Come On Yinz! or: No Snow No Snow No Snow

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Time for another Useless Things Podcast. I talk about the dreaded Snowmaggedon and the Steelers fun but heartstopping weekend. Superfan Damien comments on a discussion starter.

You can hear my accounts of those subjects here.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Come on Yinz!” – Just about every Steelers fan.

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 1/8/22

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Salutations™!!

The holiday break was over! The BCPF and I went to breakfast, got our hair cut and went to Underdog Records. It was so good being back in the “candy store.” Our haul was slim but I feel we got good stuff. Here’s the haul:

Whitesnake – Slip Of The Tongue — 2×LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, Remastered. Gatefold sleeve. 30th Anniversary Remaster MMXIX. I believe by this time, Vivian Campbell had left to join Def Leppard. Steve Vai came in to handle guitar duties and did almost (if not) all of the guitar work. Adrian Vandenberg had suffered from a hand issue and couldn’t play. That means that the two albums that Vandenberg was associated with in Whitesnake, he never played a single note on the records. Richard Page, the lead singer and bassist of Mr. Mister, did most of the backup vocals with Tommy Funderburk, who is a writing partner with Martin Page. This has outtakes and alternate versions of some songs. New.

Mammoth WVH – Mammoth WVH — WVH is Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s son. Mammoth was the band’s name before they went with the eponymous designation. After Eddie passed away, Wolf made his own album and I think it’s pretty kick-arse. He took a lot of flack for not trying to sound like his famous guitarist father. I am proud of Wolf to sticking to his guns, wanting to be his own man with his own style doing his own thing. In fact, he did all of it himself. All the instruments and vocals were done by him. It’s cool. Haters should just shut UP! 2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Black Ice Translucent vinyl. New.

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – Here We Rest — We still know little about Jason Isbell but The BCPF wanted it, so we got it. Simple as that. Recorded at the Nutthouse, Sheffield, Alabama and FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The album comes with a bonus 7″ single. Side B of bonus single also appears on the No More Fake Labels Guided By Voices tribute album Sing For Your Meat. NM.

This was not gotten at Underdog Record but from a crowd-sourced project:

Two Pound Planet – Songs From The Hydrogen Jukebox: The Mitch Easter Sessions & More — Two Pound Planet was the early band of my friend Jerry Chapman (yes, THAT Jerry Chapman). They did a rerelease of this album on vinyl and CD. I bought the regular 180g black vinyl edition (this listing, which is the only one in Discogs), the Transparent Green, and Orange & White Pinwheel versions. I got a cassette of Urban Edge, an autographed 8×10 of the band, and a “triple fat” t-shirt (my words not theirs), too. All from my pledge. We listened to it yesterday when I was putting The BCPF’s new desk together in her “StephCave.”

Again, it was so fun being back at Underdog Records. You can shop 24/7/365 by visiting their website. Also, watch the Underdog Records Instagram and Facebook pages to see what he’s just gotten in, whether it be new records, used records, reissues, equipment, and so on…

I use Discogs to track my collection. You should, too.

Until next time, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Will you wake me? I’m falling down. But I’ve never felt so alive. Will you hate me when it’s all done? ‘Cause I’ve never felt more alive.” – “Epiphany” (Van Halen)

Sounds Like Saturday or: A Star(Man) is Born

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Salutations™!!

Today would have been Elvis’ 87th and David Bowie’s 75th birthdays. It IS my dad’s 74th birthday. I never really connected to Elvis’s music. It was slightly before my time. I do, however, LOVE me some Bowie although it took me a while to realize that. There are some slow spots in my Bowie relationship. But, for the most part, it’s all great stuff. Here’s a great cover of a great Bowie song. Happy birthday, Pops!!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Ashes to ashes, funk to funky. We know Major Tom’s a junkie. Strung out in heaven’s high hitting an all-time low.” – “Ashes to Ashes” (Bowie)

Silent Sunday or: Day 2

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You’ll notice that last Sunday I didn’t do a “Sunday” post. Or maybe you didn’t? I had nothing to say, didn’t go to Underdog Records (they were closed), and I was just recovering from the food and frolic that we had for Xmas Weekend. This is really the same but for New Year’s Day. The BCPF made a modified New Year’s meal. Back bacon from the Scottish Gourmet for our “ham,” pinto beans instead of black-eyed peas, complete with onions and a little bit of the back bacon, cornbread, and bok choy and spinach sauteed in garlic and butter. Pardon my photography on this. I was on vacation from doing fancy food pics. Happy new year!!!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


Sounds Like Saturday or: The New Year is Here (Finally)

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Salutations™!!

I hope everyone was safe last night. It’s finally 2022 and we can hope that this year is an amazing one for everyone. Here’s a great song from the Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle album. Let’s hope this is the truth.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“And I won’t forget the way you held me up when I was down. And I won’t forget the way you said,
“Darling I love you.” You gave me faith to go on.”
– “This Will Be Our Year” (White)

Sounds Like Saturday or: The Xmas Edition

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Salutations!™!!

On this week’s Useless Things podcast, I talked about Christmas songs and how Xmas is a proper substitute for Christmas and in some ways even more appropriate. But, I especially talked about this song and the Mariah Carey song. Hear more by listening to that episode, but here is one of my favorite groups doing one of my favorite Xmas songs. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, Merry Christ/Xmas!
Scorp out!


