Monday, June 05

Music Monday: RIP Gregg Allman

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today we've got a late goodbye to a guy who did an awful lot for the Southern rock sound. RIP Gregg Allman.

The Allman Brothers band - Midnight Rider


This signature song plays on classic rock radio all the time, in a variety of different forms. Gregg Allman wrote it with the help of his roadie, then broke into a studio to finish it. What more do we need to say here? If that was where he stopped, it would have been enough. And yet, it's not where he stopped. He still did more.

How can we limit it to five? And yet, four more, comin' right up.

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Monday, May 22

Music Monday: RIP Chris Cornell

by Scott Lydon

Today Scott's paying tribute to Chris Cornell. There's not a whole lot else to say.

Soundgarden - Rusty Cage


I gotta be honest with you, I was not a Soundgarden fan. I don't say that to start a fight, I say that so you'll know I'm being honest when I say this: Chris Cornell had an amazing voice. As he moved from project to project, he kept pushing himself to do more, to find the next sound that would fit his voice. Even losers like me, who didn't care for Soundgarden, had no choice to say "except for that singer, though." Think of it as a reverse-Smiths, in a way.

More to come. Then it's your turn in the comments.

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Monday, April 24

Music Monday: RIP So Far

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Unlike last year, Scott hasn't needed a new RIP post every other day. But we've still lost a few notable music legends since January, so we sadly need to say goodbye. Let's get started, shall we?

David Axelrod


Without David Axelrod records Dr. Dre would never have built that gangsta sound that changed hip hop forever. That alone could have been enough to make him a music legend. But flip through Axelrod's production credits and you'll see a man who made a lasting contribution to the world of pop, jazz, soul, and beyond. He did enough for one life but I'm still sorry to lose him.

More goodbyes ahead, sadly.

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Monday, April 03

Music Monday: RIP Chuck Berry

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! When a ninety year old man dies, it's not really a shock, but it can still be a surprise. Chuck Berry long since earned his rest, but somehow didn't pass away until just a few weeks ago. Today Scott says a good-bye to the man who perhaps most created rock music.

Chuck Berry - Come On


When I was young I knew this as a Rolling Stones song. It took a record store employee to correct me. For kids like me who only knew Chuck Berry as "guy on the oldies station" or "brother of Marvin Berry in Back To The Future" it was really shocking to learn how important Chuck Berry was to the generation before. I didn't really understand just how good he was until I heard the non-hits they never played. Like, say, Little Queenie.

How did Scott only pick five Chuck Berry songs? Four more still to come.

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Monday, December 19

Music Monday: The Last RIP

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday!

Leonard Cohen - Closing Time


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.

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Monday, November 07

Music Monday: Brand New Lovers

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There have been so many deaths this year that Scott has just given up doing RIP posts, but you may notice that today's Music Monday was inspired by the late Pete Burns, lead singer of Dead Or Alive. Today is a collection of songs all about that nagging human need to find something better, even when you've got it good.

Dead Or Alive - Brand New Lover


Pete Burns had a hard life, then a good life, then a hard life. But he channeled some of that pain and anguish into making some great pop songs, as you can hear above. RIP Pete. Thanks for the fun.

Four more and then it will be YOUR turn!

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Monday, October 17

Music Monday: RIP Prince Buster

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! We've lost so many music legends in 2016 that we stopped doing RIP posts because we couldn't keep up. Seriously. But he's making a small exception for this week, to recap Prince Buster and the bands influenced by his ska.

Prince Buster - Judge Dread


I once saw The Specials do their tribute to this song live. They ended by asking an audience member to play the jury. The audience member shouted I SENTENCE HIM TO A SIX PACK AND A BUS TICKET and the whole band started laughing. I wouldn't have that fantastic memory without Prince Buster's hard work creating this song. I also wouldn't have comic book tough guy Judge Dredd, who was named after this song. As you can see, Prince Buster's pretty important to modern culture.

Prince Buster did so much cool stuff it can't all fit into one Music Monday. But there's still more to come.

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Monday, July 25

Music Monday: RIP Recap

by Scott Lydon

Scott took a little break from RIP posts, but today they're back again. Since last we tributed, four quality musical talents have passed. Let's reference them here, shall we?

Alan Vega - American Dreamer


Alan Vega was the kind of artist who you either find or you don't. If you don't find him, you'll think someone else invented the things they took from him. If you do find him, you'll instantly understand why so many different musicians took the time to mourn him. This song from one of Vega's solo records (I think using equipment borrowed from The Cars) marks him as a sort of digital Lou Reed. Vega was also better known as half of Suicide. One of their songs will be ending this post.

We've got some other goodbyes first, though. Press on...

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Monday, May 16

Music Monday: RIP Potpourri

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! The bizarre musical banshee of 2016 has claimed more than just big artists. Today Scott pays tribute to five really cool musicians who passed recently. He liked them all, but they aren't really the sort of musicians who could support a whole blog post. Nevertheless, they did their thing and did it well.

Richard Lyons of Negativland - The Greatest Taste Around


No one ever talks about how Negativland's U2 might actually have been the reason that U2 started paying attention to sampling and video art. The stuff U2 did while touring in the 1990s was almost a direct steal from Negativland's style of art. I was lucky enough to see Negativland a few times in my life, and it was always something interesting and different. I wouldn't have noticed the guy if he passed me on the street, but I think I might have loved this particular Negativland the most.

Hopefully, we're all done with the doom after this. Four more comin' up.

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Monday, May 09

Music Monday: RIP Gato Barbieri

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! In the never ending attempt to make 2016's death band the greatest in history, another huge talent has passed. It's possible you've never heard of Gato Barbieri, but it's very likely you've heard him, or at least felt his influence in some other song. Today we're gonna jazz it up and pay tribute. Enjoy.

Gato Barbieri & Santana - Europa


Barbieri was from Argentina, and by the time he was doing stuff like this, was very well established. He'd played with jazz bands, he'd played with partners, and he'd been a solo artist on some artistic avant-garde labels. He was even the inspiration for the Muppet Zoot (the sax player with the Electric Mayhem) if that tells you how important Barbieri was to the counter-culture scene. But I accept that not everyone gives a damn about ESP and the Flying Dutchman labels, so I'm starting with this Santana duet. Because, ultimately, it's just as good as the rest of Barbieri's catalog and it helps you understand how a guy you might not have heard of could still be hanging out right next to a famous rock star.

Scott only learned that tidbit about Zoot while preparing this tribute. Who knew? Four more to come...

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