Blind Engineer Returns with Human Capital

My band's first full-length has been available for some time over on Bandcamp in digital and CD formats. We're also on the Spotify and other streaming sites. We also have a kick-ass t-shirt for your consumption! Pic follows the embed.

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Recently I was thrilled to present at another Prince symposium organized by the incredible De Angela Duff and her team of Arthur Turnbull and Krysta Battersby. This was the second year that the symposium was virtual, and despite a few hiccups with the hosting platform, it was a smooth experience. The topics? Controversy at 40... Continue Reading →

The Columbus Anthology

I moved from Cleveland to Columbus in 2002 for grad school...and to play music. I'd always felt more kinship to the musicians I knew down here, many of them transplants from nearby Delaware, than the folks I knew up north. The Cleveland "scene," for bands at least, was dominated by industrial and metal; down here,... Continue Reading →

Getting There

The majority of this site is in place, finally. I'll be redirecting my Nothing Has Been Done Before site here; it doesn't make any sense to keep two websites going with so many overlapping purposes and resources. All of the book resources have been transferred here. I hope to get more photos and music uploaded... Continue Reading →

PopMatters Updates

My new new column is up at PopMatters: "Kanye West: The Iconoclast Gives In." Go there now! So, yeah, the essay is about exactly what you think it's about: how newness has led Kanye astray. (That's what you were expecting, right?) Unfortunately it's not exactly an artistic newness, which is why it's taken him into... Continue Reading →

Updates

Um, been a while. That means I've been busy.Updates are best found at the website for my book, Nothing Has Been Done Before.Here are a couple of direct links, though:Review of Nothing Has Been Done Before at PopMatters.An expanded version of the talk I gave this past week at the Prince from Minneapolis conference. 

Statement on Net Neutrality

Net neutrality protects the true democratic potential of the internet: that anyone, regardless of wealth or social status, may produce new thought, knowledge, forms of expression, goods, and services, and contribute to the creation of new communities. While it's true that the internet is by no means perfect, eliminating net neutrality would remove a critical... Continue Reading →

Protomartyr at PopMatters

My latest column at PopMatters concerns the great band Protomartyr, from its first album to its latest, Relatives in Descent. Here's an excerpt:Relatives in Descent is, musically, a more contemplative and less full-throttle Protomartyr album than the three which precede it. I almost wrote "intellectual", which in some circles -- (some) punk, pop country, the... Continue Reading →

Nothing Has Been Done Before: Book Launch

Click here to say you'll be stopping by for the party. The book is out the same day: Thursday, Nov. 2. Pre-order at Bloomsbury or Amazon if you can't make the party. (Also, please consider buying from your local bookstore.) Here's the excellent cover:

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