With Asparagus, Fruit


Alaskan Brewing - Double Black IPA (2010) + Sounds to Make You Shiver (1974)

Alaskan Brewing Company is out of Juneau, AK.

Oily smooth chocolate roasted pine and berry aromas rise up from perched russet hued foam.  Chocolate spiced coffee with honey glaze and a subtle hop tang. 8.5%.

Sounds to Make You Shiver is a fun LP with creepily layered and eerily evocative haunted house effects on side one and an auditory delicatessen of the macabre on the other.

With 42 days to go the mood is gearing up.

1. A Night in a Haunted House
2. Witch Laugh
3. Count Dracula and His Victim
4. Screams & Groans
5. Moans & Groans
6. Cats
7. Dogs
8. Banging Shutter
9. Phantom Piano
10. Creaky Door & Breaking Windows
11. Thunder & Wind
12. Frankenstein's Monster Breaks Loose
13. Hooting Owl

Cable television is upchuckerous.

Momentarily Lost in Sleep

Portland, OR

Portland is a cool but tough to check out with work obligations. Missed two concerts but rode the rails, had hummus & beer at Belmont Station, witnessed a mugger beaten, and visited Powell's.

                           Alameda Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA



Happy Labor Day

Pulled Pork with green peppers, red onions, fresh lemon juice, heirloom tomato, and Oregon Dan's Apricot BBQ Sauce on a buttered La Boulange bricohe bun.

Corn on the cob, roasted squash with ginger, Boundary Bay IPA.

Chess or global thermonuclear war?


Bitches Brew - Miles Davis & Dogfish Head Brewery

I know little to zero about jazz but it has Halloween spirit.

A tense organic tapestry of frothing and potent discordant sound-scapes made exclusively for time dilation.  Tugging at cosmic strings and free falling through pyramidic caverns.

Warmed to room temperature with frantic lavender and vanilla aromas. Using gesho root instead of hops which means I've learned something new.  Viscous roasted sugar beet syrup with ash charred cocoa and a faint apple bite. 9%.

1. Pharaoh's Dance
2. Bitches Brew
3. Spanish Key
4. John McLaughlin

1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
2. Sanctuary
3. Spanish Key
4. John McLaughlin
5. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
6. Spanish Key
7. Great Expectations
8. Little Blue Frog

1. Directions (Copenhagen 11/4/69)
2. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (Copenhagen 11/4/69)
3. Bitches Brew (Copenhagen 11/4/69)
4. Agitation (Copenhagen 11/4/69)
5. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Copenhagen 11/4/69)
6. Sanctuary (Copenhagen 11/4/69)
7. It s About That Time (Copenhagen 11/4/69)
8. The Theme (Copenhagen 11/4/69)



Pumpkin Ales

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale:  Cloven aromas with roasted ginger & crushed stems. Fluffy spiced pumpkin mash with vanilla cream undertone. 6%.

Elysian on Capitol Hill plays host to the the "Great Pumpkin Beer Festival" this Oct. 16-17.
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale:  Hearty cinnamon cracker crust and malted ginger soaked yams. Sugary pumpkin booze goodness. 7%.

This is the time of year for choate cucurbita celebration.

Bongripper - Satan Worshipping Doom (2010)

Bongripper immediately sold me with "The Great Barrier Reefer" which tied Mammatus as one of the best of 2006.

Witty album titles aside these guys bring Vesuvius sized instrumental damnation.

Distorted sulfuric riffs that cause craters and continental drifts while filling your head with eschatological tephra.

Brimstoner heaviness from amplitude-mongers.


1. Hail
2. Satan
3. Worship
4. Doom

Satan is our pal.



Halloween Movie Round-Up 2010

2 months of chillingly creepy cinema that will civilize cannibals, counts, and creatures commences! 2009.

The Bad Seed (1956): 10/10
Roseanne Halloween Episodes (1989-1996): 10/10
Murder Party (2007): 9/10
The 'burbs (1989): 9/10
Lord of Illusions (1995): 9/10
Haunted Honeymoon (1986): 9/10
The Masque of the Red Death (1964): 8/10
Idle Hands (1999): 8/10
Sometimes They Come Back (1991): 8/10
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994): 8/10
A Perfect Getaway (2009): 8/10
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974): 8/10
Beetle Juice (1988): 8/10
Pieces (1982): 8/10
The Resurrected (1992): 8/10
The Monster Squad (1987): 7/10
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987): 7/10
The House of the Devil (2009): 7/10
The New York Ripper (1982)
The First Power (1990): 7/10
The Gravedancers (2006): 7/10
Horsemen (2009): 7/10
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1986): 7/10
Frozen (2010): 6/10
Return of the Living Dead III (1993): 6/10
Lifeforce (1985): 6/10
Leviathan (1989): 6/10
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977): 6/10
Assault of the Sasquatch (2009): 6/10
Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999): 6/10
Butterfly Effect 3 (2009): 5/10
The Food of the Gods (1976): 5/10
Living Death (2006): 5/10
My Mom's a Werewolf (1989): 5/10
Drive Thru (2007): 5/10
Circle of Eight (2009): 5/10
Curse of the Forty-Niner (2002): 5/10
2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010): 4/10
Wolves of Wall Street (2002): 3/10