That Summer

Words are hard.

Strapping Young Lads are hard too.

  1. Madeline - This Train
  2. The Noisettes - That Girl
  3. Oh Land - Heavy Eyes
  4. Typhoon - The Honest Truth
  5. Barely Legal - The Strokes
  6. Harlem Shakes - Strictly Game
  7. Rebecca Loebe - High + Lonesome
  8. Le Tigre - Viz
  9. Phantogram - When I'm Small
  10. Sonic Youth - Tunic (Song for Karin)
  11. The Slits - Typical Girls
  12. Chemical Borthers (Feat The Flaming Lips) - The Golden Path
  13. Neil Halstead - Two Stones In My Pocket
  14. Ani DiFranco - School Night
  15. The Durutti Column - Sketch for Summer

They call it way too rowdy, I call it finally free

Direct download: That_Summer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm EST

Five Years

So it is spring break and that means I have enough of a moment to put together a couple tracks. Somehow I am able to put together fewer songs each time and still come up against the barrier of space constraints - but so be it.

This last leg of time has seen much puttering around in a confused and exhausted daze, and the track by Okkervil River has been in heavy rotation as a result of said puttering. The unfortunate side effect of that burnt out husk level of life is that two momentous things have occurred directly to me (and two terrifying things have occurred to those close to me, namely heart events and cancer) - that is 1) I realized this year marks the fifth year of this audio time capsule/journal. 

This certainly gives me pause as I think back over what has transpired in those five years and, holy shit, a lot of my life seems to have been terribley recent in vintage. Do you ever have those fears that your longterm self is a fabrication of some nefarious conspiracy constructing a world that never was in order to convince you that the world is other than it REALLY is? I don't actually think that because that is insane (and if I hint that I know the truth then I'll have only forced their hand to take swift action against me) - but sometimes I know the feel.

The second big thing is I got engaged to my longtime life partner Ana. Do you want to hear about ornate conspiracies of minds vastly more intelligent than your own arrayed against you? Nah - it is actually good (and terrifying). 

Last thing, me - my future self - you, you reader - five years ago almost nothing which happens to you now on a daily basis was part of what you expected. It isn't just that the future is hard to predict - it is also that you have really crappy expectations.

  • Quantic - Look Around The Corner (Feat. Alice Russell)
  • Ruby and the Ribcage - Horror
  • Twin sister - All Around and Away We Go
  • Avida Dollars - Joseph & The Argonauts
  • Francis Bebey - New Track (1982)
  • SUNBEARS! - They Think They're So Philosophical
  • Okkervil River - Lost Coastlines
  • Michael Musika – The Spellbound Traveler Loses all Possession
  • Luke Roberts - His Song

Image From: Hyperbole and a Half

Currently Embroiled In: Ingenious Genes by Sansom, which is - maybe changing my mind abou gene regulatory networks.

Direct download: Five_years.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

Ribosomes taste like eclipse paste

Let us ring in the year of the wagon with word salsa and duende!

I've been back in school for only two weeks and am fantastically exhuasted - rotating now through a lab (which I think is THE lab) working on ribosome profiling which is some real hot shit. Figured out with my girl that engagement should have a date on the calendar we're going for Valentines day because it needs some authenticity.

Having a hard time sleeping at night. We Are So Terribly Excited.

Sweatshop Union - Itchy Rock
Saul Williams - Twice the First Time
Kraak & Smaak - Keep On Searching
Mr Scruff - Ultramagnetic Mc's Ego Tripping
Material - Unauthorized
The Mercury Program - Undiscovered Genius of the Mississippi Delta
Wild Flag - Something Came Over Me
Quantic - Quantic - Transatlantic
Neon Indian - Should Have Taken Acid With You
Paper Bird - Lost Boys
Marco Benevento - It Came From You
Bearsuit - Stay Alive
AM - Self Preservation
Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - Old Sweat

Image From: Don't Know - Sorry, Forgot. Currently Reading: Manara's Guiseppe Bergman, well there is a weird piece of literature. Disappearing Spoon, a fantastic piece of non-fiction science history which uses the Periodic Table as it's setting. And Eclipse Phase - an RPG setting book about a transhuman post-scarcity space setting after the singularity goes bad, I haven't actually played it (yet?) but I am falling in love with the world they've built.

Direct download: Eclipse_Paste.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38am EST