Piggyback or: Competing in the Showdown

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Today on The Man Who Ate the Town podcast, it was a slow food week, really, but I did talk about my pal Chef Travis Myers becoming a finalist in the NCRLA Chef Showdown. I also wrote a blog post about that over on the TMWATT site. Also, in news that Ma Mère will be disappointed in, ChefSmart is closing next month.

Hear the episode HERE. Read the blog post HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Working to protect and advance the North Carolina hospitality industry.” – The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 7/14/18

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Yesterday was Bastille Day so happy birthday to our pals in France! Let’s hope they win the World Cup today, oui?

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It was a beautiful day yesterday, too. It was warm but not hot. The humidity was relatively low. Breakfast from Mary’s Gourmet Diner was good and the rekkid buying from Underdog Records was a load of fun. So, here’s what we got:

  • Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full — I got this album for a few reasons. One, it’s #228 on the RS List. Two, I used to play the bassline from the title track to impress the ladies when I was in high school; the dudes thought I was cool, too. Three, it’s a good album. This was back when I could listen to hip-hop and rap and think that the artists had something to say and said it to where you can understand it. Yeah, I know I’m sounding like a grandpa so get off my danged lawn! New
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz — Ozzy’s first solo album. This was a reissue from 2011 which was the 30th anniversary of the album. Great sounding 180g black vinyl. New.
  • The Magnetic Fields – Holiday — This was The BCPF’s choice. She is a fan of this band. She likes it a lot. His voice went between cool and really bad, but even when the really bad parts were happening, it worked with the music they were doing. So, I didn’t really mind it. It was a decent album, all things considered. New.
  • Journey – Journey – The debut album from the band from 1975. I knew from having the Time³ Box Set from Journey that their earlier stuff was more “proggy” and bluesier than their more popular mainstream-80s commercial albums. I have never really cared for Greg Rolie’s voice, or him really, but this album wasn’t bad. I enjoyed listening to it. Yeah, I liked it. It was an original pressing from 1975 in VG+ condition.
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash – CSN — The first CSN album without Young other than their debut album. Someone who owned this record before I did must have decided to keep the picture from the cover. Apparently, it was glued on and they removed it. Either that or it just fell off. So instead of a picture of them on a sailboat, there’s a big blank gray rectangle. Okay. It’s a decent album and we enjoyed it. It was in the $1 bin and is in VG shape.
  • Yes – Yesshows — A 2xLP live album from 1980 which consists of recordings from 1976-1978. I have a feeling that this will be a prog rocker’s dream come true because it’s two records and only 8 songs. The entire Side B is “The Gates of Delirium” and comes in at nearly 23 minutes. It was a $1 bin find and I’d rate it at about VG.
  • Yes – Fragile — Along with 90125, this is my favorite Yes album. “Roundabout” and “Long Distance Runaround” are probably two of Yes’ most popular and well-known songs. The bassline in “Roundabout” alone could have gotten them into the Hall of Fame, why did it take so long? Anywhat! Chris Squire was an amazing bassist and I love listening to his lines. I know a few of my bass-playing friends list him as an influence. I found this in the $1 bin but once I cleaned it up, I’d say it was VG+, but that’s my rating. I love this album.
  • Philharmonic Orchestra Of Monte CarloLawrence Foster – Famous Adagios By Barber, Sibelius, Grieg, Rachmaninoff And Others — Because it’s from Monaco, I figure that’s why The BCPF wanted this, but it was in the $1 bin and it was in really good shape. I’ll go with VG+. Most of the deeper classical things like this are generally well-taken care of.
  • BrittenArnold – The Philharmonia Orchestra Conducted By Robert Irving  – Matinées Musicales – Soirées Musicales / English Dances – Four Scottish Dances — The BCPF loves Benjamin Britten and it was $1. VG+.
  • Various – Flappers, Speakeasies, & Bathtub Gin – The BCPF and I both like the history around the 20s, flappers, speakeasies and the idea of bathtub gin. The BCPF’s grandmother was a flapper, so why not? VG and $1.
  • Michel Legrand And His Orchestra – I Love Paris — Just read the title and you’ll understand why we got it. Exactly. That’s right. Yes. We do. VG+ and $1.
  • Kiss – Crazy Nights — I didn’t get this from Underdog Records but from the Discogs Marketplace. It was in VG++ shape and sounds terrific. I love this album but it gets a lot of flack from many of my fellow KISSheads because it is a bit on the poppier-rock side. It is that hair band cheese of the late 80s, but I still love it.

