MM3AMMC Week 10 or: The Second Time Around

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This past Monday ended the tenth week in Round 13 of TLD/MM3AMMC. Before we continue, I’d like to congratulate Doug Davis on his song, “What Are You Talking About?” for being last week’s “featured song.”

A recap of how this works: So, on Monday morning around 8:30am or so, I go and listen to the submissions. Truth be known, I actually try to listen along the way.  But, I really listen at 8:30am. I look over the assignment, compare the lyrics and songs to that assignment a1507748864_16and then pick the one that I think makes the best representation of the assignment’s rules. To hear all the entrants this week visit the MM3AMMC website HERE.

This week, the assignment was from Jerry: “Since we’re going another round, the song title should have some sort of reference to doing something a 2nd time. The song itself doesn’t necessarily have to be about that, though.”

The submissions are as follows:

  • Doug Davis – “The Next Goodbye”
  • Eddie McBride – “Goodbye and Homeward (the Second Time Around)”
  • Patrick Ferguson – “King of Wasted Dreams”
  • Joshua West – “I Don’t Mind”
  • Anand Gan – “Try a Little Harder Next Time”
  • KG Noble – “Teenage Summers (Do it All Again)”
  • Jerry Chapman – “The Next Time That You Come to Town”

So, there were 7 songs from 7 artists. And the winner was… nah, you don’t get it that easy. I mean, I want you to listen to the whole show, right? So, you need to listen to find out who won. You can do that on The Less Desirables website, on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn or  Podcast Addict. Or, I’ll save you the trouble and post it here, I’m good like that. And yes, there may be a reposting of this next Tuesday, you never know.

Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“For 8 years I’ve loved you. And, we’re the best of friends. But, like the stars above you must come to an end “ Eddie McBride (not necessarily the winner)

Belhaven Scottish Ale or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents the Scottish Ale from Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar, Scotland, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week.

Belhaven, or should I say: Dunbar, is located in the council town of East Lothian, about 28 miles away from Edinburgh, my personal favorite city in the UK because that’s where I was married. Wait… I got married? Yep. I know Belhaven from taps at Finnigan’s Wake, the Official Emerald Isle of The Less Desirables. But, I’ve not had one since 2014, when I was over there. The brewery was established in 1719. unnamed (1)

The carton describes this brew as rich, nutty, smooth. It’s made with 100% Scottish Optic and Crystal barley malts for a nutty biscuit character and I believe that means cookie, not what you’d put your sausage patties on. It’s a beautiful copper color from the several pics that I’ve seen. I can’t wait to try it as I am a fan of Scottish Ales, ya know?

BeerAdvocate rates it at 85 (Very Good) and a Bros Score of 90 (Outstanding). Untappd has it at 3.58 caps out of 5. RateBeer has it at a 44 Overall and 45 in Style. I’m still reading up on that rating system. Have you tried it? What did you think? If you’ve not had it or just have a hankering for more, you can always go by City Beverage and pick up your very own sixer. Tell them that it’s the beer of the week and get 5% off your order. Then check in to see how Caitlin, Danielle, Tammy, Patrick and I felt about it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The ale we’ve been brewing longest of all, and our best-selling bottled ale worldwide.” – Belhaven

 

Piggybacking on Some Piggy Products or: 1703, You Say?

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I released the sixth episode of The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast today. I hope to have guests, soon. Gonna start working on scheduling some in the next few weeks. Until then, it’s just me.

I’m leaving a hint about what’s going on in the show with this picture:

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Check out the episode, and what the topics are, including the link to the podcast itself, by visiting the post, HERE.

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, TuneIn or any aggregator that you use for podcasts. Same for The Less Desirables, The Beer Dads and Fan Interference. and, thanks for listening to our shows!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!!


“You can do anything with beer that you can do with wine.” – Grant Wood

Back on It or: The Stone Rolls Again

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So, today, I was able to get back on the Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of All Time. I have been off of it since June, I think it was. That is a mighty long time when you’re trying to get stuff done, I’d say. I do apologize for keeping you waiting. Now, all that being said, I have only gotten through two of the ten in the segment.

