Honor or: De Oppresso Liber

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Today is Armistice Day and Veterans Day. They are basically the same thing, however, they started a little differently.

According to Wikipedia: Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France at 5:45 am,  for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days and had to be extended several times. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.

I believe it was meant to honor the “war dead” from World War I.

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At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). To be clear, November 11, or more specifically Veterans Day, is not for remembering the dead, although we can certainly honor them, as well. But, Memorial Day is for the memory of fallen soldiers. Veterans Day is for honoring all soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines (and don’t forget those in the National Guard, Coast Guard and Reserves), as long as they weren’t dishonorably discharged).

I have never wanted to be in the military but I respect them for what they do to make sure that we can protest, speak out, make a living, own property, come and go as we please, listen to the music we want to, and vote for those that we choose to represent us among many other things. I appreciate being able to live as I wish. I appreciate all that you do. As should we all!

Happy Veterans Day!
Scorp out!


“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” – Alexander Hamilton

 

 

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 11/9/19

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We did get to go to Underdog Records yesterday but we didn’t get to listen to any of the loot. We were shopping for fixtures for the upgrades to the house and going to a housewarming party for a friend. We had a great day but it involved little music. Here’s the haul:

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First, there is Regatta de Blanc from the Police but no one has put this reissue on Discogs yet and I don’t want to be the one that does, so I’m holding out for that. Anyway, A&M or someone is reissuing the whole Police catalog, but only Regatta and the next entry were released this week. Regatta is #New.

  • The Police – Zenyattà Mondatta — 2019 rerelease of The Police’s third album. New.
  • Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman — #263 on the RS list. This album is an amazing piece of work. There is much more to the album than just “Fast Car.” Some have called it a bit political but I think she passes that off as being subjective. Great album, again. VG+.
  • Y & T – Black Tiger — This was featured in the Eugeology series from 2017. It was entry #21. You can read my then commentary here. I haven’t listened since but I like to have things that could be musically important. This is the Japanese release and is in immaculate condition. NM.
  • David Bowie – Never Let Me Down — Released in 1987, this was the last solo album from Bowie until 1993. In between, he formed Tin Machine and still toured although he retired his back catalog. I don’t know what he was thinking there, really. I think he just wanted to recharge and reinvent. I don’t really know much about this album, but it was there and I grabbed it. VG++.
  • John Lennon – Walls And Bridges — Original cover with die-cut flaps. This was Lennon’s fifth solo record and had the hits “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” and “#9 Dream.” VG++.
  • Jethro Tull – Stand Up — I’ve never been a big fan of Tull, outside of a few songs here and there. I don’t know how I feel about this album, either, but I do like “A New Day Yesterday,” which I performed with Vagabond Saints Society when they did a night of Jethro Tull. EX/VG++.
  • George Harrison – Extra Texture (Read All About It) — Harrison’s sixth solo album, it was his final album under his contract with Apple Records and EMI, and the last studio album issued by Apple. There were a lot of superstar guest musicians and the album didn’t do very well. But, it is what it is. EX/VG++.
  • Faces – A Nod Is As Good As A Wink…To A Blind Horse — Faces’ third album and probably their defining moment. They were riding a high from Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” solo hit and were ready to go. They shuffled up some of the lead vocal duties and that made some of the members frustrated, especially bassist Ronnie Lane.  Found this is the $1 bin and there are two more $1 albums that for whatever reason didn’t get into my Discogs collection. Well, one I know was because it wasn’t in Discogs and the other I must have just skipped. G+.

A good day and I hope to listen to these things soon. Jonathan was in a good mood and we had a few minutes to laugh and talk. I always love that. He has some new-to-the-store electronics for sale and he’s always adding new stock to the “freshly new” bins. Listen to the latest episode of The Less Desirables to hear the TLD/UR special of the week. I use Discogs to keep track of my collection and bring this “haul” to you.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Poets, priests, and politicians have words to thank for their positions. Words that scream for your submission. And no one’s jamming their transmission. Because when their eloquence escapes you, their logic ties you up and rapes you.” – “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da” (Sting)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Business as Usual

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Today is the 38th anniversary of Men At Work’s debut album, Business As Usual. I loved this album and listened to it a lot. My favorite tune on the album is probably “Be Good Johnny” but I felt this was a good cover and it is pretty unique. I almost played a Colin Hay acoustic version as The BCPF and I saw him on her birthday in 2011 and it was a great show. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Lyin’ in a den in Bombay with a slack jaw, and not much to say. I said to the man, “Are you trying to tempt me because I come from the land of plenty?” – “Down Under” (HayStrykert)

