I’m So Tired or: It Continues

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Last night, after recording The Less Desirables, I came home and was feeling really crappy, still. My head was congested, my chest was congested, I was achy. I’ve mentioned many times that I have sleep apnea and I can’t sleep without my CPAP. The mask I used with my CPAP is the kind that only fits under my nose; nasal pillows. Well, again, along with my head being congested, my nose, too was and I couldn’t use my CPAP. Which means I am up, blowing my nose, coughing up phlegm, pacing the floor, basically everything other than sleep.20191205_235715-01

I was cleared enough to finally go to sleep around 715a this morning, dead-eyed and exhausted. I slept until 1130a and felt a little better. I feel better now, other than slightly sick to my stomach and coughing a lot, so much that my head hurts and my throat hurts. I’m eating these honey cough soothers plus mucus “clearing” lozenges. It’s supposed to help me get rid of more mucus when I cough. I can’t tell if it is or isn’t helping.

So, here’s hoping that tonight, I can go to bed a reasonable time and use my CPAP properly and get real sleep. Talk to you tomorrow…

Until then, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Laugh a lot. It clears the lungs.” – David Hockney

System Thrown Askew or: Making Up

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Things were a little different today and it threw my whole system off. The other side of that is I’m still recovering from the “sickness.” But, enough about that. Today is the 55th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ fourth album, Beatles for Sale. Here’s a good cover of a great tune from the album. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Of all the love I have won or have lost, there is one love I should never have crossed. She was a girl in a million, my friend. I should have known she would win in the end.” – “I’m a Loser” (Lennon/McCartney)

Pulling Through or: In the Apartment

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Even though I’m sick, yesterday I still managed to record The Man Who Ate the Town, two episodes of The Beer Dads and today I recorded the latest episode of Apartment 5B. I’m still not feeling well, but I had some time with my friends and that was cool.

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On TMWATT, Ray and I talked about the Tavern in Old Salem closing and a few restaurant reviews. On TBD this week, we talked about Paul dropping a bombshell that he used to own a wine cellar-building business. And on Apartment 5B, we have throat punches, workplace misconduct and conspiracy theories. We had fun on all of them.

Listen to TMWATT here.
Listen to TBD here.
Listen to Apartment 5B here.

I appreciate the listens.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“When you put your heart and soul into a business and you have your family involved in it also and wonderful staff, we have some wonderful people who have been with us all the way. We have a hostess who has worked here for 30 years as the front of the house hostess and a wonderful person. We’re sad for our employees.” – Rick Keiper

Sickness Sucks or: That Snot Right

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I don’t get sick often. I just don’t. But, when I do, I’m such a baby about it. This is a cold and sinus problem. Not necessarily an infection, just a lot of snot and headaches from the front of my face.

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I never can figure out how so much mucus can come from repeated nose blows. I blow and then five minutes later I have to do it again. But, that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing. Congestion in my chest, too.

I have luckily been able to sleep, at least a little. I have weird dreams when I’m sick. I think someone is coming to work on the house, do some painting, undoing things that I have put together and so on. I hope I don’t have much of that tonight.

Even though my voice is shot from all the coughing, but still recorded three podcast episodes and the music section for Apartment 5B’s taping tomorrow. I have a little bit of work to do but for the most part that’s done at least.

Here’s hoping I clear up soon.

Until tomorrow, snot giving in…
Scorp out!


“A small cold and cough can actually stop you from going where you are.” – P. V. Sindhu

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul – Black Friday Edition

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I had told Jonathan that The BCPF and I wouldn’t be coming to Underdog Records for the Record Store Day – Black Friday event, and technically, we weren’t there at the opening for the bum-rush doorbuster event, but we did wait until about noon and went by and the store had settled down. We still found pretty much all we would have gotten had we gotten there in the wee hours of the evening, which surprised us. If this had been the April version of RSD, I would have camped out and been one of the first three in the line and in the door. But, since we went on Friday and spent a good bit of money we didn’t go on Saturday, so this reflects Friday and two that I got on Wednesday. Here ya go:

