How Morley Cigarettes Connect The Film And TV Universe

(PCM) Morley, Hollywood’s favorite brand of fake cigarettes has quite the fascinating history. The brand made it’s first appearance on the big screen in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho and ever since Hollywood has been pay homage to the brand with countless references throughout the history of TV and film.

Morley’s have appeared in various TV shows, films, and video games that are completely unconnected to one another except for their use of the brand. Morley’s modeled to be packaged similar to that of Marlboro cigarettes and even take their name from the Marlboro cigarette nickname “Marley’s”.

The infamous brand is referenced early in episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone and in more recent series such as Friends, The X-Files and The Walking Dead.

In the X-Files, Morley’s are the brand of choice for the shows villain The Cigarette Smoking Man and in The Walking Dead they are referenced several times being Dale’s (RIP) cigarette of choice, Carol discovers a pack of Morley’s on a dead walker in Alexandria and a carton of Morley Lights are found by Daryl in the abandoned office building.

Morley’s can also been seen in Buffy The Vampire Slayer as the cigarette brand chosen by chain-smoking vampire Spike. In addition to many of the horror-themed series, Morley’s have also been spotted in episodes of the USA hit series Burn Notice, as protagonist Michael Weston and his mother both smoke Morley’s. They are used by George Costanza in an episode of Seinfeld and even show up in one episode of Friends where it is revealed that Rachel had a smoking habit.  There is also a tie with both Malcolm In The Middle and Breaking Bad.

Other series that featured Morley’s at one time or another include ER, Prison Break, Beverly Hills 90210, Heroes, That 70’s Show, Weeds, and American Horror Story to name only a few. They are also prominently featured in the films Mission Impossible, Platoon, Prozac Nation and Heist.

Over the year’s Hollywood has used a ton of fake brands and companies, but we have found none that even come close to the amount of references to Morley cigarettes found throughout pop culture.

The folks over at Cultfaction.com have put together an amazing list of the many, many appearances of Morley cigarettes throughout the history of TV and film, see below:

  • 200 Cigarettes: Lucy (Courtney Love) presents a block of Morley cigarettes to Kevin (Paul Rudd).
  • 24: episode 8×06, Jack Bauer is posing as a German buyer and smokes a Light Morley Cigarette.
  • Afroman: (Because I Got High Positive Remix) Sitting on a motorized couch, a man is seen smoking and holding a pack of Morley’s before he smokes a joint, throws the cigarette behind him and drops the pack because he got high.
  • American Horror Story: “Birth” Violet (Taissa Farmiga) is seen with a pack of Morley Lights at the kitchen table.
  • Becker: episode 2×12 “Santa On Ice” Becker smokes a Light Morley Cigarette.
  • Breaking Bad: Morleys were smoked in the final season by several characters.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210: Brenda Walsh returned from Paris with a smoking habit. Her parents found this out when a pack of Morleys fell out of her purse.
  • Broken Saints: The character Raimi buys a packet of Morley cigarettes in this online cartoon. William B. Davis of The X-Files is a member of the voice cast, but Brooke Burgess, creator of Broken Saints, confirmed that the Morley cigarettes were in the original series “WELL before Bill signed on — but he liked the nod, none-the-less.”
  • Brooklyn Rules: The three boys find a dead body in a convertible around the 5-minute mark of the movie; one of the boys steals a pack of “Morley” off the dash of the vehicle.”
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike (James Marsters) smokes Morley cigarettes.
  • Burn Notice: In season 2 episode 5 “Scatter Point” the main character Michael is seen scattering cigarette butts outside a rooftop door and putting an empty pack of Morleys in the rooftop doorjamb. Also, in season 3 episode 4 “Fearless Leader”, he bugs a pack of Morleys. In season 4 episode 11, Maddie is seen throwing a carton of Morleys into a suitcase as she packs for a trip. In episode BN505, “Square One”, posing as crooked cops Jesse and Fiona extort, along with the security tapes, a carton of Morleys from a bodega.
  • Californication: Hank (David Duchovny) often smokes Morley cigarettes and can be plainly seen in many episodes including episode four of season two (“The Raw & the Cooked”) where they are on a patio table near the end of the episode. They can also be seen in Season 5, Episode 4 at the beginning near his smartphone. This is an inside joke referencing back to Duchovny’s days on The X-Files in which the Cigarette Smoking Man usually smoked this brand.
  • Cold Case: In the episode “The Plan” on this CBS show, Jerry smokes Morleys, and a pack is seen during an interrogation scene when Detective Nick Vera removes a cigarette from Jerry’s hand that has burned down to his fingers. Also, in the episode “The Sleepover”, Tiffany smokes Morleys (light brown pack instead of the traditional red) when questioned by Detective Valens.
  • Criminal Minds: In the episode “North Mammon”, a pile of Morley cigarette butts led the FBI team to suspect a soccer coach, who smoked Morleys, of stalking one of his star female players because his DNA was on the butts. Upon analysis of the footage in the episode, the packet of cigarettes the coach holds is actually a Marlboro packet and not a fictional Morley packet.
  • CSI: NY: In the episode “Boo” (Season 4, Episode 6), a smoked Morley cigarette is found in a voodoo doll at a crime scene.
  • Definitely, Maybe: In 1992, Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) buys Morleys when he arrives in New York City for $3.20, and he complains that in Wisconsin they cost $2.60.
  • Epicenter (2000): At the beginning of the movie, the character Nick Constantine has a pack of Morleys in his briefcase.ER: In the episode “Beyond Repair”, while searching his daughter Rachel’s room, Dr. Mark Green (Anthony Edwards) discovers a pack of Morleys with a condom inside.
  • Everybody Hates Chris: Episode 1×20 A carton of Morleys is sold out of the back of a car.
  • Freddy Got Fingered: Gord (Tom Green) can be seen smoking a pack of Morleys in one scene.
  • Frasier: Episode 7×19 “Morning Becomes Entertainment” Bebe pulls a pack of Morleys out of her purse and asks Frasier if he minds.
  • Friends: Chandler can be seen holding a pack of these in the episode “The One Where Rachel Smokes”
  • Gone Home: A packet can be found on the top shelf of Sam’s locker.
  • Gun Shy: In a meeting between the police, the character Charley has a box of Morley cigarettes in front of him on the conference table.
