Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier. Proclaiming blindness to the blind for a long time. Keeping our finger on the pulse of pop culture. Sending out feelers into the cultural battlefield to bring you back the best, the brightest, the . . . .
Well, really, all I do is pass along links to things I have found interesting throughout the week. I hope you like it. But you might not. That doesn’t mean you’re any better than me. Not that you said that. But I’m just saying, don’t.
Be my Facebook friend. It’s not real until it’s on Facebook.
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Browse the music I’ve been listening to.
Stay tuned to the Habañero Collective events page for house show upcomings or check out out new concert-only website, Habañero Shows.
Take a Tumbl with me.
See Michael Bluth at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Read as The Atlantic argues: “The Thing That Made The Office Great Is the Same Thing That Killed It.”
Read about the $325,000 burger.
Read about the diapers that will tweet you when your little one needs a change.
Browse this list of 7 dangerous food practices that are banned in Europe but are just fine in the good ol’ US of A.
Browse the 2013 Lollapalooza line-up.
Read about Dogfish Head’s upcoming Grateful Dead inspired beer.
Want a degree in heavy metal?
Watch Jon Stewart tell the Obama Administration: “You’ve Vindicated Conspiracy Theorists.” Yes, there are bleeps. Be warned. Be wary. Beware.
Read as Wayne Cordeiro and Francis Chan consider: “Why People Get so Mad at Pastors.”
Browse as Stereogum ranks Will Oldham recordings from worst to best.
Watch the film trailer as James Franco brings Faulkner’s As I Lay Dyin to the big screen.
Read this piece for Salon arguing that “The Internet destroyed the middle class.”
Read this piece about “The hillbilly roots of Mountain Dew.”
Read/Watch about the guy who has started a trend to donate A Bread Crumb & A Fish (That’s “Abercrombie & Fitch” for those of who do not speak “Christianese”) clothing to the homeless in response to the brand’s audacious public statements about who should be wearing their clothes.
Read Christianity Today’s challenging piece urging us to consider the actual ways in which we are loving our neighbors, not just seeking social justice through purchasing and lifestyle choices: “You Cannot Consume Your Way To Social Justice.”
Watch Jon Stewart question the legitimacy of President Obama pleading ignorance on key issues. Yes, it’s Jon Stewart, so don’t blame me if you’re offended.
Read Barnabas Piper’s insightful piece “Writers Don’t Let Go.” I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
Read Ray Ortlund’s piece for The Gospel Coalition considering the recent slew of slanders of legalism: “Legalism is a serious accusation.” Read my thoughts on Anthony Bradley’s charge that “Missional Is The New Legalism.”
Weigh in as NPR Music asks: “Do You Have A Favorite Record Label?”
So, Google has entered the online streaming media fray:
- Read Paste’s coverage of Google’s new media streaming service.
- Read Pitchfork’s coverage of the Google move in to streaming media.
- Read Consequence of Sound’s take.
- Read NPR Music’s coverage.
Read about bassist Eric Avery’s decision to quit Nine Inch Nails (yes, this is the same bassist who quit Jane’s Addiction), saying: “i just got overwhelmed.” If you’re going to quit, you might as well quit from some pretty big deal bands, right?
Read this piece asking if you “Speak Christianese”?
Browse Flavorwire’s list of “10 Forgotten Fantastical Novels You Should Read Immediately.”
Read about Lecrae being featured on this year’s “Rock The Bells” lineup, along with holograms of ODB and Eazy E. Presumably not during Lecrae’s set.
Browse as USA Today’s “Pop Candy” chooses their favorite 25 books of the past 25 years.
Read as A.V. Club considers: “Are oral histories a good way to write about music?”
Consider applying for an internship with Seth Godin.
Read about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine (co-founder of Interscope Records) donating $70 million to USC for an Arts Academy.
Browse as Rolling Stone considers the best sit-com finales of all time.
Browse this list of “25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Great Gatsby’.”
Listen to John Fogerty perform CCR‘s “Fortunate Son” with Foo Fighters.
Consider as Rolling Stone dissects the Season Four Arrested Development trailer.
Read as Rolling Stone considers: “What’s at Stake When the Department of Justice Seizes AP Phone Records.”
Read as R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills says there are “Zero plans” for a reunion.
Read this piece wondering why heroes also tend to be weirdos.
Browse Arizona Foothills list of AZ breweries to visit.
Read as Consequence of Sound considers rock’s best television cameos.
Read this piece for The Atlantic, arguing that Cormac McCarthy has written the scariest passage in all of fiction. What do you think?
Read as the New York Times reports: “Acting Chief of I.R.S. Forced Out Over Tea Party Targeting.”
Read about Bill Gates regaining title of world’s richest person.
Read about the “103-pound fish caught off Norway.”
Read as Spin offers a glossary to the world of Vampire Weekend.
Browse as Flavorwire suggests “15 Books You Should Definitely Not Read in Your 20s.”
Read as PopMatters profiles Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, who just released the double-disc Nightmare Ending. Cooper is also responsible for one of my favorite albums ever: An Accidental Memory In The Case Of Death.