The Lone Bellow, U2, Bob Dylan, and Aaron Strumpel – or, How I Learned to Stop Scowling and Love Liturgy

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Catholics. Among the fundamentalist evangelicals who surrounded me as I was growing up, the word bordered the obscene. I trusted that there were good reasons for this. I was always quick to believe unflattering things that adults told me about other cultures, communities, and church denominations. I felt more secure if could dismiss as a waste of time—or as the way of fools and villains—what I did not understand. And from a distance, Catholic tradition looked suspiciously foreign, weird, and mys … [Read more...]

A Message from Aaron Strumpel About His Amazing Album

Here are a few words from Aaron Strumpel, the guy responsible for Elephants, my favorite record of '09 so far... … [Read more...]

I’ve Caught Aaron Strumpel Fever

The only 5-star album I've heard thus far this year. If Nine Inch Nails sang the Psalms and invited avant garde jazzbos The Art Ensemble of Chicago to the studio, it might sound like this. - Paste music critic Andy Whitman In the last several years, I've been excited about a few artists and a few albums, and it's been easy to see. I've shouted myself hoarse here on the blog and Facebook, urging people to check them out.The records that have lit me on fire include:Arcade Fire - Funeral … [Read more...]


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