Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 9/8/18

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The BCPF and I were back to Underdog Records yesterday after our trip to Beantown last week. It was good to be back and not only did we get a good haul this week, we actually got about six hours of record listening as well! Other than going through some head cold or sinus thing, yesterday was a wonderful day. I love my girl and spending the day with her. Here’s the haul:

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  • The Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk — When I was younger, say when this stuff was new, I always got PFurs mixed up with The Fixx and Naked Eyes. They were close enough to the first wave stuff that it was only on my radar when they had a mega hit. I just didn’t have access to it. I have (obviously) come to know the difference and this was a great record. VG++.
  • Dire Straits – Love Over Gold — I have, on several occasions, mentioned my newfound love of Dire Straits. I am now only one album from having all of their studio albums on vinyl. I’m not sure it was even released on vinyl or not. If not, since they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, perhaps they’ll get a reissue of it? And, if they could figure out a way to get side one of Brothers in Arms back to its full-length self, that would be great. This was a great record. VG+.
  • Aerosmith – Aerosmith — No, I still don’t like Aerosmith, but there are some songs that I like and this was their debut album. This is the second pressing reissue from 1976 where “Walkin’ the Dog” is spelled correctly and they only used the photo of the band instead of the full sky pic. VG+.
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘N Roll — I know the song is way played out by now, but when this came out, I always felt it was a matter of “oh you have that!?” with covetous intent. I never had it, though. As a kid, for some things, albums and such, ordinary releases felt like the Holy Grail and I either felt special for having something or jealous someone else did. Music is just that big a deal to me. Anywhat! This was there and The BCPF couldn’t resist getting it. VG.
  • Pretenders – Pretenders — This completes our 79-89 Pretenders full-length album collection. They have stuff later but this was their heyday, so this is what we want. It has some great tunes including “Precious” and “Brass in Pocket.” VG++.
  • Squeeze  – Singles – 45’s And Under
  • Squeeze – Argybargy — We got two Squeeze albums yesterday and we’ve only gotten to listen to the “Singles” one so far. But, I had forgotten how many awesome songs this band had. Both of them were VG++.
  • The Cars – Candy-O — Just like Dire Straits, I have come to realize that I just downright love The Cars. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. This album, their second, has a lot of great stuff including “Let’s Go,” “It’s All I Can Do,” and “Dangerous Type.” VG++.
  • Robert Plant – Now And Zen — If I’m not mistaken, it’s the second time I’ve bought this album but the first time owning it. I believe this is the one that I purchased and immediately gave to my pal and bandmate, Clay Howard. I may be wrong, sure, but I believe that’s what happened. It has “Ship of Fools,” “Tall Cool One” and “Heaven Knows” and has a really cool feel and groove about the whole album. I dig it. VG++.
  • The Guess Who – The Best Of The Guess Who — I had this album on CD and didn’t realize how much I missed by just going after the “sexy” Rock 92 staples. Songs like “Laughing” and “Undun” are really good. I do wish (as annoying as it is) that they would have included the album version of “American Woman” but the meat of the song is here. Great listen. VG+.
  • Aldo Nova – Aldo Nova — I have passed over this about 20 times. It was a good price and I finally pulled the trigger on it. VG++.
  • Jackson Browne – World In Motion — VG++.
  • Jackson Browne – Lives In The Balance — I say I am a “fan” of Jackson Browne. However, I am usually more hit-or-miss with his stuff than I am full-on excited. These are two 80s albums. We will see if they’re hits or misses with me. VG+.
  • Billy Squier – Don’t Say No — This album was two before the one with “Rock Me Tonite” on it so he was still rockin’ and rollin’ at this point. Really, I don’t know why people flipped out over that video other than it was just awful. People are dumb. But, this has the hits “In the Dark,” “The Stroke,” “My Kind of Lover” and “Lonely is the Night.” But, there are so many other good songs on the album as well. You should get it or stream it or something if you’ve not heard it. VG++.
  • Isaac SternThe Philadelphia OrchestraEugene OrmandyTchaikovskyMendelssohn– Violin Concerto In D Major / Violin Concerto In E Minor — $1 bin find, but as per usual with classical records that we find in the $1 bin (or elsewhere), the classical music folks pretty much take care of their records. It was in really good shape, both the media and the cover. I rated it VG+ but could have gone VG++ if not for a little bit of “spotting” on the vinyl, even after my cleaning of it.
  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Christmas Album — The BCPF loves her Christmas albums, we both dig Herb Alpert and it was a $1 bin find. Why not jump on it!? Even for a $1 bin find it was in VG shape.

