In San Francisco and Boston during the 1980s and early 1990s, The Space Lady (aka Suzy Soundz) could be found enchanting pedestrians with her astro-Viking helmet and Casiotone-powered pop cover tunes. In 1990 she self-released a cassette and then ten years later, her take on The Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" was featured on the excellent weird music compilation "Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 2: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music." Mostly unheard for a decade, The Space Lady (real name Susan Dietrich) has returned to this planet and is celebrating Night School Records' release of The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits, a collection of her early recordings. The track list includes several originals and a bunch of great covers like "Fly Like An Eagle," "Born To Be Wild," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," and "Major Tom" (listen above.) Digital download available from Amazon or you can buy the CD and pre-order the second pressing of vinyl direct from Night School.
After 40 years of trademark threats and general grousing, the Y.M.C.A. (or at least one international branch of it) is embracing the eponymous Village People song, Y.M.C.A.: it’s commissioned a cover version from singer and D.J. Boy George to promote the organization. The decision to embrace the song – along with queerness and marriage equality […]
The Samurai Guitarist brings some Morricone to Michael. (via Laughing Squid)
Somewhere between “hard to believe” and “of course they do” lurks the music, played over massive PA systems in Pyongyang, by the North Korean regime. Here are two important points of comparison: the unsettling Lavender Town locale in Pokemon, which matches North Korea’s oddly melodic eeriness… … and Chicago’s tornado siren, for sheer nightmare terror […]
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]
As the old saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour.” Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most […]