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Les Paul & Record Your Own Google Doodle Tune Day


The fun just never ends, does it?

I did not know who Les Paul was, but now I do.

Now I know that Les Paul “was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which “made the sound of rock and roll possible” (thanks Wikipedia).

Why? Because every once in a while I check to see if Google is doing anything entertaining for the day. And today the logo is musical. And it has a record button. And you can record your own tune. Then you get a link and it will play back for you.


Hit it.



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Release the Stars, Rufus Wainwright

Last week I rekindled my love of Rufus Wainwright with his 2007 album Release the Stars

It is true, I am several years late on this one, but it made my week. I discovered “Sanssouci” whilst trying clothes at Anthropologie. I Shazam an inordinate number of songs from the fitting rooms at Anthropologie.

Every time.

Sanssouci called to my decorative arts ness. Sanssouci (meaning without cares in French) is the name given to a pleasure palace built by Frederick the Great of Prussia in the German rococo style. The Prussian rival to Versailles. I cannot officially weigh in, having never been to Potsdam. I love a fab formal garden though. And chinoiserie?  Yes, please.


I love me some rococo stucco work.

Anyways, if you have not been illuminated by this album, I am going out on a limb and recommending it. It is lovely. All talk of rococo, German history, palaces and stucco decoration aside.

Favorite tunes on the album: “Rules and Regulations,” “Sanssouci,” “Between My Legs,” and “Tiergarten.”



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The Black Keys Were Howlin’ for Shaun White (or something)

Since Words to Bumble has been in a frenzy of obscure winter sports for the past week… well, why not keep it going with something new, ridiculous and only mildly related to winter, compliments of Shaun White—the snowboarder formerly known as the Flying Tomato—and The Black Keys.

The Black Keys’ music video for “Howlin’ for You” is presented like a theatrical trailer for something that pretty much only guys would want to go see.

Fair is fair.

At 0:23 White shows up in a sex scene which ends with his one awkward line: “That was amazing.”

It’s pretty funny.

You are welcome.

This came to me via a newly discovered UniversalSport.com blog that I wish I wrote: Mr. Universe.

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Aaron Fischer’s Piano Stylings

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Aaron Fischer, formerly a Broadway Musical Director type has left the glitz of musical theater on the Great White Way, and migrated a few dozen blocks downtown where he has been performing weekly at The Living Room, in their upstairs venue, Googies.

The lighting is green, the piano is a white baby grand, Italian lights are strung haphazardly about the windows, the room has odd panels of vintage fabric sound absorbing boards and the crowd that gathers is fairly diverse. You can opt for grabbing your own drink downstairs on your way up, or order from the waitress that mills about the Googies level. No pressure.

So, I sat there last week pondering the shift from jazz hands, jazz squares and the volume of spit that lands in an orchestra pit during any given performance, to the life of performing in full view for a crowd happy to hear your latest original song. I made a few notes regarding the vibe and I would compare the sound to a mixture of Broadway-er Jason Robert Brown and the trusty piano man himself, Mr. Billy Joel. Clearly among other things, based on my status as failing to be an actual music critic.

occasionally Fischer pauses before a new number and provides a few biographical words of insight into the next song. One of which I took particular note was the story of a girl who thought that Fischer was allergic to her. Accompanying lyric?

“You gave me hives, from the first time I saw you… just don’t leave me here.”

Hives are a sticky business. Remember when Shannon Doherty claimed that live television gave her hives and then she was the first contestant voted off Dancing with the Stars?

I digress.

At any rate, if you enjoy a a little live piano and crooning, I suggest that you hop on down to the Lower East Side and check out Aaron Fischer, tonight Monday, April 12th at 8:00pm at Googies, upstairs of The Living Room at 154 Ludlow. If you are interested and tonight is not your night, Fischer has been playing there fairly regularly, about once a week and rumor has it he aims to continue doing so; thus, check out their website for daily listings.

[UPDATE]: You can check Aaron out on his website: http://www.aaron-fischer.com/

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A Slipjig for Brigitte by The Whiskey Boys

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Frequent guest star Brigitte is famous once again. This time the Boston-based Whiskey Boys, an “innovative tradition fiddle/guitar” duo, have composed a delightful slipjig inspired by the sassy redhead.

Listen: Whiskey Boys: Brigitte Mulholland

For Boston based readers: the Whiskey Boys perform on a regular basis around and about the town. For East Coasters, they can also be found playing around New England and the Tri-state area, so take a look at their calendar.

Enjoy the delightful tune-age and go check them out!


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