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Music Monday: Sequester Blues

  The sequester is hitting science funding in the US pretty hard. Francis Collins, the director of the NIH,  is lobbying any way he can to get the NIH off the hook. In 2013, there will be 700 fewer grants awarded than in 2012.  4.7% cuts across the board to grant renewals.   So, here’s […]

Nobody knows you

With deepest apologies to the memory of Jimmy Cox. EDIT: I got a couple of concerned emails. No, this did not happen to me. Yet. Once I lived the life of a PI so rich, Research was going along without a hitch. Lab manager, four postdocs and grad students eight, My lab took up the […]

Music: The Black Keys, El Camino

The Black Keys‘ new album El Camino is coming out today. I am not entirely sure why they called the album El Camino, and placed a picture of a 1994 Chrysler Town & Country van:   What a Chevrolet El Camino might look like:   Anyhow, the music is great. Here is the first track, […]

February: a Good Month for Music

Some good things happened in music this month. The Black Keys won Grammy awards for Best Alternative Album, (Brothers) Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, Best Recording Package and Producer of the Year, Non Classical. Arcade Fire won a Grammy for Album of the Year, The Suburbs. Here are The Black Keys […]

Music: Death Letter Blues

Haven’t had some music here for a while. So here are two version of Son House’s “Death Letter Blues”. The first by the master himself, the second by The White Stripes. Enjoy!

Actually, Frank is the best dinosaur

Last week I posted a video of Dan Telfer arguing with his audience over who is the best dinosaur. Well,  The Black Keys, a blues band from Akron, Ohio came up with the best dinosaur. His name is Frank, and he is a Funkasaurus rex. See and, more importantly, listen for yourselves. Epic dino-slide is […]

Sonny Moorman’s group at Oxford

This Cincinnati group played a concert today (Thursday) at the uptown park at Oxford Ohio. A trio with Sonny on guitar, Dennis “Willy D” Williams – bass & vocals, and Dave Fair- drums & vocals. They played powerful electric blues-rock, with great covers of Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson and many originals. Sonny played a […]

The medium-rare biosphere

All the roots hang down Swing from town to town They are marching around Down under your boots All the trucks unload Beyond the gopher holes There’s a world going on Underground — Tom Waits, “Underground” Our picture of the microbial biosphere is heavily skewed towards what we can see, culture, and are interested in. […]

John Lee Hooker: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Phew. After getting slashdotted on the Wolfram Alpha story, I can use a couple of drinks.

Music: In Your Darkest Hour

The first time I heard Charlie Musselwhite was on KSDS 88.3, San Diego’s jazz radio station and one for the finest jazz & blues stations I know. I was driving, it was late night and raining, and I was dead tired; the perfect setting for some blues. They played Musselwhite’s jumpy “Both Sides of the […]


I have been traveling to Ohio a bit recently… one of my favorite bands (a duo really) comes from Akron, OH. The Black Keys. First song of them I heard was this one, Thickfreaknes; still one of my favorites.

Music: Joe Bonamassa / Bridge to Better Days

When was the last time you heard a song that completely blew you away? And on top of that introduced you to an artist you did not know before? That happened to me about a year ago with Joe Bonamassa’s “Bridge to Better Days”. You would be hard-pressed to find a better blues guitarist out […]