The Weekly Town Crier (09/13/19)

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All the week’s news that’s fit to cry about. 09/13/19 Edition.

Browse all the Weekly Town Crier posts so far.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Browse the Musical Worldview posts.

Read “Jerry Falwell Jr. Shows How the Advance of Christendom Can Harm Christianity” by David French at National Review. Read my piece: “Americans: Stop Confusing Your Personal Cultural Values With Christianity.”

Read “Why Nobody in Hollywood Has Any Friends” at Hollywood Reporter.

R.I.P. Daniel Johnston.

R.I.P. Jarrid Wilson.

Read “Nodding To The Shadow” by Richard Rohr.

Read: “‘Simply Unacceptable’: 145 Executives Demand Senate Action on Gun Violence” at New York Times.

Read CNN’s report: “Publix joins retailers asking customers not to openly carry guns into its stores.”

Consider “The coming death of just about every rock legend” at The Week.

Read NME’s report: “The Rolling Stones are releasing a hefty deluxe ‘Let It Bleed’ 50th anniversary boxset.”

Listen as “R.E.M. Share Unreleased Song “Fascinating” to Support Hurricane Dorian Relief” at PItchfork.

ReadSammy Brue – The Folk Rock Kid” at Salt Lake Magazine.

Read about “Wallace and Ladmo's Musical Mastermind” at Phoenix New Times.

Read PBS’ report: “Trudeau says Canada will take refugees banned by U.S.'“

Read ArtNet’s report: “Artist David Hockney Is Moving to France Because It’s Illegal to Smoke Practically Anywhere in America.”

Listen as “Wynonna Judd & Cass McCombs Form Duo The Frothy Pit, Share New Song “The Child” at Stereogum.

Read “A Shared Place Wendell Berry’s lifelong dissent” at The Nation.

Read/Watch “Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey to talk all things The Office on new podcast Co-stars and real-life best friends will break down episodes and reveal behind-the-scenes trivia on Office Ladies” at Consequence of Sound.

Browse “The Music That Made Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy” at Pitchfork.

Read “Dan Brown's Desire Path: Our Arts & Music Columnist's new band is quite good” at VoidLive. Browse my post about One Eleven Heavy here.

Read Christianity Today’s report: “Is American Christianity on Its Last Legs? The Data Say Otherwise.”

Read “Sounds emanating love – the story of Arvo Pärt” at Estonian World.

See “The photographer shooting a 30-year timelapse of New York's skyline” at CNN.

See the “Evolution of Picasso’s Iconic Self-Portraits From Age 15 to 90” at

Watch Chance the Rapper and Smino Perform “Eternal” on “Ellen” at Pitchfork.

WatchChance the Rapper Explain How Jesus Inspires Him to Serve His Community” at Relevant.

Read “Buttigieg Talks Being a Pro-Choice Christian” at Relevant.

ReadSun Ra Applies to NASA’s Art Program: When the Inventor of Space Jazz Applied to Make Space Art” at Open Culture.

Listen to “Jemar Tisby on Race and the American Church” at Fuller Seminary.

Read Paste’s Op-Ed: “Brewery Taprooms: Please Allow Half Pours. I’m Begging You.”

Read: “Rob Stoner :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview.”

Read “Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’” at Aeon.

Read “It's Soul Music Without The Sex': Fat Possum Records' Bruce Watson Goes Gospel” at NPR’s World Cafe.

Watch the new trailer for the Michael Hutchence documentary ‘Mystify’ at NME.

Read “I Was Always Trying To Get Better”: Sonny Rollins On A Life In Jazz” at Udiscovermusic.

Read PBS News’ Hour’s report: “Share of uninsured Americans rises for 1st time in a decade.”

Read “Robert Del Naja on the technological world of Massive Attack” at Dazed Digital.

Discover “Ancient Sufi Dance: Rumi's Whirling Dervishes” at Culture Trip.

