Florry - The Holey Bible
You may recall that we sent out a record from the fine, Philadelphia-based band Friendship some months back. While arranging the purchase of the LPs I approached Merge Records to see if the band’s leader, Dan Wiggins, would be interested in curating an upcoming record for the club. Dan was down! Here is what he has to say about his selection.
Florry is the warm, greedy mouth of a sunburned teenager making contact with the cold hole at the bottom of a shotgunned Bud Light. They are the rhapsodic whistles of SeaWorld’s most lovesick dolphin. They are the fuel injectors on the engine of a semi carrying toxic waste down the Garden State Parkway. When I listen to Florry, I need to dance. I feel like the rooster’s favorite hen. They are among the inheritors of country music because their songs are about the emotions and messy lives of vulnerable people and the places they live, presented without judgment, glamorization, or any other bullshit. They are the soul and its buddies. And their live show kicks ass.
Hugo Rojas - Inzá, Colombia
Oh, man, oh, man. It is always so great to have Hugo Rojas' coffee back on the menu. We'd be hard pressed to find another farmer who grows Caturra as well as Hugo does. Caturra, a natural dwarf mutation of the Bourbon varietal, was first discovered in Brazil around 1915. It has become one of Central America's most important varietals, as well as a benchmark against which other coffees are graded. The Caturra shrubs on Hugo's gorgeous farm El Carmen are pristine and orderly, and if there's a better view of the valley below from his farm, we don't know it.