Magic number: 98624
Magic word: forlore
There’s a new emoticon going around, but it’s impossible to type recognizably so you just have to spell it out. It’s about getting a happy upgrade.
Millie in a Mustache wrote a new song. It’s her term paper on molecular physics, set to music, and she sez it’s for real.
“I’m a science geek,” Mill explains. “My school friends and my scene friends can’t believe I have other friends.
“But I really love music. And I really love science.”
“First I wanted to write a song about why I cared about molecules. As you can imagine, that was the dumbest song imaginable. So I tried to do a, you know, metaphor thing. But that didn’t work either. Like really sucked. Then I realized that what I loved about science was the words, the math, the language. I’d just written this great paper, full of the phrases I love. So I set it to music, nothing fancy, on keyboards.
The song, tentatively titled “3*35.453 over 3*35.453 + 12.011 + 1.00794 = 89.094%,” is 45 minutes long.
“I’m working on the single edit,” Mill smiles, “but it won’t be the same. Molecular Science is a symphony, not a two-minute pop song.”
Rhyming Titles from Jughead WIth Archie Comics Digest #7:
“Wile ’n’ Guile”
“Lumps and Bumps”
“Rootin’ Tootin’ Tutors”
“Eye in the Sky”
and “Professor Jughead Lectures on How to Dig the Work Gig”
This digest also boasts a story with the intriguing, non-rhyming, non-punning title “The Salad.” And another one called just “The Statue.”
The change jar will receive one percent of all our wages.
In mid-December 1977 The Sex Pistols were scheduled to be on Saturday Night Live, but they broke up instead and Elvis Costello got the gig. Johnny Rotten and Elvis Costello both later were guests on Tom Snyder’s The Tomorrow Show. Public Image Ltd. was on American Bandstand, sure, and The Dickies were on a Don Rickles sitcom, but late night TV was where you found your punk bands.
Decades later, that’s still the case—with the same generation of bands. Buzzcocks! On Seth Meyer! Doing a new song, “Keep on Believing,” from their new album! With an online bonus of “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have).
“Keep on Believing,” indeed. Though I do not like the beard.
Magic number: 22957
Magic word: bemangle
This is an email I received last fall from my friend James Velvet, who passed away this past weekend. I’ll miss him terribly.
I was glad to run into you yesterday, happy to see you.
I’d love to visit the new homestead sometime, and would be happy to be a driving instructor.
Driving is one of the few things I’ve learned to do really well.
Gnarled Roots wrote the book on jams that start as one song and then become another. Some would these medleys, but there’s so much space between the separate melodies that the tunes are related only by the music not happening to stop between them.
“It’s true,” admits bassist Bay Grimm. “we spend more time on the transitions than we do on the songs. I love it. It’s a real job for a rhythm section.”
Grimm and drummer “Sven” Pence have to reroute the tempos, sweeten the counterpoints and even change keys. The more jarring two songs would seem right next to each other, the more the band strategizes to smooth them out. “Yep.” (Bay again.) “We’ve been known to add a third song we don’t care so much about, so we can make it from one we like to another one more, what would you say—eloquently?
“It’s all about how you get there. We take the train one way, and fly back.”
Gar broke the change jar and hasn’t repaired it.