Listen to Kim Gordon’s New Song “Air BnB” at Pitchfork.

Watch “this young musician shred “Voodoo Child” on a Korean gayageum” at AV Club.

Read’s report: “moe. Announce First Studio Album in 5 Years.”

Read “Pastor and Writer Jarrid Wilson Has Died By Suicide” at Relevant.

Hear a new Matt Valentine song “Light Speed>” at Raven Sings The Blues.

Read “What I Learned From Aquarius Records, A Record Store For Big Ears” at NPR’s “All Songs Considered.”

Watch on MSNBC as Morning “Joe asks Mayor Pete about Jesus Christ being his lord and personal savior.”

Read Pitchfork’s piece: “Neko Case on Her New Album, Her House Burning Down, and Her Futuristic Feminism.”

Read: “Tennessee Senator calls higher education a 'liberal breeding ground,' calls to remove it all together.”

Hear Mary Oliver read “Her Beloved Poem “Wild Geese” at Brain Pickings.

Read “NRA Sues San Francisco Over ‘Terrorist Organization’ Designation’ at Rolling Stone.

Read “Live After Death: Inside Music’s Booming New Hologram Touring Industry” at Rolling Stone.

Read PopSugar’s report: “Schitt's Creek Season 5 Will Drop on Netflix in October.”

Read about Bonnie “Prince” Billy returning with his first new album of music in 8 years and watch the video for the new song “At The Back Of The Pit” at Stereogum.

Read: Jimmie Rodgers: “How an American country music pioneer entered African mythology” at Aeon.

Read: “Original Bauhaus lineup to reunite for first time in 13 years” at Consequence of Sound.

Read “They Don’t Think There Is Any America Left” What a researcher found when she interviewed black, white, and Latino working-class residents of a struggling coal town.“They Don’t Think There Is Any America Left” What a researcher found when she interviewed black, white, and Latino working-class residents of a struggling coal town” at Slate.

Hear “Hear U2 Discuss The Making of The Unforgettable Fire on This Day in 1987” at Paste Magazine.

Listen to a Spotify mix of my friend Justin McRoberts’ music.

Read Stereogum’s report: “Jack O’Connell To Star In Biopic About Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report “We’re Only Beginning to See the Consequences of the Bush-Era Assault on Civil Liberties.”

Read Stereogum’s report: “Courtney Love Says She Turned Down $100,000 To Attend Opioid Heiress’ Fashion Show.”

Read/Watch David Hasselhoff Covers The Lords of The New Church’s “Open Your Eyes” for New Album Full of Post-Punk Covers” at

Read “Bahamians Fleeing to U.S. Turned Away Following Sudden Policy Change” at Relevant.

Visit PopSugar’s piece: “If You Think I'm Gonna Spend All My Money on These Golden Girl Chia Pets, You're So Right.”

Read “Religious conservatives voice fears that a Democratic president will lead them to 'martyrdom'“ at Yahoo, then read my piece “Americans: Stop Confusing Your Personal Cultural Values With Christianity.”

Read/Watch “The culture of masculinity and its negative impacts on men” at PBS.

Read Sojourners piece: “Margaret Atwood On Christianity, ‘The Handmaids Tale,’ And What Faithful Activism Looks Like Today.”

StreamMiles Davis’ unreleased ’80s album Rubberband” at Consequence of Sound.

Read “Love Is Not a Battlefield, and Neither Is Jeni’s: An Afternoon Eating Ice Cream With Hanif Abdurraqib” at The Ringer.

Read “Frances Bean Cobain Launches ‘Kurt Was Here’ Clothing Collection” at Rolling Stone.

ReadBob Dylan announces 2019 US tour dates The 28-date outing launches in October” at Consequence of Sound.

Read “Mark Twain on Racism, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion” at Brain Pickings.

Read “Why ‘Wichita Lineman’ Contains the Greatest Musical Couplet Ever Written” at Lit Hub.

WatchSinéad O’Connor makes epic return on Ireland’s Late Late Show” at Consequence of Sound.

ReadTool’s Maynard James Keenan Addresses Justin Bieber Beef” at Stereogum.

Read an Op-Ed at Relevant: “A Christian Case for Prison Abolition.”

Uh oh! “White Claw announces nationwide shortage.”

Read Christianity Today’s report: “LifeWay’s Stores Are Closing. But Its Christian Books Will Be in More Stores Than Ever.”

Imagine being able to afford these turntables.

Read about the beef stews that’s been simmering for 45 years.

Stream or download a mix that I’ve been listening to in the car during Summer 2019.

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Vinyl sales on track to earn more than CDs for first time in over 30 years.”

Read Relevant’s piece: “Scientists: The Loch Ness Monster Might Just Be a Dumb Old Eel.”

Read Salon’s report that the “GOP poised to cancel caucuses and primaries in four states in spite of Trump challengers.”

Read Spin’s report that “Neil Young Announces New Book on the History of Pono.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “Meet the Dutch Christians Who Saved Their Jewish Neighbors from the Nazis.”

Read as Eric Trump teaches us how to do good journalism.

Hear Wilco “Debut Four New Originals in Norway” at

Read Katelyn Beaty’s review of Chris Arnade’s book Dignity: “Proximity Over Punditry.”

Read the New York Times opinion piece: “That Assault Weapon Ban? It Really Did Work.”

Read Sojourners’ piece asking us to remember “When American Christians were Socialists.”

Read Huffpost’s piece: “Pete Buttigieg: GOP Will Face A ‘Reckoning’ As Christians Realize Its Hypocrisy.”

Hear “Three Songs From Pernice Brothers’ First Album In 9 Years Spread The Feeling” at stereogum.

Read “The Literary Canon Is Mostly White. Here’s an Alternative Latin American Reading List” at remezcla.

Read Consequence of Sound’s piece: “Judas Priest’s Rob Halford announces holiday album, unveils new song “Donner and Blitzen.”

Read Relevant’s piece: “So, These Glasses Will Physically ‘Nudge’ You If You Stop Paying Attention in Class.”

Here Is Sleater-Kinney's New Drummer” at Exclaim!

Read NPR’s report: “CDC Says Number Of Possible Cases Of Vaping-Related Lung Illness Has Doubled.”

Read Christianity Today’s report: “Baptist College Handbook Authorizes ‘Full Access’ to Students’ Social Media Accounts.”

Read Billboard’s piece: “New Grateful Dead Photography Book Offers Deep Dive Into Jerry Garcia's Life.”

Read about the four-story roastery Starbucks is opening in Chicago.

Read 12News’ report: “Cars with back seat alert systems could help prevent kids left in hot cars.”

Read “A ‘Sabbatical’ From Church? One woman's story of how a break from church has helped remind her of what church is really all about” at Relevant.

Watch Dave Matthews for a solo set at NPR’s Tiny Desk.

Read Aldi’s statement on Twitter: “At ALDI, the safety of our employees, customers and the community is our highest priority. Alongside many other businesses, we are asking that our customers refrain from openly displaying firearms in any of our stores, except for authorized law enforcement personnel.”

ReadChance the Rapper Postpones Tour Following Birth of Second Daughter” at Pitchfork.

Follow KJZZ’s series: “Tracing The Migrant Journey.”

Read “‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence” at Politico.

Read and consider “Brotopia: breaking up the church’s boys club” at Mike

Read: “Survey: 45 Percent of College Students Don’t Think ‘In God We Trust’ Belongs on U.S. Money” at Relevant.

Read’s report: ““There’s A Reward: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Neal Casal” Will Feature Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around the Sun, Joe Russo, Dave Dreiwitz, Dave Schools and More.”

The Weekly Town Crier (09/06/19)


All the News that’s fit to cry about. 09/06/19 edition.

