Monday, September 21

Music Monday: Songs About Middle-Earth

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today, in 1937, the world was first exposed to that lovely book which forms a gateway into hardcore nerdery, The Hobbit. From this little manuscript was born Lord Of The Rings, Dungeons & Dragons, and possibly even Star Wars and Babylon 5. All of modern nerdcore owes this Tolkien fellow a debt... and guess what? So does music.

Led Zeppelin - Ramble On


Yep, if you're a Led Zep fan, you've been listening to Hobbit music for years, even if you didn't notice. This isn't the only Zeppelin song about Tolkien's work, but it is the easiest to notice. Hear that Gollum shout out? Maybe Robert Plant and Vin Diesel have a monthly gaming night!

More to come, after the jump. Don't touch our precious.

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Monday, September 14

Music Monday: American Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Much like the tune The Star Spangled Banner (written today, in fact) America's an odd sort of nation, a mix of bizarre highs and lows. We all love freedom, but a side effect of being free is that a lot of stuff you don't like has to exist! Naturally, people who don't like your stuff have to deal with that as well. And this means that most of the time we're all sort of mad at other people for using their rights. It's sort of like sharing a house with a family. We're all trapped in this freedom together, aren't we? Today Scott's got five songs about the good and the bad of America. It's your right to not listen, but we hope you do.

Alice Cooper - I Love America


Alice Cooper's deep in parody here (one of the most sacred of American values!) but he's also telling some truth. We've all enjoyed at least one thing on this list, and Alice Cooper has certainly done the same. And anyway, who hasn't jokingly insulted someone they love? America can take it, right? America's cool.

More America coming up inside, after the jump.

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Monday, September 07

Music Monday: Stuttering Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today, in ages long past, Louis the Stammerer was crowned King of West Francia by Pope John VIII. In his honor, and in the honor of all those who don't let a slight different in life stand between them and success, Scott's gathered some of the best stuttering in rock. Bet you can't guess them all!

The Who - My Generation


This statement of purpose uses stuttering as a badge of pride. People try to put us down. Instantly you know the singer's different from everyone else, and also, doesn't care. That's pretty damn rock and roll, isn't it?

More coming up after the jump.

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Monday, August 31

Music Monday: Van Day

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Say, where would we be without vans? Vans are very talented at making music, you know. Today Scott's gathered five famous Vans in honor of Van Morrison's birthday. We'll run into him at the end. But first...

Townes Van Zandt - If I Needed You


You probably noticed my love of Townes Van Zandt last week. Normally I try not to do the same artist back to back, but this time I made a little exception. He's just so good at being sad, isn't he? Don't worry, Vans aren't always melancholy. It's gonna get happier after the jump.

Four more Vans comin' up inside! Join us, why don't you.

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Monday, August 24

Music Monday: Dedicated To The Woot Writers

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! One of the best parts of this job? The people one gets to work with. Today's mix is a tribute to Scott's co-workers, the Woot Writing Team. Please enjoy! OR ELSE.

Townes Van Zandt - Kathleen


Kathleen is our newest writer, and she's so much fun. One day, after we all die, it'll be her job to carry on in our name. Carry that torch, Kathleen! We believe in you!

We're got more writer-based music coming up, right after the jump!

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Monday, August 17

Music Monday: Electricity

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Electricity has been important ever since Dylan picked up that axe-targeted guitar. Who cares if it really happened or not? All that matters is the story has kept on shooting through the wires of rock. Five electric songs to follow.

Spiritualized - Electricty


You couldn't really make this song as effective with an acoustic. A lot of what makes electric guitar so cool is that you can really hear the power going through the strings. Distortion might not be something you can really put into musical notes, but you sure can hear when it's not there.

Four more after the jump. Wear rubber soles.

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Monday, August 10

Music Monday: Rock Flute

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! It’s Music Monday! Today's the birthday of Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson! He's well known for being one of the few rock flautists. But guess what? There are at least five! And Scott's celebrating the flaut with this list of flute hits.

Jethro Tull - Living In The Past


When you think flute rock, you think Tull, one of the few bands to out-metal Metallica. Seriously. They got an award and everything. FLUTE OF THUNDERRRRRR

More flute to come after the jump. Tune it up! Bring the noise!

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Monday, August 03

Music Monday: Songs About The Elements

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! What are we, deep deep down? Why, we're nothing but piles of elements! So by saluting the Periodic Table, we're really just saluting ourselves. Which is good. Because we deserve it. So let's get started with Scott's tribute to... The Elements!

Coven - One Tin Soldier


Tin's atomic number is 50, and it's one of the vital parts of Bronze. That means Tin helped us get to where we are today as a species! Thanks, Tin!

More after the jump.

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Monday, July 27

Music Monday: R.I.P. Moebius

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! This week Heaven's prog band got a little bigger, as Chris Squire was joined by the grand Dieter Moebius. It's very possibly you've never heard of Moebius because he spent more time in electronic music than in rock. But today, aren't they one and the same? The answer is yes. And you're going to enjoy his music very much. OR ELSE.

Harmonia - Walky Talky


I'm starting with this because it's my favorite Harmonia song from my favorite Harmonia album. This album from 1975 still sounds astonishingly current, even if the synths have that retro/dated feel. Bits from this record pop up all over Brian Eno's career and even as late as 2004 some bands were still paying tribute to the record. And that's just ONE of the things Moebius had his hand in.

More good good music to come, after the jump.

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Monday, July 20

Music Monday: Happy Birthday To A Bunch Of People

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today is the birthday of five different people who made a contribution to music. Carlos Santana, Kim Carnes, Howard Jones, Chris Cornell & Stone Gossard were all born today. Are you about to say "Who?" to any of those names? Well, good! Because if you knew who they were, you wouldn't need to read the rest of this blog post.

Carlos Santana - Evil Ways


I have fond memories of driving around with friends, Santana records playing in the car. I have less than fond memories of what Santana did with Rob Thomas in the late 1990s, but it certainly paid off for him then, didn't it?

One down, four to go! More after the jump.

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