Category: Music

Nostalgia Springs Eternal

A Review of Deerhunter’s Double Dream of Spring By Dave Haeselin A confession: I haven’t listened to Deerhunter since 2007, the year that saw the release of the band’s album Cryptograms. Their music never really spoke to me and I had plenty of other bands to listen to. 2007 is

“See this possible future and be in it” Bjork’s Utopia

Bjork’s Utopia as Utopia Mark Stephen Jendrysik Bjork’s Utopia is a challenge to our times. In our current age, calling anything “utopia” flies in the face of the prevailing ethos. In an era beset with pronouncements of doom using the word utopia in anything but an ironic sense might seem

Punk Rock, Lusty Scripts, and Stuff that Matters: An Interview with Brian James Schill

Earlier this month, Brian James Schill first book, The Year’s Work in the Punk Bookshelf, Or, Lusty Scripts, came out from Indiana University Press. We’re pretty lucky to have an in with Brian because, up to recently, he served as undergraduate research coordinator in the honors program at the University of North

Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll is Fine: an Appreciation of Tom Petty

Christopher Gable My brother has never liked Tom Petty. He hated his voice. Whiny. Too high. Inflected with a Southern accent. But my brother is nothing if not a walking contradiction. As much as he hates Tom Petty and Neil Young’s high-pitched whining, he loves the extremely high voice of

Short Take: Domesticity and Hi-Fi Living

Bill Caraher I’m totally enamored with J. Borgerson’s and J. Schroeder’s Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America (2017) published by MIT Press. The book explores the remarkable world of album covers from the 1950s and 1960s not from the heights of pop music (which was still dominated

Monuments in Music: 1967, 1987, and 1997

The first six months of 2017 witnessed a number of key milestones in the history of popular, rock and roll, music. The albums offer perspectives on the anxieties of the last 50 years which whatever one thinks of the music or the artists remain relevant today. In 1967, the Velvet

Some Warmer Music for the Polar Vortex

Much of the northern United States has been in the grip of snow and freezing temperatures. While this sets the mood for various winter holidays, it makes many of us long for sunnier and warmer climes! For those who don’t have the luxury to travel to sandy beaches and blue

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