A bit of silliness as the U.S. Revolutionary holiday winds down.
Facebook just suggested to me that I might want to friend Pullum Xhani. I was, of course, intrigued by the name, but found nothing illuminating in what Pullum Xhani was willing to provide on his page — nothing but name, sex, and a photo of anime characters. Pursuing things a bit further, I seem to have discovered that the name is Albanian, with Xhani being a reasonably commonly Albanian family name (well, in the top 100, though just barely) and that Pullum is an Albanian personal name. Geoff take note. (I say "seem to have discovered" because the pages I pulled up were all in Albanian, and though Albanian is an Indo-European language it's about as opaque to me as Mongolian or Aymara. So I could easily have misunderstood things.)
Meanwhile, over on my blog, I suggested some names-and-music games, including a search for names of musical groups, albums, or songs that incorporate linguistic or language-related terms (not the phenomena, the terminology), in particular, tracks that I could in principle get for my iTunes (where I put odd playlists together). The song titles "Oxford Comma", "Metaphor", and "Labio Dental Fricative", for instance.
By this route I discovered that there is not one, but at least two, performance entities (groups or individual people) named Snowclone. One is a Finnish duo, and I've gotten their most recent album, Blunder of the First Water. The other — probably the one referred to by the commenter who mentioned Snowclone in the first place — is a guy in Bend OR who does hiphop, whose site even has a definition of snowclone on it. But I haven't yet figured out how to get a sample of his music.
[Clarifications added 7/5: It's taken a while to piece this together, but the Bend OR connection seems to be to the SnowClone Music and Retail Festivals there, with their connection to snowboarding. The MySpace page for SnowClone Presents is where the music comes from, and that gets us to hip-hop artist Wale in D.C. and the waledance mp3 that commenter mgh links to. But there's no hip-hop artist Snowclone, so this is a red herring. The Finnish duo is a proper find, though.
On the status of the word pullum in Albanian, see Geoff's follow-up to this posting.
This is what I get for trying to assemble a silly little posting in less than an hour, instead of taking a whole morning, afternoon, or evening to do it right.]