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Joel

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  1. Surprise Sufjan again! https://music.sufjan.com/album/love-yourself-with-my-whole-heart
  2. Just a quick thought -- I've not listened to Bazan's solo stuff much apart from the first EP and Curse Your Branches (which is wonderful), but this resurrection of Pedro makes a ton of sense in light of both his solo work and the earlier Pedro stuff. There are callbacks to Pedro and Bazan songs throughout, and there is a kind of sweet, reverential, melancholy look back at evangelical childhood without the vitriol of some of the past records/songs where he's explicitly critiquing Christianity. This is Bazan taking his personal and musical history seriously, treating it with care and compassion, and it really, really works.
  3. Pedro the Lion has a new record out, and it is good. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/10/676403121/first-listen-pedro-the-lion-phoenix
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    Fantasy Baseball

    are there are lot of A&Fers in this league? What kind is it? I may be looking for a new league. Last year was my first time but the league I joined may or may not be revived.
  5. So... this made my day. The epigraph for the book:
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    Forever

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagwg_tXlhc I watched the whole thing. At first I thought it was funny, then I thought it was a really thoughtful and interesting meditation on or metaphor for marriage, then I thought it was an overwrought, badly written mess, and now I'm not sure what I think.
  7. This seems like a great development for A&F. As a champion and somewhat erstwhile frequenter of the music section, which has dwindled even more than the film section, I'm glad to hear this. Thanks, Ken.
  8. THEY DID A JESUS FREAK ONE YOU GUYS https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/dc-talks-jesus-freak-9781501331671/ About dc Talk’s Jesus Freak Late in the Reagan years, three young men at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University formed the Christian rap group dc Talk. The trio put out a series of records that quickly secured their place at the forefront of contemporary Christian music. But, with their fourth studio album Jesus Freak (1995), dc Talk staked a powerful claim on the worldly market of alternative music, becoming an evangelical group with secular selling power. This book sets out to study this mid-90s crossover phenomenon-a moment of cultural convergence between Christian and secular music and an era of particular political importance for American evangelicalism. Written by two queer scholars with evangelical pasts, Jesus Freak explores the importance of a multifarious album with complex ideas about race, sexuality, gender, and politics-an album where dc Talk wonders, “What will people do when they hear that I'm a Jesus freak?” and evangelical fans stake a claim for Christ-like coolness in a secular musical world.
  9. All right, homies; I'm back, I have a PhD in education, I work in an education department, and my own kid is in school now. I'm starting to have Opinions About Things a bit. I've delved a little into some educational thinking outside my area and came across this piece by David Jardine. (I have a piece coming out in the collection this will appear in; my piece is co-written with an Iranian-Canadian colleague, and it's about religious education in a secular setting.) I liked this quote below:
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    The Dandelion Method

    So, it's 13 years later. Here are some recordings we made for fun over the last 5 years. The record referred to earlier in this thread sounds really bad to me now, if I'm honest. I like the songs, but the recordings don't make sense to me at all. We were just learning how to record, I guess. What I like the most is just listening to jams recorded in a room, which is what this (Below) is.
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    2016 lists

    Yes, every Weakerthans record is amazing. I honestly can't think of anyone I'd put in the same category as Samson. John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats? Neil Young?
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    2016 lists

    Good question - I haven't seen anything from him in a long time! Anyone else know? Here are a few more lists: Me Mischa Willet Opus
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    2016 lists

    Yours & others. Here are some of note to me. NYT Popcast albums of the year Alan Parish's top 30 albums of the year
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    The Mountain Goats

    "a theist who prays to Jesus" - great interview with Darnielle in Christianity Today. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/august-web-only/mountain-goats-john-darnielle-loves-amy-grant-rich-mullins-.html
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    Jamila Woods - HEAVN

    You might remember her from "Sunday Candy." Her debut record is out and It's really good. Listen / download for free on Soundcloud.
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    drones

    here's something I tried with ambient drone music! http://unscene.blogspot.ca/2016/06/an-experiment-with-drones.html
  17. Spam from "MarkP" in the radiohead topic in the music section at the moment.
  18. Jessica Hopper becoming a fan of David Dark was a good thing for music writing in the US of A. Still listening through this record. There's been a lot written about it -- it is much beloved by critics. Jon Caramonica on the NYT Popcast talked about how Chance has inherited/adopted the more spiritual aspects of Kanye West's early work (while contrastingly Drake -- whose work I'm not really familiar with -- has carried forward the 'self-doubt' parts of early Kanye). I do think Coloring Book bears some resemblance to the first few Kanye records for sure, and it is absolutey better than what West does now.
  19. I am not very good at Chinese, but I do find this interesting. Like most rock and roll loving Westerners who spend time in China, I got really interested in the music scene there, and discovered some music that I liked, but my understanding of Cui Jian isn't too different from that of almost anyone I know who has heard of him, which is, "he's important." To be honest though, I can't say I met anyone in China who went out of their way to talk about him or explain why he was important. Certainly very few young people are listening to him -- rock music was still not very mainstream in the years I was living there (2007-2009). It's hard for me to learn more about anything other than bands that the Western media says are "important" in China, which are basically Tang Dynasty and Cui Jian from the 80s-now, and then with the upsurge of interest in China in the 2000s, Carsick Cars. Beyond those bands, there's hardly any English-language press, and I don't really read Chinese. The Rock in China wiki, which now appears to be down, is/was a good resource, but I still feel like I barely scratched the surface. A cool record I got into while I was there is City Weather Sailing by PK14
  20. Remember when Kanye West said The Life of Pablo was "a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it," but it wasn't? Well, this record is. Take a look, if you haven't already, at David Dark's piece "I Speak To God In Public: Chance The Rapper's Faith":
  21. I'm not feeling "Identikit" and I'm not sure why. I feel bad for Phil Selway on most Radiohead records lately, but maybe I shouldn't I haven't seen them live since HTTT; perhaps he gets to enjoy himself in the live show? Or more likely it is actually challenging and interesting to play those beats? They are touring with Portishead's Clive Deamer as a second drummer again this time, so presumably some cool percussion things happen. Anyway - I need to spend a little more time with the subtler songs on this record, but I'm loving the more dramatic ones, if that makes sense.
  22. 'True Love Waits' is just gorgeous. The strings and choirs on this record are lovely.
  23. OK this is kind of awesome.
  24. Also, I just looked at your post count compared to mine and that made me think it was funny that you thought yourself an outsider!
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