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Silhouette of Byzantine-style domes in Venice

SoD Cross-Post: Infamy, Hagiography, and Resistance

The following was originally posted on School of Doubt. Read the whole thing there or catch the beginning below. Last week I went with a friend to see Hayao Miyazaki’s latest–and supposedly final–offering, “The Wind Rises” (review here for those interested). For those of you not familiar, the movie is a highly fictionalised account of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the d... »

Band Riders and the Legend of the Brown M&Ms

Band Riders and the Legend of the Brown M&Ms

New York-based photographer Henry Hargreaves and food artist Caitlin Levin have done something amazing. No, I don’t mean their gingerbread recreations of famous art galleries and museums or photographs of deep-fried tech gadgets, though both are equally cool. I mean Band Riders, a photography project depicting the catering requests of various musicians’ riders in the style of a Flemish... »

Scientifically Accurate Gorilla Love Song

Scientifically Accurate Gorilla Love Song

Some time ago I complained that Bruno Mars had written a song about having hot, raunchy gorilla sex. I take no issue with songs relating to hot, raunchy sex, my issue is that gorillas do not have said form of intercourse. With the help of Jim Tigwell from Woot Suit Riot, I have corrected the factual errors and, I think, improved the song considerably. Video is somewhat NSFW »

How I Lost My Religion Without the Help of Michael Stipe

How I Lost My Religion Without the Help of Michael Stipe

Losing my faith was not only deeply personal but also a complicated untangling of odds and ends beliefs that I’d managed to acquire during my formative years on the buckle of the Bible belt. So, I figured what better way to introduce myself than to consolidate all of those years of slowly peeling off the god bandaid that resulted in oh so much emotional and intellectual turmoil into a list o... »

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... »

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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