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Archive for September 15th, 2011

Dammit Starbucks, you’ve done it to me again.

Stopped into Starbucks to enjoy my first Pumpkin Spiced Latte of the season today and this beautifully designed album caught my eye at the register. The art already had me sold, until I turned it around, saw the lineup and simply yelled “shut up and take my money!”

Speakeasy Times
Prohibition was supposed to usher in an era of sobriety and restraint. Instead, America’s “Noble Experiment” was submerged by the madcap wave of the Roaring ’20s, when inventive recording artists on their way to fame unleashed spirited sounds that set the tone for the century.

  1. Ruth Etting – Button Up Your Overcoat!
  2. George Olsen and His Music – The Varsity Drag
  3. Benny Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra – Get Low-Down Blues
  4. Duke Ellington – East St. Louis Toodle-oo
  5. Cab Calloway – Minnie the Moocher
  6. The Charleston Chasers – Moanin’ Low
  7. Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra (Featuring Bix Beiderbecke) – Singin’ the Blues
  8. Jimmie Rodgers – Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin’ on the Corner)
  9. Mississippi Mud Steppers – Jackson Stomp
  10. Bessie Smith – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
  11. The Mills Brothers – Diga, Diga Doo
  12. Josephine Baker – Aux Iles Hawaii
  13. Bing Crosby – Some of These Days
  14. Louis Armstrong – I’ve Got the World on a String
  15. Ethel Waters – Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time)
  16. Bert Williams – The Moon Shines on the Moonshine

The liner notes were equally well designed, giving a brief history of each of the featured artists. The only strange thing is the girl on the cover looks exactly like Debbie Harry of Blondie which I thought was kind of confusing.

Anyway, this is a great album from an era that was almost 100 years ago which is pretty incredible when you think about it. Quickly becoming one of my favorite genre’s of music, for only $13, this album is a pretty great buy.

For now, time to sit back, sip my latte and enjoy.

PS. Ulric’s Tavern in Buffalo, the cities oldest restaurant (founded in 1868), actually was a Speakeasy during Prohibition.

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[Photos by FYG]

Came across TheFineYoungGentleman.com today, another Gentlemanly blog with a lot of great content. Featured right on his homepage are two photo’s that really caught my eye, the first of which nearly blew my mind clear out of my skull. A rose as a tie?! Granted, this is a very difficult look to pull off and it’s not for everyone, but oh my god it’s fantastic!

Now the gentleman on the right makes a more traditional use of the rose accessory, and bee-tee-dubs his look is so fresh it hurts. But more importantly, is the rose making a comeback onto the menswear scene? And when would wearing such an audacious accessory be appropriate? Both these photos I think are fine examples of both a formal and casual use of the rose and might give me just enough confidence to pull these looks off.

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