Hitting the Hot 100 in 1989, The B-52s “Love Shack” was one of the two recently-charting songs my high school marching band regularly played between 1992 and 1996; the other was “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” That my evangelical band director…

My main concern is that you practice using the technologies and methods that help you think and learn best. Different things will work for different people. And that’s good! The more different kinds of thinkers and learners we have making…

Western political imaginaries tend to be governed by a zero-sum logic in which the only way to fix an injustice is to get rid of it and replace it with something else. For example, there’s a common assumption across both…

These are really just notes, jotting down some ideas I had in the car yesterday for future reference. There’s a book project in here somewhere.   Most writing on The B-52s foregrounds their identities–queer, southern–and leaves the music in the…

I’m giving a keynote talk at The Future/Present: Current Practices in Pop Music Studies in Uppsala on Tuesday. Here’s the text of my talk.

I’ve made some major revisions to the intro of The Sonic Episteme, which you can read here.

I’m giving a talk Friday on Popular Music and Popular Feminism. Here’s the text.

People always talk about using BPM to help with their workouts, but to me that’s only a fraction of what I rely on music for when I run. Ever since I read Ashon Crawley’s discussion of “choreosonics”–sounds and the choreographics…

I have some initial thoughts on Christoph Cox’s defense of the “ontological turn” in sound studies aka sonic new materialism or realism newly out in parallax. This is all very initial and mainly note-taking for me to return to once…

I’m thrilled to participate in this year’s critical karaoke session at PopCon. I’m doing L7’s “Pretend We’re Dead.” I’m publishing my talk here so people can follow along on Saturday. This song was my teenage anthem. Da-da, da-da, da-da Always…