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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Monday, March 30

Music Monday: Happy Bat-Birthday

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! You might have known that Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27. And you might have known that the cover of that issue read "May 1939." But did you know that comics often lied about those cover dates for years and years? And did you know that Detective Comics #27 first came out on March 29th, 1939? Holy... um... oh, we don't do that any more? Aw, shucks.

Anyway, Scott's celebrating the tragic death of Tom and Martha with a special bat-focused Music Monday today. Join in, won't you?

Snoop Dogg - Batman & Robin


The idea of the anti-hero and his protege is perfect for the hip hop game, so it's no wonder Snoop embraced the concept fully. Also you'll note his groovy sample, right? And props for the POW! BAM! BIFF! A worth tribute to the Dark Knight.

More to come, same bat-post, after the bat-jump.

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Monday, March 23

Music Monday: Songs Of Madness

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Spring has always brought with it a sort of insanity, so today Scott's chosen to collect five songs of madness. Join him in the crazed bacchanalia that is this week's Music Monday! IEEEEEE!

David Bowie - All The Madmen


So clearly this is David Bowie playing Syd Barrett, yeah? This skewed look at madness comes from a guy who had his own issues with being homo-superior over the years, so it carries a hint of authenticity. Also it's great.

It only gets nuttier from here, everyone! See you down the rabbit hole after the jump...

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Monday, March 16

Music Monday: Beware The Ides Of March

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! The Ides of March are traditionally when Caesars get a little nervous. After all, it was in the Ides that Julius Caesar was murdered by... aw, we all read the play in high school. Today's Music Monday is a tribute to all the great Caesars of days past. We who are about to rock salute you!

AC/DC - Hail Caesar


Julius Caesar is the Caesar most of us think of first, but remember, Caesar is a title, not a surname. Really, anyone with the vision, the drive, and the focus to crush everyone in their way could become a Caesar. What do you think "Czar" really means?

Ave, Caesar! More hails await you after the jump.

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Monday, March 09

Music Monday: Happy Birthday John Cale

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There aren't many composers who can go from fronting the seminal punk band to playing what many would describe as classical music. John Cale has never stopped making music that's interesting and exciting, and seeing how today's the date of his birth, Scott's decided to pay this cool guy a little tribute. Perhaps you can join in, eh?

The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray NSFW due to elementary school-style body part talk your boss might not like


The debate with John Cale isn't where to mention the Velvet Underground, it's when. Do you close with it? Do you lead with it? I just decided to throw this beloved game-changing song in at the very start. Lou Reed gets most of the credit for being up front, but try to imagine this song without John Cale's organ. YOU CAN'T.

More like John Cale hits inside, after the jump.

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