Garett Hatch Releases The Remover, And More Music


THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: Just like death, taxes and new residents driving the wrong way on Clayton Street, you can always count on a new batch of releases from the Hooker Vision label. Due to space limitations, I can only concentrate on one of these this week, and that winner is the new release Labyrinth from Grant Evans (Quiet Evenings, Ornamental Hairpin, et al). This two-track release runs nearly 30 minutes, and opens with the buzz and gurgle of “The Idiot (‘a giant is hiding behind the bed. tell that giant to come out, come out​.​‘),” which is a large drone number that makes the walls feel like they’re inching inward. Next up is “Storm (‘and that tree was his house. and then no one found him.’),” which opens up from its predecessor only slightly, and is populated by tape hiss and manipulations. Between the pair, this is probably the most enjoyable, but please keep in mind that such a descriptor means something, perhaps, entirely different when it comes to these types of experimental noise compositions. Even so, I dug it. Figure it out on your own at

WORTH THE WAIT: After what has seemed like a really long time—actually two years—the new full-length album from Garett Hatch is finally out. As mentioned in these pages a few weeks ago, it’s titled The Remover, and it stretches out what we’ve come to expect from Hatch. For example, the slithery title track easily falls somewhere right in the middle between Prince and INXS with its steady pacing, heavy bass line and seductively menacing vocals. The rapid fire vocals of “Rabbit Heart” are well-matched for its similarly moody instrumentation that is fleshed out with some groovy psych-surf solos. Of course, Hatch is known for being such a reliable rocker you could set your watch by him. He delivers plenty of his signature material here, too, including “Bones,” “Nobody” and “Ego Death.” It’s just an all-around really solid and creative release, so if you’re inclined go check it out at While you’re there, dig into his back catalog, too. Hatch will play live at Star Community Bar in Atlanta on Oct. 12 and at Nowhere bar here in town on Oct. 13.

PERSISTENCE PAYS: Songwriter and musician Kevin Murphy has certainly put the decades into his craft. Across a handful of cities and a major label deal with his old band The Lounge Flounders (Nashville, TN), he now calls Athens home and has a new album named Stare Down Stare Down that he released under the name Jones Murphy and the Indefinite Rest. Players on the record include members of old Athens band Michael, as well as members of current Athens bands Nanocar, Nuclear Tourism and Telemarket. This 11-song album does have a distinctly 1990s indie rock DNA even if it doesn’t show through on all songs. Perhaps the most readily recognizable of this sort are the album opener “Time” as well as “It’s A Drag.” Jones actually moves around quite a bit within the parameters of mid-tempo pop-rock and flexes some ‘60s folk styling on “Nosebleed,” softer singer-songwriter acoustic playing on “Always Blue” and even a Vic Chesnutt-ish waltz tune with “Persephone.” He celebrated this release with a live show last week. Find it on all major streaming services.

GET INSIDE: Hendershot’s is hosting a special pop-up event Saturday, Sept. 9. The popular coffee shop and performance space will host a visit from Chattanooga’s record store and label Yellow Racket Records. It includes performances from two Yellow Racket artists: the “90s alt-rock and shoegaze” influenced El Rocko and experimental pop band Telemonster. A pop-up record store will be open all night. Doors open at 7 p.m. and El Rocko plays at 8 p.m. followed by Telemonster at 9:30 p.m. The cover charge this night is $10.

FIFTY CENTS A WORD: Athens band Swear Jar released a new EP a couple of weeks back named What’s Your Problem?. And, honestly, most of my problems with this have to do with this awful band name. Outside of that, 80% of this record is 100% killer. The only songs that didn’t really do anything for me are the seemingly uncharacteristic heavy songs at the very end (the bluesy-grungy “Hypocrisy” and bar rocker “Deal With The Devil”). The first four tracks are a nearly perfect set of modern new wave (“Haunted,” “Unlikely Duo,” “Run”) and alt-folk (“Eyes Wide Open”). These songs are supported largely by a thoughtful bass guitar and, as such, provide an emotional underpinning that would be missing from other groups. Swear Jar’s lineup is Evan Ayers (guitar), Jon Ngo (bass), Ethan Houseman (drums) and Emilee Campbell Harden (vocals). A few weeks back, I mentioned Harden in relation to her vocalist duties in Way Past Cool. She shines here just as brightly and, while I’ve no doubt she’s committed to her groups, there’s just a feeling I get that eventually there’s going to be a long line of musicians whose main claim to fame will be having once played with her. In any case, this is worth a listen, so if you wanna take the plunge head to

