These are mostly notes for myself to come back to.

But you can read them, too.

Teaching a New Course: Social Justice & Decolonization in Music Study

Informed by recent demands of social justice movements and shifts in popular culture, some academic departments are doubling down on their work addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This can manifest as the diversification of a department through changes in hiring practices, “decolonizing” one’s syllabus, celebrating Pride month, and hanging conspicuous BLM posters around campus. WhileContinue reading “Teaching a New Course: Social Justice & Decolonization in Music Study”


(a conference paper) Continuing my spate of public-access-style conference papers, here’s my recent one for this year’s online conference for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US (IASPM-US), held in May 2021. I’m interested more and more in how our embodied communal archive of musical practices (memory, affect, imagination) is connected to theContinue reading “JAZZ IS (un)DEAD”

“Jazz is a Four-Letter Word” The Conference Paper

Hey all – here’s another conference presentation, this time for the American Musicological Society’s Annual Conference. It’s all online this year which has turned us musicologists into low-budget public access television producers. Here’s my contribution: “Payton vs. ‘Jazz’: Unpacking the Racialized Power Dynamics of an Instagram Meme.” You can checkout the full transcript of myContinue reading ““Jazz is a Four-Letter Word” The Conference Paper”

Kluth’s Big Bibliography of “Decolonizing Music Studies” Resources

Hey y’all – if you land on this page and have texts, websites, videos, and/or opinions to add to the conversation about decolonizing music studies, I want to hear about it. Please follow the link to add to my in-progress Big Bibliography of “Decolonizing Music Studies” Resources. The bib isn’t “big” yet, but it’s aContinue reading “Kluth’s Big Bibliography of “Decolonizing Music Studies” Resources”

#MUSICOLOGYPARTY: Thundercat & Louis Cole & Metamodernism Oh My

I was chuffed to give a colloquium paper for CWRU’s Department of Music colloquium series on September 11, 2020. As I chose to talk about super self-indulgent things I like, the talk was called: Pet Projects and Pet Theories: Notes on the Metamodern Love and Despair of Thundercat and Louis Cole. I’ve been a fanContinue reading “#MUSICOLOGYPARTY: Thundercat & Louis Cole & Metamodernism Oh My”

Somnambulist Notes #2

The same night I’d scribbled about bad faith in racialized musical borrowing, I wrote about my own disengagement with imagination and art. I love art. I love and believe in the power of imagination. But I am beaaaat down right now by the logic of the society of the spectacle; this Black Mirror crap that’sContinue reading “Somnambulist Notes #2”

Somnambulist Notes #1

A super bright student hit me up the other day regarding his feeling of cringe while listening to some “jazz” music recently – he was trying to get a handle on his intuition of some kind of bad faith with regard to racial appropriation and the mess of things that go along with that. OfContinue reading “Somnambulist Notes #1”

Summer 2020 FML/FTW

For reasons unknowable to me my previous website hosting service dissolved, taking with it a decade of content. It was an uneven decade in any case, so this has proven cathartic and plays into that old Heraclitean truism that the only constant in life is change. I’m into it. The end of summer 2020 isContinue reading “Summer 2020 FML/FTW”

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