Sounds Like Saturday or: Girls’ ‘Girls on Film’

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Today is the 38th anniversary of Duran Duran’s debut album titled, well, Duran Duran. This is an all-girl D² tribute band called Joanne Joanne and they do a pretty impressive cover of this tune. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“See them walking hand in hand across the bridge at midnight. Heads turning as the lights flashing out are so bright. And walk right out to the four line track. There’s a camera rolling on her back, on her back. And I sense a rhythm humming in a frenzy
All the way down her spine. Girls on film.” – “Girls on Film” (Taylor/Taylor/Bates/Taylor/Le Bon)

A Driving Success or: The Point

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So, it seems my video to help people get around town and find awesome businesses was a success. Someone even wants one of my shirts! I know it seems I’m giving a lot of love to those same businesses but really I’m open to all local businesses. It just seems that, right now, the SOB40 businesses need the most help and I feel it’s my duty to bring attention to them.

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One of the COOL businesses south of Business 40

So, let me reiterate the awesome businesses that are in this area.

Wood & Thread Boutique
Willow’s Bistro Winston-Salem
Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant
Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique
Twin City Hive Coffee Lounge
Camino Bakery Brookstown
Meridian Restaurant
Alkali Hair Studio
The Historic Brookstown Inn
Señor Bravo Mexican Restaurant
Heyday Guitars
Machine Gun Graphics
Kaleideum Downtown
The Tavern in Old Salem
The Flour Box Tea Room and Cafe
Visit Winston-Salem
Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A very chill but informative video. I enjoyed cruising around WS with you! And, where can I get one of those cool shirts?” – BarLazy JJ

Keeping With a Theme or: Getting From Here to SOB40

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I made a video today to help people who are having trouble getting to the businesses just south of Business 40 or Salem Parkway or whatever you want to call it. The businesses, as I’ve said all week long, are in need of help. You can give that to them. This video is just three of the many, many, many ways to get from the north side to the south side of Biz 40 or what we call SOB40. The quality was a lot better before I posted it… I don’t know what happened there.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Well [sic] the last day of Repeat Offenders is in the books. I want to thank all my customers/friends for your support over the past 2 1/2 years.” – Repeat Offenders in WSNC (SOB40)

The Net Work or: Shop Local

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On The Less Desirables Network this week, we’ve talked a lot about local business. Some talk was about the loss of local business and some was about the promotion of small local business. It’s been a touchy few weeks for local business in Winston-Salem. We’ve lost several businesses, some to Business 40’s closure, some for other reasons. The reasons don’t really matter now that they’re gone, as much as the fact that they are gone.

I have been involved in a few conversations in the last bit about how to combat the loss of more. We did that on The Man Who Ate the Town, The Beer Dads and of course, The Less Desirables. Listen to the eps to hear more about small business in WSNC. Click on the link of each.

Folks, support your local businesses, especially those that are downtown.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Well, every dollar, every single dollar is like a vote. So when you’re leaving your house with your credit cards, your cash, really make a conscious effort to think about where you’re going to spend those dollars. There’s a lot of things that you can buy here in this town that are going to feed a local family.” – Mary Haglund

Come-Munity or: Local Love

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Yesterday on The Man Who Ate the Town podcast, Ray and I welcomed Antonina Whaples (rhymes with staples) to the studio. Antonina owns Kindred Spirits is the area’s leader in holistic healing, herbal medicine, herbalism, spiritual products, shamanic practitioners, gemstone healing, Reiki, chakra healing and more.

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No, that has nothing to do with “food.” But, “food” wasn’t the point. We also talked a lot about the recent closings of downtown businesses. Antonina has been vocal and strong in her resolve that local businesses do matter and that’s something that The BCPF and I have been trying to push as well. Antonina talks with Ray and me about this and a lot of things downtown “business.”  I can talk about that here but I don’t think I’d do her justice, plus, I really want you to listen to the episode. She does, too.

You can do that HERE.

Also, go visit her shop. It’s a cool little place.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Kindred Spirits has been part of the downtown Winston-Salem community since 1994. We believe that every person, regardless of race, gender or spiritual path, is on the shared journey of life. And we exist to provide the provisions that support and enrich that journey. Whether through a healing with one of our practitioners, spiritual guidance with one of our readers, or the spiritual supplies you’ll need along the way, we are committed to supporting our community through the medicine work we provide.” – Kindred Spirits

Driver 8 or: Thirty-Four On

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Today is the 34th anniversary of Fables of the Reconstruction from REM. Here’s a pretty good rendition of the album’s second single. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The walls are built up stone by stone. The fields divided one-by-one. And the train conductor says, ‘Take a break, Driver 8, Driver 8, take a break. We’ve been on this shift too long.'” – “Driver 8” (Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 6/8/19

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Yesterday The BCPF and I got to have a very rare Saturday to ourselves. We were supposed to work the TLD Network booth at Mixxer’s Industry Hill Block Party but that was rained out and I’m so glad I didn’t have to sit or move in that rain. Next year, hopefully, it will be better. I was looking forward to participating, just not dealing with the weather. But, we went to Penny Path and had breakfast and then got to spend time at Underdog Records and came home to a full day’s worth of rekkid listening and enjoyment of each other’s company. Here’s the haul:

