Category Archives: music

Before and after Spinal Tap — Bad News

I always enjoyed the short mockumentary Bad News Tour, which was actually released shortly before This Is Spinal Tap. It was a Comic Strip production featuring a lot of the regulars — three of the four Young Ones, plus Jennifer … Continue reading

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Paul Jeffrey, Duke jazzman

I was in over my head. I knew it, and so did the man sitting across the desk from me. He was a legitimate jazz man who ran in the same circles as Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. I was … Continue reading

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How to name a bass player

One little cottage industry on YouTube is the phenomenon of “covers.” Instead of a full band playing a cover version of a song, it’s usually a drummer, guitarist or bassist playing along with a favored track. One star in this … Continue reading

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The Original “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”

I had no idea this wasn’t a They Might Be Giants original. The original recording was in 1953. The Original “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” | Mental Floss.

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All-time great performances: Fishbone on SNL

March 23, 1991. I was sitting in the commons room at Brown House, my happy home for the past three years. I was terrified of the world outside Duke. We had watched most of the Gulf War on the same … Continue reading

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De-romanticizing Woodstock

I don’t even like being packed next to a smelly drunk dude. I doubt I could’ve coped with this: Imagine the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: hot, humid, hundreds of thousands of people stranded without enough food or water. Now imagine … Continue reading

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Weird Al-related question: Lamest claims to fame

Lame Claim to Fame¬†isn’t the best track on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s No. 1 album¬†Mandatory Fun, but it’s worth a listen, and the video entertains: And now it’s stuck in my head. Whenever I think of some tenuous connection I have … Continue reading

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