One of our favorite YouTube shows here at Pop-A-Looza HQ, comes direct from the legendary record store, Amoeba Records, in sunny California, USA.
When celebrities are spotted at one of Amoeba’s three locations, the viewers actually get to see just what’s in their bag. It’s an interested fly-on-the-wall show, which gives us a peek into the lives of the rich and famous, without being obnoxiously intrusive.
It’s probably no coincidence that comedian Rob Paravonian comes from the same place as another famous everyman, Jack Benny, Waukegan, Illinois.
Paravonian deftly wonders at the fly in the ointment, while Benny himself actually was the fly. His hilarious “Baby In A Bar” is a prime example. Taking note of the strange hipster phenomenon of bringing their babies to taverns, the song is less of an indictment and more a general curiosity.
When he’s not hosting and performing at showcases in his current climes, Brooklyn, NY, Paravonian can be found doing everything from touring the country to entertaining families on Disney cruises.
One of his greatest skills, however, is his ability to craft music videos for his satirical songs. “Pachelbel Rant,” his anthem for frustrated cellists everywhere, became an internet sensation a few years ago, garnering over 15 million YouTube views.
Other standout videos include the “Driving With Grandpa” and “The Other Property Brothers.” Also of note is his series “52 sellout,” featuring a year’s worth of commercial parodies guaranteed to produce far more than 52 laughs. You can connect with Rob on YouTube, or at https://robprocks.com/ .
One of the most entertaining YouTubers out there is guitarist R.J. Ronquillo (rhymes with “What’s the dealio?”). Ronquillo’s video career began long before most creative types like him had their own YouTube channels. Demoing guitars for the quirky Eastwood brand, he displayed chops that were a always a pleasure to watch, being an amateur guitarist myself.
He eventually diversified quite a bit, shooting more personal videos about life as a touring musician (He’s played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Thompson Square, Ricky Martin, Stone Sour & Santana). He’s also added guitar lessons that, aside from giving tremendous insight into his style, help improve the playing of guys like me.
He’s also started a new series, “Between 2 Fenders,” a play on Zak Galifianakis’s “Between 2 Ferns” interview show. Recent guests have included Guthrie Trapp, Ford Thurston & Rhett Schull. If those names mean anything to you, tuning in for the great “inside baseball” talk is a must.
Another great addition to his channel has been the Saturday morning live Q&A’s that he does with viewers, who clearly enjoy the friendly interaction. If I’m not too busy myself, I grab a cup of coffee and hang out for a bit. The conversation never gets too heady, and it’s nice to spend time with fellow guitar nerds for a casual hang.
Drop in on R.J. once in awhile; like, subscribe, and ring that bell.