  • Heroes: In episode 3×03, “One of Us, One of Them,” Claire Bennet’s biological mother, Meredith, tries to light a Morley in the Bennet home before Sandra Bennet asks her not to smoke in the house.
  • The House on Greenapple Road (1970): A character steals a pack of Morley cigarettes from a desk at the police station.
  • Jake 2.0: A terrorist disguises powerful explosives as a pack of Morley cigarettes and demonstrates its incredible power by exploding a piece of swamp in the Philippines.
  • Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead: Rusty Nail (Mark Gibbon) is smoking Morley cigarettes as he purchases them in the opening scene in the shop.
  • Judging Amy: In season 3 episode 15 teen is suing Morley company for causing his emphysema.
  • Justified: In the season one episode “Riverbrook”, a group of prison escapees rob a convenience store. One discharges a shotgun in the store, blasting a rack of cartons of Morley cigarettes.
  • Killer Instinct: In the episode “Game Over,” Morley cigarettes appear in the desk of Lt. Matt Cavanaugh, played by Chi McBride.
  • Lost: In the Flash Sideways of the episode “LA X” (6×01), Rose Nadler is seen on the plane clutching a magazine with an ad for Morley cigarettes.
  • The L Word: In the season five episode “Lunar Cycle”, a pack of Morley cigarettes is visible on the coffee table when Shane and Jenny are lying on the sofa together.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: A packet of Morley cigarettes is one of the things found hidden by Malcolm’s mother in season 1 episode 10. And in the season 4 episode 19 Malcolm plays chess with Leonard (Jason Alexander). Leonard tries to pay off his debts with a pack of Morleys.
  • Mannix: In the episode “All Around the Money Tree,” Joe Mannix opens a suitcase to discover a couple packs of Morleys—in white packs.
  • Medium: In the episode “To Have and to Hold” (season 4, episode 3) a character smokes a Morley cigarette. In the episode “The First Bite is the Deepest” (season 5, episode 17), Allison DuBois brings Cynthia Keener a bag filled with snack foods, candy, and Morley cigarettes when visiting her in prison.
  • The Middle: In the episode “The Map” (season 3, episode 13) Frances brings Aunt Edie a carton of Morley cigarettes.
  • Millennium: In “The Time Is Now”, Peter Watts discovers a Morley stub in the mysterious Millennium Group’s basement as a nod to the Cigarette Smoking Man from The X-Files. Chris Carter created both series.
  • Mission: Impossible: Morleys appear in the original television series, and several characters can be seen with them. In one specific episode, 2×07 “Operation ‘Heart,” Barbara Bain’s character can be seen removing a pack from a table along with a handkerchief (ca 20 mins in).
  • Murders’ Row: Matt helm uses a dart in a cigarette to take down a guard. He leaves the now empty pack of Morley cigarettes on the guard, showing the warning about smoking possibly being dangerous to your health…
  • Murder in the First: Defense Attorney James Stamphill appears smoking Morleys while laying down and speaking into a primitive tape recorder, dictating notes about the case. The pack of Morleys shown is an old-fashioned design (based on the 1930s setting of the movie), unlike the modern-looking packs of Morleys more frequently seen.
  • The Naked City: Season 2, Episode 21 “Tombstone for a Derelict,” (5 April 1961) opens as four young men led by Baldwin Larne (Robert Redford) surround a derelict on a lonely street. Larne offers him a cigarette, and, as the derelict turns to get a light from one of Larne’s companions, Larne stabs the derelict in the back, dead, and tosses the cigarette pack on the body. Detective Flint (Paul Burke) and company arrive on the scene of the crime to investigate, and the pack of cigarettes is shown close up to be the Morley brand, a clue. This early Morley cigarettes b&w appearances shows a cigarette pack with an Etruscan horse image as the brand icon, and the first anf last letters of “Morley” in lower case, and the letters in between in upper case.
  • Nash Bridges: In episode 420 “Power Play”, Morleys appear on a desk in a criminal’s house.
  • New Amsterdam: In the episode “Love Hurts” (season 1, episode 8), a suspect in an interrogation room is about to light a Morley. John Amsterdam takes it from him and says, “No smoking.”
  • Orange Is the New Black – season one episode eleven “tall men with feelings” *”Pornstache” pulls morleys from his pocket and tries to light the butt.”
  • The Outer Limits: In “A New Life” (season 7, episode 3), Jacob tries to smuggle two cartons of Morleys onto the bus. In the episode “Falling Star” (season 2, episode 19), Terry McCammon (while possessed by a time traveler) tosses a pack of Morleys onto a bedstand.
  • Prison Break: In “Bolshoi Booze” (season 2, episode 11), T-Bag picks up a pack of Morleys from a bag in Geary’s apartment.
  • Prozac Nation: The character played by Christina Ricci smokes Morley cigarettes in the film version of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s autobiographical Prozac Nation. Ricci plays a young writer who occasionally uses the empty cigarette packs as scrap paper.
  • Psycho: At the end of the film, psychiatrist Dr. Fred Richman portrayed by Simon Oakland tells the story of what really happened and shakes a cigarette out of a pack of Morleys. This film was released June 16, 1960 and is currently the earliest known sighting of the Morley brand.
  • Pushing Daisies: In the Season 2 episode “Bad Habits,” a carton of Morleys can be seen in the cabinet full of contraband in Sister Maria Christina’s room.
  • Reaper: In the second season finale “The Devil and Sam Oliver,” Mary Pat, the greeter at the Work Bench holds up a pack of Morleys before she steps outside to have a smoke next to the LP gas tanks.
  • S. Darko: The boy carries a Morley pack in his left sleeve.
  • Saving Grace: In the second season episode “It’s a Fierce, White-Hot, Mighty Love,” the main character Grace is given a Morley by a suspect as she’s investigating him.
  • Shameless: Fiona throws Lip a carton of Morleys in Season 2, Episode 3.
  • Sherbet: The eponymous detective Sherbet Lock in the American comic book Sherbet reveals that both she and the missing child Belinda Darwin favor Morley brand cigarettes in the short story “Milk”.
  • Seinfeld: In the seventh season finale “The Invitations,” George Costanza smokes a Morley in an attempt to appear off-putting to his fiancee Susan Ross, in hopes that she will call off their upcoming wedding.
  • Sordid Lives: The Series: In the first season episode “Pills, Poison and Penises,” Morley brand cigarettes are advertised on a sign at the convenience store where Vera works.
  • Space: Above and Beyond: In the episode “Ray Butts” the main character, Ray Butts, has a pack at the beginning of the episode.
  • Special Unit 2: In the episode “The Grain,” a housewife, under the influence of the Sandman, robs a convenience store, demanding all the cash, and a pack of Morleys.
  • Spy Game
  • The Strain: In Episode 11, Season 1, Zach Goodweather finds Morley cigarettes on the floor of a looted grocery store while looking for cigarettes for Mariela Martinez.
  • System Shock 2: Packets of Morley cigarettes are an item within the game. Essentially useless, when smoked they cause the player character to lose health.
  • That ’70s Show: In the episode “Eric Gets Suspended”, Red Forman tells Eric Forman to smoke an entire pack of Morleys after he gets caught with a cigarette at school.
  • The Tenants
  • Thirteen
  • The Traveler
  • The World’s End: Gary smokes Morleys throughout the film, best seen after the fight scene against the twins.
  • Up All Night: In “I Can’t Quit You” (Season 2, Episode 9), Chris struggles to resist buying a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store, where Morleys are visible behind the counter.
  • The Walking Dead: In “Save The Last One” (Season 2, Episode 3), Dale contemplates smoking a cigarette while standing on the roof of his RV. In “Consumed” (Season 5, Episode 6) Daryl finds a carton of Morley lights soft packs on the floor next to Noah who is trapped under a bookshelf.
  • Warehouse 13: In the fourth season episode “The Ones you Love”, Mrs. Frederic and Steve Jinks enter “The Library” (a secret room in the Vatican). There is a pack of Morley cigarettes on the table that was left abandoned 4 months prior.
  • Weeds: In the third season episode, “The Brick Dance”, Conrad asks Heylia about the Morleys that she is smoking, that she had not smoked for years.
  • The X-Files: The Cigarette Smoking Man, played by William B. Davis, smokes this fictional brand, as does Agent Monica Reyes. The X-Files is probably the most well known use of Morley cigarettes. In “Brand X,” Mulder and Scully visit Morley Tobacco’s headquarters after one of the employees is murdered.

