The Trade Street Double Piggy or: Eatin’ Good

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On The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast this week I talk about my experience at Trade Street Diner. You can hear the podcast HERE and read the review HERE.

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
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“Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for a good burger…” – The Man Who Ate the Town

Hush Child or: Young Man’s Blues (Eugeology Entry 40)

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Yeah, so I’m late with this, to the tune of five days, but that’s still a better time than what Eugene and especially Jon have made on this list. Nanny nanny boo boo. Oh, and if you didn’t read my blog from yesterday (shame on you!), I got last week’s (okay the week before’s) entry on vinyl because I absolutely dug the crap out of it! Let’s do this one:

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#40 – Young Man’s Blues by Rock City Angels.

Forty! Wow, that’s a long way to come. Most of them have been good, some of them great, some of them not great. This one falls in the “good” category, I’d say. It’s not great, by any means but it’s decent. I will admit, and it goes with the reason this post is late, that I could only give it about four listens and only about three really good listens.

I had never heard of Rock City Angels. They really got nowhere as far as national recognition goes. Probably their biggest claim to fame is that Johnny Depp played with them before he signed on to star in 21 Jump Street. That being said, he was only there briefly and he was one of, get this, 39 different former band members. Yes. THIRTY-NINE! They started in South Florida in the mid-80s, as a punk band, and moved to Los Angeles to record for Geffen and other labels while becoming known on the LA club/venue circuit well into the 90s.

I listen to it and all I can think of is Adam Sandler/Jack Russell (from Great White) is singing. That’s because to me, Bobby Bondage/Bobby St. Valentine/Bobby Durango sounds like a mix of the two. There are times on this album, as well, that he seems a bit out of key, or at least shaky. “Our Little Secret” and “Ya Gotta Swear” are examples of that. He’s a good singer, he just seems a bit strained at times, but that was the thing back in 1988, I’d say. The funny thing is that when the band sounds like Great White is when BStVD sounds the most like Sandler. Unfortunately, BStVD passed away in 2012.

There are some good riffs on the album, too. I’m just not a fan of that sleazy LA sound, mostly. I prefer the slower songs, truthfully. Mike Barnes and Doug Banx hold down the guitar work, bluesy, rocking or otherwise and have a good tone that also fits the sound of the times. Andy Panik’s bass lines are tasteful and not overly riffy. He plays his parts very well and his tone is great, albeit a bit in the background. Jackie D. Jukes has some monstrous drum runs and fills and his drum sound is definitely indicative of that LA sound.

Overall, it’s just not my thing. It’s not something that I’d want to listen to again. There are moments, as I said, but I think 15 songs is way more than was needed. It was a double album. They could have gotten away with 8-10. I’d be happy to drop some filler and keep “Deep Inside My Heart,” “Hard to Hold,” “Ya Gotta Swear,” “Rough ‘N’ Tumble,” “Shout of the Border” and perhaps “Mary” which was supposed to have been co-written by Depp as well as a few others. I’d say those were the ones I liked the most.

Eug, not my favorite thing you’ve given us but I do appreciate the opportunity to hear it. I’d have probably never heard it had you not assigned it. I rate it as decent but overall, there’s much more to choose from. I just couldn’t get into it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“She’s got a ruby ring, sparkles at a glance. See the man downtown ya know he always loves ta make ya (dance). It’s an adolescent romance and it’s tearin’ up the charts deep inside my heart.” – “Deep Inside My Heart” (Rock City Angels)

Silent Sunday or: The Haul 10/14/17

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The BCPF and I have had a busy weekend but we still got by Underdog Records. In fact, I was there three times this week. I love that place. Anywhat! Here’s the haul:R-10987179-1507892215-1957.jpeg

While we were in Underdog Records yesterday, a friend of my pal, Patrick, was in there hanging with him and he started to get the vinyl bug. He started asking about turntables and such. Patrick asked me if Jonathan sold turntables and I said yes! It’s really according to his inventory, but he is constantly replenishing his used turntable inventory and also has some receivers and speakers for sale at any given time. Just keep checking with him. We were happy with our haul from yesterday and we listened to a good many of them, even in our truncated Saturday schedule. Again, I love Underdog Records. And, I love using Discogs because it tells me of so much of the “behind the scenes”/technical things and release history and I can share my collection with my friends. I dig them both the most and it’s the perfect pairing.

Until tomorrow, happy listening…
Scorp out!


