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 29

Music Monday: Famous Laughs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's gonna take a look at the famous laughs of music. Not sure what that means? Well, then, stick around and it will all be made clear soon enough.

Sufaris - Wipeout


Possibly there were famous laughs before this but I certainly can't think of any. Wipeout is famous for many reasons but one of them is the exciting Joker laugh at the beginning. Before the guitar, before the drums, before the song, there's nothing but a laugh.

Now you get it, right? Come learn about all the laughing you didn't know you knew.

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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, May 15

Music Monday: Boy vs Girl

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If there's one topic that's been in music since the VERY beginning, it's the relationship between men and women. Today Scott's found five boy v girl songs in which the two sides hold their own in a very catchy way. He's starting with perhaps the most beloved of the boy vs girl songs. And it takes place... in a cocktail bar.

Human League - Don't You Want Me


This '80s classic is pretty much the ultimate he said/she said song. Not only is it catchy, it doesn't resolve itself neatly. The listener is left to decide if this waitress owes it all to her patron, or if he just wants to steal the credit for her hard work. What do YOU think, listener?

Oh, we're only just starting. Four more to come!

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Monday, May 08

Music Monday: Advice Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Need some advice? Maybe you can get it from a song! Scott's found five advice songs that might lead you to being a better you. No promises, though. You have to WANT to change.

Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)


Before he was a director, he was a great songwriter! Well, okay, maybe "great" is being kind. But this song did chart, and a lot of people still remember it from their young, glorious days. And hey, it's not wrong. You should wear sunscreen when you can.

More advice coming up. For Heaven's sake, take it!

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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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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 17

Music Monday: Spring = XTC

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! From Scott's point of view, there aren't many bands that feel as spring-like as XTC. So today, since we're comfortably into Spring, Scott's celebrating with a day of XTC! YOU MUST CELEBRATE TOO!

XTC - King For A Day


You can just hear the sunshine in the guitar, can't you? I'm not sure there's a better song for lying in the grass and relaxing. XTC is perfect for doing nothing with. Just sit on your porch, balcony or corner stoop and be.

Got four more, coming right up. And then it's your turn to talk about spring.

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Monday, April 10

Music Monday: Rock Organ

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There's a special sound of the organ in rock music. Even now that we've moved to tiny portable synths, there's still an organ feature on most of them. Today Scott collects some of the songs that best represent the power of the organ. You too can be involved in the comments after the jump.

The Stranglers - Duchess


Duchess is one of my favorite Stranglers songs (I've been fortunate enough to see singer Hugh Cornwell perform it live, too!) and placing the video in a church is really fitting. The organ in this song plays up the religious feel of a relationship, and it works wonderfully.

More organ still to come!

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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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