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This week’s Short Story Club entry is “My Father’s Singularity” by Brenda Cooper. Who I keep having to remind myself is not the Brenda-with-a-surname-starting-with-C that I remember posting to rec.arts.sf.written back in the day (that was Brenda Clough). This is set in the not-too-distant future in the Pacific Northwest, and is the first-person tale of…

Musical Poll: Remix This!

On the way in to work, I heard yet another example of the deplorable trend of taking the vocal tracks of slow songs– in this case, “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” by Vampire Weekend– and replacing the musical backing with a 120 beats-per-minute dance beat that sounds like it was generated by a high-end…

I’m shamelessly stealing this question from James Nicoll, who asked it about science fiction. The question is a play on the famous comment that only of order a thousand people bought the first Velvet Underground record, but every one of them went on to start a band. So, the question is, who is the Velvet…

Cheerful Kiss-Off Songs

The AV Club offers a list of 28 gleeful breakup songs, a category that includes some great tunes. The comments contain some good additional suggestions, and they still missed one of my all-time favorites, “Bye, Bye” by the Subdudes (if that link won’t play, you can get a cell-phone camera live version on YouTube– skip…

Ode to a Rubber Dinosaur

Rubber dino, you’re the one, You make bathtime lots of fun Rubber dino, I’m awfully fond of you Doo-doo doo-de-doo Rubber dino, fearsome roar, Good thing you’re a herbivore Rubber dino, I’m awfully fond of you doo-doo doo-de-doo Every day when I, get undressed next to the sink, I find a Little fella who’s, cute…

Pop Culture Poll: Wedding Music

Prompted by an off-line conversation, a question about the magnum opus of Jim Steinman and Marvin Lee Aday: Playing “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” at a wedding reception is:online surveys I’m sure you can come up with lots of songs that would be even less appropriate. Feel free to leave them in the comments.

SteelyKid Music Selection

We’re trying not to let SteelyKid watch a whole lot of tv, but we’ve taken to showing her YouTube videos of old Sesame Street and Muppet Show skits as a way to wind her down before bedtime. this, of course, has let to her demanding to watch videos any time one of us is anywhere…

Guess-the-Lyrics: Unusual Rhymes II

Same deal as the last game: Each of the following pairs of words is taken from a pop song, where they are set up to rhyme (many of the phrases don’t really rhyme, but they’re treated as if they do). Your job is to guess the song based on the rhyming pair.

A slightly different twist on the occasional guess-the-lyrics game. The following list gives pairs of rhyming words from a song that I think can be used to identify a specific song. So, for example, the pair: diplomat/ Siamese cat identifies “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan, thanks to the lines: You used to ride…

Live Music Poll

Over at the Whatever, one of Scalzi’s guest bloggers has posted a ginormous list of upcoming live music shows in the DC area. This makes me sad, because when I used to live in the DC area, I was a grad student, and couldn’t afford to go to any of the dozens of great concerts…