Jonathan had some great reissues come in this week and he had some great looking equipment, too. You should go in and check out the inventory. And remember to check out Underdog Records’ social media to find out what new superdynawhoppin’ stuff Jonathan is adding.

And, Discogs is where I keep up with my collection and purchase the items that Jonathan doesn’t have or would be too expensive to order.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Here’s a little song for everybody out there…” – “Crazy Crazy Nights” (Stanley/Mitchell)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Clown Core

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I know this went around on Facebook and a couple of other places over the course of the week but I found it fascinating. If you didn’t see it, this is for you. If you did see it, it’s worth a second, third or seventh look. You’re welcome.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“All my turds go straight to hell. A small gift for the darkness itself.” – Clown Core

Sounds Like the Day Before or: Sina-Drums

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Because I was busy doing other things today, I didn’t really get to do a proper blog post today. So, since it’s right before Saturday, let’s give you a bonus video. Everyone knows my favorite instrument (to watch and hear) is the drums. This young lady is amazing and I follow a lot of what she does. So, how about some heavy stuff for her to show off her chops. Ladies and gents, Sina doing a little Metallica.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


End of passion play, crumbling away, I’m your source of self-destruction. Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear. Leading on your death’s construction. Taste me you will see more is all you need. Dedicated to how I’m killing you.” – “Master of Puppets” (Burton/Hammett/Ulrich/Hetfield)

Have Podcast Will Travel or: Consultation

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I don’t think it’s a secret that I do podcasting, right? Nah. It’s also no secret that I produce podcasts for others. Sometimes this means they come to me and I do all the recording, production, etc. Other times they will do their own recordings and send them to me and I “massage” them by eliminating any noise that I can, putting theme songs/outros on there and doing whatever I need to make the clients’ podcasts “publish-worthy.”

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And, then, there’s the other thing I do, I consult. Should you do a podcast? What will your podcast be? How will you record it? How will you host it? How will you promote it? And so on. All these are questions that I ask to gain perspective on what the clients are thinking and how best can their podcast work if they indeed decide to move forward with the project.

That also means that, within reason, I will travel to do a consultation. I prefer the clients come to me, but sometimes that’s just not feasible. I want people to get what they can out of their podcast experience, or I want them to not do one if it’s going to be more of a detriment than a benefit for them. So, I will go to them. After all, I promote this is what I do, so I have to follow through.

This is what I did today. I drove. I drove to Statesville. A client in a specific industry wants to do a podcast about that industry. They have particular ideas about how that works and plans to implement them. At least they thought they did. I had to steer them a bit to think about other factors and I believe I got them on the right track, both in direction and in equipment. The equipment was actually pretty well thought out in advance, and I am familiar with it and I gave my approval. Sure, they have the right to do what they want, no matter what I said, but I thought it was in their best interest to do it the way they were going to do. And, truthfully, it’s not far off from what I was going to suggest, anyway.

It wasn’t a bad ride. Not one I’d want to do often but it was okay. I had time to think about life, projects, plans, positives, regrets, etc. It was just thinking time. The only bad part, really, was in Mocksville where the DOT was paving I-40.