Browse all the Weekly Town Crier posts so far.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Browse the Musical Worldview posts.

Stream or download a mix that I’ve been listening to in the car during Summer 2019.

Read “Study Shows Increasing Political Divide Between Younger and Older White Evangelicals” at Sojourners.

Watch a tour of a “paranormal bookstore at the Jersey Shore.”

Read PopMatters piece: “Bananarama Turn Up the 'Stereo' for Their First Album in 10 Years.”

Hear “5 Hours of Edgar Allan Poe Stories Read by Vincent Price & Basil Rathbone" at Open Culture.

Read “An Oral History Of The Fender Telecaster” at

Read Relevant’s report: “Earlier this week, Justin Bieber led worship at a Churchome service in Beverly Hills.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report that “Ariana Grande Sues Forever 21 for $10 Million.”

Read Live For Live Music’s report that “Miles Davis’ Customized ‘Moon And Stars’ Trumpet To Be Sold At Auction.”

Read “Hang on the Box: The Illustrated Story of China’s Female Punk Pioneers” at

Read CNN’s report: “Walmart ends all handgun ammunition sales and asks customers not to carry guns into stores.”

  • Read CNBC’s report: “Kroger joins Walmart in asking shoppers not to openly carry guns in stores.”

  • Read Walgreens’ statement: “We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials.”

  • Read NBC News’ report: “Walgreens, CVS and Wegmans join Walmart and Kroger in asking customers to no longer openly carry guns in their stores.”

Read PopSugar’s profile: “Skateboarding Legend Peggy Oki on the Olympics and 40 Years of Smashing Gender Expectations.”

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Read Washington Posts’s piece: “It’s a brave new world. Why is our protest music stuck in the past?”

See a newly discovered “Shimmery blue tarantula.”

Read Atlas Obscura’s piece: “The World’s First Piranha Ramen Is No Joke.”

Read about “The Spectacular Failure of the World's Only Hard Rock Theme Park” at Vice.

Read Newsweek’s report that a “Teenager Went Blind After Only Eating Fries, Chips, White Bread, Sausages and Ham Since Elementary School.”

ConsiderBob Dylan’s Overlooked Christian Music” at Sojourners.

Read as Washington Post profiles The Hold Steady.

Stream a new Iggy Pop song at Spin.

Listen as “Animal Collective covered the Silver Jews' "Ballad of Reverend War Character."

Read NPR’s piece: “The Voice That Shattered Glass How Ella Fitzgerald's cassette campaign fueled a late-career renaissance.”

Learn “How peacock spiders use optical illusions to woo females” at National Geographic.

Read: “John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter of Advice to His Lovesick Teenage Son” at Brain Pickings.

Read CNN’s report: “Judge rules White House must give Playboy columnist Brian Karem his press pass back.”

Read about the Banksy artwork stolen in Paris.

See Relevant’s report: “The Thomas Kinkade/Godzilla Mashup You Knew Was Coming Is Finally Here.”

Read AV Club’s piece: “The Art Bell Vault is unlocked, and it's filled with aliens, time travelers, and Bigfoots.”

Read about Atlas Obscura’s piece: “Found in a Record Store: Kurt Cobain’s Royalty Check.”

Read Fatherly’s report that “Netflix Is Ditching the Binge, Will Start Releasing Episodes Weekly.”

Read about the Nashville school banning Harry Potter books, claiming that the books present the "risk conjuring evil spirits".

Free on September 18 and in Phoenix? Celebrate National Bourbon Month w/ Free Whiskey Tasting at the Little Woody.

Browse the piece: “Guinea Pig Halloween Costumes Exist, and Yup, That Is Definitely a Pineapple Suit” at

Read Music Radar’s interview with Peter Hook: Peter Hook: “I’ve never liked to be hidden, and I don’t like to be patronised. I don’t buy into the idea that the bass player is the quiet one”

Hear Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s New Song ‘Milky Way’ at Rolling Stone.PopSugar.

