Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 7/11/20

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The usual Saturday routine, The BCPF and I got up, ran to Underdog Records, had lunch, listened to records, had dinner, watched a movie (Bohemian Rhapsody, by the way).

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Here’s the haul:

  • Andrew Bird – My Finest Work Yet — The BCPF and I saw Andrew Bird open for Belle and Sebastian two years ago. He was great. This is, like most of his work, experimental, ethereal and kind of laid back. I dug it. New.
  • Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I — This album and its twin were overplayed in 1991. Not nearly as much as Appetite for Destruction was and still is, but it was. But, no matter, I loved them then and I love them now. I only got #I (because that’s all that was at Underdog Records) but I’m sure I’ll find #II soon. I was at the infamous Greensboro concert when they were 2-3 hours late and played until 3am. They played these albums, to the best of my knowledge, in their entirety and I was in awe. Then again, I hadn’t been going to concerts that often but this was amazing. The first time I heard their version of “Live and Let Die” was at this show and I nearly cried. I love that tune. Great album. I need to listen to #II again to see which I like better. 2xLP. New.
  • Queen – A Night At The Opera — The Queen album, at least to most. I don’t know that I fit in that category because I have others I like better, but I guess this is like Queen’s Destroyer, considered their quintessential masterpiece, even if it wasn’t really. We watched Bohemian Rhapsody last night and it was amazing. Then when we finish watching, I check my phone and see that the video of me doing “Bicycle Race” was posted yesterday (that song is not on this album). A coinkidink for sure. This album is really fantastic. New.
  • Billy Joel – Streetlife Serenade — Billy’s third album. I really, really, love old Billy Joel. I say old. Isn’t all of it old now? How about earlier BJ? And even with that, I’m good through most of his career. Listening to the recurring Joel channel on SiriusXM opened me up to a lot of cool stuff I hadn’t heard. This has “Root Beer Rag” and “The Entertainer” on it. Those are prominent but the whole album is a great listen. EX.
  • Billy Joel – Songs In The Attic — This was BJ’s first live album. It had a bit from his debut album, which at the time wasn’t readily available. Most importantly to me, on this album is the version of “She’s Got a Way” that I’m most used to hearing. It was a great representation of his early stuff and we loved listening to it. VG+.

Not a huge haul today but fun. And, we did something we don’t always do. We listened to all of our haul on the day we got it. Jonathan was talking with some folks about purchasing some used stuff to resell. I love hearing that. Distribution has been rough because of C-19 but he keeps getting stuff and is still doing deliveries early in the week. Watch Underdog Records’ Instagram and Facebook pages to see what he is getting in, new and used, and even equipment and supplies. You can DM for something (first come first served) you see. Jonathan can try to special order things for you as well. I use Discogs to keep track of my collection and am able to share it with my friends.

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“You suck my blood like a leech, you break the law and you breach. Screw my brain till it hurts, you’ve taken all my money. And you want more. Misguided old mule with your pigheaded rules. With your narrow-minded cronies who are fools of the first division.” – “Death on Two Legs” (Mercury)

Sounds Like Saturday or: This Means Nothing to Me

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Today is the 40th anniversary of Ultravox’s Vienna. I know a few songs by Ultravox and have loved what I’ve heard. I love that new wave synth stuff from the late 70s/early 80s. This, the title song, is kind of haunting and Midge Ure, the lead vox for Ultravox did a fantastic job. I dig it. I think you will, too. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


We walked in the cold air, freezing breath on a windowpane. Lying and waiting. A man in the dark in a picture frame, so mystic and soulful. A voice reaching out in a piercing cry, it stays with you until… The feeling has gone, only you and I. It means nothing to me. This means nothing to me. Oh, Vienna.” – “Vienna” (Cann/Cross/Currie/Ure)

Proud Papa Moment or: It Slices, It Dices

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I have to stop and talk, real quick about my boy, 3B. Yeah, he’s technically a man now but he’s always gonna be “my boy.” 2020 hasn’t been what he thought his senior year would be. But, that’s all over and he’s graduated primary school. Next, he moves on to a new life, one that includes, at least for now, culinary training.

In fact, he and my nephew started their 13-week program at Providence Culinary Training. Today, he had Knife-Skills Tier 1 and my friend Chef Antwan Hairston is his instructor for that. Chef Antwan tagged me in a post about it today. I just wanted to share the pic because I’m proud of it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Having sharp, great knives will enable you to cook very precisely. Knife skills are essential in cooking.” – Eric Ripert

Now Normal Chronicles or: Never Meant to Cause You Trouble

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Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of one of my favorite albums of all time, Parachutes from Coldplay. They get a bad rap for being “U2-like” but really, I don’t hear the similarities. There’s not a bad song on this album. Their follow up had a few good songs and the follow-up for that had a few less and so on. But this album had no flaws, to me. This is probably my favorite song on the album and this trend of people doing songs all by themselves is here to stay it seems. Heck, I may do something soon. You never know. Anywhat! Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Oh no, what’s this? A spider web and I’m caught in the middle. So I turned to run and thought of all the stupid things I’d done. And I, I never meant to cause you trouble. And I, I never meant to do you wrong. And I, well, if I ever caused you trouble. And oh no, I never meant to do you harm.” – “Trouble” (Berryman/Buckland/Champion/Martin)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Beauty-ful

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Today is the 39th anniversary of the Go-Go’s Beauty and the Beat album. Wow… 39 years. Jeez. Of the two big hits from this album, this is my least favorite. But, this version of this song is not something I want to pass up. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“See the people walking down the street. Fall in line just watching all their feet. They don’t know where they wanna go but they’re walking in time…” – “We Got the Beat” (Caffey)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Paid… In Full

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Today is the 33rd anniversary of Eric B & Rakim’s Paid In Full album. It was important for the time as it was one of the first rap albums to gain recognition. It’s #228 on the RS list. I have it on vinyl and on CD. The title track got me a lot of girl-attention in high school. I learned to play it on bass and when we did things with the Chorus in high school, the “chicks dug it.” I dug that. Here’s a cover and while the octave is high, it’s still a decent version.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Thinkin’ of a master plan ’cause ain’t nothin’ but sweat inside my hand. So I dig into my pocket, all my money spent. So I dig deeper, but still coming up with lint. So I start my mission, leave my residence, thinkin’, “How could I get some dead presidents?” I need money.” – “Paid In Full” (Barrier/Griffin)

Now Normal Chronicles or: The Choice

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There were several albums to choose from today. ELP’s Trilogy, Steely Dan’s Countdown to Ecstacy, the debut B-52s album, Precious Time from Pat Benatar, PIL’s This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get, the self-titled album from Heart, QRIII from Quiet Riot, the self-titled fifth album from Echo & The Bunnymen, and In the Dark from the Grateful Dead. All of them had anniversaries today. But, this is the song I picked to play. I love it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The sweetest song is silence that I’ve ever heard. Funny how your feet in dreams never touch the earth. In a wood full of princes, freedom is a kiss. But the prince hides his face from dreams in the mist.” – “These Dreams” (Taupin/Page)

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul(s) 7/3-4/20

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The BCPF and I both took Friday off, so we treated it like a “first Saturday.” We did the things we do for Saturday. We had breakfast/brunch/lunch, went to Underdog Records then came home and listened to what we got. We repeated the process on the actual Saturday, too, although that wasn’t the plan. Anywhat! Here’s the two-day haul (and a note that all these releases are “new”):

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  • Nirvana – In Utero (2013 Mix) — I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with Nirvana. But, most of my disdain has passed and I am more on the “appreciate” side of them, now. This is the 20th-anniversary remix of the album from 2013. But, this is also a reissue of that version. 2xLP.
  • Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot — #493 on the RS list, it’s one of The BCPF’s faves. “Heavy Metal Drummer” was put on a mix CD for me when we were both just friends. I like that they mention KISS throughout and that Mediocre Bad Guys covered it. The buildings on the front cover make up Marina City in Chicago. When we were in Chicago last we stayed at the Hotel Chicago which is directly behind Marina City, part of the complex itself. It was something out of Mad Men but elegant. It was definitely a weird stay but we enjoyed it. Not quite as much as we enjoyed the Sofitel but that was one of the nicest hotel rooms we’ve ever had. 2xLP.
  • Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones — I liked this one better than I liked the other we got from Mr. Waits this weekend. I know it’s his schtick. I know it’s his gimmick. But, I really dislike it when he gets the most grumble for his buck in his voice. He actually sings in a regular tone and timbre for some of the songs. When he does that, his voice actually comes through. He sounds like he’s faking it at times when he grumbles. But, his piano playing is fantastic. I love that part (of both albums).
  • Tom Waits – Heartattack And Vine — Ditto everything I said on the previous entry.
  • The Mothers Of Invention – Weasels Ripped My Flesh — I have been trying to at least understand Zappa better. This credited to The Mothers of Invention but only so because of the live material. The studio stuff was Zappa solo, as the Mothers had disbanded two albums prior. I have tried to take the approach to Zappa as the fact that he was a talented jazz musician that liked take the idea of jazz to the far extreme boundaries of the genre. Sometimes it’s beautiful. Other times it is anything but. This, well it just is.
  • The Waterboys – The Waterboys — The debut album from this Edinburgh-based band. While not on this album, their biggest hit was probably “The Whole of the Moon.” I hear a lot of Doug Davis (yes that Doug Davis) on this. Not that he was on it, but I hear some influence on it. I know that he’s a fan of the band. It was a great listen.
  • The Mountain Goats – We Shall All Be Healed — The brainchild of John Darnielle, the award-winning author and musician, The Mountain Goats, again, is a favorite of The BCPF. He’s funny, witty, and a good musician. I get kind of tired of everything sounding the same but again, the content makes up for that.
  • Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me — This is the Nina Simone album that I mentioned last week that we got two weeks ago. It finally made it to Discogs so I could include it. It was a great record and we really enjoyed it.
  • Madonna – Madame X — Madge’s latest album, released Summer 2019. A lot of electropop and a mixture of activism/connected and Madonna pop sensibilities. Not a bad record. I got it brand new from the clearance bin. Was regularly $30+ but I got it for $16. Win!
  • Schubert / The Budapest Quartet – The Last Quartets — This is technically “new” because it is still sealed and never opened. Jonathan had it in the “used” bins. It was supposed to be purchased on Friday but we accidentally left it in the bin instead of grabbing it. We got it yesterday. 3xLP of Schubert. Yes.

