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When you’ve next got half an hour to kill, please visit this link to hear Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster’s humor bit “The Music Scholar,” which they originally performed on Scharpling’s WFMU radio program but have now posted, at Snobsite’s request, on their Web site, Stereolaffs. (Once you’ve clicked on our link, scroll down to where it says “The Music Scholar” and select either the “play” or “download” option.)

In the clip–which must have startled WFMU listeners who thought it was a real call-in to the station–Wurster, who in real life is the drummer for budget-priced indie stalwarts Superchunk, calls in pretending to be the most pompous Rock Snob ever, a know-it-all in his early forties who claims to have seen the MC5 and the Stooges perform live when he was ten, and that’s just the beginning of his elaborate, note-perfect monologue of a life devoted to Rock Snobbery. Scharpling, who in real life is a writer-producer for the TV show Monk, grows ever more incredulous at his caller’s pomposity.

Scharpling and Wurster are expert pranksters whose Stereolaffs site offers a lot more in this vein, so, as Kurt Loder would say, “Remarkable stuff… Do check it out.”

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