Thursday, October 25, 2007

Phil's Radio Korner

Phil Oppenheim, Barry B., and I have been emailing back and forth about the great punk band The Minutemen, which brings us to the subject of today's edition of "Phil's Radio Korner," featuring Minutemen founder Mike Watt. Phil writes: "You may want to check out Mike Watt's online radio show. I think it's pretty great and wildly inconsistent, hence its greatness. Plus, every show starts with a Coltrane song." Phil goes on to clarify some of his earlier, seemingly hurtful statements on the subject of McNeil: "Your 'McNeil' chum is likely a charming fellow. I'd prefer that we not meet lest he become disappointed. Remember what happened when Buzz Aldrin got back from the moon? Like I need that on my head?" It should come as no shock that Phil's remarks had already elicited a response from McNeil, namely the claim that it was secretly McNeil, and not Phil's wife, who had founded the Phil Oppenheim Fan Club. In an unrelated story, McNeil observes that THE KIDS FROM C.A.P.E.R. is "just the kind of thing Wes Anderson would try to make fun of. FOR REAL!!" (Caps and exclamation points McNeil's.)