Aesthetics and Horizon in Possibilist/Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms

I’m doing some of the ground-floor research for the follow-up to Resilience & Melancholy & The Sonic Episteme. Those focused on probabilist neoliberalisms; the next project focuses on post-probabilist ones. Here I work through Louise Amoore’s claim that possibilist calculus…

Speculative Appliance Jingle #1

I’m creating a small series of speculative sound pieces. They’re appliance jingles–you know, the little melody newer appliances play to indicate they are done. These are supposedly more pleasant alternatives to the traditional buzzer or bell…which recall jobsite sounds, like…

On Melinda Cooper’s LIFE AS SURPLUS

As part of my lit review on post-probabilist neoliberalisms, I’ve been working through Melinda Cooper’s Life As Surplus. I’ve written up (barfed on the page) some thoughts that I’ve linked here. Below are a shortlist of the main takeaways.  What…

“You Need To Calm Down” is worse than you think

Taylor Swift’s attempt at a Pride anthem has been getting a lot of criticism. It’s been accused of “hijacking queerness” by conflating people’s distaste for her music to homophobia and transphobia; others say it’s yet another example of the commodification…

Post-Probabilist Neoliberalisms (1 of n)

I’m working my way through the literature on post-probabilist or post-Gaussian neoliberalisms. I’ve written up some stuff trying to work through Lisa Adkins’s The Time of Money. There is a lot (10 pages), so I’ll list some of my big…

Panic! At the Disco’s “High Hopes” & the financial logic of the derivative

To get a sense of how Indie Rock-gone-pop aesthetics have shifted from modernist ideals of transgression to neoliberal ideals of success, you need look no further than the difference between U2’s 1987 “Where The Streets Have No Name” and Panic!…

Notes on Brexit Techno

A few initial thoughts I wanted to scribble down before I forgot them… The day after the 2017 Brexit vote was the first Monday of the month, and at that time first Monday of the month meant industrial techno artist…

My article on the WOXY Modern Rock 500

It’s Memorial Day Weekend 2019, which makes it the 30th anniversary of the first Modern Rock 500. I got to write about it in Belt Magazine. The link includes links to playlists of the 89, 99, and 09 countdowns, which…

WOXY Modern Rock 500 1989, 1999, 2009 Playlists up on YouTube

I’m working on a piece on the 30th anniversary of the first + 10th anniversary of the last 97X WOXY Modern Rock 500, which will be this (2019) Memorial Day Weekend. As part of the research for that, I’ve compiled…

On Taylor Swift’s “ME!”

Taylor Swift’s pastel confection of a new single “ME!” is a pendulum-swing away from the heel-turn she did on her previous album. Its’ ebulent girlish femininity apparently makes it hard for some reviewers to hide their misogyny behind clever phrases…