Looking Elsewhere: 14 Discoveries & Distractions for the First Week of November

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On Halloween, Anne and I went out to celebrate Halloween dressed as Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing students who are running out of time to complete their homework assignments by the deadline. We were very, very convincing — we tricked everybody.The treats? They were provided by the pub where we put on an Oscar-worthy performance of actually studying and writing essays. All of the zombies and witches and clowns and Star Wars characters and superheroes in the pub just kept s … [Read more...]

Listen Closer: Second Impressions of U2′s Songs of Innocence

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Hey, U2 fans, music lovers, and iPhone users... you're invited! I'm joining Dr. Jeff Keuss and others on Monday night, October 13, for a live podcast conversation called "U2, Apple, and the Future of Music." It'll be at Hale's Ales Brewery and Pub in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, and the dinner audience will be involved in the conversation, which will eventually be posted online. Want to join the conversation? Get your tickets here. Okay, let's not waste time talking about … [Read more...]

U2′s Songs of Innocence: Not Bad for Four Guys in Their Mid-50s!

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Okay, for the one reader out there who doesn't know: You can download the new U2 album for free right now on iTunes.In something just short of a resurrection, U2 is back and — to my surprise and delight — they sound reinvigorated, inspired, and amazing.Thanks, my brothers.This was a generous surprise, a big blast of sunshine and joy during a season of shadow and heartbreak.And after one listen, I'm a happier U2 record-listener than I've been since March 4, 1997.... And appare … [Read more...]

U2: Rattle and Hum is 25 Years Old! Share Your Concert Film Memories…

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Phil Joanou's groundbreaking concert film U2: Rattle and Hum opened during my senior year of high school, on the birthday of my lifelong friend and musical co-conspirator Todd Fadel.And I was so jealous. Todd would automatically have the most awesome birthday party ever.And he pretty much did, because we gathered at his house, ate a bunch of Pizza Hut pizza, and then headed out to Portland's Eastgate theater on November 4, 1988.That was our formula for fun in those days. Yeah. I … [Read more...]

Happy 30th Anniversary to a Man and a Woman!

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Last Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the marriage of Paul Hewson and Ali Stewart. If those names aren't familiar to you, then you're probably not much of a U2 fan. … [Read more...]

20 Years Ago, U2 Moved in New and Mysterious Ways

It was 20 years ago this weekend that U2's Achtung Baby landed in music stores like something from another planet.I was assigned to listen to the album and turn in a music review the next day to The Falcon, the student newspaper at Seattle Pacific University. So I joined the line of U2 fans at Tower Records for the midnight album release. Then I rushed back to my dorm, put on my headphones, and listened to the album four times through. It turned in my review at 4 a.m. and then slept a couple … [Read more...]

Fingertips: Anonymous; Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson; The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox; Woody Allen and Ethan Coen; Tom Waits; U2; Sara Zarr

Are you excited about Anonymous, the movie that's going to shock the world by revealing the shocking truth? No, me either. Check this out, from a New York Times take-down of the film: The most troubling thing about Anonymous is not that it turns Shakespeare into an illiterate money-grubber. It’s not even that England’s virgin Queen Elizabeth is turned into a wantonly promiscuous woman who is revealed to be both the lover and mother of de Vere. Rather, it’s that in making the case for de Vere, th … [Read more...]

U2 GQ

U2 are GQ's Men of the Year. I noted this in an earlier post, but now... … [Read more...]

Fingertips: Wendell Berry; Submarine and Buck; U2 documentary; Feist; Ollabelle; Favorite Film of 2010 now on Blu-Ray; Philip Seymour Hoffman; Cinderella; and more.

Here are several fingertips, poking at you until you poke at the links I've discovered...  … [Read more...]

U2 fans: Ready for “Killing Bono”?

/Film has details and a trailer for the upcoming film about the early days of U2. … [Read more...]


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