Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fun With Words: Music Blog Anagrams Prove To Be Startingly Insightful

MFR writer April Wright and I were g-chatting it up whist about our daily business when she directed me toward Sternest Meanings, a chatter-bot that responds with anagrams whenever you type in words. Being the music dork that I am, I decided to plug in several music blogs, music journalists, and band names to see with what Sternest Meanings would respond. Much to my delight/chagrin, the results proved to be surprisingly accurate, or, at the very least, incredibly hilarious.

To wit (with Sternest Meanings responses in bold):

Minneapolis Fucking Rocks - Cock ups malign in foreskin*
Sasha Frere-Jones - Jeer of a rashness
Pitchfork Media - Mock Rapid Thief
Chuck Klosterman - Skunk male crotch
Robert Christgau - Its Turbocharger
Nick Sylvester - Slickest, Nervy
Stereogum - So True Gem.
Brooklyn Vegan - OK Graven Nobly
New Musical Express - Warm Excuseless Pin
You Ain't No Picasso - Ciao! Nosy Utopians
Pretty Much Amazing - Crazy Thumping Mate
Hype Machine - I'm Ace Hyphen
Music For Kids Who Can't Read Too Good - Make out swift dishonor accord. Good.
Jim DeRogatis - I Stodgier Jam.
Rolling Stone - On Stolen Girl
Nah Right - High Rant
The Late Greats - That Steel Rage
Rock Sellout - Tool Sculker
To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie - Goose Poetlike Brutality
Vampire Hands - VIP and Harems
First Communion Afterparty - Funny Farm Optimist Creator.

MFR Mandate: From now on, the dean of rock critics must be referred to as Robert "Turbocharger" Christgau. As far as The Late Greats is concerned, I just hope that the Duke doesn't become filled with his trademark steel rage!

Incidentally, On Stolen Girl, starring Sally Fields and Valerie Bertinelli, will air this coming Sunday at 8 p.m. EST/7 CST on your local Lifetime affiliate.

Since you're probably thinking of it, here are the Sternest Meanings responses for MFR's writers.

Jonathan Graef - Jar of neat hang.
April Wright - Rat whip girl.
Ian Anderson - In and reason.
Tara Rogan - Rat a groan.

Sternest Meanings Website

(Jar of Neat Hang)

*Somewhere, Jack Black is writing this down as a potential song title.



Anonymous Brian said...

Jessica Hopper - Jeers soap chip
Scott Lapatine - Pottiest canal.
Josh Freedom duLac - Major of scheduled.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Stu said...

Aural Fitness = Safest Urinal

2:14 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Brian -
LOL, especially about Jessica Hopper, though I do like her work in the Reader. In honor of your Vampire Weekend post (hilarious):

Vampire Weekend - Preview Mad Keen

2:15 PM  
Blogger emerging said...

Fabulous! I always seem to have things dealing with rats since my name is "A rat" spelled backwards.

Glad MFR's is the most inappropriate.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

Jon - I like Hopper too, but if you're going to mention SFJ, you should include the Hopper as well - thick as thieves they are. Here's some more.

- On pals jeers
Bob Mould - Bum Blood
I Guess I'm Floating - Slime so fatiguing.
Music for Robots - Biro of scrotums

This is way too much fun

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

screwed the pooch on my html there- first one is Jon Pareless.

2:39 PM  
Blogger April said...

My next review: Beach House- Ouch! Eh! Base.


4:13 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Brian -
Didn't know about the SFJ-Hopper connection. Very interesting.

This is way too much fun indeed.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Taylor T-Sides said...

There's only one S in Pareles...

1:55 AM  

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