Formally known as "Slow Death in the Afternoon Podcast," this is a podcast for absinthe enthusiasts, creative people, or anyone who likes to have fun. Join Dan and Jerry as they follow the Green Fairy into places where they probably shouldn't go.
Topics covered in this silly train wreck:
How not to break your absinthe fountain
Why you should rent movies instead of buy them
Dan and Jerry pitch a seriously low budget movie to either Neflix or Syfy
Other assorted Green Hour shenanigans
Grab your favorite beverage of your choice and join us!
It's 10 AM for Dan and 12 Noon for Jerry, but hey, it's a Sunday, and so who cares? Get your drink ready and join us for The Green Hour, where Jerry is enjoying his La Clandestine (now that he's figure out to not dilute it so much) and Dan gives advice to those trying new spirit for the first time. The boys also talk about bottles of alcohol that are designed specifically to be repurposed as a bong; why Jerry prefers independent music; and Dan recommends some older awesome movies for Jerry (and the rest of us) to put on our Netflix watch lists. They also talk about the tools of their respective creative trades, and ask you to chime in.
Important lessons to learn: How not to be roofied (Jerry's girlfriend had a very close call); buying glasses on the Internet is a total crapshoot; don't try to treat an eye infection with flaming absinthe; and how to make a absinthe Mojito. Special guest appearances on this September 2011 retro episode include Marilyn Monroe, Groucho Marks, and Chuck Testa.
In this retro episode the boys discuss the movies Sucker Punch, Tank Girl, and 300; about charging back businesses which waste your time; about getting Australian Spiders via the mail; about Dan going to the Absinthe show in Las Vegas; and about watching old ladies as they stare at go-go dancers. Also included is a special appearance by author and poet Sandra Beasley.
So the United States Government finally makes an official admission that, in effect, UFO's are real, and in this day and age we pretty much yawn and say, "Whatever." Has it really come to this? Yes, dear friends, it has. But there is one positive note: some very smart people are doing serious research to see if the ingredients of absinthe may help fight the current pandemic, and so we say, "Let's drink to that!" And we did. Jerry, in fact, drank maybe a bit too much. Also he reveals the results of his test, which was last episode's cliff hanger.
In this special episode, recorded mostly on Easter Sunday 2020, we're joined by special guest Kim Haasarud, a James Beard-honored mixologist, author, beverage consultant, and Vice President of the United States Bartenders Guild, where she tells us how we can all pitch in and help bartenders and waitstaff displaced by the current Covid-19 pandemic. Or, how to get help from the USBG if you are a bartender or waitstaff who has found yourself in the situation where you could use a helping hand. Other topics in this episode include classic science fiction movies; Godzilla and the Twilight Zone (then, and now); the latest installment of Red Dwarf; and many other things to explore ... or re-explore ... while physically distancing.
Note: Jerry was going to call this episode, "Are you Social Distancing, or Do I Just Have Bad Breath?" but at the last minute thought better of it.
Between Dan posting quarantine memes and Jerry posting pictures of birds and squirrels, the boys are keeping themselves occupied during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. The US Bartender's Guild is collecting money to help those laid off during the crisis, while the New York Post is reporting that alcohol sales are up around 55%. Distilleries are considered essential businesses, most likely because schools are not -- but many are helping to fight this war against the germ by retooling their distilleries to produce sanitizing products. Welcome to the End of the World As We Know It.
If a bee is like a sharp stick, a wasp is like an automatic handgun. Why would you ever put a wasp in your absinthe? Why? And why should anyone even have to ask that question? Like why should you not put plutonium in your 3-Mile Island Root Beer Schnapps? And why should you never light absinthe on fire?
Change is in the wind. Our podcast’s name is going to gently morph into “The Green Hour with Dan and Jerry” mainly because it would probably be easier to get guests to join us for that, than for a “Slow Death in the Afternoon.” In this episode Jerry is sipping on a Death in the Afternoon Cocktail made with Cooks Brut and Kubler while he and Dan talk about absinthe in Montana, self-improvement by getting out of your own way, and green fairies who like to get naked for you. (There is absolutely nothing wrong with that as long is that is what they genuinely want to do.) Plus, Jerry and Dan both get into some TMI for hopefully everyone’s benefit. No pain no gain.
