Lab Tracks

Lab Track: Take Me to Church

Lab Track: Take Me to Church

While at first glance the title of this week’s Lab Track might suggest that our readership is the wrong audience for this song, trust me when I say that we’re exactly right. “Take Me To Church” is a soulful, moving track by Irish singer-songwriter Hozier about sex, religion, and defying the confines the latter places on the former. Mother Jones interviewed Hozier about the ... »

Lab Track: What Does the Spleen Do?

Lab Track: What Does the Spleen Do?

What does the spleen do? I don’t know either. I once knew a girl who had hers out, and as a result she said she couldn’t eat fatty foods without puking. I haven’t heard of that since, though, so maybe that’s bogus. Apparently this is a common area of ignorance, so the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine class of 2016 put together a parody of “... »

Lab Track: These Aren’t the Droids

Lab Track: These Aren’t the Droids

If you’re anything like me, you may want to clear an area in whatever room you’re in to allow for plenty of running-around-flailing-and-screaming space. (And if, like me, you’re at work when you see this, get ready to pretend you’re totally not silently screaming to yourself). Neko Case and her always-amazing musical sidekick Kelly Hogan have written a feminist sci-fi anthe... »

Lab Track: Lateralus

Lab Track: Lateralus

Today’s lab track is math rock! I was hipped to this track over the weekend, which is kind of shameful, since I loooove odd and changing meters and this song came out way back in the Napster era. Oops. Tool’s Lateralus is inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, both in the lyrics (the syllables begin with 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and then go back down) and the time signature (9/8, 8/8, 7/8 —... »

Lab Track: Cell Song

Lab Track: Cell Song

Today’s lab track contains a special bonus: in addition to being a song about science, the music video is made from science. Animated by Ewan Jones Morris, the video is crafted entirely of cutouts from vintage science journals, encyclopedias, and magazines. Within the spinning, expanding images, he inserted black and white video of the band performing. John Brownlee of Fast Company Design, w... »

Lab Track: The Return

Lab Track: The Return

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love nerdy hip hop. Deltron 3030 is a hip hop supergroup that’s perhaps the most popular creator of that kind of music — and I’m a little ashamed to say I just found out about it. Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala make up this group that’s based on a science-fictional idea of a universe 1,000 ... »

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... »

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