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Thank you, Don Pardo.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

Sadly, the great voice-over announcer Don Pardo has passed away.  Not only was he the “voice” of Saturday Night Live cast introductions from the first episode, most people don’t know he had a cameo on the Frank Zappa song “I’m The Slime.”

“Don’t touch that dial!!!”

In honor of Don, here’s that tasty little Zappa tidbit, with Don’s immortal voice-over at 2:08:

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AC/DC: Is there anything their music cannot do?

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

A great song is a great song, no matter the genre it’s played in.  Some songs will work, some won’t, but by God, AC/DC ALWAYS works!  Oh, and the band is Finnish.  Is there anything the Scandis can’t do?  (Besides lutefisk, I mean.) In a just world, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls (oh hell yeah with the pun) would be world-famous, and Justin Bieber would be doing karaoke with his high-school chums.

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When did country music become castrated?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

If country music is the New Pop™, these lyrics from Blake Shelton’s “Doing What She Likes” are Exhibit “A”:

She likes it when I call in sick to work
Spend the whole day hanging with her
I might get fired but that’s alright
I’m doin’ what she likes

Really?  What kind of Beta Male bullshit is that?  “Gee Honey, would it be OK if I get fired because I let you tell me to stay home with you?”  Where is David Allan Coe or Johnny “Take This Job and Shove It” Paycheck?  Even wearing a rhinestone suit, Porter Wagoner was more manly than this.

Country music, RIP.

 

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Some thoughts on achievement by Dave Grohl.

Friday, March 28th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

People who have never slaved over the development of a talent always seem to think that is comes easily.  “Why, I could write the Great American Novel, I just haven’t gotten around to it.”  I know several well-known authors, and they write for up to eight hours every day, because it’s their job.  I like Dave Grohl’s take on the Culture of I-Am-Now-Famous Because Some Celebrity Said I Am and the Audience Voted for Me:™

When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, ‘Oh, OK, that’s how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight fucking hours with 800 people at a convention center and… then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it’s not fuckin’ good enough.’ Can you imagine?” he implores. “It’s destroying the next generation of musicians! Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old fucking drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck too. And then they’ll fucking start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some shitty old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-ass shit, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a fucking computer or the internet or The Voice or American Idol.  –

Dave Grohl

Something to ponder.

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Meat Parade

Friday, November 15th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

Jeez, it appears that every organization established for honoring actual achievement has become what George C. Scott referred to the Oscars™ as: “a meat parade.”

Exhibit 1:

Yep.  Fucking Al Gore.   For that Global Warming Scam that he’s made beaucoup bank off of.

Exhibit # 2:

Some current nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Yes, Deep Purple, and Link Wray (the inventor of the fuckin’ POWER CHORD, the cornerstone of rock guitar), which means these artists are currently NOT in the Hall of Fame.

Some past inductees:

Ahmet Ertegun (Founder of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.   Ohhh, I get it.)

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (I yield to no one in my enjoyment of “The Message,” GF&TFF’s seminal rap hit.  But …, they are a rap groupRap.   Should Led Zeppelin be nominated for a Rap Industry Award?  In 2007, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner used a technicality on the vote dating procedure to deny induction to The Dave Clark Five, because he felt the Hall couldn’t go another year without inducting a rap act.  Starting to see how things work here?)

Madonna (Oh for fuck’s sake.)

Bill Monroe (I loves me some Bill Monroe, but he was a bluegrass player, not a rock n’ roller, despite being called an “Early Influence”™ by the Hall of Fame panjandrums.)

Jelly Roll Morton (Seriously?  The self-proclaimed inventor of jazz?)

Notables who are NOT in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Chicago (A rock band with a horn section, with a guitarist  – Terry Kath – that Jimi Hendrix considered way better than himself.  Think about that for a moment.)

Grand Funk Railroad (WTF?  Can you say The Red Album, people?  The group that sold out Shea Stadium quicker than the Beatles did?  You’re killing me here.)

Iron Butterfly (In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, baby.  Who didn’t get stoned in the 70’s listening to this?)

Robin Trower (Too Rolling Stoned, Bridge of Sighs, and on and on … .)

I’m done with all this.  Any organization that would give me an award is not one I respect enough to accept an award from.

The Sex Pistols refused to attend when inducted, calling the museum “a piss stain.” That’s the rock n’ roll attitude, my friends.

Madonna. Sheesh.

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Just brilliant.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

– Wiccapundit

I never was that big a Michael Jackson fan; Quincy Jones made his career.  However, this is a badass version of Billie Jean:

The Internet is FULL of people this talented.  Where do they all come from?

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This is what real musical talent looks like.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

Your Wiccapundit lurves him some classical music, particularly piano music of the Romantic period.  Franz Liszt was possibly the first rockstar musician, what with women screaming and fainting at his concerts and throwing their hankies at him.  (Pace Tom Jones, they probably would have thrown their underwear, but corsets are a bit much… .)  Furthermore, Roger Daltrey played Liszt in Lisztomania, the 1973 Ken Russell-directed psychedelic biopic of the man, with Rick Wakeman appearing in the film as Thor, the Nordic god of thunder.  How cool is that?  To give you an idea of what the film is like, it makes Tommy look normal.

