“Music at its most dubious”

Pop Conference 2006 will be held from Thursday April 27th through Sunday April 30th at the EMP. The theme: Ain’t that a shame: loving music in the shadow of doubt:

What forces are at work when we like something we “shouldn’t”? What role does shame, either shame succumbed to or shame resisted, play in the pleasure that those who make it and consume it take from music? This year’s Pop Conference offers an all-points-tour through the realms of music at its most dubious.

Personally, I am offended that the organizers view the Numa dance [launches video] and Phil Collins as equally cringeworthy (ah, but can you guess on behalf of which I am offended?). Still, this sounds pretty fantastic (and cheap at $20 for all 4 days, $18 for EMP members), particularly the keynote address featuring Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields fame ($7, $5 for members).

Have any of you been to one of these conferences before? Any thoughts?

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