MM3AMMC or: Anthemic Finale

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This past week was the final week of the MM3AMMC/TLD Tap Takeover. Over the last 15 weeks, that’s right, FIFTEEN!, I’ve heard a lot of groovy tunes. 118, actually. From a return to youth or freedom or straight-forward rock to personal stories or foreign language or  “lyrical vomit” or even several songs about me. I’ve listened to a lot of music. I’ve listened to some awesome musicians, too. Clay, Doug, Jerry, Patrick, Steve, Corky, KG, Josh, Eddie and Anand, thank you all for entertaining me this last 15 weeks. Especially thanks to Doug, Josh, Eddie and Anand for sticking with it until the end.

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Before I continue, I’d like to congratulate Doug Davis on his song, “Rivers to Oceans” for being last week’s “featured song.”

A recap of how this has works: So, on Monday morning around 8:30am or so, I would go and listen to the submissions. I looked over the assignment, compare the lyrics and songs to that assignment and then picked the one that I think makes the best representation of the assignment’s rules. To hear all the entrants this week visit the MM3AMMC website HERE.

This week, the assignment was from Josh: “My wife had an awesome suggestion. Write an anthem. Something that would be sung in soccer stadiums, football stadiums and other sporting arenas. Bonus points if you write one for your favorite sporting team.”

The submissions were as follows:

  • Doug Davis – “Reaching for the Sky”
  • Eddie McBride – “Fight!”
  • Joshua West – “Jezabel”
  • Anand Gan – “Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah”

So, there were 4 songs from 4 artists. And the winner was… nah, you don’t get it that easy. I mean, I want you to listen to the whole show, right? So, you need to listen to find out who won. You can do that on The Less Desirables website, on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn or  Podcast Addict. Or, I’ll save you the trouble and post it here, I’m good like that. And yes, there may be a reposting of this next Tuesday, you never know.

Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Rat a tat tat let the song get in you. Feel the beat. Put the hammer down with a rattlesnake breakthrough. Cant be beat! “ Anand Gan (not necessarily the winner)

Octoberfest or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents Octoberfest by Bell’s Brewing, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week.

Okay, first thing, it’s Oktoberfest, but I’m willing to overlook that. It’s that time again; late September, the time that the real Oktoberfest is happening in Munich, all over Germany and even here in the good ol’ USA. And, it’s from a very reputable company and unnamed-7Spencer says this is one of his favorite styles from one of his favorite breweries. There are a few Bell’s that I don’t really care for and I’m not an Oberon fan. On the other hand, just about anything with a Bell’s label that resembles a darker or maltier beer, I think they’re hard to beat. I’m usually hit or miss about Oktoberfest brews, too. But, I haven’t really examined them as deeply as I should have. So, I’m looking forward to this one. It’s only 5.5% so it’s drinkable without being to awfully heavy, I’m sure.

BeerAdvocate rates it at 81 (Good) with no Bros. Score. Untappd rates it 3.62 caps out of 5. RateBeer has it at 48 overall, 85 in style. Have you had it yet? What did you think? If you’ve not or just have a hankering for more, then head down to 915 Burke Street in WSNC and pick up your sixer. Tell them that it’s the beer of the week and you get 5% off your order! Tune in to The Less Desirables and see what Caitlin, Danielle, Chef Jeff and I think about it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!!


“With herbal hop aromas, this balanced amber lager focuses on lightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness. Perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn.” – Bell’s Description

Talking Tuesday or: Another Anniversary

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So, here’s it is, another Talking Tuesday. This time it’s another anniversary. Listen here to hear about it:

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(Note: this podcast has been edited because some couldn’t keep their minds or comments out of the gutter)

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” – Godfrey Winn

A Whole New Shine or: Innovation or Ridiculousness?

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Last year, I did a post about poop. Obviously, I don’t have a problem talking about that, so when I saw something about this on the Today Show this morning, I had to check it out. First, the video:

Now, the question is this: Does this address a real issue that we may have? Or is it just a money grab on some crazy gimmick? I can’t decide myself… how about you? Leave me comments.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“You are all made of real poop.” – Anne Frank

Silent Sunday or: The September 25 Piggyback Edition

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The BCPF and I got back in the swing of things (or tried to) with The Man Who Walked the Town‘s journeys. It wasn’t easy nor was it complete. We ended up with less than 10,000 steps.

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Crispy Fish Tacos from West End Cafe

But, we weren’t trying for that yesterday. We hit Mary’s Gourmet Diner, Atelier on Trade and Hoots Roller Bar and Beer Company on our journey and it was made easier to do and keep up with, thanks to the help of my walking shoes and Garmin Vivofit 3 from Omega Sports! We then ate that night at West End Cafe. Good stuff. Bad day for me in football both fantasy and real life. But, I’ll survive.

 

Read the post on our walk HERE.

 

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friederick Nietzsche

Little Caesar or: The Less Desirables Movie of the Week

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a/perture cinema, the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, Little Caesar (1931), starring Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Glenda Farrell.

Per Wikipedia: “The story of a hoodlum who ascends the ranks of organized crime until he reaches its upper echelons.”

Caesar Enrico Bandello (Robinson) and his buddy Joe Massara (Fairbanks) are two small town hoods that want more out of life than this. Joe wants to be a dancer; to get the girls and fame so he gets a job at a local nightclub. Rico wants to be a famous gangster. Rico goes to mob boss, Sam Vettori to further his goal. Joe works with the gang, basically against his will. Joe gets pegged to help rob the nightclub he works for and that creates tension between the pals and between Joe and his gal Olga Stassoff (Farrell).

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The gig goes down and Rico guns down a prominent crime commissioner. He then takes over Vettori’s gang after Vettori becomes soft. He gains prominence among other parts of the mob scene as well. How high does he rise? Is there a crash in the end? Does his ego do him in? You’ll have to watch to find that out.

This is considered one of the first ever gangster films and stars one of the genre’s most prized stars, Edward G. Robinson. The film set the groundwork for gangster films. And, it’s where Robinson’s famous and patented “yeah… look here, see? you’re through, see?” whiny, tinny voice comes through, probably most famously. I thought the film was decent, and I totally get it’s place and reverence in the film world, but I don’t think it was “all that.” There were iconic moments, I suppose. It just wasn’t captivating to me. I’m sure that would have been different in 1931, when the film came out. But in 2016, 85 years later, I guess we’ve become desensitized to all the hubbub? These films, as I’ve seen, have plenty of “overacting” and much suspension of disbelief moments. And, I looked everywhere and saw no pizza pizza in the film anywhere… I kid.

Rotten Tomatoes has it rated at 91% Fresh with an Audience Score of 76%. A fairly large gap, really. IMDb has it at 7.3 stars out of 10. It was one of the 400 nominees of both the 1998 and 2007 versions of AFI‘s 100 Years… 100 Movies lists. That’s why I watched it. You can rent it from Amazon Prime for about $3 but it’s not available on Netflix streaming, or even DVD.com at this time. I give it 3.5 stars out of 5 because of its standing and importance. Have you seen it? Do you agree with my assessment? What would you like to read/hear me review? I have a viewing/reviewing schedule through January but that doesn’t mean I can’t move stuff around.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“We gotta stick together. There’s a rope around my neck now and they only hang you once. If anyone gets yellow and squeals, my gun is gonna speak its peace. ” – Caesar Enrico Bandello

 

Staring Blankly or: the Vice Tightens

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Well, it started on Tuesday. A little roughness in the throat, a bit of drainage from sinuses that I didn’t even knew were upset with me. Well, crap, an allergy attack coming on, I said to myself. I don’t know if it was an allergy or what, but it’s completely settled in my sinuses, for sure. 200_s

I’ve been a zombie since late Wednesday night. I got through The Less Desirables. I don’t miss that, at almost any cost. I couldn’t really taste the beer, I believe I abstained from rating it because I didn’t want to give a dishonest evaluation. I wouldn’t really know what was going on. That night because I was sneezing and so stopped up, there was no sleep for me. Hard to use your CPAP when it’s only designed to work under your nose. No air in, no air out. So, I sat up or dozed all night. When I’m like that, I have “theme” dreams that continue even after I wake up. Usually, it’s a struggle with something: a work project, trying to come up with a new song, rewiring and configuring the studio, something that I’m always looking for an answer for (only when I try to sleep). I know that is because I’m not getting any rest and my mind is skipping like a stone over the still lake water (or is it rapid river? it is my head after all) and is also fighting to keep me alive – sleep apnea is a byotch mistress.

Yesterday morning, I dragged my way through doing the social media/memes/posting for TLD and that took extra time because I couldn’t concentrate. I popped some useless pills. I have to take a certain kind of allergy/cold/flu things because I have high blood pressure and regular decongestants and such wreak havoc on me or my BP meds, or something. I do what I’m told. I have no clue why I do what I do, other than The BCPF tells me to. If she wanted to kill me, she could have me take something because I do what she tells me. Don’t get any ideas, baby! The pills did no good.

