Happy Sunday. I don’t know why, but I almost missed it! It’s still technically Sunday here in Eastern Time. Here are a few things.
Ben Irving Updates
I haven’t been able to write much about any of these, but if you use Instagram, head on over to the Postcards From Irving page, give it a follow, and see the latest updates from Austin, Louisville, Tampa, Flint, and more.
Robert Forster and Peter Paphides on “G Stands for Go-Betweens Vol. 2”
I bookmarked this video ages ago, and just got around to watching it. I had the rare opportunity to see Forster play on his first US tour in 11 years, and I’ve gone on the record here (often) about how important the Go-Betweens are to me. Under most circumstances, the idea of two older men sitting at a table and talking for an hour would sound boring, but Robert Forster is someone I could listen to talk for hours on end. If you’re intrigued, check it out. Sadly, the box set is already sold out (of course).
Experimental Persian Music
The Unexplained Sounds Group is at it again! I don’t remember how this came across my desk, but it’s very cool.
Happy Weekend, folks. It’s certainly been an interesting week
of the DNC stumbling over themselves to avoid nominating an actually sorta progressive candidate, and I wanted to make sure that a handful of items worthy of your attention didn’t slip through the cracks!
- If you see this right after I posted it and you’re in Central Michigan, you still have time to catch the 12:30pm screening today of the Bruce Springsteen film Western Stars at the Broadway Theater. I’ll be talking for a few minutes afterwards. I’m sure tickets will still be available at the door, but here’s the link with more info.
- Amanda Petrusich (my favorite music journalist) is at it again, this time with a great New Yorker review of Taylor Swift’s documentary. It makes for a great read about the nature of fame and class in 2020.
- Jathan Sadowski just published a new article in Antipode about Internet Platforms and Rentier society, which sounds amazing. I may need to wait until next month to get my hands on the full thing what with EBSCO restraints.
- Speaking of Antipode, there are several sites online where you can look up your current antipode! This is one of them.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see my talk at SoCA down in Windsor on Friday, and an extra special thanks to Dr. Jamey Essex for the invitation as well as being a consummate host and good friend of almost two decades now. As I said to the audience before my presentation, be nice to your TA’s, kids, and maybe one day they’ll shepherd you across the border. Also, the audience of U Windsor students and faculty may have provided the best set of post-talk questions I’ve ever received, and I wish I could have had more time to meet and chat with everybody.
With the Windsor music map on Dub Night at The Phog, Windsor ONT. Photo by Jamey Essex.
Happy February, everyone. This is shaping up to be quite a busy month for me, if this week is any indication. I’ve actually got two talks in two different countries planned for this weekend, both of which are about musical geography.
- Friday, I will be paying a visit to the University of Windsor over the river in Ontario to talk about Capitals of Punk with students at the School of Creative Arts, in the Armouries. The talk starts at noon.
- Saturday (6pm) and Sunday (12:30pm), I’ll be speaking about the Boss for a bit following CMU Film Festival screenings of his performance film ‘Western Stars.’ The Saturday screening will be at the CMU Main Library, and the Sunday screening will be at the Broadway Theater, downtown.
Have a great week, everyone! I’ll be back with some more clips, announcements, and randomly chosen videos next week.
Happy Sunday. I’ve got about 3 new posts brewing at the moment, but returning to a regularly scheduled life has been my first priority of late. I’ll get those out soon, though. For now, here are a few things of interest from this week.
- Derek Alderman on MLK Streets
My friend and former PhD Adviser Dr. Derek Alderman has made yet another major news appearance talking about the geographic legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Obviously, this segment aired last Monday on ESPN. Derek shows up at 2:02, right after RFK announces MLK’s assassination.
- History of Geography & Gender Conference, Istanbul
This conference in August looks great, and it’s in Istanbul, too. Easily in one of my top ten cities yet-to-visit. Either way, if you’re able, drop a submission, and even see if you qualify for one of their paper awards.
Here is your weekly affirmation: a teenage choir from Vancouver that covers of Canadian indie rock anthems. This one may be my favorite.
Happy Sunday! Here are a few items of interest to end your weekend and start off your week.
A widely enjoyed (for good reason) yet little documented (for various reasons) internet subculture gets an in-depth interview in ASAP Journal. Ross Coll (University of Cambridge) chats with Strawberry Illuminati. I learned a lot. I also learned that Grafton Tanner wrote a whole book on Vaporwave recently.
- Media & Communication Geography Group Paper Awards
I’m happy to share an announcement on behalf of my friend Emily Fekete, who was chair of the group when they sponsored my Q&A session with Ian MacKaye last year. They just opened submissions for the AAG 2020 paper awards for students (undergrad or grad), and all the details can be found on their wixsite. Deadline 3/1/20.
- The Sanity Assassins
Over the years, I’ve discovered my cousin’s old band The Sanity Assassins on a litany of cassette comps in Europe and split 7″s records scattered all over the US. They existed for much of the 80’s and 90’s in various incarnations, all based in the Hartford area, before retiring and reemerging as The Atomic Buddha sometime in the early 2000’s. Somebody has posted a compilation of their 90’s recordings on Bandcamp, and it’s available as a free download. Highly recommended for fans of Naked Raygun, D.O.A. and other thrash-infected punk.
- Sonic Scope (New Student Journal)
Via Kimi Kårki: We invite students to join our online community by submitting papers for peer-review (any length up to 12,000 words), video essays (up to 15 minutes) and practice-based research (in any form), but also to participate in interactive discussion spaces and blog debates. Each issue will begin with a Call and Response. Our first question has been proposed by Henry Jenkins and we invite students to respond in any form: text, drawing, animation, sound, video, performance, poetry, comic-strip, anything!
- New Academic Pub: The Zombie Reader, Kieran Murphy (Ed.)
This looks fun.
- Wurlizter Jukebox for Sale! (Knoxville)
That’s right – a true legend, the Wurlitzer 1050, with a refurbished amp, is on the market, in case any of you are having a good year wallet-wise and also live on a first floor or have an elevator! Also, if you have the means to transport the thing safely from downtown Knoxville, TN. I would absolutely jump on this if I could. Contact my friend Julie if you’re interested, and tell her I sent you: 608-432-JUKE.
Happy Sunday, everyone. Just in time for classes to resume tomorrow, I’m frozen under an inch of ice and several inches of snow.
- Dialectic Sines
My buddy Ben, who makes quality electronic music under the name Dialectic Sines, just released a new album. Check it out on Bandcamp and probably on K7 or some other physical medium soon.
- Cultural Geography Specialty Group Awards
The CGSG, for whom I am excited to be part of the leadership committee this year at the American Association of Geographers, have just announced a pair of awards to be announced at this year’s conference in Denver. They are open to students at the PhD and MA level. Those interested can find the application for the Research Grant here and the application for the Paper Award here. The deadlines are February 16th and 23rd, respectively.
Your Weekly Validation comes in the form of The Outcasts on 70’s French TV. Who said YouTube wasn’t good for anything?
Kyle Kilday checking levels before our interview for ‘The Last Scene,’ 12/30/19 Burbank, CA. This accidentally looks a bit like an emo album cover.
Recently in LA, I sat down with Kyle Kilday, the director of the forthcoming documentary The Last Scene. Kyle invited me to talk about the turn-of-the-millennium burst of mainstream interest in pop-punk, hardcore, emo, and “emo.” We had a great conversation, and I’m looking forward to seeing the final product. If you’d like to support or learn more about the project, you can do so at the official website, here.
Kyle Kilday, which you can’t spell without DIY.