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Jon Wurster

Background information
Associated actsThe Mountain Goats, Superchunk, Bob Mould, A.C. Newman, Jay Farrar, Ben Gibbard
Birth nameJonathan Patrick Wurster
Born( 1966-10-31 ) October 31, 1966 (age 54) Sellersville, Pennsylvania , U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, indie folk, folk rock
InstrumentsDrums
Occupation(s)Musician , writer
Websitescharplingandwurster .com
Years active1981-present
Twitter@jonwurster

Tom and Jon will be doing three live shows in March in celebration of their impending, massive Best of Scharpling & Wurster on Best Show box set. Shows will feature all youve come to love about Scharpling & Wursterbut live onstage. There will be special guests from Newbridge and beyond. The Los Angeles Show will feature a special screening of the barbershop singing documentary American Harmony. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 23 at 10 AM EST. If you live in the Columbus, Oh area, PLEASE pop in and say hello to Jon on April 11. Before taking stage With Mountain Goats at Wexner Center, Jon will be on hand in the venues store to sign whatever it is you may want him to sign. In-store happen from 7: 30-9: 00 pm in Wexner Center store. Millions know and love Danny Aiello as an actor, singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. What few know is that Man With Silky Smooth Speaking Voice is owner of one of largest catalogs of pop music, having steadily acquired publishing rights to a number of hit songs over the years. Read up on the history of some of the crown jewels of Danny Aiello's Songbook. More about ten years ago, music critic Charles R. Martin called Best Show to talk to Tom about his illustrious career in the rock ' n roll trenches. Though Martins call became one of the most beloved moments in Best Show history, he has never heard from again now. Between its 1984 and 1985 seasons, Saturday Night Live went through well-known major changes when creator Lorne Michaels returned to the show, replacing producer Dick Ebersol. What few remember is that Ebersola€s tenure had been cut short by three episodes thanks to 1981 writersa€ strike, and he was still under contract to deliver those shows. Solution: experiment in Summer 1985 saw three more SNLs produce, with option for recurring Summer spot if they were successful. Instead, these three episodes will never air again.

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Music career

Wurster's comedy career began in 1999 with an album called Rock, Rot & Rule. Quite possibly the greatest phone prank in recorded history, Rock, Rot & Rule features Wurster playing the world's most clueless Rock critic doing Radio interviews and arguing with a stream of confused and increasingly enraged callers. That set the template for Best Show, which ran for 13 years on New York public Radio station WFMU. Deejay Tom Scharpling host while Wurster was called in, playing a variety of disreputable characters-Phillie Boy Roy, Gorch-much of it improvise. It didnt take long for Wurster to become as well-know for comedy as music. In 2011, Spin magazine was calling him and Scharpling punk geniuses. And when Superchunk wasnt touring for long stretches in the early 2000s, Wurster earned a lot of his income writing comedy spots for MTV Network. If all goes according to plan, Wurster's comedy reputation will soon expand. Best Show is on hiatus, but Wurster and Scharpling are working on relaunching it within next year. Jon is the funniest person Ive ever meet, and the idea that hes this good comedian and writer while also having this equally impressive career as a drummer is incomprehensible, say Scharpling.

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TV/DVDs

This week brings grand finale of Merge 25 25-year anniversary of local label Merge Records. Many of the biggest acts from the chart-topping, Grammy-winning label roster will play in Carrboro Thursday through Saturday, including Neutral Milk Hotel, Superchunk and other underground stars. Only one musician, however, will play all three nights. Jon Wurster, veritable renaissance man of the punk-rock chitlin circuit, will be behind drums for Superchunk, Bob Mould Band and Mountain Goats. With those and other bands, Wurster has played on stages great and small over the years-from Late Show With David Letterman and Austin City Limits Down to the most humble dives around. On top of that, he also stars in the world of comedy, writing for various Cartoon Network shows, co-starring in acclaimed Radio Show, maintaining one of the funniest Twitter feeds in the entertainment business and even pulling occasional acting star turn. If Jon was just a comedian, all the great stuff he does would make you go, Wow! Say Matthew Perpetua, editor at New York-base entertainment website BuzzFeed. But he is also one of the best drummers in indie rock. He really just lifts up every song and every band hes in, with good ear for fills and editing song to make the best parts stand out. There are not a lot of drummers like that. Along with his steady bands, Wurster has also been hired to do a lot of peculiar one-off gigs, such as backing up Charlie Daniels playing Devil go Down to Georgia in UPS commercial. Then there was the 2009 awards Show at New York Citys Radio City Music Hall where Wurster played with Aerosmiths Joe Perry, backing up Katy Perry on the night she met Russell Brand. That show was to open with a tribute to Michael Jackson, who had just die, Wurster say. So were standing by at ready, in the dark, and I saw this figure walk by and ascend staircase. It was Madonna, and I was looking at her high above me, waiting for the spotlight to do this heartfelt requiem to Michael Jackson. My life is built on odd little things like that.

