Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 3/23/19

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It’s the end of the month and the end of the quarter. That means that funds are a bit tight. Our haul is very short this week, but we have a vast back catalog of recent arrivals that we went through. The sun was out, Underdog Records had their $1 albums outside, the day was great. Perhaps we’ll do some yard sitting today. I wish we could take the turntable out there. Oh well, Alexa will have to do. Here’s the haul:

That’s a short week. Jonathan will be at Gas Hill Drinking Room at the Ramkat this Thursday, 3/28 for BYOV. I really don’t know if there are themes every month, but this week, it’s 90’s Appreciation Day. Go by and take a few of your favorite 90s album and get in the queue, have a great beverage and enjoy the community that accompanies good vinyl listening parties. Speaking of listening, listen to each episode of The Less Desirables and hear what the TLD/UR special of the week is.

I use Discogs to catalog, track and sometimes choose what I’m going to listen to.

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!


“Grind your teeth and cut off all your sleeves. A few good riffs and a sticky bag of cream. You said, therefore, it’s not as bad as it seems. A corner kid gets to live out all his dreams. No self-control. You keep singin’ through the screams. When you let go it’s closer than you think.” – Weird Ways (Showalter)

Sounds Like Saturday or: For Your Pleasure

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Today is the 46th anniversary of Roxy Music’s second album For Your Pleasure. It is #394 on the RS list. This is Jack Hiko doing a cover of one of the album’s tunes. Watching him and his facial expressions are worth the watch if for nothing else. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Valerie please believe it never could work out. The time to make plans has passed, faded away. Oh, the way you look makes my starry eyes shiver. Then I look away. Too much for one day. One thing we share is an ideal of beauty.” – “Beauty Queen” (Ferry)

The Pops and Cracks or: My Vinyl Life

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This is going to be super short. A friend of mine sent this to me and I posted it on my Instagram. It’s a great joke and isn’t anywhere near true, but it does make you wonder why people get into vinyl like we do. I’ll write up a good explanation at another time. Until then…

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I collect vintage vinyl records.” – John Varvatos

Running Late or: Live!

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I know I’m late. I was going to post about a Facebook Live that I participated in tonight to discuss what it is that I do. I say was going to, but I really did do the event but I think the event is private so I don’t think I can share it.

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But, I was on Nike (pronounced Nee-kay) Roach’s Facebook Live show where he talks about marketers and business folk that do good in the world. I guess I qualify for that. I’m going to try to link it HERE.

Nike is a great guy and was on The Less Desirables a few weeks back. I was returning the favor.

I had fun. Check it out. If it doesn’t work, I’m sorry.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Business folks, moms and dads, cats and dogs, chickens and frogs, it doesn’t really matter, no matter what you do, you are in the right place at the right time…” – Nike Roach

The Ache or: The Splitting Kind

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I have a splitting headache, Y’all.

Since tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time album, I found something that you may like. Erin Stone has a great voice. Enjoy.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A friend of mine she cries at night and she calls me on the phone. Sees babies everywhere she goes and she wants one of her own. She’s waited long enough she says and still, she can’t decide. Pretty soon she’ll have to choose and it tears her up inside. She’s scared, scared she’ll run out of time.” – “Nick of Time” (Raitt)

Dressed to Kill or: Many KISSes

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I know I said that I was done with these, but I had to write about something, right?

Today is the 44th anniversary of the release of KISS’ Dressed to Kill album. Probably my least favorite of the “Klassic KISS” albums, it still has plenty of proud moments for me. One of my favorite KISS tunes is “She” and while that was originally a Wicked Lester tune (co-written by Gene and Stephen Coronel), really no one ever heard it like that and I think most people would prefer there not be flutes, a la Jethro Tull, in their KISS songs. Incidentally, today is also the anniversary of Aqualung. I just thought I’d throw that out there.

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Other great songs on this album are “C’mon and Love Me” which I performed probably as much as any KISS song in Heavens Sake, “Rock Bottom,” “Two Timer,” and “Love Her All I Can,” also a former Wicked Lester tune but completely written by Paul. Those are the great tunes from the album (including “She”). Then there are the mid-card KISS tunes like “Room Service,” “Ladies in Waiting,” “Getaway,” and “Anything For My Baby.” These are okay but nothing really kicks me from them.

Of course, the “elephant in the room” is that song. And by that song, I mean that song.

