The Proto-Guitarist Who Rocked Ancient Egypt (Cool Weird Awesome 475)

Guitars as we know them date back to 16th century Europe, but stringed instruments have been around for even longer. And the earliest guitar-like instrument we've been able to find appears to have belonged to Har-Mose, who played for Queen Hatshepsut 3500 years ago in ancient Egypt. Plus: it's National Weatherpersons Day, and boy are we getting lots of weather at our show's HQ.

2021-02-05T08:40:23-05:00February 5th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

When Pat Boone Made A Heavy Metal Record (Cool Weird Awesome 464)

In January 1997, Pat Boone - the pop and gospel singer - made a record where he sang Hendrix, AC/DC, Deep Purple and Metallica. How did he, of all people, end up "In A Metal Mood"? Plus: heavy metal is so popular in Finland that there's even a metal band geared toward little kids!

2021-01-21T08:31:01-05:00January 21st, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Beethoven May Have Had Metronome Issues (Cool Weird Awesome 458)

Judging by metronome marks on his sheet music, Ludwig von Beethoven wanted his compositions played really, really fast. Or did he? A new data analysis suggests that the master composer and early metronome adopter may have just misread his device as he wrote down tempos. Plus: Lady Gaga has her own cookies!

2021-01-13T09:32:55-05:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

When A 19 Year Old Drummer Got Onstage With The Who (Cool Weird Awesome 424)

On this day in 1973, the Who's drummer, Keith Moon, collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital. Amazingly, the band chose a 19 year old from the crowd, Scot Halpin, to fill in for the rest of the show. Plus: this year's Pasadena Doo Dah Parade isn't just irreverent, it's irreverent and virtual!

2020-11-20T07:34:43-05:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

W.C. Handy Laid The Foundation For Modern Music (Cool Weird Awesome 420)

The man known as the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy, was born on this day in 1873, and it's not exaggerating to say rock and popular music wouldn't have played out the same way without him. Plus: if you have the blues because your cat keeps waking you up in the night, you may want to check out this new cat-friendly bedframe.

2020-11-16T09:18:10-05:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Doctor Who Took Out His Own Appendix (Cool Weird Awesome 288)

It would be understandable if you felt a little cut off from the rest of the world these days. Hopefully it won't be as challenging as it was for Dr. Leonid Rogozov, who on this day in 1961 had to remove his own appendix while stationed in Antarctica. Plus: today in 1970, Pink Floyd played a concert for public TV in San Francisco. Silence in the studio!

2020-04-30T08:28:53-04:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Now That’s A Deep Cut: Music Scholars Bring Back “Lost” Songs From 1,000 Years Ago (Cool Weird Awesome 283)

Music scholars at Cambridge University studied musical manuscripts without modern notation and after years of detective work, reconstructed what they would have sounded like. Plus: on this day in 1982 Key West, Florida declared independence from - and war on - the United States. For not very long.

2020-04-23T09:07:54-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Singing Maple Syrup Bottle With Patti Page’s Voice (Cool Weird Awesome 167)

Patti Page, aka the “Singing Rage,” was one of the biggest-selling pop singers of the 1950s. But later, she lived part-time on a farm in New Hampshire where she and her husband sold maple syrup. The bottles didn't just have her name on them; they included her voice!

2019-11-08T06:58:56-05:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |
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