Part 5 - Underground, Documented:
The Avengers' Emma Peel embodied ass-kicking in heels long before empowered heroines became the norm on television and the BBC continues to reinvent that movement with characters like Clara Oswald AKA The Impossible Girl, on the groundbreaking (new) Doctor Who.
Prior to DC & Marvel comic book characters coming to life on the big screen, TV's Batman (along with Robin & Batgirl), brought superhero's...and villains to life. Now after nearly 50 years, including 'decades of corporate wrangling', the legendary Batman Series is finally available on DVD.
POW! ZAP! BAM!
Lounge Productions is now enhanced & updated for your aural and visual pleasure...
Lounge Productions is the most comprehensive "Downtempo" music site, featuring more than 250 Downbeat, Headz & Dub links! Including radio stations, record labels and music resources; plus artist roster, photos, Passport interviews & archived playlists.
In 1998, Kruder & Dorfmeister compiled & mixed nineteen remixes (both solo and together) to form the seminal "K & D Sessions" and the double CD would go on to sell over a million copies. Now, after spending the past decade obtaining the licensing rights to the K & D Sessions, !K7 Records will reissue this compilation (along with 3 bonus tracks) digitally for the first time on December 23rd and will also release a limited edition 5X vinyl box set in early 2015.
On a very sad note, Fritz Fitzke, who became synonymous with Kruder & Dorfmeister over the past 20 years, as the visual artist to their events, has recently passed away at the age of 53.
The European Space Agency and NASA have set their sights far beyond Earth. In November the ESA successfully deployed the Philae lander on a comet and discovered organic molecules prior to shutting down into standby mode due to a loss of solar power. More recently, NASA completed it's first test flight of Orion, the spacecraft is designed for a potential manned mission to Mars.
NASA chimes in with "Solar System & Beyond" sounds
Second generation Ska has always been instrumental to me and it was tough as a teen to accept when The English Beat and The Specials disbanded in 1983. But in their rude boy wake, the former band members re-emerged as the Fine Young Cannibals, General Public, Fun Boy Three and The Special AKA, who subsequently released the protest song, "Free Nelson Mandela" in 1984. The song became an anti-apartheid anthem and helped raise awareness concerning the atrocities that were occurring in South Africa to millions of people across the globe (...30 years later, I still won't buy my gasoline from Shell).
Long live the legacy of Nelson Mandela and let us hope that his perseverance and achievements continue to inspire world leaders to stand up for equal rights and justice.
...and the return of Moogfest to Asheville, NC!
'Moogfest is a celebration that honors the creativity and inventiveness of Dr. Robert Moog (a resident of Asheville during the last 25+ years of his life), and the legacy of the analog synthesizer.' The festival has featured many "Electronic" based artists, including; Massive Attack, Devo, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Moby, The Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio & Thomas Dolby. The 2014 festival is now being organized by Detroit based promoters, Paxahau, and has been moved to the Spring, while increasing to 5 days. Also, 'Moogfest will have an expanded local focus, daytime programming, new media art installations and educational exhibits.'
Will Gregory (of Goldfrapp) and Adrian Utley (of Portishead) share their 'favourite bits of studio equipment', especially Moog, with Future Music Magazine
*Currently, there is no release info for the soundtrack of The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (Utley/Gregory)