Silent Sunday or: The Haul 1/20/18

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It was a long Saturday and that’s a rarity for The BCPF and me. Because Willows Bistro opened back up, we didn’t eat until 7pm but, we had a lot of listening time from our haul from Underdog Records earlier in the day. This is what we got:

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  • George Harrison – All Things Must Pass – 3xLP box set. The BCPF has had a big tumultuous spell as of late and she’s seeing the daylight on the other side, so I made sure she got this, which she has been coveting for a while. It’s #433 on the RS List, which I think is a little low. New.
  • The Stooges – Fun House – #191 on the RS List. This is a new reissue and it is in 180g orange and black splatter vinyl.
  • Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul – #85 on the RS List. I have never been a huge fan of Aretha’s. I know, I know. I especially don’t like her later stuff and all that crazy vocal running she does that is back in fashion. But, this is early stuff and it’s really good. New.
  • Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight – #21 on the RS List. Yes, it’s a compilation. Yes, I skipped the compilations on the list when I was doing them. As I’ve had to explain, several times, I am a fan of compilations. I have many of them. But, for that list of the “greatest albums of all time,” I don’t consider them “albums.” Now, the pure definition of the word album is “a collection usually in book form of literary selections, musical compositions, or pictures.” But, for that list, I took album meaning a work of original releases that were carefully placed sequentially to tell a story or elicit an emotional response. To me, many compilations are nothing more than a record company’s take on what sells. I have no problem with that, but not on a greatest of all time list. No matter the reasoning. This is a VG copy.
  • Louis Armstrong – Plays W.C. Handy – VG+ remastered copy.
  • New Birth – Blind Baby – A while ago, I saw someone posting about five or six albums from this group. I came across one of their albums at Underdog and gave it a listen this past week. I liked it. I saw this on for $2 and I couldn’t pass it up. VG+.
  • The Zero Zero Seven Band – James Bond Thrillers!! – A VG copy of the Zero Zero Seven Band (get it? 007) doing a collection of James Bond scores. Partly the main themes and partly incidental scored music from the first three films.
  • Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Blue Rose – VG+
  • New Edition – New Edition – VG+ from my early teens. A friend and I would sing “Cool It Now,” “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Lost in Love” and “Kinda Girls We Like,” repetitively. I had fun and The BCPF got to see me return to my childish side (again).
  • Grover – Grover Sings The Blues – Yes. Yes, this is Grover from Sesame Street. As I’ve said before I had several of these albums as a young child and I just want to hear them again. I don’t mind living in the past. I mean, all of this is from the past, right? VG.
  • Ringo Starr – Ringo’s Rotogravure – Ringo’s voice has a distinct sound; a tone. You know it’s him when he speaks or sings. This is rated at VG, but it’s actually in really good shape. The cover, one of the older cardboard style, is splitting a little at the bottom. I can’t really glue those back together. $1 bin find.
  • 38 Special – Tour De Force – I’ve been looking for the album with “If I’d Been the One” and this is it. Found it in the $1 bin. There’s a little damage on the cover, but the album is in decent shape, once I cleaned it. VG.
  • Various – The House At Pooh Corner And Now We Are Six – As you can tell, The BCPF and I are both suckers for children’s records. This is not to be confused with the song by Loggins and Messina. It’s a $1 bin find and is VG.
  • The Doowackadoodlers – More Wacky Doodlin’s – I don’t really know what this is, but it was $1 and the cover seemed funny. I cleaned it up and it is around VG quality. I may give it a spin later today before the games.
  • John Klemmer – Brazilia – Another thing we like is music from other countries. This is (obviously) Brazilian. It was $1 and is VG.

There were two other albums we got, one brand new and one a German version of Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra but because The BCPF has a knack for getting/wanting albums that aren’t in Discogs, I can’t list them here. It is a long, drawn-out process when you have to submit them yourself. Perhaps I’ll do a few of the half dozen or so that isn’t in there during the games today? Also, Jonathan gave me a crateful of records that are either partially or very warped. I want to experiment with them and see if I can reshape them. I’ve watched a few YouTube videos about it and I want to try a few methods. It will involve the oven, which I know is a scary thought, but we’ll see. If they’re useless anyway, why not?

I have to watch the Underdog Records social media pages because Jonathan will post all throughout the day when he gets fresh used records in. My friends on the private Facebook page all clamor over the same genres and have similar wants. It’s fun. It’s like when I used to collect baseball and football cards. I wanted to buy to see if I got something my friends didn’t. It’s friendly. The point is, you should watch their social media to see what is “just in.”

