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  1. allothersnsused

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    Not sure if anyone else keeps up with this website, but I think a lot of people on the board would be interested in the type of stuff they publish. A great stop to fill the Grantland-sized hole in your web browsing.

    Reason I bring it up is this: http://bittersoutherner.com/the-best-southern-albums-of-2015 which I now look forward to every year. I basically rely on it to catch me up with all the non-mainstream music I missed over the year.

    I believe they publish a new article every EDIT: Tuesday (thanks dawgonit) and they're semi-longreads. Great for a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning. Store has some good stuff too. Might just be uniquely tuned to my tastes, but I thought others would be interested and articles would warrant discussion. To be clear, I realize this reads like an ad but I'm not affiliated in any way with the site. Just thought this would be a place where others would enjoy it too.
     
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  2. UncleJesse

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    I follow their Instagram page. Good shit.
     
  3. dawgonit

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    avid reader and supporter. most of my xmas gifts to family came through their giftshop as well.
     
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  4. dawgonit

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    *new articles every Tuesday
     
  5. steamengine

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    Oxford American is p good too imo
     
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  6. dawgonit

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    excerpt from the site's About Us:

     
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  7. allothersnsused

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    Back browsing the shop for the first time in a while. I really need this:

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    This is also great, although not quite as great:

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  8. wes tegg

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    I love their yearly music issue/album. Also love the writing.

    This is my first hearing of The Bitter Southerner. Big fan.
     
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  9. BayouMafia

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    been unproductive as hell today because I've been listening to stuff from this list. Holy shit at Ruby Amanfu she's incredible.

    5 star thread
     
  10. leroi

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    I found it the other day through Spencer halls twitter

    Seemed ok, but their merch page... Holy overpriced shit.
     
  11. allothersnsused

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    I really wanted the wool baseball cap they had a couple months back but Yaofaced at the price. The pics I posted above are pretty expensive as well. I might cop a couple of those overpriced mugs for my mom though because they look like ones her parents had in their house.
     
  12. CraigAnne Conway

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    The photo essays on that site are amazing
     
  13. Love Tractor

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    Follow on Twitter. Great articles.
     
  14. Crepeswithasmile

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    yeah $250 for that three six mafia pic is ri-goddamn-diculous.

    good site though, thanks for posting.
     
  15. allothersnsused

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  16. LeonardWashington

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    Little disappointed in that article on the UA machine made the "best of 2015" list. That read was almost re-hash of the article written every spring in the Crimson White and various other media for the past ten years. Might be new for out-of-staters but I would hope for something a little fresher if it's going to be on that list. Enjoyed some of the other articles...nice website would visit again
     
  17. Upton^2

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  18. Chipper>Jeter

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    Just made this. I took the time to smoke a pork shoulder and make proper pulled chicken. Took most of the day but was totally worth it. I also went x3 on the meat and it made it even better. I used two whole chicken breasts and half of a good sized pork shoulder or boston butt your call.



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    If it walked, crawled, or flew, it went in the stew.
    Brunswick stew is the flagship Southern community stew, made by a bunch of people adding things to the pot and poking around in it, intended to serve a crowd. It can be made on a stove, but it is best suited to the outdoors where smoke gets in our eyes. It’s the kind of stew that lifelong buddies make at the hunt camp or around a pit, timing the steps by the number of beers they’ve had and the number of times someone has called bullshit on a tale and then laughed so hard they could barely breathe. It’s the type of small town stone soup that is sold as fundraisers for the VFW, the marching band headed to the big parade, and the building fund for the church that hasn’t changed so much as a doorknob in decades. And we, as their neighbors and fellow citizens, buy it, and buy into it.

    Raconteur and humorist Roy Blount Jr. quips that Brunswick stew is what happens when small mammals carrying ears of corn fall into barbecue pits. It’s true that Brunswick stew was once made with a variety of wild game, particularly squirrels and rabbits, but is now most often made with chicken and smoked pork barbecue. The vegetables matter just as much. Each cook has a secret combination of vegetables and seasonings, but nearly all agree that corn, butter or lima beans, and tomatoes are requirements.

    This is where any agreement ends. All stew-stirring communities continue to declare their provenance, and certainly their take on the way to make it, to be unassailable. The good people of both the town of Brunswick, Ga., and Brunswick County, Va., equally and passionately claim to be the point of origin for the eponymous stew. There are folklorists who swear it was perfected in North Carolina.