Dan tells a tale of phantasmagoria while Jerry sips Jade 1901 and listens in fascination about demons, murders, and what old-timey people used to do before there were horror movies. There is also a tale of murder that was blamed on absinthe, and which started the worldwide ban on absinthe back in the day … even though most likely it should have been blamed on wine.
Season two premier episode, featuring a song about absinthe written by an artificial intelligence, Dan giving his initial taste test and review of Tenth Ward Absinthe, and Jerry takes us through a bizarre history of alcoholic beverages used as medicine since before the year 7000 B.C. Also, the boys touch upon the subject (again) of making your own absinthe at home.
It's Dan's birthday! So what does he want? A funeral?!? Yes, that's what he wanted, so that's what we gave him. A comedy funeral "roast" hosted by none other than the one and only Mike McShane. That, and a bunch of bottles of absinthe. So a huge shoutout to longtime friend Mike (we can't tell you how much we love this guy) for being the Master of Ceremonies, and thanks to longtime friend and Slow Death in the Afternoon listener Jeff for being there as well, and also to old and dear friend Dave for participating all the way from Australia. Also a HUGE shout out to all Dan's friends, too many to name here, and also since Jerry is the one typing this, he can't remember any of their names. Except for Becky (who is the ultimately awesome girlfriend by the way, and Dan is an extremely lucky dude to have her in his life). Video can be found on our website at absithepodcast.com or on our Facebook page. Also, note to Dan: please don't drink absinthe in Hell. Remember it's flammable.
Greetings to all future peoples from us here in the distant past! This mostly retro episode of the podcast features glasses with fricken' lasers, holiday shopping woes, and discussions about how you know when a Hollywood franchise is on its last leg when they suddenly set it "in space." The boys also pose the question to you, the listeners: Have you ever had a psycho x?
Why probably? Because we don't really know. Dan is super busy with local shows for his day job for the rest of December 2019, and while Jerry may have a substitute guest host lined up, that also is not a for sure thing. Other than that, what can you expect from this episode? Well, how would you like to be a double-secret absinthe counter spy? You might be one right now and not even know it! Be careful with that pen you have no memory of ever touching before because if you push the button on the top you may release a weapon of mass drunkenness. If all this wasn't enough of a train wreck, Jerry uses his amazing psychic powers to channel the spirit of the first human to ever suckle a cow.
In this episode Dan teaches Jerry how to professionally negotiate just about anything. Jerry tells Dan how to get people to leave when it's time for them to go home. Also in this episode: Mashing up Watership Down with A Clockwork Orange. A robot which duplicates (or dispenses) absinthe. How the stuff you own ends up owning you. How to enjoy moderation in moderation. And, we answer the age old question: Does absinthe really make the heart grow fonder?
That's right, future listeners, this episode was recorded waaaay back in November, 2019! Inside it contains: Cinnamon night sweats. Absinthe eggnog. Chocolate absinthe cigars. Absinthe, kittens, and anti-depressant hallucinogenics. Time-traveling Mandalorians in Elon Musk's cyber truck. It's Thanksgiving, dear future listeners -- and we are drunk. Thank you!
IN THIS EPISODE Dan and Jerry suggest you go to Meetup.com and start a local absinthe meetup group. Also, Dan urges Jerry to "practice what you've been drinking" tells him about how much he hates paying retail prices. No, seriously, he hates it. Also mentioned in this episode is the brilliance that is "Robot Chicken" (can you believe it's been going on since 2005?), and how Dan used to love frequenting hookah bars. Or course, this was back when it was only legal for him to smoke shisha. ALSO, STAY TUNED dear future listeners, as there is a BONUS EPISODE coming out this week: our 2019 Thanksgiving Special.
In this episode we touch upon recently announced Henrick's "Absinthe Reimagined," and while we're not bashing it -- because we haven't actually tasted it -- we're skeptical about calling it "absinthe." Also covered is the upcoming legalization of marijuana in Michigan and Illinois, the challenge of pronouncing absinthe in a plural sense, and Jerry touts the wonderfulness that is Clandestine absinthe. He also gives us details about the sadly defunct "Green Fairy Club" that had used to be in the Naperville / Aurora Illinois area, and discuss the 5 people (living or dead) we would like to drink absinthe with. And we'd like to pass that question off to you! Call and let us know who those people would be, at (203) 450-6375.
