Do you (mis)remember modern rock and roll radio?

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their “Alternative” (nee “Modern Rock”) chart, billboard recently published a piece on the disappearance of OG modern rock acts on contemporary alternative radio. The piece reports that “tunes from the ‘80s to only…

Seeking 97X WOXY Memorabilia, Recordings, and Documents

As those of you who have been reading some of the works in progress I post here know, I’m in the early stages of a book(s) on Oxford, OH modern rock radio station 97X WOXY. My own archive has been…

OCT 9 4-7pm NYC-Area Feminist Sound Studies Meetup Fall 2018

UPDATE: We hope to see everyone on October 9, 2018, from 4-7pm-ish at The Ginger Man in Manhattan.   A small group of us are organizing an informal meetup for people in the greater NYC area who work on/are interested…

Perceptual Coding & A Sonic Cyberfeminist Theory of Oppression

I’m working on a piece for Annie Goh and Marie Thompson’s special issue on sonic cyberfeminisms. Here’s the part where I work out my theoretical framework: In The Sonic Episteme, I argued that Jonathan Sterne’s concepts of perceptual coding and…

#MeToo Aesthetics & the “Should We Separate Artist From Artwork?” Debate

Here’s the first half of a conference paper. Second half to follow soon (I hope!). Is it morally permissible–or even possible at all–to enjoy artworks by artists whose beliefs and actions are racist, sexist, or otherwise oppressive? This is not…

Love Shack

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…

Dr. J’s “Don’t Be A Jerk” Classroom Technology Policy

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…

Pop Music, Politics, and Reproductive Labor

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…

Some Notes on “Cosmic Thing” & Why It Is ‘Important’

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…

My Keynote at The Future/Present: Current Practices in Pop Music Studies

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.