There you go, Dear Reader. Not only did we get awesome albums in this haul, many of them were VG++ and all of them were priced nicely. That’s what we missed being in Boston. We loved Boston but we missed our Saturday routine at Underdog Records. Deals like this week’s haul are what Underdog Records is all about. Plus, Jonathan is very helpful with finding the right equipment, old titles, he knows his inventory and is just the sweetest guy. Just yesterday a couple came in looking for cleaning supplies to be able to listen to some old records they had in storage. He helped them pick out the right stuff for what they needed and even gave away his “secret formula” recipe for the solution that I and several of the Underdog Records community use for cleaning records. He could have upsold some other stuff but he didn’t. He cares about your records. Watch the Instagram and Facebook feeds for the newest finds Jonathan has come across at Underdog Records. Also, listen to The Less Desirables every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (or anytime really) to hear the weekly TLD-exclusive deal.

Also, I stood in Underdog Records yesterday with my phone in my hand and every time I came across the titles above, I first checked on Discogs to make sure I didn’t already have it. Discogs is a great resource for all record, CD and even cassette collectors. The Marketplace is pretty awesome, too.

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!


“Caroline laughs, and it’s raining all day, loves to be one of the girls. She lives in the place in the side of our lives where nothing is ever put straight. She turns herself ’round and she smiles and she says, ‘This is it, that’s the end of the joke.’ And loses herself in her dreaming and sleep, and her lovers walk through in their coats. Pretty in pink, isn’t she?” – “Pretty in Pink” (Ashton/Butler/Butler/Ely/Kilburn/Morris)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Shock the Monkey

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This past week marked the 36th Anniversary of Peter Gabriel by Peter Gabriel. If you’re wondering which PG it was, it was what we later know as Security although it was never actually called that. But, being as the first four albums were all called Peter Gabriel we had to distinguish them somehow. Anywhat! Here’s a cover of this album’s most popular tune by the band Underfloor. I think it’s a pretty darn good version, especially since they’re a 3-piece. I hope you enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Cover me when I run. Cover me through the fire. Something knocked me out’ the trees. Now I’m on my knees. Cover me, darling please, hey. Monkey, monkey, monkey. Don’t you know when you’re going to shock the monkey.” – “Shock the Monkey” (Gabriel)

Not Forgetting or: What is This!?

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Dear Reader, I don’t usually get sick. I may get a little allergy or something that shows up and goes away but I started developing a bit of a scratchy throat last night after dinner and today it didn’t go away. I tried to do a voiceover today for an event happening this Sunday and while I got through it, it’s not my best work. I feel fine myself. A little sleepy because I don’t think I slept very well last night. I know my DVM time was limited (that’s Darth Vader Mask or CPAP). But, I’ve been drinking water, and I made sure I ate today.

But, being as I’m just not feeling it right now, I’m probably going to play a video. However, don’t think that I’ve forgotten about the food blog about Boston or about the trip itself. I just have to get time to write them.

So, today is the 39th anniversary of the release of Gary Numan’s The Pleasure Principle album. I figured we would just play his and its most famous tune. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Here in my car, I can only receive. I can listen to you. It keeps me stable for days, in cars.” – “Cars” (Numan)

Still Swinging or: Mmm Mmm Good

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I’m excited because tonight I get to do something I haven’t gotten to do in a few weeks. I get to cook with my boy, the aspiring chef, 3B. You see, two weeks ago, we had eaten a late lunch and weren’t hungry by the time evening came along. That Sunday, we had our Fantasy Football draft (two of them) and we ate at Willows. Then I left Thursday for the Boston trip and was gone until Tuesday. So, tonight we get to cook, at least I say we will.

It’s some kind of steak dinner. He picked it and will cook it, I’m just gonna help him. But, tonight is the start of football season and I am so looking forward to it. As I’m still getting into the swing of things, I’ll be taking it easy tonight and trying to get time to write long posts about the trip because I know you’re just dying to read about it, right? Right.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I’m not a chef. But I’m passionate about food – the tradition of it, cooking it, and sharing it.” – Zac Posen

Back in the Swing or: Suspiria

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I’m apologizing that this post is a) late and b) short. I was still getting acclimated to being back today, Dear Reader. But, whilst I’m sitting here doing my social media posts, and finally fixing my Fire TV, I turned to watching crappy films, as has become the custom for me. This one is from 1977 and I’m really only about 15 minutes into it. But, I chose it because I was caught by the tagline: The Only Thing More Terrifying Than the Last 12 Minutes of This Film are the First 92.

