Monday, December 07

Music Monday: Hidden Violations

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's collecting all those songs that maybe should have been too extreme for radio... but weren't! FYI all these songs are probably not at all work safe, and yet, you've probably played them at work a million times. Here's a great example of what we mean now. It's the Who!

The Who - Who Are You


Growing up, I heard this one on the radio over and over and over and always wondered... did they just say an F-Bomb? Isn't that against the rules? How can they do that? And yet, somehow, the power of The Who got it through for years and years. Possibly this song is now bleeped on some radio stations... but not all of them. Even though it probably breaks the law every time it's played, the Who keep on goin'. And nobody seems to think twice.

See? We got four more violating songs comin' right up.

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Monday, November 30

Music Monday: British-ish

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There was a time when rap was new. And, in that time, for some reason, there were a whole bunch of artists who started using a British accent. So today, in their honor, we're doin' a Music Monday about rapping with a British accent. WARNING: They won't all be Americans.

Dana Dane - Cinderfella Dana Dane


Dana Dane is technically the first rapper to use an "English" accent while rapping. His influence spread wildly, and everyone in my school was staggered that a black guy could also talk British. Yes, that WAS incredibly racist of us, thanks for noticing! At least we kinda grew out of that when we got a little older. This particular song is so beloved that Snoop Dogg recorded his own version as a tribute! Not so bad, Dana.

But that's not all! There's more to come after the jump. Mate.

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Monday, November 23

Music Monday: Fight Fight Fight

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! We're a blog post that promotes peace, but sometime, you just gotta stand up and fight for what you believe in. Today Scott's got five songs to inspire your struggles. BRING IT

Public Enemy - Fight The Power


PE was at the forefront of political hip hop, and they terrified some people. And what was their response? To release one of the best albums of their decade. If you're gonna fight, you gotta bring your best.

The battle continues, after the jump.

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Monday, November 16

Music Monday: Unexpected Cyberpunks

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Some people say that the reason we gave up the cyberpunk genre is that we just caught up with ourselves, and cyberpunk fiction just became plain ol' fiction. In our world full of wi-fi and iPhones, there might be something to that. Today Scott's celebrating the world of cyberpunk with five artists who explored the genre when it was still mostly new. Today, though, it's all just retro-tech.

Billy Idol - Heroin


Billy Idol's brief dive into "cyber" music could have actually been a good thing. In 1993, industrial and techno and all that stuff were actually on the cutting edge, and a Velvet Underground cover wasn't a bad way to start his new career. It was just that, well, he decide to jump in 100% and tell everyone how much of a computer nerd he was, and doing that in 1993 meant the real nerds knew what to ask him. Unlike David Bowie two years later, Billy didn't exactly know how to respond to tech questions at all. And that meant he was pretty much despised by the Usenet hordes who called him a fakerpunk. He never really came back to this persona again.

More unexpected cyberpunks ahead! Can you guess them all? NO. YOU CAN'T. DON'T LIE.

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Monday, November 09

Music Monday: Infinite Jukebox

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's using the Infinite Jukebox to make some magical endless pop songs. What's the Infinite Jukebox, you ask? It'll become super obvious real soon.

Lorelei - Cocteau Twins


As you can see, the Infinite Jukebox makes your song of choice into a loop, then finds connecting points using a threshold you can customize via the "Tune" button. I've found that the most fun comes from crankin' it up to a very high level and letting it go crazy, building a whole new soundscape. With a band like the Cocteau Twins, this can have wonderful effects. But don't worry if you don't like the first attempt, because each play creates a new experience. If at first you aren't impressed, try, try again!

Four more Infinite songs after the jump. And they're gonna get better and better. And pro tip: if it gets stuck, just refresh and start again! Infinity does strange stuff to computers, after all.

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Monday, November 02

Music Monday: Reputation

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Let's talk about the mysteries of the reputation. Scott's gettin' all philosophical today, isn't he?

Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation


Reputations are strange things. A bad reputation locks you out of one life, but opens a door into another. Same thing with a sterling reputation! And keep in mind that a reputation may not even be real. It's strange, isn't it? Almost like it's just a big ol' game that other people play on your behalf.

Four more reputable songs ahead. Come and join us!

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Monday, October 26

Music Monday: Scary Tunes

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! We're all looking to be scared around this time of year, aren't we? If you don't want to be scared, don't come in here! Seriously. Today's Scott's doing a mix full of scary songs. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!

The Girls - Jeffery I Hear You


Ah, there's nothing like a good old fashion Halloween ghost story, is there? You ask me, more songs should be like this. BOOOOOOOO.

More scary stuff coming up after the jump.

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Monday, October 19

Music Monday: The Law

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today in 1789, John Jay became America's first Chief Justice. In his honor today, Scott's picked five songs about what it means to be a judge.

Human League - I Am The Law


To pass judgment on others is a great responsibility. You have to be confident that you're doing the right thing, while also being fair and weighing all the options. You are the law, but you're also justice.

More to come after the jump.

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Monday, October 12

Music Monday: All Hail Tennessee

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There's not one musical genre that isn't somehow represented in the state of Tennessee. Good, bad, classy, sleazy, it's a state that somehow covers all the bases. Today's Scott's paying tribute to a grand musical-friendly state. Enjoy!

Arrested Development - Tennessee


Music fans know them as the band who had their name stolen. TV fans know them as the band that complained about their name being stolen. Either way, this band had a solid hit with a tribute to, well, the hard state of being African-American in the South. So much great music comes from pain. Maybe that's one of the reasons Tennessee has long been so full of music?

More tens to see after the jump. See you inside.

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Monday, October 05

Music Monday: Songs About Yesterday

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's focusing on yesterday. KBOOM THERE GOES YOUR MIND no, seriously, the theme of this week's Music Monday is songs about yesterday. Make sense? Excellent! Let's go.

The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More


Nostalgia isn't something that only '90s kids will understand. The Boomers pretty much INVENTED pointless nostalgia. This song about what it was like to listen to old songs is lovely, and sweet, and a Carpenters classic. Shoobee doo bang bang.

Tomorrow you'll look back on this post ever so fondly. But only if you meet us after the jump. See you inside!

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