 

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The Most Expensive Home In The United States Could Be Yours

(PCM) The most expensive home in the United States is now on the market and the asking price is only a measly little $250 million. No problem, right?  We don’t know which hurt us worse, the asking price on this home or the fact that we can not get back the seven minutes or so we spent watching the insanely detailed real estate video showcasing the extravagant property.

Seriously, it was somewhat impossible to look away!

The home was built and designed by QVC handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky, which he claims he drew his inspiration for his own very lavish and glamours lifestyle. The home is 38,000 square feet and features 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, 130 works of art, and a 30 million dollar car collection. That’s not all!  There is also a bowling alley, infinity pool with a swim-up bar, and a full size movie theater. You would never need to leave the house again.

Makowsky was also generous enough to factor in the cost of seven full-time live in employees whose job it would be to take care of the property.  Unreal! The house has now bypassed the previous most expensive home in the country, a property located in Manalapan, Florida which was worth a cool $195 million.

The luxurious Bel Air, California house was not built for any particular buyer, however Makowsky said some people have already expressed interest. He plans to only show the home to a select group of potential buyers. Our guess is that they are most likely member of the billionaire club, perhaps one of the 540 billionaires that happen to live in the U.S.

Wow, is all we can say!

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California Man Has Not One, But Two Vehicles Crushed By Trees In Different Cities On The Same Day!

(PCM) Talk about irony! Having one car crushed by a tree is bad enough, but let alone two in the same day!  That is exactly what happened to one California man, when two of his vehicles were crushed by fallen trees in different cities on the very same day.

Georgiy Karpekin says that he considers himself to be lucky that he was not inside either of the vehicles when the trees, which were knocked down due to strong winds in the region, came crashing down completely totally both vehicles.  Karpekin was visiting Sacramento City College when he returned to the parking lot to find that a tree had come down and in his words “taco’d” his truck. The tree left a large taco-shaped indentation across the entire truck body.

Karpekin figured out a ride back to his home in West Sacramento only to shockingly discover that yet another tree had fallen crushing two cars that were parked in front of his home, one of which happened to be his own. Seriously, what are the chances. Karpekin posted on Facebook that the damage to his vehicle at home was not as severe as the damage done to the truck and the vehicle that was located at his home will be completely repaired.

Karpekin was definitely having some bad luck!  Let’s hope he is able to break that cycle very soon!

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New App Let’s Males Check Their Sperm Count Proving There Truly Is An App For Everything!

(PCM) It has been said many times that there truly is an app for everything and we can certainly agree, especially now that it has been revealed that there is a new app that allows males to check their sperm count. We suppose there is not very much difference between this and the ovulation predictor apps geared towards women.

The app comes from the folks over at Medical Electronic System and is called Yo Home Sperm Test. The company is labeling the app as the world’s first sperm tester to be powered via a smartphone app. Men now have the ability to test their sperm counts from the comfort of home and the company has even created several hilarious how-to-videos to teach men just the way the app and device operate.

Analyzing how fast sperm is moving can be vital to determining fertility, so it is definitely something that men should want to keep an eye on especially if they are in the process of trying to start a family. The company claims that their app also allows men to avoid the awkwardness of going to the clinic to have their sperm count tested several times a month.

The testing process involves the app taking a video of the sperm under the microscope, and then completing a series of simple analyses from the clip. The test takes just two minutes to provide results. The app provides users with in-depth information about their result, which the company claims to be 97 per cent accurate.

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Film Director Casey Tebo Steals Clam Chowder Ingredients To Prove An Important Point

(PCM) When film director Casey Tebo discovered that one of his films had been illegally downloaded from a torrent site and then passed around among the employees of a certain grocery store he was incredibly angered and decided to take revenge into his own hands.

Tebo entered the store and began stealing the ingredients that would be used to make clam chowder. Tebo ended up getting caught, however not without strongly making his point to the store about the effect that illegal downloading has on the artist and the industry. Tebo feels very strongly that online piracy is the same as theft and he felt that he had to make a stand and do his part in an attempt to battle this ongoing issue.

Tebo is best known for his indie horror film “Happy Birthday” and for directing live performances from bands such as Aerosmith, Judas Priest and Motley Crue. He also won an Emmy award for his work on ESPN E:60’s Dream On: The Stories of Boston’s Strongest.

After a recent conversation with a friend where it was revealed that the friend had seen Tebo’s recent film “Happy Birthday”, Tebo asked where his buddy had seen the film. The friend admitted that some guy had brought it into work. Tebo innocently asked if it was via DVD, however eventually his friend admitted that the guy had illegally downloaded the film from a torrent site and shared it with various co-workers at the store.

