Phil is an associate professor of musicology at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the author of the book Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture (a cultural history of hipness from the 1930s through the 1960s), the long-running blog Dial 'M' for Musicology, and various essays that have appeared in places like Representations, Journal of Musicology, Musical Quarterly, etc. He's turning out new essays on occult themes and assembling them into ... something. A book of some sort.
Phil is a pianist, rabid Wagnerite, crap Buddhist, Philip K. Dick cultist, degenerate fight fan, promulgator of the Twin Peaks mythos, and avid consulter of the I Ching. He wishes that just for once he had an enthusiasm that he didn't have to apologize for or explain to his academic peers.
Episode | July 17th, 2019 | 1 hr 35 mins
christianity, literature, morality, nihilism
Phil and JF discuss Flannery O'Connor first novel, interpreting it as an investigation into the implications of the modern.
Episode | July 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 36 mins
criticism, metaphysics, stranger things
JF and Phil discuss the eldritch metaphysics of the Netflix series 'Stranger Things.'
Episode | June 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 22 mins
friedrich nietzsche, history, philosophy
Phil and JF discuss Nietzsche's seminal essay, "On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life," from Untimely Meditations.
Episode | June 5th, 2019 | 1 hr 24 mins
erik davis, interviews, literature, metaphysics
JF and Phil sit down with Erik Davis to discuss his new book, "High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies."
Episode | May 22nd, 2019 | 1 hr 7 mins
cybernetics, technology, utopia
A wide-ranging conversation on technology, utopia, and the ethics of cybernetics.
Episode | May 8th, 2019 | 1 hr 29 mins
metaphysics, theology, thomas ligotti, weird fiction
An in-depth discussion of horror writer Thomas Ligotti's short story, "Mrs. Rinaldi's Angel."
Episode | April 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 9 mins
idealism, interviews, jeffrey kripal, materialism
JF and Phil talk to Jeffrey Kripal about his new book, "The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge"
Episode | April 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 33 mins
parapsychology, pluralism, william james
Phil and JF discuss two articles by William James on the early years of psychical research in Britain and the US.
Episode | March 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 15 mins
evil, shirley jackson, virtuality, weird fiction
JF and Phil discuss two weird masterworks, "The Lottery" and "The Summer People" by the American horror luminary, Shirley Jackson.
Episode | March 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
composers, interviews, meditation, music
Music scholar Kerry O'Brien join Phil and JF for a conversation on the work of American composer Pauline Oliveros.
Episode | February 27th, 2019 | 59 mins 52 secs
fantasy, horror, interviews
JF and Phil talk fantasy and horror with writer and editor Matt Cardin.
Episode | February 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 17 mins
cinema, film scores, horror, science fiction, synchronicity
Phil and JF discuss the recent masterwork of weird cinema starring Scarlett Johansson.
Episode | January 30th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
interviews, jeffrey kripal, paranormal
JF and Phil discuss the paranormal with the esteemed professor and philosophy and religious thought, Jeffrey J. Kripal.
Episode | January 16th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
Phil and JF discuss a recently published article of Phil's authorship on how to write about music.
Episode | January 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 14 mins
interviews, mysticism, paranormal, stuart davis
JF and Phil discuss nonhuman beings in an aesthetic universe with filmmaker, musician and mystic Stuart Evan Davis.
Episode | December 25th, 2018 | 24 mins 1 sec
academic life, ideology, politics
The final segment of our conversation on hyperstition, i.e., fiction that turns real.