Turn-It-Up Tracks of the Week: Giddens, TMBG, Marling

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During my commute to and from my daily responsibilities at Seattle Pacific University, I often listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and new releases.But most of the time, I just hit "Shuffle" to see what pops out of my lifelong music library.When it's a happy surprise, I turn it up... and often I'll play it more than once. And sometimes I'll fight the urge to roll down the windows and share it with the world.It occurred to me today: Why not just post my favorites here?So consider this … [Read more...]

Looking Elsewhere: May 7 – Cold Cereal, Twin Peaks, Citizen Kane, David Foster Wallace, Bono, Sean Bean, Gene Wolfe, Leslie Jamison, and David “St. Augustine Fanboy” Brooks

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Hello, class!I'm Joe Allen, your new substitute teacher, so to speak. You know how Dr. Evil had his "Mini-Me"?  For a while, I'm going to be Overstreet's Mini-Me. I'm a new Looking Closer intern, shouting out the news from the Looking Closer front porch, and helping fill the gaps while our usual show host strives to stay afloat amidst the stormy seas of a full-time job and graduate school.I'll take notes he sends me and pass them along to you—on writing, on music, on movies, and on that m … [Read more...]

First Impressions: The Salt of the Earth, Clouds of Sils Maria, Predestination

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A time-traveling terrorist hunter. A photographer who descends into the world's most harrowing hells. An actress desperate to defend her reputation and legacy from a reckless upstart. You never know where the movies will take you.Well, actually, yes — you do know where movies will take you. Most of the time. I'm not interested in the routine — that's why I'm not reporting on Avengers: Age of Ultron. You could go see that, I suppose. It might be fun and momentarily distracting. Or you could op … [Read more...]

Belle and Sebastian’s New Happy Song About Sadness

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I’ve just heard the most joyful song about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.Wow, you’re already putting on your headphones, aren’t you?Seriously, give this a chance... … [Read more...]

Two Days, One Night and Something, Anything: Movies With More Than a Comma in Common

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Two recent films—Something, Anything and Two Days, One Night—have just become available now on various View On Demand services like Netflix, iTunes, Vudu.com, YouTube, and Google Play. And they’d make a memorable double feature, due to all of the things they have in common. … [Read more...]

Bruce Cockburn Plays Psalm-Influenced Favorites in Seattle

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I wish you could have been at the Fremont Abbey last Thursday night with me for an event that lived up to all my hopes and expectations... … [Read more...]

Q&O: Galaxy Quest on TV. Best Album of 2015 So Far. Favorite They Might Be Giants Albums.

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It's been a while since I've posted an installment of "Question and Overstreet." So here we go with the Q&Os.... … [Read more...]

Join Me for a Live Podcast Recording About the Best Records of 2015 (So Far)

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On Monday, May 11, at Hale's Brewery and Pub in Seattle, you can join Dr. Jeff Keuss, Anna Miller, music critic Chris Estey from The Stranger and Seattle Weekly, and me for an evening of discussion about the most exciting and meaningful music we've heard in 2015 so far.It's the live podcast recording of The Kindlings Muse, so we'll be sampling songs, taking questions, and raising glasses. Reserve your seats here!What's your favorite record of 2015 so far? Let me know, and I'll try to ma … [Read more...]

Madonna, Bettye LaVette, and Joe Henry: Whose Version of “Stop” is the Best?

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The new album by Bettye LaVette, produced by Joe Henry, features some excellent test cases when it comes to the subject of cover songs. … [Read more...]

And Suddenly… Harrison Ford, Back in Character!

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We held our breath.The Lucasfilm logo came up.We cheered.Familiar music...Familiar sights...And then... … [Read more...]


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