I’m not going to give away what it was I listened to. You’ll have to wait to find out (or you can look up what’s next… I know there’s no fooling you, Dear Reader). With all that has been going on, it has been hard to get the listening time in to do it justice. I could just let it be background noise and that isn’t what I want. I want it to be a fair listen to all that is on e1a5f-rolling_stone_logo-svgthe list. Now, I’m not saying that the music on the list doesn’t sometimes become background filler, it does, but I try to give each album its own fair shake. You know that I like to listen in the studio and well, there’s been a lot happening with that: the move, paid recording or editing for others and life. It’s all been going on over the last few months.

Hopefully, things have settled in. Not down, but in. I don’t want it to settle down. I want it busy, I just need time to do the music. I have missed doing them, missed making my own ignorant rants about stuff that I half know anything about. I mean, that’s why I do them, to learn about what I may not already know, right? Right. So, bare with me, I’m trying to get to them in a timely manner.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Jenny said, when she was just five years old, there was nothing happening at all. Every time she puts on a radio, there was a nothin’ goin’ down at all. Not at all.” – “Rock & Roll” (Reed)

Silent Sunday or: The Cheapest Trick

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I had the good fortune to play with my Threadbare Trio pals, Clay Howard and Neal Goode, plus guitarist Greg Stentz to do some Cheat Trick songs at the newish Blind Tiger in Greensboro. It was a benefit for Ruff Love Rescue and Ginger’s Fund. We did six Cheap Trick songs and escaped doing “Surrender,” “Dream Police” and the loathsome “I Want You to Want Me.” We did do “On Top of The World,” “California Man,” “Big Eyes,” “So Good To See You,” “The Flame” (my favorite Cheap Trick song) and “Blood Red Lips” from their newest album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello.

It was fun. Thanks to Joe G. for having the Joe G Cover Band Explosion for us to do that. I’ll just leave the pic of Clay, Neal, Greg (knees) and me from last night.

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Wherever you go, I’ll be with you. Whatever you want, I’ll give it to you. Whenever you need someone to lay your heart and head upon, remember, after the fire, after all the rain, I will be the flame.” – “The Flame” (Mitchell, Graham)

Sixteen Candles or: The Less Desirables Movie of the Week

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a/perture cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, Sixteen Candles (1984), starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Michael Shoeffling.

Per IMDb: “A girl’s ‘sweet’ sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.”

From one ridiculous absurdity to another, Samantha’s (Ringwald) sixteenth birthday is everything she wants it not to be. Her parents forget her birthday, a note meant to be a secret falls into the hands of the one person she doesn’t want it to, her grandparents getting her room while everyone is in for her sister’s wedding and her other grandparents feeling up her “brand new boobies.” What could be better, right?

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Sam spends the film avoiding Jake (Shoeffling), the boy she’s really into and skirting around Farmer Ted (Hall) and his adolescent advances. It’s typical John Hughes and it’s quite entertaining. To find out if Farmer Ted or even Sam get what they’re looking for, or something else or more, you’ll have to watch.

As I said, this film is what we know of John Hughes. It was John Hughes and it is John Hughes. It wasn’t his first screenplay but it was the first film he directed and he only directed eight, but wrote a slew of them. Molly Ringwald was sixteen when the film came out. So, they had that right. It’s very predictable but very fun to watch. It’s perhaps predictable because this is one of the films that set the pace for this genre, this “coming of age” type film; the “we get how teenagers work” type, even. I meant it when I said absurdity, there was plenty of that in the film, but it showed, too that Hughes doesn’t take himself too seriously.

One thing that I have always liked about John Hughes films is the soundtracks. While not as prolific as some other Hughes films, this one has a really good soundtrack. Tunes such as “Rebel Yell” from Billy Idol, “Rumours in the Air” from Night Ranger, “True” from Spandau Ballet, “Wild Sex in the Working Class” by Oingo Boingo and “Turning Japanese” from The Vapors are all included here as is “Young Americans” from Bowie and a few TV and movie themes like “Peter Gunn” and “The Godfather.” Hughes uses music to help tell his story, not just as background filler. That’s a trademark of his, I believe.