    Some decades ago, Brunswick, Ga., mounted a 25-gallon iron pot atop a town monument. The inscription declares the pot to be the very one in which the very first Brunswick stew did bubble on July 2, 1898. Georgian Brunswick Stew tends to be made in relatively small batches, often in local cafes where it is served as a barbecue side dish.

    In 1988, the Virginia General Assembly issued a decree naming Brunswick County the home of Brunswick stew, claiming they can trace their stew back to 1828, when it was made by Jimmy Matthews on a hunting expedition and was little more than squirrel, onion, butter and bread. These days, stew-making in Virginia is often a male-dominated ritual. Men known as stew masters tend huge cauldrons, stirring the contents with boat oars, cooking up hundreds of quarts. These stews are very thick, often not declared done until an oar can stand upright in the center. Virginia Brunswick Stew is served as a main dish with white sandwich bread on the side, although there are photos of people emptying plastic sleeves of bread directly into the stew.

    This version incorporates a little of both iconic styles, and comes from a neutral state of grace. It can be made indoors in reasonable quantities. It can be made quickly because it assumes you will buy roasted chicken and rather than cook a pig, you will buy barbecue from someone who does it often and well.

    Makes about 3 quarts
    1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes or 3 cups home-canned, chopped with their juices

    2 cups strong chicken broth (if using store-bought, enrich by simmering with the chicken bones and skin for at least 30 minutes and then strain)

    3/4 cup ketchup

    3/4 cup sweet, tomato-based barbecue sauce

    1/4 cup peppery, vinegar barbecue sauce or white distilled vinegar

    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

    2 teaspoons salt

    1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

    1 tablespoon hot sauce

    1 1/2 cups chopped onion

    3 cups green butterbeans

    3 cups yellow corn kernels

    1 pound pulled smoked or roasted chicken meat

    1 1/4 pounds pork barbecue

    Serve with: flimsy white bread

    1. Bring the tomatoes, broth, ketchup, barbecue sauces, Worcestershire, salt, pepper and hot sauce to a simmer in a large pot. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring often.

    2. Stir in the onion and butterbeans. Simmer until they are almost tender, about 20 minutes.

    3. Stir in the corn, chicken and pork. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more.

    4. Adjust the seasoning. It should be balanced, but unequivocal. Serve warm with the bread.
     
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  19. SC

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  20. Yer Grace

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    Seen a bunch of comments about how expensive all the stuff they sell is. I know the guys who run the site and have done some work for them and can tell you they aren't getting rich of this. They're trying to go as long as possible sustaining themselves through memberships/purchases, so they don't have to put ads with stories. I agree the shit can get ridiculously expensive, but hopefully that only lasts until they figure out a more sustainable model.
     
  21. dawgonit

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    Cool shit also tends to be expensive. What they sell doesn't seem to be marked up all that much anyway. I don't have a problem with it.
     
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  22. dawgonit

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    15% off anything from the general store this week
     
  23. dawgonit

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    New article this week:

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    In Florence, Alabama, a homegrown fashion line is filling the holes left by the town’s defunct T-shirt industry — and retooling the way clothes are made, from farm to label. As the South grapples with hard truths about its former glory as a textile mecca, Alabama Chanin draws a new blueprint for building careers around community.

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  24. allothersnsused

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  26. dawgonit

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    article this week:

    The Cunningest Compounders of Beverages: The Hidden History of African-Americans Behind the Bar

    Arguably, no one alive has researched the history of the American bar and its keepers more thoroughly than David Wondrich, the author and cocktails columnist for Esquire magazine. Today, The Bitter Southerner is proud to turn the Good Dr. Wondrich loose amid the deep history of how African-Americans of the late 19th century gained esteem behind the bar and how their experiences were very different in the North and South — in ways that might defy your assumptions.

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  27. allothersnsused

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  28. C-Pay

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    That's a pretty good list as far as these things go, especially towards the top
     
  29. BayouMafia

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    :respek:

    That Ruby Amanfu album from the 2015 list is still one of my favorites. I can't believe she hasn't put anything out since.
     
  30. ashy larry

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    they do a podcast now and it's :nomnom:
     
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  31. superfly0212

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    can't trust southerners.