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Post Work, No Groceries Playlist: I'll Meet You at the Bar

Every Friday comes with the satisfaction and hope that there is less responsibility for you to deal with. People do different things with their weekends. Every Friday I will be posting a playlist for certain situations or themes. This weekend I put the legwork in because... science and I love you guys enough to do it [citation needed]. We will be discovering what makes a drink a drink and during the process I will be picking songs that match the drink's taste. I would like to thank the lovely people at and my bartender for putting up with me throughout the 'experiment' [citation needed].


2.5oz Gin (or Vodka)
.5oz Dry Vermouth

Add Both ingredients to a mixing glass, fill with ice, stir, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish
with a whole cocktail onion.

Song: A Girl Like You Edwyn Collins

A twist on a drink James Bond would order matches a song that sounds like a twist on a 80's Bond Theme ala Duran Duran A View to a Kill. A Girl Like You is sharp, weird, and posh with enough personality to differentiate from what could've been a typical James Bond theme.

Hot Buttered Rum

1.5oz Rum
1tbsp Hot Buttered Rum Batter
Boiling Water

Add Rum and batter to a mug. Fill with boiling water and stir.

Song: One Hand Washes the Other Clarence Clarity

Again I put the legwork into trying most of these drinks even if they were woefully seasonally inappropriate. This drink is equal measures intense and smooth when you get used to it. What better song matches these attributes than this song. It is the definition of the drink in reverse when the ending completely loses it's mind.

Spicy Grand Margarita

.5oz Simple Syrup/Agave Nectar
.25tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1pinch Chipotle Chile Powder
1.75oz Reposado Tequila
.5oz Grand Marnier
.75oz Fresh Lime Juice

Coat the rim of a rocks glass with salt, fill with ice and set aside. In a shaker, muddle the agave nectar/simple syrup, red pepper flakes and chile powder. Add the remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain through a tea strainer into the prepared glass. Garnish with a jalapeno/red chile pepper.

Song: Magalenha Sergio Mendes

I could have been predictable and crude and put That Heat as the song, but where that song aims for chill vibes, Magalenha applies the heat in spades. It's fast, festive, it makes the listener active and come to life just like the fiery drink.

Hubble's Law

2pt Absolut Vodka
.75pt Fresh Lime Juice
.5pt Amaro Montenegro
.5pt Brown Sugar Syrup

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a double Old Fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Song: Losing You Solange

A bittersweet drink needs a bittersweet song to counter balance it. Losing You was Solange's first foray into her new R'n'B sound and it's possibly the most recognizable. Sonically the song captures the sweetness of love and bitters of realizing it's in the distant past.


1oz Bourbon/Rye Whiskey

Pour whiskey into a shot glass, fill a pint halfway with beer, and drop the shot into the beer.

Song: Hot Dreams Timber Timber

A beautiful pairing whiskey and beer, what better than pick a beautiful ballad that sounds as hickory as the drink tastes.

The Flannel

1oz Cognac
.5oz Apple Cider Syrup
.25oz Allspice Dram
.25oz Orange Juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into an Old Fashioned glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel.

Song: BRANDY Looking Glass

Earlier I said I am going to avoid being crude and predictable yet I apply the one song named BRANDY to the brandy drink. In fairness however the song does feature a lead singer that has a heavy husky voice to match a heavy drink. Also how doesn't a country/folk song not remind you of apple cider syrup.


1oz Green Creme de Menthe
1oz White Creme de Cacao
2oz Heavy Cream

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Grate fresh nutmeg directly over the center of the drink.

Song: Magic Sophie Ellis Bextor

An airy dessert drink that is sweet as possible needs a song that is weightless and glides through the air. Magic is a flighty song about love that needs a ton of sand bags to bring it back to Earth. From the synthesizers to the singer's sweet vocals makes the song a sweet dessert.

The Swindle

2oz Larceny Bourbon
1oz Simple Syrup
1oz Lemon Juice
2 Angostura Bitters Dashes
2 Peychaud's Bitters Dashes

Add bourbon, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice to a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Top with bitters and garnish with mint

Song: Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want) Justin Timberlake

In the process of doing this experiment I began to apply characteristics to drinks to help me find a song to match it. For this drink, from the name to the ingredients, I got the feeling of a rascally fun person and I thought of Justin Timberlake. Also I just assumed Justin likes to drink Bourbon, luckily the song gives off a tropical (citrus-y?) vibe.