Tebo’s “Happy Birthday” film had a tiny budget with only three investor putting in about $500k, so after speaking with some other friends Tebo decided to take his revenge on the store that felt it was okay to steal his creative property. He figured just go to the grocery store and begin stealing the ingredients to make a clam chowder. If he got caught he would simply tell the police “He steals my sh*t, why can’t I steal his sh*t”?

Tebo created a video to go along with the revenge plan aptly titled “PSA (Pirates Suck A**)” which has been posted on YouTube and is quickly going viral. In the video Tebo can be seen taking about $30 worth of groceries, however he is caught by a store employee in the parking lot. The employee threatens to call the cops however Tebo protests saying that if it is okay for the employees of the grocery store to steal from his industry, why can’t he steal from theirs?

Tebo did eventually return the stolen ingredients, however he definitely made sure to get his point across about the ongoing issue of internet piracy. Check out the video here!

 

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson Talks Coffee And Rock n’ Roll With PCM’s Kristyn Clarke

(PCM) As the bassist for metal giant Megadeth, David Ellefson has certainly reached rock god status, however did you know that he happens to be quite the coffee connoisseur as well?  He has created his very own coffee company, Ellefson Coffee Co and they have just recently opened their very first brick and mortar location in Ellefson’s hometown of Jackson, Minnesota.

It is truly amazing just how well coffee and rock n’ roll go hand in hand, especially when it comes to some of the Ellefson Coffee Co brews. I had a chance to sample Ellefson’s “She Wolf”, “Kenya Thrash” and “Roast In Peace” blend and they are excellent. Nothing like starting my day with rocking brew and being a dark roast coffee fan, the “Roast In Peace” blend was phenomenal. I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on some more!

I recently caught up with David Ellefson to chat about the launch of Ellefson Coffee Co, the opening of their first retail location, and his plans for the brand in the future. Being a huge rock festival junkie, we joked about the severe lack of coffee at many of these large summer events. Ellefson revealed that he would love to branch out at some of the rock festivals, and while people may not want a steaming hot cup of coffee on a sweltering summer day, a good brew over ice would work perfectly and I couldn’t agree more!

Also be sure to keep an ear out for some audio clips from this interview on an upcoming episode of the Coffee & Conspiracy podcast hosted by PCM’s Kristyn and Stephen!

Q: Two of my major passions are coffee and rock n’ roll, so we were super excited to hear that you were opening a brick and mortar location for Ellefson Coffee Co.!

David Ellefson: Yeah! First of all it’s really something that just fell into my lap. My label partner Tom, who also does my business strategy for coffee, and when we did a coffee brand with Susan Reiter back in my little town of Jackson, Minnesota. A discussion came up back in November about flipping the store over to Ellefson Coffee Company. It was the right thing at the right time and Susan, she knows how to run retail and I know how to market and brand coffee, so we just have a nice little synergy going between us.

Q: Would you like to see Ellefson Coffee Company expand to additional brick and mortar locations or is it special to have it there in Jackson?

DE: No, I am definitely open to the expansion. Our company started as a simple little mail-order based company and it was wonderful because it was profitable from the first bag we sold because we had the roasters do the roasting and the shipping and we created some nice labels with a nice little story around it. We came up with some nice names for our roasts and kind of preached to the choir right into my heavy metal fan base, so it was originally this fun little boutique project. Sometimes you start things and they get wings and they go to new levels which is exactly what the coffee has done.  I think in a lot of ways having a retail location gives some validity to what we’re doing and I think it also provides for the local economy and it brings the brand back home to where I was born and raised.  I think on every level this one just feels really good all the way around.

Q: What was amazing to me as I was doing research was just how many rockers have gone into the coffee business such as Charlie Benante from Anthrax, Green Day, Styx and even Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde. It works on such a great level.

