Cell Phone Photography

It’s weird to think that the camera in your pocket can take as good of photos as a digital camera could just 5 years ago. 5 megapixels is becoming the standard and it’s only going to rise. So why hasn’t the art of cell phone photography gotten more attention? Well our friends at cellphonephotos.tumblr.com are trying to do their part to change that. Head there now to check it out and even submit some of your best phonetographs!

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Weyerbacher Impoerial Pumpkin Ale

More than ever we want it to finally be Fall. Summer is skipping away, the leaves have yet to change and we’re already wearing jackets even though the weather still calls for short sleeves. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be Fall in our mouths! So what better way to celebrate the approaching new season than drinking one of the finest pumpkin ales around?? Here at A&SB we highly recommend Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. The taste of pumpkin is perfect with the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove, it sits perfectly on your tongue and doesn’t leave a bitter after taste. Perfect for a cool night by a fire or even server with whipped cream on top.

Warby Parker Vintage Inspired Eyewear

Warby Parker Eyewear

As someone who is stuck wearing eyeglasses on a daily basis I am constantly struggling with the complete and total lack of a decent selection out there in the “frame-fashion” world that doesn’t completely burn a hole in my pocket. I find a nice pair of frames and then suddenly I’m thinking of ways I can auction off personal belongings in order to afford them. Thankfully I was recently tipped off to Warby Parker, a vintage inspired eyewear company that specializes in low-cost, high-end frames that aren’t going to eat away at your bank account. The average price is $95 and with that includes lenses and free shipping. If you don’t like them, send them back for a full refund. It really doesn’t get better than that.

Ra Ra Riot – The Orchard

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So, it’s been awhile. Things have been hectic in these parts of A&SB land, mainly because “the man” has been breathing down our neck… and being a small business owner I guess I am “the man” I speak of and I also guess that my neck is broken in order for my head to be positioned in a way for my mouth to reach around to the back of my head. In other words… whoops!

This doesn’t mean we haven’t been feverishly listening to music, going to shows and eagerly on the hunt for something new, something great. Great records are a necessity when working long hours, they help pass the time quickly and let you jump on and off the unbalanced boat of being relaxed and stressed. The Orchard by Ra Ra Riot is one of those records I’ve found that gives me that serenity during the work day and I hope it does the same for you. I will admit that there is no song on it that even compares to the lead-off track on their last record, “Ghost Under Rocks”, but as a unit from beginning to end, this album surpasses the last one as a cohesive piece of art rather than some good tracks here and there.

Original Guided By Voices lineup reunites for greatest show of all time

Matador Records is turning 21 and to celebrate they’re throwing the greatest goddamn party of all time. From October 1st – October 3rd in Las Vegas, NV they will be gathering their classic lineup from ’93 – ’96, including Guided By Voices featuring their original lineup (Tobin Sprout?!). Other artists include Lineup includes Pavement, Sonic Youth, Come, Belle & Sebastion, Spoon, Cat Power, Chavez, Yo La Tengo, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion & many more.This is good news.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 9th on Ticketfly.com so get ready to sit in front of your computer and hit the refresh button until they’re available because this will sell out rapidly.

I will leave you with “The Official Ironmen Rally Song”: