the Weekly Town Crier

towncrierWell I’m not sure what you expect. This is the Weekly Town Crier, where I collect and pass along links If interest from the past week. Don’t call it a link-dump. Well, I suppose you could but that sounds so crass, now doesn’t it? I’d like to think of these links as somewhat thought-provoking.

R.I.P. the library card catalog.

R.I.P. Doris Roberts.

R.I.P. Prince.

Read as The Atlantic considers “The Unexpected Pleasure of Doing Things Alone”.

Read NPR’s coverage of “First-Ever Official Pastafarian Wedding”.

Browse “Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others” at Fast Company.

Read Revolver‘s interview with Daniel Johnston.

Read Christianity Today‘s report that the Bible is now among the most challenged books at libraries and schools.

Read AV Club‘s report that Thomas the Tank Engine is being re-worked for adults.

Read BBC‘s report about the recent study finding that, for those over 40, a 3-day work-week is optimal.

Read Pitchfork‘s report that “Axl Rose Is AC/DC‘s New Frontman”.

Browse AV Club‘s profile of “19 bands that have plowed through 3 or more frontmen without a name change”.

Read Quartz‘ report: “It’s true. Every music festival is starting to look the same”.

Read Techly‘s report that Chuck Palahniuk has re-worked Fight Club for children.

Read Salon‘s piece: ““I am the human being that I am today because of the Grateful Dead”: Bill Walton shares life lessons from 859 shows”

Read as First Things considers “Faith In Fiction”: “’I’m sick of Flannery O’Connor. I’m also sick of Walker Percy, G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Dostoevsky. Actually, I’m sick of hearing about them from religiously minded readers. These tend to be the only authors that come up when I ask them what they read for literature.”

Read Pitchfork‘s report that Johnny Marr has announced his autobiography, Set the Boy Free.

Read/Listen to NPR’s profile of Merge Records.

Read as N.D. Wilson writes for The Atlantic: “Why I Write Scary Stories for Children”.

Read as Brain Pickings considers “The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story”.

See a vending machine for books at BBC.

Read The Daily Beast‘s report that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

Browse Fact Magazine‘s picks for “The 30 best post-rock albums of all time”. Did your favorite make their list?

See “the dying art of the film projectionist – in pictures” at The Guardian.

Read Smithsonian‘s piece: “Why Women Bring Their ‘I Voted’ Stickers to Susan B. Anthony’s Grave”.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks’ 2012 book, I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Music Video Revolution will be adapted for the screen.

Go “Behind The Scenes At Karlie Kloss’s New Coding Camp For Girls” with Fast Company.

Read as NME considers the new study considering “why everyone hates Nickelback so much”.

Take “A Peek Inside Harvard’s Collection of 2,500 Pigments” at Colossal.

Read Quartz‘ startling report: “One in 14 Americans will grow up with a parent in prison”.

Read as the New Yorker considers “The Unoriginal Originality of Led Zeppelin“.

ReadJack Kerouac on How to Meditate” at Brain Pickings.

Watch “Steve Reich reflects on his most significant works” at CBC.

Read as KQED considers “Why Kids Should Keep Using Their Fingers to do Math”.

Browse Paste‘s picks for “The 50 Best Movie Soundtracks”.

Read as The Atlantic considers “The Limits of the Late-Night Comedy Takedown”. What is really accomplished when late-night truth-tellers shine their spotlights?

Read Flavorwire‘s report that “HBO Is Making a New ‘Fahrenheit 451′ Movie”. Let’s hope they remember that the theme of the controversial book is not censorship but television itself, which, sort of ironically works against the re-make itself. How’s that for meta?

See “what happens inside a vinyl factory” at BBC.

Browse “A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism” at Atlas Obscura.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report: “Coachella organizers planning new festival with the Holy Grail of headliners McCartney, The Stones, Roger Waters, The Who, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young“.

Read “An Ode to Shakespeare from Kurt Vonnegut” at Signature.

Read/Listen as NPR considers why it’s time to put away the laptop and take hand-written notes.

Read the Los Angeles Times‘ report: “Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out”.

Read as Quartz considers “Why the sweaty, crowded summer festival became the last sacred space in music”.

Read as Techly wonders “Is the Music You Listen to Affecting Your Brain Long-Term?”

Read: “Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence” at Brain Pickings.

Browse “Six Habits of The Best Conversationalists” at Fast Company.

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towncrierYou know how it is. This is how we do it. Rollin’ deep, son.

And other cool catchphrases. And such.

Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier. This is the online space reserved for me to pass along links from the past week that I have found interesting. You may or may not find them interesting yourself. If you don’t find them interesting I don’t want to hear about it. Get your own website.

And have a great day.

Read as “Relevant” magazine considers the “Rise of the Cool Catholics”.

Read the Atlantic urges: “For a More Creative Brain, Travel”.

Read as Washington Post considers “How ‘All Songs Considered’s’ Bob Boilen went from Tiny Desk to tastemaker”.

Read as Reuters reports: “Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests”.

Read as Paste tries the Pogues branded Irish Whiskey: “The Pogues have created a whiskey that both befits the band’s legacy and offers something solid for lovers of classic blended Irish whiskey”

Read Relevant”‘s piece: “Study Finds Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations”.

Browse Bruce Springsteen’s reading list at Brain Pickings: “28 Favorite Books That Shaped His Mind and Music”.

Read “What a Good Book Can Be: An Interview with Edwin Frank” at Paris Review.

Browse NME‘s picks for the  “Top 10 Psychedelic Albums”.

Read as Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant says that “Taylor Swift is the “Margaret Thatcher of pop music” at Fact.

ReadAldous Huxley on the Transcendent Power of Music and Why It Sings to Our Souls” at Brain Pickings.

Read Fact‘s report that St. Vincent is “writing, directing upcoming horror film”.

Read Brain Pickings‘ profile of “Mark Rothko’s Little-Known Writings on Art, Artists, and What the Notion of Plasticity Reveals about Storytelling”.

Help the real J. Peterman make an Urban Sombrero“.

Read as Steve Earle considers “The Other Side of Merle Haggard” at the New York Times.

Read Boing Boings report: “Churchill got a doctor’s note requiring him to drink at least 8 doubles a day “for convalescence”.

See “Miniature Treehouse Sculptures Built Around Houseplants by Jedediah Voltz” at Colossal. 

Consider “Why Is It Important—Today—to Show and Look at Images of Destroyed Human Bodies?”

Read the Telegraphs piece about the study finding: “Attending live music events ‘reduces your levels of stress hormone’.

Read Wimp‘s piece: “What Hiking Does To The Brain Is Pretty Amazing”.

Browse Pitchfork‘s suggestions for “How to Buy the Best Turntable and Stereo System for Your Record Collection”.

Read Newser‘s report: “Go to Grid|Next Story Scientists Wowed by First Look at Brain on LSD”.

Read as New York magazine considers “The Psychological Cost of Boring Buildings”.

Read as Anonymous considers: “How Popular Music’s Lyrics Perpetuate American Idiocy”.

Read as Ars Technica reports on the recent court ruling finding that “Worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a real religion”.

Bob Dylan‘s been in the press some this week:

  • Read The Times Picayune‘s report that “Bob Dylan’s paintings to appear at the New Orleans Museum of Art”.
  • Read Uncut‘s report: “Bob Dylan’s childhood pal to publish memoir of their friendship”.
  • Read Rolling Stone‘s report: “Bob Dylan-Inspired TV Show Headed to Amazon”.

Stream Sturgill Simpson‘s fantastic new album, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth now at NPR Music. Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music was one of my top-five favorite albums of 2014.

Watch the video for “Conditions Wild”, the first single from Steve Gunn‘s new album, Eyes on the Lines, out June 03; his first album for Matador. Gunn’s Way Out Weather was one of my top ten favorite albums of 2014 and his collaboration with Blag Twig Pickers, Seasonal Hire was one of my favorites of last year. I dig this guy.

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towncrierAnd there you go. Just like sand in the hourglass, like waters under a troubled bridge, like the sound of silence. Another week gone by. And what do you have to show for it? Did you help someone this week? Did you do your part to make the world a better place or did you just complain? Did you encourage someone? Bear their burden? Come on now. What’s your problem? Get out there and do some good. Cultivate thanksgiving and let it fuel a life of blessing.

In the meantime, here’s a bunch of links you might or might not find interesting.

R.I.P. Patty Duke.

R.I.PGato Barbieri.

R.I.P. Merle Haggard.

Read Brooklyn Vegan‘s piece: “cult ’80s series ‘Night Flight’ is back as a streaming channel Read More: cult ’80s series ‘Night Flight’ is back as a streaming channel.”

Watch Spike Lee Interview Bernie Sanders.

Read as PopMatters considers the troubled legacy of the Replacements, profiled in Bob Mehr’s book Trouble Boys.

Read as Sojourners considers what happens “When Religion Makes People Worse”.

Read reports that Ron Perlman is confirmed to play Tom Waits in the upcoming biopic by David Lynch.

Read as Ozy considers “The Invention of the ‘American Dream'”.

Read AV Club‘s report that the Animaniacs are now on Netflix.

Read Pitchfork‘s report: “Here’s Why Musicians Won’t Stand for Illegal Uploads Anymore”.

Browse Tom Waits’ top 20 albums.

Read Uncut‘s report: “Keith Richards criticises modern artists for not writing their own music”.

Read The Guardian‘s profile of Richard Fariña, “lost genius who bridged the gap between beats and hippies”.

Browse The Brewer’s Associations‘s list of the U.S.’ ” top 50 breweries for 2015″.

Listen to NPR Music’s piece: “How A Stressful Night For Miles Davis Spawned Two Classic Albums”.

Read Paste‘s report: “John Oliver’s “Donald Drumpf” Segment Broke Every HBO Viewing Record”.

Read “An Interview with case/lang/veirs“.

Ever wonder “‘How Did This Song Get In That Commercial?’ NPR has your answer.

Browse Rolling Stone‘s picks for the 100 greatest drummers of all time.

Read Gizmodo’s report on the recent study finding that “People Who Point Out Typos Are Jerks”.

Read Okay Player‘s report that A Tribe Called Quest was working on a new album at the time of Phife Dawg‘s passing.

Listen to NPR Music’s tribute to the Stratocaster.

Browse Paste‘s list of “The 100 Best Movies on Netflix (April 2016)”.

Read NPR’s review of Don Cheadle‘s new Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead.

  • Read Paste‘s piece on the movie.

BrowseNeil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing” at Brain Pickings.

Browse Men’s Journal‘s picks for “The 101 Best Beers in America”.

Read The Guardian‘s profile of Shuggie Otis: ‘I could have been a millionaire, but that wasn’t on my mind’.

Read/Listen to NPR’s piece: “Alan Lomax‘s Massive Archive Goes Online”.

Read Fact‘s report that Fugazi has returned with a 5-song EP commenting on the “horrorshow” of our presidential election.

Read as the AV Club wonders: “Can the new wave of faith-based filmmaking transcend propaganda?”

Read Reuters‘ piece: “Tesla says Model 3 orders top $10 billion in first 36 hours”.

Read The Atlantic‘s “Case Against High-School Sports”.

Read as The New York Times investigates “the Minds of Mass Killers”.

Take a peek at 15 of the world’s most exquisite libraries” at CNN.

Read: “Beverly Cleary on turning 100: Kids today ‘don’t have the freedom’ I had” at the Washington Post.

Read as The Atlantic argues: “Liberal arts and the humanities aren’t just for the elite.”

Read Christianity Today‘s piece: “More Americans Agree Christians Face Intolerance But Complain Too Much About It,” arguing; “tone matters when advocating for religious liberty.”

Read as The New York Times considers the revival of PBR.

Read as The Atlantic considers “The Importance of Eating Together”.

Browse Flavorwire‘s picks for “The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in April”.

Read as Atlas Obscura considers “The Doomed Effort to Make Videos Go Vinyl”.

Read Rolling Stone‘s report that the Rolling Stones will release a new album this year.

Read as PopMatters considers Jon StewartThe Daily Show and “the Rise of Media Accountability”.

Spreadable Beer. Because.

Read the Art of Manliness‘ list of “9 Things a Grown Man Can Learn From the Hardy Boys“.

Read Slate‘s report: “After Seven Long Years, There’s a New Answering Machine Tape on Homestar Runner”.

Read Uncut‘s reflection on “Miles Davis, Hank Williams and the current crop of music biopics”.

Read FACT‘s report: “Bandcamp has made $150M in artist profits in the last eight years”.

Read a report finding “People Who Point Out Grammatical Errors Are JERKS, Says Science”.

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towncrierAnd here we are yet again. Blah, blah, blah. Yada, Yada, Yada. Holiday-whoo-bee-whattey.

passes them along to you for your interest.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Browse Large Hearted Boy‘s list of “100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads.”

Listen to a mix of some of my favorite songs released in 2015.

Browse my 42 favorite albums of 2015.

Download a three-volume mix of Jesusy songs I collected.

R.I.P. Gary Shandling.

R.I.P. baseball legend Joe Garagiola.

R.I.P. actor Ken Howard.

R.I.P. rapper Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report: “Paul McCartney is re-acquiring The Beatles’ catalog”.

Browse “Relevant”‘s picks for “11 Contemporary Authors Every Christian Should Read”. What do you think of their picks.

Read Glide‘s review of the Miles Davis biopic and interview with Don Cheadle, the man behind it all.

Look Into the Eyes of Refugee Children” at National Geographic.

Browse uDiscover‘s picks for “20 Great Books About Jazz”.

Read Paste‘s report about Amazon time-warping Doctor Who away from Netflix.

Read The Guardian‘s interview with reggae/dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

Read The CreatorProject’s report that “Studio Ghibli‘s Animation Software Is Now Free”.

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towncrierWell hi there. How are you? How’s your week been? was it a good week or a bad week? Was it a busy week or a slow week. Did your week leave you feeling weak?

Well have no fear, the Weekly Town Crier is here to inform you on all of the things about which you are ill informed. Or maybe he just collects links of interest and passes them along to you for your interest.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Browse Large Hearted Boy‘s list of “100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads.”

Listen to a mix of some of my favorite songs released in 2015.

Browse my 42 favorite albums of 2015.

Download a three-volume mix of Jesusy songs I collected.

R.I.P. Louis Meyers, co-founder of SXSW.

R.I.P. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid.

Read Christianity Today‘s piece: “Israeli Christians Think and Do Almost the Opposite of American Evangelicals”.

Read about the Florida Sheriff who has pledged “to arrest CEO Tim Cook if Apple resists crypto cooperation”.

Read as Consequence of Sound considers the legacy of MTV’s 120 Minutes. Remember when the Music Television Network actually thought music mattered?

Read as jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb reflects on the making of some of Miles Davis‘ greatest albums at Uncut magazine.

Read as Paste magazine talks with a proponent of the flat earth theory.

Read as Flavorwire profiles Obama’s SXSW role this year.

Read as Peter Capaldi criticizes their BBC for neglecting Doctor Who.

Read as Damien Jurado talks with Paste and opens up about battle with depression: “I Went from the Light Really Into the Black.”

Read as Salon reports that the estate of Harper Lee has begun actions to cease the publication of the (rightly) ubiquitous mass market paperback edition of To Kill A Mocking bird.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that the Eagles are breaking up.

Read Brain Pickings‘ piece: “Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last”.

  • Read as The Guardian considers “Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: maybe a film adaptation just isn’t meant to be”.

Read as The Atlantic considers: “The Trader Joe‘s Lesson: How to Pay a Living Wage and Still Make Money in Retail”.

Read Uncrate‘s report that AC/DC is canceling the remainder of their tour dates as Brian Johnson faces total hearing loss.

Read as The Daily Beast profiles “The Stupidly Simple Spy Messages No Computer Could Decode”.

Read as Ars Technica reports: “Google AI goes 3-0, wins Go match against Lee Se-dol”.

Read as On The Media argues: “Why The Publishing Industry Isn’t In Peril”.

Read as Bryan Cranston tells The Advocate that he’d love to star in a Malcom in the Middle reunion.

Browse “The Scariest Urban Legend From Every State” at Thought Catalog.

Read about the “New company offering same-day in-home releases of new films”from Napster founder Sean Parker which has received the “backing of Abrams, Spielberg.”

Read Techly‘s report that “In Switzerland, It’s Illegal To Own Just One Guinea Pig Because They’re Prone To Loneliness”.

Browse Fast Company‘s list of “7 Interview Questions For Measuring Emotional Intelligence”.

Read Damn Interesting‘s profile of Colonel Sanders.

Crank Out Infinite Geometric Designs With The Wooden Cycloid Drawing Machine” at Colassal. 

Read Brooklyn Vegan‘s piece about an increasing problem: homeowners move into areas with (already) existing music venues and then make noise complaints, and win.

Read “Relevant”‘s report that Hillsong is getting its own television network.

Read reports that Christian celebrity speaker Mark Driscoll will launch his new speaking platform here in AZ on Easter Sunday.

Read The Observer‘s profile of Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band on the release of their magnificent double album The Rarity of Experience. Forsyth discusses the influence of R.E.M, Television, the Dead and wonders on his Facebook page of the interview: “I talked a lot about why the Solar Motel Band is actually jazz band in flannel or something.”

  • Read Pitchfork‘s review of the album: “Solar Motel Band leader Chris Forsyth strikes a near-perfect balance between ’70s rock tradition and present-day experimentation with his signature guitar tone.”

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London's Town Crier copyYeah, I know how you feel. Man, sometimes it just feels like it’s in the water or something. Like fluoride.

But then other times it just doesn’t seem like it’s there. You try everything you know, you try to break old habits and find new breath. But it just doesn’t seem like it’s enough.

And then there are the so-so times. How are you? Así, Así, you know. Doing OK but not much more or less than that.

Wherever you find yourself along the spectrum, a good day to you, friend. Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier, where I find, collect and distribute links of varying degrees of interest.

Read as Joseph Gordon-Levitt announces his exit from the Sandman movie adaptation.

Read as The Smart Set considers the legacy of poet Langston Hughes.

Browse Rolling Stone‘s picks for “40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time”.

Browse as Panels considers “5 Graphic Memoirs To Pick Up Immediately”.

Pick up some great Kurt Vonnegut books for Kindle at only $1.99 (are you out of your mind?!) for a limited time:

R.I.P. the other Beatle, George Martin.

R.I.P. author and speaker Gary Smalley.

R.I.P. author and speaker Jerry Bridges.

R.I.PEmerson, Lake & Palmer‘s Keith Emerson.

Read/listen at NPR as Colin Powell says: “GOP Candidates ‘Belittling’ The Country And Presidency”

Read at Business Insider about how the Mythbusters don’t particularly like one another yet work quite well together.

Watch Bob Odenkirk interview Robbie Fulks.

Read as the New York Times interviews Wendell Berry.

Watch an interview with Ishmael Butler, of Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report: “Beetlejuice 2 is a go, with Tim Burton, Michael Keaton, and Winona Ryder”.

Read as Michael Azerrad reflects on the enduring legacy of his book Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 for AV Club.

GED GED-YAH! Read Variety‘s report that WGN’s Outsiders has been renewed for a second season.

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London's Town Crier copyI don’t know about you but I love spicy artichoke jalapeño dip. I mean, with some wavy potato chips or the thicker plain chips. Not the thin ones because the dip is too thick for those sissy chips. No sissy chips up in he-yah. Know what I mean, Vern?

Man, sometimes it just hits the spot if you know what I mean. No? Well, you really should try some.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Browse Large Hearted Boy‘s list of “100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads.”

Listen to a mix of some of my favorite songs released in 2015.

Browse my 42 favorite albums of 2015.

Download a three-volume mix of Jesusy songs I collected.

R.I.P. Harper Lee.

R.I.P. Umberto Eco.

R.I.P. Samuel Willenberg, “the last known survivor of the Nazi death camp Treblinka.”

R.I.P. Jeb Bush’s presidential bid.

R.I.P. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign.

R.I.P. First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Browse the lineup for this year’s Pitchfork music festival.

Browse Phoenix New Times‘ list of “Arizona’s 30 Most Influential Musicians.”

Learn about caffeinated toothpaste.

Read about Sub Pop Records offering “college scholarships to ‘losers’ and ‘art-enthused misfits'”.

Read as Smithsonian considers “How the Phonograph Changed Music Forever”.

Read as Salon argues: “Stop buying old Bob Dylan albums: “Every time somebody buys a reissue, they’re just taking money away from new musicians”. But I like Bob Dylan and new music . . .

Watch a “1970 documentary about Hunter S. Thompson‘s run for mayor of Aspen”.

  • Read as The Washington Post opines: “If only Hunter S. Thompson could have lived to take on this election”.

Browse as NPR’s Jazz Night In America considers the history of “Jazz slang”.

Read as The Washington Post considers three cocktails that “pair perfectly with classic literature”.

Read USA Today‘s profile of Mavis Staples.

Browse as The Guardian compares streaming services.

Browse Paste‘s picks for “10 Essential Short Story Collections”.

Read as The Guardian considers: “Slave to the algorithm? How music fans can reclaim their playlists from Spotify“.

Read as Consequence of Sound reports that a “Fall Coachella Festival” is imminent.

Read reports that Apple is implementing a trade-in program for iPhones.

Read Vinyl Factory‘s report that new printed city guides for vinyl are being made available for select cities.

Read The Atlantic‘s report on the return of Planet Earth.

Ever wonder why you sometimes feel “phantom phone vibrations”?

Read Smithsonian‘s piece: “Long Before Jack Daniels, George Washington Was a Whiskey Tycoon.”

Read as Gillian Anderson talks about Dave Grohl‘s X-Files cameo and how it came to be.

Read as AV Club urges us to reconsider “the grim and gritty Dark Age of superhero comics.”

Read Live For Live Music‘s report: “The Leaked Tracklisting For The National‘s Extensive Grateful Dead Tribute Is Incredible”.

Hear “a giant 800-track alt/indie-focused 90’s playlist in chronological order”.

Read about the new vinyl-pressing plant promising tw0-week turnaround.

Read CNN‘s report: “Beyoncé offered security for concert by Louis Farrakhan“.

Browse as Consequence of Sound considers “Which Artists Are Still Holding Out on Streaming”.

Browse “Relevant”‘s list of “8 Biographies Everyone Should Read”.

Read Paste‘s report: “Pixar Made an App That Helps the Blind Experience Movies”.

Read Fact Magazine‘s report: “Discogs sold 6.6 million records in 2015”.

Watch Bill Gates DJ on Jimmy Fallon.

See shoes that grow with you.

Read “Relevant”‘s piece: “Justin Bieber: Without God I’d Be a Terrible Person”.

Listen as the BBC discusses poetry form.

Read as Lucinda Williams discusses her discography with Spin.

Browse Flavorwire‘s picks for “The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in March”.

Ever wonder: “How Does ‘A Wrinkle in Time‘ Look on a Map?”

Read Paste‘s: “4 Questions for Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver”.

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London's Town Crier copyBlippity Bloppity Bloop. Sometimes there’s not much else to say. You know, you wrack your brain day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year until you’re just tired of wracking anything because even when you do it seems pretty dry.

Well, take what you can get and don’t whine about it. No one likes a whiner. It just makes you seem selfish and immature.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Browse Large Hearted Boy‘s list of “100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads.”

Listen to a mix of some of my favorite songs released in 2015.

Browse my 42 favorite albums of 2015.

Download a three-volume mix of Jesusy songs I collected.

R.I.P. Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

R.I.P. famed pusher of Dispensationalism, Charles Ryrie.

R.I.P. Police Academy and Punky Brewster star George Gaynes.

R.I.P. Don McClanen, Founder of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

R.I.P. subscription streaming service Drip.

Read about the Chicago pizza place being sued by BMI over unauthorized use of music by Weezer and Red Hot Chili Peppers at a karaoke event.

Read a report claiming that “People Who Wear Crazy Socks Are Smart, Successful, And Revolutionary”.

Read as Mavis Staples wonders: “I often think what would have happened if I’d married Dylan’.

Read as “Relevant” reports: “New Study Shows Church-Going Couples Are Happier”.

Read as David Byrne writes about the rise of Donald Trump: “How Do Folks Continue to Ignore Facts?”

  • Read about the time David Byrne turned his personal library into a lending library.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report: “Martin Shkreli offers to buy Kanye West’s new album for $10 million”.

Read about the Oregon Metalhead whose vest was stolen only to inexplicably appear three years later in a Macy’s display case on the other side of the country.

Read Techly‘s piece about what it’s really like to have a near-death experience.

Read as NPR considers “What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren’t Getting)”.

Read The Week‘s report: “Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs”.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, browse various definitions of love.

Read Pitchfork‘s report: “Morrissey Appears in Supreme Ads, Swiftly Distances Himself From the Company”, stating: “This was before I learned that Supreme were sponsored in part by the beef sandwich pharaoh known as White Castle.”

Read The Washington Post‘s piece: “He wrote the definitive bio of the Replacements and got Paul Westerberg’s tooth.”

Read as Fact Magazine considers “Five reasons why SoundCloud might be doomed”.

Browse Christianity Today’s picks for “The Best Books to Read for Lent (That You Won’t Find in a Christian Bookstore)”.

Read Paste‘s report: “$160,000 Worth of Stolen Wisconsin Cheese Has Been Recovered”.

Read BBC‘s piece: “What does a psychologist think of Kanye West‘s Twitter feed?”

  • Read “Relevant”‘s report: “Kanye West Is Making a Video Game About Heaven”.
  • Read as Motherboard argues that Kanye West‘s new album The Life of Pablo is “the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it”.

Browse Motto‘s list of “35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime”. What do you think of their picks?

Watch Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in ‘Born to Be Blue’ Trailer’ at Rolling Stone.

Read as Cornel West asserts: “Beyoncé is no Aretha Franklin“.

Read Brain Picking‘s piece: “20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Surprisingly Sage Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life”.

Read as Christianity Today considers “Why Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill Made Christian History in Cuba”.

Read as “Relevant” considers “Why All Christians Should Observe Lent”.

Learn why Alexander the Great told his men to shave their beards.

Read as James Gunn, the filmmaker behind Guardians of the Galaxy says: “Studios Shouldn’t Make All Superhero Movies Raunchy Because of Deadpools Success”.

Read as Washington Post considers “What happens when a Supreme Court justice dies in an election year?”

Read Ernest Hemingway‘s Nobel acceptance speech: “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.”

See “Poetic Photos of Batman in Abandoned Places”.

Browse NME‘s list of “28 Boring Day Jobs Musicians Did Before They Were Famous”.

Read Taste of Cinema‘s list of “12 Reasons To Make You Love The Films Of Wes Anderson“.

Read as The Washington Post‘s report about the man who “didn’t report to work for six years, and no one noticed until he won an award”.

See the Romanian town drowning in toxic waste.

Watch a new music video for Daniel Lanois and Rocco DeLuca‘s track “The Resonant Frequency of Love”.

Read Vogue‘s interview with Lucinda Williams on the release of her brilliant new album The Ghosts of Highway 20.

Browse Thought Catalog‘s list of “40 Words For Emotions You’ve Felt, But Couldn’t Explain”.

Browse amazing portraits of homeless people.

Read The AV Club‘s piece: “The Coen brothers keep making the same film twice—and it’s brilliant”.

Read about the recent study finding: “Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.”

Read The New Yorker‘s piece on one of my favorite bands: “Wilco’s Music for Adulthood”.

Read The Washington Post‘s piece: “The Friends’ reboot is never going to happen: That show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. Once you start having a family, that time of your life is over.”

Read Vinyl Factory‘s report: “New Vinyl Jukebox Created For The First Time In Nearly Two Decades”.

Read “Relevant’s report that Whole Foods will begin offering vinyl and tattoos.

Read as The Atlantic considers “How Writers Can Grow by Pretending to Be Other People”.

See “What different novels look like with everything removed but punctuation”.

Read about “The shocking science of sword swallowing”.

Read Pitchfork‘s report that David Bowie turned down a collaboration with the Foo Fighters.

Read the report that NPR Music’s Bob Boilen will be featured on The Simpsons.

Browse Fact Magazine‘s picks for “The 50 best trip-hop albums of all time”.

Read The Washington Post‘s piece: “There’s no real link between immigration and terrorism, study finds”.

Read about the husband who planted “thousands of flowers for two years to make his blind wife smile again.”

Read Boing Boing‘s piece: “American Airlines is suing Gogo over its crappy Wi-Fi”.

Read as Ed Stetzer argues: “Expository preaching is the best, but not a biblically mandated, preaching approach” at Christianity Today.

Read Tiny Mix Tapes‘ report: “YouTube purchases BandPage for artists to sell merchandise”.

How do you pick between Russian River, Allagasah or Dogfish Head breweries? The fine folks over the James Beard awards will have to do just that for this year’s “Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional” category.

Read Rolling Stone‘s report: “Spotify Moves to Stop $150 Million Class Action Lawsuit” initiated by Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker‘s David Lowery.

Read as Vanity Fair considers “How Randy Newman and His Family Have Shaped Movie Music for Generations”.

Browse Time‘s list of “23 Books Everyone Should Read, According to Mark Zuckerberg”.

the Weekly Town Crier

London's Town Crier copyDo you remember that time we were together at that place and we did that thing? Oh man! It was the bombdiggity.

Wait, you don’t remember it? Are you sure? It was bombalicious, yo.

You’re sure, because it was bombtastic. Truly and for reals.

No? Not ringing a bell?

Sorry, wrong number. Sorry to bother you. Perhaps I can offer you some online thought-provoking entertainment? I have collected some links. Why don’t you grab a container of your favorite beverage, put your feet up and peruse.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Browse Large Hearted Boy‘s list of “100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads.”

Listen to a mix of some of my favorite songs released in 2015.

Browse my 42 favorite albums of 2015.

Download a three-volume mix of Jesusy songs I collected.

R.I.P. Dan Hicks.

R.I.P. Giant Sand.

Meet the 107-year-old’ man who’s “secret to a long life is four bottles of red wine a day”.

See some amazing “these Tiny Hand-painted Wes Anderson Sets”.

Read Rolling Stone‘s interview with Lucinda Williams in which she “Talks Meeting Dylan, Southern Identity, Shopping Online”.

Read Washington Post‘s piece: “A Stanford psychologist explains why spacing out and goofing off is so good for you”.

Read as The Guardian considers” “Villain or victim, Shakespeare’s Shylock is a character to celebrate”.

Browse “10 Paradoxical Traits of Creative People” at Fast Company.

Read about a rare, unreleased Rolling Stones album that was recently stolen.

Read as Warped Speed considers why having a beard is good for your health.

ReadWilliam S. Burroughs on Creativity” at Brain Pickings: “The price an artist pays for doing what he wants is that he has to do it.”

Take a Peek Inside Neil Gaiman‘s Library”.

Read/watch as The Chicago Tribune profiles a new documentary about John Prine.

Maybe movies should end whenever a character says the title out loud“.

Read as Slate wonders “Why Can’t Apple Figure Out Television?”

Meet the man who created Papyrus, the world’s second-most hated font.

Read about the “First U.S. Doctor Sentenced for Patient ODs”. “A California doctor was sentenced to 30 years in prison on murder charges Friday in connection with three overdose deaths from medication she prescribed.”

Read as The Guardian considers “From Berlin’s warehouses to London’s estates: how cities shape music scenes”.

Read about the priceless antique Martin guitar Kurt Russell smashed during the filming of Quentin Tarantino‘s Hateful Eight.

Read as “Andrew Zimmern Explains How to Acquire a Taste”.

Watch Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy sing Stephen Colbert a lullaby.

Read as Inc. wonders: “Why Are Millennials So Unhappy at Work?”

Read: “Proust on What Art Does for the Soul and How to Stop Letting Habit Blunt Our Aliveness” at Brain Pickings.

Ever wonder “What happens to a tiny town when Walmart disappears?” Find out at The Washington Post.

Looking for a new career path? “Stone Temple Pilots Launch Open Audition for New Singer”.

Read as The New Yorker wonders if we’re maybe missing the point in our hatred of Martin Shkreli.

See “What $1 USD Gets You In Food All Around The World”.

Read “Relevant”‘s report: “The Pastor of China’s Largest Official Protestant Church Has Been Arrested”.

Read The Guardian‘s piece: “In 1971, librarian Marguerite Hart asked famous names in the arts, sciences and politics to write to the children of Troy, Michigan, encouraging them to cherish their new public library.”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report: “Josh Brolin to star in George Jones biopic from Straight Outta Compton writer”.

Browse “America’s Largest Collection of Early Tavern Signs”.

Read “Relevant”‘s report: “Seal Will Play Pontius Pilate in Tyler Perry’s Televised Passion Play”.

Read Ars Technia‘s piece: “The NFL wants you to think these things are illegal”.

Watch the Harlem Globetrotters interrupt Jeff Tweedy at AV Club‘s offices.

Read as Glenn Danzig discusses his recent Portlandia appearance with Rolling Stone.

Learn “How to Read a Book a Week”.

Read Sojourner‘s piece: “Why I’m a Politically Correct Christian (And You Should Be Too)”

See David Bowie‘s art.

Watch a guitarist play “the World’s Last Playable Stradivarius Guitar”.

Read Stereogum‘s report that Belly are reuniting.

See “Gorgeous, Extremely Private Writing Retreats” at Flavorwire.

Read Paste‘s report that Beyoncé told Coldplay that she did not want to collaborate with them.

See the “Last Known Photos of Jim Morrison“.

Read as Alice Cooper reflects “on His Dinner With David Bowie and Ray Bradbury“.

Read Fact Magazine‘s report: “The Pirate Bay now streams torrents in your browser”.

Read AV Club‘s report that a Saved By The Bell-themed restaurant and bar is coming to Chicago.

Learn “How to Make Your Own Moonshine Still from Hardware Store Parts” at Man Made.

Read as Stephen King confirms rumors of a Dark Tower movie.

Read about the Titanic replica set to set sail.

Read Vinyl Factory‘s report that The Gap has now entered the vinyl market.

Read as Noisey considers which musicians have the most positive Twitter followers.

Read Kanye West‘s comments about his new album: “It’s Gospel with a Lot of Cursing”.

Read about the lifetime collection of 1000,000 records now up for sale.

Read reports that the eighth Harry Potter book is on its way.

Read as Peter Gabriel wonders what is the point of music at The Guardian.

Read Pitchfork‘s report that Bruce Springsteen is releasing an autobiography.

Read as “Justin Vernon: Bon Iver Is “No Longer Winding Down” at Stereogum.

Read about “Woodstock Organizers Exploring 50th Anniversary Concert”.

the Weekly Town Crier

London's Town Crier copyThough I have not yet made it over to the Welcome Diner, I welcome you to the Weekly Town Crier. This is the spot on the Interwebs where I regularly collect and distribute links of interest to people of interest. The goal is to think about a wide variety of topics in such a way that we’re all the better for it. Now, go, browse, think, talk with those you love and those you’ve just met. Make the world a better place.

Buy my art here or here or contact me directly to purchase originals.

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Browse Large Hearted Boy‘s list of “100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads.”

Listen to a mix of some of my favorite songs released in 2015.

Browse my 42 favorite albums of 2015.

Download a three-volume mix of Jesusy songs I collected.

R.I.P. Toyota’s Scion brand.

R.I.P. Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire.

R.I.P. BMX legend Dave Mirra.

Read about the man helping classic punk and hardcore bands get years’ worth of royalties.

Trumpdonald.org.

Read an article claiming that intelligent people have messy rooms and cuss like sailors.

Read Hypebeast‘s report that “Pepsi Is Opening a Restaurant in New York City”.

Read NME‘s report about the petition to get Snoop Dogg to narrate Planet Earth.

Read about sake flavored Kit Kats being introduced in Japan.

See a $30,000, bottle of 75-year old scotch.

See police sketches of famous literary characters.

Visit the website for The Seer, a new film “Portrait of Wendell Berry“.

Read about the study that “Finds That if You Spend More Than an Hour a Day on Social Media, You’re Probably Not Sleeping Well”.

Read Paste‘s report: “Lego Has Finally Released A Wheelchair Figure”.

Browse “Relevant”‘s picks for “12 Francis Schaeffer Quotes That Will Challenge the Way You Engage Culture”.

Watch as a “Custom 3D Printer Turns Songs into Ceramics”.

Read about the history of “The 27th Letter”, the ampersand at Poetryfoundation.org.

Read as Spike Lee reflects on the role of Michael Jackson being cast to a white actor: “The Legacy Has Been Hijacked”.

Browse the “the Greatest (and Only) Stray Shopping Cart Identification Guide Ever Made”.

Read about “What Happened When Muhammad Ali Met Malcolm X” at Time.

Read as The National Post considers “How comics became literature”.

Read as The Atlantic reflects on Groundhog Day.

Read about “How Gin Became The Meth of 18th Century England”.

Read as Daily News Feed argues: “Americans Becoming Less Christian, More Atheist”.

Read Paste‘s report that Elon Musk’s “Hyperloop” transportation system is more than just a pipe dream.

Read as The Atlantic wonders “What Happened to Nina Simone?”

Browse The Telegraph‘s list of the world’s “most ‘hipster’ neighbourhoods”.

Browse Atlas Obscura‘s list of “Awesome Places (Arguably) Ruined By Popular Books”.

Read as T.S. Eliot considers what makes great detective fiction at The New Yorker.

Read as The Atlantic considers the National Endowment For The Arts and the question: Who should pay for the arts in America?”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report: “Dolphins love Radiohead“.

Watch Stephen Colbert interview motivational speaker, Joel Osteen (whom I refuse to link because I will not be a party to his increased wealth).

Read The Seattle Times‘s report about Mark Driscoll planting Trinity Church in the Phoenix area.

Read CNBC‘s report that Amazon is planning on opening hundreds more brick and mortar bookstores. Read as The Atlantic wonders why.

Read as Sojourners wonders: “Should Christians Be Socialists?”

Browse Paste’s picks for “The 6 Best New Albums of January 2016”. What were your favorites?

Read as The Guardian considers which book the most people lie about having read.

Read Market Watch‘s profile of “the atheist capital of America”.

Read as First Things considers “David Bowie‘s Search For God”.

Read as Aquarium Drunkard considers “The Darker Side of Diddley“.

Browse The Daily Beast‘s picks for “The 40 Most Intriguing Musicians of 2016”.

Read “Relevant”‘s report: “Televangelism Has Started to Come to Netflix”.

Read as Salon argues: “No, America is not a Christian nation”.

Read Paste‘s report that Batman and Wonder Woman are becoming Barbie figures.

Browse photographs of Kurt Cobain‘s “most intimate belongings”.

See “The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy Explained Perfectly With a Simple Animation.”

Read Noisey‘s report that Martin Skhreli has threatened to slap Wu-Tang Clan‘s Ghostface Killah and read about Ghostface’s response: ““I’ll Break Your Heart In Four Days”.

Browse Paste‘s picks for “The 10 Most Underrated Breweries in America”.

See the “Guitar Pee Urinal” that “lets you play a guitar solo as you tinkle”.

Read comicbook.com‘s report that MacGyver is getting a reboot.

Read Consequence of Souns‘s report that John Kasich has promised to “reunite Pink Floyd if elected”.

Read Pitchfork‘s report that “The Flaming Lips and Kurt Vile Were Answers on “Jeopardy!”

Read NME‘s report: “Romantic comedies encourage female viewers to tolerate stalking”.

Read Time‘s report that “McDonald’s Will Serve Happy Meals With Books Instead of Toys”.

Read as The New Yorker considers “Why Apple and Beats Should Sell Turntables”.

Read Brooklyn Vegan‘s report: “Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Andy Partridge & more wrote songs for The Monkees‘ first album in 20 years”.

Read as Rolling Stone argues “In Defense of the CD”.