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It’s time for a musical World Record Wednesday! The “Golden Record,” created by NASA and placed on both Voyager spacecraft in 1977, is the phonographic recording to travel farthest. Currently hurtling through space at a distance of over 12 billion miles from Earth on Voyager I, the album is literally a “world record"—a collection of sounds, songs, and short speeches intended to represent the best of planet Earth and humanity. The tracks were carefully curated by NASA and a committee chaired by Carl Sagan, and include music from Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and others. (Fun fact: the producer of the Golden Record,“ Timothy Ferris, is an award-winning science author who wrote the script for the Museum’s Space Show “Dark Universe.”)

The Record also features musical recordings from Senegal, Russia, Japan, and other countries. Carl Sagan, who worked on the project, stated that "the spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic 'ocean’ says something very hopeful about life on this planet.”

Listen to the album on the Museum’s first-ever Spotify playlist: https://goo.gl/mogYK6

Image: NASA

Voyager, in case it’s ever encountered by extra-terrestrials, is carrying photos of life on Earth, greetings in 55 languages, and a collection of music from Gregorian chants to Chuck Berry. Including ‘Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground’ by '20s bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, whose stepmother blinded him when he was seven by throwing lye in is his eyes after his father had beat her for being with another man. He died, penniless, of pneumonia after sleeping bundled in wet newspapers in the ruins of his house that burned down. But his music just left the solar system.
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Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) | The West Wing | 5x13 | The Warfare of Genghis Khan

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We’re the most dominant nation on earth. But too often the face of our economic superiority is a corporate imperialism, our technological dominance shown by smart bombs and predator drones. We could do something else. Something generous and uplifting for all humankind. We could send the first representatives from Earth, to walk on another planet. We could land people on Mars. (…) Voyager, in case it’s ever encountered by extra-terrestrials is carrying photos of life on Earth, greetings in 55 languages and a collection of music from Gregorian chants to Chuck Berry. Including “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground” by ‘20s bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, whose stepmother blinded him when he was seven by throwing lye in is his eyes after his father had beat her for being with another man. He died, penniless, of pneumonia after sleeping bundled in wet newspapers in the ruins of his house that burned down… but his music just left the solar system.

Vernon Reid & The Black Rock Coalition

“If you asked any ten people off the street,” he explains, “black or white, Puerto Rican, Chinese— ’What’s a rock band look like?,’ they’d probably say blond, long hair, white. That to most people is a rock band. Our organization is a direct challenge to that mentality: the Black Rock Coalition. Part of our goal is to attack that imagery. Because first, rock is Black music. Rock is everyone’s music, but the origins of rock are Black. And there’s no way you can get around that.”

The coalition draws its inspiration from the music of Chuck Berry, Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, and P-Funk. But like all stories of rock and racism, this one begins with an Elvis rap. “Take Elvis, right?” obliges Reid, a London-born Brooklynite with inch-long braids rising to a flattop on his head. “Rock ‘n’ roll took off in the country when Elvis presented it. Like a lot of the rock artists from the '60s, the Beatles, Stones, and in the early '70s, Led Zeppelin, got a lot from blues artists.

Recently, what you see is white artists doing things that are very rap-and funk-influenced crossing over into black markets and doing very well. Like you see Tears for Fears not even really doing a record that’s funky, 'Shout!,’ but the record was huge in black markets.  

"But that kind of thing is not happening for blackartists that are doing rock. It hasn’t translated back the other way. Looking at Prince— that’s the single example. There’s a feeling that Prince did it, so you should be satisfied.” The Black Rock Coalition manifesto calls this cultural borrowing “pimping,” but doesn’t condemn it, to the group’s credit. Instead, the coalition claims “the right to do the same.”

Voyager, in case it’s ever encountered by extraterrestrials, is carrying photos of life on Earth; greetings in 55 languages; and a collection of music, from Gregorian chants to Chuck Berry, including ‘Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)’ by 20s bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, whose stepmother blinded him at seven by throwing lye in his eyes after his father beat her for being with another man. He died, penniless, of pneumonia after sleeping bundled in wet newspapers in the ruins of his house that burned down. But his music just left the solar system.
—  Josh Lyman, The West Wing (Series 5, ep. 13)
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Why 'Arrival' is wrong about the possibility of talking with space aliens

From “Close Encounters” to “Arrival,” Hollywood has long been fascinated with the idea of communicating with space aliens. But is it even possible? Or wise?