In this episode we talk about Le Tourment Vert, and Jerry tells the tale of getting his very first bottle of Jade Nouvelle Orleans. Dan answers the question: is there anything special about absinthe sugar cubes. Jerry then tells Dan about the connection between sugar cubes and LSD. Jerry talks about "Absinthe Stripper Magic" (Video) and the boys discuss how they can get people to put money together and buy the .awesome top level domain. You know, so that you can have a website address like "absinthe.awesome." Last but not least, they want to know if you've ever been to Burning Man, and if you have, call and leave us a voice mail telling us about your experiences at (203) 450-6375.
This episode was actually recorded right before Halloween 2019, and where Jerry lives there's already snow on the ground. He is not happy about that. But besides that, the boys do a "louche off" taste test between Letherbee and Kubler to see which they think is the better of the two to recommend as a "starter absinthe" to someone who's never tried the beverage before. Music at the end is by Feather Drug, and if you love it as much as the boys do, you can listen to more of Feather Drug (Guillaume Thévenot) on BandCamp and SoundCloud.
Featured here for the very last time, this is a remastered version of our Halloween Special with a brand new intro recorded in 2019. True ghost stories, and contacting spirits with a Ouija Board, Dan and Jerry follow the green fairy into places they should truly never, ever go.
In this episode, recorded October 24, 2019, Dan and Jerry explore where exactly the idea of burning absinthe came from, then dive even deeper to touch upon the origins of absinthe itself. Spoiler alert: it goes back way further than either of them realized. Other things covered: A review of Letherbee Absinthe; using CBD to combat, of all things, PROCRASTINATION; and then Dan and Jerry get into a bit of a heated discussion about whether or not you should ask famous friends to sign things for you.
Fake IDs, podcasting during tornados, hamster powered podcasting, Nice Peter Picture Songs, using a pen as a weapon, and flapper terms from the 1920's. Also, what if it's your first time going to Burning Man and the Zombie Apocalypse has happened? Would you even notice?
We titled this from a very small portion of the episode, but if you take nothing else away from listening (or don't listen to this episode at all) just remember that bit. Both Dan and Jerry touch upon ideas they had but DID NOT run with, and someone else did -- and that's why Jurassic Park is by Micheal Crichton and not Jerry Davis. Absinthe-wise, Jerry is still confused about Versinthe. Is/was it absinthe or a pastis? There's conflicting information out there, but regardless Jerry thought it was pretty darn good ... whatever it was. Beside that, the boys talk coffee, gold panning in New York City, anxiety from low absinthe levels, and a beautiful model named Caroline Madison who is half Asian, and has naturally blazing red hair (we featured her as our "absinthe fairy" once, back in 2011).
We know it should probably be "Gibbon" monkey but that's not the way it came out, all those years ago. What the heck are we talking about? You'll have to listen to find out. Besides that foolishness, Dan gives a barside review of Haint Absinthe, and Jerry follows suite with his recent barside experience with something called Nain Rouge Absinthe. Other absinthes touched upon in one way or another are State 38's Damn Good Absinthe (which, unfortunately, doesn't appear to be too damn good), Oregon Spirit Absinthe Original, and Fish Creek Green Fairy.
This episode features La Sorcière Absinthe Supèrieure Verte and Grande Absente reviews from 2011. This is news to Jerry as he has no memory of ever trying Grande Absente, let along liking it. Side note: apparently in Stockton California all absinthe is kept behind glass so that it doesn't escape. Also, Dan and Jerry discuss tasteful garden zombies, and the fact that you can get a Harley Davidson fountain pen.
"If you cross-breed a cow with a buffalo ... you really have to convince that cow, you know." That's a line from a song used in this episode. Does it have anything to do with absinthe? Not really. Does it have something to do with Dan and Jerry. YES. Yes it does. But besides that, the boys talk about being pissed off at Microsoft, about Star Trek (but it has nothing to do with absinthe), about being in a car with a girl while another car is pointing guns at the car in front of you (that really happened) and about how some people do make absinthe at home using a technique much akin to making a pot of tea ... but using alcohol instead of water.
It's like coffee and absinthe were made for each other ... but will it go with Jade absinthe? And will Jade go with champagne? Jerry finds out. Also, Jade gets back to Jerry about a cork issue, and Dan talks about an article filled with such misinformation about absinthe that it puts the "anus" in "heinous." Aaaand there's some personal sharing going on. But it's okay, they trust you.
Jerry learned something important from his recent absinthe emergency: how to NOT open a bottle of Jade. Meanwhile Dan is laughing because Jerry has a blood test in the morning and so can't have anything to eat or drink after a certain time, and that time is coming up in 15 minutes ... so Jerry has to down his glass of absinthe very quickly. There are consequences to this.
Jerry doesn't know what or how he screwed up but apparently this episode was supposed to be named "Smells Like Teen Absinthe," not the last one. That's not the only thing he screws up -- he can't cook chicken without making himself sick, and he experiments with a new drink during the recording which may or may not kill him. He and Dan also discuss numerous things you DO NOT WANT TO DO with absinthe. And in this episode, you get to hear the origins of how Dan came to know and love creepy dental phantoms. Being that this is a retro episode, portions were recorded in 2019, mixed in with recordings made in 2011.
Beer butts and torch lighters. Lip floss. Absinthe News. Zombies. This episode has it all! Also, for any horror fans out there, check out www.horroraddicts.net because not only is Ems a friend of Jerry's, but their latest anthology contains one of Jerry's works of apocalyptic science fiction. Also in this episode: Jerry finds Germany pretty much absinthe free, which means he was in the wrong part of Germany. Dan tells us about things that you're not supposed to be able to take on airplanes, but he accidentally did. The hilarity of leaving yourself a message on Google Voice and then having Google tell you what it thinks you said. Music featured on this episode is from Jim's Big Ego, and Antony Raijekov.
Road trips to nowhere, absinthe by diving enthusiasts, strange and awesome bars in faraway places, and bartenders who still think absinthe is either illegal or "not the real thing." All this and more on this brand new episode recorded August 13, 2019. Music at the end is by Shpongle.
Recorded in August 2019 and broadcasting into the future, Dan and Jerry talk about lots of silly stuff but also manage some serious discussion about how poorly absinthe is portrayed in the media, and give kudos to some lesser-known journalists who actually do their research. Outro music is by the wonderful Lokumu, who's music you can find on Bandcamp.
More lap giraffes? What is Faux Tuesday? How can Jerry be in two places at once? Who in the heck would put ice cream in beer, and why? All these questions are asked and never really answered in Episode 28 of Slow Death in the Afternoon Podcast ... because we're talking about absinthe while drinking absinthe. That's why.
This one is a little bit Doctor Who -- we barrow a TARDIS and spy on ourselves as we come up with the idea for this podcast. Also covered is the question: Are crazy people really crazy, or are they just seeing things that we can't see? Dan tells about having actual real cougars in the office; having a "as seen on TV" 70's disco hot tub installed; Earthquakes and Hazmat Suites (we almost made this the title); HP Lovecraft, and old horror movies in Dan's collection. Also Dan tells us how to get a government job, and our good friend David in Australia tells us about Skippy the bush kangaroo.
Remember Buddy Hackett? Dan does. We also remember the Kentucky Fried Movie, or at least the nude scenes. Besides that, Jerry and Dan go over some absinthe brands to completely avoid (and a major shoutout to Brian at the Wormwood Society website who reviewed them), then drift off into talking about absinthe brands we like that are connected to artists. Other topics include Dan's all time favorite horror movie, some of Jerry's favorite music, and what if Woody Allen had been cast as Darth Vader? We also touch upon the possibility of having an actual ghost as a guest on the show. Remember to visit our webpage at AbsinthePodcast.com for full show notes with pictures.
Recorded July 17, 2019, in this episode we reveal why we like Lucid now way, way more than we used to (hint: Ted Breaux himself let us know why); we reveal what Jerry learned in his cocktail class given by the master mixologist Alex Ryser; and we discuss how exactly people storming Area 51 can interface their MacBooks with alien computers. Also: Absinthe drink of the month (thank you Mario!), the pros and cons of rebooting Spiderman, and finally how awesome a song can be when none of the musicians don't even know they're contributing to a song (hint: it's all in the editing). PLEASE NOTE: to Jerry's employer, he is not smoking marijuana. But please consider being lenient when it is finally legal in his state of residence? Thank you! (Also thank you to Ted Breaux and Mario, shout outs to you! Also thank you to Alex Ryser for being the master mixologist and teacher that he is.)
Remember lap giraffes? Dan thought they were real, and was greatly disappointed it was a hoax. He wanted one. He wanted to have a 3 foot giraffe that followed him around the house and begged for grapes. Meanwhile Jerry wanted either a pocket rhino (is that what you kids call it nowadays?) or a giant platypus you can ride. They also talk about the episode of How I Met Your Mother that had a scene about absinthe, a thing called "Kudu-lah Critters," and reminisce about the good days of Team America: World Police. They also release the findings from an online poll they conducted about which absinthe is the most popular, and Dan gives us another edition of Absinthe News.
Dear future listeners, the freshness of this episode is "high." Recorded on July 2, 2019, Dan and Jerry discuss why the Old Fashion cocktail is so dangerous, and Jerry professes his love for the Negroni (in all its various forms). Dan tells Jerry about The Wizard Academy in Texas -- we're talking bourbon, not Hogwarts. Jerry also professes his love for flute music, but we're talking Jethro Tull and Shpongle, not Yanni. Also discussed is the upcoming full legalization of marijuana in Illinois, the roots of the "420" reference, and ideas for turning absinthe bottles into lamps and maybe even fountains.
Dan and Jerry discuss the remaking of the movie "10," and also ponder what it would be like to reboot The Road Warrior by having it star Pee-wee Herman. Also: Absinthe Jello Shots (Dan thinks they should be called "The Wiggly Fairy); how good the original Twilight Zone was; how to survive a tornado by hiding in a bathtub; and Dan gives his first official Absinthe News Report.
Recorded during a major thunderstorm, this has bikers, drug lords, anarchy, and the importance of battery backup systems. Also absinthe becoming legalized in France, mini iPads (is that a feminine hygiene product?), and Doctor Hoodlum (is that a thing? If not, it should be!) Music is by Minus the Bear: Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse. Dig it. And remember, life is a story. Be the protagonist. Drive the story forward.
After Jerry lists off all the naughty girls that have been trying to get a hold of him via Skype, Dan and Jerry then create Facebook pages for their appliances so they can all like each other, then discuss the land-squid people who will take over Earth after humans are gone -- and what future land-squid archeologists will think when they discover Dan's collection of stuffed jackalopes. And that is still not all. No, no friends, it goes on and on, like a runaway train full of pineapple ranchers who only speak German.
Freshly recorded in early June 2019, Dan and Jerry explore the question of drinking in self-driving cars; why vinyl records are like absinthe; and which female pop stars they have fan-crushes on. Further plans are made for a Vegas meetup!
It's 2019, do you know where you absinthe is? For Jerry, it's in his basement man-cave waiting for a party. Meanwhile Dan tells of giant marijuana shopping centers in Vegas and we spontaneously make a plan to go there. You're invited, too! Also, Jerry warns against beer with truffles in it, and then he and Dan discuss the size of their heads.
Writer, songwriter, musician, and former member of the band Wall of Voodoo talks about the creative process; about pitching shows to Hollywood; about writing books vs. writing music; and about riding in an ancient steam-powered car with Jay Leno. He also gives us the background of how he became involved with Wall of Voodoo (great story, by the way!) and asks us what the deal is about absinthe. Because, you know, we had to tie this in with absinthe somehow. More about Andy and his latest EP can be found at AndyPrieboy.com
We are drinking absinthe during every episode and this one is no exception. Some of the alcohol-inspired confessions included here: neither Dan or Jerry feel like they're adults. In day-to-day dealings with "adults" both of us have to put on our "adult masks" so that others don't realize they're dealing with young teenagers trapped in aging bodies. Also: we have specific messages for Ted Breaux and Alan Moss ;-)
We couldn't decide whether to call this episode "We see drunk people," or "Hairy Man Cleavage." We went with the one that wasn't quite as disgusting. Featured in this episode is music by Jim's Big Ego (check them out at bigego.com) (and also check out the fact that Jim has a great science fiction book out called The Wakeful Wanderer‘s Guide to New New England & Beyond). We also talk about absinthe, while we're drinking absinthe. Of course. Which is why we keep getting our wrong in the words order.
