All in all is all we are

So, if you were born the day Kurt Cobain died, then you’re now old enough to vote. [Read more...]

Canada to Capistrano Beach

Hope she knows I only turned out half bad … “Canada vs. America,” Broken Social Scene “Canceled Check,” Beck “Candle in the Wind,” Elton John “Candlelight Song,” Violent Femmes “Candy,” The Astors “Candy,” Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson “Candy,” Morphine “Candy,” Steve Hindalong “Candy Everybody Wants,” 10,000 Maniacs “Candy Guru,” Chagall Guevara “Candy’s Room,” Bruce [Read More...]

Back to Backwards

After all this time to find we’re just like all the rest … “Back 2 Good,” Matchbox Twenty “The Back Door to Heaven,” Aztec Camera “Back in the USSR,” The Beatles “Back in Your Head,” Tegan & Sara “The Back of Your Hand,” Dwight Yoakam “Back of Your Head,” Julie Miller “Back on Board,” Aztec [Read More...]

Ain’t (it about time to restart the Alphabet Game)

There ain’t no way to make the bad man stop babe … “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” TLC “Ain’t Goin’ Down to the Well,” Tom Waits “Ain’t Gonna Rain Anymore,” Nick Cave “Ain’t Got You,” Bruce Springsteen “Ain’t Hip to Be Labelled a Hippie,” De La Soul “Ain’t It a Shame,” The B-52s “Ain’t It [Read More...]

‘Can’t no preacher man save my soul’

Here’s the Civil Wars, Joy Williams and John Paul White, performing “Barton Hollow“: In case you needed any further reason to love the Civil Wars, Bread for the World notes that the duo also provided the score for Finding North, a documentary about hunger in America. Here’s Williams on the subject: Forty-four million people go [Read More...]

I was told there’d be pie …

I forgot the pie. (It’s a tradition. Contentious threads must be followed by pie.) Haven’t got any pie just now, so instead here’s a couple of other things that every right-thinking person enjoys — Martha Plimpton and “Thunder Road”: She’s not the only actress covering this song on YouTube, either. Here’s Jill Hennessy’s version. One [Read More...]

Hallelujah by and by

Shortly after I picked up the first book in the Left Behind series, but before I’d started writing about it, I wrote a post about the otherworldly strain of escapism in American Christianity. That otherworldliness, I argued, derives from the untenable history of trying to belong to a church that included both slaves and slaveowners. [Read More...]

Where’s the work that set my hands, my soul free?

For those who can’t view the video, this is “We Take Care of Our Own,” the new single from Bruce Springsteen from what will be his 17th album, Wrecking Ball, which comes out March 6. Blues on the verses, Gospel on the chorus. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Elsewhere on the New Music [Read More...]