Practical Criticism No.58—Pavement

In episode 58 of the Podcast for Social Research’s “Practical Criticism” series, Ajay Singh Chaudhary plays Pavement’s “Stereo” for Rebecca Ariel Porte, who, as usual, doesn’t know what the object of the week will be. Over the course of the discussion, they explore the strange aesthetic, social, and economic category of “indie”, the potential virtues and vices of non-virtuoso performance and “de-skilling”, musical absurdism, the Benjaminian physiognomy (and anxiety) of the slacker, the surprising genius of doggerel lyrics, the vaudevillian, the dark undercurrents of comfortable emptiness in a tired nation, and music with its corners chipped.

You can download the episode by right-clicking here and selecting “save as.” Or, look us up on iTunes.

Practical Criticism is a weekly series of the Podcast for Social Research. If you like what you’ve heard, consider subscribing to Brooklyn Institute’s Patreon page, where you can enjoy access to all past and future episodes of the podcast.

Practical Criticism No.58—Pavement
Mailing List
To receive our newsletter with upcoming news and announcements, please enter your email address.
  • New York/General
  • New Jersey
  • Philadelphia
  • Midwest
  • London

More Podcasts

Practical Criticism No. 60—Lingua Ignota

Podcast for Social Research, Episode 51: Dream of the Divided Field

Practical Criticism No. 63—Waltzing to War

Tags Archive