the Weekly Town Crier

London's Town Crier copyWhy hello there. How are you? How was your week? Open any good cans of worms? I mean, come on, what fun is life unless you really think deeply about issues and discuss them with people who might disagree with you? Don’t we all get better when we humble ourselves to consider other people’s opinions?

I mean, something weird and unexpected and less preachy.

Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier. This is where I collect links I found interesting throughout the week. I pass them along for your consideration and then we come back to discuss. It’s all really good fun when you think about it.

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

It’s the most wonderful time of year: year-end list time!

  • Browse American Songwriter’s picks for the “Top 50 Albums of 2015.”
  • Browse Design Week’s picks for their favorite album covers.
  • Browse Flavorwire‘s picks for “The 50 Best Independent Press Books of 2015.”
  • Browse as the KEXP DJ’s make their picks.
  • Browse as Pandora reveals the top 100 “thumbed up” songs of 2015.
  • Browse Piccadilly Records‘s choices.
  • Browse Rough Trade‘s picks for their favorite albums of the year.
  • Browse Stereogum‘s picks for their favorite new bands of 2015.

Browse other random lists:

  • Browse Dazed‘s picks for “Ten artists you should be listening to in 2016.”
  • Browse NME‘s picks for the “100 Best Songs Of The 00s.”
  • Browse Pitchfork‘s 2015 Holiday gift guide.

Listen to Amazon‘s playlist: “Indie For The Holidays.”

  • Browse The Portland Press Herald‘s list of “Five Christmas albums that pluck heartstrings without fraying nerves.”
  • Download “Relevants” Christmas playlist.

Read as Christianity Today asks four questions to determine: “What Is an Evangelical?”

See “Rock Stars And Their Cars” at NME.

Read as BBC reports on a new trend in British law enforcement/civil rights: “Subculture abuse classed as hate crime.”

Read as NPR wonders “Why Do Young People Like Socialism More Than Older People Do?”

Watch Tony Hawk skate the first ever horizontal loop.

See a map of America’s favorite swear words by region.

Read/listen to NPR’s profile of Sam Phillips: “The Man And The Mistakes That ‘Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll’.”

Read FACT”s report: “Wu-Tang Clan have sold Once Upon A Time in Shaolin to a “private American collector” for a price “in the millions.”

Read the Daily Beast‘s report: “Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana.”

Oregon joins Northern California state parks in offering free entrance on Black Friday.

Learn from Paste‘s suggestions: “How to Sleep in Your Car (with Pictures).”

Read “True Myth,” Pitchfork‘s conversation with Sufjan Stevens.

Read as Salon considers “Thomas Jefferson vs. the Bible: What America’s founding father really thought about religion.”

Read Rolling Stone‘s piece: “Pope Francis Calls Christmas ‘A Charade’: ‘The Whole World Is at War’.”

Last week belonged to A Tribe Called Quest. Apparently, this week belongs to Star Wars:

  • See “A Japanese Star Wars knock-off almost as weird as the original.”
  • Ever wonder “What It Would Look Like If David Lynch Directed Star Wars”?
  • Read Boing Boing‘s piece: “Alan Moore‘s brilliantly bonkers lost 1980sStar Wars comics.” Have you seen them?
  • Read as George Lucas says: “I’m done with ‘Star Wars'”.

Remember “When Meth Was an Antidepressant?

  • Do you know “How LSD Microdosing Became the Hot New Business Trip”?
  • Read as Boing Boing considers “Microdoses of LSD and mushrooms as an alternative to Adderall (or coffee!)”

Read Pitchfork‘s piece: “Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy Working on Memoir.”

Read Alana Massey’s beautifully written piece: “Theological Scars”.

Read The New Yorker‘s Piece: “Unfollow: How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs.”

Read as The Washington Post considers: “NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it.”

Read FACT‘s piece: “The biggest album of all time is now intrinsically worthless” and download Michael Jackson‘s Thriller for free in the process.

Read AV Club‘s report: “Innocence ends for good as Winnie The Pooh’s skull goes on display.”

Browse as the New York Public Library recommends “31 Bookish, Brainy, Beautiful Blogs for Readers.”

Browse LitReactor‘s picks for “10 Albums Based on Books and Literature.”

Browse Time‘s suggestions for “The 12 Worst Habits for Your Mental Health.”

Browse The Telegraph‘s picks for “The 10 most overrated films of all time.” What do you think?

Ever wonder “How to make facial hair grow faster”? Browse these “tips, tricks and myths”?

See  the “Amish man wearing his full traditional clothing” who “clocks great time in marathon.”

Read The Atlantic‘s piece: “Donald Trump Threatens Religious Liberty.”

  • Read Boing  Boing‘s report: “Donald Trump confirms, then denies, his father’s arrest at a KKK rally.”
  • Read as CNN considers “Why some conservatives say Trump talk is fascist.”

Meet “the man who’s been photographing David Bowie for 40 years.”

  • Trace David Bowie’s musical evolution through his hair.”

These portraits show the dramatic effect of good lighting on changing perceptions of people’s appearances.”

Meet the “Florida cop fired for joining a death metal band on stage.”

Browse Paste‘s picks for “7 Thanksgiving Beers Without Pumpkin.”

  • Browse SF Gate‘s list of “11 beers you think are craft but have ties to big breweries.”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that John Carpenter is developing four shows for TV.

Consider “The Uphill Battle for International Acts Touring in America.”

See “The Entire History of ‘Doctor Who’ Illustrated as a Tapestry.”

Read as NPR considers “Justin Timberlake And The AC/DC Rule.”

Read Rolling Stone‘s report: “Robert Carlyle Talks ‘Trainspotting 2′”

Read as Hypebeast considers “Are Expensive Running Shoes Really Better for You?”

Read as Sojourners considers “Pixar‘s New Film Takes Gamble on Hindu Theme.”

Read as Apple Music’s “Jimmy Iovine thinks finding music is too difficult for some women.”

Read as Christianity Today considers “What ‘The Hunger Games‘ Taught Three Millennials.”

Read Rolling Stone‘s report: “Tom Petty to Curate Own SiriusXM Channel.”

Read as The Atlantic considers why it’s so difficult to know who really writes pop music hits.

Browse Flavorwire‘s picks for “10 Perfect Books to Cozy Up to As You Cook, Eat, and Drink This Thanksgiving.”

Read Paste‘s report: “Frank Miller on Dark Knight IV Details: “It’s none of your damn business.”

Read NPR‘s report: “Evangelical Groups Tell Political Leaders: ‘Jesus Was A Refugee'”

  • Read NPR’s piece: “What Does the Bible Say About Refugees? Depends Who You Ask.”
  • See the photo series “Where Syrian Refugee Children Sleep.”
  • Ever wonder “How ISIS Got Its Flag”?
  • Read as “Stephen Colbert cleverly points out the obvious Christian flaws in the GOP’s opposition to Syrian refugees” according to The Week.
  • Read as NPR offers “4 Things To Know About The Vetting Process For Syrian Refugees.”
  • Browse “What The 2016 Candidates Would Do About ISIS, In One Chart.”
  • Read as Slate wonders: “Why Are People So Scared of Syrian Refugees?”
  • Read the CATO Institute‘s report: “Syrian Refugees Don’t Pose a Serious Security Threat.”
  • Read as The Washington Post considers something apparently no one has ever thought of before: “Want to stop Islamic terrorism? Be nicer to Muslims.”

Read as The Gospel Coalition considers “One Trait that Set Apart the Earliest Christians.”

R.I.P. The Microsoft Zune.

R.I.P. “Cynthia Robinson, Trumpeter and Co-Founder of Sly and the Family Stone.’

See “The nine circles of hell from Dante’s Inferno recreated in Lego.”

  • See “12 Works of Literature Recreated in LEGO.”

Meet “A bookstore built on a concept: 100 of the world’s most engaging people each choose their top 10 “desert island” books.”

Browse Time‘s list of “10 Things Millennials Won’t Spend Money On.”

Browse “17 Books Everyone Should Read, According to Bill Gates” at Time magazine.

Read as Justin Taylor considers “What To Do If You Are Offended or Confused by Flannery O’Connor‘s Stories,” because it’s going to happen at some point.

Browse “The FOODBEAST Guide to In-N-Out Burger’s Menu Hacks.”

See “The best way to explain to your kid why there’s a limit on “screen time.”

Read Stereogum‘s piece about the Pogues‘ Shane MacGowan’s Dental Work that’s Coming This Christmas.

Read as The Washington Post considers: “Is Stephen Colbert too liberal for his own (ratings’) good?”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s opinion piece “Why holograms are the future of live entertainment.”

Read as Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke says the British government tried to bribe him.

See “The pen that can mimic every colour in the world.”

Read as Smithsonian considers “Why a Yam Is Not a Sweet Potato.”

Read as The Atlantic wonders “Why Affluent Parents Put So Much Pressure on Their Kids.”

Read Boing Boing‘s report: “LAX to build terminal exclusively for celebrities and generic, boring rich people.”

See “55 Vintage Book Covers Brought to Life.”

Read NME‘s report that Ringo Starr will auction the “first-ever copy of The Beatles‘ ‘White Album‘ ”

Preview Eagles Of Death Metal’s First Interview About Paris Terrorist Attack.”

Read Salon‘s piece: ““It’s unacceptable to give religious privilege only to those who believe in the supernatural”: The Satanic Temple challenges the religious right.”

See illustrations that “perfectly capture what real love looks like.”

Consider with Noisey “How Freaks and Geeks Predicted Our Adult Personalities.”

Browse “The John Waters Guide to Holiday Party Etiquette.”

Read Christianity Today‘s report: “How 1,000 Women Who Aborted Feel About the Local Church.”

Read The Guardian‘s profile of Public Enemy’s Chuck D.

Browse Noisey‘s picks for the “Ten Strangest Bands From TV.”

Consider “A Brief History of the Government Suppressing Music” at Noisey.

Revisit David Lynch’s Twin Peaks-themed Japanese coffee ads from the 90s.”

Read NME‘s report that Morrissey has proof his record label blocked the release of a single in honor of the Paris attacks.

Read AZ Central‘s report that hosting the Super Bowl was a flop for Glendale, AZ.

Browse this list of 16 People Sharing “The Best Thing They’ve Ever Heard A Child Say”

See “3D Printing Classical Paintings for the Blind.”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that “John Frusciante just gave away a boatload of music for free download.”

See “New Maslow’s hierarchy of needs” at Lost at E Minor.

Hear the previously unreleased demo for R.E.M.’s classic track “Fall On Me”.

Read about the Georgia sheriff who paid out of his own pocket to place a sign urging people offended by right-wing-whack-jobism to not visit his town. OK.

Read about the artist who has created a “synthesizer using his own stem cells.”

Read Time‘s report: “Watches Are Bad Investments—With One Notable Exception.”

See Colossal‘s post: “Art Meets Cartography: The 15,000-Year History of a River in Oregon Rendered in Data.”

Read as Noisey considers “How A Kid Running An Obscure Music Forum Became The Target of the UK’s Biggest Ever Piracy Case.”

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Town CrierWell howdy do Scooby Doo? What’s up Buttercup? Hope to sure by golly that you’re having a heckuva day. If not, why not? What’s got you so blue, Sue? Turn that frown upside down. Because, you know, things aren’t usually as bad as they seem. Except for then they are. Then that sucks. I’m sorry for you. Is there anything I can do to help?

In the meantime, here are a bunch of links I’ve found interesting. Maybe that will help? Maybe not. Either way.

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

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

See the first pictures from the set of the new Clash biopic.

Ever wonder how much the Pentagon paid your favorite sports team for its patriotism?

See the personal tattoo machine.

R.I.P. Gunnar Hansen, the Original Leatherface from ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’.

R.I.PAllen Toussaint.

R.I.PMotörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor.

See “Fordite: a rare mineral only found in old Detroit auto-painting facilities.”

Browse Phoenix New Times‘s picks for the 20 best kids’ movies of all time.

Browse “A History Of Insane Art Prices.”

Watch David Lynch perform ‘Polish Night Music” with Marek Zebrowski.

Read Laughing Squid‘s report that Youtube has released an app dedicated solely to music.

Read/listen as NPR considers the process of editing tracks for airplay.

Read as The Atlantic urges: “Study Theology, Even If You Don’t Believe in God.”

Read about the woman who “shredded $1 million before death to spite relatives”.

Read as Trevin Wax asks Christians: “Does Your Facebook Rant “Honor Everyone?”

See an art instillation made from thousands of dead bugs.

Read The AV Club‘s report: “Sony to stop making Betamax tapes decades after everyone thought it did.”

Read as “Talib Kweli reviews Pitchfork‘s review of Talib Kweli.”

Follow “The Strange Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe‘s Hair” at Atlas Obscura.

Watch “Veterans Talking About How They Felt About Killing Someone.”

Browse as 20 musicians pick their favorite music memoirs.

Read/listen as Gordon Lightfoot tells Steve Earle  how/why he “wrote The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Browse this visual collection of 15 beautiful turntables.

Read as U2‘s Larry Mullen says ‘the music industry is broken’.

Learn how to make a “terrarium in a coffee pot.”

See “Typewriter portraiture.”

See Bill Nye get gritty Photoshop makeovers.

Listen to “Steve Albini and Ian MacKaye Interview Each Other.”

Browse Time‘s list of “The 5 Things Your Kids Will Remember About You.”

See “Willy Wonka cast members reunited after 43 years.”

Peep The Creator’s Project‘s piece: “Fibonacci Sequence Makes “Perfect” Celebrity Portraits.”

See restaurant that “only serves food from countries the US is in conflict with.”

Read about the recent study claiming to find that “religious” children are more selfish.

Read The Denver Post‘s report that Adidas is offering to help high schools eliminate Native American mascots.

Read The Atlantic‘s piece wondering if “Dorms for Grownups” could be a solution for lonely “Millennials”.

Read Christianity Today‘s piece on the Southern Baptist Convention: “The Southern Baptist S(p)ending Crunch.” The missions agency of the largest US Protestant denomination faces a $21 million deficit. Could it spell the end of the fulltime missionary?”

Watch a man interview himself . . . 38 years later.

Read as The Atlantic considers Albert Mohler and “Hating Queerness Without Hating the Queer.”

Read as Pitchfork remembers Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous.

Browse Lost at E Minor‘s collection of “Movies and their colour palettes.”

Read as Paste interviews Son Volt‘s Jay Farrar.

Read Arizona Central‘s report: “Mormon church issues rules aimed at gay members, their kids.”

Read The Atlantic‘s report: “Karl Marx’s Resting Place Has an Entry Fee.”

See the Japanese restaurant where you catch your own fish.

Ever wonder “What people talk about before they die”? A hospice chaplain shares.

Read Reuters report that Apple employees must submit to bag searches.

See a machine that visualizes the wi-fi waves surrounding us.

Watch NOFX get lectured on selling out.

Read Salon‘s piece: “Our stuff is burying us alive: Hoarding and the mountains of garbage we call “collections”

Read Newsweek‘s report that Sea World is phasing out its killer whale performances.

Read “The Unfair Truth About How Creative People Succeed” at Entrepreneur.

Read as Aziz Ansari talks to Pitchfork about the music on his new show, Master of None.

Read BBC Earth‘s report that dogs can tell if you’re untrustworthy.

Read The Gospel Coalition‘s piece on “Why Denominational Identity Still Matters.”

No friends? No problem. Japan’s Moomin Cafe has stuffed toys to keep you company.

Read about the UK couple being fined after installing an anti-child noise repellant outside of their home.

Read bout the who spent time alone in caves as part of an experiment on the effects of isolation.

Hear the “Aztec Death Whistle” used to intimidate enemies.

Read Vanity Fair‘s piece: “On the Existential Beauty of Peanuts.”

Read Time‘s report: “Kurt Cobain’s Unplugged Sweater Sells For $137,500.”

Get the clip on manbun at Groupon.

Read The New Yorker‘s piece on “The Curious Persistence of Poetry Shops.”

Read FACT‘s report that vinyl sales have had another record-breaking year.

Read as The Washington Post considers “The problem with following your passion.”

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that (the artist again known as) Prince once fires Questlove from DJing to show Finding Nemo instead.

Experiment with the “Bob Ross lorem ipsum generator.”

Read Time‘s report that “Early Morning is Actually the Worst Time to Drink Coffee.”

Read as “Relevant” wonders “How Much Should I Care About Ethical Food?”

Read Pitchfork‘s report: “Michael Stipe Opens for Patti Smith With Covers Set.”

Read AV Club‘s Character Study piece: “With Lady Eboshi, Princess Mononoke presents something more subtle than a villain.”

Read reports that Joe’s Crab Shack has become the first US chain to do away with tipping.

See an octopus typewriter.

Read as “Spotify names its most streamed track of all time.”

Read about the voice of Charlie Brown who is being charged with an assassination plot on the sheriff of San Diego.

Browse Paste‘s list of “15 Really Polarizing Foods.”

See the very cool photo series The Mystical Origins of Fruit and Vegetables by Maciek Jasik.

See “The loneliest whale in the world.”

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Town CrierWell I don’t know why you have to get all snippy about it, there Snoopy. I mean, come on. It’s not like it’s really a big deal. Chillax already, yo.

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

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Watch a short documentary about an evangelical Christian who has left the Republican party over gun rights.

Read as The Gothamist talks to Anthony Bourdain about “Sushi, Tipping & His New Graphic Novel.” Also read as Bourdain says: “‘Every Restaurant in America Would Shut Down’ if Donald Trump Elected‘.

Hear a clip of James Franco narrating Slaughterhouse-Five.

Browse “Vintage mug shots of iconic actors and musicians.”

Read Hypebeast‘s report that “Vice Media Is Working With Disney to Have Its Own TV Channel.”

Read as The Guardian wonders whether or not the Star Trek television reboot can “live long and prosper in the Netflix era?”

See the “Henry Rollins Driving App” that “Tells You How Hard It Would Have Been to Get There in the 80’s”.

Read as The New Yorker considers “Humans of New York and the Cavalier Consumption of Others.”

Read Time‘s report that Seattle’s famous “gum wall” will soon be scraped clean.

Read FACT’s report that David Lynch’s Twin Peaks reboot has been delayed until 2017.

Read Time‘s report that “Ireland Plans to Set Up Heroin-Injection Centers.”

Read The Telegraph‘s piece: “Bearded men ‘more likely to be sexist’.”

Ever wonder “Why You Can’t Draw a Perfect Circle?”

Read as “Relevant” considers “The Problem with Saying ‘All Lives Matter’”.

Read reports that The Greatest American Hero is returning to television.

See the $43 million gas station the U.S. military built in Afghanistan.

Read as Phoenix New Times profiles Huss Brewing Company.

See the world’s most expensive cocktails.

Read Stereogum‘s report that “Kurt Cobain’s Unplugged Cardigan Up For Auction.”

Read as “Relevant” wonders: “Is Technology Killing Relationships?”

Read as “Students in public school say Christianity is being forced on them.”

Read about “The scientist who transplanted monkey heads.”

See a new-fangled contraption that lets you bicycle and ski at the same time.

Apparently Subway‘s footlong subs are now a foot long.

Browse “8 Pearls of Wisdom from Hayao Miyazaki” at the Creators Project.

Read as Christianity Today considers “Why Guatemala Elected an Evangelical Entertainer as Its New President.”

R.I.P. ‘Happy Days’ Star Al Molinaro.

R.I.P. Fred Thompson, former U.S. senator and actor.

R.I.P. noted intellectual René Girard.

Read as Salon considers “The frightening effects of indoor pollution on our brain function.”

See a  “Living, Hearing Copy of van Gogh’s Ear.”

Praise the  “Return of the Flying Toasters”!

Read Salon‘s piece: “Too poor for pop culture.”

Read FACT‘s report: “Napster returns in Canada as music streaming service.”

Listen to Animal Collective’s 24-minute improvised jam “Michael, Remember

Read as Rachel Dolezal admits: “I Was Born White.”

See a squirrel feeder that turns unsuspecting hungry little critters into Cybermen.

Read as José González tells Salon: The most interesting music isn’t on the radio.”

Read as The Atlantic considers “The Decay of Twitter”.

Read/listen as PRI considers “Why we may be headed to a completely cashless society.”

Read about Willie Nelson‘s crusade against corporate influence on the ever-growing likelihood of legalized marijuana.

Hear “Musical Illusions” at RadioLab.

Read as the Guardian reminds us that “There’s more to life – and people – than academic skills.”

Read Boing Boing’s report of the new Marwencol book.

Read Interview‘s profile of Laurie Anderson.

Read about the night David Letterman devoted to just one guest; Warren Zevon.

See Sennheiser’s new $55,000 headphones.

See “random splash of seawater, magnified 25 times.”

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

Read as Pitchfork considers the link between punk and country: “Why So Many Punks Grow Up to Be Cowboys (and Cowgirls)”

Read “Bernard Sumner on Ian Curtis and His Joy Division Bandmates.”

Read as The Village Voice‘s attempt to interview Jonathan Richman is met with a hand-written letter.

Watch Danny Elfman Play Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” For The First Time In 20 Years.”

Hear Mariachi covers of Morrissey.

Read as Christianity Today tries to come “to Terms with a Post-Christian World.”

Read NPR’s report that Amazon has opened a bookstore in Seattle.

Read as Slate talks to Sarah Vowell about her new book Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.

Read Paste‘s report: “Kenny G Wants to Break His World Record of Holding a Single Note on the Saxophone.”

Read about Jon Stewart’s new deal with HBO.

Read as The Atlantic wonders “Is It Harmful to Use Music as a Coping Mechanism?”

Read Time‘s report that “Guinness is Going Vegan.”

See the “Library where you can check out dead animals.”

Read The Washington Post‘s report: “Google confirms it will launch a drone delivery service in 2017.”

Read about the backlash against Manhattan’s decaf coffee shop.

Read Paste‘s report: “Activision Buys the Makers of Candy Crush Saga for $5.9 Billion.”

See Istanbul’s Breaking Badthemed cafe.

Read The Atlantic‘s piece: “The Closest Look Yet at Gentrification and Displacement.”

Browse “The Popularity of Music Genres, 2005-present.”

Read NME‘s report that Steven Moffat has said that Doctor Who will last at least five more years.

See “Every Watch James Bond Has Ever Worn.”

Read Time‘s profile of the documentary What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy.

See “how Richard Scarry books have been updated for more P.C. times” at the AV Club.

Read as “J.K. Rowling Reveals the American Word for Muggle.”

Read Alternative Press‘s piece: “These songs are the most effective at getting you out of bed in the morning, according to science” to help you get your daily groove on.

Hear T.S. Eliot reading from his last major work

Read NME‘s report that James Franco has signed a record deal for an album and film derived from poems he’s written about Smiths songs. The album will feature Smith’s bassist Andy Rourke.

See the 67-year-old woman who fronts a grindcore band.

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TownCrierAnd then they lived happily ever after. Except there was this pesky little feeling that they were missing something, they had forgotten something. One night, as sleep evaded them, they whispered to one another: we forgot to check the Weekly Town Crier . . .

This is where I collect links of varying degrees of interest for various reasons.

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

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Browse Paste‘s list of “8 Beer Hacks.”

ViewErnest Hemingway‘s life through his mementos.”

See images from visual artist Eduardo Terrazas‘ first solo exhibition in the UK.

Read as Paste argues: “Anthony Bourdain Is Still the Best Critic We Got”. Thoughts?

See photos of “people devoured by nature”.

Browse a visual list of “The 50 best-selling albums ever”.

Take “a look at Taco Bell’s first alcohol menu”.

Read Salon‘s profile of Memphis’ Lucero in honor of their terrific new album All A Man Should Do.

R.I.P. Phyllis Tickle.

R.I.P. Yogi Berra.

R.I.P. Jackie Collins.

Read as Drowned in Sound considers “the Ineffable Joy of Pop” as they talk with Carly Rae Jepsen.

Read as Ryan Adams talks about his album of Taylor Swift covers.

See the art of 10 serial killers.

See “Kintsugi, The Japanese Art of Fixing Broken Pottery With Gold.”

Browse as the Huffington Post makes their picks for Fall book releases.

Read Pitchfork‘s report of the posthumous release of “Over 40 Rare Instrumentals” by Dilla.

See the “New Caption That Works for All New Yorker Cartoons.”

Ever wonder why you can’t print without color ink?

Listen to Johann Johannssen‘s score for the film Sicario at Noisey.

Browse Paste‘s list of “7 Hotels for Artists and Art Lovers.”

Read reports that Kenny Rogers will quit touring.

Browse as the Orange County Register picks their favorite surfing books.

Read as the Guardian examines “the history of feuds between pop stars and the press.”

Read as Rolling Stone talks to Kurt Vile about his fantastic new album: ‘B’lieve I’m Goin Down…

Read as Kim Gordon interviews Kurt Vile.

Morrissey has released his debut novel and the reviews are not good: “It is an unpolished turd, the stale excrement of Morrissey’s imagination.”

Read as the Guardian examines John Peel’s lasting musical influence.

Read as Ivan and Alyosha pick their favorite music to listen to while touring.

Read the New York Timesreport that Ta-Nehisi Coates will write a Black Panther comic for Marvel.

Read as Literary Hub considers the convergence of books and music festivals.

Read as the AV Club considers the history of music bootlegging and browse as they make 15 “essential” picks.

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towncrierBlippity bloppity boo to you too. So what of it?

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

Visit our family blog: “The Thomas Ten.”

Browse Outside‘s 2015 list of “The 16 Best Places to Live in America”. Did your town make the list?

Read about the “121-year-old bottle of whisky” found in a “Scottish time capsule”. Would you try it?

Browse Paste‘s list of the 10 best things on Crackle (other than Seinfeld, though Jerry does make an appearance).

Read as Oregon Live catches up with NPR’s/”Portland’s Own” Ari Shapiro.

Read Time‘s report: “J.J. Abrams Says Nazis Inspired the New Star Wars Villains”.

Read about “One Woman’s Attempt to Become a Wrestling Fan”.

Browse this list of “15 Composers To Watch” in 2015.

Read reports that “Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are writing a movie together”.

Read as Salon explores “Why the ’90s are literally disappearing from history”.

Read FACT‘S piece reporting: “Spotify demands access to your contacts, photos and location”.

Adding traffic sound effects on ants makes them entertaining to watch“.

Browse Time’s list: “14 of China’s Finest World Monument Replicas”.

Read Outside‘s piece: “John Muir Knew How to Live”.

Read The Atlantic‘s piece: “How Coolness Defined the World Wide Web of the 1990s”.

Enter the debate: “Are Older Whiskeys Really Better?”

Read as Banksy interviews Run the JewelsRead about Banky’s Dismaland. See the trailer.

Read about “Pop Tart Beer”.

Watch Seinfeld Recut as a Devastating but Heartwarming Lifetime Movie.

Apparently “Axl Rose and Slash are friends again” prompting many to wonder about the possibility of a Guns n’ Roses reunion.

BrowseUncut’s 50 best bootlegs”.

Read Paste‘s report: “Paul Thomas Anderson to Release Documentary on Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood”.

See a $20,000 opal, which looks like “a nebula trapped in a gemstone”.

Read NME‘s report: “Morrissey announces release of debut novel. See the cover.

Browse Paste‘s list of “6 Fictional Languages in Literature”. What’s your favorite?

Read as the Washington Post laments: “We’re now averaging more than one mass shooting per day in 2015.”

Read Flavorwire‘s report: “Bruce Willis Probably Got Fired From the New Woody Allen Movie”.

Hear “Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Vampires cover The Who’s ‘My Generation’.

See photos of rarely seen cultures.

Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that Odd Future rapper Tyler the Creator has been banned from the UK.

See “Harry Potter re-imagined as the villain of a horror movie”.

Read the Washington Post‘s report that the Mormon Church will continue its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America.

Watch “a Supercut of All the People Batman Has Killed”. For a guy with a no-kill policy . . .

Browse Spotify‘s list of “the most timeless songs ever”.

The Weekly Town Crier

YeOldeTownCrierWell hello there. I’m sorry we didn’t get a chance to connect last week. But, you know how it is. Life with 8 kids and all. Or, maybe you don’t know how it is. Either way, you’ll take what you can get. I’m not beholden to your expectations. Though I do appreciate them. And you.

You can buy my original pieces at my Etsy shop and you can order prints (framed or un) and shower curtains and duvet covers and such sundry items at my Society6 page.

Watch Ryan Adams Visit CBS This Morning”.

Learn about the formula behind most of your your favorite sit-coms.

Read as Consequence of Sound‘s review of Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.

Read Draft Magazine‘s picks for their 25 favorite beers of 2014.

Read The Atlantic‘s piece: “How Facebook Designs the ‘Perfect Empty Vessel’ for Your Mind”.

Browse Paste‘s picks for the best comics covers of 2014.

Read about the beer brewed to help you solve problems.

Read about the road trip where two guys spent a year traveling to breweries in every (lower 48) state in the US. Cuz ‘Murica! And Craft Beer!

Read as Slate considers our obsession with being obsessed over things.

Read about the recent study finding: “Animated children’s movies depict more on-screen deaths than R-rated adult dramas”.

Browse the list of movies being added to Netflix in January.

Read Boston Magazine‘s piece: “Wasted How the craft-beer movement abandoned Jim Koch”.

See some “unfortunate publishing layouts”.

Browse NPR’s “Grammar Hall of Shame”.

Browse a “Beginner’s Guide to Dub”.

Read about Mark Zuckerberg’s book club.

Read about Phoenix selling the historic Barrister Place building downtown to PB Bell.

Browse this list of “12 Hidden Celebrity Cameos in Movies”.

Browse Time’s list of musical artists to watch in 2015.

Overpay For All Your Favorite Classic Rock Records” at Neil Young‘s Pono store.

Read Salon‘s report that Bono may never play guitar again.

Browse Flavorwire‘s “Year In Culture”.

Download a free Erased Tapes compilation featuring Nils Frahm, Kiasmos and Clark.

Read Paste‘s report that Sylvester Stallone has confirmed a fifth Rambo movie.

Read the Phoenix New Times‘ piece explaining why you can’t get certain beers in Arizona.

Read NPR’s piece looking at the name shortage and litigation surplus in the craft beer industry.

See an AZ photo of a family of sasquatches.

Browse Paste‘s “Beginner’s Guide to Craft Beer”.

Read FACT‘s report that there is a “McDonald’s-Themed Black Sabbath Tribute Band” called Mac Sabbath.

Read as Consequence of Sound wonders about the future of the album cycle.

Read Phaidon‘s piece: “How Kandinsky helped create abstract art”.

Download Noisetrade‘s “Best of What’s Next: 2015” playlist.

Browse this list of “7 cultural concepts we don’t have in the U.S.”

Read Pitchfork‘s report that Coachella’s 2015 line-up has been announced.

Read about the 75 year study of what truly makes men happy.

Browse “Relevant”‘s list of movies they’re excited about this year.

Read Paste‘s report that Pixar has released concept art for The Good Dinosaur.

Two Book Series That Should Be Films

3813e557e99d02aca03ae9f82f8206f85f5b35f1Despite our continued best hopes to the contrary, Hollywood continues to turn our favorite books into lowest-common denominator drivel. The Narnia movies weren’t that great. The Harry Potter movies ranged from fairly decent to pretty good. The Lord of the Rings movies may have been OK but they certainly didn’t hold my interest long enough to find out.

And yet, with all the common sense of a leaping lemming, I sometimes think Hollywood might one day get it right. There are two series in particular where I would love to see filmmakers get it right. Centering

First, N.D. Wilson’s 1oo Cupboards series. Centering around Henry P. York, a young man who finds his connection to otherworldly adventure through a series of cupboards, this tale of discovery, loss of comfort and search for identity has everything a good Fall blockbuster should.

Second, I would love to see The Wingfeather Saga. The Igiby family’s struggle will draw you in and keep you to the end.

What are some books you’d like to see made into movies?

 

My Favorite Stuff of 2014

2014 ReviewIt’s no secret that I love year-end lists. I mean, come on. For someone perpetually interested in popular culture, it’s the most wonderful time of year. You get to see what other people liked and didn’t like. You get to be introduced to new things you would have otherwise missed. And you get your own disproportionate sense of self-worth inflated when the “real” publications agree with your great taste. What could be better?!

So, every year I not only read many year-end lists, I like to compile my own. It’s more for me than anyone else but I have found that some people find them interesting, so I post them for all the honest world to feel.

In keeping with last year, my list originally appeared at Habañero Collective. But I do want to take some of your megabyte space and add some elaboration  on some of my picks. I want to share some thoughts about a few of them. So, we’ll start with listing lists of lists:

My Favorite Music of 2014 (In Approximate Order)

  1. Modern Kin by Modern Kin

  2. Everything’s Different, Nothing’s Changed by Armon Jay

  3. Live In Ravenna by Moon Duo

  4. Sunday ’91 by Annie Eve

  5. Lost Colony by William Tyler

  6. Singles by Future Islands

  7. Dark Was The Yearling by the Bones of J.R. Jones

  8. Dark Night Of The Soul by Jimbo Mathus the Tri-State Coalition

  9. Our Lobe by Caribou

  10. Single Mothers by Justin Townes Earle

  11. You’re Dead! by Flying Lotus

  12. Heal by Strand of Oaks

  13. Lese Majesty by Shabazz Palaces

  14. Invisible Hour by Joe Henry

  15. Small Town Heroes by Hurray For the Riff Raff

  16. They Want My Soul by Spoon

  17. Forget Where We Were by Ben Howard

  18. Intensity Ghost by Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band

  19. Blind Water Finds Blind Water by Adam Faucett

  20. Way Out Weather by Steve Gunn

  21. Skinned Alive At The Last Exit by Shawn Skinner

  22. Benji by Sun Kil Moon

  23. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson

  24. Lateness of Dancers by Hiss Golden Messenger

  25. Lost In The Dream by the War on Drugs

My Favorite Song Of 2014 Was Not Released In 2014, Sorry
OK, OK, OK, I will go ahead and point it out but my favorite song of this year wasn’t actually released in 2014. This song first appeared on a live release from October 2013. There are unreleased demos of the upcoming Shawn Skinner and the Men of Reason album but those cannot be shared yet (but trust me, they are excellent).

But this song has meant more to me this year than any song actually released in 2014. This year has been one of some major transitions  (read here and here) and the themes in this song have meant quite a bit to me. Lines like: “letting go and holding on, not so young and not so strong. With no need to get ahead, just thankful for our daily bread. And even when the sunset seems so far away, you’ve got to hold out hope for a better day.”

There is something about this seeming contradiction about letting go of what you can’t control while holding on in faith that has really been my theme for 2014. The fact that this song was written by one of my favorite people on the planet who is not my wife makes it all the more powerful. There is hope, even when the daybreak seems so far away.

Stream “Letting Go and Holding On” by Shawn Skinner.



  • Read some thoughts on my list here.
  • Stream a mix of my favorite songs of the year right here: