It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.
In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.
Good morning, NTSIB. We’re doing something a little different with A Good Read today. The two people joining us today – Twilight Fauna, aka Paul Ravenswood, and Jennifer Christensen (solo, Disemballerina) – are not in the same band. Instead they are equal halves of a two-song split.
Both are established black metal artists: Twilight Fauna is a one-person atmospheric metal band from Appalachia, and Jennifer Christensen is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from the Pacific Northwest whose sound is more traditionally classical. For the purposes of this split, they decided to chuck genre limitations and match their works based on emotional content.
The result: Sickness unto Death, by Christensen, and Crossing the Threshold by Twilight Fauna.
Sickness unto Death is a spare, sweet, delicate and melancholy, but also menacing. If the Tell Tale Heart had come with a soundtrack, it would probably have sounded something like this song. Crossing the Threshold, in stark contrast, is the slow death throes of the big machine and makes ample use of grinding fuzz to set the mood.
A Good Drink
Paul: I’m a big craft beer guy. When I travel I’m always on the look out for small microbreweries. Especially in the last 10 years or so, it seems every small town has a least one locally owned small brewery usually where you’ll find local people having a good time. So in general, as far as a good drink I would consider that anywhere that you can share a good beer with friends and soak up the local culture. Where I live, that place is Johnson City Brewing Company. I’m a dark beer drinker, my favorite is their Raspberry Mocha Stout which is a rich, slightly sweet beer that is perfect for cold winter days.
Jennifer: Fresh pressed apple cider. I grew up in Red Bank, New Jersey and fresh pressed fresh apple cider is both a local treasure (at nearby Delicious Orchards) but also my favorite thing in the world to drink. This is especially true in the fall but really all the time. I have wonderful memories of pressing the apples myself and tasting the juice with my mother and the taste (along with often the accompanying apple cider cinnamon donut!) brings me back to a very happy and innocent time in my life which remains intact inside it’s crisp flavor. Definitely a somewhat unacceptable substitute but I even brought dehydrated apple cider with me this summer on the month long stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail I did through the Sierra.