Battle of the Beards

English Facial Hair Versus American Facial Hair!  Comics Curmudgeon Versus Music Mensch! There is a great article on Rick Rubin in the Daily Beast. Rubin has produced an eclectic range of bands — his most recent effort producing the new Black Sabbath album.  I remember hearing about this guy when the first Beastie Boys album came out and there was a swirl of comments about how … Continue reading Battle of the Beards

Even Dave Grohl thinks Foo Fighters is a dumb name for a band

Really cool speech from Dave Grohl at this year’s SXSW – check it out at the NPR website (doesn’t seem to be a way to embed the video).  Grohl has been busy – working on a new Foo Fighters album, and the documentary he did on the Sound City recording studio where Nirvana’s Nevermind album was recorded. I just drove by this which is the title … Continue reading Even Dave Grohl thinks Foo Fighters is a dumb name for a band

Weird Al Raps… Really!

I don’t know how much credit is given to him, but Weird Al basically inspired a whole musical subgenre, Nerdcore, with his parodies of rap music that focused on suburban, middle class, well nerdy, subjects. He’s had three fairly large hit songs parodying rap songs and his last one, White & Nerdy was a top ten hit, a Platinum single according to the RIAA. Amish Paradise … Continue reading Weird Al Raps… Really!