Text: Daphne Carr
Illustrations: Scott Gursky
Originally a cover story in LA Weekly
A Tom Petty sound map cover story in the LA Weekly from 2007, hooked to the Peter Bogdanovich documentary Runnin’ Down a Dream. Illustrations by the amazing Scott Gursky.
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”
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:
Finalist, National Book Award in Criticism, winner of the Deems Taylor Award (2011)
Issue 91 special issue “Post-Socialist Popular Music”
Available through ProQuest
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
Flaunt, summer 2010 “Tramp to the Beat: A Discovery of the Czech Republic’s Americana”
Babe, Terror “nasa goodbye” for Paper Thin Walls
Nico Muhly Mothertongue for LA Weekly
Abe Vigoda “Bear Hands” for Paper Thin Walls
No Fun Fest for Pitchfork Media
Boris, HEALTH, and Wighnomy Brothers for LA Weekly
Growing “Lateral” for Paper Thin Walls
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.
NYU Sanctuary, organizing committee
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.
History of Papers/Talks/Workshops given:
EMP/IASPM-US 2012 “Turn It Up! Listening To Difference,” a project of the Feminist Working Group
SEM 2011 “Svoboda Cultura: The Sound of ‘Free Culture’ in Czech translation,” Philadelphia, PA, November
IASPM-US2011 “Free Culture in the Czech Republic” at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US, in Cincinatti, OH, March
EMP2011 “Direct-to-fan vs. DIY: 21st century music business models in Czech Pop Music Networks” at the Experience Music Project Pop Conference, UCLA, February.
EMP2011 Work It!: gender, race, and sexuality in pop professions. Conference co-chair and facilitator of the “Publishing/Journalism” break out session. USC, February..
2010 U.S. Intellectual History Conference (CUNY) “Situating gender and sexuality in Spin and Vibe 1996-2006
My Masters thesis addressed the crossover of fine artists into popular music performance in the contemporary New York City indie/dance scene and focused on the musicians Casey Spooner (Fischerspooner), Rob Corradetti (Mixel Pixel) and Lalena Fissure (The Color Guard). It was titled “Fine Art Education and Popular Music: A Crossover of Competence.” Papers derived from this thesis were given at IASPM-US 2006 and the Experience Music Project Pop Conference 2006.
Way back machine:
2010 Jiny Pohled (Queer Eye) Festival, Prague, Czech Republic “How to Rock like a Girl”
EMP2010: Nostalgia for cassette culture in the MP3 age (presented in absentia on cassette)
EMP2009: Computer Love(r)s
EMP2009 Co-organizer: Dance This Mess Around: 2nd Annual Feminist Working Group
IASPM-US 2009: Tape-trading, Tuzex-shopping Depešaci: Depeche Mode as underground megastars in 1980s Czechoslovakia
IASPM-US 2008: Myspace is the Message: How a Czech Band Went from Local to Transnational in a 2.0 Minute
EMP 2008: Getting Closer: Extreme Loudness and the Body in Pain/Pleasure
EMP2008 Co-organizer: Feminist Working Group
SPARK2007: Attention music trogs, snobs, plebes, elites: Bad may be better when writing about popular music
EMP2007: Selling Sad: How Hot Topic Made the Mall (Safe for the) Miserable
EMP2007: Organizer: Ellen Willis Tribute
IASPM-US2006: O Superman: Gender and pop music performance by art-school trained musicians
EMP2006: Poo pooing pop’s poseurs: An analysis of anxiety around liking art-school trained musicians and their work
EMP2005: Dancing, democracy and kitsch: Poland’s Disco-Polo
EMP2004: The Art of Noise: How the Providence, RI Loft Scene Hears its Godawful Racket
EMP2003: The film remains the same: The making and deconstruction of rock myths in punk music documentaries
Education: M. Phil, Columbia University Music Department; M.A. Columbia University Music Department; B.A. New York University