So there was (yet another) fuck up at MLX, and I had to quickly fill in a bit of set time in the back room to cope with some overflow. Basically, what was going to become the blues [...]
So, I DJed a few sets at MLX this past weekend. The second one was in the back room, which became a lindy hop room while the main room became a blues room with a [...]
Omg I am so busy. SO BUSY.
Next Thursday I fly to Melbourne for MLX, the biggest, oldest, best lindy hop event in Australia. It’s fucking great – if you’re coming to Australia to dance, come for that. Nothing else comes close, and Melbourne is a great city. Weather is shitty, but there are [...]
Because race is being discussed explicitly in lindy hop at the moment (and gender, impicitly), this conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry is nice and relevant.
My favourite part is where they talk about how black women are represented as ‘difficult’, as ‘angry’.
M H-P: “I am difficult… but so are white [...]
It’s interesting to read/listen to this npr interview with Vince Giordano (linky c/o Ryan) in reference to this little mini-doco interview with Aurora Nealand.
The Nealand piece is actually an ad that’s part of a Louisiana tourism campaign, which of course leads to questions about cultural tourism, and how dancing lindy [...]
The significance of interpretative repertoire (or language choices) in institutionalised discourse. Or, to our shame, we tolerate this.
I’m having trouble embedding it, but I’ve made a new 8tracks set for the event we’re running tonight, Hot Foot Stomp. I’m quite excited about this: we’re 3 women running a dance because we LOVE dancing and music and all that stuff.
This set began with Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders because [...]
Update on using gender neutral language in class:
I like it.
It’s no big deal.
So now I’m taking it a step further. Yes, there is a point beyond gender neutral language.
I find that I don’t like referring to ‘the follow’ or ‘she’ as though they were some sort of universal object [...]
I am 99% likely to buy your album on bandcamp if you are a modern day jazz band playing recreationist swinging jazz.
I am about 10% likely to listen to that album and 3% likely to DJ anything from that album.
If you’re a dancer, the odds of my playing or listening to your [...]