“A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.”

It's a Nietzsche quote. The essential thing 'in heaven and earth' is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living. It's the title of a Eugene Peterson book on "the Psalms of Ascents".And if Bono gets his way... … [Read more...]

The Browser, 6/3: Colbert’s graduation speech; Robert Randolph’s next.

The Browser: News & links to raise your eyebrows & furrow your brow.-Stephen Colbert at PrincetonDon't change the world! … [Read more...]

Buzz About This Album Began in 1994. On May 6, It’s Here.

Music reviewer extraordinaire Andy Whitman has already heard it, and he's posted some comments at ArtsandFaith.com. … [Read more...]

T-Bone Burnett’s “Tooth of Crime” Album – Due May 13 (Finally!)

I can't believe my eyes.USA Today reports T-Bone Burnett's Tooth of Crime, the album of material he wrote as accompaniment to the Sam Shepard play of the same title, is coming out on Nonesuch on May 13.This collection has been talked about for, what? Three, four... TEN years?And Sam Phillips is on six tracks. Marc Ribot plays guitar, of course. And there's even a song penned by Roy Orbison.This will really help distract me from the unfortunate postponement of Sam's Don't Do … [Read more...]

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (2007)

If you haven't heard Raising Sand, you're in for a treat.Who would have thought that we'd ever see the collaboration by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss? Who was bold enough to dream they'd perform songs by Tom Waits and Sam Phillips (the two finest tracks on the album)?Even better, they're joined by guitarist Marc Ribot and drummer Jay Bellerose.And the wizard behind the curtain is T-Bone Burnett, who keeps things turned down to a simmer. He holds the reins on these inspired … [Read more...]

Vintage T-Bone Burnett

Interested in some vintage T-Bone Burnett music?Check it out. Rhino is releasing a deluxe package of Proof Through the Night and Trap Door (or, to be exact, The Complete Trap Door).Thanks to Jim Bricker for the alert! … [Read more...]

“The Turning” Rediscovered at NPR

Today, NPR posted... of all things... a review of the album that was a turning point in my life. … [Read more...]

Paste-ing T Bone Burnett

T Bone Burnett talks to Paste Magazine's Steve Turner. … [Read more...]

Three new first-impression reviews: T Bone Burnett, Over the Rhine, Innocence Mission

THE TRUE FALSE REPORT I've just posted three new, short reviews on the Looking Closer music page. T Bone Burnett's The True False Identity Over the Rhine's Live from Nowhere, Volume One and The Innocence Mission's re-mastered version of Birds of My Neighborhood. And, what's more...THE WINNERS of the "Describe The Innocence Mission's Music" contest. … [Read more...]

“The True False Identity” and Author Photos

Today was a good day.Today, I purchased five general admission floor tickets for the T Bone Burnett concert in Seattle, which will take place on Sunday, June 11.And I listened to his new album for the third time.And in what is promising to be a very, very good music year, it's going to be hard to beat this brilliant piece of work.The True False Identity is dark, dark, dark, and enthralling. The man has been through the wringer, and you can feel it in every world-weary … [Read more...]


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