Exactly 11 years ago, Miles Zuniga was jetting off to Amsterdam with his Austin-based alt-rock outfit Fastball to try to put some touring muscle behind its latest release, The Harsh Light Of Day. Expectations were high, given the surprising mainstream success of 1998’s All The Pain Money Can Buy, which the band milked for almost two years. Fast-forward to today, and Zuniga has humbler aspirations for his first solo effort, These Ghosts Have Bones (33 1/3), a wrenchingly personal, fitfully melodic ode to the breakup of his 10-year marriage. Though Fastball is still very much a working entity, Ghosts’ quirky centerpiece, “Marfa Moonlight,” would’ve undoubtedly been a much different animal with bandmates Tony Scalzo and Joey Shuffield involved. The same goes for the rest of this inward-looking song cycle. Zuniga will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Zuniga: I love wine. I think my love affair started once I could actually afford to drink decent wine. The problem is that there’s always another wine that is going to be more sensual, more mysterious, more mesmerizing than the Two Buck Chuck you’re drinking right now, and usually that wine costs a good deal more. Burgundy is my favorite wine region in the world, and pinot noir is my favorite grape. It’s earthy, sweet and beautiful. A beautiful bottle of burgundy will make whatever night you’re having a hundred times better. Burgundy tends to be expensive, but so worth it. I went wine tasting last year in Burgundy. Some people cycle around and taste wine. It sounds idyllic, but when I thought about getting drunk and riding around on a 10-speed while there’s all these other drunk people speeding around in cars, I opted for the car. I bought an amazing bottle of Domaine Joliet (Clos De La Perriere) Premier Cru 2005 in Fixin. We tasted wine in this beautiful chateau. It’s one reason I love France.
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