Frank Turner “Last Minutes And Lost Evenings”/Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown

THE RECORD:

Frank Turner- Last Minutes And Lost Evenings– Epitaph 2012

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This week I am writing about one of my favorite songwriters, Frank Turner. A few years ago, I was working at my college’s radio station and a fellow DJ and I got the chance to have him in the studio. We basically just got to talk to him and have our own little private concert. I don’t think I need to say how much that ruled.

Last Minutes And Lost Evenings is a compilation of fan favorites and some rarities. I wouldn’t normally be so keen to review a compilation like this, but I really think more people should listen to Frank. Last Minutes And Lost Evenings is less of a “greatest hits” and more of an introduction to his music for people who haven’t heard him before.

My favorite songs? “Try This At Home” for sure, because it has one of my favorite lyrics:

Because there’s no such thing as rockstars, there’s just people who play music

and some of them are just like us and some of them are dicks

I really love Frank’s songwriting, as it can speak to so many different people. A lot of his lyrics read like quotable mantras for living life to the fullest, while still coming off realistic.

“The Road”, off Frank’s third record, Poetry Of The Deed, is another song I love, especially for its musical arrangement. It’s a song that really gets the show going when he plays it live.

Yes, if you’re already a fan, it’s repetitive because you probably own most of these songs in some capacity. I think Frank Turner is excellent drinking music. In many of his songs, he expresses the importance of gathering together with friends and having a round of beer. That is absolutely a message that I can get behind. This record is definitely one that I would use as house music in one of the bars I work at to try and turn some patrons on to his music.

The only thing missing from this record is a wonderful cover I have heard Frank do a few times. It’s Loudon Wainwright III’s “Motel Blues” and it’s great every time he does it, so I’m posting it below.

THE BEER:

Sam Smith’s Nut Brown

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As the oldest brewery in Yorkshire, Samuel Smith writes the book on making some of the best examples of the beer styles that they brew. The nut brown is fantastic.

It pours a nice reddish, mahogany brown with a fluffy, cream-colored head. Almond and hazelnut are prominent flavors, but not overpowering. This beer is not overly sweet, either, as some nut browns tend to be. Very drinkable, tastes exactly how you would want a brown ale to taste. Comparable to Newcastle, which is another beer I enjoy, but has more things going on with the flavor profile. In bars, it does tend to be expensive for a brown ale, but it’s really worth the extra couple bucks for what is essentially a perfect example of its beer style.

THE PAIRING

Frank Turner is one of my go-to musicians. I always try and go see him when he’s playing near me, and look forward to any new material he released. Like Frank, the humble brown ale is my go-to style of beer. I chose Sam Smith’s Nut Brown to pair with this record, because I’ve pretty much only written about American beers up to now. Also, as an artist hailing from England, I thought this English brown was a fitting tribute.

To drink, it’s a great beer to sit and have a few pints of while listening to records or seeing a band live. The great thing about folk artists is that they often play at smaller, more intimate venues, where you’re more likely to find tastier brews. So it’s very possible to see Frank play live and be able to drink a pint of Sam Smith’s nut brown.

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