Saturday, March 22, 2014

Self Help Radio 032114: Cheap

Egads! The date is wrong! This show should have happened yesterday! But that's what it gets for being so cheap.

Please enjoy another shoddily put-together Self Help Radio, now available at the Self Help Radio website or directly (it's in two parts) here for part one & here for part two.  A cheap list of cheap songs is below.

Thanks for listening, cheapskates!

(part one)

"Cheap" Seasick Steve & The Level Devils _Cheap_
"All About Cheap" The Homosexuals _Astral Glamour_
"Talk Is Cheap" Heavy D & The Boyz _Blue Funk_

"Cheap Thrills" Frank Zappa _Cruising With Ruben & The Jets_
"Cheap Tragedies" Avengers _Avengers_
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" Hayseed Dixie _A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC_
"Cheap Lovin'" Barbara Randolph _Lee Hazlewood Industries: There's A Dream I've Been Saving (1966-1971)_
"Talk Is Cheap" Sandy Gaye _Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels_

"Paranoia Man In Cheap Shit Room" The Fall _The Infotainment Scan_
"Cheap Beer" Fidlar _Fidlar_
"Junior's Little Sister's Dropped Ta Cheap" Alan Vega _New Raceion_
"Cheap Little Bitch" Raymond & Peter _Shut Up Little Man!_

(part two)

"Born To Be Cheap" Divine _Born To Be Cheap 7"_
"Too Cheap, Cheap" Los Brincos _Mundo, Demonio Y Carne_
"Don't Play Me Cheap" Louis Armstrong _The Complete RCA Victor Recordings_

"Money's Getting Cheaper" Johnny Moore's Three Blazers _Charles Brown 1947-1948_
"Cheaper's Discount Store" Bob & Ray _Bob & Ray's Classics: Volume 1_
"Cheapskate" The Clash _Give 'Em Enough Rope_
"Cheap New-Age Fix" Julian Cope _Interpreter_
"Welcome To The Cheap Seats" The Wonder Stuff _Never Loved Elvis_

"Cheap Like Sebastien" Apostle Of Hustle _National Anthem Of Nowhere_
"Cheap Cuts" Liquorice _Listening Cap_
"Cheap & Vulgar" The Styrenes _It's Still Artastic_
"Cheap Local Talent" Battery Boys _Kilt By Death: The Sound Of Old Scotland_
"Cheap Music" Handsome Furs _Sound Kapital_

Friday, March 21, 2014

Whither Cheap?

I live with possibly the cheapest person alive.  She grew up in an upper middle class household, & her father is "rich" in a sense that I will never understand.  Once, we ate with him at a terrible Chinese restaurant (why?) on the San Antonio Riverwalk.  The bill was nearly a hundred bucks.  He left a dollar tip.

The service wasn't bad - but he just didn't tip much.  I'm sure that's how he felt he stayed rich.

I grew up very poor, but not in poverty.  I didn't even know how poor we were, really - I was a dumb kid, & I spent a lot of time playing with Star Wars figures.  One day, some time in sixth or seventh grade, my mother asked me, "You're not ashamed that we're so poor, are you?"

Well, I wasn't, Mom - until then!

This Cracked article is pretty spot-on about the bad habits one gets when one grows up poor.  I watched my brothers be extravagant on payday & then hit people up for money the rest of the week.  I can be extremely generous myself, although I don't think I've gone too overboard.  But for my wife - who has kept her maiden name, Skinflint - it can be unbearable.  I often tease her about giving money away to charity - & it can enrage her.

She's getting better now.  She has actually been more free & easy with her money from time-to-time.  This show, then, is kind of a backhanded homage to her.

Sorry it's so late.  I hope it's up by noon tomorrow!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Preface To Cheap: Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants In Asheville NC

They ain't cheap. But I am eating some damn good vegan food.

Eating at Plant now. Ate at Rosetta's Kitchen this morning. Had dinner at Laughing Seed Cafe. Too full, too full of good food.

Remember! No new Self Help Radio tomorrow! It'll happen Saturday!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Does A Late Show Mean…?

That there won't be a lot of long blog posts this week?  Yeah.  It means that.

Maybe I'll post some pictures from the short vacation?

We'll have to wait & see.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring Broke

Ack! It snowed again here last night. It's so exhausting to wake in the morning, look out the window, & just see white. It's like living in a Dallas suburb.

We're getting away from here for a little while this week so I'll be out of town on Friday. But don't worry! (Okay, you weren't going to worry.) Self Help Radio will have a new episode on Saturday at noon. It's better than nothing! (Maybe nothing would be better?)

If you have a spring break this year, I hope it's somewhere where there's actually the possibility of spring!