An index for the 99%: 12 items of Christmas with the family will cost you $79.81

The Consumerist reports on an annual holiday tradition from PNC Financial: According to the folks at PNC Financial, who have spent decades tracking the ups and downs of the gifts rattled off in the seemingly endless tune, the total cost of realizing the full “12 Days of Christmas” has crossed the $100,000 mark for the [Read More...]

Praying for time

“George Michael is reportedly worsening after being admitted on Monday to an Austrian hospital for the treatment of pneumonia.” George Michael wrote some of the best and most enduring pop songs of the 1980s. For many people, that sentence probably cancels itself out, with the word “pop” diminishing the word “best,” and “the 1980s” diminishing [Read More...]

My Top 10 Randy Stonehill songs


Since we started our tour of old-school Jesus music last week with Larry Norman, it seems appropriate to follow up this week with his protege and sometime-collaborator Randy Stonehill. (Or, actually, maybe it’s incredibly inappropriate.) The first Stonehill album I ever got — 1982′s Equator — made me a fan, sending me back to pick [Read More...]

My Top 10 Larry Norman songs

Before starting another round of our musical Alphabet Game, I thought I’d delve a bit deeper into explaining some of the subcultural content of my music collection. By that I mean the “Christian rock” that takes up a big chunk of my iTunes library. I used to have much more of this music and it [Read More...]

Hark, what peaceful music rings

Via Curator: [Read more...]

Autumn songs

And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song … “All Four Seasons,” Sting “Autumn in New York,” Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong “Autumn Leaves,” Eva Cassidy “Autumn Leaves,” Nat King Cole “Autumn Sweater,” Yo La Tengo “Autumngirlsoup,” Kirsty MacColl “Door Into September,” Jacob Altemus “Four Seasons in One Day,” Crowded House “Four Seasons in One Day,” [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen

He pulls prayer book out of his sleeping bag Preacher lights up a butt and takes a drag Waitin’ for when the last shall be first and the first shall be last In a cardboard box ‘neath the underpass Got a one-way ticket to the promised land You got a hole in your belly and [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Johnette Napolitano

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking Everybody knows that the captain lied Everybody got this broken feeling Like their father or their dog just died Everybody’s talking to their pockets Everybody wants a box of chocolates And a long stem rose Everybody knows [Read more...]