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It is called Suspiria and is an Italian film but it is overdubbed. It’s clearly crappy 1970s horror with bright red blood, fake looking organs (a heart comes to mind) and bad effects. But, it made me chuckle already so… And, to top it off, it was remade and will be released in November of this year. It is an American film this time starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Chloë Grace Moretz. And, it’s a true remake, as far as I can tell. I had its debut at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. Oddly enough, it’s rated 7.5 stars out of 10 on IMDb. The remake has already made it to only 6.x something. And, Rotten Tomatoes has it at 92% Fresh and an Audience Score of 83%. Perhaps it gets better? We’ll see.

Anyway, the plot summary, per my media player, is this: “From the moment she arrives in Friedberg, Germany to attend the prestigious Tans Academy, American ballet-dancer, Suzy Bannion senses that something horribly evil lurks within the walls of the age-old institution.”

Doesn’t that sound lovely? Pffft. It’s entertaining, though. I’m going back to it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“This is Pavlo, our general handyman. He’s really ugly, isn’t he? Don’t be afraid to say so. Can’t understand you anyway, he speaks only Romanian. You see that gorgeous smile? He’s felt very handsome ever since he got those false teeth.” – Miss Tanner

Yawn or: All By Myself

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The BCPF and I are worn out! A long day of flying and waiting and walking and carrying bags and, and, and, and! We finally got home around 6pm this evening and I went on to trivia because I didn’t want Our Jim to be alone. Turns out, we had no representation other than me. The BCPF was catching up and getting ready for her week while Our Jim had a fantasy football draft to do.

It was the end of the season anyway and being the day after a holiday, no one really showed up for the trivia except for the season leaders and me. So there were six people on that team and me all by myself. Well, I took ’em! I won 27-22 including betting five on the “boneless” (bonus” question and getting one of the two “betwixt round” guesses right (worth 1 point). I sent The BCPF and Our Jim a text telling them that I won and that they were fired! Just kidding about the being fired part. They’re still on the team.

But, all that being said, I am done for today. I’ve had all the fun I can handle for the last 5 days. A lot of walking, a lot of eating, a lot of drinking, a lot of Ubering. A lot. A lot. A lot. So, I’m getting off of here and going to bed!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I’m a big tradition guy. If you love this country and study history, then you will love Boston.” – Marcus Luttrell

Never Met a Stranger or: Oui!

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The BCPF and I went to a quaint bistro here in Boston for our anniversary and had a delicious meal that you’ll read more about this week on The Man Who Ate the Town. While we were there, and as I was using my special light to take my pictures, we struck up a conversation with the table beside us. We talked about WSNC and food and life.

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The “neighbors” food, the filet au poivre

It turns out that they were also celebrating an anniversary, albeit a dating one – five years. It was cool, they asked me to take pictures of their food, as well. They were a little bit older than we and they had just started listening to podcasts. Of course, we talked about podcasting and such as well.

The food, beverages and conversation were fantastic at Aquitaine, the bistro. In addition, our Uber driver, Casey, was also a great conversationalist and we enjoyed our ride with her. Add in our Hop On/Hop Off bus tour around Boston (we rode it twice) and we had a wonderful time in Beantown yesterday. In fact, we’ve had a great and wonderful time the entire time! Boston is definitely somewhere we’ll get back to. We love it. We started our day at a lovely little spot where we had brunch (again, more this week).

Tonight, we see The Fixx at City Winery and that will round out our trip. We will head home tomorrow. My post tomorrow may be late just so you know. So, we’re heading to Harvard and Cambridge today, talk to you later!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Every day is an anniversary of another great day.” – The BCPF

Anniversary in Beantown or: Champagne, Strawberries & Chocolate

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I”m going to skip all the anniversary storytime stuff that I normally put on these. I figure that by now I’ve said all I can say without being redundant. I could probably go back a year, two years, three years and copy and paste something, but this one is different. It’s the first time that we’ve been away for our anniversary since we got married.

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Thank you, Omni Parker House!

Really, it’s the first time we’ve been “somewhere” since we got married. We went to Chicago for The BCPF’s work in 2015, in August. Earlier this year we went to Asheville, NC for the weekend with The Beer Dads family. But, we haven’t been anywhere for vacation by ourselves, for ourselves, and we had traveled some before we got married.

