KISS This Brutally or: 2546 + 11

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My Kousins and I didn’t necessarily talk about KISS tonight. Well, we did, but that wasn’t the main topic. The main topic was what we call something “KISS Adjacent.” That means that even it isn’t KISS, it’s something that had to do with KISS in some shape or form. This week, the main topic was the Alice Cooper album Brutal Planet. Alice Cooper and KISS have had some parallel moments through their careers. But, what makes this KISS Adjacent is that the drummer on this album is KISS’ very own Eric Singer. We listened through the album, gave some commentary of the album and even got in the weeds because that’s what we do. You can listen to that episode here.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“We’re spinning round on this ball of hate, there’s no parole, there’s no great escape. We’re sentenced here until the end of days and then my brother there’s a price to pay. We’re only human, we were born to die. Without the benefit of reason why. We live for pleasure – to be satisfied. And now it’s over there’s no place to hide. Why don’t you, come down to… It’s such a brutal planet.” – “Brutal Planet” (Cooper/Marlette)

Astrological Swirling or: 2545 + 12

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Tonight, The BCPF showed up on The Less Desirables so that our Official Astrologer, Cindi McNulty of Essential Zodiac could read and explain her natal chart. We have certainly “embraced the woo woo” on TLD. Cindi was fun and she pegged The BCPF. You can listen here.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Cynthia’s philosophy on astrology is that each person has positive and negative attributes in their chart.” – Essential Zodiac

The Next Day or: 2544 + 13

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Since I was doing my tribute to Finnigan’s Wake yesterday, I didn’t do the “piggyback”. The Man Who Ate the Town was recorded before I knew about Finnigan’s closing. Michael was working on that story so he wasn’t with me. I talk about: Farm 2 Fourth happened and raised over $90k for helping feed children and other folks. Tim talks about the menu and flavor profiles of the event. DiLisio’s changes hours again. Bar Nola. City Bev has a tent sale. Small Batch Halloween Party. Tim and Stephanie had dinner at Davie Tavern. The Country Spinner and Burger Tour ’21 updates. “The List” is discussed as well as other food news. Listen to that episode here.

This morning, I did a special “supplement” podcast to talk about the same things I wrote on this blog yesterday. The difference is, you can actually hear my inflection, emotion and more. You can hear that here.

While I’m here, and it is Tuesday, then here’s your reminder to listen to the music history goodness that is Beeswax Vinyl Daily podcast. Listen to that here.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have kicked you around some. Tell me why you wanna lay there and revel in your abandon. Honey, it don’t make no difference to me, baby. Everybody’s had to fight to be free. You see, you don’t have to live like a refugee.” – “Refugee” (Petty/Campbell)

 He Occasionally Takes an Alcoholiday or: The Wake (2543 + 14)

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Today, I learned some very sad news. Finnigan’s Wake will be closing its doors permanently on October 30. Finnigan’s Wake is THE reason the Arts District in Downtown Winston-Salem exploded in to ’00s. Yes, there were other now-staples such as Sweet Potatoes and 6th & Vine, but none had the impact that Fins did. But, for me, the impact was even more than reinvigorating an area of town.

Practically nothing in my life right now would be like it is if it weren’t for Fins. How, you ask?

Me and My Best Girl

I was able to realize what others may say is ridiculous but something I’m very proud of. I was the second-ever person to join the 90-Day Club. Not only did I do 90 days, I did 1099 days. That got me some recognition and status.

I was “Trivia Tim.” I didn’t start the pub trivia at Fins but I took it over after the first three weeks and I did it for six years after. Again, people got to know me, spend time with me, and my network was greatly and largely expanded because of that.

The Less Desirables was conceived, hatched, and born sitting at the high-top table right next to the hallway. Without that, I probably wouldn’t have started other podcasts after it. No Fan Interference. No Camel City Dispatch/Electric Camel Pod. No Tart & Tangy Triad. No The Beer Dads. No The Man Who Ate the Town. No Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking. No Apartment 5B. No Beeswax Vinyl. No Beeswax Vinyl Daily. No Asylum – Tales from the Devereaux Diaries. No Wheelers Dog. No The Less Desirables Network. No podcast clients. Heck without Fins, there may not be a podcasting community here in WSNC to speak of, at least as it is. I know two or three podcasts in town that are thriving because they were inspired by me doing The Less Desirables (or one of the others) and they’ve told me that. No podcasting would mean no “Podfather.” All that I am and do wouldn’t be if there was no Finnigan’s Wake. In fact, the first place I ever met Brian Attridge who started The Less Desirables with me, was at Finnigan’s Wake.

The revitalization of downtown, in general, may still have happened but it wouldn’t be what it is if Philip “Opie” Kirby and John Cahoon hadn’t opened THE Irish pub in October of 2006.

Me, Brian and Eug, TLD…

The first place I met Jon Lowder, one of the Beer Dads and a partner/friend that I have come to thank for many of my accomplishments was at Fins.

