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  • Kathleen Loebig
    For any interested folks out there..... K ... From: Eric Weisbard [mailto:EricW@emplive.com] Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 10:20 AM To: PopTalk (E-mail)
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      For any interested folks out there.....

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Eric Weisbard [mailto:EricW@...]
      Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 10:20 AM
      To: PopTalk (E-mail)
      Subject: [PopTalk] 2004 EMP Pop Conference schedule

      Hi everyone,

      Here's the schedule for this spring's Pop Conference (minus the keynote, which we're still hunting down pending the deferral of the opening of our SongCraft exhibit). We received our largest number of proposals to date and this may be the most diverse/all over the place conference yet. Moderator slots have yet to be assigned, so please let me know if you're interested. I look forward to our third gathering and also to the unveiling, there, of our first anthology, This is Pop: In Search of the Elusive at Experience Music Proiect (Harvard University Press, 2004)

      Special note to journalists: Please consider covering the conference. Last year's articles in the New Yorker, Billboard, Salon, and the Wire, among others, as well as the Village Voice's story in year one and various local coverage both times, most notably Seattle Weekly, has been immeasurably important in helping us pursue the goal of bringing popular music studies, in all its forms, out of the cloisters. For that matter, it (still!) doesn't hurt to remind people that popular music studies is neither an oxymoron nor a thrill killer.

      Go here for registration info as well as abstracts and bios of the many participants. http://www.emplive.com/visit/education/popConf.asp See you in April!


      2004 Pop Conference at Experience Music Project, April 15 - 18, 2004


      Thursday, April 15:
      5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
      Welcome Reception - Liquid Lounge

      7:30 pm Keynote - Sky Church

      Friday, April 16:

      8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast - Turntable Restaurant

      9 am - 10:30 am
      JBL: Break Downs
      Mark Mazullo, Macalester College, Chromaticism, Cataclysm, and Closure from the Beatles to Radiohead"
      Daniel Harrison, Yale University, "Atalanta in a T-Bird: Stories of Chord Changes"
      David Brackett, McGill University, "Elvis Costello, the Empire of the E Chord, and a Magic Moment or "Two"
      Gage Averill, New York University, "Where Are the People": Versions of a Haitian Song

      Learning Labs: Scene and Heard
      Steve Dollar, Newsday, "I Was a Teenage Slutboy: Punkering Down in the Florida Panhandle in the Dark and Wild Years Before R.E.M."

      Patti Dean, Minnesota Historical Society, "Sonic Rumblings in the Land of 10,000 Lakes"
      Daphne Carr, Brown University, "The Art of Noise: How the Providence, RI Loft Scene Hears its Godawful Racket"

      Demo Lab: Screen Gems
      Keith Negus, Goldsmiths College, University of London, "Jimi on TV: Magic Moments on the Small Screen"
      JD Considine, "Lost in Translation? Morning Masume's 'Love Machine' and the Triumph of Karaoke Culture"
      Elizabeth Cason, Duke University, "Too Much Desire in this Streetcar? The Censors and the Scene on the Stairway"

      10:45 am - 12:15 pm
      JBL: Writing What You Hear
      John Rockwell, New York Times, "Rock Criticism and Musical Literacy"
      Devin McKinney, "The Mechanics and Mysteries of the Pop Moment"
      Robert Christgau, Village Voice, "Writing About Music is Writing First"

      Learning Labs: Race Lines and Bass Lines
      Nabeel Zuberi, "Islamopop: Listening to Muslimgauze after September 11, 2001"
      Oliver Wang, "Learn Chinese: Race and the Asian American MC"
      Mark Schwartz, Barnes & Noble.com, "From Seltzer to Salsa: The Jewish Tinge in Latin Music"
      Amy Phillips, "White Blood Sells: Race and the White Stripes' Moment in the Sun"

      Demo Lab: Feminine Bendings
      Jacqueline Warwick, Dalhousie University, "Doo Lang Doo Lang: Girl Talk and Girl Group Music"
      Lisa Soccio, University of Rochester, "'Locust Abortion Technician Meets Hamburger Lady': Monstrous Femininity and the Power of Horror in Subcultures of Abjection"

      Colleen Sheehy, Weisman Art Museum, "There is a Place: Rock and Roll Joy in a Beautifully Made Thing,"

      12: 15 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch

      12: 30 pm - 1: 15 pm
      Learning Labs: Lunch Performances
      Brian Goedde, Hugo House, "Classical Puts Me to Sleep"
      Joshua Fried, "Radio Wonderland: FM Under the Microscope"

      1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
      JBL: Queer Channel
      Karen Tongson, University of California, San Diego, "Tickle Me Emo: Suburban Affect in Dyke Punk and Straight-Boy Emo"
      Judith Halberstam, University of California, San Diego, "Hounding History...Big Mama Thornton and Elvis"
      Rachel Devitt, University of Washington, "Girls in Cages! Boi Bands! Wet T-Shirt Contests! The Musical Politics and Queer Community Building of 'A Place for Women' and 'One Night Only'