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  • Cheap Trick – Are You Ready? Live 12/31/1979 — This is supposedly an infamous show from The Forum in Los Angeles, New Year’s Eve 1979. The “supposedly” is the infamous part. The hype sticker states it’s from a few different mixes and the first few songs in the set are really crappy production. The sonic quality picks up after the first little bit. Robin Zander’s voice, which I’ve always found strong was a bit shaky in some spots, too. I think they had played a few shows before and he needed a break. Still, it sounds pretty good overall; lots of energy. It was an RSD exclusive, limited to 3500 copies worldwide, and I picked up the last one that Jonathan had. 2xLP. New.
  • John Linnell – State Songs — One half of They Might Be Giants, John Linnell, plays a lot of original songs about 15 different states and one about all 50. I’m a fan of TMBG but sometimes they’re a bit much for me to take. I think this is good for comedic purposes but overall? I didn’t really think it was that great. RSD exclusive, first time on vinyl on green-marbled wax, limited to 1500 copies worldwide. New.
  • Frehley’s Comet – Live… — Not to be confused with Live+1 that came out in 1988, which was recorded in Chicago in 1987 and had two live KISS tunes (Ace’s) and two live from Frehley’s Comet’s self-titled debut and one studio demo track. This was recorded in March 1988 in London and has all the live tracks from the previously mentioned EP along with “Cold Gin” and “Shock Me.” This also had Jamie Oldaker playing drums instead of Anton Fig. A really good sounding recording. I don’t know how many more songs they did and if these were the only ones that made it, or if he only did six songs…? RSD “first,” limited to 2700 copies worldwide, first time on vinyl; orange. New.
  • Jeff Buckley – Live At KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic — I will say again that when the world lost Jeff Buckley, we lost a true musical genius and talent. His ability to jump his voice from heavy to heavenly at the drop of a hat was amazing. This EP has five songs done at KCRW sometime in the 90s. RSD exclusive limited to 3750 copies worldwide. New.
  • John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters — #47 on the RS list, this is a 3xLP reissue from 2015 that I purchased on Wednesday. Coltrane is a “local boy done good.” He was born in Hamlet, NC in the south-central part of the state and grew up in High Point, just down the road from WSNC. This version includes the original album, a quartet session and a sextet session. Good stuff. VG+.
  • The Rolling Stones – Love You LiveLove You Live was recorded on the “Tour of Americas” from 1975, the “Tour of Europe” in 1976 and from the El Mocambo nightclub concert venue in Toronto in 1977. It was overdubbed and mixed from late May to mid-June 1977. So, I didn’t think they could have done that good of a job live. But, the final result was pretty good considering it is the Stones and it is a “live” album. VG+.
  • Heart – Greatest Hits / Live — This is a compilation album of greatest hits, live recordings and new tracks released in 1980. I like Heart. I’ll probably like this. VG+.
  • Streetband Featuring Paul Young – Streetband Featuring Paul Young — I get the feeling that this was a record company money grab as it “features” Paul Young. This is before “Every Time You Go Away,” before “Come Back and Stay,” even before the Q-Tips. His time in Streetband wasn’t very long in the late 1970s. But, he has a great voice, let’s hear how this works out, eh? 2xLP. VG+.
  • Marty Balin – Balin — The other LP that I picked up on Wednesday. Every time I hear “Hearts,” I think of my friend Jim Young. I really don’t know why other than we once had a conversation about it. Same with “Personally” from Karla Bonoff. But, this, Balin’s debut solo album after Jefferson Starship, has “Hearts” and it was only $2 and was in NM condition, although I give the outer sleeve VG++.
  • John Philip Sousa – The Music Of John Philip Sousa On Parade — We say the Piedmont Wind Symphony do Sousa songs early last month and we never knew how much style was in those marches. I thought of them as being boring but one we saw it live, I can’t say that any longer. The BCPF picked this one out. It’s from the National Geographic Society. VG+.

Jonathan said that the Record Store Day – Black Friday Edition was a success, even more than he expected. He did a great job getting it all set up and we are all thankful that he provides us record collectors with a “candy store” we can be proud of. Underdog Records has a good selection of used stereo equipment for sale and don’t forget gift certificates, they come on old 45s. Listen to each new episode of The Less Desirables to hear the TLD/UR special of the week/month. Also, use Discogs to track your music collection no matter the format (other than digital and maybe even then).

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Hearts can break and never mend together. Love can fade away. Hearts can cry when love won’t stay forever. Hearts can be that way.” – “Hearts” (Barish)

Sounds Like Saturday or: ‘Cause This is…

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Today is the 37th anniversary of what was, until recently, the best-selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It is #20 on the RS list, sold a bajillion copies and it’s just a great album. Point blank. Here’s a very weird but cool instrumental from John 5 to pay tribute. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


They’re out to get you, better leave while you can. Don’t wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man. You wanna stay alive, better do what you can so beat it, just beat it. You have to show them that you’re really not scared. You’re playin’ with your life, this ain’t no truth or dare. They’ll kick you, then they’ll beat you, then they’ll tell you it’s fair so beat it, but you wanna be bad…” – “Beat It” (Jackson)

Some Post-Turkey Patience or: Lies, All Lies

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We’re getting over the turkey hangover today, Dear Reader. A day that happens to be the 31st anniversary of Guns N Roses’ GnR Lies EP. There was only one single on this album, “Patience,” which is a song that I really do like. However, there were better options for this song, so here you have it. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I used to love her, but I had to kill her. I used to love her, hm yeah, but I had to kill her. I knew I’d miss her so I had to keep her. She’s buried right in my backyard.” – “Used to Love Her” (Guns N’ Roses)

That Turkey Song or: Gobble Gobble Y’all

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So, with the title, you’d probably think I was going to play “The Thanksgiving Song” by Adam Sandler and I did think about it for about two seconds. But, to me, this is the Thanksgiving song of choice. Arlo has changed a bit from those days but then again it was released 52 years ago and well, he is now in his 70s (although he was in his late 50s/early 60s when he did this).  I just like the song, so there. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Kid, have you rehabilitated yourself?” – “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (Guthrie)

Magical Strawberry Fields or: Baby, You’re a Rich Man

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Today is the 52nd anniversary of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. The original soundtrack to the film is a double EP with only the first six tunes. The singles were the other five on the second side. I never pass a chance to post some Mike Massé and he does a great job here. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“No one I think is in my tree. I mean it must be high or low. That is you can’t, you know, tune in, but it’s all right. That is I think it’s not too bad.” – “Strawberry Fields Forever” (Lennon/McCartney)

What to Do? or: The Five Days Plus

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Yesterday, today, tomorrow, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Those are the days that I’m “off” on vacation. I am and I’m not. I’m never on vacation. I’m always working. I will be going in tomorrow morning and will be recording The Less Desirables but the rest of the week? I’m doing as little as possible.

And, for this blog post, I’ll also cut it short. Talk to you tomorrow…

Until then, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“If some people didn’t tell you, you’d never know they’d been away on a vacation.” – Kin Hubbard