Author Archives: Aaron G.

Umm…Sort of.

I realize it is Hot Tub Time Machine week, but this story couldn’t wait.

One day last year I noticed that one of the students I teach was wearing a The Dead Milkmen t-shirt in class. If my memory serves me correctly it was this shirt: Dead Milkmen

He is a very cool, intelligent, and curious kid. I still found it a little odd for an 11-year old to be wearing a t-shirt from a Philadelphia punk rock band. I asked him, “Do you like The Dead Milkmen?”

His response was, “Umm…Sort of.” And that was pretty much the end of that conversation. We went on with the lesson and I pretty much forgot about the shirt.

Today while checking out the lineup for the Northern Liberties Music Festival, which is this Saturday starting at 5 pm, I figured out that what was hidden in his classic, deadpan “Umm…sort of” was the fact that his father was in the band!

Here is the video for The Dead Milkmen’s biggest commercial hit from 1988, “Punk Rock Girl.” It’s more than “sort of” good.

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Elevator Music

Here is my long overdue initial contribution to the Noise Narcs community.

When I was growing up my mom insisted on my brother and me taking piano lessons, and when I was about 12 I quit to focus on my athletic career. This turned out to be a mistake, as I have yet to impress any girls with my baseball or basketball skills. I imagine I might be able to woo them if I could sit down at a piano and play something romantic, like some Chopin, Beethoven, or the piano version of Sisqo’s opus “The Thong Song.”

I stumbled across this amazing video of Arcade Fire playing the title-track from their 2007 album Neon Bible while in an elevator, and if my mom would have just had the foresight to make me take magazine playing lessons, I probably would never have quit, and I would be an acclaimed musician who had the ability to impress the ladies.


Arcade Fire, “Neon Bible (Live in an Elevator)”

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