Echo or: Surfing with the Alien (Eugeology Entry 20)

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I was a bit indifferent about last week’s album. Not if it was good or not, it was, just how I felt about it. Eugene obviously enjoys it (it’s his list), I don’t know how Jon will feel about it. But, man, we’ve already done 20 weeks of this. 2/5 of the list is down. Well, let’s hit it, then?

#20 – Surfing with the Alien by Joe Satriani.

I’m going to go ahead and say that compared to last week’s flash and boasting, this week’s album has soul and feeling. The grooves on this album are non-stop and the melodies are fantastic. While there are few that can touch his playing, Satch wows you with his blues riffs, his driving rhythms, his command of the entire song. Don’t get me wrong, he still blazes, like Yngwie, but I just feel as if he does it with more feeling and flair than “look how fast I can go.” Satch has his classical moments, too. Just listen to “Midnight.” He can also jump from melodic to in-your-face and back again in the blink of an eye. Example: “Circles.”

Like Yngwie, Satch is playing all the non-drum parts on this album. So, he truly dictates the entire feel of the song, not just from the guitar driver’s seat but from the backbone forward. I have to admit, too that I hadn’t heard most of this album. There have been songs that have been in commercials and perhaps a video game or something, but this is the first time listening through (well, I’m up to seven listens for this round). I thought Stu Hamm was playing bass with him, but not on this album. I have Flying in a Blue Dream (1989) and I know Stu played on a few of those.

This will probably be my shortest review (I know it is so far) but I feel if I keep writing, I’m just going to start overusing adjectives and adverbs. Here’s all you really need to know. This album is phenomenal; it’s tasteful, imaginative, grooving and you can get lost in it. It’s good for background, it’s good for foreground.

My favorites on the album are… Well, start from the beginning with the title track and when you reach the backside of “Echo,” that’s my favorite song.  And, let’s stop a minute to appreciate the cover. As a comic book geek, I’ve always loved the fact that the Silver Surfer graced the cover and from what I can tell, the hand of Galactus is on the other side. Pretty cool.

Thanks, Eug for this one. I really did enjoy it. I can’t wait to see what you and Jon think of this.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


““Globally, the idea for the album was to celebrate everything that I really liked about electric guitar, my roots, and the players that I still really like.” – Joe Satriani in an interview about Surfing with the Alien with MusicRadar.com

Duck-Rabbit Amber 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 Duck-Rabbit Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week.amberale

I don’t know that I’ve ever had this particular brew from Duck-Rabbit. I’ve had plenty of stuff from them and I like just about every bit of it. They’ve got themselves a darn good thing going. From their signature milk stout to their brown ale to their Imperial porter, they have a lot of great beer. This should be no exception.

BeerAdvocate has it rated at 78 (Okay) with no Bros Score. Untappd has it at 3.41 caps out of 5. RateBeer has it at 42 Overall and 50 in Style. Those numbers aren’t thrilling me, by any means. It’s a 5.5% ABV brew, let’s hope it doesn’t let us all down. Have you had it? What did you think? If you’ve not had it or just have a hankering for more, head down to City Bev and grab your sixer. Tell them it’s the beer of the week and get 5% off your order. Tune in later tonight or early tomorrow to hear what Caitlin, Danielle, David and I think of it. On what you ask? Well, the award winning podcast, The Less Desirables, that’s what! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Naturally High in Flavonoids” – The Duck Rabbit Amber Ale Carton

 

Bond, James Bond or: Moore for the Money

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Today we lost our first Bond. At the ripe age of 89, Sir Roger Moore has passed away. He was the cleverest Bond, the snarkiest Bond and the gadgets were cooler and more over-the-top. Everything in the early 1970s and up to the mid-1980s was about excess and bombast. roger-moore

I enjoyed all the other Bond films, as well, even On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I thought Lazenby did a fine job, and the storyline was pretty good on that film. But, there’s something about the time and feel of the Roger Moore Bond films that stayed with me the most. It started with Live and Let Die in 1973, then The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), a brief departure from the planned track with Moonraker (1979) to capitalize on the Star Wars craze, For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and finishing with A View to a Kill (1985). Like Sean Connery in Diamonds are Forever (1971), you can tell Sir Roger is peaking in the Bond “age parameter” category by the time he got to A View to a Kill. He was starting to push it in For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy, but he ran the course and it was time to go, but he did it with dignity.