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Comedy/The Best Show

For the uninitiated, box set is probably the least ideal place to dive into the work of any artist or band. And that might go double for anyone looking for an entry point into the comedic world of Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster. That doesnt mean you should avoid Best of Best Show, massive 16-disc set that Numero Group just release, compiling the best bits that these two write and perform as part of Best Show on WFMU. If you fancy yourself enthusiast of the current comedy boom that keeps delivering greatness on TV, podcast, and standup form, you need to familiarize yourself with the curious and often-screwy world that Scharpling and Wurster created over the course of 13 years. Still, 16-discs and 20 hours of material is a lot to consider. So, allow us to help ease you into this massive amount of greatness with our picks for 10 best moments found in Best of Best Show.

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Television/Film

Eighteen years ago, Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster called his friend Tom Scharpling, who had a radio show on New Jersey noncommercial-station WFMU, and pretended to be an oblivious music critic named Ronald Thomas Clontle. Clontle had supposedly written a book called Rock, Rot & Rule: Ultimate Argument Settler, and for the next 47 minutes, he and Scharplingwho, was in on jokediscussed which act was Rock, Rot, or Rule. Clontle's criteria were so bizarre and confounding, and his knowledge of music so clearly impaired, that many listeners who didn't realize what was happening called in to argue with him. Madness invented the ska, he say. Neil Young and David Bowie? They rot because they'd made too many changes. The Beatles are merely rock: they write a lot of bad songs. It really was uncharted territory for station, say Scharpling. It was also the duo's first collaboration. Three years later, they launched Best Show on WFMU, weekly call-in Program that mixed fictional characters like Clontle with members of the general public, some of whom had realized they were listening to a comedy program. Best Show will run till 2013 on station, totaling more than 1 500 hours of programming. As it grows more popular, it begin hosting guests not played by Wurster. During WFMU's 2010 fund-raising marathon, John Hodgman and Patton Oswalt brought their nerd-off trivia contest to Show; two years later, Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick spent three hours talking about Cabin Boy and Get Life. Zach Galifianakis has made a number of appearances since 2006, once yelling at small child about Dungeons & Dragons. Louis CK called to give fellow comedian Todd Barry a hard time in 2010, and in 2011, Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer blew the lid off the garbage-eating habits of the show's staff. When the show's WFMU run end, though, as far as its fans know, it was gone for good. People respond with an outpouring of support and sadness, and think pieces about Best Show appear at AV Club and Grantland, among other places. The show had grown into a full-time job for Scharpling and Wurster, except that they were doing it for free. They decide they'd rather go out on top of their game, and on December 17 2013, they air their final episode. Around the countryin, New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and beyondbars, hold jam-packed listening parties. In Chicago, Burlington was full of people tuning in to show, respectfully silent save for their laughter. In spring 2014, Numero Group approached Scharpling and Wurster about putting together a box seta grand capstone for Best Show. Curating it requires two of them to survey their massive body of work for the first time. It was a herculean effort that just seemed to take from May until September, say Wurster. We didn't really know our calls that wellwe'd write them and perform them, but they were forgotten about next week.