DE: It does. In this day and age, that which doesn’t kill you only helps you live longer. (laughs) Those of us who have survived the treacherous roads of rock n’ roll, now at this point, we have other lifestyle interests and it’s fun to bring those in and have them be part of our overall brand, like who we are and what we do. I also think it is fun to bring the fans along on that journey, so we can all enjoy it together. For those of us that like coffee there’s kind of a head space around it all where we are probably of sober judgement which is good and it’s a nice feeling. There is a good synergy of our lifestyles, how we interact and we’re family guys despite the fact that we play some of the most menacing rock n’ roll out there.

Q: When did you first develop a love for coffee. It seems travelling around the globe with Megadeth would lead you to quite a few interesting locations to try some interesting brews.

DE: It really started when I first moved out to L.A. in 1983 in Hollywood. Our first drummer in Megadeth, Dijon Carruthers, he was a coffee drinker so he and I would sit together over at his apartment and drink a lot of coffee and try different things. We used different sweeteners and honey and all kinds of different stuff and that’s what really kind of prodded the inkling into my taste for coffee. I went on to travel the world through Europe and visited various cafes and even down into Latin America and into the area near the Sumatra Islands. Coffee really grows around the equator belt region of the Earth, so I started to become much more interested in it ironically from a farming point of view.

I grew up on a corn and soy bean farm in Minnesota so farming is something I know, as it was in my blood growing up. It’s funny because now I am getting hit up by growers down in Colombia and other areas of Central America as a lot of them are fans and they are also growers and they are sending me beans to roast. Guatemala sent me some stuff and it’s kind of fun that once I put it out there just this last year with my coffee company that it has really now gone to a whole other level of having the trading and export mindset with the whole thing too.

Q: You have four different brews right now. Are there any plans to expand the offering?

DE: Yeah. I think with the retail shop now I’m looking to get much more into iced coffee and the different iced beverages especially as we get into the summer. Back in Jackson, it’s a cool time of the year out there where summertime requires some cold drinks as well as hot drinks. I think we can also get into some other things that we can sell there. I’m going to have a lot of memorabilia there, I’ve got a line of clothing with the Puck Hockey brand and of course hockey in Minnesota is right there at home. So, a lot of the things … rock n’ roll, coffee, summertime, hockey … all of those things that I already have my name associated with are going to work really well out of that retail location.

We can also have it as a destination where fans can go and also a destination for shipping and ordering all kinds of different things. There is a lot we can do there!

Q: I have been thrilled to watch EMP Label Group grow with its roster. Doll Skin are amazing! Can you compare running the label with running a coffee company, even though they are kind of under the same umbrella?

DE: (laughing) My life is kind of like a big mutual fund. Everything that I’m into are sort of high risk ventures, as certainly forming Megadeth and playing rock n’ roll is as crazy as it gets, so I’m certainly used to that. It’s funny that I can see a parallel between Megadeth and my Minnesota farming upbringing being very similar. It’s very much feast or famine. You always have the stuff stored away from the cold, dark and rainy years and it’s always nice to enjoy the bumper crop years too. When you are in it as a life long profession, you tend to treat it a little differently than just sort of a one-hit wonder. I’ve been very lucky with that in Megadeth and also getting to be involved in a lot of other musical ventures as a result of that too.

With the label, it’s interesting, because there was a season when Megadeth was not operating and I think in a lot of ways that was an era … I was in my mid-thirties, I was married, my kids were real young … and it was a season for me to go to college, get educated and I started doing artist relations for Peavey and I really enjoyed being part of the business community. I think it’s kind of a thread that runs in the blood of the Ellefson’s. The Ellefson men were always astute businessmen, they were educated, so I feel business is in my bloodline and it was kind of a fun season to kind of put the bass in the background for a little bit and get involved in some other business ventures.  So, here I am and we’ve done all this great stuff over the last six or seven years with Megadeth and especially “Dystopia” has been an incredible year musically for us with all the successes that we’ve had and it’s fun now to also have a hand back over into creating the record label, creating the coffee company, managing and producing the things I’m doing with Doll Skin and its super fun to widen the horizons.

