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Wednesday Links - Down By The Water

You get to watch another Decemberists clip. It has very little to do with calamity this time, but is totally awesome.

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"Yes, it's true. This man has no dick."
"Yes, it's true. This man has no dick."
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Links? Yes, I have links.


  • We continue our UFA Survivor series with Adam Cracknell. HullandOates85 has your Pro for bringing him back . . . [SLGT]
  • . . . and I have your Con. [SLGT]
  • An outside-the-box choice for new Blues coach . . . Mark Johnson? Big Burger would like to see it happen, and lays out his reasonings. [SLGT FanPosts]



  • There was a game last night. The Blues didn't play in it, because as you recall, they're embarrassing postseason failures. Oh, and Fuck Chicago. [ 05/19/15]
  • One game tonight. You'll never guess who's playing! Yes, it's the only other series going on! [ 05/20/15]
  • Andrew Shaw tried to ruin last night's game-ending by being a dick. Or as Shaw calls it . . . Tuesday. Chicago won anyway, on a Marcus Kruger goal scored while Clayton Stoner was preoccupied by . . . Shaw. Dicks. All of them. [SB Nation]
  • The Oilers made their change to Todd McLellan as coach official yesterday. []
  • The latest on the Mike Babcock Watch. Or as Hitch's Hat calls it . . . #Cockwatch. That and more in Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts, including his speculation on how the Blues move forward if they (as expected) don't land Babs. [Sportsnet]
  • Senators owner Eugene Melnyk got a new liver, and he and the donor is resting comfortably in a Toronto hospital. [TSN]
  • A longform about the treatment that appears to have saved Gordie Howe's life . . . and will to live . . . as well as the controversy surrounding such treatments. [USA Today]
  • Tyler Johnson is no longer under the rather large pantheon of "People Named Tyler That Suck At Hockey". [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey]
  • Ryan Lambert thinks the Ryan Kesler vs. Jonathan Toews matchup makes everyone happier. But it doesn't make ME any happier, so I guess that disproves his theory. Anyway, he has that in his Trending Topics. [Puck Daddy]


  • In celebration of David Letterman's Late Night finale, 23 things he "invented" as far as late night television is concerned. [Mental Floss]
  • Ever seen a soccer match end in a sea of red . . . and we're not talking about blood? Well, now you will, if you haven't. [Deadspin / Screamer]
  • If they get rid of all the assholes on Reddit . . . Reddit won't have anyone left. Anyway. [NPR / All Tech Considered]
  • Not too long ago, it was burnt mac and cheese. Now, it's burnt pizza crust that causes an evacuation at the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines. [Y! / AP]


As noted yesterday, I'm seeing The Decemberists at Big Sky Brewing in Missoula on Sunday. The next clip is a mixture of husband-wife favorites. It's a performance of one of The Decemberists' biggest hits, "Down By The Water", at Austin City Limits back in 2011. Singing backup vocals? Perhaps BluesMay's favorite artist ever, Gillian Welch:


The backstory here is, usually multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Jenny Conlee does backing vocals, but she'd just gotten past breast cancer treatments and had just started touring again with the band (she was there, on accordion). #FuckCancer

Speaking of BluesMay, she has links duty the next two days:

And look for Episode 86 of Beyond Checkerdome later this morning. For being a light news week . . . this one's a doozy!