How was that long weekend for ya?
I had a long list of things to do and avoided it by making eggplant parmesan from scratch. Pro tip: don’t try out anything new when making 15lbs of food. I tried avocado oil for the first time – why did no one tell me it tastes SO weird? I also didn’t have breadcrumbs so I crushed croutons and ended up making something so gross that it just became a very time consuming way to feed raccoons via the green bin. Truly, I haven’t made anything that bad since university.
Anyway, here’s some things to check out today, while we continue to keep our distance from as many humans as possible.
International Day of the Synthesizer is coming up! To celebrate, why not check out a short doc on the history of the Moog synthesizer (and also find out how it should be pronounced: rhymes with “rogue”.) Released in the 1960s, Robert Moog, paved the way for an electronic music revolution via what is now known as the “Grandfather of all commercial electronic synthesizers.” And, by the way, the first one was a beast and cost $11,000.
Watch: Peter Hook performs every Joy Division song
Joy Division may have been the first post punk band, one that, only having two albums, changed the game and paved the way for endless artists. Tragically, frontman Ian Curtis was only 23 when he died by suicide in 1980, yesterday was the anniversary. The band would go on to dissolve Joy Division and move toward another game changing sound: New Order.
In remembrance of the 40 year anniversary, Peter Hook posted a 2015 concert of his latest outfit, Peter Hook & The Light, performing a three hour show in Ian Curtis’ hometown of Macclesfield in England and playing every single Joy Division song. It’s only available until tonight at 7pm ET via Joy Division’s and The Light’s Youtube and Facebook channels.
Two friends try not to talk about Covid
— Alyssa Limperis (@alyssalimp) May 18, 2020
Two hilarious comedians known for their front-facing videos, Alyssa Limperis and Eva Victor, come together in self isolation to show what it’s like to avoid talking about Covid these days. They really nail it.
Watch: Safe & Sound tonight at 8pm
Tonight at 8pm a whole slew of artists will be performing a livestream benefit called Safe and Sound. The lineup is impressive – The National’s Matt Berninger, Young The Giant, Frank Turner, Leif Vollebekk, Cold War Kids’ Nathan Willett, Group Love, and more!
The benefit is “aimed at bringing the community together to listen to some good tunes, raise awareness about youth homelessness and raise funds that are essential to Safe Place for Youth continuing our impactful work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
If you’d like to watch, make sure you RSVP here.
NASA is setting something on fire in space!
NASA will intentionally ignite a fire inside its spacecraft… for Science!https://t.co/PVZKFP9Vba
— Milky Way Astronomers✨ (@MAstronomers) May 12, 2020
Any moment now, NASA is going to set fire to the Cygnus spacecraft as an experiment on fire safety in space. That is the most layman’s terms for the extraordinary high tech experiment in the cosmos, so I’ll let you read more on your own, as I am clearly no rocket scientist.
Also, following @Nasa on twitter is pretty spectacular.
That’s it for today, I hope you’re doing well over there. If you need a soundtrack to your afternoon, I’m here for ya 1-5pm on Indie88. And if you need some more suggestions of things to dive in to, check out these past editions of Indoor Recess: