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    popular music and applied linguistics

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    on the non-tenure track
  • Favorite movies
    Say Anything, Reality Bites, Good Will Hunting, Spellbound (the spelling bee documentary) & Rushmore
  • Favorite music
    The Weakerthans, Hem, Stars, Sixpence None the Richer
  • Favorite creative writing
    Lorrie Moore

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  1. New list is out. I think it's time to retire the ol' Weezer pitch.
  2. I've gotten hugely into Strat-o-Matic, which is basically D&D for baseball nerds.
  3. Just been getting into this stuff for more or less the first time -- it's beautiful stuff, especially the "KUXH" (?) album which is completely instrumental. I recently discovered the "Cush Manifesto" from 2000, which I really loved: (http://knottheads.com/album/cush-cush-the-new-sound/)
  4. I ended up submitting one on Weezer's lost/unreleased second album Songs from the Black Hole since they asked for no re-submitted pitches. I'm happy with what I wrote, regardless of the long odds...
  5. I have no illusions that it'll be easy -- they get 400+ proposals each call -- but I've grown much more confident since I first started submitting pitches in 2007! I actually have a new take on my perennial pitch that I'm pretty excited about.
  6. Well, a new call for pitches is out. I think I'm gonna re-up my Pinkerton pitch for the 3rd time since 2007. (It changes and gets considerably better every time, to be fair.)
  7. Christian, I'm with you -- I only ever frequented the Music forum on A&F and it was hugely formative for me for years. Having interchanges with people like (I'll not use last names here, but they should know who they are) Jeff, Andy, Josh, Thom (who left earlier than others and whose perspective I perhaps miss most), the Jasons, Kevin, you, and many others who have come and gone helped me enormously expand my musical palette, develop my confidence as a music writer, and develop ideas that later became articles and even my first book. It's almost the only place I've felt fully free to nerd
  8. Well, it's out...
  9. Surprise Sufjan again! https://music.sufjan.com/album/love-yourself-with-my-whole-heart
  10. Just a quick thought -- I've not listened to Bazan's solo stuff much apart from the first EP and Curse Your Branches (which is wonderful), but this resurrection of Pedro makes a ton of sense in light of both his solo work and the earlier Pedro stuff. There are callbacks to Pedro and Bazan songs throughout, and there is a kind of sweet, reverential, melancholy look back at evangelical childhood without the vitriol of some of the past records/songs where he's explicitly critiquing Christianity. This is Bazan taking his personal and musical history seriously, treating it with care and compassion,
  11. Pedro the Lion has a new record out, and it is good. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/10/676403121/first-listen-pedro-the-lion-phoenix
  12. are there are lot of A&Fers in this league? What kind is it? I may be looking for a new league. Last year was my first time but the league I joined may or may not be revived.
  13. So... this made my day. The epigraph for the book:
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagwg_tXlhc I watched the whole thing. At first I thought it was funny, then I thought it was a really thoughtful and interesting meditation on or metaphor for marriage, then I thought it was an overwrought, badly written mess, and now I'm not sure what I think.
  15. This seems like a great development for A&F. As a champion and somewhat erstwhile frequenter of the music section, which has dwindled even more than the film section, I'm glad to hear this. Thanks, Ken.
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