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 | January 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
antinatalism, magic, metaphysics, occult
Phil and JF discuss Faculty X, a key notion from Colin Wilson's classic study of the supernatural and Western esotericism, "The Occult."
Episode | December 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 33 mins
cinema, history, psychology, religion
JF and Phil discuss the 1947 British film, "Black Narcissus."
Episode | December 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
cinema, morality, psychology
Phil and JF discuss Jonathan Demme's 1991 film, "The Silence of the Lambs."
Episode | November 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 25 mins
esotericism, magic, music
JF and Phil discuss Sun Ra's strange and prophetic film, "Space is the Place."
Episode | November 6th, 2019 | 1 hr 19 mins
nature, process philosophy, urban studies, walking
Phil and JF discuss the mysteries of our oldest, and strangest, mode of transportation.
Episode | October 23rd, 2019 | 59 mins 55 secs
aesthetics, art, criticism, politics
JF and Phil discuss Dave Hickey's 1997 essay, "Air Guitar".
Episode | October 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 30 mins
cinema, gods, mythology
Phil and JF discuss Steven Spielberg's classic film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Episode | September 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 18 mins
gebser, interviews, perception, philosophy
JF and Phil talk to Jeremy Johnson about his new book, "Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness."
Episode | September 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 22 mins
cryptozoology, folklore, nature, weird fiction
Phil and JF discuss Algernon Blackwoods tale of the Canadian forest, "The Wendigo."
Episode | August 28th, 2019 | 1 hr 17 mins
music, panpsychism, philosophy
JF and Phil discuss Errol Morris's fascinating essay, "The Pianist and the Lobster."
Episode | August 14th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
capitalism, consumer culture, occult, technology
Phil and JF discuss Gibson's masterwork of speculative naturalism.
Episode | July 31st, 2019 | 1 hr 15 mins
aesthetics, art, morality
JF and Phil discuss the nature and power of beauty.
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."