Call me old fashioned, but I only trust surf rock from sunny places. Melbourne is sunny enough eh?
Paste magazine posted their “20 Best Songs of the Year (so far)” listicle…. A bunch of favourites made their cut, a reminder of a few I maybe skipped, a few new to me jammers….like Sub Pop’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.
The song Paste featured is called “French Press.” They said, “at it’s core, “French Press” is a surf rock jam, but vastly different from what we’ve accepted as such on the American mainland.”
I like how Australia is an Island to America. But wouldn’t it be the mainland to like Tasmania? I dunno…maps, how do they even work?
Paste also said they were “stand outs” at SXSW back in March. I’m not cool enough to go to those things, so I have to take their word.
This song is going straight to summer patio rotation.
Hey it’s Tuesday, let me share a cocktail with you.
It was a drink I first had in Victoria when I DJ’d at Veneto made by Simon Ogden. It’s a gin based cocktail called the 20th Century. The drink is named after an express train they chugged between New York City and Chicago during the first half of the 20th Century. It was a red-eye from NYC and could get you to Chicago in 16 hours!
You’re classic recipe says,
- 1 1⁄2 ounces (1/3 gill, 4.5 cl) gin
- 3/4 ounce (1/6 gill, 2 cl) Kina Lillet
- 1/2 (or less, depending on taste) ounce (1/8 gill, 1.5 cl) light creme de cacao
- 3/4 ounce (1/6 gill, 2 cl) fresh lemon juice
Shake in an iced cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist
Simon makes it…. equal parts (an ounce)
- gin (I used The Botanist…but it’ll be good with whatever you have I’m sure)
- Giffard White Chocolate syrup
- fresh lemon juice
- egg white
Shake shake shake with ice, strain…. and no twist? Simon you’re crazy! You could screw around with a garnish or presentation. Don’t be shy.
Smashed out a 20th Century cocktail last night. Thank you @si_james ...I actually almost nailed it I think. Maybe too much egg white or too much shaking? Maybe that's how it's suppose to be? 🍹 An ounce of each: • #gin • #Lillet • chocolate syrup • lemon juice • egg white • ice and shake shake shake. • strain and drank it. #20thcenturycocktail