Several of my friends who are in relationships met at Finnigan’s Wake. Which brings me to the BIGGEST link that Fins has for me: I met my wife, The BCPF, Stephanie, at Finnigan’s Wake. If she hadn’t come with her friends to play trivia and get away from her toxic, dead-end marriage, and we hadn’t started having small talk conversations, I would never have had the opportunity to ask her, “Are you married, Steph?” That conversation and the fact that she had a birthday soon around that time and I did a special trivia category for her, led to us having our 11:10p nightly computer conversations, which led to us being great friends, which led to us being more than friends, which led to us being affianced, which led to us being life partners and husband and wife.

Me and My Eug

Finnigan’s Wake is the portal to my survival, to my life, to my being, to my loves. I so appreciate that Opie has kept the pub going for so long. The pandemic was hard for everyone. It led to changes within the business. But, he says it’s not about the pandemic. He said the restaurant was kept alive by the community and patrons. He says this is about him and wanting to start something new. Move in a new direction. Pursue new ideas and thoughts. He has been all over the world. As far as I know, he’s touched every continent. If he’s missing one, I think it’s Australia. He’s bought houses. He’s raised money for charities. He’s made himself better. He’s made the community better. I am glad for my friend that he’s okay and just starting a new chapter.

When I read that this was happening, it felt as if I had lost a friend, or at the very least, been kicked in the teeth or the crotch. The memories and recollections of the last 14 years of my life (with the exception of the last one) have relied heavily on my time in the wooden doors under the green sign with the huge Claddagh, the hallowed halls of Finnigan’s Wake. Slàinte mhath, Finnigan’s Wake. Slàinte mhath.

Until tomorrow, Erin go Bragh…
Scorp out!


“The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.” – Brendan Behan

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 10/16/21 (2542 + 15)

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We had NO agenda yesterday. The BCPF and I got up, showered, spent time with Jonathan at Underdog Records, had a fantastic breakfast at Young Cardinal Cafe, listened to records, dinner at Davie Tavern and started re-watching one of our favorite Brit Coms, ever. It was a glorious Saturday. Here’s the haul:

©Sire/Reprise

Wilco – A.M. — This is the debut album from the band from 1995. There was competition between former Uncle Tupelo members Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar. Tweedy started Wilco and Farrar started Son Volt. Son Volt’s debut did much better, but I think in the long run, Wilco is more memorable. I am not a fan of either band, really, but I’d go with Wilco over the two. I haven’t listened to this, yet. 2×LP, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, Remastered. Deluxe Edition including the original album plus 8 previously unissued outtakes. 2-LP set pressed on 180 gram black vinyl. Gatefold jacket and includes printed inner sleeves with photos, liner notes and credits. New.

U2 – Zooropa — The record was a continuation of the group’s experimentation with alternative rock, electronic dance music, and electronic sound effects that began with their previous album, Achtung Baby, in 1991. I don’t know that I’m a fan of it, but I haven’t listened to it in about 10 years. It’s time to revisit it. 2×LP, Reissue, Remastered, 180 gr. Includes Lemon (The Perfecto Mix), the
B-side to “Lemon”, and Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix) from the “Melon” CD for Propaganda. New.

Pavement – The Secret History, Volume 1 (1990-1992) — From the hype sticker (that isn’t on here): First in a series of Pavement rarities: 25 tracks available on vinyl for the very first time! All the B-sides, unreleased session tracks, John Peel Sessions, and a 1992 live concert from the Slanted & Enchanted era, 1990-1992. 30 tracks total. Packaged in a gatefold sleeve. Each LP comes in a custom inner sleeve. 2×LP, Compilation. NM.

The Soft Pack – Strapped — The Soft Pack is an indie rock band from San Diego. I had never heard of them but the packaging looked cool and every once in a while I get in the mood for something new. This was the latest of those. We listened to it. It is some The BCPF kind of music. So, I did good. It was “used” but still sealed. We opened it right up. Limited Edition, Numbered #351 out of 2000.

Various – Good Morning, Vietnam – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — I loved the film and had this soundtrack on cassette when it came out, then on CD and now on LP. VG.

Daryl Hall & John Oates With David Ruffin & Eddie Kendrick – Live At The Apollo — Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin were from The Temptations. This is a mixture of their classics and some then-current songs by Hall & Oates. VG+.

Various – The Hollywood Knights – The Original Soundtrack Album — Issued with a die-cut gatefold sleeve, with a peel-off
license plate sticker to cover the butt crack underneath. I liked the film, although I haven’t seen it in a hot minute. VG.

1970s Film Stock – Third Anthem — My friend Eddie Garcia’s one-man act released an album on vinyl and it’s not in Discogs yet. I haven’t heard it yet, but I made sure to pick it up! New.

Jonathan was hyped because his Atlanta Braves (the MLB team I hate the most) are in the NLCS. People were doing their mask thing without arguing, at least when we were there. Watch the Underdog Records social media (especially Instagram) to see what Jonathan had gotten in and is putting out for purchase. You can shop and order new vinyl day or night 24/7/365 on the Underdog Records website. And, use Discogs to track your collection or shop for hard-to-find records. You can even track your CD collection on there.

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Don’t move. Don’t talk out-a time. Don’t think. Don’t worry, everything’s just fine. Just fine.” – “Numb” (U2)

Sounds Like Saturday or: 2541 + 16

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Today is the 32nd anniversary of the single release “Arms of Orion” from Prince + Sheena Easton. I love the Batman soundtrack and I love this song. It just has a feel that most ballads don’t have and I am truly disappointed it didn’t do better on the charts. This couple do a great job of it. It should start at the beginning of the song, you can back up and listen to Supermoon if you want. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Orion’s arms are wide enough to hold us both together. Although we’re worlds apart, I’d cross the stars for you. In the heart of a sleepless moon, I’ll be with you forever. This is my destiny ’til my life is through.” – “The Arms of Orion” (Prince)

Dating or: 2540 + 17

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No, I’m not dating, Dear Reader. The Less Desirables will be doing a remote recording from Cin Cin Burger Bar on November 10. As a promotion, Tracy, one of my work wives/co-hosts is silent-auctioning a date with her for this event. Here are some details about the “silent auction”:

Tracy B of TLD

THIS IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH CIN-CIN BURGER BAR!!!!

To be eligible, you must make a donation. Donations must be made to The Less Desirables Cash App: $TheLessDesirables

Donations start at $50. A donation is just that, a donation. If you are not the highest bidder, there are no refunds. Thank you for your donation. Highest bidder wins the dinner date. Also, where it is NOT affiliated with Cin-Cin Burger Bar, if you don’t win, don’t complain to them, this is our doing.

This a “date” only at the restaurant, Cin Cin. It is dinner and socializing. You will meet her/us there. There is no pickup of her, or her of you. No, physical interaction outside of hugs and perhaps holding hands. NOTHING outside “appropriate social norms.” What you think is appropriate must meet HER criteria/parameters.

There is to be no expectations of continued dating unless she is interested. You will not get a phone number unless she wants you to have it. There is to be no social media stalking, either.

This is open for both men and women. She has no hangups either way. No married men or women unless your spouse is with you and an equal donation to your donation is paid (so if your donation is $50 and you’re bringing your spouse, that’s $50 for EACH of you). She is also okay with couples, too. Don’t bring your kid(s) with you if you’re a single parent.

This is supposed to be fun and kind of a fundraiser for the podcast. Your dinner will be paid for out of the winning pot. This will include up to $25 per person. Alcoholic beverages are not included. You must pay for those yourself, she’d appreciate if you bought hers, too.

When the event is over, your date is over. She leaves when we leave.

If you do NOT agree to these terms, do not donate to the $TheLessDesirables Cash App. Again, there are no refunds.

Let’s have some fun!!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“If there hadn’t been women we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.” – Orson Welles

KISS Rankin’ or: 2539 + 18

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Have you figured out the number combo code above? What may it mean? What will it be? Send me a note, let me know your guess. There’s no prize, but there is an “atta-boy” or “atta-girl” in it for you.

On Asylum – Tales of the Devereaux Diaries Podcast this evening, the Kousins talked about my 2021 KISS albums rankings. I did a rating back in 2018 and that was partly the basis of this podcast that I do with my Kousins. We went through all the albums and talked about them. I posted my 2018 (part I) here and (part II) here. I’m not going to post the updated rankings just yet as I want you to listen to the podcast and find out that way. I will post it soon, though. So, in order to hear the episode, you should go here.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Moving down 10 spaces in 2021…” – Me

The Mothership of Pies or: 2538 + 19

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You know something, Dear Reader? You wouldn’t know it from looking at me but I love to eat. I love to have a little dessert with my meal. That may or may not actually be true, but I do love me some B&G Pies. B&G Pies have been staples in WSNC for 72 years. They are made right here and like snowflakes or fingerprints, no two are alike.

L-R: Shannon, Scorp, Bethany, Tracy

This week on The Less Desirables, we had Shannon Faircloth who is the owner of B&G Pies. Those little handmade treasures get me excited just thinking about eating them, and we talked about that, the history of the company, her history at that, the pies, how they’re made, and more. Shannon was a blast. Before the show, she didn’t know that she could stay long. She stayed for the whole show. The convo was good. The only thing missing? Pies!

We mentioned, a few times, that we were expecting pies and she totally spaced on us about the pies. But, you can listen to the episode if you visit here. Go have some pies!!! Lemon, peach, cherry, apple and chocolate! Check them out on social media!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Lots of love and planning go into each and every handmade fried pie at B&G Pies”
– B&G Pies

Nunya or: 2537 + 20

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Your weekly reminder, especially if you’re a music lover, a history lover, or best yet, a music history lover! I got you! Head over to hear today’s episode. And, if you go to Spotify, Stitcher, or Apple Podcasts (or ANY podcatcher platform), subscribe, rate, like, endorse, whatever. Help out the cause! Listen here.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“M-E-T-H-O-D-O-F-L-O-V-E” – “Method of Modern Love” (Hall/Oates)