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The First Song played by a Human in Outer Space was a Christmas Song

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 19, 2013 09:58pm | Post a Comment
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On December 16th, 1965 -- 48 years before Canadian Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield recorded his excellent rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" during his nearly five month stint living on the International Space Station -- the crew of Gemini 6 played "Jingle Bells" from Earth's orbit. Check it:


Thus the first song ever played in space was a surprise rendition of "Jingle Bells" on an 8-note Honer harmonica and hand full of jingle bells to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season. If your ever at the Smithsonian Institution keep an eye out for these instruments! Here's a bonus vid for anyone out there who hasn't seen Col. Chris Hadfield's Bowie jam -- it really was one of the best things to happen in 2013.

Captain's Log: Make it Snow!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 12, 2013 02:24pm | Post a Comment
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Why let it snow when you can make it snow, amirite? Taking a cue from yesterday's "Klingon Kristmas" post, I urge everyone to make merry with Captain Jean-Luc Picard as he continually commands Christmas, with that classic "final frontier" flair that only he can own, in this genius Star Trek: TNG edit set to the tune of "Make it Snow".  I dare you to humbug this hot, hot cup of holiday cheer!
 

Dr. Who, who? Mystery Science Theater 3000 turns 25 today!!!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 24, 2013 09:22pm | Post a Comment
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In a not-too-distant past -- twenty-five years ago A.D. -- there lived a guy named Joel, not too different from you or me. It doesn't matter what he did to eat and breathe, crappy movies had sealed his fate, because the comedy world was changed forever on this day in 1988... when Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiered on KTMA in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One hundred ninety-seven episodes and a movie later, the show continues to swell its "tape circulating" fanbase despite having been off the air for fourteen years. With the popularity of follow up ventures Cinematic Titanic and RiffTrax ever growing, as well as this years' return of the annual
Thanksgiving Day marathon, it would seem that the past twenty-five years has kindly aged nothing if not the timelessness of Mystery Science Theater 3000. And so:

Happy Birthday MST3K!!! 
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I feel like celebrating -- let's!

Here's a short list of some of my favorite episodes (heavily influenced by my access to dubbed VHS tapes of episodes recorded from televised broadcasts over the years) -- any of these would be a great place to start for anyone new to the charms of Mystery Science Theater 3000, beginning with the most beloved:mst3k mystery science theater 3000 space mutiny disco hula hoop panty hose are itchy

Space Mutiny (season 8, episode 20)

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Numero Group's forthcoming Lost '70s Rock comp feat. amateur D&D art is giving me life...

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 21, 2013 02:40pm | Post a Comment
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every reason why I'm so excited about this upcoming release:
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This past Halloween marked a break in the fog obscuring yet another exciting prospect from the deep diggers and detail sticklers at Numero Group. The past few years has seen the label expanding the scope of their offerings and this one is set to be quite the departure from their formative fare, so much so that one might even be tempted to inquire after what they've been smoking. If the above cover art and the sample, below, of the amateur Dungeons & Dragons campaign sketches promised to be incorporated into the overall packaging are any indication, I'd wager that they got a hold of some good ol' stuff! Slated for a February release, Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles compilation of lost 70s smokers I can really do with -- this is a direction I'd love to see the label explore further. I'm chuffed to bits for their Purple Snow Minneapolis Sound comp dropping in early December, but this sixteen-sided die seems just as destined for niche-interest veneration as their WTNG 89.9: Solid Bronze collection.

MANDALA presents: The Return of MANDOLLAR!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, November 5, 2013 10:33am | Post a Comment
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Here at Amoeba Music we love our regular in-house DJ series called MANDALA. This event features all manner of guest selectors, from Egyptian Lover to DJ Female Convict Scorpion, traversing multiple frequencies of the sound and vision spectrum, more often than not discovering new sonic sweet spots as the beat goes on. This Wednesday, November 6 from 5-7pm, MANDALA presents Amoeba SF resident "weird guy" music mavens and salient sounds selector-gurus Dan Derogatis and Julian Maestas as they peruse and play nothing but DOLLAR JAM$ from Amoeba's clearance vinyl section signalling the return of the very special "anything goes" MANDALA set we like to call MANDOLLAR! This most auspicious confluence of experimental ears, passionate bargain bin excavation and solid music knowledge will surely make for an unbridled and unpredictable 120 minutes never before heard nor heard again. The upside of shopping during this particular set will be that every record you hear will be up for grabs, immediately following play. 

Never forget: Records are your best entertainment value!

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