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.

New Introduction to The Sonic Episteme

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

Popular Feminism and Popular Music

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

Running, Breathing, and the Choreosonics of Singing

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…

Some thoughts on Cox’s apologia for “sonic materialism”

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…

My Contribution to PopCon Critical Karaoke 2018

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…

My Paper for PopCon 2018: Gender & Private Property in 21st c Pop

Here’s the text of my talk for PopCon next Saturday. For those of you who have been following along my write-ups for my feminist theory grad class this semester, some of this will be drawn from and/or resonant with that…

Feminist Theory Week 11: Stoever, Carson, & Plato on the body-voice relationship

It’s nearing the end of the semester, so we’re covering stuff I’ve already written a lot about (look at that expert course planning, making sure my prep is light when I’m overextended and exhausted!). First, here is a piece on…

Feminist Theory Week 10: Stallings & Royster on trans aesthetics in Rihanna, Michael Jackson, & Grace Jones

Describing a “turn away from the political world’s emphasis on movement (or a movement) as buttressed by walks and marches and turn to the party’s articulation of movement” (179), Stallings challenges us to rethink common concepts of political movement. Though…