Tunes … well, tune-related stuff: Aimee Mann

In case you couldn’t get to Aimee Mann’s Christmas show this year, here’s the film she showed in several parts.

Good stuff, full of celebrity cameos and Mann’s terrific deadpan delivery.

Merry Christmas to all.

Picking the proper facial expression for your drum solo

I see three basic options:

1. The Neil Peart “Just doing my job” look:

2. The Terry Bozzio “I’m passing a kidney stone” look:

UPDATE: I have no idea what causes someone to disable embedding on a YouTube video. If it’s violating copyright, why isn’t it taken down? So anyway, here’s the link to the Bozzio video.

3. The Mike Mangini “This is FUN, dammit!” look:

And if you want to see a drum solo I actually played once upon a time (no, it’s not me in the video), check this out:

In my senior recital, I actually nailed the section starting at 2:22, which surprised me so much that I botched a couple of notes in the marimba solo that followed. Which is bad, because no one would’ve had any idea if I’d missed something in this one.

And for the record, since Duke had no timpani mutes, I used some gym socks.

So who’ll buy the newspapers?

Quick question for my buddies in the media. Or outside the biz.

Consider the premise:

1. Newspaper chains, mostly public, are in deep doo-doo because they’re not seen as the reliable cash cows they once were. Wall Street is only interested if the numbers are still getting better.

2. BUT … a bit of info that won’t surprise anyone other than Gannett Blog’s most ignorant readers: News organizations still make a fair amount of money.

3. News organizations that are privately owned don’t answer to Wall Street.

4. Everyone seems to think he or she knows how a newspaper should be run.

So …

Why aren’t people buying newspapers and taking them private?