Monday, January 12

Music Monday: Cold

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Are you cold? Scott's cold. Scott's so cold he's writing a Music Monday about it. But you probably figured that part out already, didn't you? You're so smart.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Winterlong

 

Is Winterlong a proper name? Is winter-long an amount of time? No one can fully say, and possibly no one is supposed too. Maybe Our Hero was waiting on a hippie princess or maybe he spent the whole winter missing someone. Either way, the coldness of being alone is reflecting in this icy-sad song.

Put on your warmin' hat and get a hot drink, because there's four more after the jump. See you inside...

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The Debunker: Did Cowboys Wear Ten-Gallon Hats?

by Ken Jennings

In January, we stand at the frontier of a new year. Obviously, there's no better month to remember that other mythic uncharted territory, the American frontier of the Old West! In the Western classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a newspaper editor famously says, "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." But that attitude has led to a lot of frontier lore that's just plain loco. We've asked Jeopardy gunfighter Ken Jennings to separate fact from legend--and print only the facts. Let's see if he can clean up this town.

The Debunker: Did Cowboys Wear Ten-Gallon Hats?

Real talk: no hat can hold ten gallons, not even Pharrell's. Your average Stetson has a maximum carrying capacity of three quarts, just 7.5% of what's advertised. Not sure why you'd want to carry liquid in your hat, cowpokes, but "let the buyer beware" is all I'm saying.

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Tuesday, January 06

The Debunker: Was There a Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?

by Ken Jennings

In January, we stand at the frontier of a new year. Obviously, there's no better month to remember that other mythic uncharted territory, the American frontier of the Old West! In the Western classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a newspaper editor famously says, "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." But that attitude has led to a lot of frontier lore that's just plain loco. We've asked Jeopardy gunfighter Ken Jennings to separate fact from legend--and print only the facts. Let's see if he can clean up this town.

The Debunker: Was There a Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?

If Westerns were accurate, they'd be the most sedate movie and TV genre ever. They'd make Errol Morris documentaries look like Errol Flynn movies. They'd make BBC costume dramas look like Sons of Anarchy. That's because, despite what Hollywood would have you believe, violence was uncommon in the "Wild" West. Six-shooters were too inaccurate and ammo too expensive for precision dueling at high noon. Most frontier towns were safe, quiet places where visitors had to surrender firearms to the sheriff upon arrival. Don't tell the NRA.

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Monday, January 05

Music Monday: Instrumentals

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's giving us five instrumentals. So we can all better focus on the music, Scott's saying nothing. He totally didn't just forget about this until the very last second. Nope! Not at all! He completed this particular Music Monday all the way back in December! Ha ha! Here's the first song.

David Bowie - A New Career In A New Town

 

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Four more inside, after the jump. Join us, won't you?

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Friday, January 02

 

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Wednesday, December 31

 

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Monday, December 29

Music Monday: Scott's Favorites Of 2014

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! As the year comes to a close, it's a great time to recap all our favorite songs of the year that was. Of course Scott's made a list of his favorite five. You should start in on yours now, then you'll be ready to post them in the comments. Ready? Okay! Let's go!

Tom Vek - Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)

 

Love this song. Love it. THERE IS NO CHOICE YOU WILL LOVE IT OR I WILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE WITH A STICK.

Four more songs, after the jump. Don't cross him, people. He's loco.

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