Morning Mixtape: “The Black Sea Devil” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

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Today’s mixtape is a brief science video from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, Calif. I stumbled across this video on Facebook and was just fascinated by the creature. If a creature like this turned up in science fiction, you might think, well, this is silly. But here it is in reality. The whole of creation is awe inspiring. Enjoy.

Morning Mixtape: ‘Tom Baker’ By The Human League

Daniel P. Finney:

morning mixtape logoToday’s Morning Mixtape is a rerun from Sept. 26. 2013.

Originally posted on General Tso's Revenge:

I discovered this terrific track several years ago when reading about Tom Baker, the actor best known for playing the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in the classic sci-fi adventure series “Doctor Who.” “Tom Baker” is an homage to the wonderful work of Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonics Workshop, which created the signature theme for “Doctor Who” nearly 50 years ago. The instrumental, off the group’s 1980 album “Travelogue,” incorporates the driving base notes similar to the “Doctor Who” theme and also stirs in the creepy noises that often felt like a theremin run amok and usually signaled a creepy monster or nefarious act onscreen. The song is probably best enjoyed by “Doctor Who” fans, but I’ve gotten good response sneaking it onto mix CDs for non-Whovian pals who appreciate the occasional unusual sound.

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Morning Mixtape: ‘Cold Irons Bound’ by Bob Dylan

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This video of Bob Dylan and his band performing “Cold Irons Bound” is from the bizarre, somewhat nonsensical 2003 film “Masked and Anonymous.” I like the movie, mostly because Bob is in it. I’ve said for a while that the joy of seeing Dylan in concert isn’t hearing him sing his classics. His voice is too blown out for that. But his stuff since 1997′s “Time Out of Mind” is really awesome. And he’s had the best band behind him since the Hawks. Enjoy.