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  • Pink Floyd – The Division Bell — The second album after Roger Waters left, it has some great songs on it. A lot of critics panned it as not being Gilmour’s best work and that it was like he phoned it in. I think the album is great and is a fun listen. This is a 2xLP remastered set with the vinyl being an amazing clear deep blue. New.
  • Anton LaVey – Satan Takes A Holiday — Yep, the big evil himself. Ish. It’s definitely him but I think people gave him a bad name because of the “Satanic Church” thing. He no more believed or worshiped the devil than he did God. He didn’t see a need in either. His version of Satanism is basically skeptical atheists. Anyway, you get a vision in your head about how “evil” this guy was supposed to be and yet here he is performing love songs. The best and funniest thing on here, though, has to be “Honolulu Baby” which had The BCPF and me both laughing so hard we were crying. It’s on clear blood red vinyl and only 500 were made. New.
  • Sebadoh – Act Surprised — The BCPF loves Lou Barlow and anything he does. As I mentioned, you can ask her about smelling his hair in Chapel Hill/Carrboro a few years back. This is Sebadoh’s latest album released within the last few weeks. This is the limited edition orange vinyl. New.
  • Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning — Nebraska-based indie rock band mainly consisting of Conor Oberst, a multi-instrumentalist and a couple of other folks and pulling from Omaha’s indie scene. The BCPF loves them and this was a good album. NM.
  • Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love — The band’s eighth album and the first after a decade-long hiatus in 2015. Influenced by the riot grrrl movement, they are legends in girl-punk. Again, The BCPF is a fan. NM.
  • The Monkees – Then & Now… The Best Of The Monkees — In 1986, when the Monkees were making some resurgent comeback on MTV and Nick At Night, you could find Monkee-mania happening all over again. I had this album, from Arista records, somehow I just remembered that, on cassette (all of Arista’s stuff came in red cassette cases). I believe, too I may have gotten it from one of the “clubs” either Columbia House or RCA/BMG. This, too, is a club version and it is in VG++.
  • Donovan – 25 Years In Concert — Donovan. We love Donovan. Live and in VG++.
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs From Let No Man Write My Epitaph — We love us some Ella and we were a little bit wary of purchasing this as it is only in Fine condition, but it was still about $5 which means it is probably a rarity or hard to find. Anywhat. We’ll treasure it, for sure. F.
  • Graham Nash – Innocent Eyes — A little reggae-influenced Nash. It was his fourth solo album. VG++.
  • The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads — So, this is on the RS List, but I’ve not yet decided if I’m going to count this as “having it.” It was $1 but it’s pretty beaten up. I know there are skips on it. I’d like to have a better copy and will probably look for it eventually. This is the original British mono pressing. Rating reserved.
  • Gran Orquesta De Profesores Solistas – Honeymoon In Spain — Spanish music. We are suckers for that internationally-flavored music. It was a $1 bin find and is in VG.

It was so nice to have a Saturday back. I love all that I do and how busy it keeps me but sometimes you just need a day off. We got that. I feel good about it. Underdog Records was busy when we were there. A lot of people buying a lot of records. You gotta love that. Listen each week to hear the TLD/UR special. And use Discogs to catalog and track your music collection, no matter what format it’s in.

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!


“I think I should speak now. Why won’t you talk to me? I can’t seem to speak now. You never talk to me. My words won’t come out right. What are you thinking? I feel like I’m drowning. What are you feeling?” – “Keep Talking” (Gilmour/Samson/Wright)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Graduation

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No, it’s not 3B’s graduation day, but 30 years ago today I walked the stage to get my diploma. This song, which I was always indifferent to was #1 this week 30 years ago. Enjoy the cheese, y’all.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Still looking for that blue jean, baby queen. Prettiest girl I’ve ever seen. See her shake on the movie screen, Jimmy Dean. James Dean, rock on.” – “Rock On” (Essex)

Slight Mixx Up or: No Go

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I was going to tell you that you should come and see me at my booth tomorrow for the Industry Hill Block Party that is happening on 9th Street. Well, I won’t be there. The rain or potential for said rain is keeping the outdoor booths and vendors from happening. The things that were going to go on inside Ramkat, Wiseman Brewing or Winston Junction Market will still happen and some of the bigger things like the main stage, panel discussions and such will move inside, as well. 59832692_2453552568030671_3895484450699476992_n

Here is the official statement for the block party, per Mixxer the organizers of the event:

We have made some changes to this event, due to expected thunderstorms all day tomorrow. We have cancelled [sic] the outdoor portion of the event along 9th St., and Krankies Craft Fair at Mixxer is relocating to The Ramkat. We have moved the panel discussions inside Mixxer. At 1pm we’ll hold a discussion on “The Future of Industry Hill” and at 3pm we’ll have a panel about “Entrepreneurship in Winston-Salem.”

WS Ambassadors 2nd Saturdays is still on, Wherehouse Art Hotel Art Mart will be going strong, and Winston Junction Market will be going from 11am.

The weather isn’t cooperating, but we’re gonna have a great time nonetheless. Please share our posts this evening to help spread word of changes.

So there will still be awesome things and you should go by there! Stay dry. Have fun.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“If you’re feeling down about the rain, don’t worry!” – Mixxer

Wheel Me Home or: Double Stuffed

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Man…

I had a total of two but in reality, three burgers today. The first I had at Campus Gas. Then I tried an Impossible Burger, which I only ate half of. Not my thing. I get it if you’re veg-x. But, I don’t get it if you want a burger. Eat a real burger. Not saying it was bad, just not my thing.

Then, 3B and I went to the new Sir Winston Wineloft and Chef Swing treated us to not one but two fantastic burgers. We cut them in half and each had half of one. I thought I was going to need a wheelbarrow to get me out the door. Luckily, I have a strong son.

I’m kidding about that. No, he’s strong, to be sure, but he didn’t have to carry me out.

I’m just going to say that all three real burgers today were great and you should try them. Of course, you should check out The Man Who Ate the Town’s Instagram post to see more about them. That’s all I’m going to say.

Eat up! Bon appetit!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Classic Bites & Brews located right outside Wake Forest University – BLTs, Carolina Dogs, Milkshakes, Local Beers on tap + beer & wine to go!!” –  Campus Gas