We have seen some fantastic stuff, eaten some fantastic food, talked to some fantastic folks. Yesterday, alone, we walked over 13,000 steps just looking for breweries (we really only found one), the previous two days we walked over 9,000 each. We’ve had to walk off all that great food we’ve eaten. You’ll be able to read a recap on The Man Who Ate the Town and the TMWATT Instagram later this week.

This morning, we had a knock on our hotel room door at 8am. The hotel had sent up 4 chocolate covered strawberries and a small bottle of champagne. It was really nice. They also sent a card up in which some of the employees had signed. To be honest, I knew about it, but I didn’t ask for it, I just scheduled the time. It was awesome of them. They have been really nice here. The hotel is old and it shows its age, but there’s plenty of charm and an elegance that harks back to yesteryear. I have enjoyed the hotel and their concierges have been really helpful the whole time.

To The BCPF, I apologize if rehashing our story on here once more was what you were looking for, I just hope you know that I have loved our time this long, extended weekend and I love you more and more every day. I’d walk down that stairway to the gunroom again, in a heartbeat. As you said last night, every day is an anniversary of a great day we’ve already had. Let’s keep that going. I love you, Stephanie.

Until tomorrow, Dear Reader…
Scorp out!


“A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.” – Paul Sweeney

Sounds Like Saturday or: Yeah, It’s Boston

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You knew it was coming, right? We’re in Boston so the Sounds Like Saturday for this week had to be a Boston tune. Also, the cover is the work of one of my favorite YouTubers, Mike Massé (with Jenny Oaks Baker on violin). Enjoy! Oh! And happy would-be 85th birthday to my father-in-law, David Hess. I wish I had known you.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“So many people have come and gone. Their faces fade as the years go by. Yet, I still recall as I wander on. As clear as the sun in the summer sky. It’s more than a feeling when I hear that old song they used to play. And, I begin dreaming ’til I see Marianne walk away.” – “More Than a Feeling” (Sholtz)

A Mound o’Seafood or: What We Leave Behind

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The BCPF and I asked the concierge for recommendations for dinner last night and we were given a few choices. We know we’re going to have Italian in “Little Italy” and being as we are in New England and on the coast, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to grab seafood. We also are probably going to grab something in Chinatown. Plus, we need to do something special for the anniversary on Sunday.

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The Fisherman’s Platter from Boston’s Sail Loft

We chose the recommendation of a local favorite, Boston’s Sail Loft seafood. We each had a cup of the clam chowder, sorry… “chowdah.” We’ve had clam chowdah in WSNC a few times, and as good as those were, this was eating it from “home.” Now, that being said, King’s Crab Shack nails it.

The BCPF had the fish and chips and I had the “Fisherman’s Platter.” A lot of fried food, but, it was delicious. But, something that rarely happens, happened. I actually had to leave food behind. I rarely take food with me and rarely leave anything on the plate other than small remnants of what I had. I considered taking it with me, but we are staying in the oldest continuously running hotel in the country and as charming and awesome as it is, there’s no fridge and no microwave to reheat it, so we just had to skip it.

The BCPF leaves food a lot. Not “on purpose” but because she doesn’t eat a lot of fried food during the week, usually. This was a lot and when we thought about it later, with the cups of chowdah, we should have just shared my platter as it was a shload of food. It was really good food, but much food. We’ll consider that in the future, but I don’t like sharing plates. The last time we did it, it was also seafood at King’s. That “Dreamy Steamy Bucket” was what it was and I hate counting piece-for-piece to make sure that I’m not just running away with food and not being fair. So, we just decided not to share. Joey in Friends once said, “Joey doesn’t share food!” We say “Beemans don’t share food!” But, we probably should have.

We then had a nightcap here in the Omni Parker House with chocolate, port, Scotch and cognac. Being as we had to be up at 3pm and only had about 20 minutes worth of a nap, we didn’t take long to fall asleep and I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and ready to go. So, whilst I usually post these at noon if I do them early, because of Facebook’s ridiculous new rule, I have to copy and paste the shortlink on Facebook and I don’t know when I’ll be back, I’m posting it at 8am, instead. You’ll know more about what we did in the next few days. I’m off to walk the Freedom Trail, today. I can at least tell you that.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I’m a big tradition guy. If you love this country and study history, then you will love Boston.” – Marcus Luttrell