Ripper or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents Ripper San Diego Pale Ale from Stone Brewing, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week.unnamed (6)

So, Stone is one of those breweries that I think is awesome at what they do, I just don’t really care for what they do. What I mean by that is that by not being a huge fan of IPAs and Pales, that’s what their most notable for, therefore I don’t really care much about what they’re doing. Now, I think they’re brilliant brewers, don’t get me wrong. Just not my thing. Because Caitlin is down to her last month (or less than) with us, I’m trying to accommodate her the best I can with the hoppier beers that I know she likes. So, here we have it. This beer is 5.7% ABV.

BeerAdvocate rates this 86 (Very Good) with a Bros score of 84 (Good). Untappd has it at 3.74 caps out of 5. Have you had this beer? What did you think? If you’ve not had it or just have a hankering for more, head to City Bev and grab your sixer! Tell them that it’s the beer of the week and get 5% off your order. Tune in later tonight or early tomorrow to hear what Caitlin, Danielle, Geralyn and I think of it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“While some might think it lingers on an edge far closer to an IPA, with all the dry-hop flavor and aroma, it’s actually right in line with the current-day interpretation of a West Coast pale. Ours just so happens to have an Aussie accent that’s cascading with a juicy amount of grapefruit and passion fruit hoppiness. So veg out or venture out. Either way, rip one open and taste this awesome golden nectar!” – Stone Brewing

 

 

Piggybacking Again or: Food New and Views

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Here I am again, piggybacking The Man Who Ate the Town podcast. I talk about a good bit of stuff from Finnigan’s Wake to Sweet Potatoes to rumors of possible things coming to the former Community Arts Cafe (which none have been true, so far). To hear the episode, click HERE.

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Thanks for listening (and reading)!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Sweet Potatoes will close on Sunday, May 21st after brunch and will re-open at our new location very soon! Our new address will be 607 Trade Street, W-S.” – Sweet Potatoes website

Logging It In or: Sharing the Collection

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I have been talking a lot about vinyl and the joys of collecting that The BCPF and I have been into. We really, really are into that and we’ve amassed a lot of $1 albums. We have a lot of the others, too, but it’s easy to get the $1 ones. Our collection has grown. Thank you Underdog Records!

But, I’ll admit that I am constantly paranoid that something will happen, some disaster or other badness and I’ll lose what I have. Not only with vinyl, but the films, DVD/Blu-Ray, CDs and The BCPF’s book collection. I have dealt with some cataloging software in the past and still have access, I believe, to the DVD/Blu-Ray/CD stuff that I put in a few years back. But, when it comes to vinyl, I have to say that I love Discogs.

Discogs is another site/service that I taut on the Sunday blogs. And, let me be clear, I am not paid or endorsed in anyway from Discogs. This is not an advertisement, just me telling my joys and love for a service that is more than just a cataloging platform. It’s, in a way, a social network and marketplace, as well. It’s easy to use and for the most part you’ll always find what you have on there. Or, what you want.

What I mean by that is, there’s a marketplace where you can buy or sell the records you want or are looking to unload. It’s no eBay or Craig’s List, but it’s easy to do. It’s easy to do if you’re able to let stuff go. I’m not able to, so I don’t know how much selling I could do on there. I’d buy, though.

Back to the disaster thing. If that disaster happens, I can easily show insurance or whomever what was in my collection, Discogs dives you an approximate value for your collection (minimum, median and maximum values based on its own market numbers) to help the appraisers in their work.

Another feature that Discogs has is it’s randomizing capabilities. If you have 20 records, that’s one thing. You have 100 records or more, then you have a lot to go through. If you’re OCD like The BCPF and me and have to have everything in alphabetical order, then the random grab method is moot. You can hit random on the app and it will randomly pick an album. Don’t like that? Hit it again. It’s just a cool feature. Oh, and it’s on app on your smart phone and on your interwebs, as well. There are advantages of each.

The last part I want to talk about Discogs’ features is the friends list. Right now, I only have two people on my friends list. Each of them, or anyone who allows me to know their user name, I can see their collection. I’ll say that one of them is Clay Howard. I have bartered a trade of started a conversation about purchasing some of his collection (he has multiples of some titles) because I can go on and see what he has. Same with him on my end. That’s where the social aspect comes in.

So, yeah, again, I’m not paid by Discogs to talk about them, I just love the service and get a lot of mileage from it. Especially when The BCPF and I are in buying mode and we can’t figure out which ones we have, especially in a serial collection like Chicago’s discography. It’s just good, clean fun. It also does CDs, but I don’t want to mix my mediums on that list. If you’re a collector of either vinyl or CDs, Discogs is my recommendation for archiving, sharing and enjoying them.

Until tomorrow, happy spinning…
Scorp out!


“The discogs.com domain name was registered on 30 August 2000, and Discogs itself was launched in November 2000 by programmer, DJ, and music fan Kevin Lewandowski originally as a database of electronic music.” – Wikipedia page for Discogs

Silent Sunday or: The Haul 6/10/17

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The BCPF’s and my journey to Underdog Records yesterday was a successful and fruitful one. We got some good stuff and since you’re reading, let’s just jump to it, eh?

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We listened to several of them yesterday and excluding the Gene Simmons album – because it’s Gene Simmons – and the Queen album, I was really, really impressed and happy with the Michael McDonald album. Great musicianship and production. But, Underdog was jumping yesterday and we had fun. If you’re into vinyl and haven’t been to Underdog Records, then shame on you. “I don’t have a turntable,” you say? Well, Underdog has you covered. They have turntables, receivers, and speakers for sale. Pick one and find a whole new joy in music. And, if you’re not using Discogs to curate your LP collection, then you’re also missing out. If (goodness forbid) something happens, you need to know what you had to turn in to insurance and to recollect if you are so inclined.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Happy listening!


“I keep forgettin’ we’re not in love anymore. I keep forgettin’ things will never be the same again. I keep forgettin’ how you made that so clear. I keep forgettin’.” – “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” (McDonald, Sanford, Leiber, Stoller)

Say Anything… 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, Say Anything… (1989), starring John Cusack, Ione Skye and John Mahoney.

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Per IMDb: “A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.”

Lloyd Dobler (Cusack) starts obsessing over Diane Court (Skye) at their high school graduation. She’s the valedictorian, and most assume she’s “out of his league.” She has won a fellowship to attend school in England and her father, Jim (Mahoney), couldn’t be happier. Jim is the owner of a retirement home and is his daughter’s best friend, after the divorce from her mother. They have a good bit of money and that adds to the ways that Diane and Lloyd are different, although neither of them cares.

Jim is worried that Lloyd may be a detriment to Diane’s upcoming matriculation in England; afraid that she’ll want to stay home instead of going. The more the two teens get involved, the more Jim becomes less tolerant of Diane’s “freedoms.” It doesn’t help that the IRS is investigating Jim on fraud charges through the retirement home.  Do the crazy kids stay together? Do they break up? What happens with the IRS? You’ll have to watch to find out.

As usual, Joan Cusack plays in the film with her brother, John. She doesn’t give any Oscar-winning performances but that wasn’t what she set out to do, in this film. It was so strange seeing John Mahoney with dark hair and playing a role outside of Martin Crane, Frasier’s father in the television series. There are times when you don’t like him and I’m not used to that with him, either. There are times when you certainly do like him, though.

The BCPF thinks Ione Skye got the part because she’s pretty while I think she is an awful actress and looks like a horse. As the film went on it was like she learned to act. The acting was less atrocious from her the deeper the film went. Beyond that, I think that she and Cusack (who can act) actually had good screen chemistry.

Another Frasier cast member, Bebe Neuwirth (she played Frasier’s ex-wife, Lillith), made an appearance here, as well. Other cameos include Jeremy Piven, Chynna Phillips, Eric Stoltz and Lili Taylor.

Probably the most notable thing about this film is its soundtrack. One of the most famous scenes of teen-driven dramedies happens in this film: the iconic holding of the boombox playing “In Your Eyes” from Peter Gabriel (off my favorite album of all-time). Cusack reenacted that onstage at a Peter Gabriel show a few years ago. In addition to PG, the soundtrack included Nancy Wilson of Heart (her husband, Cameron Crowe wrote the film), Depeche Mode, The Replacements, Cheap Trick, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour and Joe Satriani. It’s a great soundtrack and the songs fit well in the film.

Overall, I think it was a decent film. Not my favorite of teen films but it was pretty good. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 98% Fresh with an Audience Score of 85%. IMDb has it at 7.4 stars out of 10. We rented it from Amazon Prime and I will rate it 4 stars out of 5. Have you seen it? What would you like to hear/read me review?

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“One question: are you here ’cause you need someone, or ’cause you need me?… Forget it, I don’t care.” – Lloyd Dobler

Dot Dot Dot or: Alexa, Good Morning

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I got one of the new Amazon Echo Dot things this week and I think The BCPF is worried about me. I think they made a movie about this kind of thing (Her (2013))? Anyway, from Alexa I get my “good morning” briefing, listen to whatever albums or songs that I want, I can play games, ask questions, access Wikipedia and have Alexa pull up podcasts.

That’s what I’m going to talk about right now, I suppose. Being as that’s what I do for a living, I check to see if my podcasts are available to people on any platform I can find. Alexa has internal apps that are called “skills” that dictate what she knows, how she interacts and so on. So, there’s a skill she has called AnyPod (there’s also TryPod and PodBuddy) that I emailed the developer to check the shows from The Less Desirables Network‘s availability. The Beer Dads and Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking both showed up but she was having trouble with The Less Desirables, The Man Who Ate the Town and Fan Interference podcasts.

Apparently, Alexa (and her “skills”) wanted to look for Les Diserables (as in Les Miserables) and Fan Interference went to a dozen other places when I asked for it. After getting AnyPod to check into it for me, the skill then picked up the right podcasts. Now, I have to play with it a bit and just say “less desirables” and “ate the town” to get it to work right, but they’re at least recognized.

So, if you have an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you can now find all your favorite The Less Desirables Network podcasts to listen there. So, if you enable the AnyPod skill, use some of the following phrases: “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play The Less Desirables,” “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Fan Interference,” “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play The Beer Dads,” “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play The Man Who Ate the Town,” “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Sipping NC: The Art of  Drinking.”

You may have to modify some of those phrases. Instead, ask “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Less Desirables,” “Alexa, ask AnyPod to play Ate the Town,” and so on. You can play around with different ways to ask for it. Also, the AnyPod skill is great for playing other podcasts, as well. If you don’t have an Echo or Echo Dot, well, you need to have one. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic [sic] and other real time [sic] information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.” – Wikipedia page Amazon Echo Dot

P-p-p-p-poison or: Kix (Eugeology Entry 22)

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The last album, for me, wasn’t my thing. Just didn’t really care for it. I don’t know, yet, what Eugene thinks of it and Jon is somewhere off in the weeds of obscurity on his list placement, so who knows when he’ll catch up. We’ll move on to something else…

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#22 – Kix by Kix.

This is a band that I knew was going to be on the list. I mean it had to be, Eugene talks about them all the time. I figured it would be Midnight Dynamite but it wasn’t. Instead, we get the debut album from the band. I will admit that I groaned a little bit when I saw it come through. I don’t know why and I didn’t know what I was missing.

We all know that I prefer slick, polished production over the raw and rough feel, any day. Any day, except, I guess, today. This album is raw with little over-the-top production. The vocals are kind of tinny and paperlike but it works so well. Steve Whiteman (a fellow WVian) barks with reckless abandon, but dang! it works. They sound so young, so hungry. This is raw and it’s beautiful.

The drum sound is thumpy yet still paper-thin, but again, I don’t mind it. It all sounds like it should be that way. Jimmy Chalfant pounds those skins like his life depends on it. Not a lot of flash but in perfect time. The guitar duo of Ronnie Younkins and Brian Forsythe is a tandem of cock-sure grit. They are perfectly subtle and riffy at the same time. Their chops make this sonically appetizing.