Perhaps Liszt’s most famous composition is the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, which I can attest is a beast to play.  I now have a new favorite interpretation of this masterpiece.  Here is the performance by the superb Russian pianist Valentina Lisitsa.   She has immaculate technique, but it is ever in the service of the musicality.  Her dynamic control is extraordinary.  As you watch this, mind you that there was no video trickery used to make her fingers appear to move faster, and that this live performance was the encore.

Enjoy.

Take that, Miley Cyrus.

 

 

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Baba O’Riley on acoustic piano – Totally Awesome.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

I stumbled on this today: a completely acoustic version of The Who’s epic Baba O’Riley on piano.   This kid plays all the parts, including the computer-sequenced arpeggiated opening riff (?!), the chords, the guitar licks, and the closing viola solo.  Oh, and he sings it too.  Then he just gets up and motherfuckin’ walks off camera.   Too cool.

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Gallery of the Intrepid: WTF? Edition

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

To thank everyone for sticking around to see if we still existed, I promised some actual, mmm, CONTENT.  This one sorta blew my mind:

Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish virtuosa percussionist.  Royal Academy of Music grad?  Check.  Grammy Award winner?  Check.  Regular extensive world tours with orchestras and collaborations with musicians ranging from Bjork to Bobby McFerrin?  Check.  Performed on Sesame Street and at the Olympic Games?  Check.   Deaf as a post?  Check.  Wait, what?

Hearing?  I don’t need no stinkin’ hearing to be a professional musician.

Glennie began to lose her hearing at age 8, and by age 12, was profoundly deaf.  You’d think that hearing would be the one thing necessary for a professional musician.  Nah, not so much.  She often performs barefoot, and feels the music through her whole body.

Here is an interesting TED talk where she plays and talks about how to really listen to music:

Moral of the story?  Don’t let anything stop you from doing what you want to do.   Deaf?  Be a musician.  Worked for Beethoven.

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“PSY” is Korean for “jackass”

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

The seemingly soft and unthreatening Korean K-pop rapper PSY, who has gotten millions of people to dance in a stupid fashion to his catchy “song” Gangnam Style, is actually virulently anti-American, as evidenced by the lyrics to a song by South Korean rock band N.E.X.T. that he sang in a 2004 concert:

Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives

Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture

Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers

Kill them all slowly and painfully

He is, of course, trying to sanitize his past history in order to enjoy the fruits of his current world adulation.  One sign of the impending Apocalypse?  That over 900,000,000 million views of his video have been recorded on YouTube.  Compare: the 1958 performance of Beethoven’s masterful Ninth Symphony, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Herbert von Karajan (the gold standard for this piece) and including an in-her-prime Leontyne Price singing soprano: 59,000 views.  Seriously? WTF?

Hey PSY, here’s a little statistic for you: over 33,000 “fucking Yankee” soldiers died to prevent the country you were born in from becoming the same Marxist “People’s” shithole that North Korea has become.  This happened before you were even a randy gleam in your daddy’s eye, which you seem not to know as apparently you have never studied Korean history.  Had Americans not died to protect the sovereignty of South Korea, you would have grown up in a regime that has created such widespread starvation among its people that malnutrition has caused the average North Korean to be between 1 and 3 inches shorter than the average South Korean.  In the late 1990’s, North Korea experienced a famine that caused upwards of 3,500,000 people to die of starvation, out of a population of about 22 million.  When 15% of your population dies from state-induced lack of food, what do you do?  Why, you give it a pithy name: “the Arduous March.”  Man, those Commies have a catchy phrase for everything.

If you had grown up under conditions like those that exist today in North Korea, you would not be “rapping” for a high-bling living, you would be laboring in a prison camp and eating your stolen pork raw so the guards wouldn’t catch you cooking it and beat the crap out of you.  Your fame consists entirely of creating a catchy song paired with a silly dance, which makes you something of a one-hit wonder.   Even the Hokey Pokey (which by the way was written in 1857) is a catchy song with a silly dance.  People are still singing and performing that song and dance today.  Do you think anyone will be doing the Gangnam Style dance in six months?  Can you say “Hey, Macarena?”

Bonus add-on:  President Obama and Michelle, despite the controversy over PSY’s ugly past, will nonetheless still attend his Christmas performance.  The President had a great opportunity to engage in a Clintonesque “Sister Souljah” moment, demonstrating his leadership qualities and racking up some props even from conservative commentators, who would have undoubtedly (if grudgingly) given him a thumbs-up for doing the right thing and distancing himself from anti-American sentiment.  That was a high-hanging PR curveball and the President completely whiffed it.  But he is, after all, The Smartest President EVAH.™

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