Popping in New York

Cowboy boots competition

The Chrysler tattoo has returned to its homeland: I’m in New York, attending the EMP Pop Conference at New York University. I gave a paper today on “The Roads to Ruins: the Runaways and Los Angeles.” Went okay. It’s been quite a scene. Last night’s keynote featured Santigold, Esperanza Spalding, Angelique Kidjo, and Heems (Das Racist). (Link to my Pop and Hiss blog about it below.) On my way to the party tonight, hosted by Rock’s Back Pages, I ran into Greil Marcus. The Kimmel Center classroom was packed with old friends, favorite writers, and minor celebrities: Lenny Kaye, Danny Fields, Alice Bag, Vivien Goldman and Jana Martin (the Fictionaires!), Greg Tate, Barney Hoskyns, Lucy O’Brien, Ann Powers, Daphne Brooks, Josh Kun … the list goes on. Thursday night, out for dinner, we saw Matt Dillon, Fran Lebowitz, and another old friend, Dean Wareham. Two more days. I love New York.

The Fictionaires

via Language, music and art: Santigold, Heems tackle urban experience – latimes.com.

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