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Piazzolla’s Record Collection

The legendary Argentine composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla misremembered a key event in his own musical formation.  Piazzolla produced his great innovation, the avant-garde musical genre known as the New Tango, by applying some of the hip aesthetic practices of cool jazz to the tango, a dance music that heRead More…

Black Sabbath – The Original Six

To commemorate scoring Black Sabbath concert tickets for the April 20, 2014 show in Calgary, I decided to make my largest and longest post yet. Most of you wouldn’t give a crap about this stuff, but please indulge an old man and his neurotic hangups. Thanks to my ongoing sell off ofRead More…

Jerry’s Record Store

Sarah Schneider is an MFA student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. More of her work can be seen at her site.

Bootlegging as Material Culture

  Long before “cassette culture” and DIY, there was a distinct culture of homemade media: bootleg records.  Even with the technological limitations of shellac and vinyl, pirates, collectors, and music fans figured out how to reproduce sound.  In doing so, they also invented a unique aesthetic of piracy in theRead More…

Gendered Ears

While there is a rich discussion in cultural studies about gendered representation in popular music, there remains very little about gendered listening experiences—or, more accurately—gendered perceptions of other’s listening experiences. Big Ears:  Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies, one of the newest offerings from Duke’s Refiguring American Music series, makesRead More…