Show #060: Shlumpy Rumplehead

The sixtyrth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s episode: we bust on 2012 and outrunning the Apocalypse; we issue a challenge for helping a couple of our blind listeners to join the Brigade of Minions; Paul organizes a new Algonquin Round Table (of sorts); Battle of the Network Stars; the question of duos with “group” names; serious songs; Storm is a supertaster; favorite drinks and fries in a holster; and Uncle Storm tells another story.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Suggest a name for us other than “Paul and Storm,” and Paul will decide if any of the suggestions aren’t stupid. Also, go harrass @Jasonfinn on Twitter.

Show #060: Shlumpy Rumplehead (Some content NSFW)


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  1. Posted October 7, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Haven’t listened to the podcast yet, and will post another comment once I have, but immediate reaction: you guys know that in the Mayan calendar, 2012 only ends the PENULTIMATE cycle, and that there was gonna be another 500 year cycle added to their calendar later, right?

    I wish all the DOOM-sayers would do a bit of research…

  2. Posted October 7, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and hey, in the first three minutes you already show that you DO in fact know what you’re talking about! Good job! I’ve met many intelligent people who hadn’t done a damn bit of research, but you guys did!

  3. Posted October 7, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    “Shlumpy Rumplehead” = Paul Giamatti.

    Great one/two person band names: Nine Inch Nails, Daft Punk, The The, Garfunkel and Oates.

    You should stick with Paul and Storm for your duo name. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” after all.

    I prefer Coke since Pepsi’s too damn sweet.

    I haven’t drank much since I’m still underage here in the U.S. but I don’t like beer much, I like a good whiskey, and I’ve had a few good mixed drinks, but I forget the names of them.

    Dibs on “Cowboy Resurgance” as a band name!

    That story made me laugh my ass off.

    See you guys tomorrow as I sell the merch! Do “Whistling in the Dark”!

  4. Posted October 7, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    …Wow I got all of the first four comments?! (I’ll shut up now…)

  5. Posted October 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    On duo names: How about the White Stripes? Or the Dresden Dolls? I think your byline “Professional Singing Persons” actually works pretty well as a stand-alone band name.

    Also, Better Off Dead is one of my favoritest songs of yours. (Then again, I’m a Coulton fan. The darkerer and sadderer, the betterer.)

  6. Paul and Storm
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    The White Stripes is possibly the only one so far that I buy. I dig Amanda Palmer, but sorry, the “Dresden Dolls” as a name is kinda twee.


  7. Neil
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Yeah…but she ain’t using it anymore, and you two would look a-DOR-able in pancake makeup and tights. :p

  8. Posted October 8, 2009 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    You know, the conversation on duo band names reminded me of a recent interview along the same lines by musicians Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins about how they came up with a name for their name. They noted that a lot of time when two men form a band together, they very often call themselves the “Something Brothers” even though they aren’t actually related (which is why they came up with the name ‘Fiction Family’ since they’re not actually related.)

    A new band name for Paul and Storm….ummm…no. I honestly cannot.

  9. Posted October 8, 2009 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    A thought that came to mind a minute ago, the names for two person bands probably came from trying to distance themselves from the excruciating lameness of Hall and Oates and the Captain and Tenille, and the actual names thing has only come back recently since no one will immediately associate a duo as being crappy soft ballads like the aforementioned two.

    And I can’t believe I didn’t think of either the White Stripes or Dresden Dolls!

  10. Simalot
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Haven’t heard the latest podcast yet (iTunes says the URL isn’t valid), but thought I’d throw in a name — how about Da Vinci’s Netbook?

    Another pretty well-known duo: Eurythmics

  11. Simalot
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Of course iTunes found the podcast as soon as I posted that.

  12. Robin
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    According to the Wikipedia, there are in fact extant Mayans, primarily in the Yucatan and Belize. There was massacring and decimation by diseases and intermixing with European settlers that pretty much did away with Mayan civilization as it was 500 years ago, but they’re still around. That said, there’s no way in hell I’m paying money to see The Day After the Day After Tomorrow.

    I tend more toward Paul’s end of the alcoholic beverage spectrum (i.e. single malt vs. bourbon), except I do enjoy a good beer of the red or brown ale variety. And tequila. And sake. (Okay, so I’m diverse.) For daytime, I’m a big fan of water, juices, and fruity teas, depending on the ambient temperature. And, of course, my mandatory morning coffee without which I am zombie!girl. I can’t stand any variety of brown soda — cola, root beer, all gross — but Schweppes ginger ale is awesome.

    I don’t see as there’s any problem with using your names, but if you want to find a “group name” for your seriouser music… Yeah, I got nuthin’. Well, except Mid-Atlantic Groove, but even I know that’s pretty lame. (Yes, I made a music/geology pun. You wanna make something of it?)

  13. Simalot
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    A few more duos not using their names. I’ll let you judge the “untweeness” of them.

    Insane Clown Posse
    Indigo Girls
    Pet Shop Boys

  14. Posted October 9, 2009 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    More Uncle Storm = happy Erin ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the addition of having Paul describing the pictures makes it even better.

    Thanks again for the great show in Ann Arbor last night. I really enjoyed seeing/hearing you play trumpet live, Paul. But, that may just be the band geek in me.

  15. Posted October 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always thought that “Suppurating Pustules” would be a GREAT name for a band. Or “Sucking Chest Wound.”

    Of course, you’d have to go heavy metal and/or goth. But hey.

  16. Sayre
    Posted October 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Why won’t anything on this new server work for me?!?!?

    All the old songs play just fine, but the new song and all the podcasts say “File Not Found”.

  17. Posted October 10, 2009 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Well that’s freaky, I was just having the “it’d be interesting if P&S wrote some more serious songs” conversation last week and ‘Better Off Dead’ came up (Quit hacking into my facebook account messages, guys!) Admittedly, it took me weeks to finally listen to the song b/c I absolutely can’t stand “It’s a Wonderful Life” but dammit I fell in love with that song. Better Off Dead is a staple on my ipod.

    I’ve had the Ayinger Oktoberfest before; It wasn’t what I was expecting but was still pretty good. I’m eagerly waiting for Blue Moon’s winter brew “Full Moon” to be out. It makes winter all worthwhile.

    The first step in the cowboy resurgence should be putting “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” back on the air hasta pronto. Bruce Campbell as a cowboy? Oh hells yes.

  18. Posted October 10, 2009 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Where do Barnes and Barnes fit in? It’s a pair of names, but it’s not their real names.

    Also, people always forget that the core of the Alan Parsons Project was really two guys–although Parsons was the name and the producer, Eric Woolfson wrote almost all of the songs (a handful were cowritten with Parsons) and sang a fair number of them.

    (Also, I’m earbox on Twitter–the fellow who asked about the serious songs. You guys also wished me a happy birthday last month–thanks!)

  19. Posted October 10, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Question about the blind minion art: Can you agree not to pick Len as the winner? Because, really, if he enters, I feel like my stick figures won’t have a fighting chance.

    Also, I agree with Ann – quit hacking into our messages!

    @Ann: Maybe we’ll have to take our P&S conversations somewhere other than Facebook. If they read our serious song conversation, then they might have also seen the parts where we discussed how awesome we think they are, and, well, then they might get the idea that we like them. That would totally ruin the cool, disinterested image we’ve set up for ourselves. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Chris
    Posted October 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Boards Of Canada is a good duo.
    Also, if you weren’t called Paul & Storm, I really don’t think I should be the person that suggests the new name.

    As far as my favorite drink goes, I’m impartial to a good milkshake. Do milkshakes count as drinks?

  21. Posted October 11, 2009 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    @Ann: Brisco County Jr. was an awesome show, but bringing it back would destroy the concentrated awesome that is Burn Notice, and I can’t allow that to happen!

    Besides it’s been so long when the show was last in production that the new episodes wouldn’t be able to rival the awesomeness of the originals anyway!

  22. Posted October 11, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    @Seth, in that case: you stop hacking into my Facebook and selling the contents to P&S! If I find some embarrassing photos from a Jimmy Buffett concert on here next, I’ll know who was in my account. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Erin: Seriously! Maybe we should move to twitter, they’ll never find us there! It’s not like we’ve ever posted our twitter handles or anything…oh, wait, crap… Besides, we don’t want them thinking that the minions are talking amongst themselves and plotting. No. Never plotting. Why would we do that? No reason for a minion to plot. Nope.

    @Tam: interesting Brisco/Burn Notice paradox you bring up. At least the ‘Brisco’ theme song lives on as the sports theme for NBC. BTW, have you gotten the DVD set? If not get it! Bruce Campbell commentary for the pilot episode!

    Regarding the duo names, you guys DO have the added bonus of one of you being named Storm which isn’t exactly common. Although the 1st time I saw you I think the marquee listed you as “Paul Storm”.

  23. Posted October 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    @Ann: I swear, it wasn’t me! (Hell, I asked the same question of Weird Al years ago back when he still had the “Ask Al” segment on his website, but he never answered it.)

  24. Posted October 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    @Ann: Plotting? Us? I have no idea what you’re talking about… *whistles innocently*

  25. Posted October 14, 2009 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Obviously Paul & Storm is working for you as a duet, but when you are doing stuff with other people, like Coulton or Molly Lewis (get her on the podcast – please!) a good group name might be an idea.
    Names such as:
    Shlumpy Rumplehead
    Cowboy Resurgence
    the Innocent whistlers (or the Innocent Plotters)
    They Might Not Be Giants (perfect for a one-off satire of the TMBGs)
    The Dave Barrys

  26. Posted October 18, 2009 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    You know, as for duos with names, the two that immediately came to mind for me were Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords.

  27. Posted October 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    The best one/two person band name that I can think of is Atom and His Package. (It’s either a one or two person band depending on whether or not you think the sequencer counts as a band member or not.)

    Others that come to mind:
    -Worm Quartet
    -Barenaked Ladies (started out as a duo)
    -Dashboard Confessional (started out as a soloist)

  28. Anne-Marie
    Posted October 21, 2009 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Steely Dan is also a duo, I think.

    Why not start writing down some of those “”…” is our emo band” names?

  29. Posted July 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    How about The Doubleclicks and Hello, The Future? ๐Ÿ™‚

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