      Learning Labs: Genre Crossing
      RJ Smith, Los Angeles, "How Chester Himes Ruined Hip Hop"
      Jewlia Eisenberg, "Fucking with 'Trilectic'"
      Peter Doyle, "Signs and Wonders: Little Richard in Australia, 1957"
      Pat Cadigan, "SF and Music: The Stealth Revolution"

      Demo Lab:Dubscapes
      Michael Veal, Yale University, "Dub Music of Jamaica: The Acoustics of Diaspora and Post-Colony"
      Joseph Patel, MTV News, "Clap Ya Hands: 'Diwali,' Riddim Culture and the Transformation of American Pop Music"
      Charles Mudede, The Stranger, "Rockers Uptown"

      3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
      JBL: Lonely Writers and Rock Bands
      A round-table exploring rock music's influence on the rise of DIY book publishing
      With: Johnny Temple (Akashic Press), Neal Pollack, Daniel Sinker (Punk Planet), and T Cooper

      Learning Labs: Song Lines
      Oscar Garza, Los Angeles Times Magazine, "Land of 1000 Dances: A Rhythm and Blues Fable"
      Franklin Bruno, "'Is That All There Is?' and the Uses of Disenchantment"
      Ryan Banagale, University of Washington, "Marked for Success: 'You Are My Sunshine'"
      Ted Anthony, Associated Press, "Chasing the Sun: The Extraordinary Journey of One American Tune"

      Demo Lab: Hip-Hop Travelogues
      Cristina VerĂ¡n, "Hip-Hop's Indigenous Nation(s)"
      April Henderson, Victoria University of Wellington, "'Between Our Islands We Dance': Hip Hop and Samoan Diaspora"
      Raquel Cepeda, "Afro-Blue: Incanting Yoruba Gods in Hip-Hop's Isms"

      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
      JBL: Ghetto Brothers Power: Gangs, Guitars, and the aguinaldo
      A roundtable look back at the gang truce of 1971 and the prehistory of hip-hop
      Jeff Chang, Benjamin Melendez (Ghetto Brothers), and Henry Chalfant

      Learning Labs: My Magic Moment:
      Alexa Weinstein, "Punk Rock Pussy"
      Holly George-Warren, "Das Furlines Do the Monks"
      Ned Sublette, "Cuban Music in the Special Period, or Que electricidad (en La Habana oscura)"
      Jonah Ross, "Having a Seder with Jonathan Richman"

      Demo Lab:
      To Sublime Effect
      Jason Toynbee, Institute of Popular Music, "Do You Believe? Notes on the Sublime in Popular Music"
      David Sanjek, BMI Archives, "In My Time of Dying: Johnny Cash, Gary Stewart, Johnny Paycheck and Cycles of Hipness"
      Alicia Cohen, Reed College, "Billy Bragg and the Political Sublime"
      Charlie Bertsch, University of Arizona, "Punk Without Progress: Critiquing Momentous History,"

      6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
      Special Evening Event:
      Reception and Tour of the Christian Marclay retrospective, conducted by Christian Marclay, at Seattle Art Museum 100 University Street, followed by a later evening concert performance.

      Saturday April 17
      8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast - Turntable Restaurant

      9:00 am - 10:30 am
      JBL: It Just So Happened
      Gayle Wald, George Washington University, "'Have a Little Talk,' or, the Biography of a 1954 Duet"
      Josh Kun, University of California, Riverside, "Mariachis and Lonely Bulls: Herb Alpert and the Invention of Tijuana"
      Charles Kronengold, Wayne State University, "An Accidental Theory of Popular Music"
      Robert Fink, University of California, Los Angeles, "The Story of ORCH5, or, How Classical Music Was Reborn as a 'Hit' in 1982"

      Learning Labs: The Looking Glass
      Warren Zanes, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, "Growing Old Together: Playboy and Rock and Roll at Fifty"
      Buzzy Jackson, "The Banned and the Beautiful: The Rolling Stones, Cocksucker Blues and the Drama of the Lost Document"
      Cynthia Fuchs, George Mason University, "'Techniques That Freaks These Boys': Kelis, 'Milkshake,' and Meaning"
      Mary E. Davis, Case Western Reserve University, "The Sound of Style: Music on the Fashion Runway"

      Demo Lab: Post-Punk Variations
      David Morris, "The Middle Mass: Punk and Subculture in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting and Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero"

      Tim Lawrence, University of East London, "Kiss Me Again: The Half-Decade that Dance Culture Almost Forgot"
      Michael Lewis Goldberg, University of Washington, Bothell, "Telling Stories: Using Multimedia Narratives to Teach 'The' Seattle Music Scene"

      10:45 am - 12:15 pm
      JBL: To Walk Both Sides
      Carlo Rotella, Boston College, "The Two Otis Rush Stories"
      Ann Powers, Experience Music Project, "When Janet Smiled"
      Mark Anthony Neal, University of Texas at Austin, "White Chocolate Soul: Teena Marie and Lewis Taylor"
      Margo Jefferson, New York Times, "Ethel Waters: Culture Critic"

