Now Normal Chronicles or: Obscure

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Today is the 49th anniversary of one of my favorite Pink Floyd albums, Obscured by Clouds. I like it so much because it’s unlike any other Pink Floyd album; before or after it. It’s not the psychedelic prog stuff before it and certainly not the mind rock prog stuff that came after. This was like an experiment for them. The songs are straight-forward rock things with some Floyd aspects thrown in. I really enjoy it. Here’s one of my faves from the album done composite-like.

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Scorp out!


“The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime. You shuffle in gloom of the sickroom and talk to yourself as you die.” – “Free Four” (Water)

Piggyback or: Yes, THAT Doug Davis

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On this week’s episode of The Less Desirables, we had Doug Davis (yes, THAT Doug Davis) on to talk about the upcoming Vagabond Saints Society show in which they do the music of The Rolling Stones. This will happen at the Ramkat in Industry Hill and it will be an outside show that is free to the public. It’s on June 18th (a Friday night). Yes, I am doing five songs in this show.

Doug also talked about his numerous projects and what he’s been doing during the pandemic to keep busy and keep his sanity. Give it a listen here.

Tracy, me, Doug

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“To put these shows together was always a crazy challenge.” – Doug Davis

Memorial Day Feast or: The Spread

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Yesterday was Memorial Day and man did we feast. The whole family was there. My friends over at Mr. Barbecue hooked me up with some delicious victuals to share with my tribe. We had a pan of Mr. Barbecue’s famous pulled pork and “B” sauce. We had their baked beans, potato salad, white (cole) slaw, barbecue (red) slaw and they sent along two packages of buns. We chowed down on all of it. It was so good and so much fun to be able to reintroduce my family to what is, in my opinion, the best barbecue in town. Thank you to Jimmy Carros and his crew over at Mr. Barbecue for an incredible Memorial Day meal.

They now have a drive-thru and were able to retain their grandfathered status even after the fire and kept the wood-fired ovens that made their bbq so delicious. They have extended hours from 1030a-930p. So much deliciousness over there. When you go, tell them that The Man Who Ate the Town sent you!!!

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Scorp out!


Since 1962, Mr. Barbecue has been serving GREAT barbecue to Winston-Salem, NC and the surrounding areas!” – Mr. Barbecue

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 5/29/21

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The BCPF and I got to Underdog Records right after opening and Jonathan and De had spent the week rearranging the store, so we had to get our bearings but it was cool to see the change. We had a beer tour with The Joneses last night so we only got one album in for listening. Here’s the haul:

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Kanye West – The College Dropout — The College Dropout is the debut studio album by Kanye. It was #298 on the RS list that matters and #74 on the one that doesn’t. Here’s what I said about it when I listened in 2015: Okay, Kanye is an a-hole. I’ve said it. I just now said it, again. The POTUS even said he was an idiot. Some of the things he does, yeah, makes him look like one. I think he’s an attention wh*re and enjoys being such. But, while he does look like an idiot, I don’t think that he is one. This is his debut album and it took a long time to record. He uses samples from several of his 1Kanyewest_collegedropoutcontemporaries throughout the album. It’s been a while since the “N” word was prevalent in an “RST500” album but I knew this was going to have it in there. I was right. That’s bad for me, but he’s got a decent voice and isn’t too abrasive in the raps. He uses a good bit of actual singing vocals from others, like “All Falls Down” with Syleena Johnson. “I’ll Fly Away,” by Albert Brumley is a modern gospelized version of the tune that heard growing up going to Ma Mère’s (and eventually Ma Père’s as well) Pentecostal-Hades-Fire-and-Brimstone church. Yes, Dear Reader, I haven’t always been the heathen I am today. Let me say, it sounds a lot better on this album that it ever did in that little white church by the creek. Kanye seems to have fun, but is serious. Lots of musicality and I’ll be honest, I didn’t hate listening to it. I’ll admit that with 20 tracks it does tend to become background music, but at the same time, it’s very accessible (minus the “N” word). The last song, “Last Call,” pretty much is KW talking about the making of the album and signing the deal with Roc-A-Fella records after Capitol passed on him. I like the behind the scenes stuff. All in all, I dug it.
2×LP, Reissue. New.

Lou Barlow – Reason To Live — The BCPF has been a long-time fan of Lou Barlow’s. She likes him in Sebadoh, Folk Implosion and solo. We were at a concert for Superchunk once and she got to meet Lou. She had to lean in because the music was loud. She said he had great-smelling hair. Okay. This came out this week. Limited Edition, Blue Baby vinyl. New.

The Cure – Faith — The third studio album by Robert Smith and company. We didn’t have this on vinyl and it was there, brand-spankin’ new and calling our name. We picked it up. Reissue, Remastered, 180g. Has Rhino Vinyl hype sticker, includes the text “Remastered by Robert Smith” and “180 gram heavyweight vinyl”. New.

The Cure – Pornography — Then, the fourth studio album from The Cure. Same as above. We didn’t. Now, we do. Reissue, Remastered, 180g. Has Rhino Vinyl hype sticker, includes the text “Remastered by Robert Smith” and “180 gram heavyweight vinyl”. New.

