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From the Masters and Johnson artificial-coition machine to Dutch gymnasts coupling in MRI mchines, the study of human sexual physiology is the most vital, surreal, awkward, and oddly overlooked branch of modern science. Roach salutes the bravery of early pioneers and takes us through the highlights (and a few low points) of the past hundred years.[ ]
Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (April, 2009), Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Stiff was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for 2003, a Northern California Book Awards finalist, and an American Library Association Alex Award (for adult books that appeal to young adults) winner. Spook was a New York Times Notable Book for 2005. Bonk was chosen as a 2008 best book by the San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Louis-Post Dispatch, and the Boston Globe. The YouTube posting of her TED talk “Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Orgasm” has been viewed 315,000 times (approximately one third the number of viewings of “Cat in a Goldfish Bowl”). Ms. Roach’s books have been translated into 26 languages.Before writing Bonk, Spook, and Stiff, Mary wrote columns, essays, and feature articles. Her work has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, GQ, and the New York Times Magazine, among many other publications. She is a former columnist at Salon.com and contributing editor at the science magazine Discover. She has always gravitated toward the peculiar, covering things like Eskimo food, flatulence, vaginal weight-lifting, carrot addiction, and amputee bowling leagues. Mary was a National Magazine Award Finalist in 1995 and in 1996 she took the American Engineering Association Media Award in the category General Interest Magazines, for which she was, let’s be honest, the only entrant. Her column "My Planet" (Reader’s Digest) was runner-up for the humor category of the 2005 National Press Club awards. Her column "The Slightly Wider World of Sports" (Sports Illustrated for Women) did not garner any awards but did afford the life-enriching opportunity to learn alligator wrestling, jousting, dirt-biking, and knife-throwing. She is also the guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. Mary lives in Oakland, California, with her husband Ed and works in an office with seven other writers. She was born in Hanover, New Hampshire. She enjoys bird-watching, though the hours do not agree with her, backpacking, thrift stores, overseas supermarkets, Scrabble, mangoes, and that late-night Animal Planet show about horrific animals like the parasitic worm that attaches itself to fishes’ eyeballs but makes up for it by leading them around. Visit MaryRoach.net for more information.
The Gaslamp Killer is a Los Angeles-based DJ whose electric style ranges from psychedelia and world music to dubstep and left-field hip-hop. Associated with Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Records, he made his production debut in the late 2000s with a series of EPs. Born William Benjamin Bensussen, he originally comes from San Diego, CA, whose downtown Gaslamp District's bar scene inspired him to name himself the Gaslamp Killer in disgust for much of the patronage. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, he found a niche for himself amide the city's massive underground party scene and ultimately found a home for himself as a resident DJ at the club Low End Theory, which resulted in a series of club-sponsored podcasts. He also released a series of mix CDs, among them Gaslamp Killers (2003), It's a Rocky Road (2007), I Spit on Your Grave (2008), Hell and the Lake of Fire Are Waiting for You! (2009), and All Killer (2009), the latter a label showcase for the London-based world psychedelia imprint Finders Keepers Records. As a producer, the Gaslamp Killer made his debut in the late 2000s, releasing a split EP with Free the Robots, "The Killer Robots," on Obey Records in 2008 and two EPs for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Records, My Troubled Mind in 2009 and The Death Gate in 2010.
Adventure Time is the duo of sonic explorers Daedelus and Frosty. Having met in the music-geek haven of the University of Southern California's student radio station in the mid 1990's, they quickly forged a friendship. These pals carried on their companionship past college and helped found the non-profit Internet radio station dublab.com in 1999. After many years of shared moments seeking vinyl gems in vast secondhand record bins, they started to collaboratively create collages from excavated records. Their musical experiments were based on out-there audio affinities grounded in beauty, humor and rhythm. Adventure Time's mission has always been focused on the creative recycling of found sounds into newly formed moments of action-packed audio delight.
Adventure Time have returned from an epic journey into deep space and want to share their celestial expedition with you. Before diving into the intergalactic exploits let us return to our last encounter with this duo riding the high seas. Their album Dreams of Water Themes, released in 2003 on the groundbreaking Los Angeles label Plug Research, found them charming mythic creatures in a wild spray of maritime melody. In the midst of this aquatic action, a thunderbolt clapped and a whirlpool wormhole opened in the waves to teleport Adventure Time to another galaxy.
Adventure Time's forthcoming album Of Beyond (disques-corde / Japan) is the story of their journey through cosmic portals. It's a hopscotch across time and space that strings together astral scenes in a symphony of swirling stardust. Adventure Time have opened their radio telescope wide in order to transmit far-flung fragments from the vast universe. Through their lens we catch layered glimpses of wondrous worlds that glow in unison. We hear rhythms streaking like comets still bright with the energy of time's dawn. We hear melodies buoyant with glee, floating gravity free. This is music in motion, spinning and flashing with the essence of wide existence. Of Beyond is a cosmic map in which dreams and visions merge into vibrant medleys of now. This may be the first we've heard from Adventure Time in a while, but their tones ring loud and clear.
sodapop is Shaun Koplow, head architect and manager for the Anticon record label - a lover of cats, coffee, and certain collectables. Alongside with matthewdavid, sodapop has hosted a number of events under the name "calling all kids." He began DJing at his college radio station (KALX) and also enjoyed a stint as a DJ on San Francisco's pirate station West Add Radio.
Los Angeles native, Inka One has been busy. As a 17-year old hip hop head, his turntable fixation began in 2000 with mixing at its core. White attending college in Colorado, he ran the syndicated college radio show "Basementalism" for 3+ years. That experience led to North American tours DJing for The Procussions, Pigeon John, and others. Upon returning to L.A. he began rocking select spots with his unique blend of boom bap hip hop, progressive beats, and dusty breaks. In 2006 he joined the renowned SoCal-based DJ collective known as the Beathackerz. That same year he founded Boombox, a monthly event that has booked legends from Pete Rock to Flying Lotus in route to becoming L.A.'s premier destination for both classic and future sounds. A testament to his unique taste and strong ties to the underground, Inka was selected to be one of the Los Angeles representatives for the renowned Red Bull Music Academy in 2009. Between projects with artists like Paul Dateh and Cook Classics, guest sets at parties like The Do-Over and The Get Back, as well as crafting his own mixes and producing his own events, Inka's always working on something special.
Paul Dateh is a musician, composer, educator, and new media artist from Los Angeles, California. His work has been seen by millions on the web, through television, and inprint. He recently made his international debut as a composer with the short film "NANI," directed by Justin Tipping and co-scored by Ken Belcher. The film was chosen as an official selection of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Dateh is currently working on an EP titled "Invisible World." You can keep track of his progress at http://soundcloud.com/pauldateh