I think it funny, too, that Eon Productions thought Connery looked too old and then they hired Moore, who is actually two to three years older than Connery. He just aged better, I guess.

My son, 3B, and I have been watching all the Bond films starting at Doctor No and we have gotten up to finishing For Your Eyes Only. I sent him a message that Sir Roger had died and he was like… “who?” I rolled my eyes. When I explained who it was, he said, “oh…” I think he’s enjoying the films, just at 15, isn’t paying too much attention. I get it, but he always asks if we’re watching one today. So, I guess he’s paying more attention than I give credit, just not to who is in the picture.

I have seen all of the films, at least up to The Living Daylights (1987) probably around 30 times each. Daylights on to Die Another Day (2002) around 10-15. I have seen the Daniel Craig films at least twice each. I usually watch them in order so I have been watching the older ones more times, obviously.

I rate my love of James Bond up there with KISS, Disney and Star Wars. Even against Star Wars, I’d say James Bond is my favorite film franchise. And, Sir Roger is definitely part of the reason for that. Were his films the best? Nope, but they’re good enough for me. Rest well, Sir Roger Moore, you were fantastic.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“There’s no sense going out half-cocked.” – James Bond (Live and Let Die)

Groggy or: Blue Days, Black Nights

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My sleep last night was awful. My sleep the night before was also awful. My days have been fantastic, but it’s starting to catch up with me today. I don’t know what it is, is it the CPAP? Is it just me being fat? Is it a renewed Tourette habit? I don’t know.

What I do know is that, I’ve been falling asleep downstairs in my chair lately, more so than usual and then when I get upstairs and climb into the mountainous bed, I can’t get to sleep right away. That, or I just fall asleep without my CPAP and then wake up gagging and chocking and that keeps me awake. I don’t really know. The BCPF said, this morning, that I was a bit fidgety and was most likely talking in my sleep.

What I do know is that today, I’ve fallen sleep twice in the studio. Once after breakfast and once after loading up Fan Interference’s weekly episode. I’m groggy and half out of it. I’ll be fine for the podcasts tonight (The Beer Dads) but I may not make it through WWE’s Raw tonight. We’ll see. All I know is that I need some real sleep, with masktime, soon. I’ve cut this post extra short because I feel like I’ll start rambling. I’m okay with interaction, but sitting here by myself, is rough. Oh well…

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I hear the secrets that you keep when you’re talking in your sleep.” – “Talking in Your Sleep” (Canler, Skill, Palmar, Solley, Marinos)

Silent Sunday or: The Haul 5/20/17

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We had another great haul from Underdog Records yesterday. Barely beating out Clay Howard to grab a few things, we nabbed the following:

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We’ve already hit the bottom shelves of our new record case, so, we’ll have to go get another one. Yikes. If you’re not using Discogs to catalog your LP collection (or even your CD collection), you should be. You have a record of what you have in case anything ever happens. And, if you’re into LPs and aren’t going to Underdog Records, you’re missing it. Even if you just want to get back into vinyl and don’t feel like looking for a turntable, he has some in stock that are affordable for those jumping back in.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“She calls me home, she says baby it’s a lonely ol’ night. I don’t know, I’m just so scared and lonely all at the same time. Nobody told me she was gonna work out this way no no no no no no. I guess they knew we’d work it out in our own way.” –  “Lonely Ol’ Night” (Mellencamp)

Good Morning Vietnam or: The Less Desirables Movie of the Week

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a/perture cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor for The Less Desirables, presents The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, Good Morning Vietnam (1987), starring Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker.

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Per IMDb: “In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.”

