Lone Desirable or: The Day Before

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The day before a Thursday holiday is a boon for business, usually, for bars and restaurants because most people don’t have to work the next day. That is one reason to give Danielle the night off. 20190703_150915-01

Bethany, other than going to Nicaragua, which was mostly a business trip, doesn’t get many nights off and she doesn’t miss TLD for, really, anything. A relaxing night off is just one reason to give her the night off.

Finding guests the day before a major holiday is a daunting and most likely impractical task. And, I don’t get days or nights off (heck I worked this morning already) usually, so that’s just one reason to give me the night off.

Needless to say, all the factors included, it was just a good idea to take the night off. However, I don’t miss weeks for TLD so, I did a short (less than 20 minutes) podcast just wishing everyone a happy Fourth of July!

To, Danielle, Bethany, Bull’s Tavern, Underdog Records, X1 Communications, Machine Gun Graphics, Washington Perk, Finnigan’s Wake, King’s Crab Shack, Willows Bistro and all the businesses in Industry Hill, have a great holiday!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“If you feel like you’re getting into a rut with a song, a night off usually fixes it.” – Levon Helm

The Residence or: Cosmo’s Crazy Pad

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We did a special Fourth of July edition of Apartment 5B today. A5BLogoTestCrop

Other than the music history section, everything was U-S-A all the way.

We talked about a Mental Floss article that was kind of a let down with “facts about July Fourth that you didn’t know.” Most of it… we knew.

We talked about our “Mount Rushmore” of movies that have “America” or “American” in the title. A “Mount Rushmore” is our collective top 4 that should be the pinnacle, or at least as we see it, of the genre/subject we discuss.

Of course, there are throat punches and “F your birthdays” happening. It’s a lot of fun but it is seriously NSFW.

You can listen to the episode HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“America! *#@$ yeah!” – “Team America”

The Piggyback Thus Far or: Happy Monday

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We did The Man Who Ate the Town today and talked a lot about Shalom Project and Hutch & Harris’ closing as well as a fantasy scenario about how I’d like downtown to reshape itself. logo+level+trees+(1)

On The Beer Dads, we talk about inconsiderate folks who don’t empty their voicemails and other annoyances.

Listen to TMWATT HERE.
Listen to TBD HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“If anything is good for pounding humility into you permanently, it’s the restaurant business.” – Anthony Bourdain

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 6/29/19

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Whilst our early routine was the same, we had to rearrange our afternoon routine because I got The BCPF a massage to help her with a neck problem she was having. But, we finally got home after the massage and the record-buying from Underdog Records (of course) and got some quality time with a few albums. Here’s the haul:

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  • Massive Attack – Blue Lines — #397 on the RS list. This is one of the best trip-hop albums, ever. Even The BCPF, who doesn’t usually care for a lot of electronic/trip-hop stuff, said that this was nice. It could be one to highlight for Ember Audio + Design’s PVD sessions. Great album and it was Massive Attack’s debut. New.
  • The White Stripes – Elephant — #390 on the RS list. It’s a 2xLP set that has probably the band’s signature and best-known tune, “Seven Nation Army” which is really a play on what Jack White used to call the Salvation Army as a child. I remember liking it when I listened on the list, I look forward to listening again. New.
  • Built To Spill – Perfect From Now On — One of the first concerts I went to with The BCPF was Built to Spill in Carrboro way back when. She’s a huge fan and I dig them, too.  She says this is her favorite release by them, so I’m glad we got it. New.
  • Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger — In 1991, there were three albums that came out within weeks of each other. Pearl Jam’s Ten (got it #209 on the RS list) came first and Nirvana’s Nevermind (got it #17 on that list) and this album came out on the same day. When I think of the Seattle movement’s foray into the mainstream (although it wasn’t really into the mainstream then) those three albums are the doors that opened. I hated Nirvana and didn’t like much about Pearl Jam but I dug Soundgarden. Somehow this album didn’t make the RS list, but its successor, Superunknown did (#335 but I don’t have it, yet). Of the three singers, Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell, Cornell kicked the most arse. Unfortunately, we only have Vedder left of the three. I did perform “Outshined” in the first band that I was ever the lead singer/bassist for. New.
  • The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World — I don’t know anything about this album, but I love The Decemberists so it has to be good, right? The BCPF noticed it right before we left Underdog Records. So, she grabbed it. VG++/NM.
  • Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill — The BCPF wanted it. So, she got it. VG++.
  • The Del Fuegos – The Longest Day — I have heard of this band, but honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song by them. But, the time period – mid-80s – is something that makes me think I’ll dig it. It’s their debut album. Let’s see. VG++.
  • The Del Fuegos – Stand Up — Because there were two back to back, why not. This is their third studio album (1987) and the last before one of the Zanes brothers and one of their drummers quit. They had another album after this and then had a reunion tour and EP happen in 2012. VG+.
  • Joe Cocker – Luxury You Can Afford — Joe’s seventh studio album that had a lot of Muscle Shoals session players including Barry Beckett, Allen Toussaint (who also produced the album), Billy Preston, Donny Hathaway, Dr. John, Chuck Rainey and more. VG.
  • The Tubes – Remote Control — It was The Tubes first album with producer Todd Rundgren. According to Wikipedia, “It is a concept album about a television-addicted idiot savant based on the book Being There by Jerzy Kosinski.” It was a $1 bin find and is most likely in VG condition.
  • Various – High Society (Motion Picture Soundtrack) — 1956 musical film starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. The BCPF grabbed it. $1 bin find. VG.
  • Various – Grease – The Original Broadway Cast Album — The original from 1972, six years before the film. $1 bin find. VG.
  • Claudine Longet – We’ve Only Just Begun — The BCPF and I (and now 3B) are all fans of The Gilmore Girls television show. Twice in the show, there is mention of Claudine Longet. Longet was the wife of Andy Williams from the late 60s to about 1975. Longet and Williams were friends of RFK and his wife. They were in the Kennedy suite of the Ambassador hotel, awaiting Bobby to finish accepting the nomination for the Democratic party when Kennedy was shot. Years later, after the couple split, Longet was convicted of negligent homicide in the shooting death of Olympic skier, Spider Sabich. So, more than her music, she’s known for other things, which makes her very interesting. It’s a fun listen, too. It was $1 bin find and is VG.

Lots of good listening yesterday and beyond. Underdog Records had an in-store yesterday and it was starting to get busy when we left. I love seeing that store busy. And, I got to see Jonathan three days in a row. At the Ramkat on Thursday for BYOV, Friday at the Ember Audio + Design PVD and then yesterday. That’s what I call a good week. Listen to each new episode of The Less Desirables to hear the TLD/UR special of the week. Also, I use Discogs to catalog and track what I have in my vinyl collection so when The BCPF says, “do we have this?” I can say definitively, yes or no.

Until tomorrow, keep spinning…
Scorp out!


“I can’t get that sound you make out of my head. I can’t even figure out what’s making it. It feels like fingernails across the moon or do you rub your wings together. There’s a mean bone in my body. It’s connected to the problems that I won’t take for an answer and I won’t take that from you. Because I’d hurt a fly.” – “I Would Hurt a Fly” (Martsch)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Andromida With an I

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Today is the 51st anniversary of Pink Floyd’s second album A Saucerful of Secrets. I still haven’t gotten it (fully) on vinyl. The Record Store Day version that I got is one of a handful that was pressed with the wrong first side master. So, I have some EDM tune on side one and side two is correct. But, I’ll get it eventually. I figured it would be hard to find a good cover of something on this album but this band out of Egypt, Andromida (Egypt) does a pretty good job. The drummer handles the Richard Wright vocals while doing some Nick Mason stuff. That’s impressive. They spell Andromida with an “i” because they’re Iron Maiden fans as well. I think that’s a silly reason, but it’s not my place to judge, right? Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Remember a day before today, A day when you were young. Free to play alone with time. Evening never comes. Sing a song that can’t be sung without the morning’s kiss. Queen, you shall be it if you wish. Look for your king. Why can’t we play today? Why can’t we stay that way?” – “Remember a Day” (Wright)

Sparking the Ember or: Vinyltastic

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After a few too many years of being gone from WSNC, Ember Audio + Design is back and tonight was their first PVD night in the new space. PVD means Public Vinyl Demo and it’s basically a listening party.

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I never got to go to any of the ones they did when they were on Trade Street. I say didn’t get to go, but what I mean is, I just never got around to it. I didn’t know what to expect, really.

So, we just sat in on the listening party because we didn’t bring something to be played.  The cool thing about this listening party is that you get to hear your own or other people’s favorite or interesting musical finds on an audio system that chances are you are never going to own. That’s not a bad thing, high-end hi-fi systems are super expensive, sure, but man, there’s something about hearing vinyl (which already sounds better than other media) on a system that probably costs in the 10s of thousands of dollars (I’m guessing here). Deep booming lows. Crisp and clear highs. Lush and rich strings and choirs. It’s like a blanket covering you with aural comfort, warming the cockles of your heart.

But, the store isn’t only about high-end audio equipment. Ember Audio + Design’s Facebook page says they are also: “Modern Furniture and Accessory retailer, featuring work from local and national designers, and audio gear from all over the world. We seek brands that offer the highest performance for the value – companies that have their own design teams in-house, and more often than not, manufacture everything themselves.”

The BCPF and I had a great time listening to this PVD and are already contemplating what we are taking to the next PVD session at the new store.

To Chris and Jamie Livengood, you guys have a great new place and I’m so glad to be part of Industry Hill with you and I look forward to a lot of PVD sessions, too. You should check them out, Dear Reader!! Also, keep an ear out for when Jamie and Chris come on The Less Desirables to talk with us more about the store and give you more info about what Ember Audio + Design is all about!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“In an effort to bring the best sound quality, ease of use, and design elements together, we’ve brought on the very best options at every price point – so, whether you’re just buying your first turntable, or finishing your journey off with the perfect listening chair, we’ve got you covered.” – EMBER Audio + Design.

It’s Cosmic or: Shacking Up

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In the latest edition of “dang-I-am-gettin’-old,” we share the fact that it is the 30th anniversary of B-52s Cosmic Thing. Yeah the one with “Love Shack,” “Roam” and “Channel Z.” So, take a listen. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I am livin’ on Channel Z!” –  “Channel Z” (Pierson/Wilson/Schneider)

Can You Be a Vagabond in a Car? or: Less Than Normal

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It was a weird week for me as far as podcasting goes. Of the five TLD Network shows, only The Less Desirables was recorded, although we may pull off a Fan Interference tomorrow, we’ll see. But, it was a good episode of The Less Desirables. Charyl Ann Lipstreu was in the studio and we talked about art, body painting, life, music, beer and the big show she has coming up at AFAS’ Red Dog Studio starting next Friday. 08c6c-tld

Once I was finished with the production of TLD, I ran over to Doug Davis’ studio to run through two Cars songs for the VSS Cars shows this summer. I wasn’t supposed to get over there because, well, Wednesdays are reserved for TLD. We were done early so there you go!

I did pretty good for just learning them today.

Anywhat! Listen to this week’s episode of TLD HERE.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Life’s the same I’m moving in stereo. Life’s the same except for my shoes. Life’s the same you’re shakin’ like tremolo. Life’s the same it’s all inside you.” – “Moving in Stereo” (Hawkes/Ocasek)