Sounds Like Saturday or: Everything’s Hunky Dory

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Salutations™!!

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)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Spinning

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You may (or probably didn’t) notice that I didn’t do a post last Sunday. I also didn’t do a Useless Podcast this week. I didn’t have anything to say this week. Other than it was a poop week. Last week, we didn’t go to Underdog Records, so I didn’t make a post on Sunday. There you have it. I told you it will be at my whim, now. Sorry if I left you hanging. Today is the 53rd anniversary of the self-titled second album from Blood, Sweat & Tears. It had a couple of hits. This is one of them. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“What goes up must come down. Spinnin’ wheel got to go round. Talkin’ ’bout your troubles, it’s a cryin’ sin. Ride a painted pony, let the spinnin’ wheel spin.” – “Spinning Wheel” (Clayton)

Sounds Like Saturday or: I Said It!

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Today is the 34th anniversary of Foreigner’s Inside Information album. This was the last to feature Lou Gramm as he went on to do a solo thing. This was the first hit from it and this dude does a good job. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I can’t sleep, I keep dreaming of losing you. I feel so alone in the night, scared to open my eyes. I’m in too deep, I’m in over my head this time.” – “Say You Will” (Jones)

How’d I Get Behind? or: Two in One

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Salutations™!!

So, on Monday, I recorded a podcast for Useless Things. But, I forgot to post it here. I did post it on the Useless Things Podcast page and on the TLD Network page.

On Monday, I talked about my birthday/Friendsgiving celebration at The Katharine Brasserie and Bar as well as remembering Eric Carr and Freddie Mercury. You can listen to that episode, here.

Today, I talked about Beeswax Vinyl Daily and clarified what the Billboard, Grammy, AMA, RS list, and RIAA certifications, and such all mean when I talk about them. You can listen to that episode, here.

I appreciate your listening! Subscribe, like, rate, review!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Originally conceived to honor artists and track sound recording sales, Gold & Platinum Awards have come to stand as a benchmark of success for any artist—whether they’ve just released their first song or Greatest Hits album.” – RIAA website

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul(s) 11/26-27/21

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Friday was Record Store Day – Black Friday Edition and I participated but not to the extent I used to. Since the pandemic, I haven’t had the inclination to participate. The BCPF and I did some work around the house on Friday and waited for my ex-wife to come and get some stuff from our house. We grabbed lunch and then went to Underdog Records. We figured that gave time enough for the rush to subside. Here’s how much I didn’t participate: I didn’t even look at the list to see what was coming out. I didn’t know of anything. We played it right, it wasn’t busy but it had been. We went back to Underdog Records yesterday for Small Business Saturday. Just to spend a little bit of money. Here are the hauls (these are all new, no used):

Fleetwood Mac – Alternate Live — Record Store Day – Black Friday 2021 release. Limited to 6000. 2×LP, Limited Edition. A fourteen-song LP pulled from the Fleetwood Mac Super Deluxe release, including a further seven songs from the Tusk tour, four from the 1977 Rumours tour, and three from the 1982 Mirage tour.

King’s X – Please Come Home…Mr. Bulbous — I forgot about this but was so glad there was one still there. Numbered, Yellow Sun colored vinyl. Record Store Day Black Friday 2021 release, hand-numbered out of 2500. RSD Sticker on the front says “First time on vinyl! Exclusive numbered edition on sun yellow wax.” This is number 2294/2500.

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – Georgia Blue — Everyone talks about Jason Isbell and everything points to The BCPF liking it. That being said, I don’t know anything about him and wouldn’t know a song if I heard it. 2×LP, Blue Translucent. 2021 Record Store Day “RSD Black Friday First” release, limited to 12,000 copies.

Richard & Linda Thompson – Shoot Out The Lights — I bought this yesterday for SBS. It was ranked #332 on the RS list that matters. It’s not on the one that doesn’t. Not RSD. Limited Edition, Reissue. Rhino Limited Edition ‘Start Your Ear Off Right’ pressing on 180-gram black vinyl, limited to 4300 copies worldwide.

Talk Talk – It’s My Life — The other LP purchased for SBS. Limited Edition, Reissue, Repress, Purple Translucent, 180g. Originally from 1984. Released in the U.S. on 15 Jan 2021 as part of Rhino’s ‘Start Your Ear Off Right’ reissue campaign for 2021.

Carole King – In Concert (Live at the BBC, 1971) — Recorded Live for the BBC In Concert Series in 1971 and produced by Series producer Stanley Dorfman, Carole King performs hits from the seminal album Tapestry. Never before released on vinyl. Record Store Day Black Friday 2021 release.

Modern English – After The Snow (Live From Indigo @ O2) — Recorded live Friday, September 18th, 2020 at indigo at The O2, London, England. [On sleeve:] Dedicated to our friend Vaughan Oliver 1957 – 2019. [From the band:] Vaughan Oliver designed this sleeve for us shortly before his untimely passing in December 2019. We felt it was only fitting to release his work. We have brought together Vaughan’s friend and long-time design partner Chris Bigg to finalise [sic] the art work [sic] and realise [sic] Vaughan’s vision.

