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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).

Liturgical Folk, vol. 4: LENT (Out Now!)

Liturgical Folk, vol. 4: LENT (Out Now!)

Liturgical Folk’s new album, Lent, is out today, and it’s beautiful. Quiet, contemplative, comforting, these songs are devotional works of art. The album offers ten songs and hymns for the upcoming season, from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. Based on collects from the Book of Common Prayer, these songs are extended prayers, with all the […]

PZ's Podcast: Tip for a Happy Marriage & Surprise, Surprise

PZ's Podcast: Tip for a Happy Marriage & Surprise, Surprise

EPISODE 264: Tip for a Happy Marriage Justin Hayward is a sort of archivist for romantic relationships. He is 72 and still going strong. Two ‘Live’ performances book-end this cast, which is intended as fresh therapy towards a happy marriage. Appeals to grace, forgiveness, and empathy in relating to this impossibly different person with whom […]

You Can "Go Your Own Way" (And Surely Will)

You Can "Go Your Own Way" (And Surely Will)

I’ve listened to this podcast about Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” from Song Exploder a half dozen times already, and I know I’m not done with it. If you’re not familiar, Song Exploder is a podcast “where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.” To […]

January Playlist


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