I have to give credit where credit is due, without that song, KISS may have never been what they became. Without that song there probably wouldn’t have been any Destroyers, Unmasked, solo albums, Lick It Up, Revenge, Sonic Boom and so on. I’m almost positive that without that song, Casablanca Records would have folded after the release of Alive! later in the year. But, I really don’t like that song. That’s not true. I am so burnt out on that song. I cringe when I hear it come on, but I have to respect it. That song made KISS KISS. I know this. I am just so over it. More than any other KISS song, I don’t care if I never hear it again, although I know I certainly will.

Okay, enough, that song is obviously “Rock and Roll All Nite.”

Paul and Gene were basically told by Bill Aucoin, their manager, who was in turn told by Neil Bogart, the president of Casablanca Records, that they had to write an anthem. They didn’t really know what he meant. What he meant was a “cheerleading song,” something everyone can sing along to. So, they cranked this thing out. The words make no sense really, but hey, it was 1975. Really, though, name an “anthem” that is more known than this tune. I’ll wait. “Twist and Shout?” “Shout?” “Hey Jude?” I don’t know if any of them are as potent as “RNRAN.” Anyway, the KISS haters will debate that all day long. KISS fans may try to include “Shout It Out Loud” (Destroyer) or “I Love It Loud” (Creatures of the Night), but I’m pretty sure that while we may all be tired of “RNRAN,” we’d be hard-pressed to put those ahead of it.

Funds at Casablanca Records were tight. So tight, in fact, that when the band was brought in the studio after touring, they couldn’t even afford to hire a proper producer. So, Bogart did the work himself. I think he did okay. It’s not the most sonically-dynamic KISS album, but it’s not the worst sounding either.

This was KISS’ third album in just 13 months. Today, that would be unheard of. KISS was released in February 1974 and Hotter Than Hell in October 1974. This was March 1975. There was little time to write and prepare, which, I believe, is why there are two Wicked Lester songs on the album. I also believe that is why there are so many mid-card songs on the album. And, I think it is why the album is so short. The whole thing comes in at 30:07. That’s 15 minutes per side on vinyl. It’s almost EP length in comparison to standards.

Gene played rhythm guitar on “Ladies in Waiting” and Ace played all guitars and bass on “Getaway” (he wrote) and “Rock Bottom” (he co-wrote). Peter sang “Getaway.” Four of the tunes made it to Alive! 

It does have one of the coolest covers, though. I love the boys in business suits. All of them, except Peter, had to borrow theirs because they didn’t own one. If you notice, Gene has on some open-backed high-heeled clogs or something and they’re a little small for his feet. The heel is about an inch out of the back of the shoe. The back cover is the negative of that cover photo.

The album was certified gold in 1977. To my knowledge, it hasn’t progressed from there.

It sits at #29 on my KISS list (out of a possible 32), which surprises a lot of folks. Sorry, it’s just not up there on my “want-to-listen” list. But, it is a KISS Klassic and, again, I give it mad props because of that.

What do you think of this album, Dear Reader?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Hard times got me down. Good times ain’t around. Now I got the mind to say, ‘Girl, you hit rock bottom and you’re there to stay!'” – “Rock Bottom” (Stanley/Frehley)

Yamas! or: The Piggy is Back

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It has been a few weeks since I have done a piggyback and with two great shows today, it was a great time.

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Yamas Half & Half Bowl with gyro meat and a slew of veggies and sauce. Delicious!

On The Man Who Ate the Town podcast, Ray and I talked with Brittany McGee from The Humblebee Shoppe and it was a great interview. Then, Ray and I talked about our experience at the soft-openings of Yamas Mediterranean Street Food which opened today. I also had lunch there today and we have just fallen in love with the place. Listen to what we thought.

On The Beer Dads, we had Bethany Miller back. Yep, the TobaccovilleNista herself to talk about her, being a co-host of The Less Desirables, and of course, cigars! This too was a great show.

To hear TMWATT listen HERE.
To hear TBD listen HERE.

Until tomorrow, yamas! (which means to your health/cheers in Greek)
Scorp out!


“My diet is the Mediterranean diet, which is good food. I eat well.” – Penelope Cruz

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 3/16/19

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The BCPF and I got a slow start yesterday. We didn’t leave the house until 1130a and mosied around breakfast and getting to Underdog Records. It was a lazy day for us and that’s okay. We like those. Here’s our haul:

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  • Gary Clark Jr. – This Land — I have waited three weeks for this album. There was a snafu in my obtaining it when it came out and then it was sold out and then it was on backorder. But, now, I have it. It’s a fantastic record, too. Clark meshes a whole range of styles in his music. There’s rock, there’s soul, there’s R&B, and there’s blues, there’s hip-hop. I hear some Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Prince, B.B. King, Jesse Johnson (The Time), SRV, and many others in here. Clark is no rookie but I had never heard of him. I thank Danielle Bull for the introduction. He feels it and I loved it. New 2xLP.
  • Thomas Dolby – The Flat Earth — This was a weird album for me. I never heard the “She Blinded Me With Science” Thomas Dolby and that’s okay, I didn’t have to hear that. But, there were times when he was off-key or almost off-key, but I got the feeling all of it was deliberate. And, I’m okay with that, too. “Hyperactive!” was fantastic and the rest of the album was a fun listen. VG+.
  • Tom Tom Club – Close To The Bone — Every song sounds like “Genius of Love” (from their previous album) but I like that song, so that’s okay. The album did sort of drag a bit, but The BCPF wanted and that’s all that matters. VG+.
  • Golden Earring – N.E.W.S. — Also known as North East West South, this is Dutch band Golden Earring’s follow up to Cut which had “Twilight Zone.” This one didn’t do as well. VG+.
  • Eric Burdon And The Animals – The Greatest Hits Of Eric Burdon And The Animals — Another of The BCPF’s selections. I don’t recognize any of the song titles, but that is no indication of the quality of the songs because, heck, there are plenty of songs I don’t know, right? Just go with me here. VG.
  • Loverboy – Keep It Up — I think of this as a “lost” Loverboy album because Get Lucky and Lovin’ Every Minute of It were such powerhouses. This was released between the two. And, while there were three singles released from the album (“Strike Zone,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “Queen of the Broken Hearts”) none of them stand out to me. I know some go crazy over “Hot Girls in Love” but it’s just meh to me, but I’m hoping that in the context of a full album, I’ll find a greater appreciation.  VG+.
  • Peter, Paul And Mary – Peter, Paul And Mommy — The trio’s first children’s album. It contains hits like “Puff the Magic Dragon” among others. The single, “Day is Done”, reached number 7 on the Easy Listening chart and number 21 on the Pop Singles chart. Anytime you see PP&M albums, you can almost always be assured that it was The BCPF’s doing. Although Ma Mère liked them a lot, I can only handle them in small bursts. VG++.
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Gershwin Song Book Vol. 1 — One of The BCPF’s faves, you can rest assured it was her picking this out, although, I will say, I showed it to her to approve. VG-.
  • Neil Diamond – Classics The Early Years — Just like it says, early Neil Diamond. VG+.

Being as Jonathan has been sick he’s been behind on his Curated by Underdog series. I get it and would rather him catch up for other folks than me. I’ll be around and mine is more an experiment for me and I guess him. I do look forward to whatever he pulls for me, though. You should check into it, as well. You don’t have to live here to participate. He can ship you his selections. Check it out on the website. Also, listen to each new episode of The Less Desirables to hear what the TLD/UR special of the week is. And Record Store Day is April 13, go to their website to find out what’s coming.

Also, as one of our private group started doing this week, the daunting task of putting his collection in Discogs, he’ll find that having that is a big help and you can make purchases from their Marketplace. I have grown to depend on it. Good stuff.

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!


“She’s turnin’ on the heat. She’s got the magic touch. She’s turnin’ on the heat. And it’s a little too much. She’s turnin’ on the heat. And it’s a hundred above yeah. Hot girls in love. I’m in love.” – “Hot Girls in Love” (Dean/Fairbairn)

Sounds Like Saturday or: God of Thunder

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Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of KISS’ Destroyer. Probably their most important album (unless you count Alive!). I didn’t even go looking for a cover. I went for the real thing. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I’m the lord of the wasteland. A modern day man of steel. I gather darkness to please me and I command you to kneel before the God of Thunder and rock and roll!” – “God of Thunder” (Stanley)

Checking the Tube or: Make America Cook Again

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I have done it for a while now, but I am obsessed with cooking channels on YouTube. Sam the Cooking Guy, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Tasty, Mashed, Disney Food Blog, Munchies, Binging with Babish, First We Feast, Food Wishes (with Chef John), Healthy Junk Food, Matt Stonie, Rosanna Pansino, The Domestic Geek, Todd’s Kitchen, and probably more I’ve forgotten.

Cooking has become really interesting to me, even more now that 3B is aspiring to be a chef.

Watching these guys give me inspiration but I don’t do it necessarily for the instruction, as much as technique. We watch a good bit of it together, 3B and I. But, even when he’s not here or in bed, I’ll watch on my own.

I’m including a little bit of Gordan Ramsay’s scrambled egg goodness. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“If you overcook the eggs, you’ll know…” – Gordon Ramsay