Denounced by the Lawyer for Rush

Now that doesn’t happen every day. Yesterday I was part of a panel on sampling and copyright called “Cramping My Sampling” at the Pop and Policy Conference. The panel was set up for each person to give a 5-7 minute spiel and then the panelists talked with one another, after which the floor was opened …

Deep Purple in Space

Full disclosure: the last post came courtesy of Music Thing. This one comes courtesy of Emily Thompson. I rarely find this stuff on my own. If you scroll down through this article on the sonic characteristics of different atmospheres, you can hear a Deep Purple riff run through filters that model the atmospheres of Earth, …

Here Come the Leaping Lesbians

For each academic year since I’ve become a professor, the end of classes has been punctuated by a rock show. I have fond memories of sitting on the Carnegie-Mellon lawn in Pittsburgh, lazily watching a lukewarm set by Superchunk. Another year we drove to Cleveland to watch Shiner (one of my favorite bands at the …