He blinded you with science.
Now he's taping you for Youtube.
Electro-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby is making the rounds in support of his latest studio effort, Map Of the Floating City, with a most unusual vehicle in tow. The Crawler isn't certain if it needs to hit 88 mph or conduct 1.21 gigawatts of energy to its flux capacitor to operate, but, according to its owner, it's capable of traversing all time and space.
"It's a 13-foot long chrome-encrusted trailer that we park outside each venue [that houses] an interdimensional video recording system that allows you to send a personal video message to the future," Dolby explains in a pre-recorded promo for his upcoming Iron Horse engagement March 30.
According to the architect of the audio-visual experiment, select fans will be able to walk up and step into the Time Capsule to make their own fully produced video clips, which will in turn be immediately uploaded to Dolby's Youtube channel (time-capsule.tv).
The purpose of your mission, should you choose to accept?
"If you had 30 seconds to explain to an alien visitor what went wrong with our civilization, what would you say?" asks Dolby. "Our species may not be around on this planet much longer, so you might as well leave a message for the next guys."
Tickets to the Thomas Dolby Time Capsule Tour are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door and available at iheg.com.
In other news, HydroElectric—a new project with Rikk Desgres of Donut Kings infamy—celebrates the release of its debut disc at Easthampton's Flywheel (flywheelarts.org) this Saturday, March 31.
"The band kind of sounds like Black Sabbath having a baby with Pink Floyd, and Hawkwind was the babysitter," Desgres explains.
The CD is a nine-tune effort called Space Dirt and the band is rounded out by Valley veterans Monte Newman, Paul Eggleston and Paul Picard.
Other bands on the Flywheel bill include Black Pyramid, the Uncomfortables, Roadhorse and Spoken Like A True Hero. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this all-ages show.
Last but not least, some Q&A with Quinn and Cantara. The former Lazer 99.3 FM morning men recently inked to a new deal on Clear Channel's PYX 106 in Albany, New York.
Crawler: Hey, guys. ... Well, you teased us with your one-week reunion on WRNX a little while back. Now you've got a full-fledged morning show again—how did this all come together?
Quinn: After my near-death in a sky surfing accident in Southern California back in 2010, I realized that I should probably try to build some karmic accountability. That's when Cantara and I began to concoct our long-awaited return to the airwaves.
So much has changed in the industry since your last official stint. Will you guys be changing your approach, style, et cetera?
Cantara: We'll pick up right where we left off when we were syndicated on several New England rock stations a few years back. Same progressive, edgy show that we've always done, but now with some new perspectives on life. I mean, I'm a dad now. Quinn's been self-employed a few years.
Have you already moved to the Empire State?
Cantara: Yep, we're officially New Yorkers now. But I'm not changing my stripes. Sox and Pats all the way!
Any plans to expand the operation back to our neck of the woods?
Quinn: There are absolutely discussions for a multi-spoked expansion. ... Of course, these discussions only include the likes of myself and Cantara right now, and usually while under the influences of our various vices... but we're always working on convincing the powers that be to shove us down the throats of every man, woman and child in this great country.?
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