Things We Love: Andy Downing edition

By Andy Downing
From the August 15, 2013 edition

Evil Twin Brewing

Normally available at Weiland’s Market, 3600 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

I’ve become obsessed with this Denmark-based brewery, which picks names for its various products (Even More Jesus imperial stout, Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room imperial stout and so on)nearly as interesting as the beers themselves. In recent weeks I’ve tried 9th Symphony, a Belgian ale aged in Austrian white wine barrels, and the Cowboy, a smoked pilsner that was part beer and part prairie fire. Fun Fact: Brewery founder Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso actual twin, and hs brother Mikkel Borg Bjergso is the creative force behind similarly celebrated Mikkeller Brewing Co.

Stephen Colbert’s Daft Punk Dance Party

Start with a killer song in Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” a breezy jam that glides along on Nigel Rogers’ elastic bassline, then add Bryan Cranston on roller skates, the Dude shaking his rump in a stairwell and something called “The Matt Damon Booth” (precisely what it sounds like) and you’ve got seven minutes of comedic bliss.

Biking the Olentangy Trail

I relocated to Columbus from bike-friendly Madison, Wisconsin, in June and immediately became enamored with pedaling the scenic riverside trail. I even ditched my clunky old mountain bike (finally!) for a Salsa Vaya 2 touring bike after consulting the helpful staff at Paradise Garage, 921 N. High St. Sure, you have to deal with the occasional spandex-clad Lance Armstrong wannabe determined to set new land-speed record, but it’s a minor annoyance considering the picturesque surroundings.

Deer Tick’s video for “The Rock”

On past albums, a song titled “The Rock” might have found the rowdy Providence, Rhode Island, crew singing about any number of illicit substances. But on the first single from the band’s forthcoming album Negativity, frontman John McCauley opens up about his engagement, which came to an abrupt end last year. The video is equally intimate, with the camera dwelling on a tight close-up of the singer for four discomforting minutes.

“Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson opens his memoir writing about how he doesn’t want the book to follow a traditional format where an artist/musician traces his or her life from childhood through present times. Even so, the best moments here are the most straightforward, with the Roots drummer/bandleader tracing everything from his long friendship with bandmate/rapper Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter to the time he went roller-skating with Prince.