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Money in College Sports

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As I write this, I am watching the UNC–Syracuse game in the NCAA men’s Final Four, thus breaking my vow not to watch any of the men’s basketball tournament this year. The spectacle of the game I find pretty repugnant, particularly the student sections who never fail to seize an opportunity to act like jackasses […]

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Cee Lo Green’s Amateur Hour

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The past Saturday, I saw CeeLo Green perform. CeeLo is a performer I’ve dug on and off since his 2004 album Cee Lo Green is the Soul Machine, and 2012’s The Lady Killer remains one of my recent favorite albums for its powerful neo-soul hooks and rocking horns. His more recent work has been less than spectacular, […]

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Air Flows: The Sound of Breath on Recordings

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The following is a presentation I gave at the 2014 meeting of the U.S. Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. I am currently preparing this presentation for publication as an article. However, I am publishing this presentation here as a kind of “working paper” in advance of the article. For […]

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Why I Hate the Royals

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As I write this, I’m watching game 3 of the World Series, and because the match is between the Kansas City Royals and my New York Mets, it’s not at all surprising that I’m cheering against the Royals. Here’s the thing, though: like a lot of baseball fans, last year I was pulling hard for […]

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The Exhibit that Wasn’t

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I can’t remember the first time I wore headphones in an art museum. I imagine it was sometime in 2009, when I was in London for several months conducting research for my dissertation. One of my favorite places to spend a weekend afternoon or evening is the Tate Modern, by