After blessing a Vatican MySpace site that featured a list of apparently Pope-endorsed songs that included ones by 2Pac and Fleet Foxes, the Vatican newspaper/Web site The Holy See recently released another list of “good/Godly” Pop songs.
Did you know that this year is the 160th anniversary of the kazoo, the cheaply made "wind instrument" that everyone masters when they're about 2? Did you know there are kazoo enthusiasts? How about professional kazoo players? Meet Rick Hubbard.
Reports say any Guns 'N Roses fans attempting to sport Slash-related shirts to a concert in Canada recently were asked to turn them inside out or go home. In other music news, Hip Hop Artist shun clothing line for oil company and Steven Tyler does karaoke.
The nearly $2 million file-sharing fine leveled by a judge on behalf of the recording industry against a Minnesotan mother of four has been reduced 97 percent (to a still hefty $54,000) by a U.S. District Court judge who called the original fine "monstrous and shocking." (The woman reportedly "stole" 24 songs.)
Like most of us, politically-minded British Folk singer Billy Bragg is disgusted by the way the banking industry has continued to hand out giant bonuses, despite being given huge "bailouts" from we the taxpayers.
Recently released documents show some of the complaints to the FCC over American Idol loser Adam Lambert's allegedly shocking performance on the American Music Awards broadcast last year, during which he made out with a bandmate (who was a dude!) and simulated oral sex with a dancer (who was also a dude!). Dude!
Chris Cornell announced Soundgarden would reunite in 2010, "tweeting" about it on New Year's Eve. The band has been gone for about 12 years, and the other members have done a better job keeping their dignity. You know what all this means? We are one Kurt Cobain zombie away from the Grunge Oldies Allstar Revue Tour!
Mini Gauge has never been a KISS fan. OK, growing up in the ’70s, there was a month or two we listened to them, but, like Dungeons & Dragons and crystal meth, it was just something we tried because our friends were all into it.
The son of John Mellencamp doesn't seem to be in any hurry to collect his sure-to-be-huge inheritance check. Speck Mellencamp, 14, started a Facebook page designed to get his dad to stop smoking, a move that appears to be coming from a genuine place of love. See, even Minimum Gauge's Grinch-heart can swell during the holidays.
Late night talk show writing staffs around the globe rejoiced when it was announced that Rolling Stone magazine was planning on opening a restaurant chain. Music news hub site The Daily Swarm went with the straightforward snark of “Everything is served stale” to jab the Old Tie-dye Lady.
In an interview music journalist Charles R. Cross said that around 100 DJs insisted to him the only reason Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" became such a Rock radio staple was because of its smokebreak-friendly length. If his theory is true, though, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" (clocking in at a whopping 18:34) would be more than twice as popular.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that iconic Rock band The Who will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in February. Now in the year 6 A.T. (“After Titty”), halftime organizers continue to distance themselves from the horrifying Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake tragedy of Super Bowl XXXVIII, when the world nearly ended because viewers got a sorta-peak of Janet Jackson’s boobage that was less provocative than a mammogram brochure.
We here at Minimum Gauge were very conflicted when we heard the news that Steven Tyler was leaving Aerosmith. On the one hand (the bigger, more convinced one), the dissolution is overdue and they should have stopped about 10 years ago. Still, we appreciate what the band did while they were on drugs.
Four teenagers living near Salt Lake City are in deep doo doo following a recent prank in which they rapped their food order at a McDonald's drive-thru. The kids were cited for disorderly conduct; the drive-thru employee was said to have felt "her safety was at risk." That must've been some wiggity-wack Big Mac attack.
A group of musicians and performers has teamed up to demand that the U.S. government release the names of all songs used to grease the interrogation wheels (a.k.a. torture) at the GW Bush Sleepaway Camp (a.k.a. the Gitmo prison in Cuba).