Mixed Emotions


Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel gets the Bloody Mary treatment: vodka, Worcestershire, tomato juice, what have you. The Shins’ Port of Morrow earns a Dark ’n’ Stormy: dark rum and ginger beer with a lime wedge. And The Long Winters’ Putting the Days to Bed is best enjoyed with a root beer float: sugar, cream and fizz. Other blogs feature reviews of the independent bands whose hearts we wear on our sleeves to define ourselves, but only Vinyl + Cocktails, a blog that pairs every album with a cocktail, offers a way to distill that love into something that’ll fuck you up. Downside: Every entry on this user-supported page includes pretentious “listening instructions,” like these for Glen Hansard’s Rhythm and Repose: “Take a sip, close your eyes, shut up and listen.” Hey, thanks, Lester Bangs. Good thing you didn’t tell me how to drink the matching scotch and soda, or I’d have tracked you down. Scotch makes me … weird.