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Miley Cyrus Filmed ‘Black Mirror’ Video 1 Day


  • In 2018, Miley Cyrus was shooting “Black Mirror” in South Africa as the Woolsey Fire raged in California.
  • In a new interview clip, she said the experience gave her an “anxiety vision” for years to come.
  • Cyrus also revealed she filmed the “On a Roll” music video the day after she found out her house burned down.

Miley Cyrus was dancing in a purple wig just one day after her home burned down — because, in her words, “the show must go on.”

The singer-slash-actor reflected on her scandals, triumphs, and tribulations in a new video series promoting her single, “Used to Be Young.”

In a recently released clip, Cyrus opened up about filming an episode of “Black Mirror” in South Africa as the 2018 Woolsey Fire raged in California. Cyrus and her then-fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, were two of the many Malibu residents who lost their homes in the blaze.

“I was in South Africa, but it was taking place in Malibu, so it was just a real trip,” Cyrus explained.

The season five installment in the anthology series, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” stars Cyrus as Ashley O, a picture-perfect pop star with a sinister backstory. As the episode unfolds, we discover (spoiler alert!) that Ashley O is being physically subdued and exploited by her aunt.

“Like probably two or three years later, after this happened, I didn’t understand, but I would have this anxiety attack with a vision attached — that I would be strapped down to a gurney. So I would have these dreams any time I would go to perform,” Cyrus said. “I thought that was just an anxious vision that made no sense, but actually, as my house was burning down, I was strapped to a gurney with my hands locked in handcuffs, strapped to a bed.”

Cyrus recorded and released Ashley O’s hit single “On a Roll” for the “Black Mirror” soundtrack; in real life, the song appeared on several Billboard charts.

In the new interview clip, Cyrus also revealed that she filmed the “On a Roll” music video the day after her house was destroyed by the Woolsey Fire.

“I found out that my house had burnt to the ground. This was the next day,” she said, pressing play on the music video. “The show must go on.”

At the time, Cyrus said she was “completely devastated” by the news, but also considered herself “one of the lucky ones.” She reassured fans that Hemsworth managed to escape and rescue the couple’s pets.

“My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now,” she wrote on Twitter. “My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for all I have left.”

Cyrus later described the loss of their home as the catalyst for their wedding, which took place somewhat spontaneously just one month later. They split after seven months of marriage.

“In a way, it did what I couldn’t do for myself,” Cyrus said of the fire in a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone. “It removed me from what no longer was serving its purpose.”

“And then as you drown, you reach for that lifesaver and you want to save yourself,” she continued. “I think that’s really what, ultimately, getting married was for me. One last attempt to save myself.”

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VOIVOD Shares Music Video For ‘Fix My Heart (2023


Canadian sci-fi metal innovators VOIVOD celebrated 40 eventful years of existence in 2023 with a special anniversary studio album titled “Morgöth Tales”, which was released on July 21 via Century Media Records. The LP’s latest single is “Fix My Heart (2023 Version)”, accompanied by a video directed by Above The Void.

VOIVOD guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain comments on the new single: “It’s always the highlight of our live show when the audience claps with big smiles all round. To me it’s about keeping hope and focus towards a better future, moving on, leaving the past behind and exploring new worlds within. ‘I’m not afraid to live’.”

Once more recorded and mixed by Francis Perron at RadicArt Studio, mastered by Maor Appelbaum and produced by VOIVOD, “Morgöth Tales” includes fresh studio re-recordings by the band’s current lineup of nine especially selected, not-so-obvious picks from the band’s hyper-classy and extremely diverse back catalogue (between 1984 and 2003) as well as a brand-new song and the album’s title track, “Morgöth Tales”.

VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin comments: “‘Morgöth Tales’ covers 40 years of space exploration.

“It was really exciting for us to revisit a more obscure part of the VOIVOD catalogue, from thrash-punk to prog-metal.

“The title track is a new song, which we started writing on the tour bus and hotels during the OPETH European tour in November/December 2022. It has the vibe of the experimental music we are doing nowadays, with a new twist I think. We also had the great thrill of getting Eric [Forrest] and Jason [Newsted] involved on this album.