As the evil girl scout says, "Next time just buy the damn cookies." Music featured in this episode is the awesome song, "We Are Hearty Drinking Men" by Andy Prieboy who (spoiler alert) will end up being a guest on a future episode.
Drinks covered in this episode are Absinthe Dew'd, Redeye, and Mean Leprechaun. Also featured is the Molly Lewis song "Peep Fight," and the burning question: what is more romantic, a Winnebago or a mule? Speaking of burning ... what if there was a Disney Hell theme park? And also we discuss the idea of replacing "Political Correctness" with "Political Kindness." And, just for good measure, we talk about panning for gold in a river of Goldschlager. Thank you to Molly for letting us feature her song!
Hello listeners in the future! Dan makes a prediction from 2011 about 2020 ... tune in to see how accurate it is (or isn't) turning out to be. Also we talk a lot about absinthe and creativity, automated razor blades for your head, Dita Von Teese pouring liquids on herself, Jennifer Anniston's (now ancient) fake sex tape, and how men and/or women can use the techniques from the old movie The Tau of Steve to seduce each other. Santé!
Hello future people! We're broadcasting this episode from the not-so-distant past of March 12, 2019, and discussions range from the band "Ghost," to Wake Brewing in Rock Island, Illinois, to doom metal, to Jerry's new puppy who looks like it should be a Klingon dog but actually has the personality of an Ewok. There's also a lot of talk about Dungeons and Dragons, and also some reveals of family secrets. Also we reveal how much Dan's parents paid to adopt him, versus how much Jerry just paid for a puppy. You may be a bit shocked.
Hello people in the future! This is Jerry and Dan in the past broadcasting to you through time and space, and probably through some snow and ice as well. We talk about the wonders of caffeinated beer; about how the women in Finland are especially beautiful; and lament on how our buddy Mike McShane isn't the blockbuster superstar he really deserves to be. We also touch upon online dating; microwaving CDs for some exciting instant artwork; and also how awesome it would be if the Muppets made their own version of Lord of the Rings. Oh, and yes, we also talk about absinthe.
This brand new episode was recorded on March 5th, 2019, celebrating both Fat Tuesday and National Absinthe Day. We're still in the past broadcasting into your future, but at least now every other episode with be in the less distant past. For detailed show notes, make sure to check out our newfangled website at AbsinthePodcast.com 🥳
This episode was recorded during a blizzard. Jerry actually has snow on his bed because he'd left his window open. Things discussed and explored (besides absinthe) is the wonderful dish that we're calling "spagaleto" [spa-gah-leto]; adventures in sleep apnea; and what it would be like to date Snow White.
This is the episode where Jerry discovers the perfect mixer for absinthe that isn't champagne nor water with a sugar cube. Also we cover Santa Clause flash mobs, zombie car washes, bowling with skulls, and why the mafia is awesome ... because we don't want them to kill us.
In this episode we discuss Dan's run-ins with Data Von Teese, famous for doing a burlesque routine in a giant glass of [simulated] absinthe; searching for and collecting absinthe paraphernalia; and the rare vodka named Zubrowka. We also tell tales of being chased by a buffalo, being attacked by a zebra, and for some reason speculate on just how much money God really does have. Music featured is by Lokumu off his album "A Beautiful Night."
Hello future people! In this episode we debunk the top 5 myths about absinthe, we propose a drinking game based on how many times Jerry mispronounces things, and Dan reveals he is coming down with a case of germaphobia. We also touch upon the sometimes shocking sexual nature of old cartoons, and Jerry wishes he had an electronic chinchilla.
Broadcasting from the past into the future, we regale you with tales of absinthe discovery, of close encounters with Hugh Hefner, of guilty pleasures and the long road leading to Ernest Hemingway's favorite drink: Slow Death in the Afternoon.