On a Lighter Note…

 


On a Lighter Note…

Spinal Tap Bassist Derek Smalls Is Back

Photo by Rob Shanahan

(via npr)

If you believe the press release — and in these credulous times, why wouldn’t you? — semi-famous British rock dinosaur Derek Smalls, known for holding down the low end in Spinal Tap, has chosen his 75th birthday to release his first ever solo album, Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing). Claiming it as “halfway between ‘rage against the dying of the light’ and trying to find the light,” Smalls begins with the orchestral “Openture” by proclaiming with terse insight: “Age…is just a number. Number…is…just a word. And word…is just a thing.”

The truth, of course, is that comedian/actor Harry Shearer has happily donned the now incredibly grizzled hair and mustache of Smalls once again. Smalls Change is at once an extension of the now honestly storied tale of the ultimate fake band and an amusing indulgence in its own right, recognizing that time waits for no man, even double bass wielders…

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Video of the Week: “CowZ”

History Of Rock Written By The Losers

(via The Onion)

BOSTON—Fifty years after its inception, rock ‘n’ roll music remains popular due to the ardor of its fans and the hard work of musicians, producers, and concert promoters. But in the vast universe of popular music, there exists an oft-overlooked group of dedicated individuals who devote their ample free time to collecting, debating, and publishing the minutiae of the rock genre. They are the losers who write rock’s rich and storied history.

“The city of Boston is about more than just Mission Of Burma or Galaxie 500, and it’s certainly about more than Boston or The Cars,” said 28-year-old Dana Harris, a rock historian. “The scene in Boston is full of history, but it’s also vibrant right now. Someone needs to record all the amazing things going on here, even if it means that person will never have a social life.”

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On a Lighter Note…

 

Video of the Week: ‘Every Major’s Terrible’

Performed by Ben Miller. Lyric from Randall Munroe’s comic xkcd.

Original melody from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Major General’s Song”, also parodied by Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements”.

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