Month of February, 2007

"Don't you forget about me."

This is a long post.

Ethnomusicologists Against Music As Torture

From the Society for EthnoMusicology (SEM) Website:

Position Statement on Torture (February 2, 2007)

On behalf of the Society for Ethnomusicology the SEM Board of Directors approves the Position Statement against the Use of Music as Torture, which originated in the SEM Ethics Committee and has the unanimous support of the Board of Directors.

Amen break lecture/acetate/youtube meltdown for the chin-strokers

In 2005, I was thrilled to be one-upped on a dance/revolution panel at EMP by Nate Harrison's fantastic conceptual paper on the "Amen" break. I think he went after me, and simply moved the stylus onto an acetate, on which he had recorded his paper. And then he sat there. For those of you who missed this real-time playback lecture can now watch the record spin on YouTube.

I just want the boy to be happy

Converging on Pasadena yesterday, today and tomorrow: the legions of Morrissey faithful. I was among them yesterday, properly dressed and a three on the 10 point scale of psychedom for the show, comparatively. Now, mind you, LA's has a well documented fascination with the Moz, (this docu perhaps inspired by the great Klosterman piece anthologized in DC-BMW03 for Spin), so I didn't even bother getting too overdone. Out of my league.