“When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school it’s a wonder I can think at all. And though my lack of education hasn’t hurt me none, I can read the writing on the wall. Kodachrome. They give us those nice bright colors. They give us the greens of summers. Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day. I got a Nikon camera. I love to take a photograph. So, Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away.” – “Kodachrome” (Simon)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Under the Milky Way

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“Under the Milky Way” by the Church is one of my new obsessions. I love that song and I look for a lot of recreations. Since I’ve spent a lot of time with Clay Howard this week (and will again tonight), and one of the first conversations he and I ever had was about doing a Rick Springfield tribute band, and this is a pretty good cover, then here ya go. Enjoy (and come to Test Pattern tonight)!

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Scorp out!


“Lower the curtain down on Memphis. Lower the curtain down all right. I got no time for private consultation under the Milky Way tonight. Wish I knew what you were looking for. Might have known what you would find.” – “Under the Milky Way” (Kilbey/Jannson)

UnCommon Grounds or: One Down

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So, we were able to get through an acoustic show as Threadbare Trio +1 at Common Ground this evening. We played with the beautiful and talented Abigail Dowd and Jason Duff. She even got up on stage when we opened for her and did “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty. We sounded pretty good and Chad Huskey did a great job playing with us. It was fun.1testpattern

Now, it’s time to get some rest, do our regular Saturday thing, get some records and then prepare to go to Test Pattern and do the thing again, this time full electric and loud and with Party Battleship. So, you missed us at Common Grounds, catch us at Test Pattern. The show starts around 9 and we are doing the opening thing (but going last).

See you, then!

Until then, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“When I say I’m in love you best believe I’m in love, L.U.V!” – “Looking For a Kiss” (Johansen) (“Love Baby Love” by Clay Howard)

Threadbare or: Testing Common Ground

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First off, I know there’s supposed to be an album review here but I haven’t had time to listen to it yet, much less give it an honest review. So, be on the lookout for it later this week. 21762720_1036100056540945_7413643477530722811_o

Threadbare Trio will be Threadbare Trio +1 this weekend when we welcome Chad Huskey back into the fold to perform not one show but two shows. We’ll be playing in Greensboro tomorrow night at a coffee shop called Common Grounds. We’ll be special guests for a young lady named Abigail Dowd. I am not sure if it will be an acoustic or electric show. I play the same equipment for either kind of show so it doesn’t matter to me. That show starts at 7pm or 8pm. Let’s say 7 to be safe. I only say that because, on the event pages, the one on Abigail’s page says 7pm while the one TBT’s says 8pm. Again, let’s go with 7pm to be safe.

Then on Saturday, we are playing the “opening” or “special guest” role even though we are going on last. We are playing at Test Pattern (yes, the home base of The Less Desirables) and we’re playing with Party Battleship which is the band of a friend of all the TBT core members, Shalini Morris. She made a special appearance on the Heavens Sake album, Shinola. I’m not sure why we’re doing the last slot but whatever works, I guess. So, that show starts at 9. There is no cover charge for this one. But, you’ll definitely want to order a few drinks, right? Right.

We’d love to see you at either (or both) show this weekend. Come by, say hello and enjoy some good music. I look forward to saying hi back to you.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Besides rocking out, we like to go out to eat and hang out. We are hanger-outers.” – Party Battleship

Two Birthdays or: The Important Things

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So, I struggled today with what to write about but I decided that I would write about both and I felt the struggle leave. There are TWO major milestones happening today. On this day in 1977, my little sister was born. I’m no maths scholar by any means but if I take 1,977 from 2,017, that leaves 40. Right? FORTY! Man, it’s often a surprise that I let her live that long. Of course, I jest. She’s always taken good care of me when she needed to. 551589_3780918167809_2064565919_n

When we were much younger, we rarely got along. I’m a month shy of seven years older than her. It’s not like I hide my age so I’m not giving anything away there. She was too young to hang with my friends and truthfully, she annoyed the bejeezus out of me.  Always wanted to play with my stuff and always claimed that everything was hers. There was something about a Whitney Houston record and a Fleetwood Mac tape in there somewhere, right, sis? As we grew older, the contention didn’t necessarily go away.

Once, when we were still living in WV, she kept doing cartwheels in front of the TV while I was watching wrestling. I asked her to stop. I told her to stop. She didn’t stop. I got up on the back of the ugly (but oh so interesting) black/white/red chair I was sitting in and when she came through again, I did a clothesline off the “top rope” on her and she hit her head and I busted her lip. There was also a time when we had just moved here and I was “watching” her. I locked her out of the house and she put a broom handle through the window. Or was it me? I don’t really remember.

