Monday, July 28

Music Monday: Best Jingles

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! What's the purest form of commercial music? That's right. Catchy jingles. They don't even pretend to be art, they just want to worm in your brain and make you spend money. How refreshing and truthful! Why can't pop stars admit that? Today Scott's collected the five favorites from the commercial world. Sing along! You know the words!

The Band-Aid Jingle

 

If our great nation is ever conquered, Americans can probably find each other simply by singing "I'm stuck on Band-Aid, and-" then waiting. If you're a American, you know the other end of that catchy, catchy passphrase. And if you're American and you don't know it… we're watching you, pal. We're watching you. Fun fact: this was written by Barry Manilow.

See you after the jump!

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Friday, July 25

Travels With Woot: TCONA 2013

by Scott Lydon

It was on the last day, when I was having brunch with a game show producer and hearing some cool behind-the-scenes stories, when I finally accepted that TCONA really is somethin' extra special.


 

I hit up the 2013 Trivia Championships Of North America during a thankfully air-conditioned Las Vegas summer last year, and you know what? I had a blast. This year I’ll be there again, meeting Woot’s own Ken Jennings in person for the very first time! (I was out sick the day he came by to open his Bag Of Crap, you see.) If you’ve ever considered yourself a trivia buff, you owe it to yourself to spend a weekend testing just how much you actually know. After the jump you can check out my recap of TCONA 2013.

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Monday, July 21

Music Monday: Heat

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Right now, it's likely to be getting prett-ty warm around you. So today's Music Monday is Scott's tribute to heat. Consider it our way of warming you up to the Dog Days of Summer. Also we wanted to use that terrible pun.

The Style Council - Long Hot Summer

 

There aren't many songs that feel connected to both an era and a season, but just listen! How could this song be born anywhere but the summer of 1983?

Eh, so they're gonna be short, so what. It's too hot to do a lot of work. See you after the jump.

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Monday, July 14

Music Monday: Classy Vibes

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If you were to break into Scott's house and look at his record collection, you'd maybe be shocked to see how many records feature the vibes. Today Scott's gathered some vibraphone hits he knows and loves and set them out on display. After you enjoy them, it'll be your turn to add a few! And don't worry, we're using the super-loose interpretation today. Xylophones, bells, marimba, whatever, today we're callin' 'em all vibes.

Roy Ayers - Liquid Love

 

Roy Ayers is one of those names you find almost instantly if you start getting into a certain type of music. He's not a household name like Miles Davis or John Coltrane, but he's got his only little soulful corner of the world and he maintains that corner expertly. It's just too bad that the "good vibrations" joke has been done to death, because Roy Ayers would be the perfect jazzman to use it on.

Got lots of vibein' to come after the jump. Hurry on in!

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Friday, July 11

 

Monday, July 07

Music Monday: Sour Milk: Novelty Songs You Gotta Share

by Scott Lydon

It's Music Monday! What's the best way to prove you're someone's friend? Why, by giving them horrible music, of course! Nothing shows your respect like the words "Wow, you've GOT to hear this crap!" Today Scott's showing his love for you by slapping down five of the WORST songs he knows. After you listen, feel free to repay him in kind.

Dr. Dave - Vanna, Pick Me A Letter

 

In one quick motion, David Kolin crossed the voice of Cheech Marin with the smooth skill of Alex Chilton and- well, churned out this mid-80s novelty hit about Wheel Of Fortune. At least he didn't go back to do "Jeopardy Gurls," right?

The terror only continues within. See you after the jump!

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World Of Wootcrap: Rise Of The Clans

by Scott Lydon

 


 
glub glub airline food right
 
chrrp chrrrp cheee
 
hooty hooo
 

Are you a mighty Squarryl, drawing strength and sustenance from the middle-lands? Or a valiant V'owl that soars above the mountain high-lands? Or perhaps you're a stalwart Betta Koi, standing firm against those who would pit their wit against yours?

Keep an eye on your Forums User Info Place (you know, this thing) to see if the mist has changed you yet. Once you've been transformed, take note of your friends. Stare through bitter eyes at your enemies. Peek at the blog now and again to learn what those experience points are all about. And gird your loins for the combat that will inevitably begin at about 11am (Central) on July 11th. For when the battle begins, all loins shall be at risk, and only the most-girded shall arise victoriously!

Curious who's in what Clan? Lichme made a handy cheat-sheet

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Monday, June 30

Music Monday: Sunshine Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! So, everyone who's anyone is outside soaking up some rays. We're gonna do the same thing in here. This week, our theme is Sunshine Songs! Maybe they're about sunshine, maybe they sound good in the sunshine. Scott doesn't care. Do your thang, people.

The Ramones - California Sun

 

If ever there was a song for a convertible of the modern era, THIS is that song. Fill up the tank and zip down to the beach. And maybe swing by the offices and grab me, too? I'll buy soda and chips for the drive!

Unless you plan to take Scott up on his offer, see you after the jump!

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Monday, June 23

Music Monday: Songs About Themselves

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today's list of songs are songs about the very songs they are. That's right! We're gettin' meta up in here.. Case in point:

The Raspberries - Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)

 

See how easy it is? You write a song about why you're writing a song and then people understand, and it becomes a hit! Well, okay, this song didn't actually ever become a hit per se, but surely that was in the original plan. Just listen to the lyrics, he just wanted to hear the record!

We never meta song we didn't like. See you after the jump for four more!

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Monday, June 16

Music Monday: 16

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! 16 is often loved by musicians because it's that tipping point of life. You're still young enough to be eager and excited but you're old enough to be kinda starting your life. You've got your own money, job and vehicle (sometimes) but you usually don't have to pay rent, keep up with bills or consider the future. Is it any wonder that THIS is the music industry's prime target? Today Scott's celebrating the 16th with five songs about the number 16.

Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen

 

Yeah, Chuck's not the person you'd want taking your sixteen year old girl on a date, but the man can, did, and will continue to rock. This song right here is one of the primary reasons the number 16 continues to hang out in rock 'n roll.

More 16s to come. See you after the jump!

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