Article “Die Musiken der Welt in Mannheim? Cultural flow und die künstlerische Ausbildung in Weltmusik” published

Two years ago I was asked by Prof. Ursula Hemetek to give a guest lecture within the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien’s lecture series “Transkulturalität”. The resulting talk charted the development of the world music degree program at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg and critiqued Wolfgang Welsch’s term “Transkulturalität”. Instead, I argue in favor of […]

Article “My Pravoslavnye: Russkii rok, Orthodoxy and nationalism in post-Soviet Russia” published

An area I have been thinking about for a long time is the relationship between music and religion in Russia. I have touched on this in my research before, but not explicitly focused on it. When Andreas Häger contacted me about writing an article for a planned book on popular music and religion in 2015 […]

My summer hit musings

A couple of weeks ago I was interview by Clemens Panagl from the Salzburger Nachrichten on why songs from the non Anglo-US-American musical world suddenly become summer hits. The resulting article titled “Dein Sommerhit, das unbekannte Wesen” was published on July 7th and included some of my musings on what makes a (summer)hit. I managed […]

Article “Ukro-Ska-Punk” finally published

Finally my article “‘Ukro-Ska-Punk’ – Band Identity, Surzhik and Language in Post-Soviet Russia” on Svoboda’s use of surzhik and Ukrainian stereotypes in St. Petersburg has been published – my first foray into linguistics. 😉 After the editor of the first book project this article was supposed to appear in disappeared the article found a welcome new […]

Нейро Дюбель

During my recent Minsk visit I visited the recording studio “Osmos” and was promptly recruited to play on a clip for the band “Нейро Дюбель’s” upcoming gig this saturday at the club Re:Public. Sung by Aleksandr Pomidorov this video was recorded in one take: Studio fun! 😀

Rocking St. Petersburg

Finally I got my author’s copy of “Rocking St. Petersburg – Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in Post-Soviet Popular Music” published this June. The book is a revised and expanded edition of “‘Okna otkroi!’ – ‘Open the Windows!’” and is distributed through Columbia University Press in the United States (ibidem is still responsible for the […]

“Das Regime und die Dandys” – book on russkii shanson

This summer I by coincidence saw that a book had been published about russkii shanson or blatnye pesni. Heard prominently on the streets of Russian cities this music has until now been academically neglected and this is to my knowledge the first monograph on the topic. Titled “Das Regime und die Dandys – Russische Gaunerchansons […]

My phd “Okna otkroi!” finally published

A revised version of my phd-dissertation with the title “‘Okna otkroi! – ‘Open the Windows!’ – Transcultural Flows and Identity Politics in the St. Petersburg Music Scene” was published last week in the series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” edited by Andreas Umland. I am very honored to have a super foreword written by […]

Call for Articles – norient academic online journal

The Independent Network for Local and Global Soundscapes norient just launched the following Call for Articles for a new online journal which focuses on popular music ethnographies from around the world: Call for Articles – norient academic online journal With the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) approaching its 30th birthday norient […]

Happy Chanukah!

The Maccabeats’ music video “Candlelight” is a fitting Happy Chanukah wish! For more info regarding the video check out A Hanukkah Miracle, Set to Music.

Article on annoying airplane passenger

Yahoo! News has a fun article on annoying air travel habits titled “Are YOU an Annoying Passenger?“. My favorite is this one: “Clapping upon landing? Really? This one isn’t so much annoying as it is baffling. How exactly did you imagine this flight would end?” 😀

Airplane turbulence

As someone who has been flying (as a passenger) since he was 6 weeks old I enjoy flying a lot and am always surprised how scared people get during a little turbulence. The airline pilot Patrick Smith, author of Salon’s “Ask the pilot“, recently published two articles on turbulence (“Turbulence: Things that go bump in […]