Anywhat! If you, or business owners (or individuals) that you know that is entertaining the idea of starting a podcast. Have them talk to me, first. There’s much more to it than sitting behind a laptop and talking. There’s entry-level equipment that is really good and then there’s crazy money stuff that is overkill. There’s shoddy content and entertaining content. There’s a lot to it and I can help you (or them) weed through the mucky-muck. Contact me for more information.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I think podcasting is here to stay.” – Adam Scott

A Third Piggyback or: Winston-Salem Monthly

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So, here we are, three days in a row that I’ve had a piggyback-worthy post from The Man Who Ate the Town. But, I am proud of the fact that I was featured in an article from Michael Breedlove for Winston-Salem Monthly Magazine about being “The Man Who Ate the Town.”

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Because I can be verbose, and it’s already been said the best it could in the article, I’m going to post those here so you can read them for yourself if you’re so inclined, Dear Reader.

The article is HERE.
The TMWATT post is HERE.

Thanks to Michael Breedlove and all the folks over at Winston-Salem Monthly!

Until tomorrow, which may or may not be about food…
Scorp out!


“How Tim Beeman turned a love of food into a food-media empire.” – Winston-Salem Monthly (Breedlove)

Another Piggyback or: The Biscuits Were Cut

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As promised, I did a full-on blog post about my experience watching the Biscuitville Bake-Off Championship today over on The Man Who Ate the Town. It was a cool thing to get to see and I’d really appreciate if you’d read the post. I’ll love you for one day plus forever. You can read it HERE.

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Until tomorrow, cutting the biscuits…
Scorp out!


“Our hand-kneaded biscuits are prepared in front of guests every 15 minutes, each and every day.” – Biscuitville

Piggybackin’ or: Do(ug)h!

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I recorded The Man Who Ate the Town podcast a day early. Kelly was out again because she suffered a freak accident at Heavy Rebel Weekender this past weekend. Anywhat! I talk about First Street Draught House, Acadia Foods and my experience at the Biscuitville Headquarters two weeks ago. You can listen to the episode HERE.

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Look for the blog post about Biscuitville on the TMWATT blog as well. It should be there in the next few days.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Biscuitville has been locally-owned and operated since 1966 and serves FRESH SOUTHERN® food the old-fashioned way.” – Biscuitville

 

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 7/7/18

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We had to do some extensive searching for a parking space when The BCPF and I went to Mary’s Gourmet Diner yesterday morning. The denizens of the Heavy Rebel Weekender were out in full force with their rusted-out Dragulas and slicked back hairdos. And, I mean all of that with love and respect. They own it and that’s how they want it to be. I dig it. Well, I dig them doing their thing. I get absolutely nothing out of that whole scene. So, we found a spot that Annabelle would fit in — she’s a small thing — and went on to Mary’s. We came out and there was a sea of folks down both Liberty and Trade Streets. Nope. On to Underdog for us! Here’s the haul:

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  • a-ha – Hunting High And Low — I’ve been wanting this one for a while. I don’t believe I had it in any format before. I don’t know why. Well, this is the brand new Rhino reissue and we got two pairs, a neon orange and a neon green, of groovy 80s sunglasses. The whole thing is pretty good and is in the same vein as “Take on Me” and “The Sun Always Shines on TV.” New.
  • Bauhaus – Burning From The Inside — My good friend Michael and I went back and forth on who was going to get this album. He wanted it. The BCPF wanted. It was her first Bauhaus album and was what introduced her to the band. I liked the album. She was afraid I wouldn’t. I dug it. VG++.
  • Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston — Her debut album and the only one of hers that I remotely care about. I have said it before and I’ll repeat it here. When Mariah Carey showed up on the scene in 1990, Whitney lost all relevance to me. Mariah’s songs were better and her voice was just amazing. At least in the beginning. She lost me later on, but the first two Mariah albums were amazing. This Whitney album was pretty neat, too. This was #259 on the RS list. VG++.
  • Marvin Gaye – Midnight Love — The last album from Marvin Gaye, which was his biggest selling by which I presume happened because of his death not long after its release. It has “Sexual Healing” on it, which I’m not really a big fan of, never have been. All-in-all, it’s okay.  VG+.
  • Eagles – On The Border — I don’t know if any band has ever created such a like/dislike debate or have been more polarizing than the Eagles. I like them, at least most of the Henley-sung stuff, myself. This had “Already Gone,” “James Dean” (which I hate), “Best of My Love” and the Tom Waits=penned “Ol’ 55.” VG.
  • Stevie Wonder – Hotter Than July – I really dig Stevie. Although I have to admit, this has some serious cheese on it. But, I love “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” and “Happy Birthday,” a song that pressed for MLK’s birthday to be a national holiday. It was deemed so just a few years later. VG++.
  • Toto – Hydra — Just like with Alan Parsons Project, I find that I like just about everything Toto does. I mean, what’s not to like? Also like APP, it’s a set of studio musicians and producers that were the cream of the crop at what they did and turned it into great songs and songwriting. “99” was probably the big hit on the album. VG++.
  • Rickie Lee Jones – The Magazine — We have two RLJ albums and both of them are fantastic. She has a great voice and is a very talented songwriter. VG++.
  • Jackson Browne – Jackson Browne — Browne’s debut album that we happened to find for $1. It has “Doctor My Eyes” and “Rock Me on the Water” on it. The cover is kind of beat up but the record is in really good shape. Even though it was $1 I’m going to say the vinyl was VG+.
  • Jackson Browne – Hold Out — Two Jackson Browne albums both in the $1 bin. Although critically the album has not been as well received as other Browne recordings, it remains his only album to date to reach number 1 on the Billboard chart. The sleeve and the record are at least VG but possibly VG+.
  • Kiss – Asylum — I didn’t get this one from Underdog Records. I bought it from the Discogs Marketplace. It cost me about $17 shipping and all and it is in VG+ shape. There’s a spot on the last track on Side B (“Uh! All Night) but it doesn’t affect the playability at all. It was a great transaction and filled the next spot in the KISSography. Crazy Nights is up next.

I loved seeing a good many people in the store, yesterday, at Underdog Records. It’s always fun when you get to see friends of yours, especially ones in the record collecting community, where you can talk shop and records and just enjoy the community. Keep an eye on the Underdog Records Facebook and Instagram feeds as Jonathan posts several times a day what he is putting out on the sales floor. There’s always something good coming in. There was no Underdog/TLD special this week as he was closed through Wednesday.

And, as I mentioned, I got that KISS album from the Discogs Marketplace. I really dig it. You can find deals, but you have to look for them. I had ordered Queensryche’s Rage For Order but the guy convinced me that shipping was astronomical and said he’d go ahead if I wanted to but it was really no problem to cancel. I did. Anyone else may have wanted to just make money and not care, or maybe he got burned from it in the past. I don’t know. He was honest and that was awesome. It’s a really good community over there. Try it if you’re looking for something. The Marketplace also deals cassettes and CDs as well.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“We’re talking away. I don’t know what I’m to say. I’ll say it anyway. Today’s another day to find you. Shying away. I’ll be coming for your love, OK? Take on me. Take me on. I’ll be gone in a day or two.” – “Take On Me” (Waaktaar/Furuholmen/Harket)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Dax and Kristen in Africa

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I’m a big fan of the song “Africa” from Toto. That whole Toto IV album, really. A few years back before they had kids, Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard went to Africa and made this little video. I think it’s cute. We heard the Toto version on the radio today and I felt like playing it. So, here ya go.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


The wild dogs cry out in the night as they grow restless, longing for some solitary company. I know that I must do what’s right, as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti. I seek to cure what’s deep inside, frightened of this thing that I’ve become. It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you. There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do. I bless the rains down in Africa. Gonna take some time to do the things we never had.” – “Africa” (Paich/Porcaro)