Marty Robbins - Gunfighter Ballads
I stumbled upon this album at a record fair in San Francisco in 2008. The hot pink cover with a clumsy cowboy caught my eye while looking through a dusty pile. My audiophile friend I was with immediately told me to buy it when he saw it in my hands claiming it as one of his favorite records. Since that day it has been one of mine as well. I truly cannot think of a dinner party we’ve thrown in the past decade or a Tandem bar shift I‘ve worked where I did not put this record on. Marty Robbins’ syrupy croon makes me feel so nostalgic. I didn’t even grow up listening to Marty Robbins but I immediately felt like I had after the first listen. I’ve since bought every other album with the words “Gunfighter Ballads” on them and you probably will too. We’ve been trying to score this record for The Good Thing since the incarnation of the club. We’re so lucky to have finally met the right people who could make this happen for all of us. -Kathleen Pratt
Jingle Beans 2018 - Ethiopia/Ethiopia
Behold, a coffee is born! Pack away your pumpkin spice, break out your Peanuts, and wake up your slumbering uncle: Jingle Beans is here. Like 1,000 tiny elves pelting you in the face with green gumdrops, Jingle Beans will make you rethink what a novelty coffee can be. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a platter of latkes or your mom’s fruitcake. Bold and fruity yet never cloying, with a hint of cinnamon broom and silver tinsel, Tandem’s special blend of Ethiopian coffees will sweeten your holiday season.