Episode 180: Blues For Planet Mars

Just Me And My Shadow

Just Me And My Shadow

Episode 180: Blues For Planet Mars
(Featuring a selection of songs about Mars, and dedicated to the Curiosity Rover and the amazing people that helped make it all happen.)

I have always been a fan of space exploration, and as a young kid I even wanted to be an astronaut.  But as time went on, and it became clear that I would not be the first man to Mars, I started to let my mind wander toward the stars instead, and soon became extremely interested in music, writing, and art.  Now, in honor of the successful Curiosity Rover landing on Mars on the 6th of August, I present an audio essay dedicated to that success, filled with music about Mars, and information about exactly how hard it was to get there from here.

There is no shortage of music about our neighbor in the sky, and it was very easy to quickly fill the playlist with a number of choice songs.  But the real backbone of this show are the samples from NASA TV.  I was watching the rover landing live with some friends of mine, and their coverage of the event was great.  They also made some very informative, and extremely well-produced, short videos that helped put into perspective exactly what the task at hand was.  Using those videos and a jumping-off point, I assembled an audio essay that highlights two of the greatest forces in the universe: Science and Rock Music!

So, sit back for a journey into both space and sound.  See you in seven!

Blues For Planet Mars

Part I: Transmitting Live From Mars
01.) Landing On The Surface * NASA TV
02.) Mars Attacks!: Main Title * Artie Kane (Conductor)* Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
03.) Commander Scott On Mars * The Muffins * Secret Signals 1
04.) Mars In A Minutes * NASA TV
05.) The Stars Our Destination * Stereolab * Mars Audiac Quintet
06.) Seven Deadly Minutes * NASA TV
07.) Conrad Adrift Toward Mars * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * I Hope It Lands
08.) Game Over * NASA TV
09.) Within A Martian Heart * Man… Or Astro-Man? * What Remains Inside A Black Hole
10.) The Atmosphere * NASA TV
11.) Martian Band * The Wildtones
12.) Flyin’ Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll * Billy Lee Riley & The Little Green Men * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
13.) The Parachute * NASA TV
14.) Beacon From Mars * Kaleidoscope * Egyptian Candy

Part II: Going To A Martian Hop
15.) Wheel On Mars * NASA TV
16.) Mars [Excerpt] * John Coltrane * Interstellar Space
17.) Ballrooms Of Mars * T.Rex * The Slider
18.) Looking At The Surface * NASA TV
19.) Life On Mars? * David Bowie * Hunky Dory
20.) Lowering The Rover * NASA TV
21.) Martian Hop * The Ran-Dells * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
22.) We Won’t Know Right Away * NASA TV
23.) Knocked Out Joint On Mars * Buck Trail * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
24.) Sending A Signal Back To Earth * NASA TV
25.) Here Come the Martian Martians * Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers * The Best of..
26.) The Odyssey’s Role * NASA TV
27.) Mars * The Wipers * Silver Sail

Part III: Planet Heart
28.) We’re Safe * NASA TV
29.) Blues For Planet Mars * Last Of The Juanitas * “The Jay” b/w “Blues For Planet Mars”
30.) Mars, Bringer Of War (From “The Planets”) [Excerpt] * City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
30.) Not A Life Detection Mission * NASA TV
31.) Next Stop Mars * Sun Ra * Nothing Is…
32.) Sending More Data * NASA TV
33.) Honey Bee (Let’s Fly To Mars) * Grinderman * Grinderman
34.) Rocket Science * NASA TV
35.) I Turned Into A Martian * The Misfits * Boxset
36.) Gale Crater * NASA TV
37.) Planet Heart * Guitar Wolf * Planet Of The Wolves
38.) State Of The Art Labs * NASA TV
39.) Life On Mars * Nerf Herder * How To Meet Girls
40.) N.N.End * Mars * Mars LP

5 thoughts on “Episode 180: Blues For Planet Mars

  1. Reblogged this on Mid-Valley Mutations and commented:

    Loosing Opportunity feels way too symbolic these days, but it reminded me of the tribute to Curiosity I did in 2012, which now feels like our last hope, in some strangely other symbolic way. So here’s a little retrocast about Mars and Curiosity as we mourn the loss of Opportunity.

    Goodbye, sweet rover.



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