Monday, December 15

Music Monday: Happy Hanukkah!

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Even though Jewish songwriters are responsible for nearly every major breakthrough in modern pop music, there's only like five to seven Hanukkah songs out there! So let's make a deal, readers: if you know a Hanukkah song that Scott couldn't find, put it in the comments.

Eyal Bitton - Rock Me Maccabeus

 

I don't normally let singing YouTubers qualify for Music Mondays, but I gotta make a small exception here. This Falco parody covers the history of the Maccabees and that's pretty important to this time of year, I think. Plus if I gave the top spot to Adam Sandler again I might get throttled by a loyal reader.

More to come after the jump! Happy Hanukkah!

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Monday, December 08

Music Monday: Green Monday

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today's Green Monday, the traditional holiday that was invented in the late 2000s to represent a day when online sales were... right. It's one of THOSE holidays. Anyway, it's today, it's happening, and we might as well celebrate. So gather around the Green Monday Tree and hang the Green Monday Stockings! Scott's got five songs about the color green.

George Jones - Green Grass Grows All Around

 

Green is a peaceful and soothing color. It's a color of joy and happiness. It's the color of spring! Of rebirth! And also, our site. See? It's all nice and green up there.

Let's all learn about green together, shall me? HAPPY CORPORATE HOLIDAY, EVERYONE!

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Monday, December 01

Music Monday: Songs About Clothes

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today we're preparing for the new year by picking out a new winter wardrobe. This week Scott's picked out five songs about clothes! Dress yourself in musical style, and join in!

Steely Dan - The Fez

 

In some cultures, you're not fully dressed until you put on your hat. In others, the hat is more ceremonial. Which sort of culture do YOU fit into best? Discuss.

We're choosing the rest of our clothes after the jump. Come on in and dress with us.

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Monday, September 29

Music Monday: Guess The Theme!

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Hey, wanna play guess the theme? Well… tough, you’ve got no choice. Scott’s kept today’s theme secret from everyone. See how many videos it takes you to guess it. No cheating!

THE HINT: Poe - Hey Pretty

 

This song doesn’t quite fit the theme, but it’s close. So consider this a hint. If you guess it correctly right now, award yourself ten imaginary points! Everyone else? Head on inside!

Remember: play fair. Imaginary points you don’t earn honestly turn into poison in your hand. See you after the jump!

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Monday, September 22

Music Monday: Blue-Eyed Soul

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Most of you probably know how much Scott loves some serious soul music. But Scott also has a soft spot for blue-eyed soul as well! Today’s mix is full of all those white guys who wanna prove they’ve got heart too.

ABC - Be Near Me

 

ABC was one of the first bands I can remember liking. They’re no Larry Saunders or anything, but c’mon. C’MON. That icy cold sound is like the soul music robots listen to. It’s just plain lovely! IT IS!

More happening inside. See you after the jump!

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Monday, September 15

Music Monday: Scottish Independence

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Thursday, September 18th is the day that Scotland could begin the processing of being an independent nation. Which way will they go? Which way will the people lean? Scott’s gathered some exciting Scotland-connected bands to celebrate the eventful week to come.

God Help The Girl - Come Monday Night

 

God Help The Girl was born out of Belle & Sebastian, the Scottish band much loved by the hip and the cool. I don’t know their feelings on the vote, but I am so very happy they didn’t redo this song as “Come Thursday Night” with lyrics all about the referendum.

Democracy will prevail! See you after the jump?

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Monday, September 08

Music Monday: Royalty Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today we’re gonna celebrate the royalty of the world. They’ve got it hard, don’t they? Poor royalty. Will no one ever think of your sacrifices?

Thompson Twins - King For A Day

 

Kings are the top of the royalty heap. To be King for a day implies one could do anything one wanted! And yet, real royalty can’t just do anything they want. Because an unpopular King very quickly breeds a popular rebellion. Or, possibly, an independence referendum. But that’ll be next week.

It’s all about royals this week! See you after the jump!

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Monday, September 01

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Freddie

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There was no front man like Freddie Mercury. There will never again be a front man like Freddie Mercury. For a big chunk of his life, Freddie Mercury wasn’t even Freddie Mercury! That mustached rock god didn’t turn up until well after Queen was an established band, but now? How could he have been anything else? Today Scott’s paying tribute to a true rock-n-roll hero. Happy Belated Birthday, Freddie. This post’s all about you.

Queen - Stone Cold Crazy

 

Yeah, this long-haired metal king IS the same guy who’d be singing fond ballads near the end of his life! And it IS an incredible song! The best part about Freddie Mercury is that he could sell almost anything. A rock song about a water gun might get laughed off the stage today, but with Queen? People are throwing devil horns and singing along.

More tribute, after the jump!

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Monday, August 25

Music Monday: The Final Beach Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! We’re sad to say that summer’s pretty much come to a close. It was grand, wasn’t it? We’ll always remember those special times. However, there’s still a BIT more time for one last beach run. So hurry up! Make the most of it! And maybe use some of these songs as inspiration.

Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach

 

The beach is somewhere nobody forces you to visit (usually) so it’s got those special childhood memories attached to it. Unlike, say, your desk at the office. Sigh.

See you after the jump!

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Monday, August 18

Music Monday: 80s Ballads That Are Close To Our Hearts

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Scott’s rested after his vacation and he’s ready to take the long, hard trip back to the 1980s, where he can collect some ballads. Join him, won’t you?

Heart - Alone

 

The 1980s were a great time for the bombastic power ballad. Be it the first dance at the prom or a gloomy dream-sequence beside a Christmas tree, the ballad was there! And Heart was super-good at using the ballad to create the perfect atmosphere for all situations. Singing alone in the car? Works! Dreaming about a lost love? Works! Trying to win over someone at karaoke? Works!

The ‘80s ballads are only gettin’ better. See you after the jump!

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