Rotten Tomatoes has the film rated at 86% Fresh with an Audience Score of 85%. IMDb has it at 7.2 stars out of 10. It’s certainly not my favorite John Hughes film but he does a great job with it, it was witty and fun. You can see this streaming on Netflix. I do recommend you see it if you haven’t, but keep in mind that it’s not going overboard on the serious side. I rate it 4.25 stars. Have you seen it? Do you agree with me? What would like to read and hear me review?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“What’s happenin’, hot stuff?” – Long Duk Dong

Please Welcome… or: We Love Our Sponsors

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I told you that we would announce a new sponsor for The Less Desirables this week and this is the time for that to happen! Danielle Bull, who has guest co-hosted over the last few months approached me about Bull’s Tavern being a sponsor and, well, I dig her, I dig her bar (I wrote the article for Piedmont Local Magazine) and I dig my sponsors. So, who am I to say no to that?

Starting this past Wednesday, Bull’s Tavern became an official “segment sponsor” meaning that Bull’s will be the sponsor of a particular segment. This segment, since Danielle lives in Ardmore, will be… wait for it… dang! you guessed it! “As Ardmore Turns!”bulls-1 The “brought to you by” sponsors are mentioned before the segment they sponsor. Non-segment sponsors are usually mentioned after a segment and can float from segment to segment. It’s not that we love them any less or any different, it’s just the way that it is. They all hold equal esteem, just so you know. It’s just placement. However, I am quite excited about this sponsor. Bull’s will also be known as “The Official Watering Hole of The Less Desirables.”

Danielle is an energetic and young business owner who knows what she wants and she goes after it. She left a comfy job as a legal assistant and decided to pursue her dream. She has it and her “Tavern” is a kicking spot on the “new main street,” Fourth Street, where you can hear great bands, have fantastic drinks and meet awesome people. She knows her way around beer and prides herself in having the best stuff available. I don’t think you’ll ever hear anyone say: “well, it’s an okay place, but their beer list is lax.” They’ll say, “it’s fun, with great music and man… that beer list!!!”

Danielle is a fun addition when she’s on the show, as well. Caitlin and I enjoy having her on when she’s been on. There is talk that she may be a permanent addition to the show. We’re still in talks and in R&D about that, but I think she’d do great. There are a few others that are in consideration for that position, but Danielle is right up there, I’d say top two. I do know that having her beer expertise is always fun and exciting. Anywhat! All that said, I really enjoy having them as a new sponsor. I highly recommend you visit Bull’s Tavern and get to know the awesomeness that it is.

You can find Bulls Tavern at 408 W Fourth Street and they’re open 7 days a week, 8 days some weeks, it seems. They’re on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, too. Thank you Danielle! Thank you Bull’s Tavern! Thank you and welcome!!

Don’t forget our other sponsors: City Beverage, Finnigan’s Wake, King’s Crab Shack, a/perture cinema, The Garage, Washington Perk. We appreciate you all, so much.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Located on West Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem. We offer live music four nights per week and an extensive craft beer and liquor selection.” – Bull’s Tavern

MM3AMMC Week 9 or: Rhyme or Reason?

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This past Monday ended the ninth week in Round 13 of TLD/MM3AMMC. Before we continue, I’d like to congratulate Jerry Chapman on his song, “Flags in the Ground” for being last week’s “featured song.”

A recap of how this works: So, on Monday morning around 8:30am or so, I go and listen to the submissions. Truth be known, I actually try to listen along the way.  But, I really listen at 8:30am. I look over the assignment, compare the lyrics and songs to that assignment and then pick the one that I think makes the best representation of the assignment’s rules. To hear all the entrants this week visit the MM3AMMC website HERE.

This week, the assignment was from Joshua: “After spending time overseas, I think it

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would be a cool thing to work in a foreign language into your song. It doesn’t have to be much, but it should work with your rhyme scheme and make sense (or not, if that is your intent). I’m thinking ‘Michelle’ by the Beatles is a great example, where Paul basically repeats the verse in French. But it is up to you. It can be a single phrase, like ‘C’est la vie,’ or ‘Ma Cherie amour,’ to name a few others. If you are fluent (or married to someone who is), you can write as much in another language as you want to! So break out your translation dictionary and good luck!”

The submissions are as follows:

  • Patrick Ferguson – “No Me Gusta”
  • Eddie McBride – “Like Serge and BB”
  • Joshua West – “I Will Be There”
  • Anand Gan – “Buenos Noches from Old San Juan”
  • Doug Davis – “What are You Talking About?”
  • Jerry Chapman – “Watch Out Butterfly”
  • KG Noble – “Dance with Me “

So, there were 7 songs from 7 artists. Clay said he just forgot to do the song, he didn’t make the Monday morning 3am deadline so he’s out. And the winner was… nah, you don’t get it that easy. I mean, I want you to listen to the whole show, right? So, you need to listen to find out who won. You can do that on The Less Desirables website, on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn or  Podcast Addict. Or, I’ll save you the trouble and post it here, I’m good like that. And yes, there may be a reposting of this next Tuesday, you never know.

Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“You say “mais enfin de quoi tu parles?Doug Davis (not necessarily the winner)

Beerito or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents Beerito Mexican Lager from Oskar Blues Brewery, The Less Desirables beer of the week.

Oskar Blues always makes some solid brews. Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and my favorite, Old Chub, plus a few others are some standards. Heck, just last week we drank the Little Yella Pils with Niki’s Pickles pickleunnamed (1) juice on the show, remember? Of course you do. It may not have started in NC but Oskar Blues has quickly become a favorite “son” of North Carolinian beer drinkers. I don’t know that I’ve had anything I didn’t at least feel like I’d want to have another of. That’s a plus.

According to the Oskar Blues website: Beerito (4% ABV, 21 IBUs) is a light bodied, amber Mexican lager brewed with premium German and coloRADo sourced craft malts and featuring a crisp accent from noble hops. The mouth feel is incredibly smooth with flavors of walnut, toasted bread, plum, honey and cocoa – 4% ABV doesn’t always come with this kind of character. 

I don’t yet know about the character but they’re right 4% usually is merely discolored water, so I’m hoping there’s some flavor here. I also hope it’s not like a “craft” Corona or Tecate. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I just hold OBB to a little higher standard than macro-brewed “mexican” beers (I didn’t capitalize that on purpose – I feel it’s not really Mexican most of the time).

BeerAdvocate rates it at 85 (Very Good). Untappd at 3.47 caps out of 5. And, let’s go with a new one: Rate Beer. Rate Beer has it at 47 overall (out of 100, I suspect) but is rated 92 on style. I suppose people just don’t care much for Mexican beer. I’m hit or miss myself.

Have you had it? What did you think? If you’ve not had it or just have a hankerin’ for more, head to 915 Burke Street to grab your sixer and then sit back and listen to what Caitlin, Danielle, Liz and I think about it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!!


“THE ORIGINAL CRAFT BREW IN A CAN.” Oskar Blues

Niki’s Pickles or: The Less Desirables, August 10, 2016

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On The Less Desirables, we had a real treat. Not only did we get to imbibe beer, talk pop culture and have Danielle Bull (of Bull’s Tavern) co-host with us and awesome guests, those awesome guests brought pickles! Niki Farrington and Jay Roberts from Niki’s Pickles brought pickles, radishes and cauliflower as well as two different hot sauces all under the Niki’s Pickles brand. We had it the whole night and I got to bring some stuff home. I am a fan of Niki and her wares.

In addition to that we talked pop culture:2016-08-10 22.25.13

The Garage presents the week in music including what came out last Friday on CD, digital and some cases vinyl. We also played a tune from Gringo Star who was playing at The Garage that weekend. There was one tune from the TLD/MM3AMMC as well.

TC of Fan Interference, The Less Desirables sister podcast, gave a sports update with rumors and major headlines. FI starts back on Monday.

Caitlin gives the latest events and happenings with the Winston-Salem Jaycees.

a/perture cinema presents the week in movies including what was new to Netflix streaming and I reviewed “Sergeant York.”

The latest episode of “As Ardmore Turns” featured a mysterious smoking diaper man and the community went nuts.

City Beverage presents Vitamin Sea Australian Sparkling Ale from Southern Pines Brewing Company.

In addition, we’d like to thank Finnigan’s Wake, King’s Crab Shack and Washington Perk for sponsoring us and what we do. In addition, we have a new sponsor signing on this week, if everything goes right. More on that later in the week, when it happens. I’m excited about it though.

You can listen on the website, iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, or you can listen here because, yes, I am cool like that, right?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Has anyone else seen the young man who wears a diaper prominently displayed?” – Penny, an Ardmorian

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