Blood and Sand

.75oz The Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky
.75oz Sweet Vermouth
.75oz Cherry Heering
.75oz Orange Juice

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Song: Peanut Butter Sandwiches Milo

A tough drink to get through with some sweet notes hiding in there to meet you is how you would describe a broad view of Milo's style. On this song he is whispering over an ethereal melody, providing impact in ever bar he spits. It's a nice surprise for what could have been a song that meanders too much and doesn't make a definite point.

Mango Brava Daiquiri

2oz Mango-Infused Rum
.5oz Lime Juice
.5oz Simple Syrup

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice, shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Song: Rock With You Michael Jackson

A sweet drink that's smooth and get's you to dance. Some argues that's all Michael ever wanted everyone to do. It's explicitly clear on this song that's his goal. Off the Wall is one of my favorite Michael Jackson albums just for the carefree nature of the piece and this song/drink encapsulates it in spades.

In Review: Sense8

In the 90's there have been sci fi shows that have shared many aspects with each other from the look to several narrative troupes writers look out for now. Sense8 takes many cues from those shows like the X-Files and Millennium and cranks it up pass 10 and makes it cool to be you, Man whomever you are. Created by the Wachowskis (the Matrix Trilogy) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) it's hard not to hard not to expect these elements to be in their show, however it's hard to expect a product like this.

Sense8 is culmination of 90's high minded ideals of everyone has the right to be themselves as well as well as modern character based set pieces that gives the faint impression that it's pandering for the social media exposure, a common practice between shows of this generation. Such set pieces range from impromptu musical performances to obscene mass sexual acts. While those scenes are well shot, directed, and are great character moments, they are small reprieves from what is for the most part a monotonous show.

The general plot of Sense8 is a group of eight people, living in eight cities, with vastly different occupations around the world are telepathically, and possibly emotionally interconnected (a tired Wachowski theme) and they go about their lives experiences personal tragedies along the way when insert generic governmental group, run by a mysterious generic white man (a tired 90's idea) called the Whispers (snore) hunts them down. The group of eight has the ability to jump into each others' lives in the moment and help them out during times of great distress. My description of the plot is snarky, but it's snark with a purpose.

The premise has some promise: It's a sci fi plot that can lend itself to natural commentary on the human experience. However the Wachowski's can't help themselves at several points in the first season but to belabor the same point they've been touting for all out of their filmography: That we are all interconnected and we all need to be sensitive to one another's struggles. It's a perfectly fine gesture but it's a gesture not best served as ham fisted as is the rest of the writing on this. For example one of the characters is an African bus driver in Nairobi whom is trying to get medicine for his mother who was ousted from her village and has AIDS, while an Indian woman is going to marry a man she does not love. It's those many bad writing moments that plague what could have been a far smarter show. Credit where credit is due the actors sell characters to the best of their abilities so they don't come off as one dimensional as they could have because the dialogue also does them no favors. What could have been a major positive of the main cast being multi-cultural from having different races, genders, and sexual orientation is let down by the repetitiveness of the dialogue, weird shifts in pacing, and general poor writing.

Overall this is a show that has spurts of absolute spectacle, which is fun, but can hit a rut of sermonizing they like indulge in. Although I do think there are some fixable infrastructure problems with the show I do at least recommend people attempt to make it past the first three episodes because they are the most... laborious to get through. It's a fun show about equality and even though it's incredibly trite and sentimental at times there is some value in this entertainment. You can watch the entire first season on NetFlix.


Feminism: Through a Lense Clearly

There has been a powder keg brewing with general gender equality rights. Last year alone there has been an onslaught of gender issues, based on real events, that has presented itself . With the publics' increasing understanding of the internet, unsurprisingly there has been an increasingly vocal group that has argued for both sides of said events. Equally as expected there has been art created to
comment on this zeitgeist. Duneska Suannette is an artist who takes an everyday experience most women go through and inserts a certain amount of mysticism and wonder to it. This is deployed in a celebratory manner to commemorate what makes women truly unique.

Her art style is very detail oriented, optimizing them at a microscopic level so the viewer would have to take time to truly appreciate all of the nuances in her pieces. At a glance, the pieces appear to look the same, however it seems that it was her intention. It's the smaller attributes that helps differentiate each piece. Her Luna series, for example, is a monochromatic ode to women's menstruation cycle. At a glance you see a vague depiction of a woman's figure but when you scan the picture closer you can see the amazing stippling work on the moon. It serves a dual purpose of providing shading and gradience on the moon, and gives the piece a certain amount of theatrics. The moons in their different phrases is to signify a woman's menstruation cycle. On the surface level it connects in that women and the moon goes through their specific cycles, however if you dig deeper you can argue that moon was placed there as the moon in the cosmos controls the tides on Earth, comparably humans are 78% water so the moon potentially has some effect on a person's . Some might see the symbolism as ham fisted but the depiction of the moon gives the piece drama that a typical monochromatic piece may need.