For the next selections, these are all “imports.” Most are “unofficial” releases which, to me, anyway, could mean “bootleg.” But, they were sold to Jonathan through a distributor, so I don’t know. Anywhat! All are “new.” Here we go.

  • Pink Floyd – Live In NYC 1977 — I love Pink Floyd. They hover around the 5-8 spot on my “all-time favorite” list. This is basically Wish You Were Here live. The sound quality is awful as is the performance, but it’s cool to hear it. I didn’t mind the fact that they didn’t recreate the album, they interpreted their own album. Clear “coke bottle” vinyl.
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – BBC Recordings 1979-1980 — I didn’t know E&BM went back that far, but they did. When I heard these songs yesterday, I thought it was U2, but it’s not. U2 has been around since 1976, I didn’t know that, either. Still, the fact that this album sounded like Boy or October is a good thing, as I like everything U2 up until Zooropa. Not my fave by any means. This was a great listen and makes me love that era of the “first wave” even more. We need more of this.
  • Pixies – Into The White- BBC Recordings From 1988 And 1989 — Everything that I said about Mothers of Invention earlier? Well, multiply that by about 20. I like Pixies in the studio. Live, they get weird. I have a hard time taking them seriously, but I try.
  • Brian Eno – The BBC Sessions — I am a fan of Brian Eno. At least I think I am. One thing the BBC Sessions always tell me is that people get weird (or weirder in Eno’s case) when they step into the BBC Studios. Now, to be fair, we haven’t listened to this one, yet. So, it may not be weird. I am just preparing for it to be.

A big haul, for sure. Bigger than most, recently. Good stuff. A lot of listening time. Jonathan has Underdog Records, the brick-and-mortar, open Thursday through Saturday 11-7, and doing deliveries on Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesday as long as weather permits. Watch Instagram and Facebook for what he’s putting out, be it new or used. You can shop for new vinyl anytime, day or night, by visiting the website. I use Discogs to keep track of my collection and you should, too!

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Well, the eggs chase the bacon round the fryin’ pan and the whinin’ dog pidgeons by the steeple bell-rope. And the dogs tipped the garbage pails over last night. And there’s always construction work bothering you. In the neighborhood.” – “In the Neighborhood” (Waits)

Sounds Like Saturday or: The 4th

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Today is the 4th of July. Happy birthday, America. I know you’re flawed and undergoing some crazy stuff right now. Hang in there. Sometime this month, possibly tomorrow, Billy Squire’s infamous Signs of Life turns 36 years old. It’s infamous because of the official video for this song. This is Billy in 2009 and it is much cooler than the video let on. Enjoy! Be safe!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Moonlight in the city brings the magic to your eyes. Freezin’ a moment – leave me paralyzed. Breathe an emotion – set it dancin’ in my ear. Bring on the rhythm when I hold you near. Take me in your arms – roll me through the night. Take me to your heart – rock me tonite.” – “Rock Me Tonite” (Squier)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Seeds Before Harvest

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Tomorrow is July 4th but I’m taking it off. And, I see nothing on today’s release roster that I want to talk about, so I looked to tomorrow and tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of Brother Cane’s second album, Seeds. I have this on CD and, truthfully, I haven’t listened to it in probably 25 years. Again, truthfully, I totally forgot about it. I do remember that I really loved this song more than the tune that was probably more popular from them, “Got No Shame.” I just found a recent version from Brother Cane to highlight. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Come and see me. Can’t you see me? It’s so easy to believe in you. I believed in you. Your intention, my addiction. Fear no evil. You’ll be safe in here, I was saved in here. And fools shine on where fools shine on.” – “And Fools Shine On” (Johnson/Frederiksen)