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 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 8 mins
archetypes, literature, occult, tarot
JF and Phil discuss the figure of the Fool in the tarot, society, and literature.
Episode | June 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 18 mins
epistemology, henri bergson, metaphysics
Phil and JF discuss Henri Bergson's 1903 essay, "Introduction to Metaphysics."
Episode | June 18th, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
duke ellington, jazz, music history
Weird Studies presents the first of Phil's solo music history podcasts as an off-week bonus.
Episode | June 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 26 mins
art, film, kubrick, metaphysics
JF and Phil discuss a film they've been bringing up since the beginning of the podcast: Kubrick's masterful 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Episode | May 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
art, creativity, jung, politics, psychology
The second part of Phil and JF's discussion C. G. Jung's conception of art.
Episode | May 13th, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
art, jung, pluralism, psychology
The first of two conversations in which JF and Phil investigate C. G. Jung's thoughts on the psychology of artistic creation.
Episode | April 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 13 mins
biology, history, music, tricksters
Phil and JF discuss the curious phenomena of castrati, the famous singing eunuchs of early modern Europe.
Episode | April 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 24 mins
magic, media theory, metaphysics, religion
JF and Phil discuss the meanings of Marshall McLuhan's famous utterance.
Episode | April 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 16 mins
archetypal psychology, art, guest episodes
James Curcio joins Phil and JF for a discussion on the concept of the mask as elaborated in his anthology, "Masks: Bowie and Artists of Artifice".
Episode | March 25th, 2020 | 59 mins 8 secs
psychology, special episodes, spirituality
Phil and JF discuss William James's essay "On Some Mental Effects of the Earthquake."
Episode | March 23rd, 2020 | 22 mins 24 secs
history, psychology, readings, william james
Phil reads an essay by William James on the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
Episode | March 18th, 2020 | 1 hr 15 mins
dreams, drugs, mythology, psychology
JF and Phil discuss James Hillman's archetypal psychology as it pertains to dreams and death.
Episode | March 4th, 2020 | 1 hr 23 mins
film, magic, occult, synchronicity
Phil and JF discuss the hit documentary series "Hellier."
Episode | February 19th, 2020 | 1 hr 31 mins
divination, epistemology, metaphysics, time
JF and Phil discuss Phil's work-in-progress, an essay on synchronicity, divination, and cosmic meaning entitled "Diviner's Time."
Episode | February 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
art, literature, mysticism, pedagogy
Phil and JF discuss the visionary tradition in art and literature with Canadian poet and scholar, B. W. Powe.
Episode | January 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 17 mins
fantasy, literature, metaphysics, politics
JF and Phil discuss Ursula Le Guin's great coming-of-age fantasy novel, the first of the Earthsea cycle.