2016 Mixtape Series: The Singer-Songwriter: Listening Alone/Finding Yourself, by Christa Anne Bentley

April 11, 2016

“I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul.” —Cat Stevens, “The Wind” (1971) “From time to time you get the feeling that you want to disengage yourself from your life. You want to withdraw into some kind of solitary contemplation—a locked room or a quiet corner of your mind—just to think about […]

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IASPM-US: Call for Assistant Web Editor

April 5, 2016

The executive committee of IASPM-US is currently seeking applicants to fill the position of Assistant Web Editor. The Assistant Web Editor commits to a 21-month volunteer position that begins May 2016. In the first nine months, primary responsibilities include managing social media networks for IASPM-US (Facebook, Twitter, Mixcloud), writing the monthly IASPM-US website email digest, and assisting […]

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Mixtape Series 2016: Dans les années de plomb: French sounds in the 1970s, by Jonathyne Briggs

April 1, 2016

Despite the failure of the student protests and worker strikes to create a political revolution in 1968, many young people in France still believed in the revolutionary potential and the coming change. Many musicians began the decade reflecting on the failures of the movement of May 1968 while others were trying to advocate for change […]

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Mixtape Series: Jarek Paul Ervin, “Punk Rock, New York”

March 10, 2016

1970s punk is curiously iconic. From the Ramones T-shirts that adorn racks in suburban shopping malls to the CBGB-themed restaurant that recently opened in Newark Airport, we are surrounded by images of punk. Most of such representations focus on screeching vocals and buzzsaw guitars, leather jackets, heroin, and the grit and grime of downtown NYC. […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Robin James, Resilience & Melancholy

March 5, 2016

In Resilience & Melancholy: pop music, feminism, neoliberalism (Zer0 2015), Robin James listens to popular music to hear how it sounds resilience–a performance of feminine overcoming that ultimately feeds and strengthens white supremacist patriarchy–then locates popular music that is melancholic–a failed overcoming that routes power and wealth away from white supremacist patriarchy. She builds her […]

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IASPM-US Election Results

February 19, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s election. The membership has elected the following individuals to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee: Secretary Esther Morgan-Ellis Treasurer S. Alexander Reed Open Seats Robin James Daniel Goldmark

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IASPM-US 2016 Officer Election Ballot

February 5, 2016

The ballot for this year’s IASPM-US election has gone out to all members. The deadline for voting is Wednesday, February 17th. If you are a member of the organization and expected to receive a ballot but did not, please contact Rebekah Farrugia at farrugia@oakland.edu.

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IASPM-US Website CFP: 2016 Mixtape Series

February 1, 2016

Text + image by schoolboy-ra, http://schoolboy-ra.tumblr.com   “My mixtape bring / All the boys to the yard” -Nicki Minaj, “Playtime Is Over” The IASPM-US website seeks digital mixes for the third run of our annual mixtape series. Mixtapes (aka mixes, podcasts, or playlists) are phonographic anthologies capable of telling stories and expressing identity through ideas and emotions, […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson, eds., The Hip Hop and Obama Reader

January 14, 2016

In The Hip Hop and Obama Reader (Oxford UP, 2015), editors Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson examine the complicated and often tumultuous relationship between the Obama administration and hip hop culture. The collection brings together writings from some of the most notable scholars in the area of hip hop culture, and is the first hip […]

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Research Fellowship Opportunity with the Southern Folklife Collection

December 18, 2015

The Southern Folklife Collection is pleased to announce the Southern Folklife Research Fellowship Program. Created through support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the program seeks to broadly support humanities scholarship, disseminate content, encourage research, and increase exposure of the Southern Folklife Collection. The program will provide travel funds of up to $1,500 per fellow, […]

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Call for Applications: Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society

December 8, 2015

Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society Case Western Reserve University 2016 Junior Faculty Symposium Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH June 14 – 16, 2016 Application Deadline: January 31, 2016 In response to many members’ call for more substantial career development programs, the Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological […]

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Call for 2015 End-of-Year Lists

December 7, 2015

December: ‘Tis the season in pop music for retrospection, inventory taking, list making, and ranking. Care to join the commentariat? How does your year in music stack up? The IASPM-US Web Editors invite members to share their 2015 end-of-year lists to be posted on the website. These lists may be fun or critical (or both), personal or political (or both), genre-specific […]

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2016 IASPM-US Call for Nominations

December 1, 2015

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Branch (IASPM-US) seeks nominations and self-nominations to serve on the IASPM-US Board of Directors and Executive Committee. All members serve for two years, with the President serving an additional two-year term as “Past President” upon expiration of his/her term of office. The following positions are […]

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IASPM-US Interview Series: Loren Kajikawa, “Sounding Race in Rap Songs”

November 30, 2015

Mike D’Errico interviews Loren Kajikawa—Associate Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Oregon—about his recent book, Sounding Race in Rap Songs, published by the University of California Press (2015). From the publisher’s website: As one of the most influential and popular genres of the last three decades, rap has cultivated a mainstream audience and […]

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Popular Music Pedagogy: Tunesmithing History, by Michael J. Kramer

November 17, 2015

Michael J. Kramer, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and American Studies at Northwestern University, takes a novel approach to teaching Tin Pan Alley song for his US Popular Music History course. “This assignment,” he writes, “works well not because it asks students to get creative in their understanding of the past, but rather because it asks them to get […]

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