Taylor Swift’s New Grief-Vibes Playlists Turn Her Old Albums Into The Musical Equivalent of Securitized Assets

Taylor Swift’s New Grief-Vibes Playlists Turn Her Old Albums Into The Musical Equivalent of Securitized Assets

In early April 2024, Taylor Swift released five Apple Music playlists that reorder her old work into five vibes, each based on one of the stereotypical “stages of grief”: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The playlists reorganize her previous…

Peloton Musicology, volume 1

Peloton Musicology, volume 1

Though Peloton makes most of its money selling exercise equipment, people tend to talk about it less like Apple (whose streaming service Apple Music exists mainly to drive sales of hardware like iPhones) and more like other streaming services like…

Pop Music's Franchise Era

Pop Music’s Franchise Era

In 2024 a new Bob Dylan biopic was released, and it was announced that each of the four Beatles would be getting an individual biopic from director Sam Mendes. Despite over a decade of renewed attention to underrecognized figures like…

No data, just vibes

New York Governor Kathy Hochul infamously deployed the National Guard to secure NYC subway stations against a perceived uptick in violent crime. Defending her decision on MSNBC, Hochul explains: “We have seen a number of crimes, and again, not statistically…

Seeking proposals from a team of co-editors for THE NEW PALGRAVE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RHETORIC

CFP: Seeking proposals from a team of co-editors for THE NEW PALGRAVE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RHETORIC In the 21st century, the field of rhetorical studies has increasingly embraced perspectives,traditions, people, and subjects that would be both literally and figuratively alien to…

The Its Her Factory 15th Anniversary Zine

The Its Her Factory 15th Anniversary Zine

This blog is 15 years old in 2024. To celebrate, I’ve compiled a zine that includes some of this blog’s most popular and/or important posts alongside new commentary on each post and an introduction. It’s 97 pages long and available…

Atmospheric Phenomenologies, Vibes, and Algorithms

This is an excerpt from the last chapter of GOOD VIBES ONLY. It zooms in on Marina Peterson’s Atmospheric Noise and Eric A. Stanley’s Atmospheres of Violence to examine how critical phenomenology can contribute to a critical analysis of the…

Why are young men veering to the ideological right? Don’t blame women or feminism; blame capitalism

This image from the Financial Times went somewhat viral at the end of January 2024. It shows that across the Global North, young women are trending exponentially to the ideological left and young men are trending exponentially to the ideological…

Pitchfork, "bro-ified" alt rock radio, and structural issues in the financialized media industry

Pitchfork, “bro-ified” alt rock radio, and structural issues in the financialized media industry

On January 17, 2024, news broke that the leading anglophone music publication, Pitchfork, was getting folded into parent company Conde Nast’s flagship men’s vertical, GQ. Many venerable music journalists were laid off, and with this publication’s demise only months after…

Sympathetic vibration, Helmholtz, and normative listening

This was originally published on June 6, 2022 on my Substack newsletter. I’m republishing it here to get this post on my platform. (Never trust platforms you don’t own.) If you would like to support the work I do (I don’t…