I’m several weeks behind on this, but this interview in The Onion with the watermelon-smashing “comedian” Gallagher is pretty astonishing (h/t Best Show on WFMU). Is it performance art? Is he using the interviewer as “a prop” in an elaborate metaroutine? Is he, as appears most likely, just a talentless, bitter crank and an ingrate? Every time I laughed while reading it, I felt ashamed on several different levels. Is there a little Gallagher in all of us, threatening to escape as we drift into old age? Is it only a matter of time before we will suddenly come back to ourselves and find that we’re holding the sledgehammer?
Also interesting, from the interview’s daunting comment thread: this article about Gallagher’s brother purportedly performing as “Gallagher Too” with the intention of usurping him.
// Notes from the Road
"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.READ the article