We had some big arguments, water (with ice) thrown to the face, a takedown, near hits and near misses. I don’t know about her, but I’m not proud of any of those fights, but that’s what siblings do, right? I would always make her so mad when she would throw the “I’m going to tell mom!” at me. I would hurry and tell on myself so she didn’t get the satisfaction. She would do whatever she could to get me into trouble but then would stand and scream at our mother to stop whipping me. Those were the days.

But, because we all end up growing up, somehow, we did. We don’t always see eye-to-eye but I really enjoy hanging out with her, now. We can have “life” conversations, general conversations, she listens to a few of my podcasts religiously (and I talk about her on those), we’ve grown up. She’s a great mother to my nephews. Any problems they have is certainly not from my side of the family. I kid. We get to hang out sometimes and have dinner at Willows and we always talk cooking and recipes during the holidays. She still can’t let things go, but that’s just our Leah. I wouldn’t want her any other way. She’s bad-arsed in just about every way. The BCPF says she’s so glad that my sister likes her and is glad she’s “on her side.” She’s scary when she’s not on your side. I’m scared of her. So, happy birthday or solar circumnavigational anniversary day, sis. I do love ya and can’t wait until we’re back at Willows having a burger and sangria.  I could write a 10,000-word blog post and it would still not be enough to cover her and my stories.

SO, the other thing that I’m celebrating today is that on my sister’s 40th birthday, it’s also The Less Desirables‘ 400th episode! Who would have thought when Brian and I started this roller coaster ride back in 2010 that it would still be going strong in 2017? I could see missing a few weeks here and there, but nope (in actuality, only one was missed). We’ll have world-class body painter Cheryl Ann Lipstreau in to celebrate with us and maybe a few other guests. I’ll probably get my face painted. You’ll want to hear that, I’m sure. So, here’s to Brian, Eugene, Caitlin, Bruce and Danielle for helping me keep this dream alive. I still love my “job” and love sharing it with you, Dear Reader (and Listener). 400 is a big number, I hope the next 400 will be as fun as the first 400. Thank you for listening!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.” – Christina Rossetti

Wise Piggybackin’ or: Pairing Brew

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On the latest The Man Who Ate the Town podcast, I talked about the opening of two new locations on Trade Street and the big beer dinner at Willows Bistro pairing Wise Man brews with Chef Travis’ awesome culinary delights.  This happens on October 22. You can listen to it right HERE.

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
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“Willows is “getting Wise” with Wise Man Brewing for our Beer Dinner.” – Willows Bistro

Life and Taxes or: Meh

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Isn’t it funny how one thing, just one thing, can completely throw your mood, demeanor and day off in the weeds? That’s what happened to me today. It was so distracting that I decided that I was going to take today off from writing. Of course, I don’t actually take the day off, I’m probably writing something somewhere because that’s what I do.officeannoyed

Anywhat! The day was good in spots and really crappy in others. I’m not going to bore you with all of the details, I’ll just say that adulting sucks. If you listen to the episode of The Beer Dads that we recorded today, you’ll understand more about what I am talking about (it won’t be out for a few weeks, though). I’m just leaving it at that.

Sorry for the vagueness, I’m tired and annoyed and frustrated. I’m leaving it at that…

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I don’t really have any traits that I deplore. I get annoyed with myself sometimes, but that’s about it.” – George Michael

Silent Sunday or: The Haul 10/7/17

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The BCPF and I had a great day yesterday and that included a great haul from Underdog Records. The quantity was lower than normal but the quality was dyn-o-mite! So, let’s not even wait:

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So, as you can see, it’s not a long list today but we really enjoyed the haul. Jonathan is always getting in, cleaning and putting out new used inventory and every day is a new adventure in Underdog Records. Records have become one of my new passions (along with cooking) and I love listening to them. I hear things on albums I’ve owned on CD for years that I never even knew existed. Good stuff, indeed. Also, not to throw in a shameless plug for The Less Desirables, but there is a weekly Underdog Records/TLD special, every week. To hear what that special is, you have to listen to TLD to find out. Sneaky, I know, but hey, it’s my job (literally). I also keep all my personal collection logged into Discogs.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been. Lives in a dream. Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door. Who is it for? All the lonely people. Where do they all come from? All the lonely people. Where do they all belong?” – “Eleanor Rigby” (Lennon/McCartney)