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Lab Track: A Kiss is Not a Contract

Lab Track: A Kiss is Not a Contract

Today’s Lab Track, suggested by Anne, is a little less sciency and a little more on the social side of things. Flight of the Conchords, a comedy music duo from New Zealand, is amazing (and polarizing, at least to my social circle. Half my friends think they’re awesome, half my friends are thoroughly bored by everything they do. I am firmly in the former camp.) This song of theirs is a ... »

Lab Track: I’m Cured

Lab Track: I’m Cured

Labber Anne spotted this one, and it might just be my favorite lab track of all time. Written by comedy writers Stephen Levinson, Joel Moss Levinson, and Rob Kutner along with singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and performed in a video that stars Aimee Mann, David Wain, and Dave Foley (these names, you guys! How can it not be good?), this track is a break-up song from the common-cold virus to the scient... »

Lab Track: Einstein A Go Go

Lab Track: Einstein A Go Go

Today’s Lab Track is a triple threat: one, it deals with the threat of a nuclear holocaust. It was written around the tail end of the Cold War, so the topic surely loomed large in the minds of the band and their fans. Two, it has a fantastic hook: “You better watch out, you better beware. Albert said that E equals MC squared.” Catchy and sciencey! Three, the 80s-drenched music vi... »

Can You Pop a Pill to Learn Perfect Pitch?

Can You Pop a Pill to Learn Perfect Pitch?

Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill for That, announces NPR (and dozens of other news outlets, verbatim). When I saw that, like the musician friend on Facebook who had posted it, no doubt, my eyes widened. Achieve perfect pitch — an incredibly useful ability only available to a tiny fraction of humanity — with a pill? I wanted it to be true. So is it? The claim comes fr... »

Lab Track: Stellar Alchemist

Lab Track: Stellar Alchemist

Today’s Lab Track, suggested by Jamie Bernstein, features the sound of a star remixed into an electronica track and combined with some clever lyrics about nucleosynthesis. Cool, no? Cracked thought so. They named this particular track — Stellar Alchemist by Kim Boekbinder, aka The Impossible Girl — #1 on their list of The 5 Best Songs Hiding On YouTube. I can’t possibly top... »

MAL Exclusive: Gripp – We Should Be So Lucky

MAL Exclusive: Gripp – We Should Be So Lucky

Marshall “Gripp” Gillson is a favorite of the Lab. He’s been featured in not one, but two Lab Tracks (*gasp!*), one of which also showcased the vocal stylings of SGU’s Jay Novella. He dropped us a line to let us know that he’s releasing a brand-new album later this month, and gave us the very first access to one particularly skeptical track. “We Should Be So Luc... »

Jesus-Free Music for a Merry Secular Christmas

Jesus-Free Music for a Merry Secular Christmas

Merry Christmas from your friends at the Lab! What did you get us? Oh, you left it in the car? No worries, we’ll get it later, I’m sure. Well, we got you something extra special. It’s a Spotify playlist filled with 50ish songs that are free of Jesuses, Marys, mangers, drumming boys, angels, frankincense, and donkeys. Unfortunately for the diehard skeptics out there, there is stil... »

How to Not Infuriate a Woman Musician

How to Not Infuriate a Woman Musician

The Huffington Post blog article “Infuriating Things People Say to Women Musicians” has been making the rounds in my social circles lately. In it, feminist advocate and rocker Steph Guthrie shares the many examples of maddening things people say to musicians of her gender, as crowdsourced from other female musicians on Twitter. A few examples: “You girls must be singers.” &... »

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