I remember on one of my report cards as a kid, my high school jazz band teacher said ‘David needs to broaden his horizons’. (laughs)  Don’t just be a rock n’ roll bass player! Broaden your horizons! I feel like now in my fifties I’ve finally kind of been able to parlay that sage wisdom into practical reality.

Q: Major congrats on the Grammy nomination for “Dystopia” by the way! I’m sure you guys are super excited about that!

DE: Yeah! For sure! We’ve been nominated for a lot of them over the years and I say every year when you get nominated again it’s that pinch me moment. The Grammy’s are the biggest music recognition in the world and you really feel that you are just a small part of a much greater community, so it’s always a thrill and very humbling to be invited back and be honored by them.

Q: Definitely. I’m always thrilled to see that they still have a rock and metal category and they have not just let that fall by the wayside.

DE: Yeah, Yeah, definitely!

Q: Can you share with me what is your ideal cup of coffee?

DE: Well, I like drip coffee. As I’ve traveled the world I’ve realized that drip coffee is predominantly a North American fancy. It’s not something throughout Europe and definitely not Latin America. Japan has embraced it, of course England has some of it. I love drip coffee probably because I grew up with it and I like that we invented a machine … I don’t really like percolated coffee … and it’s funny that something as simple as the Mr. Coffee is pretty much in everyone’s kitchen and even hotel rooms is really a marvelous machine. It’s simple to create the coffee and it’s pretty much an exact replication from pot to pot and I’m pretty good an eyeballing my own coffee. I like to do two tablespoons for every cup. In the morning I like kind of a medium roast, which for us is our “Kenya Thrash” and in the evening, I have a second cup around 4:00pm everyday, I like that coffee to be a darker roast, such as French, Italian or Sumatra and for me that would be our “Roast In Peace” that we have with Ellefson Coffee.

I like the dark a little later because it is a little less caffeinated generally and it has a darker smokier flavor. If you get a sweet tooth later in the day, which I do sometimes because I go the gym in the mornings, so when I crave something to take the edge off in the afternoon a cup of dark roast and a little sweet treat tides me over well.

Q: Are you a cream and sugar kind of guy or black when it comes to coffee condiment preference?

DE: I’m a cream guy. I don’t like sweeteners generally. I try to stay away from them because what I find with sweeteners is that it’s one of those evils that once you start putting it in your diet you begin to crave it more and more, so I try to keep it out. Usually if I do have it, I actually try to do it with honey. That is one of the things me and Dijon back in ’83 in Hollywood tried putting honey in black coffee and I really enjoyed it. So, if I do ever have a sweetener, I definitely like to stay away from high fructose corn syrup and I also try to stay away from all of the other artificial sweeteners such as stevia and all that stuff. I tend to go no sweetener or a touch of honey.

Q: I’ve never tried it with honey before, so I definitely want to give that a go now! 

DE: It gives kind of a nice thick smoothness to it! I like half and half, as cream to me, is a little too much and milk is a little too thin so I like half and half which is another very arrogant thing. In fact when I travel the world I always carry a french press with me just because life is too short for bad coffee! ::Author’s note: We totally want to print that on a t-shirt by the way::

So, I always have to protect myself. Often times when I’m away from home, like in the dressing room for Megadeth, we always make sure we have a drip coffee maker, you know some of the comforts of home. (laughs) But, I’ll get back home to America and I’ll be like I can’t wait to just use my own coffee maker, go in and get my own half and half, use my own grinder because I know how well it grinds the beans to a certain consistency I like, you know what I mean? So, as much as I have a place I record and make music and my bass is my axe, my coffee maker is also my axe. I’ve got my little coffee studio of things that make the perfect cup for me.

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