If memory serves me right, I have Kevin Stewart-Panko to thank for my introduction to Mouth of the Architect via his review of the band's debut, Time and Withering, way back in one of our first issues. Since I've been keeping up with the Ohioans ever since, it was a no brainer to ask keyboardist/vocalist Jason Watkins to participate in this series in honor of the quintet's upcoming release Dawning (June 25th via Translation Loss). Fortunately, he did not disappoint: "I wanted to do a playlist that pairs seven songs with seven drinks. A lot of people go to great lengths to pair the right alcohol with food. Fuck that! I wanted to pair certain drinks with certain songs." Feel free to listen along here.
Cynthia Fee's "Thank You For Being A Friend" (The Golden Girls' theme song) (1985) Crank this song and follow with a classy shot of Rosé from a space bag with three of your best gal pals.
The Pogues' "I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day" (from 1985's Rum Sodomy & The Lash) Tullamore Dew in short glass with one ice cube. *WARNING* -- drink these too frequently and you may begin to look like Shane MacGowan.
Method Man's "What's Happenin'" (featuring Busta Ryhmes) (from 2004's Tical 0: The Prequel) The Beermosa: three parts High Life ("The Champagne of Beers"), one part fresh squeezed orange juice. The Vitamin C helps you enter the 36 chambers of deliciousness.
Harry Belafonte's "Coconut Woman" (from 2001's Very Best Of Harry Belafonte) Blow the doors off your favorite shirt and fill a coconut with rum! It's a personal favorite.
Dio's "Holy Diver" (from 1983's Holy Diver) Fill a goblet with Owen Roe Sinister Hand red wine and scowl at the moon. The cape and scepter are optional. Long live Dio!
Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "Alligator Wine" (1958) The Blue Motorcycle. 1 1/2 oz tequila, 1 1/2 oz rum, 1 1/2 oz vodka, 1 1/2 oz gin, 1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur and a splash of 7 Up. Screw the sweet and sour mix and drink to the dead like a Voodoo priest.
Tom Waits' "Dirt In The Ground" (from 1992's Bone Machine) Every Tom Waits song must be paired with a glass of Lagavulin 16 year *NO ICE*. What you do once the glass (or bottle) is empty is your own damn business.
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**Catch MOTA on tour on the following dates:
THUR 13- Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class w/ Intronaut FRI 14- Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar w/ Intronaut SAT 15- Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Intronaut SUN 16- Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon w/ Intronaut MON 17- Montreal, QC @ Il Motore w/ Intronaut TUES 18- Toronto, ON @ WreckRoom w/ Intronaut WED 19- West Chester, PA @ The Note w/ Intronaut THUR 20- Boston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Intronaut FRI 21- Baltimore, MD @ Metro w/ Intronaut SAT 22- Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/ Intronaut SUN 23- Nashville, TN @ Exit/In w/ Intronaut MON 24- Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn W/ Intronaut TUES 25- Orlando, FL @ Social w/ Intronaut WED 26- Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum w/ Intronaut FRI 28- Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's w/ Intronaut SAT 29- Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Intronaut SUN 30- Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Intronaut
THUR 22- South Bend, IN @ TBA FRI 23- Milwaukee, WI @ TBA SAT 24- Minneapolis, MN @ The Triple Rock SUN 25- Chicago, IL @ The Burlington SAT 31- Columbus, OH @Ace of Cups
***We update one Spotify playlist for each new Decibrity entry, so feel free to subscribe to that here. Past entries include:
Howl Kings Destroy Zozobra Call of the Void Saint Vitus Bar Coliseum Woe Anciients Soilwork (Dirk Verbeuren) (Björn Strid) Intronaut BATILLUS Inter Arma Helen Money Misery Index Ancient VVisdom Holy Grail Rotten Sound Ancestors (Part 1) (Part 2) Kowloon Walled City (Part 1) (Part 2) Aaron Stainthorpe (My Dying Bride) (Part 1) (Part 2) Early Graves All That Remains Bison B.C. A Life Once Lost Fight Amp Witchcraft (Ola Henriksson) (Magnus Pelander) Vision of Disorder Grave Anders Nyström (Katatonia) (Part 1) (Part 2) "Best of" Rush (Part 1) (Part 2) Dawnbringer Ufomammut Shadows Fall Horseback Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) (Part 1) (Part 2) Torche "Best of" Meshuggah Astra Pallbearer Barren Earth Shane Embury (Napalm Death) (Part 1) (Part 2)