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

"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.

BLUES NEWS:

  • 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]

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS:

HOCKEY NEWS:

  • 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. [NHL.com 05/19/15]
  • One game tonight. You'll never guess who's playing! Yes, it's the only other series going on! [NHL.com 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. [NHL.com]
  • 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]

OTHER SHIT:

  • 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]

VIDEO:

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:

Awesome.

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!