I’ll be keeping an eye on this one: BlunderPop:

This blog is dedicated to the horror or real-life Spinal Tap that a music festival can become. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an artist, an organiser, a volunteer or a visitor. Sometimes, it just goes terribly wrong…

… reminds me of that time when, as part of the late great (?) rocking combo Moonbug, I mounted the stage in some club, all pumped up on adrenaline, whereupon I not only hit the set’s opening chord but broke three strings of my Telecaster simultaneously — filling the place with some of the most squealing feedback I’ve ever heard. Those were the days!

Tide Turning

Yes it’s a cheap shot, and yes, it’s too funny: the George Bush Quotes Library. Couple of gems:

  • Rarely is the question asked, ‘Is our children learning’?
  • You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you’re gone.
  • I think — tide turning — see, as I remember — I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of — it’s easy to see a tide turn — did I say those words?


Using a Nelson Riddle orchestral arrangement of “You Make Me Feel So Young” […], Wolpert had a professional singer perform the melody. Then she used a digital multi-effect processor to create two bitonal versions of the accompaniment: one a full musical step higher (G when the singer was in F), and the other a step lower (E-flat). She then played the “music” for 40 nonmusicians and 10 professional musicians.

You can see where this is going, right? (via)

Another Very Important List

The Guardian: 50 albums that changed music. I was reading down this suppressing a yawn when suddenly:

19 Mary J Blige
Without this … no R&B/soul divide, which means no TLC, Beyonce, or Ashanti, to name just three.

Um… so what? Damn you Mary J Blige! And then:

26 Stevie Wonder
Without this … no Alicia Keys, no John Legend – contemporary R&B would be empty and lifeless.

“empty and lifeless” — sounds right about where contemporary R&B is at these days, correct me if I’m wrong.

Meh. I’m off to watch some tribute bands videos.