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Robert Saint John
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I may have been absent on G+ lately, but I haven't been quiet! I've been getting back into making music in a big way for the past few months, so I put the one-man-band back together. If you're into Synthwave and 80s music, I hope you like it. Free download at Bandcamp ( https://ceezed.bandcamp.com/track/aglow ) and at Soundcloud, as soon as I get the download flag to stick.

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RIP, Edgar Froese, founder of Tangerine Dream, one of my biggest inspirations in my love of electronic music. I've been listening to a playlist of Phaedra, Rubycon, Stratosfear and so many of their soundtracks this week, which makes me even more solemn about this news. But I hope he knew how big an impact he made, and still makes today as electronic music is bigger and broader than ever.

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I was just last week lamenting that I no longer had the Casio CZ-101 synthesizer that I rocked so hard back in the 80s. Even started looking on eBay and Craigslist to see if I could still dig one up. And this morning, lo and behold, Casio reproduces the whole thing in software and releases it for the iPad. This will sit very nicely next to my virtual DX7 and virtual Moog. I love this new world of old synths.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cz-app-for-ipad/id954171519

#casio   #cz   #ipad  
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Speaking of TCM and Harryhausen, this is coming on at 4:30 ET today: First Men in the Moon (1964), screenplay by Nigel Kneale (Quatermass). Love, love, LOVE this film. Selenites have haunted my dreams ever since I was a kid.
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This has been on in the background on TCM, Jack the Giant Killer (1962) with Kerwin Matthews. I'd always assumed I'd seen it, but I haven't. It's not particularly good when compared with, say, a Harryhausen movie like 7th Voyage of Sinbad. But the monsters, magic and general weirdness have some unique qualities I wasn't expecting. I need to watch this closer next time. I kind of dig it!
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Now on TCM, Miami Connection (1987), so very bad, it's good. The story of fearless synth rock band Dragon Sound as they embark on a crime-crushing justice in the streets of Orlando. And ninjas.

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"Johansson? We don't need no Scarlett Johansson!" Coming in Summer 2015, in celebration of the 25th* Anniversary of the franchise, a new animated Ghost in the Shell film by Production I.G. will premiere in Japan. Rumor is that this film will in some way tie the recent Ghost in the Shell: ARISE prequel series with the original film, and set the stage for further development of the series. Good stuff.

Directed by Kazuya Nomura, general director and character design by Kazuchika Kise, animation director by Toru Okubo, screenplay by Tow Ubukata and music by Cornelius.

Video Teaser: http://youtu.be/CUEktyhOSxg

*26th actually, since the manga started in 1989. Or you could say the 20th, since the first film was released in 1995.

#GhostInTheShell   #gits  
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I try to resist grumbling about life's challenges on social media. But seriously, Fate / Karma / Destiny? TODAY of all days -- in Cleveland, OH at 10°F -- today was the day that our furnace had to bite the dust without warning??? AUUGHH!!!

Fortunately was able to get a good service outfit out here to repair it before night fell, but this came the day after putting my cat into Kitty Hospital for another unexpected and expensive repair job. I'm trying to tell myself that I'm just getting all the year's shit out of the way in Week 1.

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I never saw the 1983 TSR Catalog back in the day, but here's a blog post that includes all the pages scanned. What I find fascinating is to compare it to the 1981 catalog (http://goo.gl/n3oVjt). Also, dig the page listing the newly acquired SPI games such as DragonQuest, one of my personal favorites.

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I've been watching Miami Vice marathons on El Rey Network this week, and I think I'm enjoying it more than I did back in the day. I wouldn't have expected it to hold up 30 years later, because few TV shows do. But MV does with great stories, complex characters, fantastic music by Jan Hammer, and a huge roster of young guest actors who went on to much bigger things.
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