Pretty Hate Machine 33 1/3 book project

Limited edition NIN book

Q: What is the world that Nine Inch Nails made, and what was the world that made Nine Inch Nails?

A: March 2011: Issue 78 of 33 1/3 Series, Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine

The 33 1/3 Series is known for having each author take a unique perspective on the music and culture of one specific album. Canonical? Germinal? Important? Memorable? Genius? Most of the books take that line of argument, while a few others use the sound and times of one particular album to evoke a moment, set a place, develop characters. Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine is one of the latter, a work of deep ethnographic and sociological work into the life, times, and mythology of the band, tracing the fictions fans and the media have told about Trent Reznor. Continue reading “Pretty Hate Machine 33 1/3 book project”

Wildwood Oral History

The Wildwoods are four shore communities (North Wildwood, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, West Wildwood) on a barrier island on the southernmost edge of the South Jersey peninsula. The island has been a center for working class summer recreation for over 100 years and has a rich and unique history generated by tourism, amusements, entertainment, local businesses, and an active local government.

From 2002-2006 I worked on The Wildwoods Oral History Project, a project to interview a diverse array of year-round residents to create an archive of stories about the post-World War II era in the Wildwoods. In December 2006 more than 900 pages of original oral history transcripts and photography as well as family-generated genealogies and copies of personal effects and memorabilia were deposited in two local history museum archives. This was the completetion of the first stage of my Wildwoods project.

Copies of the original sound recordings for this oral history project reside in the George F. Boyer Museum collection (51 tapes of 34 interview subjects).

Copies of this printed collection and a digital archive (CDR) of all the texts appear in the following locations:

George F. Boyer Museum
3907 Pacific Avenue
Wildwood, NJ 08260

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
111 North Central Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ 08260

Here is a brief description of the project’s aims and methods:
The Wildwoods Oral History Project: Project Overview

Click below for an index of interview participants and a brief description of topics discussed in each interview:
Wildwoods Oral History Project: Index of Interviews


Currently in print:

Call to Write book cover“Run the World: A Global View of Women’s Place at the Top of the Pops” in The Call To Write, Cengage Learning/Nelson Education  2013.



Best Music Writing 2011, Guest edited by Alex Ross. Da Capo Press,  2011.



Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis On Rock Music. Afterward co-authored with Evie Nagy, University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Finalist, National Book Award in Criticism,  winner of the Deems Taylor Award (2011)

Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine, Continuum 2011.




Current Musicology. Editor for Issues 90, 91 (Fall 2010, Spring 2011)

Issue 91 special issue “Post-Socialist Popular Music”

Available through ProQuest

“SPORTO” in Zde Jsou Psi (Here Be Dogs), edited by Michal Nanoru and Martina Overstreet, a book on the visual culture of Czech indie/underground bands,  Yinachi 2011


Best Music Writing 2010, Guest Edited by Ann Powers. Da Capo Press  2010.



Best Music Writing 2009, Guest edited by Greil Marcus. Da Capo Press 2009.



The Jukebox at the Standard plays only sad, sad songs” in Rock and Roll Cage Match, edited by Sean Manning, Three Rivers Press 2008.



Best Music Writing 2008, Guest edited by Nelson George. Da Capo Press 2008.



“Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space” in Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs, edited by Phil Freeman. Da Capo 2007.



Best Music Writing 2007, Guest Edited by Robert Christgau. Da Capo 2007.



Best Music Writing 2006, Guest edited by Mary Gaitskill. Da Capo Press 2006.



“Dancing, democracy and kitsch: Poland’s Disco-Polo” in Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music, Duke University Press 2007.


2013 Writing

What We Learned at Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine Listening Party

2012 Writing

On Zola Jesus, Thirlwelled

On Nicki Minaj recorded

On “indie classical”

On Lady Jaye, filmed

On Julia Holter debuted

On Magnetic Fields recorded

On Frank Tovey remembered

On Skrillex live

On Sharon Van Etten live

2011 Writing

From Patti, with Love, Capital NY (Dec. 2011)

Keep Kate Bush Weird! (Nov. 2011)

Run The World: A Global View of Women’s Place at the Top of the Pops Flaunt (fall 2011)


The Back Catalog

This page serves as my archive for music journalism, criticism, columns, essays, and other writing published either on-line or in print. If there is a piece listed that has no link or a broken link and you would like to read the article, please email me for a text or pdf copy.

Lists of Raves, Pazz and jop, and Jackin Pop Ballots

Idolator Pop Critics Poll (aka Jackin Pop) 2007

Jackin Pop 2006
Pazz & Jop 2005
Pazz & Jop 2004

Writing Archive


Flaunt, summer 2010 “Tramp to the Beat: A Discovery of the Czech Republic’s Americana”

July 2008

Babe, Terror “nasa goodbye” for Paper Thin Walls

Nico Muhly Mothertongue for LA Weekly

June 2008

Abe Vigoda “Bear Hands” for Paper Thin Walls

May 2008

Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Free Music and Creative Competition for LA Weekly

No Fun Fest for Pitchfork Media

April 2008

Boris, HEALTH, and Wighnomy Brothers for LA Weekly

February 2008

Growing “Lateral” for Paper Thin Walls

January 2008

Tom Petty’s LA for LA Weekly

“In The Mix” for Idolator’s Pop Critics Poll

Tuxedomoon “Big Olive” at Paper Thin Walls


My current work is on the conditions of possibility for the NYPD to use LRAD on civilian publics.

I have done historical work on Czech popular music.

Here is my list of conference papers.

Here is my contemporary and historical scholarly service.


Czech music scholarship


I have conducted research on cultures of music, exchange, and value using feminist ethnography and critical cultural theory on Czech underground music cultures.

This scholarship engages with a variety of disciplines including post-reflective anthropology, exchange theory, science and technology studies, network theory, the sociology of taste, performance studies, cultural studies, and queer theory, and feminist theory. I generally focused on the following aspects of popular music: circulation, political economy, fine art/pop crossovers, bad taste, pop music avant gardes, popular music criticism, the cultures of recording, reproduction, distribution and playback technologies, and audience reception.