Read/Listen to NPR’s report: “Charlottesville Victims Use Post-Slavery KKK Law To Go After Hate Groups.”

Read as Gen.Medium suggests: “Public Libraries Aren’t Going Extinct — They’re Evolving.”

Read about the TN man suing “Popeyes for running out of chicken sandwiches.”

Watch/Read: “Expert predicts 25% of colleges will "fail" in the next 20 years” at CBS News.

Read/Listen to NPR’s report “Houses Of Worship Find New Life After Congregations Downsize.”

R.I.P. Valerie Harper.

Browse as Book Riot profiles “11 Nonfiction Science Comics For Adults.”

Read National Post’s report: “Secret John Coltrane album was 'hidden in plain sight' as soundtrack for 1964 French-Canadian film.”

Join Rolling Stone in wondering: What is a VSCO Girl?

Read KQED’s report: “San Francisco Officials Designate NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization.”

Browse Rolling Stone’s list of “15 Legendary Unreleased Albums.”

My friend’s son Andy Whiten says: “I updated my site with some recent photo work, film, & more! I’d love to take on additional photo projects when time allows, so if you have any photography needs, you can view my work and contact me here!” Visit

Watch a new video from The Messthetics; “Touch Earth Touch Sky”, at Stereogum.

Read as Aquarium Drunkard interviews Tinariwen.

Read as the New York Times profiles Stephen King.

The Weekly Town Crier (08/30/19)


All the week’s news that’ fit to cry about.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Watch as “Meat Loaf discusses the music in 'Bat Out of Hell The Musical'.

Read as Relevant magazine wonders: “Why did Jerry Falwell Jr. reportedly steer the sale of $1.2 million in Liberty property to his young personal trainer for no money down, a low interest rate and then have the school lease part of it back from him?”

Read Slate’s piece: “Governing by Owning the Libs When a president’s entire motivation is to antagonize the people who didn’t vote for him.”

Read and wonder: “Bake Off fans in love with Noel Fielding’s Dinosaur Jr. jumper - can you buy it?”

Read Relevant’s piece: “Whoa, Benny Hinn Is Rejecting the Prosperity Gospel: ‘I’m Correcting My Theology’".

Read/Listen to “Columnfortably Numb: Psych Rock For September Reviewed By JR Moores” at Quietus.

Read Pitchfork’s report: “R.E.M. Announce Monster Reissue With Unreleased Music The six-disc 25th anniversary edition comes with unheard demos and a live performance.”

Browse as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival announces its 2019 lineup.

Read Raw Story’s report: “Infowars’ Sandy Hook appeal goes down in flames as judge orders Alex Jones to ‘pay all costs’.

Read Open Culture’s piece: “Why Should You Read Haruki Murakami? An Animated Video on His “Epic Literary Puzzle” Kafka on the Shore Makes the Case.”

Read Stereogum’s report: “Ohio Man Sues After Legless Juggalo Crashes Into Him With A Golf Cart At Insane Clown Posse Gathering: He was operating the golf cart peddles with a baseball bat.”

Read Travel and Leisure’s piece: “These Key West Hotels Offer Waterproof Books You Can Read in the Pool.”

Read Phoenix New Times’ report: “Former Revolver Records Building Will Become Evolve Arts Space in Roosevelt Row.”

Read NPR’s piece: “After Months In A Dish, Lab-Grown Minibrains Start Making 'Brain Waves'.

Help Janet Weiss Get Back On Her Feet at GoFundMe.

So, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters wanted to start a petition to get Oasis to reunite so Noel Gallagher says he wants to start a petition to get Foo Fighters to break up. Read about it at NME.

See “Inside Jazz Great Dave Brubeck's Groovy Connecticut Home” at Town and Country.

Read as Wisconsin Public Radio wonders: “What Ever Happened To The Pop Song Fade-Out? The History Behind Bringing A Song To Silence.”

