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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Nothing Has Been Done Before Has a Website

I created a website full of resources for my new book, Nothing Has Been Done Before: Seeking the New in 21st Century American Literature. Go here and bookmark: http://nothinghasbeendonebefore.com The site includes audio and visual, a complete discography, outtakes, and more. Those resources won’t update much–though I’m still building the annotations for the discography–but I’ll […]

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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, […]

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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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The Latest: An Interview with Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs

I had the great fortune to interview Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs last month for PopMatters. I don’t conduct interviews very often, but as a Whigs fan since 1994, I jumped at the chance. It came a difficult time for Dulli and everyone in the Whigs/Twilight Singers extended family–it’s explained in the article–so I […]

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The Latest: Algiers at PopMatters

My July column, “Algiers and the Political Structures of Noise,” is up at PopMatters: read it here. I’ve been a fan of the band Algiers since their debut self-titled album. Nobody else sounds like they do: a bucketful of warm soul and cold techno-punk…or is it cold soul and warm techno-punk? Their fusion is utterly […]