Category Archives: Pop Culture

“The magical turn”

Hey folks, sorry I’ve been a bit scarce on Dial M. Broke muh damn leg. Don’t want to write about that, though. I want to write about fads. If you’re in a band and are looking for a genre identity, you can … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Magic, Pop Culture, Weird Studies

Billy Joel, Piano Culture, and Rock’s Road Not Taken

Here is the paper I gave on October 8, 2016 at the wonderful Billy Joel conference organized at Colorado College by Ryan Bañagale and Josh Duchan, an exercise in Public Musicology that was a huge success by any measure.  One … Continue reading

Posted in Piano, Pop Culture, Rock | 2 Comments

Billy Joel/Public Musicology Notice

Just a note to alert everyone to the Public Musicology conference that will be held today and tomorrow at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.  One of the goals of conference organizers Ryan Bañagale and Josh Duchan is to reach beyond … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Piano, Pop Aesthetics, Pop Culture, Rock, Society | 2 Comments

Hey Hey!

07 04 16 Hey Hey! Note: I’m in the middle of a summer that is not letting up—writing, editing, planning, traveling—and it’s going to go right up to the new semester (and probably into the next three years, I should … Continue reading

Posted in Old Honkytonk Monkeyshines, Pop Aesthetics, Pop Culture, Rock | 1 Comment

On John Crowley’s Chemical Wedding and the Switched On Pop podcast

I’m working on another long-winded blog post to follow up from the last one, but it will take me a while to think through it. So in the meantime I want to write about a couple of things about which … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Life, Podcasts, Pop Culture | 2 Comments

Echoes

As I’ve written before, one of the general ideas that holds the greatest allure for me is the discovery of long-unheard music and musical practices, of hearing again what is generally agreed to have disappeared and been forgotten, and of … Continue reading

Posted in Early Music, Film, Old Honkytonk Monkeyshines, Pop Culture, Recordings | 1 Comment

On Cultural Reclamation

Author’s Note: having now completed the most taxing semester in memory, I openly acknowledge that I have been a blogging failure in recent months. I apologize, though it was due to circumstances largely beyond my control, and intend to restore … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Hearing, Old Honkytonk Monkeyshines, Pop Aesthetics, Pop Culture | 2 Comments