“I hope you’ll dig it. Chewy, Rocky, Snake and I certainly had a blast recording it. All aboard and ready for take off!”

“Morgöth Tales” track listing:

01. Condemned To The Gallows (2023 Version) [originally on “Metal Massacre V” compilation, 1984]02. Thrashing Rage (2023 Version) [originally on “Rrröööaaarrr”, 1986]03. Killing Technology (2023 Version) [originally on “Killing Technology”, 1987]04. Macrosolutions To Megaproblems (2023 Version) [originally on “Dimension Hatröss”, 1988]05. Pre-Ignition (2023 Version) [originally on “Nothingface”, 1989]06. Nuage Fractal (2023 Version) [originally on “Angel Rat”, 1991]07. Fix My Heart (2023 Version) [originally on “The Outer Limits”, 1993]08. Rise (2023 Version, feat. Eric Forrest) [originally on “Phobos”, 1997]09. Rebel Robot (2023 Version, feat. Jason Newsted) [originally on “Voivod”, 2003]10. Morgöth Tales [New Song]

VOIVOD vocalist Denis “Snake” Bélanger spoke about “Morgöth Tales” in an interview with Agoraphobic News. He said: “It was a really fun thing to do. It was like a time capsule, going back in time [to] revisit these old songs, especially one in particular, which was first song we ever recorded [‘Condemned To The Gallows’]; that was for ‘Metal Massacre V’ [1984] on Metal Blade Records back in the day, before our first album. And the funny thing about it was there was no lyric sheet in the compilation itself. It was us, including many other bands. And the way it was recorded, it was really hard to figure out the lyrics; I couldn’t remember what I was singing. So we’re looking everywhere on the Internet, if someone has it or whatever. And it was nowhere [to be] found. And then I said to myself, ‘Maybe mom has it in the attic somewhere.’ And then I called my sister: ‘Can you check at mom’s place? Maybe she put it somewhere.’ And she went, and my mom classified — everything is in order with mom. And she was, like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I have it. File number six.’ And then she pulls out the only copy of the lyrics in the world of that song.’ And we were, like, ‘Yeah!’ ‘Cause [music for] the song was already recorded. And we were, like, ‘Oh my God. What are we gonna do?'”

VOIVOD is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band’s origin in the early 1980s. Starting out as a speed metal band, VOIVOD have added a mix of progressive metal and thrash metal to create their own unique metal style, and are credited as one of the “big four” Canadian thrash metal bands, along with SACRIFICE, RAZOR and ANNIHILATOR. They are considered by many as one of the most influential metal bands from the ’80s, influencing and gaining praise from multiple bands and across numerous genres.

VOIVOD found mainstream success in the late 1980s with their fifth studio album, “Nothingface” (1989),which is the band’s only album to enter The Billboard 200 chart, peaking at number 114.

Last November, VOIVOD released an EP, “Ultraman”, via Century Media Records. The effort featured a highly original tribute to the “Ultraman” TV series theme as well as previously unreleased bonus live cuts, available both as a 12-inch vinyl EP or as a digital EP.

VOIVOD‘s 15th studio album, “Synchro Anarchy”, was released in February 2022 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2018’s “The Wake” was produced by Francis Perron at RadicArt Studio and features cover artwork created by drummer Michel Langevin (a.k.a. Away).

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30 Years of Khalnayak premiere: Ramesh Taurani


The screening of Khalnayak (1993), arranged by Radio Nasha on the occasion of the film’s 30th anniversary, was a memorable affair. It was graced by Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Ali Asgar, Anand Balraj, director Subhash Ghai, singers Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun, art director Bijon Das Gupta, dialogue writer Kamlesh Pandey and costume designer Neeta Lulla. They entertained the media with their bytes on the radio carpet to RJ Divya Solgama. Inside the auditorium, they spoke to RJ Rohini about the film and a lot more.

