Yesterday was a routine Saturday for The BCPF and me. Breakfast, wine, records. That was it. Here’s the haul:
Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (Remixed & Updated) — 2×LP, 45 RPM. Gatefold sleeve + 24-page booklet. Remixed in 2019 from the original master tapes on Heavyweight 180g pressing. I had this on Cassette and can’t remember if I have it on CD or not. I think it was hard to find. I’m not huge on live albums, but this was a great show. New.
Grim Reaper – See You In Hell — A name I know from the 80s NWBHM days. This was the band’s debut album. I know Nick Bowcott from being a contributor for Guitar for the Practicing Musician when that was in publication and I was still reading it (I loved that magazine). I haven’t really ever heard it before, though. At least, as far as I know. It was there in EX condition, so I had to jump on it.
System Of A Down – Mezmerize — SOAD is always hit or miss with me, it’s a little aggressive, but when it’s melodic, it’s certainly melodic. This album, I love because of three songs specifically: BYOB (which stands for Bring Your Own Bomb), Audio/Video, and Cigaro. It was there brand new so I hit it. New.
Archers Of Loaf – All The Nations Airports — The BCPF’s album. She loves everything this band puts out. Any guesses as to what record label this is on? Yes, Merge. We know how she feels about that. New.,
Watch the social media for Underdog Records to see what Jonathan has put out and has available for purchase. You can purchase unused vinyl (new and rereleases) 24/7/365 by visiting the website. Use Discogs to track your collection.
Until next time, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “Can I make you an offer you can’t refuse? I kept my eyes on you, ’cause I tell you that you lose. And you can come with me to a place you’ll know so well. And I will take you to the very gates of Hell.” – “See You In Hell” (Bowcott/Grimmett)
The BCPF’s and my day yesterday was a bit weird. We had breakfast and Underdog Records but we had to go to an event for her work in Greensboro yesterday afternoon. It wasn’t a normal Saturday, but we were together, so there’s that. Here’s the haul:
Björk – Post — #376 on the RS list that matters and #289 on the one that doesn’t. I remember listening to it, but don’t remember a lot about it. I went back and read my review of it and it really kicked my behind. I dug it, even included it in a summation on what I did or didn’t like or what what stood out to me. New.
Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet — #58 on the RS list that matters, #185 on the one that doesn’t. I couldn’t believe I didn’t have this already. Anniversary Edition. Packaged in slip cover with gatefold LP sleeve containing the LP and 12″ 45 rpm disc, a bonus picture sleeve with a flexi disc plus a download card for mp3s of the album and bonus content. Flip side of the 45 rpm disc is embossed with an image of the gatefold front cover. While it is classified as used, it’s still sealed (until I open it), so I’m going to say “New” instead.
The Magnetic Fields – The Charm Of The Highway Strip — The third studio album by American indie pop band The Magnetic Fields, released in 1994. It is the first Magnetic Fields album to have its original release with record label Merge (based in Durham, NC). We listened to it yesterday. The BCPF loves this band. I am mostly indifferent. The “mostly” leans toward not liking them. But, I don’t dislike them. New.
Explosions In The Sky – Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever — I know nothing of this band and I haven’t heard it yet. This is from the bastion of truth, accuracy and veracity – Wikipedia: The band garnered a small amount of media attention as the liner notes of this album contained a picture of an airplane and the text “This Plane Will Crash Tomorrow”. A rumor circulated that the album was released on September 10, 2001, the day before the September 11, 2001 attacks, but this is not true. According to Amazon.com, the album was officially released September 4, 2001, exactly one week before the attacks. An interview with Stylus claims the album was available as early as August 24, 2001. Members of the band told Stylus that they had the artwork and idea for the liner notes for over a year before the attacks on the World Trade Center. Has a 20th anniversary Temporary Residence sticker on the cover. Colored labels. New.
Jonathan has some used stuff to go through in the store which means it’s a good possibility of having a lot of “freshly used” stuff for purchase. You can buy new vinyl, day or night, 24/7, 365 by visiting the Underdog Records website. I use Discogs to track my collection and you should, too!
And lastly, don’t forget to listen to the Beeswax Vinyl Daily podcast. Yeah, I know I reminded you earlier this week but it’s a “Daily” podcast afterall. Subscribe and get it when it comes out!
