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Rolling in the Deep: 2/2/16

What’s that? You say you’re curious about my recent work for the Rolling Stone website? Well, you better start clicking up a storm, because in the last couple of months, I wrote about Bill Murray’s awesome Christmas special, the Beatles’ most blatant swipes from other artists, the musicians and musical figures who died in 2015, […]

posted 2 February 2016 in Links. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Empty Garden

I am not generally a superstitious man. I don’t think twice about the number 13, black cats, or the danger to my mother’s spine should I step on the wrong section of sidewalk. But the last couple of years, I have had a private Beatles-related superstition. It started when I bought a set of four […]

posted 21 February 2014 in Photos. 1 comment

Single-Disc White Album Roundup

I traded tweets earlier today with a very cool graphic artist, Craig Robinson, author of the excellent and witty baseball infographic collection Flip Flop Fly Ball. The spur: he recently compiled his own single-disc version of the Beatles’ White Album, which reminded me of the time I did my version. We’re not the only ones, […]

posted 19 February 2013 in Archives, Links, Tasty Bits. 1 comment

The Return of Unlikely Lyrics

In the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” Paul McCartney sings: And so I quit the police department / And got myself a steady job Leaving aside the overuse of “and” to fill out the lines–how does McCartney think police employment works? Seasonally? Piecework? What kind of crazy freelance police work is the […]

posted 20 September 2010 in Tasty Bits. 2 comments

Top Five Beatles Songs Referenced in Other Beatles Songs

1. “She Loves You” (in “All You Need Is Love”) 2. “I Am the Walrus” (in “Glass Onion”) 3. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (in “I Am the Walrus”) 4. “Strawberry Fields Forever” (in “Glass Onion”) 5. “You Never Give Me Your Money” (in “Carry That Weight”)

posted 25 August 2010 in Tasty Bits. 3 comments

Single-Disc White Album

Unforeseen side effects of the iPod: I probably couldn’t have put together Short Sharp Shocks without the help of iTunes breaking down my music library by length of song. And I wouldn’t have had the patience a couple of years ago to edit down classic double albums to single albums without being able to tinker […]

posted 25 August 2008 in Tasty Bits. 5 comments

Top Five: Double Your Pleasure

Nobody batted an eye at the Beatles releasing two albums in a year. (In 1965, they put out Help! and Rubber Soul, not to mention a movie and a few killer non-LP singles such as “Ticket to Ride” and “We Can Work It Out.” Oh, they also toured the States and John Lennon put out […]

posted 28 July 2008 in Tasty Bits. 10 comments