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Coast to coast (almost) interlude: travel music

Lots of time on the road means lots of music. Here are a few travel favorites: Heart of Glass / Blondie: great way to start the day. Crosby Stills Nash & Young: blend well with Utah’s byway 12, but good just about anywhere. ZZ Top: when you finally beat town traffic, and you are back […]

A Flurry of Red and Green

UPDATE: I submitted this post to the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center’s sponsored contest for a travel award to ScienceOnline2010. Let’s see how it goes… #scio10 In a previous post about Hatena we saw what might very well be the beginning of a (beautiful?) [:ttip=”symbiosis where one partner lives inside the cell of the other” id=”10″]endosymbiotic[:/ttip] […]

Scientists singing

Somehow, sharing the same problems with Uri Alon makes me feel almost absolved of the sins against my own family in spending Sundays at the lab. Almost: Ron Laskey has a whole collection of songs, published as an audiobook in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. (I guess CSHL Press does not qualify as an indie […]

Romantic redux: Yo-Yo Ma, Elgar’s Concerto for Cello in E minor

Since I touched upon the Romantic movement in the last post… few are as strongly associated with it as Edward Elgar. Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Recorded 1997 in Carnegie Hall. First movement (Adagio – Moderato):

eMusic customer survey poll and results

eMusic, a subscription-based indie music estore has hiked its prices and concurrently signed a deal with Sony BMG to sell their back catalog. What’s wrong with this? Well, a lot. Read my previous post for details. It seems like the reaction on the intertubes has been less than joyful, with phrases like “corporate sellout” and […]

The day eMusic died?

eMusic is by far my favorite music store. A huge collection of indie, jazz, blues, classical, world, ambient… anything but mainstream. They keep the music DRM free,which means you are free to make as many copies as you please, and play on whatever device you like. For this reason, eMusic has little to offer from […]

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: If You Open Your Mind Too Much…

…Your Brain Will Fall Out.

Music: Never Gonna Change / DBT

Drive by Truckers. My favorite flavor of Southern Rock.

Baby it’s cold outside

Most of the Earth’s surface is colder than the inside of your refrigerator. Deep sea temperatures are almost universally 2-4C. That’s already 73%  of the Earth’s surface. Then add to that the  polar regions, mountain ranges and permafrost and you have about 85% of the Earth’s surface constantly at refrigerator or freezer temperatures. While there […]

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: Vic Ruggiero and Lisa Mueller

These two have great chemistry, and the video captures the raw and gritty quality of a small club appearance.

Music: Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens

Note the bass player. Hang around past 1:10 and you are in for a treat.

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 […]