Classic Cocktails with Moonshine Inc : The Sazerac

25 05 2010

Whitney (who plays Win, one of the leads in the film) shows you how to make the oldest known cocktail – and one that is very important to the plot of Moonshine Inc.

Do you have a special twist on this recipe?  Any other variations you’ve heard of?  What’s your favorite?


Moonshine Inc. Reviewed in Chicago Blog

29 04 2010

Well girls and boys, Moonshine Inc. has gotten it’s first review!  Chicago-based blog Antagony & Ecstasy did a write up of the film and it’s not half bad.  We’re pretty excited about it!  You can read it here.  Or enjoy my personal favorite highlights…

“Philip Crippen’s microbudget feature Moonshine Inc. is on paper another one of the many, many quirkycore indies with a raving [Manic Pixie Dream Girl] at the center…in practice, it’s not quite as simple as that, and not least because “selling hipsters moonshine ironically” isn’t quirky so much as it is distressingly plausible. Rather than trying to redeem the manic pixieness of the scenario by downplaying it, or treating it straight, Crippen goes nuts with it, and drags Powell with him; it’s largely her performance, which resembles one of those violent woodland creatures in a Tex Avery cartoon rather than an ostensible human being, and all for the good, that manages to shift Win from “impossibly darling and twee girl” to “borderline-insane person who is magnetic precisely because she is so obviously deranged”…”

“It helps as well that Crippen doesn’t demand our love for his characters and situations, the way that so many quirky indie filmmakers do; nor does he make the opposite mistake of drifting too far into ironic distance, and thus becoming unbearably smug. It’s not as fine a line as all that – dozens of great comedies in the ’30s and ’40s were produced in exactly that margin, the great screwballs – but after so many unwatchable Wes Anderson clones, it’s pleasing to see one that mostly works…”

“Slickly shot by Will Beckley, Moonshine Inc. moves comfortably from night to day, inside to outside, and through a nice array of color temperatures that keep the film’s tiny number of locations looking fresh every time.”

The Parson Red Heads Conquer the Pacific Northwest

18 02 2010

One of the most popular local bands – The Parson Red Heads – is heading up north this month for a series of residencies in Oregon and Washington! Happen to be on Portland or Eugene? Check ‘em out any of the following dates…

Feb 18 – Seattle, WA – Comet Tavern Residency w/ Landlord’s Daughter and Pillow Army
Feb 19 – Corvalis, OR – Cloud 9 w/ Norman, Sunbeam
Feb 20 – Salem, OR – Ike Box w/ Norman
Feb 21 – Eugene, OR – Sam Bond’s Garage Residency w/ DoublePlusGood
Feb 22 – Portland, OR – White Eagle Residency w/ Old Light, Ezra Carey
Feb 25 – Seattle, WA – Comet Tavern Residency w/ Mike Coykendall, Jack Wilson, Amateur Radio Operator
Feb 28 – Eugene, OR – Sam Bond’s Garage Residency w/ Yeltsin

Big thank you here to Evan Way for all his help throughout the process. We probably wouldn’t have had half of the AMAZING music used in the film without him.

And he’s doing a solo show ion Feb 27 in Portland at the Laurelthirst with Mike Coykendall Band, Kelly Blair Bauman.
Check out this video of the band playing “Punctual As Usual” – end title song for Moonshine Inc – at the Troubadour

What is umami?

17 02 2010

So for the first official post I would like to direct your attention to the “description” of this blog above:

“An intermediate guide to hypnotism, umami and of course, moonshine”

…Though I guess you could have just read it there. In any event you may now be wondering what “umami” is. Unless you’ve been to Umami Burger. If you have then SH. If you haven’t here’s the definition:

u•ma•mi (ōō-mä’mē)
n. A taste that is characteristic of monosodium glutamate and is associated with meats and other high-protein foods. It is sometimes considered to be a fifth basic taste along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.

Or as Win says in Moonshine Inc:

Umami gives a full sense of mouthfeel. You find it in meat and tomatoes and parmesan. It only got discovered in the Twenties, but it’s a totally legit sense. It’s like the ESP of taste.

And there you go. It’s a pretty serious thing. Aside from the badass burger chain (review coming later when I finally listen to my boyfriend and go). There is an entire site dedicated to all things umami

Even a festival.