Spinning Monday or: The Haul 5/8/21

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The BCPF and I had a fantastic day on Saturday. The weather was wonderful, dinner and lunch were both wonderful, record buying at Underdog Records and home-listening were wonderful. Here’s the haul:

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Iron And Wine – Archive Series Volume No. 5 — This, according to the hype sticker is the LOST debut album recorded by Sam Beam while he was still in college at Florida St. It’s limited to 1000 copies, I think. It was a good listen. Sounds just like the rest of his stuff. That’s a good thing. New.

Weezer – Van Weezer — Indie Exclusive Pink Vinyl. Hype sticker on shrink: Van Weezer Neon Pink. Track B6 is hidden and is not mentioned in the track listing. This album was supposed to be released last year upon the commencement of their tour but because the world stopped, that was put off. This is heavy, but still very much Weezer. It’s dedicated to Ric Ocasek and Eddie Van Halen. New.

Emmylou Harris – Red Dirt Girl — 2×LP. Grammy Award Winner for best contemporary folk album. Non-gatefold sleeve. Sealed. NM.

Big Star – #1 Record — Wow. #434 on the RS list that matters, #474 on the one that doesn’t. This whole record is amazing. This is what I wrote when I reviewed it in November 2014: My second exposure of Big Star on this countdown. Again, not what I expected. “Feel” is a old-fashioned rock tune that has a great chord progression and dissonance that makes for creative song construction. Really the whole album is ahead of its time. I don’t feel the dissonance was really realized until many years later and here it was as common as a family supper on Sunday. The production was slick as heck, too. The dual lead singers made this a formidable force in music at the time, even though I, admittedly, was shut out from much of that until now. I didn’t know what I was missing and it’s a shame to say so. Harmonies that are tighter than a drum and the excellent musicianship and songwriting over all make this a wonderful album to listen to. I still believe that and double my enthusiasm now. It really is a great record. Limited Edition, Reissue, Repress, Clear White w/Blue Swirl, 180g. Limited to 500. Sealed, but since my belief is “records are to be listened to not looked at,” I opened that bad boy right away. NM.

Tom Waits – Nighthawks At The Diner — 2×LP, Special Pressing; Gatefold from 1975. Records are auto-coupled, meaning record 1 contains sides 1 and 4 while record 2 contains sides 2 and 3. I love Tom Waits songs. I just don’t always love Tom Waits doing them. I don’t know about this one as I’ve not heard it yet, but I can’t wait to. VG+.

Tom Waits – Foreign Affairs — PRC Richmond pressing from 1977. The liner notes include this line: “Forward all my mail to the corner of Pork & Beans.” All the same things I said about Tom Waits above, ditto. VG+.

It was all I could do to not buy a $75 VG+ copy of Rain Dogs from Tom Waits. It’s on the list and that’s the only time I’ve seen it. But, I just couldn’t do it. I really wanted it, though. But, there was plenty to go through, I was just disciplined… somehow. Underdog Records always has great things to find to bring home to have a listening party, either alone or with a group (being socially mindful, that is). Underdog is open Wednesday-Saturday and you can purchased new vinyl 24/7 by visiting the Underdog Records website. Record Store Day is in June and July you can see the drops lists by visiting that website. I use Discogs to track my collection. You should, too.

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Wondering what are you doing? You’re driving me to ruin. The love that you’ve been stealing has given me the feeling. I feel like I’m dying. I’m never gonna live again. You just ain’t been trying. It’s getting very near the end.” – “Feel” (Bell/Chilton)

Silent Sunday or: The Mothers Day Edition

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Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers, mothers of fur babies, adopted mothers, mother figures, and especially step mothers. My mom has always been my biggest fan. I think The BCPF would challenge that, of course, and it would be a close race. My mom has always been there and still is. She has had a huge hand in the rearing of 3B. And speaking of that, here’s to his mother. But, I have to thank The BCPF most of all. There were times when she felt out of the loop because she was just a “step mother.” I have done all I can to make sure she knows how important she has been in this journey. Now, we’re all just casual observers from the same bleachers of life so we’re all on equal footing. Happy mothers day to my sister, too. Moms are amazing and I have a few great ones in my life. Here’s to all of you!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” – Godfrey Winn

Sounds Like Saturday or: RIP

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Yesterday, Tawny Kitaen, the smoking hot girl dancing on the hoods of two cars and pulling David Coverdale into the back seat of his car in the Whitesnake video for “Here I Go Again,” passed away. The coroner hasn’t yet determined the cause of death. She was also the legs on the cover of the RATT EP as well as RATT’s debut LP, Out of the Cellar. She was married briefly to Coverdale, she was involved with OJ Simpson while he was married to Nicole Brown Simpson and she was married to professional baseball player Chuck Finley and had two daughters by him. She beat him and was arrested for domestic abuse. That was later dropped but he did leave her. She had gotten arrested for DUI and possession in 2006 and DUI again in 2009.

But I think all of us teenage boys remember her best from that Whitesnake video. So, to see it once more, here ya go…

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“It’s called good living. It’s called never drinking. I was in the 80s and everyone thinks there was sex, drugs, and rock and roll. There was only sex for me because I was married.” – Tawny Kitaen

Banned and Arrested or: t.A.T.u You

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On this day in 2003, Russian singing duo t.A.T.u. tried to film a video outside of the Kremlin. Well, their manager, Ivan Shapovalov  was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace after 200 girls showed up as extras all wearing matching school girl outfits. Russia has a hard line against same-sex relationships and especially public displays of it. Well, we aren’t like that (mostly) in this country so I’m going to play the uncensored video here. Sorry for the quality but enjoy anyway!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“This was an accident. Not the kind where sirens sound. Never even noticed we’re suddenly crumbling.” – “Show Me Love” (Galoyan/Kierszenbaum/Polienko)

Power and Sound or: A Revival of Sorts

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Yesterday (on Cinco de Mayo), we had mother-daughter team, Michelle and Olivia Williams on The Less Desirables. Olivia, with support and help from Michelle, wanted to put on a music festival. We haven’t had many of those in the last year or so, so this is exciting. I don’t want to give it all away here because of course, I want you to listen to the podcast. You may have heard Michelle and Olivia on the show before, Michelle’s son, and Olivia’s brother is Seth Williams half of Whiskey Foxtrot, which if you’ve listened to TLD in the last two years, you’ve heard us either play or have on the show. It was fun. We had Estrella Jalisco beer to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and played a tune from Emily Stewart. You can find the show here:

The Less Desirables, May 5, 2021
Olivia Williams, my dumb arse, Tracy, Bethany, Michelle Williams

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Live music, art, bikes & cars, merch, camping, food trucks…” – The Power & Sound Revival

NOT Independence Day or: Cinco de Mayo

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What I had to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Contrary to many people, Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day like our 4 July. Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 on, you guessed it… May 5. So, for us self-righteous and self-centered Americans, happy Mexican beer, tequila shots and margarita day to you all. By the way, the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Delores – the start of the Mexican Independence Revolution) is Dieciséis de Septiembre or September 16.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“More popular in the United States than in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.” – Wikipedia

Spinning Monday or: Make Up

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Because I was doing the NCAA tourney yesterday, today I am doing my Spinning Sunday on Monday. Let’s just jump right in.

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Supertramp – Indelibly Stamped — This is Supertramp’s second album from 1971. It was a big departure from the debut album. What makes this album stand out, to me, is that it has a tattooed and naked woman on the front. Nips and all. I’m okay with that. VG+.

Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man — Ozzy’s latest release from last year. I have only heard one song and I don’t know how I felt about it but I grabbed it anyway. NM.

Madness – 7 — Madness’ third album and the one right before their biggest album/hit single, Rise and Fall which had “Our House.” This was a reissue from last week. I haven’t had a chance to listen but I hope to! New.

Polvo – Exploded Drawing — The BCPF picked it out, we have a couple of their albums. I don’t know what else to say here. New.

The Animals – The Best Of The Animals — I didn’t realize how many songs I knew from the Animals. This is on clear vinyl, but I’ll be honest, the quality is shoddy and there were several skips. It’s new, though.

That’s it! Underdog Records is open Wednesday-Saturday. You can buy new music 24/7 by visiting the Underdog Records website. Use Discogs for tracking your record collection.

Until tomorrow, keep spininn’!
Scorp out!


“Now the only thing a gambler needs ss a suitcase and a trunk. And the only time he’ll be satisfied is when he’s all drunk.” – “House of the Rising Sun” (Traditional)

Silent Sunday or: The Last of It

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Today is the last of the NCAA soccer games. It’s a big one, too. A triple-header. Up first, New Hampshire vs. Kentucky (0-2). Next, Virginia Tech vs. Oregon State (2-1). Finally, Monmouth vs. Pitt (1-6). Whew… I’m done!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The NCAA salutes its nearly half a millions student athletes participating in 24 sports. We cheer for them in the game and in the classroom.” – Me (from a script)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Fall Out

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Today is the 44th anniversary of the release of The Police’s “Fall Out” single. It’s their first and Andy Summers wasn’t in the band, yet. He was by the time the first album was released in November of 1978. This is a live version of the song from 1980 where Andy Summers was very much a part of the band. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I never followed leaders. I got no machine. And I’ve paid my dues all along. Always set to break it when I mix with other people ’cause I knew that I was really alone.” – “Fall Out” (Copeland)