Friday, November 24, 2006

Eight-Second Review: Little Steven's Underground Garage Rolling Rock 'n' Roll Show

You don't have time to go to rock shows. Hell, you don't even have time to read about them. So here's what you should know about Little Steven's Underground Garage Rolling Rock 'n' Roll Show at Irving Plaza Wednesday, November 24, in less than 10 seconds.

Martinettes - Missed
The Charms - Snore
Chesterfield Kings - Great
Supersuckers - Meh
New York Dolls - Dolls

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Do The Twist

Title: Do the Twist
Artist: Tubby Chess and His Candy-Stripe Twisters
Purchased: Richland Center Antique Mall, Winter of 2001
Verdict: Let's not, like we did last summer

My friend Dan Guterman once wrote a list for McSweeneys entitled "Popular Singers Inspired By Fats Domino and Chubby Checker". It's funny unless you know that there actually were a number of imitators hoping to cash in on the success of Chubby Checker, only they lacked the stage-name imagination. Such is the case with Tubby Chess née Flatus Argyle of the Detroit Argyles.

That's not his actual birth name. I'm just suffering from a lack of anything to say and lashing out with juvenile names. Plus I can't find anything about him on the internet. In any case, Do The Twist sounds like you're receiving two oldies radio stations at once. It's all familiar, but it's sure not fun to listen to. Actually, I find Chubby Checker insufferable. Here's a guy that recorded an annoying novelty song that he didn't even write and he thinks that he changed rock and roll. Nuts to him and this Tubby Chess guy both!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Train I Ride

I got on the train after a weird comedy set tonight and who should be on my train but Jim Thirwell. I've met him before, but I didn't approach him. He was reading, and, you know, what do you say to Foetus?

William Carlos Williams Reading His Poems

Title: William Carlos Williams Reading His Poems
Artist: William Carlos Williams
Purchased: Madison Savers, July 2006
Verdict: Out

William Carlos Williams
is as good a reader
as I am
a poet.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy

Title: Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
Artist: Return To Forever with Chick Corea
Purchased: Don't remember where, within the past year
Verdict: Gone

With 12 Grammys, Chick Corea is one of the nation's most celebrated jazz pianists.

With confessions to over 30 murders, Ted Bundy is one of the nation's most celebrated serial killers.