As the staff crossword junkie, I feel compelled to give you a quick reply -- just so you know, the weekly Ink Well puzzle was discontinued by its constructor, who recently took a faculty job at a university. I think he'll still be making puzzles, but not on a weekly basis. When he let us know (he's a syndicated constructor, so his puzzle ran in other publications too), we had to decide whether to pick up another puzzle or replace it with some other localized content. Stuff We Like is a concept we'd toyed with for a while, and we didn't have a spot to fit it into the paper, so we decided to replace the puzzle with this feature. Maybe someday in the future we'll reconsider, or come up with additional space, and pick up a puzzle again -- nothing's ever set in stone. Just wanted to make it clear, though, that we didn't drop Ink Well; it was a great puzzle, but its author wasn't able to carry on with it.
Glad you enjoyed for all those years, and hope you enjoy Stuff We Like!
Just to follow up, there are a few local acts mentioned here, just not in a specific "local" list. Legs Like Tree Trunks, SpacePimps, Faithful Sinners, Nic Lawless, Red Western, Grand Piano -- all locals. We think there's a strong local scene and feature local bands week in and week out; if you cruise through the archives you'll see that about half of our music features are about local musicians, plus our Local Beat column tackles local issues weekly.
We generally keep these posts on the short end, owing to the fact that the track is right there for everyone to listen to and form their own judgments, much as you did. Plus we ran a review of this album last month, with a little more space for description.
Anyway, nice work. Once you learn to spell words like "timbre," send your clips along and maybe we'll hire you.
@Richard: I'm sure Mr. Twitty could explain better, but my understanding is that both hot peppers and peanuts came from South America/the Caribbean originally, were brought back to Europe by the Spanish, and spread to Africa years before North America was colonized. They were in regular use there before they came to North America with African slaves. African slaves being taken to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries would've been used to peanuts and hot peppers, as they'd been in West African for generations by that point.