Along with having a broader open forum to discuss topics like gender rights, there has been a dissemination of folklore in the modern American society. For example the film industry seems to be levied more by preexisting properties every year. Duneska's brand of art along with being feminist examinations of makes a woman unique, inserts certain whimsical details that you would find in a classic fable. For example her depictions of the moon in her pieces are more abstractions and ideals of what it may look like. It harkens back to some Aesop's Fables where he would muse about the moon's great majesty in how dramatic she makes the craters. This use of detail work gives her topics even more significance in that it speaks to how common women receive such dramatic misconceptions. An example in our society that the mere notion of what a woman is and what their worth as a human being can be lost to some and viewed as an ethereal figure that is hard to comprehend.

If you would like to view more of her work visit her website:, Instagram, and Facebook.

Sunday Musings: A Chat With a Crooner

Friday I sat down to have an interview with the incredible Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Aaron Camper. He came to our humble radio station dressed casually with his assortment of musical partners and we had some preamble talk before launching into the actual discussion. Aaron somehow
manages to be low key, yet exude a presence in the room. He maintained his 'cool customer' attitude throughout the interview even when I was listing his garden variety of accolades.

We talked about his many musically influences from Marvin Gaye to Jodeci, which in context to his music makes an acute amount of sense. Aaron Camper sonically has a distinct identity: It's a spectrum from sweet R'n'B, My Heart to R'n'B with some subtle trap elements Breaking My Heart (side-note: 'subtle trap influences' no one has ever managed that yet). In My Heart, a personal favorite, there's a flavor of Jodeci, but more notably early Michael Jackson, P.Y.T. The song, and his other released catalog has a degree of polish that is refreshing, especially from an upcoming artist. My Heart is a smooth, hyper polished, crafted piece of pop R'n'B about the whimsy of seeing a beauty across the club. A simple premise that's probably been done several times before, but compared to the songs of late that are about this, it's an uniquely classy version of it.

Due to his impressive repertoire, everyone should give his polished collection of intimate love songs a listen. From the lovelorn to the skeptics of romance will be unconsciously charmed by his mixtape Welcome to My World.

You can reach Aaron on his website:

You're Doing It Wrong: Black Lace

We at WCCR 590 AM are a stylish bunch of people, so we're going to make a concerted effort to 
take some form of fashion advice and shove it down your throats, voluntarily or involuntarily. For 
this week I'll be going over the zeitgeist that is black lace. Black lace is an embellishment that's been around for a long time. Black lace garments and accessories are associated with many notions and 
feelings. For example a black lace dress can come off somber since it's typically what people wear to funerals; however black lace lingerie is the go to garment to exude sex appeal. Black lace lingerie 
has gotten so popular it spawned the fashion trend underwear as outerwear.

Black lace is an easily accessible trend, however there are some things you may need to watch out for. Black lace has the tendency to 
look matronly and aggressively old fashioned. It can make any 
lovely looking young lady, look like a downtrodden maiden. 

Then flying in the complete opposite there are the attempts that several designers have taken to 
freshen up the trend. Results have been mixed at the very 
best. In the process of freshening up the 
trend they make the clothes far too revealing making 
anyone who wears it look like an attendee to the AVN 
Awards and tried to class it up.

With black lace it is a balancing act between not looking too humble or too revealing. Neither style 
displays the wearers' body in an appealing light. Black lace is best utilized sparingly. Complete 
coverage of lace in any capacity is just asking for attention at the very least.

Post Work No Groceries Playlist: An Ironic Intimate Night in for One

Every Friday comes with the satisfaction and hope that there is less responsibility for you to deal with. People do different things with their weekends. Every Friday I will be posting a playlist for certain situations or themes. You know what... Maybe you weren't feeling this week. This week dragged it's feet across the finish line and you're kind of over it. You're feeling lonely and just want to stay in. I get it, we aren't all blessed with significant others. Don't fret for this week's Post Work we will be listing several songs that will enlighten you to the fact that people in love or looking for love aren't the most part rational. It will give you solace the blessing that is being single.

