Monday, June 01

Music Monday: Goodbye To May

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! The truth is, this particular Music Monday was supposed to run on May 18th, but the tragic death of B.B. King preempted it. So today, Scott's chosen celebrate the month gone by! Just roll with it, this is a good one. He's picked five of his favorite May-themed songs. Do you know them? Sing along!

XTC - The Wheel And The Maypole


Ah, the maypole! A mix of ancient customs and good, clean, pagan-based fun. What could be more wholesome and traditional? Hooray for May!

More May-based pleasure to come... after the jump!

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Monday, May 25

Music Monday: Comet Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! The first recorded sighting of Halley's Comet was today back in 240 BC. It won't be back for quite some time, but when it gets here, it'll find Scott's gathered this small selection of comet songs in its honor! Isn't that nice?

Paul Simon - St. Judy's Comet


Paul Simon wrote this for his son, and when you know that, it's obvious what this song is about. Sort of a much more catchy version of that book Go The F To Sleep. And it's lovely too.

More comety goodness coming up, after the jump.

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Monday, May 18

Music Monday: Good Bye To The King

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Last week a blues hero passed on. The great B.B. King went up to that great back porch in the sky. His music is great and you should all find some and listen to it, but today's Music Monday isn't about the man himself. It's about his cultural legacy. Scott's chosen five songs about B.B. King that illustrate just how many different genres he's influenced. Here's a spoiler: it's everything.

The Beatles - Dig It


Even in this stream of consciousness album filler, John Lennon still takes a moment to namecheck one of his favorite artists. If that's not good enough to make you take notice, what is?

More cultural references coming after the jump.

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Monday, May 11

Music Monday: The Birthday Burdon

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Who doesn't love The Animals? Well, if the answer is you, maybe you want to sit this Music Monday out. Because today we're paying tribute to the one and only Eric Burdon. To wit...

Eric Burdon & The Animals - When I Was Young


I'm gonna say even less than usual this week, because most of what I have to say is evident in the music itself. Eric Burdon led bands that were interesting, gritty, screamy, blues-based and just a tad bit rough. And they were all pretty darn good, too. This particular dystopia isn't something one could praise, but what a great story! Sort of like, you know, gangsta rap.

More to come after the jump.

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Monday, May 04

Music Monday: Let's All Hear Some Lindsay Buckingham

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! You know who rocks? Lindsay Buckingham rocks. Today Scott's gathered five Lindsay-penned songs that really showcase how great a songwriter he is. Join in! Join in!

Lindsay Buckingham - Trouble


Listen to that radio-friendly cascade of warmth and light! MMMMM! It just demands you put on some shades and sit on the beach, don't it? That Southern California feel is what Lindsay Buckingham brings to the table. The expensive, powder-covered table. At least back when this song was popular.

Tune your twelve string, there's more to come, after the jump!

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Monday, April 27

Music Monday: Happy Birthday To The Mouse

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today, in 1981, Xerox gave the world a big bulky perephrial that changed everything we knew about computers. Today's the birthday of the Computer Mouse! In it's honor, Scott's selected some songs that that mouse might have heard on the radio on it's very first day.

Loverboy - Turn Me Loose


"Turn me loose on the world!" the first mouse might have said, knowing what was coming deep in its mousy soul. And it's true! Without the mouse, we might never have made it all the way to tablets. What use is G-U-I without the M-O-U-S-E?

More mouse malarkey coming after the jump.

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Monday, April 20

Music Monday: Reggae Hits

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! For some reason, lots of people listen to reggae on this day. No one seems to know why this particular day is so popular among reggae fans. It just is! So Scott's digging up some of his favorite reggae hits to share with you. Also please note that he's using "reggae" as a very broad term today. Stay chill.

Desmond Dekker - Fu Man Chu


There are a lot of sexist, racist types in reggae. It's impossible to deny. But when reggae is at its best, it's a genre that fights for good. Desmond Dekker wasn't being purposefully racist when he referenced the evil Oriental overlord from those old movies. It could just as easily been Lex Luthor or Ultron. All he meant was that bad guys win when we're jerks to each other and bad guys lose when we embrace as family. Can't we all agree on that?

More to come inside. Happy whatever today is!

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Monday, April 13

Music Monday: Songs About Rain

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Into every life, a little rain must fall. So you're gonna need some music.

Scott Walker - It's Raining Today


Scott Walker's voice is almost like a rainstorm all by itself. You can't really curse it or hide from it. All you can do is sit down and enjoy it as it washes over you. And then, when it's done, you kinda miss it.

More rain songs coming up after the jump. Leap over that puddle and come inside.

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Monday, April 06

Music Monday: Songs About Horses

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There are few things as lovely as a happy horse enjoying the pasture. Today Scott's paying tribute to the horses of America... nay, the horses of the WORLD!

America - A Horse With No Name


This rhythmic guitar gives the feeling of a slow methodical horse ride, doesn't it? The lyrics are kinda hippy, but one can really get into the groove of the music.

Giddy up! More after the jump.

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