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “I watched with glee while your kings and queens fought for ten decades for the gods they made. I shouted out, “Who killed the Kennedys?” Well, after all, it was you and me. Let me please introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste. And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reach Bombay.” – “Sympathy for the Devil” (Jagger/Richards)
The BCPF and I actually went to Underdog Records on Friday instead of yesterday. Friday was her birthday. It may not seem like much, but I got a special advanced preview of the cheeseburger that will come from Mr. Barbecue with their opening TOMORROW!!! So, she can say she ate there before just about everyone else. I’m used to that. She isn’t. It was cool. Her birthday weekend has been great (according to her) and will culminate in me getting my “FauciOuchie” (C-19 vax) after I write this blog post. So, that means I need to get a move on… Here’s the haul:
Wilco – Being There — This was one of The BCPF’s birthday presents. She is a big Wilco fan. I can handle them in small doses. This is 19 songs, I may have to have a drink or two for it, but, hey! She has it. It gets its name from the 1979 film starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine. It’s self-produced by the band. 2×LP. New.
Guns N’ Roses – G N’ R Lies — I love “Patience” and I like a few of the other tunes on this “unofficial” release. I don’t know why they call it that. The album is definitely not without its controversy. A lot of homophobic and racial slurs being thrown around. I like this version of “You’re Crazy” better than the Appetite for Destruction version. Cream-colored vinyl. NM.
The Flying Burrito Bros – The Gilded Palace Of Sin — This album was #192 on the RS list that matters and fell to #463 on the one that doesn’t. I went back and looked at my review of it from 2015 and it seems mostly favorable. I don’t remember it, truthfully, but when I saw that Jonathan had a reissue of it, it triggered me to purchase it because I would just overlook it otherwise. So, now I have it. New.
She & Him – Volume One — The first album by M. Ward and the beautiful Zooey Deschanel. We did get to listen to that one on Friday. She sounds great and “young.” I like the classic/old-timey-ness of her voice and the music itself. The tracks were all written by her except for “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” She co-wrote “Sweet Darlin'” with fellow actor/musician Jason Schwartzman. I liked it. New. The BCPF’s birthday present.
She & Him – Volume Two — The second album by M. Ward and Zooey. Again, she wrote all the songs except for two covers. I haven’t heard this one yet, but I can’t imagine me not liking it. New. The BCPF’s birthday present.
The Magnetic Fields – Get Lost — Original 1995 album release was on compact disc only. This is 180g and features an alternate song sequence. I haven’t heard it yet, but I can imagine it’s going to be weird, just like all other Magnetic Fields albums. New. The BCPF’s birthday present.
Calexico – Garden Ruin — This, the fifth studio album by the rock band Calexico, was released in 2006 and was the first Calexico album to feature no instrumental tracks, instead relying on a more direct, pop-style approach. Leaving behind the “indie-mariachi” genre, if you will, the band took their music in a different direction. This is a more straightforward indie rock album. One of The BCPF’s favorite bands, she had only ever had this on CD. New. Her birthday present.
Various – The Many Faces Of Prince (A Journey Through The Inner World Of Prince) — From what I can tell, these are songs that were written by Prince, possibly with the band before he broke big, 94 East, and some by the artists that made them famous, like Sheila E. doing “Glamorous Life” (which I never knew he wrote) or Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You” which should have probably been “I Feel 4 U.” Also on this is Dead Or Alive’s cover of “Pop Life,” Heaven 17’s “Sign O’The Times”, Gary Numan doing “U Got The Look,” Information Society doing “Controversy” and Sigue Sigue Sputnik doing “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man,” among others. 2×LP. Purple vinyl (of course). Import (I think).180g. NM.
Neil Young – Trans — I don’t know anything about this album, other than it was a bit weird to long-time fans. The reason I got it, though? Jonathan’s note on the sales sticker: “Neil Young was never afraid to take a chance.” VG+.
Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti — Mostly made up of live material recorded in 1977 and 1978, with later overdubs in the studio. I think it’s also a bit of a parody compared to the contemporaries of the time. I don’t know what to expect but I expect it to be, well… different. 2×LP. VG.
Aerosmith – Classics Live — Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I do hate Aerosuck, but I couldn’t resist this when it was sitting there in the “freshly acquired” bin. It’s in VG+ condition and it should be in my collection. Now, it is.
Icehouse – Primitive Man — I love Icehouse’s later stuff, so I’m hoping I love their earlier stuff. This was their second album. So, wish me luck! VG+.