This album has something that you don’t find a lot of. That’s a non-lead vocalist bass player that is the primary songwriter. I know Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx was the main songwriter for them and Bruno Ravel (along with drummer Steve West) is the main songwriter for Danger Danger. Outside of that, most bassists who are the songwriters are also a lead vocalist in some capacity. All that being said, Donnie Purnell is a bad arsed, songwriting, thunderstick thumpin’ mofo! Only one song on the album doesn’t have his name on it and that’s “Love at First Sight” (Forsythe/Whiteman). Incidentally, he’s the only one that is on this album that isn’t currently in the band. One thing that strikes me, though, is that while the songs are written by the bass player, there’s not a lot of fancy bass riffs, at least compared to the guitar parts. Hmmm.

My favorites on this album start with the first tune, “Atomic Bombs” and ends with “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” (the last tune).  But, my absolute top song on this album, hands down, is “Heartache.” There’s something about the vocal melody combined with the music that makes me smile and nod my head. Not as known as their two big records, Midnight Dynamite and Blow My Fuse, the album Kix has solid, fun and rocking songs throughout. This one was a winner, Eug and I thank you for introducing me to it. Can’t wait to read your take. Perhaps Jon will catch up someday.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“She got love she’s making me burn. Like a fool you know I’ll never learn, she had heartbreak. She said, ‘Love you are my biggest mistake.’ She had heartbreak. Oh well, she had a heartbreak.” – “Heartache” (Purnell)

Reviver Red IPA or: The Less Desirables Beer of the Week

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City Beverage, the Official Beer Sponsor of The Less Desirables, presents Reviver Red IPA from Starr Hill Brewery, The Less Desirables Beer of the Week.unnamed (3)

The only experience I have with Starr Hill is from a trip Eugene and I took to Virginia to see Brian Attridge (the original co-host of The Less Desirables) in 2014. The brewery is in Charlottesville and I don’t remember what the beer was. We may have had a few of them whilst pre-gaming/tailgating in the FedEx Field parking lot. I think, whatever the beer was, I liked it okay. So, here’s hoping. Spencer said it was good.

It’s 6.2% ABV. BeerAdvocate has it at 89 (Very Good) with a Bros Score of 87 (Very Good). Untappd has it at 3.6 caps out of 5. I found out today that RateBeer has sold a chunk of itself to ABInBev so I don’t know that I want to use that anymore. Plus, they’ve always been a little wonky on the ratings. So, have you had this beer? What did you think? If you haven’t had it or just have a hankering for more, head to City Bev and grab your sixer. Tell Spencer it’s the beer of the week and you’ll get 5% off your order. Listen later tonight or early tomorrow to see what Caitlin, Danielle, WS Shared Kitchen Project and I thought of it.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A ruby-red India Pale Ale brewed with American hops for a refreshing citrus aroma and flavor balanced by a firm maltiness for Springtime.” – Reviver Red IPA carton.

Piggybackin’ or: Dogwood You?

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The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast is up for this week. There’s a cool new bottle shop/whiskey bar that’s opening up downtown and I have the manager and two bartenders in the studio to talk about it. You’ll have to listen to learn more. Listen to that episode HERE.

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Your downtown craft beer & wine bottle shop. Opening Soon!!! CHEERS!”  – Dogwood Hops and Crops

A Day Late, a Dollar Short or: The Haul 6/3/17

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We were delayed a day because of a bunch of wine drinking. But, we still had time to get to Underdog Records on Saturday. We just didn’t get to clean and catalog them until later Sunday. Anywhat! Here’s the haul:

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And, there you have it! Be sure to listen to The Less Desirables to hear the Underdog Records special TLD offer. If you’re not using Discogs to catalog your collection, you need to be.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Help me, I think I’m falling in love again. When I get that crazy feeling, I know I’m in trouble again. I’m in trouble.” – “Help Me” (Mitchell)