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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers Makes a Fine Cuban Sandwich

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2007 at 6:16 PM

Ian over at Gut Check sent me a link to a story our pals over at Denver's Westword ran, about Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers/Archers of Loaf fame and his new day-gig: crafting Cuban sandwiches.

The man with the cart at the corner of 13th Avenue and Broadway sure sells a tasty Cuban sandwich. The bread is made with lard instead of oil or butter, so it has a crunchy exterior and a chewy interior. Between the pressed slices are strips of marinated pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. A rare delicacy here in Denver.

But the towering vendor who wears a miniature beanie and cut-off slacks and answers his customers' questions with a "sir" or "ma'am" is more than just an anonymous member of the city's cart brigade. He's Eric Bachmann, leader of the idiosyncratic '90s rock band Archers of Loaf.

The rest of the article is fantastic; I highly suggest you go read it. Here's a YouTube clip of the 'Loaf classic "Harnessed in Slums," which still makes me happy to this day.

-- Annie Zaleski

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