Monday, January 11

Music Monday: The Quiet Storm

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's taking a look at a format mostly saved for late night radio slots, the "quiet storm." If you know it, you love it. If you don't know it, you probably still have heard it without knowing what it was. Either way, you're going to be happy with today's smooth Music Monday. Also you should be reading this in a low tone. Think Barry White's voice.

The Art Of Noise - Moments In Love

 

Nobody would expect a little group of knob-twiddling producers to make a song that wound up being a soulful classic, but the Art Of Noise's instrumental has long been the official bed music for "quiet storm" DJs when they talk about the weather and what songs are coming up next. Also here's a tip: remember you just read that and keep it locked away, because sooner or later someone will say "what's that song?" and you'll look like a genius when you know the answer. I've done it more than once and it always blows minds.

More quiet storm coming up. Get ready. Aw yeah.

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Monday, January 04

Music Monday: Folkways

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Scott's starting out this year with an exciting tribute to the always-interesting Smithsonian Folkways label, home to some of the least-known and most-sought-after vinyl records ever produced. Thankfully they have also gone digital so modern people can listen too. Want to find some examples? Sure ya do!

Surf Textures

 

Of course this is the relaxing classic, just plain ol' ocean sounds behind a lovely cover. This one probably surprised more than a few people who were expecting a slow moody jazz record, but it also probably made more than a few people pretty happy. Releasing nature sounds is always risky, but surprisingly, it's not the most risky thing that Folkways has ever done. You'll find out what I mean by that in just a few seconds.

Four more, coming up. And hey, if you like these, you can visit the Folkways website and discover some more insanity genius.

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Monday, December 28

Music Monday: Best Of 2015

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! As always, we end the year with the five songs Scott found this year that he a: liked the most and b: could find on YouTube. So here we go! Let's say farewell to 2015 together!

Mdou Moctar - Adounia

 

This Nigerien (he's from Niger) got famous because of the trading culture in West African music, via cell phones and memory cards. Yeah, seriously. Isn't that the best? He turned to Kickstarter to help him finish his masterpiece Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It. And now, he's starting to tour all over the world, and he's getting some airplay on the little indie radio stations of America. It's a nice mix of African flavor and pop skills and he's hopefully going to have a grand future. One of my favorite finds of the 2015.

Four more of Scott's 2015 discoveries to wrap up the year. And then, it'll be YOUR turn!

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Monday, December 21

Music Monday: Whos

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! So, last week we got a bit distracted talking about Doctor Who. This week, though, we're back on track. Scott's opening the floor to all the songs related to who. That's right, who. Go on, do the bit, we've got time.

El De Barge - Who's Holding Donna Now

 

De Barge also had another song that qualifies as a "Who" song. Can you guess it? Go on, try. Try as hard as you might. Then post it in the comments and we'll all be very impressed.

More who songs to come, after the jump.

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Monday, December 14

Music Monday: Who's

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Many great songs and bands are connected to who. That's what we're asking, what great songs and bands are connected to who. No, it's what we're answering, many great songs and bands are connected to- oh, you've caught on, have you? Well, then, let's get started.

Roberta Tovey - Who's Who

 

This catchy, chummy, ever so British song is all about a very popular who... Peter Cushing! This young lady played the Doctor's companion in a series of movies that, well, had almost nothing to do with the TV show. And now, they movies are forgotten. Remember that when they start recasting The Flash, okay?

Who wants to come see more Who songs? YOU DO! So let's do that very thing, shall we?

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Monday, December 07

Music Monday: Hidden Violations

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's collecting all those songs that maybe should have been too extreme for radio... but weren't! FYI all these songs are probably not at all work safe, and yet, you've probably played them at work a million times. Here's a great example of what we mean now. It's the Who!

The Who - Who Are You

 

Growing up, I heard this one on the radio over and over and over and always wondered... did they just say an F-Bomb? Isn't that against the rules? How can they do that? And yet, somehow, the power of The Who got it through for years and years. Possibly this song is now bleeped on some radio stations... but not all of them. Even though it probably breaks the law every time it's played, the Who keep on goin'. And nobody seems to think twice.

See? We got four more violating songs comin' right up.

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Monday, November 30

Music Monday: British-ish

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There was a time when rap was new. And, in that time, for some reason, there were a whole bunch of artists who started using a British accent. So today, in their honor, we're doin' a Music Monday about rapping with a British accent. WARNING: They won't all be Americans.

Dana Dane - Cinderfella Dana Dane

 

Dana Dane is technically the first rapper to use an "English" accent while rapping. His influence spread wildly, and everyone in my school was staggered that a black guy could also talk British. Yes, that WAS incredibly racist of us, thanks for noticing! At least we kinda grew out of that when we got a little older. This particular song is so beloved that Snoop Dogg recorded his own version as a tribute! Not so bad, Dana.

But that's not all! There's more to come after the jump. Mate.

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Monday, November 23

Music Monday: Fight Fight Fight

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! We're a blog post that promotes peace, but sometime, you just gotta stand up and fight for what you believe in. Today Scott's got five songs to inspire your struggles. BRING IT

Public Enemy - Fight The Power

 

PE was at the forefront of political hip hop, and they terrified some people. And what was their response? To release one of the best albums of their decade. If you're gonna fight, you gotta bring your best.

The battle continues, after the jump.

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Monday, November 16

Music Monday: Unexpected Cyberpunks

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Some people say that the reason we gave up the cyberpunk genre is that we just caught up with ourselves, and cyberpunk fiction just became plain ol' fiction. In our world full of wi-fi and iPhones, there might be something to that. Today Scott's celebrating the world of cyberpunk with five artists who explored the genre when it was still mostly new. Today, though, it's all just retro-tech.

Billy Idol - Heroin

 

Billy Idol's brief dive into "cyber" music could have actually been a good thing. In 1993, industrial and techno and all that stuff were actually on the cutting edge, and a Velvet Underground cover wasn't a bad way to start his new career. It was just that, well, he decide to jump in 100% and tell everyone how much of a computer nerd he was, and doing that in 1993 meant the real nerds knew what to ask him. Unlike David Bowie two years later, Billy didn't exactly know how to respond to tech questions at all. And that meant he was pretty much despised by the Usenet hordes who called him a fakerpunk. He never really came back to this persona again.

More unexpected cyberpunks ahead! Can you guess them all? NO. YOU CAN'T. DON'T LIE.

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Monday, November 09

Music Monday: Infinite Jukebox

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's using the Infinite Jukebox to make some magical endless pop songs. What's the Infinite Jukebox, you ask? It'll become super obvious real soon.

Lorelei - Cocteau Twins

 

As you can see, the Infinite Jukebox makes your song of choice into a loop, then finds connecting points using a threshold you can customize via the "Tune" button. I've found that the most fun comes from crankin' it up to a very high level and letting it go crazy, building a whole new soundscape. With a band like the Cocteau Twins, this can have wonderful effects. But don't worry if you don't like the first attempt, because each play creates a new experience. If at first you aren't impressed, try, try again!

Four more Infinite songs after the jump. And they're gonna get better and better. And pro tip: if it gets stuck, just refresh and start again! Infinity does strange stuff to computers, after all.

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