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Book Review: Booze & Vinyl 2 and Booze & Vinyl Matching Game

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Sequels are not often nearly as good as the primary installment. Nevertheless, main your newest ebook off with quotes from legendary DJs Cosmo Murphy and John Peel gives a promising signal of excellent issues forward. Fortunately that is certainly the case with Tenaya and Andre Darlington’s follow-up to their most satisfying Booze & Vinyl inaugural version from 2020.

The premise stays largely unchanged: a listening and cocktail social gathering based mostly round a vinyl report paired with one or two recipes as an accompaniment to no matter is on the turntable/CD participant/non-streaming music participant of selection (though they do emphasize vinyl, and I’m inclined to agree). Whereas I haven’t labored my approach via the ebook in its entirety, I’m happy to report that the Roxy Music, Stereolab (two of my favourite bands), and Wu-Tang entries are workouts worthy of the data from which their inspiration is predicated. The complexities of the recipes differ from album to album, with Beyonce’s Lemonade Prosecco Punch being one of many best I’ve seen in fairly a while. However there’s one thing right here for each talent degree and style of music. “Oaxacan In Your Footsteps” (The Police) will get my nod for the cleverest recipe title, and there was fairly the missed alternative with LCD Soundsystem’s “Get Innocuous.”

Ought to there be a 3rd version, I hope the Darlingtons dig a bit deeper within the crates to current classics or cult favorites misplaced to time and use their pulpit to current these deserving data to a bigger viewers. However followers of the primary quantity will discover little-to-no fault and plenty of enjoyable on this ebook, which beats the cursed sophomore hunch. Right here’s hoping one other installment (specializing in finest third albums? Parklife? Reign in Blood? Buhloone Mindstate? Uncooked Energy? Midnight Maurauders? Test Your Head?) is across the nook.

There’s additionally a brand new card matching sport obtainable which collects a number of recipes from each volumes within the collection. The premise is to match one card with the album cowl with a corresponding cocktail recipe, after which create the drink as gamers go alongside all through the night time. The premise is simple and straightforward to observe, and the presentation is great. Whereas this can be a enjoyable sport at events, it’s not precisely conducive to my present testing setting, which is having fun with a Cherry-Colored Funk (Cocteau Twins “Heaven or Las Vegas”) solo.

E book: A – / $22 [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]

Card Recreation: B+ / $16 [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]

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