Star Trek Shuttlecraft Magellan CD Holder

I stumbled across this little Star Trek spaceship at a garage sale last week:

Apparently the Magellan Shuttle Craft was featured in a few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and has some history behind it. I’ve already let it be known that I’m more of a Star Wars guy, and as such I did not know the history of this particular ship. My intent was to take it home, put Star Wars figures in it, and call it a win for the Rebellion.

When I got it home, I discovered that it was not a toy, but rather a CD holder.

According to a photo of the back of the box that I found online, The Star Trek Shuttlecraft CD Holder holds 10 CDs when removed from their cases. I doubt any CDs will end up being stored in mine. For now it looks like a good place to store spare bendie alien figures.

Shout! Factory and Richard Pryor Estate to Partner on Career-Spanning CD/DVD Box Set

More great news from Shout! Factory this week. No details in the release on what they will be putting out, but I can’t wait to get details and as soon as I do, I will share them here.

Los Angeles, California – Shout! Factory and Indigo, Inc. announced today an alliance to produce and distribute an as-yet-untitled Richard Pryor box set, which will feature the legendary comedian’s most beloved and well-known concert material, alongside previously unreleased content. The set will contain both audio and video performances, including complete concert films, as well as an accompanying book with liner note essays, rare photographs and a detailed discography.

This announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Jennifer Lee Pryor, CEO of Indigo, Inc.

“We are thrilled and honored with the opportunity to celebrate the career of one of the greatest comedians of our time. We look forward to working with Jennifer to produce a collection that best represents Richard’s genius and tremendous influence on the world of comedy,” stated Shout! Factory’s founding partners.

“I’m more than thrilled to have Richard’s groundbreaking works available to everyone. From his classic routines to fresh, undiscovered material, this box set will provide a rich overview of his comedic vision. In this loving, intimate collection everyone can experience Richard in his full, outrageous force.” Jennifer Lee Pryor.

Shout! Factory will begin developing the product immediately, with plans to release in Summer 2012. More details about the contents of the product will follow in the coming months.

Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies

Monster Mash. Thriller. Ghostbusters. Everybody has their “go to” list of classic Halloween songs. And maybe that’s what I like most about Dr. Demento’s “Spooky Tunes & Scary Melodies,” as it contains several tracks that don’t make most people’s Halloween mixes.

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The album kicks off with Werewolves of London (another Halloween classic), but from there quickly slides into not-so-common B-sides. Tracks two and three, “A Nightmare on My Street” and “The Haunted House of Rock” are both Halloween raps. You don’t hear a lot of Halloween rap for some reason. That’s followed by several other Halloween tracks that don’t get much play: “Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman”, “Castin’ My Spell”, and “Halloween Spooks”. The last three tracks on the CD are from more well-known artists; there’s Bo Diddly’s “Bo Meets the Monster”, Alan Shermin’s “My Son, the Vampire”, and finally the Weird Al classic, “Nature Trail to Hell”.

I picked this CD up years ago for a couple of bucks in a used CD bin, and it always gets a spin or two around Halloween. If you are tired of the same ‘ol Halloween songs and are looking for something a little different, keep one (bloody) eye out for this one in your favorite used CD haunts.

Halloween Sounds through the Ages

One of the earliest vinyl albums I can remember owning was this one: Sounds To Make You Shiver. I can’t remember where or when I got it, but I can remember playing it on my small, plastic record player as a kid and getting creeped out by the sounds contained within.

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By the time I was a teen, vinyl records were out and cassette tapes were in. I owned two or three cassette tapes such as this one.

(image courtesy of TheSurfingPizza.com)

(image courtesy of TheSurfingPizza.com)

Eventually cassettes stepped aside and made way for CDs. In the beginning CDs were really expensive to purchase, but I’ve picked up CDs such as this one for literally 99 cents at Dollar General and Big Lots.

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Over the years I’ve owned compilations of spooky Halloween sound effects in vinyl, cassette, and CD formats. These days, you can find what you’re looking for in mp3 format. Both iTunes and Amazon have hundreds of “chilling” mp3s for sale, but if you’re not looking for a specific album, you can probably find what you’re looking for with Google. That’s where I found this treasure trove of old vinyl Halloween records, converted to mp3. There’s even a link to those old General Mills Monster Cardboard Records.

(Image courtesy of Scar Stuff)

(Image courtesy of Scar Stuff)

Go Retro with Vinyl-Looking CDs

Do you miss the days with vinyl albums? Check out this special effect you can get with silkscreening. The ‘groove’ in the vinyl CD is created by silksreening the disc with layers of black ink, therefore, the grooves can be in ANY colors. The cardboard jacket is customized with a hole in the middle imitating the look of vinyl album covers. Great idea. Anyone ever do anything like this? Or know of where we can find a template?

Go retro with vinyl CD and vinyl album style cardboard sleeve [@] Hellman Productions