Starbuck – Moonlight Feels Right — The BCPF and I hear this song all the time on our Yacht Rock channels. I don’t know anything from the band other than the title track. Jonathan said there’s a 7″ in the sleeve as well and doesn’t know what the 7″ is or if it was ever part of the original packaging. I haven’t looked inside to know. But, I hope the rest of the album is like the title track. EX.
So, I think that Jonathan and I got a little closer to our podcast launch this week, but we still need a bit more hashing. Underdog Records is open, now, from Wednesday to Saturday 11a-7p and he’s still doing deliveries on Monday and Tuesday. Keep up on the Underdog Instagram account to see what he’s got for purchase. You can shop his entire new inventory day or night, 24/7 by visiting the Underdog Records website. Tell him I sent you! I use Discogs to track my collection as well as my friends’ collections. You should, too.
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “I sit here on the stairs cause I’d rather be alone. If I can’t have you right now, I’ll wait dear. Sometimes I get so tense but I can’t speed up the time. But you know love there’s one more thing to consider.” – “Patience” (Guns N Roses)
It was a beautiful day yesterday, too. It was warm but not hot. The humidity was relatively low. Breakfast from Mary’s Gourmet Diner was good and the rekkid buying from Underdog Records was a load of fun. So, here’s what we got:
Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full — I got this album for a few reasons. One, it’s #228 on the RS List. Two, I used to play the bassline from the title track to impress the ladies when I was in high school; the dudes thought I was cool, too. Three, it’s a good album. This was back when I could listen to hip-hop and rap and think that the artists had something to say and said it to where you can understand it. Yeah, I know I’m sounding like a grandpa so get off my danged lawn! New
Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz — Ozzy’s first solo album. This was a reissue from 2011 which was the 30th anniversary of the album. Great sounding 180g black vinyl. New.
The Magnetic Fields – Holiday — This was The BCPF’s choice. She is a fan of this band. She likes it a lot. His voice went between cool and really bad, but even when the really bad parts were happening, it worked with the music they were doing. So, I didn’t really mind it. It was a decent album, all things considered. New.
Journey – Journey – The debut album from the band from 1975. I knew from having the Time³ Box Set from Journey that their earlier stuff was more “proggy” and bluesier than their more popular mainstream-80s commercial albums. I have never really cared for Greg Rolie’s voice, or him really, but this album wasn’t bad. I enjoyed listening to it. Yeah, I liked it. It was an original pressing from 1975 in VG+ condition.
Crosby, Stills & Nash – CSN — The first CSN album without Young other than their debut album. Someone who owned this record before I did must have decided to keep the picture from the cover. Apparently, it was glued on and they removed it. Either that or it just fell off. So instead of a picture of them on a sailboat, there’s a big blank gray rectangle. Okay. It’s a decent album and we enjoyed it. It was in the $1 bin and is in VG shape.
Yes – Yesshows — A 2xLP live album from 1980 which consists of recordings from 1976-1978. I have a feeling that this will be a prog rocker’s dream come true because it’s two records and only 8 songs. The entire Side B is “The Gates of Delirium” and comes in at nearly 23 minutes. It was a $1 bin find and I’d rate it at about VG.
Yes – Fragile — Along with 90125, this is my favorite Yes album. “Roundabout” and “Long Distance Runaround” are probably two of Yes’ most popular and well-known songs. The bassline in “Roundabout” alone could have gotten them into the Hall of Fame, why did it take so long? Anywhat! Chris Squire was an amazing bassist and I love listening to his lines. I know a few of my bass-playing friends list him as an influence. I found this in the $1 bin but once I cleaned it up, I’d say it was VG+, but that’s my rating. I love this album.
Kiss – Crazy Nights — I didn’t get this from Underdog Records but from the Discogs Marketplace. It was in VG++ shape and sounds terrific. I love this album but it gets a lot of flack from many of my fellow KISSheads because it is a bit on the poppier-rock side. It is that hair band cheese of the late 80s, but I still love it.
Jonathan had some great reissues come in this week and he had some great looking equipment, too. You should go in and check out the inventory. And remember to check out Underdog Records’ social media to find out what new superdynawhoppin’ stuff Jonathan is adding.
And, Discogs is where I keep up with my collection and purchase the items that Jonathan doesn’t have or would be too expensive to order.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
— “Here’s a little song for everybody out there…” – “Crazy Crazy Nights” (Stanley/Mitchell)