30 Years of Khalnayak premiere: Ramesh Taurani reveals how he wooed Subhash Ghai for music rights: “I sent him a 3 feet x 3 feet cake on which I wrote, ‘Saudagar, Tips ke saath sauda kar’”

30 Years of Khalnayak premiere: Ramesh Taurani reveals how he wooed Subhash Ghai for music rights: “I sent him a 3 feet x 3 feet cake on which I wrote, ‘Saudagar, Tips ke saath sauda kar’”

Ramesh Taurani’s quotes stole the show. He said, “I was behind Subhash ji since Saudagar in 1991. I asked him to give us the rights. But he declined as he had already committed to HMV. He assured he’ll speak to me for future films. Main bhi ekdum young tha. He must be wondering ki yeh kaun hai. Serious hai ya nahin.”

He raised laughs as he said, “When Saudagar’s music was released, I sent him 3 feet x 3 feet cake. I wrote on the cake, ‘Saudagar, Tips ke saath sauda kar’!” He loved it that he called all the distributors of India and told them how this new company is passionate.”

That’s not all. Ramesh further said, “When this cake got ready, I told my office boys to send it to Subhash ji’s house. They called and told me that ‘yeh cake taxi mein fit nahin ho raha’. So, we ordered a tempo!” As expected, it brought the house down.

Ramesh Taurani continued, “Subhash ji invited us to Khalnayak’s premiere and thus, a bond was formed. When Khalnayak was being made, I told him, ‘Khalnayak (ke music rights) toh chahiye kisi bhi haalat mein’. He charged double the market price! We paid the amount as we had full faith in Subhash ji.”

At this, Subhash Ghai admitted that he never thought Ramesh Taurani would agree to the price, “I told Laxmikant ji (of music director duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal), ‘Mujhe hit music chahiye’. He was confused and asked me, ‘You usually ask me for good songs. Aapka gaana toh hamesha hit hota hai. Then why are you asking for hit songs’?. I explained, ‘Maine aise hi ek price feki aur unhone de di’!”

Ramesh Taurani further narrated, “He told Laxmikant ji, ‘Maine itna paisa liya hai music company se ki mujhe usko justify karna hai’.”

The Tips head honcho also opened up on one more funny anecdote, “When Anand Bakshi ji said that the lines of the song were ‘Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai’, Subhash ji ke haath se phone gir gaya!.”

Khalnayak led to the birth of a new partnership between Mukta Arts and Tips. Ramesh Taurani proudly said, “Ever since Khalnayak, all the songs of Subhash ji are with us.”

Although both filmmakers didn’t reveal the price, as per Komal Nahta’s Film Information magazine, Tips paid Rs. 1 crore for the music rights. It also mentioned that Subhash Ghai broke ties with HMV because the music company didn’t pay him a single rupee of royalty for his earlier hits Saudagar (1991) and Ram Lakhan (1989) and also didn’t provide the statements for the years, 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Also Read: BREAKING: Khalnayak’s special screening to be held in Mumbai on the occasion of its 30th anniversary; Sanjay Dutt, Subhash Ghai and others are expected to attend

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Universal Music Group (OTCMKTS:UNVGY) Declares


Universal Music Group (OTCMKTS:UNVGY – Get Free Report) announced a dividend on Monday, September 4th, NASDAQ reports. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 5th will be given a dividend of 0.0856 per share on Monday, November 13th. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, October 4th.

Universal Music Group Stock Down 1.6 %

Shares of OTCMKTS UNVGY traded down 0.20 during midday trading on Monday, hitting 12.16. 49,200 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 102,975. Universal Music Group has a 1 year low of 8.11 and a 1 year high of 13.40. The company has a fifty day moving average price of 12.16.

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It is crucial to protest against anomalies thru


Rehaan Rasul

Singer, composer and songwriter Rehaan Rasul has said that it is crucial for musicians to protest against anomalies in the society as music can play a significant role in changing people’s outlook.

‘I have been raising voice against anomalies through music. On a certain day, I came across a news about child rapes, and felt extremely fretful. The news left a huge impression on me. Later, I wrote, composed and lent my voice to a song titled Kalankini Kaali,’ Rehaan Rasul told New Age.

Mentioning Lalon Shah and Kazi Nazrul Islam, Rehaan said that he wrote the song and made its music video because music could leave an impression on people and facilitate social change.

‘Music has been playing a far-reaching and effective role in raising awareness against various anomalies for hundreds of years. In this regard, I would like to mention particularly the names and works of Lalon Shah and Kazi Nazrul Islam,’ said Rehaan.

