Zeitgeist: The Most Unintentionally Funny Music Critic in the World vs. the Smashing Pumpkins

This is one for the ages.  If Robert Christgau was this, ummmm, effusive, he never would have been cut loose by the Village Voice. A dweeby, semi-drunk Smashing Pumpkins fan reviews their entire comeback album Zeitgeist, which he really, really hates, by spazzing out over the whole thing and yelling things like “Why is this here?!” and “This isn’t even music!” I recommend downloading the whole thing (warning: the process is a little annoying and circuitous, but totally worth it). Once you grab it you’ll want to listen to parts of it again and again. To whet your appetite, here’s a sample MP3 of his reaction to the second to last song on the album, “For God and Country.” Enjoy.

p.s. If anyone has anymore info about this, please share in the comments.  The Googles knew nothing.

NOT AT ALL RELATED: I totally forgot to recommend downloading the intentionally funny (and free!) audio commentary the Beastie Boys did for the 20th Anniversary edition of their classic album Paul’s Boutique. They’re all hilarious, but Mike D. really knocks it out of the park with his pronunciations and storytelling.  Grab it, like, now.

MYSTERY SOLVED: His name is Kuuenbu. Oh my.

Posted by Kevin K. on 03/18/09 at 10:55 AM • Permalink

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On the other hand, there’s this letter being passed around right now:

Tuesday, March 17, NAT KING COLE turns 90! Using the present tense is absolutely fitting. Today, at every hour, cable, the internet, and radio stations around the world continue to play his timeless music. He is, indeed, still very much with us. He still stands out from the rest, and he stands alone. Comparing anyone to Nat Cole is simply impossible.

His career comprised two major areas of activity. From 1936 to 1948 he was an extraordinary jazz pianist, centering a great trio with a fresh sound and his own distinctive style. A thorough craftsman, his playing was to cause a sense of wonderment amongst other pianists. His work has influenced pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, etc. His musical talents remain untouched and undimmed by the passing of time.

From 1948 until his death on February 15, 1965, he was a singer, soloing as a husky-smooth baritone, backed by all manner of accompaniments. In his brief lifetime, he had two major careers. He excelled and remained at the top of both of them. No one else in the music business has ever matched this dual achievement. No one.

His accomplishments in these two fields are important for their excellence and exceptional taste. Many of his peers revere his work as a high standard by which to learn and measure themselves.

Fortunately, he bequeathed us an abundance of recordings that allows us to hear of him what we wish, when we wish. One thing of which I’m certain is how blessed we are to have had him among us, albeit too briefly. He was kind. He was gifted. He was thoughtful. He was giving. He was disciplined. He was gracious. He was tuned-in. He had an easy smile, and a devilish grin. He was talented. He was caring. He was professional. He was real. He was my dear friend. He was Nat Cole.

Happy Birthday, Nathaniel.

Dick LaPalm

That was a nice tribute, Brad, but “Dick LaPalm”?  There’s a bad joke in there somewhere.

No, Kevin. Not a joke (at least to my knowledge).

Garth Hudson (of the Band) is a good friend of La Palm’s and is passing the letter around.

But yeah, I see what you mean.

Despite all his rage he is still just a rat in a cage.

“Dick LaPalm”?  There’s a bad joke in there somewhere.

Poor thing. I hope he doesn’t have a brother named Harry.

The joke is that he married Jizzy Sanderson (short for Jizzabeth).  They became Dick and Jizzy LaPalm.

MYSTERY SOLVED: His name is Kuuenbu. Oh my.

Aww, poor guy.

Really. T’warnt no internons when I were his age (we had to send messages by tying notes to squirrels), but I suspect that if there were, I would have come across a lot like young dude there.

Oh well. At least his name isn’t Dick LaPalm.

Aww, poor guy.

No shit…I’m one of the most all-around ‘orrible bastards I know, and I feel bad for this kid.

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