Another Don Rich Minute helps you be brave against bears!
Happy Music Monday! Roughly one year ago today, the wonderful David Bowie passed away. Today Scott's recapping with some tributes that happened across the world as we all came to terms with the loss.
If you could only pick one tribute, this would be it. Featuring Bowie's friends, Bowie's touring band, and an up-and-coming artist the man himself called the future of British music, it was as close to a funeral as a Bowie fan could want. And how moving to just let the vocals be so loud in their absence.
We got more, coming up. Then hit up our Facebook page and see if you can win a Blackstar vinyl.
Happy Music Monday! Today is the first Monday of the New Year. In celebration, Scott's done a post full of new-themed songs. Join in, have fun, celebrate the start of something new!
This is, of course, a Billy Bragg cover, but the jangly guitar and wistful lyrics of this version really captures what January always feels like to me. There's still the feelings of the old year mixed with the knowledge that something else is coming. Even if we disagree what that something is, we all want it to be good. That's gotta count for something, right?
Let's all face this New Year together! More songs to come.
Happy Music Monday!
This was the first Leonard Cohen song I ever heard. It was on my campus radio station and I thought WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WONDERFUL THING and I waited for three more songs to hear the artist's name. And then I walked to the record store and bought the record, and another, and another. It's not everyday music, but when it's the right time, it's perfect. I hope the man rests in peace, but I'm glad the music remains.
Still more RIP. Sadly. What a hell of a year.
Many of you might have noticed our previous blog post about our Flash Deals sale. Well, guess what? We sold out! We sold out of EVERYTHING! The Flash Deals experiment was such as success we finished faster than we even expected! HOORAY FOR YOU and to a lesser extent us!
So what happens next? Well, first our Flash Deals take a little break as we review what we've learned and consider how to make it better. To that end, you might be getting a little email questionnaire in the next week or so. We hope you'll fill it out honestly so we can know what was good and what was bad.
After that, keep one eye peeled. Because, before too long, you might just see our friends the Flash Deals right back on Woot again!
Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's paying tribute to the man who's still the standard of white guy cool, Mr. Frank Sinatra. Scott's picked five songs he really enjoys, but he's also got a little reading recommendation. As you listen, click here and read one of the best Sinatra articles ever written.
Sinatra was born on this day in 1915. That's over a hundred years ago. That means, for roughly a century, we've been talking about Frank Sinatra. What's even left to say? Today I encourage you to find your own special place within the music Sinatra left us.
Four more, comin' right up.
Happy Music Monday! JJ Cale is one of those artists that is all but invisible by name, but has somehow overlapped all the major rock figures. Today Scott's gathered five songs that JJ Cale had a hand in writing. You've certainly heard his work before, even if you don't yet know you have.
This ode to the troubles of the rock star drug is best known as an Eric Clapton song. But before it belonged to him, it belonged to JJ Cale. Just goes to show. Cocaine isn't the monogamous sort.
Oh, but that's not all! More JJ Cale songs to come.
Happy Music Monday! It's sorta weird just how much music has been given the Randy Newman touch over the years. Sure, we all know the big hits but do we all know the hits he's written? If we do, Scott's birthday tribute to Mr. Newman will just be a fun walk down memory lane. But if we don't, well, we might be about to learn a thing or two.
Depressing? Sure. Sardonic? Of course? Is this song right up there with MacArthur Park on the list of things Scott wants to forget? Damn straight! But there's a real chance you didn't know that a young Randy Newman was doing the orchestral arrangement. Which, as you can hear, is quite nice overall. Especially when compared to the lyrics.
Even more deep cuts comin' up. Then it'll be your turn!
SO HERE'S THE DEAL,EVERYONE. Right now, you might be noticing something appearing in the corner of the site. You might be noticing that a page like this is visible. You might be noticing the something is calling itself "Woot Flash Deals" as it sits there all smug and discounted. You might even be wondering what this something is all about. WELL, WONDER NO MORE!
The Woot Flash Deals are, plain and simple, stuff our cyborgs are borrowing from Amazon Overstock and marking down about 30% to 40%. That's right. You've got a chance to get all kinds of things for 30% to 40% cheaper than you did before. What's the catch? Only one: you've gotta be QUICK ABOUT IT as each Woot Flash Deal has a limited supply. When it's gone, it's gone, and that's that. Also some of the product details might be missing because our cyborgs are still in beta and learning what's important. Pretend you see that "Under Construction" gif that was everywhere back in 1999.
In the meantime, do your part to help our cyborgs justify their post-human business decisions. Consume their offerings. Embetter yourself. Embetter your world. FLASH WILL SAVE EVERY ONE OF US.