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June Playlist

Click here to listen (to most of it) on Spotify. Likely going to be moving these there exclusively in the next couple months, fyi.

Son of Cloud and Being Not-Alone

Son of Cloud and Being Not-Alone

Musicians use funny names, sometimes with little rationale. Jonathan Seale has a story for his. When his parents were missionaries in Venezuela, members of the Yukpa tribe gave him the name “Son of Cloud.” Now as an adult, he’s embraced it in his self-titled first album. Seale has been producing for a number of years, […]

Father of the Bride(groom): Winning and Losing with Vampire Weekend

Father of the Bride(groom): Winning and Losing with Vampire Weekend

This one was written by Ryan Stevenson-Cosgrove. The members of band Vampire Weekend have always been winners. Only on their latest album, “Father of the Bride,” they no longer sound like it. At least, not in the way we tend to think. Vampire Weekend’s star began to rise at a time in the music industry […]

May Playlist

You can listen on Spotify here. Oh and fans of the first track would do well to check out the new episode of The Well of Sound which is all about Tina Turner.

The In-Between: Sufjan Stevens and the Anticipation of Holy Saturday

The In-Between: Sufjan Stevens and the Anticipation of Holy Saturday

Thankful for this reflection from Kelly Reed. I’m not sure what I expected from turning thirty. (I suspected there would at least be a dog in the picture…alas, no). My other friends in their thirties have moved steadily through the phases of adulthood. They’ve developed careers, gone to grad school, taken managerial roles. Single friends […]

I Once Was Blind but Now I Rock: Nine Conversions Put to Music

I Once Was Blind but Now I Rock: Nine Conversions Put to Music

The following list was compiled and annotated by David Zahl, and published in the latest issue of The Mockingbird magazine on Faith & Doubt. Best enjoyed with the volume up: The Road to Damascus has been well traveled in pop music. Perhaps not enough to make “conversion songs” a legitimate subgenre, but enough for a pretty […]

The Scene-Police Punker in All of Us

The Scene-Police Punker in All of Us

Every couple of years I get bitten by the nostalgia bug and revisit musical obsessions from my teens and twenties. Maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s just what happens to you post-40, right? Maybe it’s just me. Of late, I’ve found myself climbing into endless YouTube wormholes. Before I know it, it’s 11 PM. There are […]

April Playlist

P.S. Click here to listen to (the majority of) it on Spotify.

P.P.S. Happy #Seculosity Eve! Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have it discounted by almost 30%, and only an algorithm knows how long that will last, so…

 

Lenten Jams: "Triptych" by Roxy Music

Pretty bummed to hear that art-rock pioneers Roxy Music won’t be staging a full reunion for their induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow. Then again, it’s not as though there was ever an outside chance that they’d play their exquisitely weird Passion poem, “Triptych” off 1974’s Country Life, definitely my Lenten-themed musical discovery of the year. Fortunately, we can enjoy it right here right now:

 

Mark Hollis Had to Give It Up (and Get a Second Chance)

To commemorate the untimely death last week of Talk Talk singer-savant Mark Hollis, here’s a seasonally appropriate–and face-melting–performance from what many consider to be the band’s peak. RIP Mark Hollis:

March Playlist

You can jam on most of the tracks on Spotify here. And for those inspired by the above to geek out on Thin Lizzy, look no further.

February Playlist

Click here to listen on Spotify (minus a couple tracks, unfortunately, one of which being the extra special Faith & Doubt gem from Dion).