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Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Guest’

Meet LA’s Talented 2012 SoundCloud Fellows

Out of 184 applicants, Berlin-based SoundCloud has chosen 15 finalist projects for its 2012 Fellowship program. LA came out swimmingly, with four locals among this well-deserving group:

David Weinberg (Random Tape): Random Tape will create a series of special episodes that would involve tape that listeners would submit through SoundCloud… A game of telephone around the globe using SoundCloud. They will start with a recorded phrase then post it on SoundCloud for people to translate, record and then post again to translate and record, etc. They also want to have a “Random Skype Day” where they pull people’s Skype handles out of a hat and have them call each other.

Jack Kennedy (NightBus Radio) We’re traveling across North America, writing one song in each town with a stranger, recording their stories, and releasing them online in radio style program, Once a week for three months… an audio version Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums. For the digital age, by Greyhound Bus.

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11/11/11 is Nigel Tufnel Day!

Spinal Tap fans the world over have declared November 11th, 2011 “Nigel Tufnel day,” in honor of the man who dared to turn his amps up to 11.

Nigel Tufnel, for those of you poor souls who haven’t seen the Rob Reiner mockumentary, was the lead guitarist in the fictional metal band Spinal Tap, played by a young and hairy Christopher Guest. He may not have been the greatest guitarist the world had ever seen, but by golly, he was one of the loudest.

The grassroots effort to honor Tufnel today seems to have originated on Facebook, or maybe Twitter, or maybe over at The Nigel Tufnel Day Appreciation Society and Quilting Bee website. Who knows.

However it happened, Nigel Tufnel day coincides nicely with Veterans Day, a national celebration in honor of real-life heroes who also weren’t afraid to turn it up to 11.