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Periodic Table

Even when I was majoring in Neuroscience at UD I just couldn’t pass chemistry. (Which is why I’m now a web developer =o) I could ace biology and physiology and even now I can tell you so many things about the way the brain function it would keep you asleep for days.

But isn’t Zinc an element on the periodic table?

Who knows?

What I do know is that The Zincs are a rocking band that has a broad range in music from acoustic to electronic. And as most British/GoneUSA bands tend to be, they are wowing the crowds at a fast speed and will surely be talked about for many moons to come. The mixture of sounds they put together is something that immediately had me hooked.

See for yourself.

The Zincs – “Beautiful Lawyers” (off their album “Dimmer” from 2005)

And then go to InSound and buy whatever you can scoop up. Because there is no reason to continue missing out on the sounds of Nathaniel Braddock, Nick Macri, Jason Toth and James Elkington (with the croon of your favorite-British-Not-to-be-disclosed dreams!)

P.S. Their latest album is set to come out on March 20th.

Such a pretty name

If I could change my name, I would want to change it to Lavendar Diamond.

Well, okay, probably not, but it’s a pretty name isn’t it?

I know you think I’m good enough to come up with it on my own. But I’m not.

And of course you can take a listen to them on MySpace.

Their singer Becky Stark has a voice that is just breathtaking.
The sound altogether is folky and oh so sweet, I love it. Plus I am sucker for anything involving piano!

Listen to “Open Your Heart” if you listen to anything on the page. =o)

And here you can listen to “RISE IN THE SPRINGTIME”

Their page says their music sounds like “the sound of love” and well, I don’t know if love has a sound, but I can’t come up with an argument as to why this wouldn’t be it. So here is a link for you to buy the album “The Calvary of Light.”

Straight from PA

I know I live in Delaware, but can I call “Illinois” a local band if they are from Bucks County, PA?

Their website leaves much to be desired, but that is probably because (like most new bands) they’re counting on MySpace for all of their up and coming stardom.

“What the Hell Do I Know?” is the title of their EP set to appear in stores on March 6, 2007.

You can listen to four of their songs on their MySpace page, the link is above, or you can click here and give a listen to their song “Alone Again.”

No stealing please, this is just here to entice you to buy the EP next week. And if you want to do a quick read through, Philly EDGE did a story on them that is running front and center on their website this morning.

So, So, So Soothing

Light some candles and pour me some wine.

The only bad thing about Midnight Movies single “Patient Eye” is the fact that I didn’t hear it until today. What have my ears been listening to all this time?

This song has such a soothing sound that I literally felt the muscles in my neck and shoulder relax. I kid you not. The song is produced by Steve Fisk. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Fisk has also produced songs for Nirvana, Soundgarden, Minus the Bear, The Screaming Trees and Unwound.

Check out the video.

If you like “Patient Eye” then you will also like their song “Persimmon Tree.”

Trip, fall…no… stumble

Awww come on, why is it that I find myself falling in love with the swooning sounds of British men pouring their heart out over a guitar chord (played on an 8-string guitar)? Guess sometimes you just can’t help it, right? Right.

Onward.

It’s not just the voice of Peter James though, he is accompanied by Daniel Panasenko, David Lofton and Gino Robair. Combined they create classic acoustic music, with a crispness that would be perfect if played in a movie on an autumn day, leaves falling and the sun shining through the trees. You know that kind of day when you just want to stand there and breathe it all in? That’s it. That’s the feeling you get when you listen to this music.

And did you know, he doesn’t just play an 8-string guitar, no, no, Peter James also has a 10-string guitar. Such ambition. Gotta love it.

Peter James – “Stumble”

Buy “Footnotes to Fairytales

Nerding out

I really must quickly blog about this, nerd or not, I think it is very interesting and educational. As most of you know, I am fascinated with the brain, in specific, neurological disorders.

Autism is one of the disorders that has most intrigued me. And since I frequently peruse the National Institute of Health’s website, I was pleased to see the latest study on Autism.

Largest-Ever Search for Autism Genes Reveals New Clues

In short, the article discusses the link between this disorder and chromosome 11.
“A site on chromosome 11 most strongly linked to autism in this study harbors genes for proteins that shuttle glutamate across the synapse.”

Chromosome 11 only represents 4 to 4.5 percent of your DNA make-up. It, unfortunately, is already known to be one of the most disease ridden chromosomes in our genetic make-up. Chromosome 11 has been linked to things ranging from breast cancer to more rare diseases like beta-ketothiolase deficiency. The specific gene that is being looked into is neurexin 1. Neurexin belongs to a family of genes that help nerve cells communicate.

Anyway, basically, being able to pinpoint this is huge in the study of autism. Scientists and doctors have always thought that autism might have something to do with a person’s genetic make-up, but until this study have been unable to prove that theory. Yay for the Autism Genome Project!