Here’s the teaser trailer for Christopher Guest’s new HBO series, Family Tree.
According to RollingStone.com, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson got together in Minneapolis studio and recorded 4 cover songs (drummer Chris Mars declined). It’ll benefit Slim Dunlap, their guitarist from ’87 to ’91 who had a stroke in February. They’ll be releasing it on a 10″ vinyl EP (one would think, if they were really serious about selling copies, they might go with a more contemporary format, like, say tape cassette).
However, Paul Westerberg, said “We still rock like murder.” and that he is closer to a full reunion (with a tour and new material?) than he was 2 years ago.
A Replacements song just came on Pandora for me. It’s, like, kismet.
First of all, I want to apologize if anyone read my last blog and watched Dancing With The Stars. That was not my intent, and I’m truly sorry for all the pain and suffering I’ve caused. But let’s not forget who the true evildoers are — the people who make DWTS.
For those who didn’t see it, there were a couple Spïnal Tap references in the show. Firstly, when Kiss performed, the judges scores went “all the way to 11.”
Several months ago, when the RnR HoF announced its inductees, some over-eager journalist wrote an article about how the Hall hates disco. The very day, like some over-eager school boy. Now, with a respectful and decent delay, I am re-posting for you, dear reader. It includes videos of the best disco songs done by rockers in the hall.
And fear not that I will overburden you with an excess of posts. 2 in three days will not become a habit.
Recently, my cousin Molly posted a blog (she’s much better than the Pioneer Woman) about a dinner we made at their place in Santa Fe. I’m here to tell you the true story — the story she dared not tell!
Actually, she told the true story but there’s more to it. A rich tapestry of events that led to the making of the meal that was … the Blackjack Quesadilla!
I haven’t been pushing the Spinal Tap thing lately, so I was searching the web for articles, blogs, what-have-you about the Tap. I came across a list of the best fictional bands. As I’ve said, I don’t consider the Tap to be a fictional band, seeing as how they do play their instruments and write their songs. But I did start thinking about movie bands. Movies about rock bands aren’t always very good, but sometimes they are. So I’ve put together a list where you can choose your favorite movie band. There’s a whole slew of sample videos at the end of this blog.
Much of the inspiration came from these lists: The 50 Best Fictional Bands, Top 10 Greatest Fictional Bands and 10 Excellent Fictional Bands (I waste a lot of time clicking through lists on the internet). One list put the Tap at #1, another at #2 and another put them on the first page, so that must mean they’re the best.
FYI, I didn’t include Otis ‘Bad’ Blake or Mac Sledge, Dicky Cox or anyone from that Gweneth Paltrow movie, not because I don’t like country music, but because they’re solo artists, and it took me so long to get the list of just bands. I didn’t include the Ruttles or the Folksmen because I’ve already put them in another poll. Flight of the Chonchcords is a TV band (no disrespect intended). I thought about not including the Blues Brothers, ’cause they really did perform and tour as a band (and ’cause it was really hard to find a clip from the movie, I had to settle for the trailer). I wasn’t going to include The Lone Rangers, but Steve Buscemi does a great job of pretending to play bass guitar. If there’s another movie band I didn’t include, or I shouldn’t have included, write a comment.
I also found a clip of Nirvana talking about Singles (featuring Citizen Dick) and they go on to praise This is Spïnal Tap as being the best rock documentary. It all comes back around!!!!
Coming soon, the tally for the first half of the first round of the tournament! This whole tournament thing has grown into something much bigger than I expected. But you are worth it, my 10 or so devoted readers.
Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes:
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem:
Sonic Death Monkey/Kathleen Turner Overdrive/Barry Jive and the Uptown Five:
The Soggy Bottom Boys:
Buckaroo Banzai & the Hong Kong Cavaliers:
Eddie and the Cruisers:
The Fabulous Stains:
The Blues Brothers:
This isn’t my competition, more like a side game. Nerve posted this article, but I thought it was relevant.
I’m in The Cure camp on this. While I like some of Johnny Marr’s guitar work, I can’t stand Morrissey. I know he’s Irish — don’t care. That’s why I put the Cure in my playoffs and not The Smiths. I’m sure Morrissey is loosing sleep over that, but he can soothe himself with a big pile of money, I’m sure. And for those of you who prefer The Smiths and their irritating lead singer, write your own damn blog.
P.S. Gonna try to finish the next game soon. Hopefully this weekend. I’ve been busy.
P.P.S. And if you like The Cure, be sure to vote for them here
I saw Bad Religion at the KROQ Weenie Roast yesterday. Bad Religion played and they were awesome. I didn’t put them in the playoffs this year, mainly because they slipped my mind, but also because I’m not sure how popular they are outside of Southern California. Here, they are punk rock legends. Real warriors and elder statesmen who continue to tour and put out great albums. They just did a 30th anniversary tour, for cryin’ out loud! I think their new stuff is pretty strong, and the crowd loved them at the concert (although they were not the headliners).
My girlfriend also blogs. She was invaluable in helping me get this blog going and set it all up for me (Thanks!). She has a cooking blog, and on occasion has blogged about things we have made together. Tens of thousands of people have seen her blogs (seriously)! Here are the links to entries of some of the things we’ve made together.
Thing is, her blogs are in Japanese. If your browser supports it, try translating the page. Lots of fun.
And here is this blog translated into Japanese via Google Translate:
If you haven’t checked it out, Google.org, the search engine’s philanthropic site has good resources for everyone, including ways to help people in Japan who need assistance right now.
Tap the Hall!