Ginuwine- Pony
Dishonorable Mentions: Ginuwine- In Those Jeans and Final Warning feat. Aaliyah

Ginuwine is a particularly frustrating artist in that he releases Pony, In Those Jeans, and Final Warning in which he casts himself as a cad who objectifies women and personifies them as mere objects to be kept under his possession so he could do whatever he want (this will be a reoccurring theme in this playlist). He is a willing participant in the societal norm that allows men to stroll the streets in search of sex on their terms, while not allowing the partner a significant say in their preferences or what they would like to do in bed. Sex is a one man show to this archetype of men and
you're just a prop for his release. The frustrating part comes in when he releases songs like Differences, Love You More, and Frozen when he actually takes his partner into consideration. This is maddening for the fact that he already painted himself as a bad guy you shouldn't rely on yet releases three of the best love songs of my generation. Maybe in the grand scheme of things it's true to real life.

Danny Fernandes- Take Me Away
Dishonorable Mentions: Danny Fernandes- Let's Make A Movie

More frustration! Take Me Away is an okay EDM pop song on the surface however the problem starts (like his entire album, AutomaticLUV) when Danny Fernandes begins to sing. He isn't an inherently terrible singer, but on this song he scales up into his higher register to deliver a vocal performance the
likes of Justin Bieber or pick any One Direction member. Again a problem that can be overlooked if it weren't for the awkwardly sweet lyrics. When you sing like that and you're asking some poor girl to be your baby girl all the while asking for her to 'Take me away, To a place I've never been before' than you come off at best a dude with no game, or worst a complete virgin to many aspects of the outside world, including women and sex in general. Of course in true comedic form later in the album there is a sex tape song Let's Make a Movie where he sounds equal parts unsuave and kind of lecherous.

Nivea- Don't Mess With My Man

This song properly articulates how nauseating and territorial couples can get. Nivea, Brandon, or Brian Casey possibly has a case to be made against potential paramours but with lyrics like 'So I'm telling everybody let him be, Cause he's mine and I can't take no pigeons tryna take my baby' you
can't take any party in the situation seriously.

Christina Perri- Jar of Hearts

Normally I am down for a power ballad against cheaters everywhere. I am a fan of Before He Cheats. That's a song about a scorned lover that takes proactive action against a cheater without making the singer sound petty. Christina Perri,  bless her heart, made a similar attempt at a song yet somehow in the end looks far more childish in this mawkish slow power ballad. Her vocals sound great on the song but for next time she might want to aim for emotional complexity than just flaccid proclamations that lead nowhere.

Eamon- F*ck It (I Don't Want You Back)
Dishonorable Mention: Mike Posner- Cheated

Break ups are almost never easy. It's an emotional messy and complicated affair that takes people some time to bounce back from depending on the situation. People do get back up however and it's always great to hear a success story of a person making a recovery from a break up. What isn't palatable to the ears is listening to a man nasally wail about how much of a skank his ex was. Eamon doesn't make the situation any better for himself when he repeatedly says eff you to the ex. For any terrible behavior this mysterious ex may have done to him in the past, now he looks like a butt hurt baby that can't work through his problems. It's actually pretty sad of him. At least he was classier(?) than Mike Posner since he didn't name any names.

R. Kelly- You Remind Me of Something

As if the notion of R. Kelly being anybodies sexual fantasy isn't revolting as is, we have this song to
look back to for reference. The only way anyone anyone can find any merit to this song is to assume that women were only put here for voyeuristic pleasure and to be compared to inanimate objects, like the cars that probably clutter up R. Kelly's garage. If this seems like a gross overstatement let's all look back to the fact that he released a sex tape of him with an underage girl, who probably didn't know any better, performing lewd acts on her.

Carly Simon- That's The Way It Always Should Be

Sometimes interesting topics and/or themes doesn't translate into execution. The overall message of this song is great: Carly Simon is basically having doubts on whether or not her and her spouse should get married based on past experiences, and peer pressure from her friends. It's a fairly nuanced premise yet the execution was off It's a typical sleepy rock ballad that you would hear on insert lite FM radio station. The song pulls punches and instead of landing on any relatable emotional notes it loses it's listener at every listless second. For argument's sake this was her first released song and she does get better at executing themes and concepts like on her songs You're So Vain and Nobody Does It Better which I highly recommend you give a listen.

Robin Thicke- Blurred Lines feat. T.I. And Pharrell Williams

Let me paint you a picture. What woman, who came to the club or party to relax and enjoy
herself, wants to hear a song that basically promotes rape culture and sexual violence. That woman is hearing three men tell her I'm taking you home tonight so we can do what I WANT, and I won't be taking any of your unfounded rejections or protests you silly women love to do. It's patronizing and gross on a base level and reminds the listener that some guys can be the worst sometimes.

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