In recent years, a fierce debate has erupted over proposals to beam messages toward distant solar systems. Until now, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – or SETI – has largely been limited to listening for radio signals from other galaxies. Having failed to detect a single peep, some scientists want to turn the tables and begin broadcasting missives from Earth into deep space.

But that creates two dilemmas.

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Dean recognises this scene. 

… No, this moment.  From their lives.  Not just a scene in a book, or a.. a musical.

God, why did it have to be a musical?

… Whatever.  He recognises it as the moment he found Cas in purgatory.  It had been an emotional moment, sure – he had just found his best friend after, hell, the best part of a year being told that it was the wrong thing to do by Benny.  But he had lost Cas before, and he sure as hell wasn’t gonna do it again.  He wouldn’t say it out loud, but his definition of ‘home’ had, by that point, extended to Sam and Cas, and he’d do anything to keep it that way.

It’s just –

“Nice peach fuzz,” Dean hears his musical counterpart say as she reaches up to… palm Cas’s cheek?  It hadn’t gone that way, had it?

Next to him he hears Sam make a light scoffing noise, and when Dean looks over to glare at him, he’s grinning to himself like he knows something Dean doesn’t. 

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Thanks to Chuck, I now have a love for a large variety of songs.
At the moment, I’m really into:
Creature Fear by Bon Iver (Chuck Versus The Colonel)
Skinny Love by Bon Iver (Chuck Versus The Break Up)
Kettering by The Antlers (Chuck Versus the Other Guy)
Bye Bye Bye by Plants And Animals (Chuck Versus The Other Guy)
Kiss With A Fist by Florence + The Machine (Chuck Versus The First Fight)
A Girl, A Boy And A Graveyard by Jeremy Messersmith (Chuck Versus The Suitcase)
Holiday by Vampire Weekend (Chuck Versus The Honeymooners)

So thank you Chuck

Top Five Songs I discovered through Chuck

People out there are writing their top ten lists of Chuck episodes.  They’re worth checking out.  But as much as I love the show, I love some of the music it has introduced me to even more.  So here are five songs I discovered for the first time on Chuck, that I love very much.* 

5.  Kettering, The Antlers

This isn’t as personally significant as some of the songs that follow, but it’s just beautiful, and it led me to buying The Antlers’ great album, Hospice, and seeing them live alone with Bear in Heaven at the Annandale earlier this year, one of the better gigs I’ve been to in ages.

4. 3 Rounds and a Sound, Blind Pilot

It’s probably evident from this list, but I’m a sucker for sappy songs, but especially for sappy songs that capture how complicated love can be.  My favourite lines from 3 Rounds and a Sound, by far, are:

“And I see you, 
‘Til Kingdom come you’re the one I want
To see me for all the stupid shit I’ve done.”

What could be better than someone knowing all your stupid shit and loving you nonetheless? What a beautiful sentiment to capture in a song.  

3. Christmas TV, Slow Club

Another song from the same episode, and with a similar sentiment, but fun and gorgeous at the same time.  The best bit? The opening line:

“It’s ok to have scars,
they will make you who are you.
It’s ok to have fears,
As long as you’re not scared of coming here" 

2.  My Backwards Walk, Frightened Rabbit

This song is extraordinarily important to me- the album as a whole, really, which I bought immediately after watching the whole first season of Chuck in DVD in the space of about 48 hours.  I’ve written before- twice in fact, here and here, about Frightened Rabbit’s place in getting me through a pretty tough time, and I never would have discovered them without Chuck.

1.  First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes

I’m kind of ashamed it took me this long to really hear this wonderful song. I love it so much. It’s like all those things I’ve felt about someone expressed perfectly, in a way I’ve never, ever been able to articulate it.  It’s perfection. 

*There are others that have been on Chuck that I also love, like Creature Fear by Bon Iver and Slow Show by The National, but I knew them well and loved them pre-Chuck.  It’s possible I’d heard some of the above songs before they were on Chuck, but I’d never really noticed them, and only fell in love with them through the show.