Untitled or: That Led Zep Thing

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Today (November 8) is the 48th anniversary of that untitled Led Zeppelin album that fans and everyone else just calls “Zoso” or Led Zeppelin IV. But, really, it wasn’t ever officially titled. Is it their best album? That’s debatable. It certainly has the song that is probably the first thing that jumps in anyone’s mind when they hear the words “Led Zeppelin.” Yeah, it’s predictable but it brings tears to my eyes almost every time I hear it. Especially this version and in front of those who wrote it and with Bonzo’s kid (whom I have met and opened for) on drums. It’s a great thing. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“And as we wind on down the road, our shadows taller than our soul. There walks a lady we all know, who shines white light and wants to show how everything still turns to gold. And if you listen very hard the tune will come to you at last. When all are one and one is all. To be a rock and not to roll.” – “Stairway to Heaven” (Page/Plant)

The Week That Kept Me or: The Continuing Saga of Events to Be Distracted By

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I’m going to be honest with you here, Dear Reader. That’s what I always try to do. Full transparency, I’m writing this post for Thursday on Sunday after. The week got away from me. The good news was it was stuff that was important or events that were paying gigs, or whatever. Can’t be helped, really. Especially now that it has happened. Anywhat!

Today (November 7) is the 36th anniversary of Yes’ biggest album of the 80s, 90125. This wasn’t the biggest hit on the album but I enjoy the whole album so why not pick something else? The band doing this are great musicians and are Spanish from what I can tell. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I’m moving through some changes. I’ll never be the same. Something you did touched me. There’s no one else to blame.  The love we had has fallen. The love we used to share. We’ve given up pretending, as if you didn’t care.” – “Changes” (Rabin/Anderson/White)

Groovin’ or: Oh, For Heavens Sake

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Today in the DJ for the Ren-o sessions, I played two albums that had the same exact anniversary. That’s Tonight I’m Yours from Rod Stewart and Shake It Up from The Cars. Both of those were from November 6, 1981.

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Then came a random grab of Breakfast in America from Supertramp. I played The Chronic from Dr. Dre next for Brian and then I played the debut KISS album.

Then, I played the two Heavens Sake albums (not on vinyl, unfortunately) and reminisced about my time in that band. Those were good musical times. I talked with Bobby, the drummer and David, the guitarist. We talked a little about those times and we may do some stuff in the future. I would like that.

Anyway, tomorrow, we hit it again. I may or may not be here to play DJ. We’ll see.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Now I believe in what you say, is the undisputed truth. But I have to have things my own way to keep me in my youth. Like a ship without an anchor, like a slave without a chain. Just the thought of those sweet ladies sends a shiver through my veins. And I will go on shining, shining like brand new. I’ll never look behind me, my troubles will be few.” – “Goodbye Stranger” (Davies/Hodgson)

The Renovation DJ or: Spinning the Reconstruction

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Today I got to spin some records whilst my house was being redone. Last night I received an email from the painter, Chris and he said he was listening to Thelonius Monk and said that he’d like to hear some Miles Davis on vinyl. I told him that I had him covered. So, when they got here this morning, I played Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew from Miles Davis.

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And, I played Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends ~ Ladies and Gentlemen a live album from Emerson, Lake & Palmer from around 1974. It was a great listen. That was for the benefit of the HVAC folks who were taking the air handler out of the closet it was in.

Then, a random grab led me to Hunky Dory from Bowie. Then, because Chris’ worker asked me to play some funk, I threw some Maggot Brain from Funkadelic in for good measure. It was a good record listening day for me, I had fun and my house started to come back together. Yay me and The BCPF!

Let’s see what happens tomorrow!

Until then, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I once had a life, or rather, life had me. I was one among many or at least I seemed to be. Well, I read an old quotation in a book just yesterday. Said ‘Gonna reap just what you sow the debts you make you have to pay.’ Can you get to that?” – “Can You Get to That?” (Clinton/Harris)

Let The Madness Begin or: Piggybackin’ and Patchin’

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Tomorrow, the renovation of my house after the Great Flood of 2019 will begin. The kitchen will get a few new walls and a new paint color. The laundry room will get new walls, new floors and a new color. The bathroom will get new walls, new floors, new paint color and if The BCPF and I have any say, a new vanity, basin and lighting. We will see how all that goes.

