New music

A bit of a Nick Cave obsession results in several of his back catalogue added, including the fantastic Murder Ballads – quite excellent.  A great record by Bill Callahan (Apocalypse) is worth a listen as is the new Alexander Tucker (Dorwytch). David Comes to Life, a “concept album” by Fucked Up is an interesting departure for the Canadian Hardcore Punks.  The obligatory Jock music for this month is Ballads of the Book, an eclectic compilation from Chemikal Underground Records.  All this and much more 🙂


Genetics Dept Friday Night Fun

A splendid effort by the lab: The aforementioned beer, cake and giant flies were joined by Haggis, Dim Sum, Pastries, Spicy wings and much more – the incredible Scientists Ice Cream (being made be Robert, Jelena and David) was fantastic.  Well done to the lab members who made it through to 6 AM!

Beer! Cake! Giant Drosophila!

Join us all tonight in the Department of Genetics from 5pm, for the Russell and Adryan lab Enhanced Happy Hour! 🙂

Sad day

A tragic day – Steve’s iPOD had died: after 4 years sterling daily service the iPOD passed away peacefully during a sync operation.  Despite repeated attempts to revive the stricken music player, it was pronounced dead on Friday 3rd June at 17:45.  A wake will be held at Strawberry Fair Beer Tent today.

Steve in Seattle

Went to my first Ball game – Mariners lost in the 10th.  Also amazed to discover Mogwai & Errors (see previous posts) playing in a club the night I arrived – Fantastic. Despite the bad weather it’s a city I like visiting. Great Beer and a good vibe.

iTunes hits 25K

With new LPs from Explosions in the Sky, Newton Falkner (Check him playing Teardrop by Faithless song in lift – excellent), Three Trapped  Tigers and The Black Heart Procession, the iTunes library breaches the 25,000 track barrier.

I, liking this new record from FOUND, an Edinburgh band: worth checking out.


Cornwall trip

Rico, Katerina and Jelena went to Cornwall for the Genetics Department Graduate Retreat at the weekend.

The suspiciously cheap luxury hotel turned out to be a creepy Scientology secret base (no kidding!), but we successfully evaded the cult recruitment attempts, and deconstructing Scientology nonsense provided much amusement to the whole group. However, at the end of the weekend we were all glad to escape the plastic butterfly art, freaky harp music and Scientology propaganda.

On the bright side – the coastline was stunning, we listened to lots of excellent presentations, and had some great discussions. Also, the Eden Project is both beautiful and educational, and was well worth a visit. We’re grateful to all the Genetics grad students for an awesome and entertaining weekend 🙂

Jock Rock in Bethnal Green

A splendid night of pounding Glaswegian Techno of the very highest order from Errors last night.  Bethnal Green Working Mens Club – what a venue: notice the magnificent “Mr & Mrs” style heart shaped stage.  The band were excellent, go and see them if you get the chance.

Although Bethnal Green Road is a bit of a desert if you,re looking for a restaurant – Evertons, a Caribbean bistro, is recommended – fantastic goat curry.

Bettina becomes a youtube sensation

Bettina has been collaborating on the testing of a new Spectrometer for measuring Nucleic acid concentrations, the Astragene.  The guys from AstraNet needed a promo video: Bettina  plays a starring role  so see it on YouTube:

New Music

New music on Steve’s iTunes: including some excellent material from Grails, a new Vessels LP, an excellent Marmaduke Duke CD, a wonderfully gentle King Creosote album.  Eat lights:Become Lights are a fairly new bunch of knob twiddlers – splendid stuff.  A few LPs from the recently discovered (by me at least) ……And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead.  Finally, Youngteam are an interesting Swedish band I recently came across that are worth a listen.

All this and so much more………..enjoy 🙂


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