Read as The Hollywood Reporter reports that Audible is being sued by U.S. Publishers over the question of whether or not transcripts of audio books are . . . books.

Read Slate’s report “Netflix Confirms Rumors: Breaking Bad Movie Will Be Released in October.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Leslie Jones, Alec Baldwin exit SNL.”

I didn't know who Bret Stephens was until this week. Now he will always be the Bedbug Guy. See what tattling can do to you, kids?!

Read Stereogum’s report that Xylouris White (featured on Episode 03 of the Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow) have announced their new album The Sisypheans and shared a new video.

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “Sting Condemns Brazil’s Handling of Amazon Fires: ‘We Will All Suffer the Consequences’Sting Condemns Brazil’s Handling of Amazon Fires: ‘We Will All Suffer the Consequences’

Read the Washington Posts’s report: “Mormon leaders explicitly ban guns from houses of worship.”

Read’s report: “Phil Lesh Cancels Festival Appearances to Undergo Back Surgery.”

Browse “The Most Disgusting Canned Foods” at Ranker.

Head to Facebook and RSVP for John Doe’s book signing at Zia Records Chandler.

Consider “Back in the Habit: Creedal Faith and “Sister Act” at Mockingbird.

Read about the “Teen who registered people to vote as they waited in line at Popeyes.”

Visit Live For Live Music to “Celebrate Oteil Burbridge’s 55th Birthday With His Dead & Co Lead Vocal Debuts.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “Eva Longoria to direct Flamin’ Hot Cheetos movie Flamin' Hot will tell the story of the man behind the popular snack.”

Read “Kim Gordon interview: on art, life after Sonic Youth and her debut solo album, No Home Record” at The Times.

Read “More UFOs Than Ever Before” at The Paris Review.

Watch The Muppets perform “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Read about the garbage man who “saved 25,000 books and turned them into a library. The pictures are amazing.”

Read AV Club’s piece “How can you not check out a movie called The VelociPastor?”

Read PopSugar’s report: “Disney's New Pixar Movie, Soul, Will Feature Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, and a Whole Lotta Jazz.”

Listen to the Christianity Today podcast episode: “Grief Is Inevitable. It Doesn't Have to Be Inevitably Lonely.”

Read Pitchfork’s report: “Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Scoring New Pixar Movie Soul.”

Read the Washington Post’s piece: “Dairy Queen burgers are not made of human flesh, a county coroner is forced to confirm.”

Read Nippon’s profile: ““Sazae-san” and “Chibi Maruko-chan”: Two of Japan’s Most Beloved Anime.”

Read: “Get Involved, Internet: Help They Might Be Giants raise money for separated families and asylum-seeking minors” at AV Club.”

Browse “The Story of Outlaw Country in 33 Songs” at Pitchfork.

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “'It Was One Problem After Another': How Woodstock 50 Fell Apart.”

Browse Pitchfork’s picks for “The 25 Best Music Videos of the 1970s.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report “Peter Murphy has “made a full recovery” after suffering heart attack.”

Browse Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist.

Read AV Club’s report: “Black Panther II is coming in 2022.”

Browse the Englewood Review of Books’ list of “Fall 2019 Most Anticipated Books for Christian Readers!”

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “How Prison Ministry Inspired an All-Female Audio Bible.”

Read Bandcamp’s piece “The Indonesian Underground: From Its Political Roots to the Present Day.”

Read Rolling Stone’s piece: “The Young and the Sexless There’s a new sexual revolution going on: young men and women getting off on not getting it on. Meet the Christian soldiers who are fighting the fire down below.”

Read Pro Publica’s piece: “How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon.”

Watch the live-action Lady and the Tramp trailer at Rolling Stone.

Watch Bob Weir sit in with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.

Read The Guardian’s piece: “'My father said I should be looking after the cows': the first female Tuareg guitarist: Fatou Seidi Ghali once had to practise on her brother’s guitar in secret. She and her band, Les Filles de Illighadad, are now taking the world by storm.” Listen to Les Filles de Illighadad on Episode 46 of the Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Read Vinyl Factory’s report: “Tricky announces his autobiography, Hell Is Round The Corner.”

Read The Atlantic’s report: “The Proud Boys’ Real Target They are endangering both American citizens and American ideals at large.”

Read as New York Times considers “How Feist’s ‘1234’ Turned Into a ‘Sesame Street’ Blockbuster.”

Read America: A Jesuit Review’s piece: “We need to stop reacting to Trump—and start responding. There’s a big difference.”

Read: “Jerry Garcia on Saving the World’s Rainforests: 30 years ago, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead spoke to High Times about preserving the rainforests.”

Read about the “Foucault Pendulum at the Franklin Institute” at Atlas Obscura.

Read as the Phoenix New Times reports “The Full Lineup for the 2019 Apache Lake Music Festival.”

R.I.P. “David Koch, conservative donor and philanthropist.”

R.I.P. Neal Casal.

R.I.P. Pedro Bell (??/??/?? - 08/27/19)

R.I.P. Donnie Fritts (11/08/42 - 08/27/19)

Wonder “What Does an Ancient Pot Sound Like?” at Pitchfork.

Read “Meet The Edelweiss Pirates: The Little-Known Teenaged Resistance Fighters Of Nazi Germany” at All That’s Interesting.

Read Gallup’s piece “Sermon Content Is What Appeals Most to Churchgoers.”

Stream a new track from Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier at Consequence of Sound ahead of their collaborative album

Watch Derek Trucks sit in with the Trey Anastasio Band at Live For Live Music.

Read Relevant’s report: “People Are Getting Sued Over the Billy Graham Rule Now: A sheriff's deputy says he was fired for refusing to work alone with a woman. Now he's suing for religious discrimination.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s “Social Distortion announce 40th anniversary show with Joan Jett, The Distillers, The Kills, and more.”

Stream a new track from Trey Anastasio and watch Trey Anastasio sit in with Khruangbin at LOCKN’.

Read about “That Time Keith Richards Found Muddy Waters Painting the Ceiling at Chess Studios.”

Read Stereogum’s report “Death Row Records Is Now Owned By Hasbro.”

Read Exclaim’s report “Colin Stetson Is Scoring a Nicolas Cage Film.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “Eddie Money Reveals Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer Diagnosis.”

Read Pitchfork’s report “Why the Eminem Vs. Spotify Case May Be Headed to the Supreme Court.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report “David Byrne Launches Online Magazine ‘Reasons to Be Cheerful’

Read Consequence of Sound’s piece “Emma Stone is punk rock Cruella de Vil in first image from upcoming prequel.”

Read: “How Competitive Walking Captivated Georgian Britain In 1815, thousands of people came to watch George Wilson, the “Blackheath Pedestrian,” walk 1,000 miles” at Atlas Obscura.

Read Relevant’s piece “Rev. William Barber Calls on Democrats to Host a Presidential Debate on Poverty.”

The Weekly Town Crier (08/23/19)


All the week’s news that’s fit to cry about.

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Read Pitchfork’s report: “John Coltrane’s 1964 Album Blue World Gets First Ever Release.”

Read as Slate wonders “Why Are There So Many Weird Tech Patents?”

Read the report “Wycliffe Hall announces the appointment of N.T. Wright as their Senior Research Fellow.”

Read Boing Boing’s piece “The world's largest occult library has a public online archive.”

Read GQ’s piece: “Bon Iver’s Latest Album Is a Celebration of What It Means to Be Human.”

Read KEXP’s report: “Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Proclaims August 22, 2019 as Layne Staley Day.”

Read as Pitchfork considers “How Artist Imposters and Fake Songs Sneak Onto Streaming Services.”

Stream a new GospelbeacH ballad at PopMatters.

Read Consequence of Sound’s report “Thom Yorke curates one-off zine.”

