The folks doing the Japan Night Tour in the US just announced the addition of a few more bands. The new bands are Dirty Old Men and Special Thanks, added to a list that already included Detroit 7, FLiP, Omodaka, Samurai Attack, and many more. The tour kicks off in Austin, TX, at the South by Southwest Festival, then hits other cities, including New York, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, and LA. Here is a taste…

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The other day I mention the tune on SciFi Songs called Grasping for the Wind (The Linkup Meme Song), a song filled with SF review blog names. What I didn’t know at the time (for someone who lives in the future I can be awfully slow about some things) was that this was the name of the blog built by John Ottinger that put together the entire project. The list is getting huge, and continues to grow. To help you with sorting through it, the Crotchety Old Fan Reviews the Review Blogs, complete with links to each conveniently placed next to its review. I knew there was a reason I liked the internet, and thanks to Sheila at Wands and Worlds for making me aware of what I was missing. As Holly said in Red Dwarf (Queeg, episode 5 of season 2) “I may be slow, but I get there in the end”. BTW, did you know the Red Dwarf team was putting together some new specials?

Doug Adams may be gone from our lives, but his legacy lives on, in many places online and off. One of the best is at HitchHikers, the new community repository. Then there are links like HitchHikers Guide, to let you play games and do a lot more. My favorite new BBC site is BBC 7, which includes the BBC’s SciFi Showcase, brand new and worth your attention! The Doctor Who entry alone is worth the price of admission… which is free, BTW. Ignore the fact that at the time of this page’s posting, the new Who series had not yet been signed off on! It is an old post, after all…LOL…

Just a reminder that the new Radio Plays from the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series hits the airwaves (including Webcast mode) starting on Tuesday 21 September at 6.30pm. That’s GMT or Universal Time, be sure to adjust for your timezone. They will repeat on Thursdays if you miss the Tuesday run. This will be the first of 6 all-new episodes, for more info check BBC Hitchiker’s and Above The Title.

The first Webcast link above takes you to their embeded player on the BBC web page, This One takes you to their stand-alone realplayer link. If you haven’t listened to the BBC Online before, you want to hit the site and test it before the event. You may have to download and install a player, or tweak your firewall or router settings to pull it in; and you don’t want to miss any of it because you were doing that when you could have been listening!