Wednesday, May 19, 2010

No one is ever in the lab but me.

So I've been annoying my labmates by listening to a lot of music lately...

I happen to think the new Black Keys is pretty great.  Seems like there is a not insignificant amount of people unhappy with the slow drift away from blues rock over the last couple of albums, but I really appreciate when artists move in different, more unexpected directions.

Meanwhile, the new album by Titus Andronicus sounds almost exactly like their last one, think punk rock by people who really like The Jesus and Mary Chain.  The subject matter this time around is The American Civil War.  An album like this really shouldn't work out as well as it does.  Seriously, this is probably one of my favorite albums of the year so far.

Finally.  Now that the semester is over, I've actually had a few spare minutes to do some reading.  I've been meaning to read more Philip K. Dick.  So far I'm about half way through Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said.  Its a bit more approachable than some of some of Dick's later work, though its still incredibly strange.  Anyway, I can't think of anything more appropriate to accompany reading about parallel realities and psychic spies than a concept album about Philip K. Dick's unborn twin sister...

The Semester is Over...


Everyday was beginning to feel a bit like this:

Now I just have a huge amount of research to do.  But really, compared to classes, research is great fun.