November 17th, 2009

Follow Ups

For those out-of-towners who were wondering (and I’m flattered, really), it turns out that last week’s talk at MIT, “Skinny Jeans and Fruity Loops,” was recorded after all. That said, it’s audio-only whereas my talk was fairly visual-centric at times, so it’s a little weird to not be able to see the accompanying videos, photos, and slides. If I get a chance, I’ll try to post some of the links here before too long; otherwise, get your search on. Special thx to Generoso Fiero for bringing the equipment & hooking up the CMS podcast, and to Ian Condry for the effusive introduction —

The Afropop Worldwide radio program on “World Music 2.0” (as previously mentioned here) is now available for listening online, streaming in its entirety here:

If you haven’t seen it, Dan Hancox recently riffed on my Treble Culture posts (and offers some great grist for the mill) with a post on “sodcasting in the UK.

Finally, Beat Research won the Weekly Dig’s Dig This 2009 award for Best Monday Night! Big thx to all who voted in support. Now do us one better: come out and jam with us! Next week we’re psyched to feature one of our favorite up-and-coming producers in the transatlantic bass/dance scene: Kingdom. If you don’t know, get familiar–


  • 1. Christina  |  November 17th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats! BR totally deserves it!

  • 2. marcus  |  November 17th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    direct link to mp3 of talk here for listening on the go rather than keeping a browser open.

    nice job on having kingdom up, checked out his ddarkk monthly party this past sunday… brings so many tracks from back when into a new context.

  • 3. alexis  |  November 17th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    i win! i’ll just cue up some stuff on and hope that it’s somewhat relevant to the lecture.

  • 4. erich  |  November 17th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    sure you’ve seen this video. . . speaking of skinny jeans and samples.

    All You Haters (Suck My Balls) from nixbros on Vimeo.

  • 5. dave quam  |  November 18th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    dude this picture is hilarious

  • 6. Colin  |  December 13th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    in re: how mi look.

    Yes, I agree that the narrative voice of the song positions himself as a heterosexual male through lyrical reference to girls looking at him.

    However, in terms of reception through non-heterosexual/homosexual ears (and I bring it up because of the brief gloss of the topic), listeners can shift “girl” in the XX sense to “girl” in the XY sense, as a term of endearment between homosexual males.

  • 7. wayneandwax  |  December 14th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Hey Colin, yes, of course you’re right that the song is open to multiple interpretations, esp thru queer ears. I have lots of non-hetero friends, as it happens, who love Ricky Blaze et al., however, without the need of shifting terms as you suggest. My main point in noting the hetero address of “How Mi Look” is to note the contrast between that positionality and the fact that so many people identifying with the song/video/style find themselves criticized as “gay.”


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