Lab Tracks

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... »

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... »

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... »

Lab Track: Make a Circuit with Me

Lab Track: Make a Circuit with Me

While the subgenre of science- and skepticism-themed music might be small, there are definitely examples to be found. Everybody loves using evolution, astronomy, and religion as metaphors in their music, after all. Electrical engineering, however, is not such a popular theme, which is why I love this track that Anne submitted. The Polecats, a London rockabilly band active in the 1970s and still to... »

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