Monday, May 01

Music Monday: Stiff Records

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's got nothing on the calendar so he's gonna indulge himself by talking about one of his favorite record labels: STIFF. Join him, won't you?

Nick Lowe - Heart Of The City


Nick Lowe never really caught on so hard in the United States, but those who know of him know that he's cool. In the UK, of course, he's even cooler than that. Lowe's early work isn't just excellent songwriting. It's some of the backbone of Stiff Records. A lot of what the label was and became was due to the direction it took right out of the gate. Because even when it was winding down, it still stayed cool.

There's more to come! Get Stiff with us today!

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Tuesday, April 25

The Debunker: Are Babies Born With Kneecaps?

by Ken Jennings

Babies: they're everywhere, especially when we fly coach. But how much do we really know about them? Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame asked if he could spend April debunking some persistent misconceptions about babies, in hopes that it will persuade the universe to deliver Beyoncé's twins this month. Hey—she cancelled Coachella on doctor's orders. It could happen.

The Debunker: Are Babies Born With Kneecaps?

This one was a favorite on those "Re: FW: Re: FW: FW: amazing trivia facts" emails that used to circle the Earth thirty times a day. Do those lists still exist? Did they ever colonize Facebook and find a new life? Anyway, alongside other dubious things on those lists (your heart stops when you sneeze! Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance!) the nation's aunts and grandmothers very much wanted you to know one important fact about babies: they have no kneecaps.

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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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