      Learning Labs: Chicana Feminist Punk in L.A .
      Alicia Velaquez, "'We Don't Need to Show no Stinking Snatches': Kicking Down the Doors of the Hollywood Punk Scene"
      Teresa Covarrubias, "Crossing the L.A. River: The East L.A. Renaissance in the Wake of the L.A. Punk Scene"
      Lysa Flores, "1990s Post-Punk Chicanisma"
      Michelle Habell-Pallan, University of Washington, "Vexed on the Eastside/Masqued on the Westside"

      Dixie Chicks Cubed
      Jocelyn Neal, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Letting the Audience In: Layers of Unheard Artistic Expression in Commercial Country Music"

      Don McLeese, University of Iowa, Lubbock or Leave It: Family Values, Polarization, and the Dixie Chicks"
      Caryn Brooks, "Liz Phair, the Dixie Chicks, and 2003's Music Culture Wars"

      12:15pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

      12:30pm - 1:15 pm
      Learning Labs: Lunch Performance with Peter Stampfel and Jeannie Scofield
      Folk legend Peter Stampfel, of the Holy Modal Rounders, presents songs and stories from his latest project, a chronicle of the 100 pivotal tunes of the 20th century

      1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
      JBL: Female Hip-Hop Writers Summit
      A roundtable discussion on the early days and current realities of women covering hip-hop. With: Joan Morgan (organizer), Sheena Lester, dream hampton, Raquel Cepeda, and Elizabeth Mendez Berry

      Learning Labs:
      On this Rock:
      Seth Sanders, "The Dream of Totaling the Sun, Moon, and Mountains by May 1968"
      Tim Quirk, RealNetworks, "Townshend's Windmill: An Infinitely Renewable Source of Rock Energy"
      Tom Kipp, "The Stage Patter Olympiad: Rock Rhetoric for Every Occasion!"
      Jon Caramanica, "'You Can't be Me - I'm a Rock Star': What Happens When the Hip-Hop Generation Chooses to Rock"

      Demo Lab: Tributes
      Douglas Wolk, "More Jersey than the Mersey: The Ersatz Beatles of 1964"
      Ann-Marie Holman, University of California, San Diego, "Improvising Elvis: Variations on the King of Rock and Roll"
      Kathleen Burns and Jennifer Weintraub, Yale University, "For the Record: Music Fans Writing in the Digital Age"
      Paul de Barros, Seattle Times, "Play it Again, Branford (And Again, And Again)"

      3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
      JBL: Starting with the Stones
      Greil Marcus, "The First Rolling Stones Album"
      Oral History with Andrew Loog Oldham, first manager of the Rolling Stones

      Learning Labs: Unsung Rebels
      Julianne Shepherd, Portland Mercury, "RG on the Radio: Post-Riot Grrrl Feminism Starts with Christina Aguilera"
      Elizabeth Mendez Berry, "Chavela Vargas: Unsung Rebel of the Mexican Ranchera"
      Sarah Dougher, "Many Moments of Revelation: Teenage Girls Playing Music"

      Demo Lab:
      Vintage Items
      Paisley Harris, University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, "The Tent Show Blues: Women's Blues Performance in the 'Colored' Minstrel Show"

      Michael Jarrett, Penn State University, "Train I Ride"
      Matthew Mooney, University of California, Irvine, "Illustrated Song Slides: Early Cinema and the Birth of Music Video, 1895 - 1915"

      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
      JBL: Critical Karaoke
      Writers interpreting the songs they've thought were the greatest ever: for exactly the length of the song, over the music!

      With: Joshua Clover (organizer), Daphne Brooks, Jessica Hopper, Greil Marcus, Ange Mlinko, and others

      Learning Labs:
      Cultural Conquests
      Deborah Paredez, University of Texas at Austin, "Selena's Rodeo Hustle: 'Crossing Over' Latina Performance"
      Irene Nexica, "'But Hip Hop is Harder': Watching the Spice Girls Take over the World"
      Jorge Leal, The Wave, "La Ranchera Urbana: Mexican Music Made in the USA"
      Jon Kertzer, KEXP, "Soul to Soul: Cultural Harmony, or Cultural Misrepresentation and Economic Hegemony"

      Demo Lab: Know-Nothing Pop
      Steve Savage, "Ignorance is Bliss: Why the Best Recordings are Unintentional"
      Caroline O'Meara, University of California, Los Angeles, "Imperfect Pitch: Inept Performance and the World of the Shaggs"

      Max Hechter, "When Joy Trumps Ineptitude: Silver's 'Do You Wanna Dance'"

      6: 30 pm - 8:30 pm
      Evening Reception for Conference Registrants - Liquid Lounge

      Sunday, April 18

      9 am - 9:30 am Continental Breakfast - Turntable restaurant

      9:30 am - 11 am Conference Wrapup session

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