The late, great Robin Williams stars as a wacky,  on-the-fly and humorous DJ, who’s also an airman, sent from Crete to Saigon to host two shows daily on the USAF radio station on an army base. Immediately, he meets resistance as his immediate supervisor, Lt. Hauk (Bruno Kirby) has control issues and lacks any kind of real humor or musical tastes, but thinks he’s abundant in each and his supervisor’s superior is Sgt. Major Dickerson (late J.T. Walsh) who just has a stick up his rear end wants to make life heck for Adrian.

Adrian’s liaison around town is Eddie Garlic (Whitaker) who is truly a lovable but awkward fellow. Eddie shows him where the G.I. bar is, some sights around town and is even his driver on assignments. While Eddie is driving, Adrian notices a pretty Vietnamese girl and wants to talk to her. She tells him to buzz off but Adrian is persistent. He follows her to a school that teaches English and bribes the instructor to let him teach the class. That allows him to get closer to the girl (Chintara Sukapatana). Her brother, Tuan (Tung Thanh Tran) tells him to keep his distance, but becomes Adrian’s friend after a while. 

Every piece of news that comes across the news wire must be censored by a pair of twins in order to be read on the air and that rubs Adrian the wrong way. It is also a point of contention between him and his superiors. I can tell you more, but I’d be giving away all the highlights. Does he get the girl? Does he make it out of Vietnam alive? You need to see it for yourself.

Robin Williams was phenomenal in this film. Almost all of his radio broadcasts were improvised and minimally scripted. The rest of the acting in the film was great, too. The locals who got the English right enough to speak, really had it down like it was real and not a movie. The scenery was vivid and beautiful, even the destruction and blowing up of stuff in the film was perfectly shot.

I had the soundtrack on cassette. In fact, I wore out the first copy and got a second. I now have it on CD and the film on DVD. It’s currently only available through Netflix‘s DVD.com or you can rent it from Amazon Prime for $3.99. If you subscribe to Cinemax though Amazon Channels, you can watch this for free. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 89% Fresh with an Audience Score of 82%. IMDb has it at 7.3 stars out of 10. We watched this with 3B, on DVD and I will rate it 4.25 stars out of 5. Have you seen it? What did you think? What would you like to read or hear me review?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The Mississippi River broke through a protective dike today. What is a protective dike? Is it a large woman that says ‘Don’t go near there! But Betty- Don’t go near there! Don’t go down by the river!’… No, we can’t say ‘dyke’ on the air, we can’t even say ‘lesbian’ anymore, it’s ‘women in comfortable shoes. Thank You.'” – Adrian Cronauer

Friday Night Music Club or: Threadbare Davis Alerts

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Tonight, Threadbare Trio will be playing the Friday Night Music Club, this month, at The Garage. This month’s theme is “Winston Does Winston” where a number of WSNC acts to covers of other WSNC bands and/or acts. Other acts like Will Jones, Ken Mickey, Corky McClellan, Drat the Luck, Gulley and The Hitchcock Fugitives will also be playing. All of them will be doing something from hometown acts. It will be cool to watch.

So for the Threadbare Trio section, we will be doing two different “tributes.” We’ll be covering two Doug Davis tunes and two Silver Alerts tunes. In addition to Neal, Clay and me, we’ll be joined by Doug Davis himself on guitar. It will be fun.

The nonprofit being highlighted is Authoring Action. There is an actual cover tonight of $7. There will a donation bucket for you to make donations to Authoring Action, which provides an avenue for troubled youth and those who are on a track to failure get back on the right path. In many cases, it can mean the difference between jail and college for these kids. Donating to this cause helps Authoring Action take care of those who need it.

So, come out and see some great musicians doing other great musicians’ music and donate to a great cause. I’ll see you there.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I can see it’s a long time coming, long time waiting to be…” – “Long Time Coming” (Davis)

As Above, So Below or: Rising Force (Eugeology Entry 19)

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It was an okay week last week. Jon and Eugene‘s takes (Eugene is catching up, Jon is one week back) are coming soon. I’m moving on, now.

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#19 – Rising Force by Yngwie Malmsteen.

All I’ve ever known about Yngwie has been how he blazes on the fretboard. I knew he was interested in classical music and he basically stumbled into the role of being a musician. I once did an article about him and George Lynch for the old ESP mag that was around until the mid-2000s. But, it really didn’t do anything for my listening knowledge.

There’s very little vocals on this album, which, is a highlight for Yngwie, not the band. That is good for him, bad for people who want vocals. The bad thing is that the vocals that are on the album are those of Jeff Scott Soto, which I’m a moderate fan of. And, the first song we have any vocals on, “Now Your Ships Are Burned,” it sounds like it was recorded in some high school band’s basement. It’s kind of cheesy and not showing much confidence in the melodies; it’s a little wavering. Soto’s vocals aren’t very good here, really.

Now, all that said, put all of that aside. This wasn’t about vocals. It was about Yngwie showing off, er… showcasing his talents. That, he does. From the very beginning of “Black Star,” it was a showcase of his interest and execution of the classical genre as well as the hard rock genre. He blazes up and down his scalloped fretboard with sound barrier-breaking speed. It’s not only on guitar, either. It’s also on bass. He’s credited with both and some synth work, too.

Overall, though, it just wasn’t my thing and I love classical music. What it did do, however, was offer some superb background soundtrack for other things that I was doing and taking care of. But, that’s really all it was to me. It’s not something that I’d want to listen to often. It’s fine, it just wasn’t thrilling to me. Especially after the first three listens. It hid in the background.

Yngwie is a great guitar player and if you’re into that kind of thing (and a lot of times it is my thing), then I absolutely recommend you giving this album a shot. It deserves its legendary status among the world’s top guitarists as being important, because it is that important. Just not important for me to listen to again. But, surely give it a shot. Keep watching their blogs to see what Eug and Jon think of this album. For me, it just missed me.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Now your ships are burned and the evil has returned. It will creep upon you. There’s nothing to do.” – “Now Your Ships Are Burned” (Malmsteen)

The Crisp Pilz or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents The Crisp Pilsner from Sixpoint Brewery, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week. unnamed (4)

I know nothing about this brewery. Spencer said this is hard to get here and they had a scuttle with their distributor so it may be a bit before they get any more in. He did say that it was a good drinkable pilsner, though. Pilsners have a tendancy to lack any substance with me, but I liked the packaging and the name. Plus, if it’s “limited edition” around these parts, then I want to get in on that. It’s average on ABV, coming in at 5.4% ABV. Not quite sessionable but not far from it, either.

BeerAdvocate rates this beer an 89 (Very Good) with a Bros Score of 98 (World Class)! Wow! Untappd comes back to earth and has it at 3.47 caps out of 5. RateBeer gives it a 50 Overall but a 91 in Style. RateBeer confuses me. Anywhat! Have you tried it? What did you think? If you’ve not had it or just have a hankering for more, head to City Bev and grab your sixer. They are in limited supply, so I’d go soon or you may be out of luck.

Tune in later tonight or early tomorrow to hear what Caitlin, Danielle, Dale, John and I think of the beer.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“While gulping beers from tankards several stories underground in the ancient cellars of a medieval brewery in Czech Republic, the see of Sixpoint Crisp Lagers had taken root.” – Sixpoint Brewry.

Belated or: Ma Mère

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I was posting about our haul on Sunday and yesterday was my boy’s birthday, so I’m taking today to say Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all of you mothers. There are two in particular that I want to mention. One is my own mother who has always been my biggest fan and my biggest critic. She’s always there when I need her. I can’t thank her enough for all she’s been for and to me. I love you, Mom.

The other is my wife, The BCPF (Stephanie). She didn’t have any children of her own but she is certainly a parent. 3B calls her his Steph-Mom. She is right there with me when I make parenting decisions. She works with me on “the team” of parental figures in the decisions made about and with 3B. She goes above and beyond the stepparent duties and I really don’t think I could make it without her help. I love her so much for what she does for him. She loves him dearly.

Thank you, both for everything you are. I love you both with all my heart.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” – Erich Fromm