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BADFINGER STRAIGHT UP, 1971, Apple Records

The cover of Badfinger’s third album, Straight Up, shows a quartet of scruffy young dudes, all in earth tones, slung arm in arm across a washed out brown background, giving the feel of a turn-of-the-century sepia-tone daguerreotype hanging on a saloon wall. The image is all the more striking for the absence of any names, titles, any words at all. It could be a lost Beatles record sometime after Let it Be...

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GRUET BRUT BLANC DE NOIRS, Sparkling Wine

New Mexico, "Land of Enchantment," one of the few state nicknames I wholeheartedly agree with. Sure, Minnesota has a lot of lakes, and Florida has a lot of sunshine, but New Mexico has a lot of enchantment, something intangible and ephemeral. It's a beautiful place where I've had few but memorable adventures, most recently getting trapped in Albuquerque during a blizzard...

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