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Wifey’s extreme metal thesis and drum blog are here!

This isn’t totally bass-related, but it might be intriguing for some of you who are interested in extreme metal and in drumming (even separately).


My wife finished her 2nd masters degree this year. Apart from her MLS, she now has a masters in anthropology. Her thesis topic was centered on women’s participation in New York’s extreme metal scene – from musicians and fans to others in the industry like photographers, writers, women who run magazines and websites, women who host radio shows and more. We attended shows (quite a few were around the baby’s schedule), she met and interviewed women in the scene, conducted an online survey with dozens of respondents, and met and presented with incredible metal music scholars – a discipline that I didn’t even know existed until she started doing her thing. Many of them have written books and papers in academic journals and some have released video documentaries as well. Its a thriving and fascinating international community.

Anyway – for those interested, her thesis is finally available for public consumption via CUNY Academic Works. Here’s a link to the PDF (you can click the “download” button on CUNY’s site or read it online):

Here’s a link to her blog where she announced the release of the thesis as well:



Parenthood and Ethnomusicology

Congrats to the wife for getting an article about parenting, librarianship and metal published on the Society for Ethnomusicology‘s blog. Take a gander – there are even some ugly pics of me with pretty pics of the baby and the ball-and-chain… I mean, better half!


Survey: Women in NY’s Extreme Metal Music Scene

As some of you know from previous posts, Wifey is working on her 2nd master’s. This one is in Cultural Anthropology. Her thesis is going to focus on women’s participation and experiences in the NY extreme metal scene (death metal, black metal, grindcore, etc.).

If you’re from around the NY metro-area and go to metal shows, are in an extreme metal band or work in the industry, feel free to take her survey. More info can be found on her blog:

MetalSurveyFlyer1_with QR code

Here’s a direct link to the survey itself: