That Time I Talked To Gwar (Audio)

Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records

So I think we tend to go overboard when famous people die. We make them way more talented and way more important than they actually were when they lived. It’s an odd thing, I don’t usually get but I have found myself listening to a healthy dose of Gwar (if there is such a thing) and Oderus Urungus/Dave Brockie will be missed. Metal (of which I’m a HUGE fan) can take itself so seriously which has never made sense to me because metal is so unintentionally funny sometimes. Dave saw that and masterfully used it to mold one of the most unique bands in any genre. I did a phone interview with Oderus about several years ago (one of a few) when the phone connection got all weird..and he went on a fantastic rant blaming Dick Cheney for trying to silence him. I think it’s plausible. I can’t imagine Cheney was a fan.


 

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Pearl Jam Keeps Getting Cooler (Video)

Man, I feel such a renewed respect for Pearl Jam as of late. Do you go through those phases? I feel like Pearl Jam and I are running through a field of wildflowers in slow motion whilst the golden rays of the sun shine upon us. Is that too much?

The point is, I really dig Lightning Bolt, I admire the longevity, the consistent relevance (relevevity?) and the steadfast do- it-the-way-they-want-to-do-it-regardless-of-trends-and-sales attitude they've employed from the get go. I have vivid memories of seeing the video for "Alive" at 2 in the morning because it wasn't in day time rotation yet on MTV (This is where I should say 'when MTV actually played MUSIC videos'. They used to. If it garnered ratings like the crap they show now, they still would- I blame you for watching it still. How dare you).

I was born in the 70's, raised in the 80's and for some time lamented the fact that there would be no everlasting bands from my generation other than Metallica- not that Metallica wouldn't have been enough. They would have, but my parents got the Beatles, The Stones and Led Zeppelin. For a time it appeared as though I got...Poison. I like Poison. Poison is/are a good time. Poison isn't/aren't all time (my apologies to Brett and his Hairdana).

Pearl Jam is/are an all time band. They are one of the great rock and roll bands and they will live on forever on the t-shirts of kids and the record players of their parents. This video is an example of why- respect those who came before you by playing surprisingly kick ass versions of their songs live, exposing people who (as hard as it is for me to admit) may not have heard the song before said kick ass performance.

I'll write another post about my affinity for Van Halen. I was alive when VH began but I was young and didn't really appreciate them until I hit my teens. Eddie Van Halen changed the way the guitar was perceived. No one since has had that kind of impact. I hope someone will again though.

I could have saved you and me some time by just posting the video and saying how kick ass it is to see Pearl Jam play Van Halen's "Eruption/Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" but, man, I got into radio because of music. I didn't get into radio necessarily to tell you wacky stories about Chipmunk crime and Science oddities (although I will TOTALLY keep doing that- someone has to). MUSIC is the reason you listen, MUSIC is the reason I wrote this. MUSIC. The caps make it more dramatic. WAY MORE.

I feel like if we were in the same room, we'd embrace, lock hands and engage in some sort of sing along.

Hey. Check out Pearl Jam's kick ass version of  Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love." Man.

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Man Grows Nose On Forehead [Science Corner]

Hey, ma man, you have some....nose on your forehead.

Surgeons at a hospital in China have grown a new nose on the forehead of a man who injured his nose. The operation requires doctors to place a skin tissue expander on the man's forehead, cut into the shape of a nose, and plant a piece of cartilage from his ribs. The team hopes to complete the transplant soon.

No telling what they'll grow on his forehead next but I know what you're thinking. Sicko.

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I’ll Show You A Full Moon! [Science Corner] (Video)

Batten down your science hatches. I'm about to Science you.

 

As we ALL know, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling the Moon for over four years, gathering data and photos of the lunar landscape. They've now utilized space age polymers to cobble some of those images together. The video  presents a first-ever look at the rotating Moon. (I'll show you a rotating moon).

Did you know the moon rotated? Of course you did. We don't see it spin because it always has the same face pointed towards us. The time it takes for the Moon to rotate once is 27 days, the same as the time it takes to go around the Earth. Other than in photos -- and now this video -- the only people who've ever seen the far side of the Moon are the Apollo mission astronauts. So, in essence, we are ALL astronauts now! Don't pee in your suit. Sicko.

You've just been Scienced!

(Check back for the audio component of this story. It will air on the 9/18 edition of my radio show for those of you in one of my markets.)

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Space Lassos! In Space! [Science Corner]

 

Space Lassos!

Here is the link to the full story I discussed on today's Science Corner. If you're not able to hear my show, I will post audio of the segment in my weekly Bits & Snatches Podcast.

In short, NASA is planning to turn the moon into our interstellar junkyard via space age tow trucks! Take our junk, the moon.

http://www.space.com/22764-nasa-asteroid-capture-mission-candidates.html

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