So if you haven’t heard, Tom Waits was on The Simpsons last night, voicing “a gravelly voiced paranoiac” prepper and joining the long list of illustrious and not-so-illustrious guest stars who’ve graced the show since it started screening way back in 1989. His appearance got us thinking about some of the more unlikely guest stars and/or performances the show has seen over the years — and so we’ve amused ourselves after the jump selecting some of our favorites, from Johnny Cash playing a psychedelic coyote to Thomas Pynchon breaking a 40-year TV silence. Did we miss any of your favorites? Go ahead and let us know. (And advance apologies for the quality of a couple of the clips — Simpsons videos are like hen’s teeth on YouTube.) … Read More
Those of us who stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to watch Barack Obama’s victory speech had to find a way to kill time. Almost two hours passed between the first news organizations’ projections that the president had been re-elected and Mitt Romney’s concession speech. From 11:15 to 12:55, we amused ourselves by switching channels to The Daily Show, pouring ourselves another round of celebratory drinks, watching Karl Rove try to convince Fox News that the election wasn’t over — and scanning Twitter to see how our favorite famous Republicans were taking the defeat.
Of course, Donald Trump was the popular punching bag: Half of this writer’s Twitter feed was taken up by liberals RTing his temper tantrum. On NBC, Brian Williams observed that Trump “has driven well past the exit to irrelevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible.” But The Donald isn’t the only famous Republican who’s been flipping out on Twitter. Among the sore losers, perhaps the most bizarre and entertaining is Ted Nugent, who went full-on Book of Revelation this morning, with some harsh words for the “pimps whores & welfare brats” and “subhuman varmints” he believes make up Obama’s constituency. Read his rant — and be grateful this guy didn’t get to pick our next president — below. … Read More
One of the wonderful things about the internet is that there’s almost inevitably someone out there who’ll go to the trouble of doing something like… well, for example, scanning every single issue of iconic ’70s music magazine Rock Scene. The magazine published 54 issues from 1973 until 1982 — founded by Richard and Lisa Robinson, it also gave the world photographers Bob Gruen and Leee Black Childers, along with a heap of fascinating reportage from 1970s NYC. Austin, Texas resident Ryan Richardson has digitized every page of every issue and made them available as free, Flash-based flipbooks on his website. We’ve spent a very enjoyable morning flicking through his site, and collated a selection of our favorite moments — head over to rockscenester.com for lots, lots more. … Read More
Whether or not Lady Gaga’s weird motorcycle hybrid album cover thingy was meant to be funny is entirely open for debate, but either way, the finished product is pretty hilarious. Apart from other examples of God-awful album covers (of which there are plenty), the whole thing got us thinking about musicians who are genuinely funny – often unexpectedly so, like Gaga herself, who has often displayed a pleasantly self-deprecating sense of humor in interviews. Read our selection after the jump. For the sake of this post, we’ve excluded actual comedians who also play music – so no Flight of the Conchords, The Mighty Boosh, etc. But even then, there are plenty to choose from. … Read More
For some bands, there comes a time when music is not enough. Maybe the lead singer is acting like a diva, maybe there’s no more artistic inspiration, maybe your patented toothbrushes are made of toxic plastic, or maybe it’s just that you have a deep, unrealized vision of yourself as Julia Child. Regardless, for many musicians, food is the next frontier, and our Amazon shopping carts (if not our stomachs) are all the better for it. Want to make GWAR’s candied sweetbreads? How about some of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Fixin’s? Dig into our favorite musical cookbooks after the jump. … Read More