I’m shamefaced to say that until last night, I had never even heard the Smashing Pumpkins’ first album “Gish”. While it’s not as instantly catchy as some of their singles from Siamese Dream, it’s still one hell of an album. Add to it the fact that the sound is such a distinct one of the early 90s grunge/alt wave, and I immediately got that warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia, with sense-memories of Pearl Jam, REM, STP, and the days when people were feeling passionate about the music itself, rather than just ownership rights to it.
Speaking of Seattle’s cultural influences, I’m working on learning how to steam my own milk for lattes. It’s surprisingly temperamental, which is unfortunate considering I’m usually half-awake when I try it.