Billy Joel – Piano Man — The second album from BJ. This is in EX condition and while we already had this, it wasn’t in this good of condition.

Billy Joel – The Bridge — The tenth studio album by Billy Joel, released on July 9, 1986, just after I moved here to WSNC. It was the last studio album produced by Phil Ramone as well as the last to feature Joel’s long-time bassist Doug Stegmeyer and rhythm guitarist Russell Javors. I remember seeing the video for “A Matter of Trust” and liking it. I have to admit that other than the radio hits that J104 played in WV, I didn’t know much about Billy Joel at the time, so this was one of the first things that I got to see him in. I didn’t have MTV until we moved here. I like the tunes on the album. EX.

Various – Newport Broadside — The BCPF if fascinated by the Newport Folk Festival, even though she’s never been to it. I didn’t know that it was started in 1959. I thought it was a relatively new festival. Hmmm… This is one of the first comp albums released from this festival. This was from 1963. It features Joan Baez, Bob Davenport, Bob Dylan, The Freedom Singers, Jim Garland, Sam Hinton, Peter La Farge, Ed McCurdy, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and Pete Seeger. As far as I can tell, this is an original pressing and is in EX condition.

Roger Laredo And His Orchestra – Italy — Italian music from, you guessed it… Roger Laredo and his orchestra. EX.

You really need to go see the newly rearranged store. More space and things are easier to get to, I think. Jonathan is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11a-7p. You can order new (unused) vinyl 24/7 by visiting the Underdog Records website. Record Store Day Drop #1 is June 12 so go to the RSD website and see what is coming! I use Discogs to track my collection, what I may need and use their marketplace to collect my records. you should, too!

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Some love is just a lie of the heart. The cold remains of what began with a passionate start. And they may not want it to end. But it will, it’s just a question of when.” – “A Matter of Trust” (Joel)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Isn’t That Suite?

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Today is the 52nd anniversary of the self-titled debut album by Crosby, Stills & Nash. That album has a shload of fantastic tunes. It is #262 on the RS list that matters and #161 on the one that doesn’t, however I think the second one has it more accurate. This is a great cover, enjoy!

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“I’ve got an answer… I’m going to fly away. What have I got to lose? Will you come see me Thursdays and Saturdays? What have you got to lose?” – “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (Stills)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Six Feet Tall

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Today is the 30th anniversary of Johnny Marr’s (Smiths) and Bernard Sumner’s (Joy Division/New Order) collaboration debut, Electronic which was the band’s name, too. I had never heard of this until The BCPF told me about it. But, here it is. There were several covers but I thought this from 2019 was a good representation. Enjoy!

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“I’ve always thought of you as my brick wall. Built like an angel, six feet tall. Six feet tall. And when you go away, I start to weep. You’re too expensive girl to keep. Isn’t it sweet?” – “Get the Message” (Marr/Sumner)

Now Normal Chronicles or: It’s Alright

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Today is the 58th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s second studio album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. I have never been a Dylan fan but I think that was all his later electric stuff and the live stuff where he’s always shouting. I say he writes great songs but I’d rather hear someone else sing them. This album, I really, really like. This song, is the one that I say I will always prefer his version. It has a lot of meaning for The BCPF, which I won’t divulge as it’s not my story to tell. But, I love this song. This (again) is not my favorite version but it is an interesting take on it. Enjoy!

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Scorp out!


“And it ain’t no use in turning on your light, babe. The light I never knowed. And it ain’t no use in turning on your light, babe. I’m on the dark side of the road. But I wish there was something you would do or say to try and make me change my mind and stay. But we never did too much talking anyway. But don’t think twice, it’s all right.” – “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright)” (Dylan)

The Other Piggyback or: Woo Woo Woo

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On The Less Desirables this evening, we had Beth Blair and Jay McNulty of the new Honu Global. As explained on their website:

Bethany, Jay, me, Beth

After many years in various careers, we decided to share our creativity and experience. Our passion for creating beautiful things is unbounded and we express them in our work and offer them in our gallery or at selected partners. If you want to reimagine your business, we can empower your team by working side by side to curate, stage and design for maximum impact and sales.

The cool thing, too, is that Jay is a beer maker, so we got to try both the Elderberry Ale and the English Nut Brown Ale that he made. We enjoyed those beers a lot!

You should give the show a listen, which you can do here.

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Scorp out!


“It all starts with an idea, share yours with us.” – Honu Global

Now Normal Chronicles or: Holy Smokes!

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Today is the 38th anniversary of Dio’s debut album, Holy Diver. I have never been a huge Dio fan, but I appreciate and respect what the band, and Ronnie James Dio, too, did for the metal genre. I like RJD’s stuff, I just don’t go seeking it out. Anywhat! Here’s a good version of the title track done by Burning Witches. They do a great job. The camera crew, though needs some help. They don’t know who to focus the shot on when the solos are happening. Amateurs… Enjoy!

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Scorp out!


“Holy Diver. You’ve been down too long in the midnight sea. Oh, what’s becoming of me? Ride the tiger. You can see his stripes but you know he’s clean. Oh, don’t you see what I mean? Gotta get away. Holy Diver, yeah.” – “Holy Diver” (Dio)