About Me
I'm a Canadian academic and musician living in Scotland. By day, I work as a researcher. By night, I play in a band.

My Work
Curriculum Vitae
PhD Thesis

Selected peer-reviewed articles:
Down beats and rolling stones: the American jazz press decides to cover rock in 1967 (Popular Music History 1:3, 2006)

The rough guide to critics: musicians discuss the role of the music press (Popular Music 25:2, 2006)

Selected conference papers:
Comparing the shaming of jazz and rhythm and blues in music criticism (Experience Music Project 2006)

Was Newport 1969 the Altamont of Jazz? The role of music festivals in shaping the jazz-rock fusion debate (Leeds International Jazz Conference 2006)

Web articles:
Race, Rock and Soul
Sounds Prohibited
Brain Machines

CD reviews:
Proffessor Undressor

Musical projects:
Current band
Maritime Rock Opera Club

m.t.brennan at gmail.com
Great Canadian Music:
CBC Radio 3

Great Canadian Reading:
The Dominion
This Magazine
The Walrus

Great British Music:
BBC Radio 1 Experimental
BBC Radio 6
John Peel (R.I.P.)

Friends With Websites:
Dru Jay
Sylvia Nickerson
Inez Templeton
Inez: the blog
Clark Richards
Tara Wells
Max Liboiron
John Haney
Eva Bartlett
Catherine Brodigan
Adam Behr
Szu-Wei Chen
Pedro Nunes

Musical Friends:
David Myles
Michael John McCarthy
Ben TD
Henry (Peter Mansbridge and the CBCs)
Jo Mango
Jay (Proffessor Undressor)
Jim (Shotgun and Jaybird)
Jon (Rhume)
Matt Johnston
Pat Brennan (The Angelshakes)
Troy Neilson (Brockway Biggs)

By Category:
academiks (4)
aural creativity (16)
books (1)
flicks (8)
inspiration (3)
mad science (4)
media theory (4)
music biz (11)
other (6)
personal (14)
powers that be (8)
travel (4)
visual creativity (9)
words (1)

By Month:
March 2008 (1)
June 2007 (1)
April 2007 (1)
March 2007 (1)
January 2007 (1)
December 2006 (1)
November 2006 (1)
October 2006 (1)
September 2006 (1)
July 2006 (1)
June 2006 (2)
May 2006 (1)
April 2006 (2)
March 2006 (1)
January 2006 (3)
December 2005 (1)
November 2005 (1)
October 2005 (1)
September 2005 (1)
August 2005 (1)
July 2005 (1)
June 2005 (1)
May 2005 (1)
April 2005 (1)
March 2005 (3)
February 2005 (3)
January 2005 (1)
December 2004 (1)
November 2004 (2)
October 2004 (5)
September 2004 (3)
August 2004 (1)
July 2004 (3)
June 2004 (3)
May 2004 (6)
April 2004 (6)
March 2004 (8)
February 2004 (7)
January 2004 (11)
December 2003 (2)


June 14, 2007



You may have noticed that my posts have been less frequent in recent months. The reason is that my various projects and side-projects have all been escalating in intensity as of late.

The biggest such project has been completing the PhD thesis, and I'm happy to report that I submitted my final draft for examination on May 21st, after which I headed immediately off to a cottage in the Scottish countryside to record with the band. Then it was back to Glasgow for additional recording in a proper studio before hopping on an airplane to Barcelona for a vacation from both band and thesis! I hope to post some photos of these latter two diversions in the near future.

Posted by matt at 01:57 PM

September 12, 2006

Eggheads invade the blogosphere


There has been quite a rustle of web-based activity among my fellow doctoral colleagues at the University of Stirling. No less than three of my friends, all of whom have pursed a similar popular music studies type PhD to mine, have recently set up weblogs of their own. All of them are worth reading. You can check them out here:

Adam Behr now serves up his inimitable blend of razor-sharp wit and social commentary on a blog called Cartoon Life.

Szu-Wei Chen divulges his recipe for blackberry jam and other secrets on something he calls Principal Wei's Weblog.

Pedro Nunes, Portugese indie-rocker extraordinaire and the only one of the four of us (at present) to have actually earned a doctoral degree, points the way forward on his delightful blog called Artychoking.

Posted by matt at 03:51 PM

February 25, 2005

The Story of Selling Out


I've recently written a little two-page summary of my PhD project. If any of you are curious about my current research interests, you can download it here.

Posted by matt at 03:54 PM

July 08, 2004

Conferenced out


It's been a heckuva week. I just attended my first ever academic conference. The topic was poetry and sexuality, and I gave a paper about the use of music in erotic poetry and popular song lyrics, if you can believe it. You can read my abstract here.

Highlights included spending time with a lot of interesting people, having guests from Canada, catching readings and speeches by the likes of Sharon Olds and Germaine Greer, chowing down on a huge haggis dinner and dancing myself silly at a ceilidh in Stirling Castle (pictured above).

Posted by matt at 11:51 AM