“I don’t want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need. I don’t care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree. I just want you for my own. More than you could ever know. Make my wish come true. All I want for Christmas is you.” – “All I Want for Christmas” (Carey/Afanasieff)

The Late Late Showing or: the ID10T Syndrome

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I have been so far off in la-la land this week (because I’m on “vacation”) that after I recorded a new podcast on Monday, I forgot to post about it here, where more people can see and hear it. Tsk tsk…

So this episode is all about Christmas stuff… music, movies, food, “Xmas,” etc. And, I hear from Superfan Damien (from The Less Desirables), which is awesome, for the first response to a discussion starter. Thanks, buddy!

You can listen to the latest ep by visiting the Useless Things Podcast website, search your favorite podcatcher platform, Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, etc., or the TLD Network website. I’d appreciate it if you’d subscribe and hit the notification to let you know there are new episodes available. Also, if you’re so inclined, a rating, review, like would all help me tremendously. Not just for Useless Things but all the podcasts on the network.

I hope that you all have a most fantastic Christmas holiday, and happy Christmas Eve!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Die Hard is not a Christmas movie!!” – Me

Spinning Sunday or: The Not-So-Much-Haul 12/18/21

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Salutations™!!

The BCPF and I started vacation yesterday and we went into Underdog Records to pick up an album that Jonathan had put back for us. We wanted to change things up a bit. Breakfast, some wine, used book store, etc. So, here’s the one record we got:

Lambchop – I Hope You’re Sitting Down — Of course, this is a “The BCPF Thing.” She loves this band and when we were just friends, she put the song “Bon Soir Bon Soir” on a mix-tape for me. This album is kind of alt-country, kind of like the Decemberists are but not quite the same. Beautiful melodies and miserable/dark lyrics. And, it’s on Merge Records, so, that’s what we got. 2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Red & Pink Swirl. New.

Underdog Records will be open on Christmas Eve, but closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. You still have time to purchase gift singles. Jonathan takes an old 45RPM record and makes it into a gift card or certificate. You can do any amount. It’s a cool gift for your record lovers. And use Discogs to track your collection.

Until next time, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“It’s beach blanket bingo at the end of the day. And his eyes are like wading pools and his feet are like clay. And he drifts through the crowd. They all know who he is. They have seen him before. He’s just a friend of his. Oh, get out of the car, bon soir bon soir.” – “Bon Soir Bon Soir” (Wagner)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Everything’s Hunky Dory

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I apologize Dear Reader (and Dear Listener) for not having a podcast the last two weeks. I have been so busy doing the Beeswax Vinyl Daily podcast to prepare for this week that I haven’t really experienced anything, watched anything new, heard anything, done anything. Why this week? Well, with the exception of Monday, when I do TMWATT and a couple of client things, I’m on a mental health break all week and possibly the following week with the exception of a day, probably. Anyway, today is the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s fourth album, Hunky Dory, which was the first with Mick Ronson in Bowie’s band and had Rick Wakeman playing keyboards. The big tune was Changes! but this is one of my faves and I went straight to the source for it! Enjoy!

It’s a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling, “No!”
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she’s hooked to the silver screen

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


” It’s a god-awful small affair to the girl with the mousy hair. But her mummy is yelling, “No!” And her daddy has told her to go. But her friend is nowhere to be seen. Now she walks through her sunken dream to the seat with the clearest view. And she’s hooked to the silver screen.” – “Life on Mars?” (Bowie)

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 12/11/21

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Yesterday was a palindrome. Did you know that? 121121. Our day was weird because I had to spend half of it in the studio working on video set up and Zoom and all kinds of craziness that just wasn’t working the way I wanted/needed. My cousin, Gary or Kousin Gary on the Asylum – Tales from the Devereaux Diaries Podcast came up from Durham to help me out. He’s a vid production specialist, so he helped me work some things out. The BCPF and I took him to West End Cafe for a late lunch/early dinner and beers for his trouble and then took him to Underdog Records before he had to head back east. I didn’t get anything while there, but The BCPF did. Here’s her haul:

Nirvana – Nirvana — Compilation, Limited Edition, Reissue, Smoke-colored vinyl. Includes glossy double-sided insert with an essay by David Fricke, pictures, and song credits. Anti-static inner sleeve. Listed as used but still sealed, Walmart Edition.

Elton John With Ray Cooper – Live From Moscow — 2×LP, Limited Edition, Clear vinyl, 180g. Record Store Day 2019 release. Recorded at Rossiya Hall in Moscow. NM.

Weezer – Weezer — “The Black Album”. Limited Edition, Black Smoke. Black Smoke Vinyl edition limited to 2000 pressings, purchased on the Weezer Web Store. Sixth self-titled album (Black); hype sticker and promotional materials refer to it as “The Black Album.” Includes a custom inner sleeve. Pre-orders were delivered with a black spork; metal sporks were included with test pressings. NM

Gary loved Underdog Records and well, we do, too! He bought Megadeth’s Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying and a used, signed copy of Electric Circus from WASP. You should check out Underdog Records’ website and social media to see what Jonathan has gotten in and is offering for purchase. Use Discogs to track your collection.

Until next time, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“He’s the one who likes all our pretty songs. And he likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun. But he don’t know what it means, don’t know what it means, when I say, he’s the one who likes all our pretty songs. And he likes to sing along and he likes to shoot his gun. But he don’t know what it means, don’t know what it means, and I say, “Yeah”. – “In Bloom” (Cobain)