Music

The Psychology of Music and the ‘tuneR’ Package

Introduction This semester I’m TA’ing a course on the Psychology of Music taught by Phil Johnson-Laird. It’s been a great course to teach because (i) so much of the material is new to me and (ii) because the study of the psychology of music brings together so many of the intellectual tools I enjoy, including […]

We Live and Die by Fire

There is no safe investment: to love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one — not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully around with hobbies […]

Bob Mould

I am incredibly glad to have found out tonight that Bob Mould, the guitarist for the classic punk band Hüsker Dü, is writing pop rock songs and touring in support of a new record. The picture he has of himself on his Myspace page is enough to make me believe in rock music again.

The Frozen Ocean

I rarely write about music, but I thought that I should recommend The Frozen Ocean, Dave Swanson from Life in Your Way’s new band.