Monday, October 10

Music Monday: Well-Intended Songs About Race

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Sometimes people mean well, but execute poorly. That happens with songs about race more often than not. Scott's found five songs (mostly from white guys) that actually come from a good place, but kinda... well, nobody would call them instant classics. Even still, they attempt to do good and don't do any real harm. Maybe that's what's important with music? Who can say?

Billy Idol - Shock To The System


When you think social justice, you don't instantly think of Billy Idol. Nor do you think of a cyborg when you think of the LA Riots from the 1990s. And yet, here we are, listening to a song from Cyberpunk that was written while Idol watched fires from his house. The ending calls of "You could be King/I could be King" is not at all a bad message, it's just then when combined with a stop-motion monster movie... well, it is what it is. A slice of a very different time.

Four more to come, and then it's your turn!

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Monday, October 03

Music Monday: 4AD

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! 4AD is one of the most legendary record labels, covering so many different genres and artists. Even today they're still around, and still doing really cool stuff. But when they started, alternative wasn't a thing, and pop songs like this weren't as widely accepted as they are now. 4AD was important to many of us for that reason, the "Crayons to perfume" of our teenage years. And the music they made still holds up.

This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren


It was a super hard decision to make, deciding how to start this post. I chose Song To The Siren because it's so famous, and it represents a magical moment in the label's history. But I could also have easily picked this song or this song or even this song instead. There's just so much to love in 4AD's catalog, both old and new. It's just that this cover of a Tim Buckley song is really the moment the whole world noticed 4AD was something special. So I started here.


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Monday, September 26

Music Monday: Happy Birthday Marty Robbins!

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Marty Robbins is one of those musicians who keeps flipping back and forth between "old people music" and "cool" with each new generation. Right now, of course, he's smoking hot. But even if he falls from grace, don't worry. He'll be rediscovered again and again. His stuff is just too good! Which Scott is about to prove to you.

Marty Robbins - Big Iron


Without a doubt, Marty Robbins is best known for the songs on this cowboy album. And they're great. My vinyl copy is one of my prize possessions. But that's not all Marty Robbins is known for. He pretty much has a song for every occasion.

And we'll prove it! Let's go!

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Monday, September 19

Music Monday: Gram Parsons

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If you've ever listened to something that sounded like country and rock at the same time, you possibly owe a debt to Gram Parsons. His name doesn't often come up these days, but those who love him always love him, and those who don't are often convinced to start. Scott's got five songs selected from Gram's career. Enjoy.

The International Submarine Band - I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known


Gram Parsons passed away on September 19th, 1973 of an overdose of morphine. His road manager stole his body and set it on fire in a national park. The cops showed up before the burning was done and the manager had to give the body back to the family. That's the kind of death most rock stars only dream about.

And that's just how we START! More to come...

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Monday, September 12

Music Monday: Car Crash Love

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! For some reason, there are like a billion songs all about teenagers who die in car crashes. Once you start really digging into the genre it's kinda weird. So, of course, Scott's spending another Monday doing some digging. Join in! And, um, wear your seatbelt.

Mark Dinning - Teen Angel


I don't wanna say this song started the car crash craze, but it was certainly one of the earlier ones. And it sort of makes sense when you think about it. The idea of a teenager was sorta new in the 1950s, and certainly the post-war teens were the first generation to drive themselves to high school regularly. That mix of youth and rebellion led to accidents, accidents made the paper, and, well, we got some songs. And not just one song. Many songs. Many many many songs.

More crashes coming up. Drive safe, kids.

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Monday, September 05

Music Monday: A Girl Like You

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! There are a lot of different topics in the world, but music keeps coming back to a few over and over again. Today Scott's found five songs that all share the same title, but take a drastically different approach to execution. Check 'em out. You've probably heard a few.

The Smithereens - A Girl Like You


There isn't a lot to say today, because it's really the music that's doing the talking. So I encourage you to listen to all the songs and enjoy how they change. Obviously, we start here with a power-pop hit. So catchy!

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Monday, August 29

Music Monday: Classic Trax

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today we celebrate all those songs that we're amazed ever existed! Who knew so many different bands recorded together in secret? Here's a great example of what we mean right now:

Alice Cooper and Body Count - Law & Order

Ice T's rock band still tours even today, mixing street smarts with metal strings. The horror-rock pioneer was a perfect fit for their unusual style. I personally missed a chance to see this when I was in college, and I kinda regret it now.

Four more to come! And then a few words at the end, of course. Maybe you've already guessed what they'll be.

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Monday, August 22


Monday, August 15

Music Monday: The Devil

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today we celebrate the seasonably warm weather with a salute to the dark force of the hottest place in the Universe: The Devil! In music, of course, The Devil means something very different than in religion. In fact, the devil doesn't always mean the same thing between different songs! One Devil isn't always the other Devil, if you follow us. And if you don't, you will when you finish today's Music Monday.

Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast


Iron Maiden's Devil is the Devil from a horror story. This the the jump-scare Devil that comes from camp-outs and old wives' tales. Even though they took flack for being scary Satanists, this song is really more cautionary. There are bad things in the woods, and if you get too close, you might be taken against your will.

More Deviltry to come!

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Monday, August 08

Music Monday: Beach Party

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! A good ol' fashioned beach party is a summer tradition. It doesn't even matter if you're in a landlocked state. Find some sand, pour out some water near it, and you've got all you need to beach party the day away while blasting all these tunes! Come on, every body! Let's make it happne!

The Jamies - Summertime, Summertime


This lovely song is structured like a hymn. And in a way, it is! What kid doesn't know the feelings of finally reaching summer and having nothing to do for three whole months? If that's not a religious experience I don't know what is.

More beach party to come! Stay away from the undertow!

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