There are many unusual Tiny Desk Concerts, but this may be the strangest. Ostensibly, the show is from The Rock Bottom Remainders, an informal and revolving assortment of good-natured authors who masquerade as a rock band for charity. In this incarnation, they are Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Roy Blount Jr., Kathy Kamen Goldmark and Sam Barry, none of whom brought any instruments. But leading them is Roger McGuinn, who brought his guitar and the chords to two songs.
The authors (mostly Dave Barry) are funny and self-deprecating, “We’re gonna attempt a song involving actual singing now,”
So McGuinn leads them in a rendition of “Sloop John B.” which they and the audience sing in a fun, campfire sorta way. On the second song “May The Road Rise To Meet You” the backing singers mostly just sit and watch McGuinn. And McGuinn seems fine with that.
He of course has a lovely voice. And at the end, he does neat little guitar solo. And they all applaud.
[READ: July 29, 2015] Chloë Sevigny
I saw this book at work and decided to flip through it. It has an introduction by Kim Gordon and an Afterword by Natasha Lyonne, so that seemed interesting enough. The rest of the book is photos of Sevigny. And nothing else. Although Gordon says that “this book allows us a peek into her teenage bedroom and evokes the visceral thrill of getting dressed.”
I don’t really have an opinion of Sevigny. Although I noticed that she tends to appear in things that I like–she’s like the cool guest star that appears on fun shows (like Portlandia). But I don’t really know anything about her.
And I still don’t. (more…)