I napped in and out, waking gasping for air and sneezing more. I somehow got through the Instagram and blog post for The Man Who Ate the Town. I must have done something right because Chef Travis commended me on the post. But, I was just in a daze all day. I continue to be in the daze today. I did get some sleep, though. As long as I have one nostril mostly clear, the CPAP can work. It’s rough, but it can. Now, it’s the drainage from the rest of it. My head feels like it’s in a vice and the sliding jaw is tightening every second. I can’t concentrate and I’m like a zombie. Imagine how many times I’ve had to write and rewrite this! Even though I slept I feel I could just doze off right now, sitting here.

I am behind on my work. I have quite a few things that I can’t catch up on because of this. I have a doctor’s appointment at 3:30p today. I was supposed to get my flu shot, but I figure they won’t let me since my immune system is already in overdrive. We’ll see how all of that goes. I wish to thank The BCPF for putting up with me, I know I’m a whiny little girl when I don’t feel good and she puts up with it. I really appreciate it. Okay, I’m getting off and going to sit back and stare for a bit.Thanks for listening to me rant and ramble. I apologize if any of it comes off as confusing, I’m not thinking straight right now.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The art of being sick is not the same as the art of getting well.” – Tony Snow

Piggybacking the Melon or: Bradford Watermelon Goodness

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I’m under the weather today, sick as a dog (I hope it’s just a sinus problem), so because I wrote one post already today, for The Man Who Ate the Town, I’m piggybacking it. I wrote about the Bradford Watermelon even at Willow’s Bistro this past Sunday. Give it a read, won’t you? You can get it HERE.

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The heirloom Bradford Watermelon, long thought extinct, is being reintroduced to chefs, gardeners, and food enthusiasts around the world!” – Bradford Watermelon

Oatmeal Pale 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 Commemorative Collaboration Oatmeal Pale Ale from Hi-Wire Brewing in Asheville, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week.

This is a collaboration effort with Hi-Wire, Fullsteam, Greensboro’s Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, Birdsong Brewing Company and Highland Brewing.  It’s a lot of unnamed-6breweries all in one bottle. Per the description on Untappd: The Commemorative Collaboration is the brainchild of co-owner Chris Frosaker. His goal was to bring together some of his favorite breweries from across North Carolina to brew the system’s inaugural batch. The resulting collaboration is a pale ale with a deluge of floral and herbal hops, brewed with oatmeal for body and mouth feel. Sessionable and refreshing, this beer is perfect for toasting our new facility and all that the future holds.

So, I’m not really sure what to expect of the brew but I do know that I look forward to it. It’s relatively light on the ABV, only 4.5%. Let’s hope it’s punchy on the flavor. BeerAdvocate has no rating or Br0s Score on the beer, yet. Untappd has it at 3.64 caps out of 5. RateBeer has no ratings as well. Not many people have had it, it seems. Have you? What did you think? If you haven’t or just have a hankering for more, head on down to 915 Burke Street in WSNC and grab your sixer from City Beverage. Tell them it’s the beer of the week and receive 5% off your order! Tune in to see what Caitlin, Danielle, Tamara and I think of it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“At our core, we brew beer we want to drink on a regular basis, beer we can sit down and have multiple pints with friends.” – Hi-Wire Brewing

Living Art America or: The Less Desirables, September 14, 2016

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Karon McKinney (aka Karon Click), Cheryl Ann Lipstreu, Madelyn Greco and Scott Fray are in the studio this week to talk about the upcoming activities with Living Art America including the North American Bodypainting Championships. Cheryl Ann, Madelyn and Scott left after the interview portion but Karon stuck around the whole show and we talked about pop culture stuff.

a/perture cinema presents week in movies including new to Netflix and a review of “That Touch of Mink.” I reviewed that film on this blog this past Saturday, too.

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Scott, Madelyn, Karon, Cheryl Ann

Caitlin gives the latest happenings of the Winston-Salem Jaycees in Caitlin’s Bowl o’Stuff.

Bull’s Tavern presents “As Ardmore Turns” where the Ardmorians are still going crazy about clowns.

New Music brought to you by The Garage as well as a song from Master Master Wait and the next to last feature of the TLD/MM3AMMC Tap Takeover.

TC of our sister podcast, Fan Interference, presents latest sports headlines and rumors.

City Beverage presents He Ain’t Heffe by Straight to Ale Brewing.

We’d also like to thank Finnigan’s Wake, Washington Perk and King’s Crab Shack for also believing in what we do at The Less Desirables.

You can hear the latest episode of the show FREE on the website, iTunes, Stitcher, Podfeed, Podcast Addict or TuneIn. Really you can find it anywhere you get your podcasts. Or, you can just listen here, because I’m cool like that.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Throughout history, the human form was the focal point of master artists…” – Living Art America