Squirrel Nut Zippers – Lost Songs Of Doc Souchon — Limited Edition, RSD Clear. “Record Store Day 2021” hype sticker on front wrap. Limited to 1500 copies. Clear vinyl.

Dire Straits – Encores — 45 RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Remastered, Pink vinyl. Only 4 songs. RSD “Black Friday” 2021. Limited edition of 6.000 copies. Including 12″ x 12″ lithograph with embossed “Record Store Day 2021” logo.

Grant-Lee Phillips – Yuletide — EP, Limited Edition, Green vinyl. Limited edition green vinyl. Released first on Record Store Day Black Friday. For whatever reason, it’s the same five songs front and back. I am not sure if they are different versions.

That’s a decent haul with an extensive price tag. But, I have them. We have purchased two new record shelf systems which we are in dire need of. We’re redoing the whole house (to some extent) and will be getting those up sometime soon. Jonathan said the RSDBFE was a major success and he was happy. Keep track of Underdog Records on Instagram and Facebook as there are probably a couple of RSD records left. You can order new vinyl 24/7/365 by visiting the website. Use Discogs to track your collection.

Until next time, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“I’ve asked myself, how much do you commit yourself? It’s my life, don’t you forget. It’s my life, it never ends (It never ends).” – “It’s My Life” (Hollis/Friese-Greene)

Sounds Like Saturday or: Why, Yes…

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Today is the 50th anniversary of Fragile, Yes’ fourth album. Some of the most bad-arsed songs in the whole Yes catalog are on this album. This includes my favorite Yes tune, “Roundabout.” That bass line is amazing, but Chris Squire was NOT a clean player, and that’s okay. He had a distorted tone and was kind of free in his playing. Not sloppy, really, but “free.” If you’re not familiar with the album, I really, highly, recommend that you give it a listen but especially give the first tune, “Roundabout” a listen. What I’m posting here is the isolated bass part from Chris Squire. There will be long periods of silence, so don’t think the video has stopped or something’s wrong. That’s the way the song is. Those silent spaces are filled with atmospheric goodness on the record. So, enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“In and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky and they stand there. One mile over we’ll be there and we’ll see you. Ten true summers we’ll be there and laughing too. Twenty-four before my love you’ll see, I’ll be there with you.” – “Roundabout” (Howe/Anderson)

The Podcast-less Friday or: You Deserve a Break Today

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Salutations™!!

So, I have actually been on vacation since Monday. I worked until 9p on Monday to not have to go back to the studio until this coming Monday. That included not doing the podcast for Useless Things. I will be back next week because I have a lot to talk about. We had some big things happen this past week. I’ll fill you in. Thanks for your understanding!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I don’t need a vacation in the traditional sense like I would if I had a job I hated.” – James Franco

Spinning Sunday or: The Birthday Haul

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Yesterday and last night was a night of epic proportions. I’ll get to that later this week, possibly on the podcast. I’ll have a couple of things to talk about this week on that podcast episode. But, we had breakfast, went to Underdog Records, and I got to see my mom. Here’s the haul:

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Kiss – Destroyer 45th Anniversary 2-LP Deluxe Edition — I wasn’t going to buy this but I couldn’t resist. Not nearly my favorite KISS album, but I’d love to have other albums from the band do this. Especially, Rock and Roll Over or Hotter Than Hell or the self-titled debut. 2×LP, Remastered, Stereo, Half-Speed Mastering. New.

Explosions In The Sky – Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack For Public Television) — Kind of like indie-prog-rock. That’s what The BCPF said. I don’t know if I know anything from them. 2×LP. New.

The Feelies – The Good Earth — Don’t know anything about The Feelies. This is The BCPF’s pick. She said they’re somehow related to Luna. I know who Luna is, but I don’t know what it means to be related to them. Reissue, Remastered. New.

The Feelies – In Between — Everything I said in the above paragraph applies here. New.

Frank Sinatra – Christmas — I don’t like Christmas music other than like the week of Christmas. I love Frank Sinatra. So, let’s go for it. Walmart Exclusive – Red Vinyl. Used but Sealed.

Carole King – A Holiday Carole — Same thing, but with Carole King. NM.

Underdog Records will be closed on Thursday, of course, but will be open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Friday is Black Friday and is also Record Store Day. If you’re interested in the RSD roster of releases, visit the RSD website. Order new vinyl (not RSD) from Underdog by visiting their website. Use Discogs to track your music collection like I do.

Until next time, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Get up! Everybody’s gonna move their feet!” – “Detroit Rock City” (Ezrin/Stanley)

Sounds Like Saturday or: My Birthday Song

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So, today is my birthday, as you’d know if you listened to the Useless Things podcast yesterday, or if you know me at all. So for my Sounds Like Saturday today, I’m going to play my favorite song. This is my all-time favorite song, off of my all-time favorite album. But, instead of PG singing it, Morgan James is going to serenade us today. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I want to be your sledgehammer…” – “Sledgehammer” (Gabriel)