There was a guy that had been coming in for a bit, even purchasing a few albums here and there. All the while, he’s not even had a turntable. He just wanted to collect. This week, Jonathan finally sold him a turntable because he has several for sale. Some of it is entry level (which makes sense if you’re just dabbling) and some of it is higher quality. Sometimes he’ll get some high-dollar stuff but mostly it’s entry and moderate level. But, he tests it and makes sure it’s good before he posts it. Sometimes there are A/V receivers and speakers for sale, too. Keep checking back.

And you can tell that I use Discogs to do my archiving. I purchased a record that I’ve been searching for from their marketplace last night. Stay tuned to see which one. Discogs is great to keep track of what you have and what your friends have. Delightful!

Until tomorrow, keep collecting and keep spinning…
Scorp out!


“What I feel, I can’t say. But my love is there for you, any time of day. But if it’s not love that you need, then I’ll try my best to make everything succeed. Tell me, what is my life without your love. Tell me, who am I without you, by my side?” – “What Is Life?” (Harrison)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Paul Stanley

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Happy 66th birthday to one of my favorite rock vocalists and certainly my favorite rock front men! I’m just gonna leave what I feel is one of his best vocal performances ever.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“You tell me that you’re leaving and I’m trying to understand. I had myself believing I could take it like a man. But if you gotta go, then you gotta know that it’s killing me. And all the things I never seem to show, I gotta make you see. Girl, it’s been so long, now tell me. Tell me how could it be. That one of us knows the two of us don’t belong In each others company.” – “I Still Love You” (Stanley/Vincent)

Bursting Out! or: Emerging Triumphantly

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It happened today! I got the heck outta Dodge! I left my house. I took a shower. I swept the avalanche-quantity of snow from atop Annabelle and drove downtown. It was good to be out in the bright light; the welcoming sunlight. Sis gave me some dishes to take to Mary’s Gourmet Diner and I drove them there.

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Chili-Rubbed Chicken Salad from Mozelle’s

 

One of the special things about Mary’s (besides the awesome owner and the delicious food) is the random eclecticism of its decor and ware. Odd sets of plates, coffee mugs and salt & pepper shakers are just one aspect of what you’ll find there. I went ahead and ate and made plate art whilst there. That was fun.

Then I ran over to Underdog Records because where else do I want to be? Nowhere, really. I just want records. It wasn’t a shopping day, though. It was a loitering day, although I did walk out with three $1 bin records and put some stuff back for tomorrow.

I came home after that and started listening to backlogged records in the “to be listened to” shelves. Let me tell you, Wichita Lineman from Glen Campbell and Quiet Sides of the New Christy Minstrels by New Christy Minstrels are both amazing records. If you’ve not heard either of them, you simply must.

Then tonight, we went to Mozelle‘s for dinner. We hadn’t been there for a few months and they have a brand new menu, so why not go now? Avocado hummus, chili-lime rubbed chicken salad and fried chicken. That was our dinner. Yum!

Bottom line today, I had gotten spoiled by having The BCPF here with me and able to yell up to her when I wanted to say something or ask a question, but I really enjoyed getting out of here and having a day to myself. Being out and about was awesome. I may have to do that again tomorrow, just with The BCPF. In fact, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I love being outside and getting fresh air.” – Marisa Tomei

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Second Verse or: Why?

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Yeah, today is Thursday. There’s still a shload of snow out there and I didn’t do much of anything. I took a nap. I fixed some lunch. I listened to the clicking of The BCPF’s work laptop’s keyboard. I did several jigsaw puzzles. I watched a movie. I did very little.(DepositPhotos via Associated Press)

I didn’t take a shower. I didn’t go anywhere. I didn’t leave my couch except for a few trips to the bathroom and the cooking. I didn’t care. I didn’t regret it.

My day was a big nothing. But, I got to be in the same house with my best gal. We got two days together, even with her working and I loved it. I do stink and I need to shower. And I will. Tomorrow.

That’s when I’ll probably write a bigger, longer blog post. But, now, it’s still a snow day and I’m off. So, again, be careful out there.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I think snow is so evocative and has such a powerful atmosphere.” – Kate Bush

Snow Day or: We Do This the Easy Way

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You know, in the almost eight years of doing The Less Desirables, there has only been one Wednesday that we missed a show. I was in Costa Rica at the time and there were difficulties with the equipment and/or ProTools and Eugene had no clue what was going on. That wasn’t his fault. Even Doug Davis, the most Mac savvy person I know couldn’t figure out what was going on. I will admit that I have it set up kind of weird to work for me and my workflow.20180117_145245

Even when our first Mac was stolen we were still able to put the show together.

