Less Gunshots, More Hits at the Fair

It’s Fair Week in Lynden. Given the beefed up security and the fact that any known Mexican gang-bangers and wannabes in Whatcom County are being turned away, I think it’s safe to predict that this year we’ll avoid gunfire. Another nice addition this year is an act called the Gothard Sisters. Your diarist is scheduled [Read More…]

Jimmy Fallon Goes to Heaven

If I were the Almighty, Jimmy Fallon would make it into heaven purely on the strength of what I am about to share with you, dear reader. Behold, Jim Morrison returned from the beyond the grave to perform “Reading Rainbow” for your edification and utter astonishment. [Read more…]

Onions Have Layers–Walla Walla, Not So Much

The Walla Walla Sweets beat the Bellingham Bells for the last two games of the regular season and your diarist is still a little sore about it. To play you out for the week, here is a song to highlight that sprawling metropolis’s second largest legitimate industry. [Read more…]

War, What Songs Is It Good for?

Let me slip the Friday tune in just under the wire. I give you “Post-War Blues” by Dan Mangan. Question: Do you consider this an anti-war song? I thought so at first. And I still think the opening punches in that direction. But overall it’s hard to make the case that this is much of [Read More…]

Thumping Good Time

Bet you thought I forgot about the Friday tune. To play you out for the week, dear reader, here are a bunch of guys performing “What Makes You Beautiful,” doing things with a piano that I hadn’t thought legal, or even possible. [Read more…]

Monday Morning Music

I forgot to play you out for the week on Friday, folks. To make up for that, here’s a tune for Monday morning that never fails to bring a smile to my face: “The Anglo-Saxons” by the Mountain Goats. Favorite line: “A subliterate bunch of guys / though some sources say otherwise.” [Read more…]

Skeletons in My Closet

Man this week is just hellish on the work front. I’ll put up 3 posts tomorrow or die trying. In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite songs ever, by the Crash Test Dummies, “The Ghosts That Haunt Me.” It’s about shelter from the storm — the haunted storm! If you listen and don’t like [Read More…]

Till Death Do They Part

To play you out for the week, I picked the Mountain Goats’ “No Children,” a ballad about a really, really bad marriage. Favorite line: “Our friends say it’s darkest before the sun rises / We’re pretty sure they’re all wrong.” Warning: If you ever find yourself working in an office with, say, a cute upbeat [Read More…]

Turns Out the Devil Didn’t Have All the Good Music

Historians, says Philip Jenkins in his latest Real Clear Religion column, are just now starting to understand with how evangelicalism remade itself in the 1970s. He argues the professors are doing a decent job “showing how Christian movements and leaders developed during these years” but they’re not seriously grappling with pop culture. That grappling is [Read More…]

Free Peter Porker!

To play you out for the week, I had planned on finding and presenting to you the “Spider Pig” theme song from the Simpsons flick. That took longer than expected because I remembered that Marvel Comics did, in fact, have its own Spider pig at one time, though he went by the name of Spider [Read More…]