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In popular culture

For a band that tours fairly often, it's amazing how many members of MOUNTAIN GOATS are able to Pop up in so many other areas of pop culture. From writing books to appearing on podcasts, frontman John Darnielle, bassist Peter Hughes, and drummer Jon Wurster keep busy in their spare time, constantly working on whatever project grabs their interest. Ahead of the band's visit to Dan's Silverleaf in Denton on Friday, here are a few of the best Pop culture work they've done. Hughes has a peculiar sports obsession. His personal website is FiveTools, reference to skills baseball scouts look for in prospect, He's put out two football-themed EPs, and he's blogged extensively about baseball games he's attend. Blogging led to the publishing of two books chronicling all the baseball games he attended in 2000, and again in 2001. Baseball Diaries are an interesting look into the thoughts of artists who love the game and who take time to learn as much about it as possible. Jon Wurster's writing stint on Tom go To Mayor in 2006. Wurster teamed with his comedy partner Tom Scharpling and Bob Odernik to write a few episodes of Adult Swim Show Tom go To Mayor. The episodes were glorious bits of anti-Comedy and wonderfully weird, though none were odder than the wrestling episode, which featured derange, yelling, steroid-pushing Gary Busey. The 33 1 / 3 series exists to give writers the opportunity to write about their favorite albums from different perspectives, whether it be academic breakdowns, short stories or poems. Darnielle's entry is a short story about a teenager in a metal health facility using songs from Black Sabbath's Master of Reality album to connect with the world around him. It's hell of reading and a great avenue to explore the work of a writer who's known as one of the best lyricists working today in longer form. Listen, lot of musicians have fairly decent Twitters, but most of them are used to talking about upcoming shows, having weird interactions with fans and, well, pick up groupies. This is why Wurster's Twitter is so great. It's hilarious, candid and all-around must follow. He touches on everything from sports to Pop culture and what he's reading at the time. He even has really deep conversations about Sex and the City. And if you need proof of hilarity, well take a look at this. In 2003, John Darnielle, and some helpful internet folks, comply 100 reasons why R. Kelly's ignition is one of the greatest songs of all time. Reasons range from: 3. How is this song in particular good 'weekend' song? For starters, there's delay in mentioning the weekend. Note shitty 'weekend' song, Loverboy's 'Working for Weekend, ' for purposes of comparison, which shoots its entire wad in the chorus's first line & then has nothing compelling to say.

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Discography Edit

So, this week, weve been fortunate readers, and in some cases voluntary victims, of a wealth of reactions from Pitchfork Music Festival. Weve seen R. Kelly raised up by the newest generation of young, talented writers, and weve see admiration for R. Kelly mocked by older writers, and not enough that bridges the gap. Where young and old are concern, Ive personally see a divide that often is tongue-in-cheek but can lead to bigger chasm particularly because both erroneously think they understand each other. Jon Wurster only has One Pitchfork Music Festival under his belt, 2011 appearance with Superchunk, But glance at his resume suggest he should have more. He e also is now a member of Mountain Goats, regularly tours and Records with Bob Mould, and has spent time on the road or in the studio with New Pornographers, Ben Gibbard, Robert Pollard, Ryan Adams, and many others. His resume is as extensive and random as any you will see, including the unique distinction of having drums for both REM and Katy Perry. And While part of his appeal is that he is clearly pros pro at keeping time, he is also hilarious, and at least some of his work schedule as session and touring percussionist derives from improvement his presence brings to the music environment. Recently, I saw his tweet commemorating his four years of sobriety, and having touched on this issue before with Wesley Eisold, I think Wursters story might be interesting or insightful. And, it is, but not in the way the Cold Cave story was. Wurster isnt someone who felt as tortured as Eisold do. They grow up at different times, in different places, and play very different music, But some of the DIY roots they have are very much the same. That say, Wursters story didnt hinge on self-destruction, but rather issue of maturity, and when applied broadly, sheds light on some of the gaps that result from life experience. I am not saying do drink, Wurster said near the end of our interview when asked what advice he would give to younger musician. Ive had some of the greatest experiences of my life drunk. Before he finished sentence, he started laughing, heartily enough that the conclusion of the line was hard to make out. He Stop laughing when he add, But those are just minor moments in the grand scheme of things. See, when Wurster made the decision to stop drinking at the age of 42, there was no one asking him to not court-mandate program nor young child scar of his father. The decision was made by an adult acting like an adult. Its easy to remember because my last time drunk, Wuster say, well, it wasnt like out of control drunk, But the last time I was drunk was the day Michael Jackson die. It was unrelated to that. I was playing show at Santos Party House in Lower Manhattan, where Andrew WK is co-owner.

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