Lalon Shah was not only a mystic poet or a philosopher, but he was also a social reformer. In his many poems and songs, he protested against the inconsistencies and injustice of his time, added Rehaan, mentioning, ‘On the other hand, our national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam also raised his voice and protested against the inconsistencies, injustices of his time through his songs and poems.’

Rehaan Rasul earned acclaim for a number of tracks, including Baje Shobhab, Rupkothar Jogote, Ferate Parini, Shanti Chukti and others. Rehaan-penned and composed song ‘Baje Shobhab’ has garnered more than 46 million views while his duet song with Abanti Sithi ‘Rupkothar Jogote’, penned by poet Shomeshwar Oli, has garnered more than 34 million views on YouTube till date.

Although a number of the singer’s songs have garnered millions views on YouTube and different social media, he thinks that a song should not be evaluated based on the number of views it garners on YouTube or online platforms.

‘I think that a song only can leave an impression on music lovers if the song can touch hearts. The first song I sang after ‘Baje Shobhab’ was Shomeswar Oli-penned and Sajid Sarker-composed “Bhalo Thakbo”. Although the song sounded great to me, it did not garner a lot of views on YouTube,’ he mentioned.

He also thinks that due to various reasons many quality songs do not garner a lot of views on YouTube or social media,

‘Even a poor-quality song can garner a lot of views nowadays. Therefore, the quality of a song should not be determined based on views,’ he said.

Rehaan Rasul’s debut playback song titled Bhuler Gaan has been featured in Fakhrul Arefeen Khan-directed film ‘Gondi’. Following which, the singer has lent his voice to a number of playback songs, including Priyotoma film’s Govire, Surongo film’s Gaa Chuye Bolo and Antarjal film’s Path Bhola Pakhi.

The singer has also received huge response for his songs, including Bhalo Thakbo, Eso, Samay, Rangmilanti, Anagoto, Mayajal, Ami Tomar Hoye Jai, Porajoy, Tomar Preme Parchhi Na, Dhrubotara, Smrittir Alpin and Tomar Jonno.

‘If the lyric and tune of a song is to my liking, I try to release it for music lovers. When I listen to my songs being played in cinemas, I really miss my mother. If she was next to me today, it would have felt that I am in heaven,’ shared Rehaan.

 His songs, including Ekdike Prithibi, Tomar Moto, Ei To Ami Achhi and Feriwala have been released recently. He also spoke about his upcoming venture.

‘I am working with Joy Shahriar in a song written and composed by Ketan Sheikh, which will be released soon. Besides, if I can collect funds, I want to release a music video of a song written and composed by me towards the end of December,’ Rehaan Rasul concluded.

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7 beers to sip in September plus some beer,


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Our monthly beer review covers a mixed 12-pack from Shiner along with a few other brews. Plus, we offer some beer and brewery news at the end.

As usual, all should be available on local store shelves. Our photos show what the beers look like, and we note our favorite at the end.


Our beer review column in September covers seven beers, including a mixed 12-pack from Shiner. We also include a few beer and brewery notes from outside Northeast Ohio.



Troegs Brewing, Pennsylvania, India Pale Ale, 6.5%

Light-bodied and a bit thin (almost tastes like a sessionable ale). Hops are restrained with subtle tropical flavors. Not a huge citrus bomb but a drinkable IPA.

Our beer review column in September covers seven beers, including a mixed 12-pack from Shiner. We also include a few beer and brewery notes from outside Northeast Ohio.


Narragansett Lager

Narragansett Brewing Co., Rochester, New York; Lager, 5%

Smooth, nothing crazy but very quaffable. Very slight sweet tinge. Old-school lawnmower beer. The brewery makes its beers in Rochester, Providence, Rhode Island; and Connecticut.

Our beer review column in September covers seven beers, including a mixed 12-pack from Shiner. We also include a few beer and brewery notes from outside Northeast Ohio.

Franco Crisp

Franco Crisp

Southern Grist Brewing Co., Nashville, Pilsner, 4.8%

Very hoppy, a bit grainy, and even pithy – surprising for a Pilsner, but it’s there. Usually if you taste pith you’re probably drinking an India Pale Ale, so this was different.

Shiner TexHex

Shiner’s Desert’s Dozen is a mixed 12-pack of its TexHex ales.

Shiner TexHex

Shiner’s Desert’s Dozen mixed 12-pack of TexHex includes four beers brewed with cactus water – usually prickly pear juice. But it really isn’t notable on the palate. Still, a few hearty offerings from Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, with a variety of International Bittering Units for each:

Our beer review column in September covers seven beers, including a mixed 12-pack from Shiner. We also include a few beer and brewery notes from outside Northeast Ohio.

Desert Mirage

Desert Mirage

Hazy India Pale Ale, 8%: This hazy has nice body with a healthy dose of hops definitely making their presence known, especially on a lingering finish. Some tangerine notes. Made with Strata hops. IBUs: 45.

Our beer review column in September covers seven beers, including a mixed 12-pack from Shiner. We also include a few beer and brewery notes from outside Northeast Ohio.

Twin Dream

Twin Dream

Double India Pale Ale, 9.5%: Nicely balanced ale. Peach and tangerine flavors pop through with hops surging through. Not alcoholic tasting at all despite pushing double digits in alcohol percentage. Brewed with Idaho 7 and Citra hops. IBUs: 80.

Our beer review column in September covers seven beers, including a mixed 12-pack from Shiner. We also include a few beer and brewery notes from outside Northeast Ohio.

Wicked Haze

Wicked Haze

Double Hazy India Pale Ale, 9.5%: Orange is dominant in this big beer – good mouthfeel, slight alcoholic tasting though very limited burn on the finish. Brewed with Idaho 7 hops. IBUs: 40.

Our beer review column in September covers seven beers, including a mixed 12-pack from Shiner. We also include a few beer and brewery notes from outside Northeast Ohio.

Bruja’s Brew

Bruja’s Brew

India Pale Ale, 7%: Smooth, nothing crazy here in this drinkable beer. Hint of orange meshes with hoppiness on the palate. For those who remember Spanish I, “bruja” means “witch.” Made with Amarillo hops. IBUs: 60.

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Six-pack of brewery news

As you get set to celebrate National Beer Lovers Day on Thursday, Sept. 7, and National Drink Beer Day on Thursday, Sept. 28, here are a few brewery and beer notes from around the country:

Stone Brewing has created the first official beer for the University of Southern California’s athletics programs. Stone Fight On Pale Ale is 5.5% alcohol and will be distributed throughout Southern California at stores, bars, restaurants and at the Los Angeles Colosseum and Galen Center, home of the USC Trojans.

• Silver Eagle Distributors Houston is teaming up with Kona Big Wave and Anheuser-Busch to support the Maui community in the aftermath of the devastating wildfires. Every case of Big Wave sold this month via Houston retail sales will provide a 50-cent case contribution to the Hawai’i Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund.

• Thousands of people signed a petition calling on Sapporo to allow Anchor Brewing Co. employees to purchase Anchor Brewing, which Sapporo shut down in July. Also, Enterprise Brewing released Solidarity Ale to raise money for Anchor’s union workers. At least two online petitions were offered: and Anchor and Enterprise are neighbors in San Francisco.

• For the third consecutive year, Tröegs Independent Brewing’s guided production tour has been voted the nation’s best brewery tour in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice poll. Also, the Hershey, Pennsylvania, brewery is bringing back Oktoberfest Lager for the fall. For a lager, it’s a hearty 6.1% alcohol.

Shiner has released Storm Caster IPA (5.5% alcohol) and Black Lager (4.9%) for the fall. Storm Caster is made with cactus water experimental hops, and the lager is returning with a new design.

Coors Banquet has launched “Protect Our Protectors.” It supports firefighters through Wildland Firefighter Foundation and other fire organizations nationwide. Go to

This month’s favorite: The Shiner quartet was fine, but maybe it’s because I’ve been cutting the lawn a lot that makes me choose Narragansett.

Our reviews: Most of the beers we buy come from Northeast Ohio retail shops and stores. We choose Heinen’s, Red, Wine & Brew; Acme, Giant Eagle, Mustard Seed Market, Whole Foods and others.

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Jimmy Buffett’s laid-back party vibe created


KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Buffett celebrated slackers before the word existed, even though he was hardly one himself.

“Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville,” went the chorus to his most famous song, which became an international singalong. But Buffett was actually an astute, ambitious, aggressive businessman.

A statement posted to Buffett’s official website and social media pages announced his passing on Friday at age 76. The statement did not say where Buffett died or give a cause. He rescheduled concerts in May and acknowledged he had been hospitalized for an unspecified illness.

>>>CBS News Miami will stream a memorial parade to the late singer Sunday at 5 p.m.

Jimmy Buffett.

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Buffett built an empire based largely on Caribbean-flavored pop that celebrated the Florida Keys, sunshine and nightlife. His name became synonymous with a laid-back subtropical party vibe, and his fans were known as Parrotheads.

But behind the laid-back exterior, Buffett was an admitted workaholic. He expanded into novels, nightclubs and many other ventures. At one time his estimated annual income was more than $40 million, and his revenue sources extended far beyond a musician’s typical business model of album sales, concert tickets and souvenir T-shirts.

He landed at No. 18 in Forbes’ list of the Richest Celebrities of All Time with a net worth of $1 billion.

The title of Buffett’s most popular song showed up on restaurants, clothing, booze and casinos. He became involved in such products as Landshark Lager, the Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chains, boat shoes, salsa, hummus, tortillas, dips, tequila and blenders. The Margaritaville cafe on the Las Vegas strip was said to be the top grossing restaurant in the nation.

Buffett was chairman of Margaritaville Holdings based in Palm Beach, Florida. He had a restaurant and a casino in Vegas, a casino in Mississippi and a hotel in Pensacola Beach, Florida, but the exact scope of his empire was a secret. Margaritaville Holdings LLC didn’t disclose its finances, and he usually declined interview requests.

Along with hit songs, Buffett wrote best-selling novels. In 2008 he was ranked by Vanity Fair as No. 97 on a list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and his fan base was broad and loyal. Even when he was in his 60s, his concert tickets fetched more than $100.

“I’m not about to apologize for being a good businessman,” Buffett told The Washington Post in 1998. “Too many people in music have ruined their lives because they weren’t. I’m not a great singer, and I’m only a so-so guitar player. I started running the band years ago because nobody else could, and I turned out to be good at this stuff. There’s never been any grand plan to this thing. I’m making it up as I go along. … Just trying to work the system while maintaining my ’60s anarchic soul.”

Buffett could be more intense than his songs and stage persona suggested. He was injured in 2011 when he fell face-first off the stage while performing in Australia and struck his head, knocking him unconscious. He was released from the hospital the next day.

An avid Miami Heat basketball fan, Buffett caused friction at a 2001 game when he cursed at referee Joe Forte from his courtside seat. Forte ejected him. The Heat moved Buffett and his son to another section.

When then-Heat coach Pat Riley asked Forte if he knew the man he had ejected, Forte didn’t recognize the name. He asked if Forte had ever been a Parrothead. “He thought I was insulting him. He wanted to give me a technical,” Riley said.

Buffett was born on Christmas Day, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He once said he arrived in the Keys driving a 1946 Packard in about 1970. He found his musical niche during that decade with breezy, island-influenced party tunes. The tone was set with a popular song in 1973, “Why Don’t We Get Drunk?”

He became a pop star in 1977, when “Margaritaville” cracked the Top 10. The song has provided a soundtrack to countless happy hours in the decades since.

Buffett’s 1992 collection titled “Boats, Beaches, Bars, and Ballads” became one of the best-selling box sets ever and his annual summer concert tours with his Coral Reefer Band became major events, drawing thousands of Parrotheads who would dress up in Hawaiian shirts, leis, funny hats and other mellow party accessories. Some would follow Buffet’s tour from city to city.

“We were the social network before there was a social network on the Internet,” Buffett told the Dallas Morning News in 2012. “They had something in common; they shared things. They started dressing up because they were listening to the music. It was the common bond.”

Business success soon eclipsed record sales. According to Buffett’s website, the first Margaritaville opened in Key West, Florida, in 1987. The chain grew to 16 outlets and Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., teamed up with Buffett to develop the $700 million Margaritaville Casino & Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi, near where he was raised.

Regardless of his commercial achievements, Buffett’s legacy will be, in his words, “helping people forget their troubles for a couple of hours.”

The singer told the Baltimore Sun in 1999 that his optimistic view of life brought fans to the humor and escapism in his work. And that was okay, because there already was enough serious material in the world.

“I was the life of the party,” Buffett said.

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