But, today, I also published two podcast episodes. One for The Man Who Ate the Town and one for The Beer Dads. Click on the links to hear the episodes.

Until tomorrow (with dust and stuff)…
Scorp out!


“I tell people marriage is a compromise, and so are renovations.” – Candice Olson

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 11/2/19

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In addition to The BCPF’s and my usual Saturday routine, we had to go by Lowe’s to pick out stuff for the renovation project from the “Flood of 2019.” But, we had fun doing that. We also got to go to our happy place which is Underdog Records. We picked up some good stuff and got to talk with Jonathan, so that’s always a plus. Here’s what we got:

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  • R.E.M. – Monster — I have talked a lot about the Vagabond Saints Society in the past. The first show I ever performed with them was the “REM – The Later Years” show around 2007 or so. I had two songs with VSS on that show and one was on this album, “Crush with Eyeliner.” I liked that song then and I like it now. The rest of the album is okay, but it’s one that The BCPF never had on any medium, so yay, us! 2xLP with an entire remix album, so it’s like two-in-one. New.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty – Chronicle – The 20 Greatest Hits — This is #59 on the RS list and yes, it is a compilation album. I didn’t listen through it because I didn’t listen to “greatest hits” albums after the Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn ones. Whew! But, this has a lot of great CCR on it and it was in a weird green vinyl, so I picked it up after it sitting in the bin for a while. 2xLP. New.
  • Cheap Trick – One On One — Cheap Trick’s sixth studio album and the first one to feature Jon Brandt after Tom Petersson left the band. It looks like Brandt only played bass on a few songs and that Rick Nielsen played on most of it. So, there must have been a transition period before Brandt showed up and when they started recording. This album isn’t my fave from them but it has some good stuff: “If You Want My Love,” “She’s Tight,” “I Want You,” and more. VG+.
  • Procol Harum – The Best Of Procol Harum — Jonathan at Underdog has told me many, many times of his love for Procol Harum. This is a greatest hits compilation and I’m looking forward to what they call “hits.” We’re all familiar with “White Shade of Pale” and possibly moderately aware of “Conquistador” but the rest, I’m interested in. VG++.
  • The Kinks – Give The People What They Want — The 18th album from The Kinks, this was in their “Early 80s” phase. I think it was a good time for them. It wasn’t British Invasion popularity or even feel (duh!) but I think, still, it was good. The singles on this album were “Better Things,” “Destroyer” and “Predictable.” VG++.
  • The Kinks – State Of Confusion — The 19th (yep, the follow up to the previous entry) released from The Kinks. The best-known song from this album (and pretty much any Kinks album since the 60s in the US, at least) is “Come Dancing.” Missing from this LP version but on the cassette version was a song called “Long Distance.” Turns out that my friend Parke Puterbaugh, who was a critic for Rolling Stone magazine commented, “there’s no excuse for omitting [‘Long Distance’ from the LP version of State of Confusion]”. I need to find it on streaming or something. VG++.

The haul was somewhat light this week but we filled in some listening time with some Nine Inch Nails records that my pal Daniel Butner let us borrow. I’m trying to absorb some of it and a lot of it I like, but a lot of it, I still don’t get, but it’s growing on me. Underdog Records celebrated its anniversary this past Friday and that’s always a great time/thing to celebrate. They have a few new pieces of used equipment if you’d like to get your listening stations updated! Listen to each new episode of The Less Desirables to hear the TLD/UR special of the week. Use Discogs to keep track of your music collection.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I know you. I know you’ve seen her. She’s a sad tomato. She’s three miles of bad road. Walking down the street. Will I never meet her? She’s a real woman-child. 
Oh, my kiss breath turpentine.” – “Crush With Eyeliner” (Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Outlandish Outlandos

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Today is the 41st anniversary of The Police’s debut album Outlandos d’Amour. Not my favorite of all their albums but it is tied for second with all the other Police albums that aren’t Synchronicity. You probably would have expected “Roxanne” as my song for this, but, nope. I found this heavier ska/punk band to do a cover of this tune. I generally don’t like that kind of music, but it just sounds like a harder, heavier version of The Police. I like their energy. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I called you so many times today and I guess it’s all true, what your girlfriends say. That you don’t ever want to see me again and your brother’s gonna kill me and he’s six feet ten. I guess you’d call it cowardice but I’m not prepared to go on like this” – “Can’t Stand Losing You” (Sting)