Today was a snow day and I never left the house. But, what to do when you can’t get to your studio?

You improvise.

And, that’s what I did. Luckily, I have a USB mic and Adobe Audition here at home. I’m going to make sure that when I get back to the studio, I send home a copy of the outro and a few of the intros to use in case this happens again. It’s a bit dry as there are no sound effects, no music, no “As Ardmore Turns,” no anything. But… I did it. There was a show today. I didn’t miss any.

That’s two weeks in a row we’ve done truncated shows. I hate that. I want a full show and we will get back to that. We had a full show planned. We had a guest, we were going to have beer, we were going to be full-staffed. So, we are rescheduling the guest will get back to business next week.

I want to thank Test Pattern Studios, King’s Crab Shack, Finnigan’s Wake, Bull’s Tavern, Underdog Records, Washington Perk & Provision Company and City Beverage for all they do for me and The Less Desirables.

Stay safe out there, Dear Reader.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” – Carl Reiner

2018 Piggyback or: to the Bone

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So, here’s the first piggyback of 2018! The Man Who Ate the Town was on hiatus until I could make a little change. In addition to The BCPF and me (mostly me on the podcast), we have a new co-host, Kelly Bone! Kelly works around town in the foodservice industry and is good friends with The BCPF and me. So, we’re going to change up the way the podcast is done and adding and subtracting some content. You need to hear the show to hear of the changes. You can listen HERE.

Also, we talk about Willows reopening after two weeks of renovations and Alma Mexicana opening this week.

I appreciate the listen!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A great restaurant is one that just makes you feel like you’re not sure whether you went out or you came home and confuses you. If it can do both of those things at the same time, you’re hooked.” – Danny Meyer

Hawaiian Panic or: WWYD?

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With the crazy panic that happened with the false alarm in Hawaii this past weekend, it got me thinking, what would I do? I really hadn’t thought about it. I mean I lived through the 80s with all the scares we had to deal with concerning Russia. We always worried about it but it was way in the backs of our minds. Those evil Russians wouldn’t do that, would they?lead_960

Well, nowadays we are dealing with two egotistical megalomaniacs that could, at any minute, set the other off and then we would be at nuclear war. Hawaii’s proximity to the Korean Peninsula also creates a higher risk, perceived or otherwise, to add to the anxiety that we all are feeling right now.

I can’t imagine the fear and panic each person may have felt for that 38 minutes. “THIS IS NOT A DRILL” (exactly like that, caps and all) blaring and flashing across cell phones, radios and televisions, over a million people were scrambling to tell their loved ones they love them, getting in position to protect themselves and their families. I feel I’d have had a stroke or coronary.

The question to you, Dear Reader, is what would you do in that situation? I’d gather, if I had time, The BCPF and 3B (although I’m sure I’d be fighting his mother for that) and hunker down where ever we can find safe. Just keep them there until the danger passed or until it was all over. I still don’t know, even now, exactly what I’d do. I really don’t want to think about it, even though I know I probably should. I’d still like to hear what you would do.

Stay safe out there, okay?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“In nuclear war, all men are cremated equal.” – Dexter Gordon

Silent Sunday or: The Haul 01/13/18

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It was cold as all get out yesterday when The BCPF and I took to the streets to do our “Saturday Thang.” Near, if not in, the 60s the day before, it was at around 34° or so as we went to Underdog Records. Brrrrrr! But, we got to warm up with some great music. Let’s hit it.At_Last_-_Etta_James

  • Big Star – Radio City – Local ties all around this album. I know it’s a favorite of many of the musical circles in town and some of them even had some things to do with the band itself. It’s #405 on the RS List and you know what? It’s a fantastic album. New.
  • Run-D.M.C. – Run-D.M.C. – One of the pioneering rap albums that set that whole genre on fire. It’s #242 on the RS List. New.
  • Etta James – At Last! – The first time I heard this woman’s voice I was smitten. She’s so powerful and soulful. It’s easy to see where Amy Winehouse got her inspiration. Great album coming in at #119 on the RS List. New.
  • Count Basie Orchestra – Basie Picks The Winners – VG copy.
  • Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba – I loved the Getz/Gilberto album that we got last year, even more so than the first time I heard it. I missed out on the second album from that duo, but I think I’ll dig this one. VG+.
  • Berlin – Love Life – I’m listening to this as I write this post. It’s a good new wave/pop record. Good stuff. I’ve always loved Terri Nunn’s voice (and she’s cute). VG+.
  • Ray Parker Jr. – The Other Woman – Yep, I love some cheese. Parker Jr., though, is a really good guitar player. He has been a session player for some big names in music like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Boz Scaggs, David Foster and Herbie Hancock. He also wrote a lot of hits for others like “Mr. Telephone Man” for New Edition and so on. VG+.
  • Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio – A Woman Needs Love – Ditto. VG+.
  • Stephen FosterJan DegaetaniLeslie Guinn – Songs By Stephen Foster (1826-1864) – VG+.
  • Stephen Stills & Manassas – Down The Road – One of two albums Stills made with this band after the break up of CSN. VG+
  • Elvis Presley – Seine 40 Grössten Hits – A 2xLP German-released greatest hits album. Disappointingly, he’s not doing the songs in German. VG+.
  • Benjamin BrittenPeter PearsLondon Symphony Orchestra – Nocturne – Four Sea Interludes – Passacaglia (Peter Grimes) – The BCPF was excited about this one. VG+.
  • Cole Porter – American Musicals: Kiss Me, Kate/Can-Can/Anything Goes – 3xLP of highlights from Porter’s musical forays. VG+. $1 bin find.
  • Nat King Cole – The Man And His Music – Because we grab anything we can with Nat King Cole on it, and it was only $1 and a 2xLP at that. It’s in fairly good condition, too.
  • There was another Benjamin Britten that we got but it’s not in Discogs and I’ll have to enter it along with about four or five others that take about 30-45 minutes each to put all that info in (especially hard when their in foreign languages) and it’s not easy to find info on some of those things. A headache. For the record, I think I’ve only purchased one album that I had to put in. She has purchased the rest… sigh… I kid.

Just this week, Jonathan got in a set of Bose speakers and a JVC receiver that were in good shape, he sold the speakers pretty quickly. But, he is always getting groovy record gear in and it’s there for the taking. Follow Underdog Records on Instagram to get the latest of what’s going out there. He posts new releases, freshly obtained used vinyl and other record-related info. Jonathan, like Clay Howard, Jerry Chapman and myself all use Discogs to keep up with our collection and share with others. Plus, the Discogs Marketplace is pretty banging, too.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“September girls do so much. I was your Butch and you were touched. I loved you, well, never mind. I’ve been crying all the time. December boy’s got it bad. December boy’s got it bad.” – “September Gurls” (Chilton)

Sounds Like Saturday or: The Dust Coda

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Once again, Clay Howard sent me a video recommendation (sort of). I agreed with him on the fact that this is rocking stuff but looking at the singer is a bit offputting. Nothing wrong with him per se, it’s just something about it. To me, he looks like Cousin Eddie from National Lampoon’s Vacation or Quentin Tarantino; they kind of favor. I think my friend Bob Richardson would like them.

Anywhat! Here is The Dust Coda…

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Whoa… I’m just a bullet on its way.” – “The More It Fades” (The Dust Coda)

Almost Home or: We’re Far from Wyoming

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I’ve talked about being from West Virginia in the past. Well, I’m proud to announce, nothing has changed. North Carolina, Winston-Salem specifically, is my home, but my roots will always be West Virginia. I came across this video series from someone posting it on my Facebook page.

The video that was posted was highlighting Wyoming County which is the county that I lived, went to school and, until I was 15, was reared. I was born and spent a lot of “shopping time” in McDowell County and while I think McDowell’s video is a little more interesting, it’s Wyoming County that was my home then.

So, here is the introduction to my home county…

There are 55 counties in West Virginia and most of them are included in this series. Those not included are, in fact, being produced over the next few months. I got caught in the rabbit hole, watching most of the series before finally just falling asleep. It was interesting.

As much as West Virginia gets flack for its negatives, it is a beautiful state and there is plenty of rich history to learn and feel great about.

This isn’t the best-produced video series out there, but it is out there and that’s at least something. Watch the other counties’ video, too.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“What we value and hold important in our lives today, came from events that happened yesterday. And, it’s when we begin to understand the events of yesterday that we fully embrace the day which makes tomorrow become less of a mystery.” – Wayne Worth