NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA electronic artists team up to form Spectre and release debut album ‘Jam the Transmission’

NEPA electronic artists team up to form Spectre and release debut album ‘Jam the Transmission’

From a press release: Newly formed Northeastern Pennsylvania electronic group Spectre will release their debut album, “Jam the Transmission,” on March 18. The duo consists of local powerhouses Quoth and The Gary Goblins and was born in June of 2016 when the two had an impromptu jam session that spawned their debut album, a perfect […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Archbald electronic artist The Gary Goblins releases new album ‘Elf Is About to Die’ for free on Jan. 10

Archbald electronic artist The Gary Goblins releases new album ‘Elf Is About to Die’ for free on Jan. 10

From a press release: On Sunday, Jan. 10, local electronic musician The Gary Goblins will release his long-awaited 15th studio album, an 18-track masterpiece crafted under the name “Elf Is About to Die.” He has called the LP, which includes tracks such as “The Embarrass” and “The Rise and Fall of the Snakeman,” a “psychological […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Santa Train rolls into 6 NEPA towns on Dec. 5 with live music, activities, and more

Santa Train rolls into 6 NEPA towns on Dec. 5 with live music, activities, and more

From a press release: On Saturday, Dec. 5, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh at the North Pole and come to town early on a train. Six local communities will celebrate Christmas in a small town when Santa and his friends arrive aboard a special train provided by the Steamtown National Historic Site. Now in […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Boxlot Post No. 2 – random auction observations

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Boxlot Post No. 2 – random auction observations

Brainstorming for this column inevitably leaves me with stories, thoughts, and epiphanies that aren’t substantial enough to stand on their own. Hence, this second of many Boxlot Posts in which I offer my miscellaneous conceptual tchotchkes in a virtual cardboard box… I often get asked, “What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever sold at auction?” This […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: That time I was called a racist…

BEHIND THE BLOCK: That time I was called a racist…

Once upon an auction, I was accused of being a racist. It happened before the sale when people were arriving and registering. I was approached by my cashier, who explained that there was a woman at the front desk who wanted to sign up for a bidding number but didn’t have the necessary identification, so […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Vintage advertising is worth more than you may think

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Vintage advertising is worth more than you may think

One of my favorite genres of merchandise to offer at auction is vintage advertising. Nothing better illustrates the zeitgeist of bygone eras than the ballyhoo used to captivate consumers. Unfortunately, too much vintage advertising gets condemned to landfills and scrapyards. Indeed, many who discover it in estates they’ve inherited disregard its market potential. Perhaps the […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Is Billy Beer valuable? It wasn’t even drinkable

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Is Billy Beer valuable? It wasn’t even drinkable

When I uncover Billy Beer in an estate, I find it as it is pictured above: unbroken, unopened, and unconsumed. I laugh and imagine a scene in which a fading man, lying in his deathbed and gripping his wife’s hand, hoarsely delivers his final instructions, among which include, “Remember, if you need more money, you […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: ‘Oh, fudge!’ – how to shut down an auctioneer

BEHIND THE BLOCK: ‘Oh, fudge!’ – how to shut down an auctioneer

Rarely am I rendered speechless. More than most of the time, I have a well-timed, well-spoken, intelligent, smartass retort to any comment or question sarcastically offered me. Yes, rarely am I rendered speechless. There are moments, however, when my tongue clings to my palate, my brain freezes, and I just gape or scowl or laugh. […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Boxlot Post No. 1 – random auction observations

BEHIND THE BLOCK: Boxlot Post No. 1 – random auction observations

Brainstorming for this column inevitably leaves me with stories, thoughts, and epiphanies that aren’t substantial enough to stand on their own. Hence, this is the first of many Boxlot Posts in which I will offer my miscellaneous conceptual tchotchkes in a virtual cardboard box… Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world. Auctioneering is the […]

 J. Bear Savo

BEHIND THE BLOCK : ‘Do you sell stuff here or…?’

BEHIND THE BLOCK : ‘Do you sell stuff here or…?’

Carlo and I were working in the auction gallery when a curious woman entered. She approached my brother and said to him, “Do you sell stuff here or…?” My brother waited for her to finish her question, but nothing more was offered. Carlo nodded, “Well, yeah. That’s what we do here. We sell stuff at […]

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