Browse Phoenix New Times’ list “Mural City: See How Artists Are Transforming Roosevelt Row in Phoenix.”

HearMotörhead Frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s Lost Country Duet ‘The Mask’ at Rolling Stone.

Read Exclaim’s report: “Willie Nelson Is Making CBD Products for Pets.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report: “Dave Chappelle Plots Block Party to Benefit Victims of Dayton Shooting.”

Read as Aquarium Drukard interviews Bill Callahan.

Hear Neil Gaiman Read “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” His Lovely Present for Bradbury’s 91st and Final Birthday.”

Read Town and Country’s piece “Gwyneth Paltrow Hired a Personal Book Curator—Here's What He Chose For Her Shelves.”

Stream a new Animal Collective track at Spin.

Watch a new video from Tinariwen featuring Cass McCombs.

Read as Spin considers the musical evolution of David Berman.

Read NPR’s interview with Sleater-Kinney.

Read 'Trout Mask Replica' at 50 at PopMatters.

Read as The Chicago Sun-Times profiles The Hold Steady.

Read Exclaim’s report: “The 'Breaking Bad' Movie Has Already Been Filmed, Says Bob Odenkirk.”

Browse as Paste previews the Fall’s upcoming books on music.

Stream a new Sturgill Simpson track at NPR.

Read The Guardian’s report “'It's an act of defiance': the rise of all-female festival lineups.”

Read NPR’s piece “Looking Back On 'Bitches Brew': The Year Miles Davis Plugged Jazz In.”

Read Wall Street Journal’s report: “Health Insurers Set to Expand Offerings Under the ACA.”

Read 12 News’ piece “Suburban voters are pressuring Republicans to act on guns.”

Hear Patty Griffin cover Tom Waits for a new project. Yes, please.

Read AZ Central’s report “Undocumented Arizona high school graduates will get tuition break at state universities.”

Read Slate’s report: “How Billie Eilish Brought Lil Nas X to the End of the “Road”.

Read Sojourner’s piece: “PRAY FOR THE PRESIDENT? It's challenging to offer thanksgiving for a presidency filled with so much cruelty.”

Please enjoy this soothing footage of a migrating herd of wild air mattresses” at Audio Visual Club.

Read Pitchfork’s report “Elephant 6 Documentary Is Out Now...On VHS.”

Browse “A Beginner’s Guide to the kaleidoscopic music of Stereolab” at Treble.

R.I.P. “Canned Heat Bassist Larry Taylor Dead at 77.”

Consider “The Mysterious Disappearance of Ambrose Bierce” at How Stuff Works.

Read “Finding Winnie: The Improbable and Touching Real-Life Story of the Baby Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh” at Brain Pickings.

Read Consequence of Sound’s piece: “David Lynch announces massive Twin Peaks: From Z to A box set Collecting just about every piece of Twin Peaks content imaginable.”

Regardless of your political persuasion, is it too much to say that we miss having a President who gave out reading lists instead of insults? Browse Barack Obama’s 2019 Summer Reading List.

Read about the South Carolina teacher sues her own school district, claiming that “the district broke state and federal laws by requiring her to pay for school supplies out of her own pocket and work for free at school-related events.”

Read as Relevant considers “A New Kind of Prosperity Gospel.”

Browse AZ Central’s list of “12 local bands you need to know in metro Phoenix.”

Read Pitchfork’s report: “How Artist Imposters and Fake Songs Sneak Onto Streaming Services.”

Read as Pete Enns reminds us: “America Is Not in the Bible.”

Read Human Rights Watch’s report: “US: New Rules Allow Indefinite Detention of Children.”

Read as Nerdist wonders “Why People Forget Neil Gaiman Wrote MONONOKE’s Dub.”

Listen as Bon Iver “explodes” the song “Holyfields” from 2019’s i,i.

Read Pitchfork’s report: “Taylor Swift Says She Plans to Re-Record Her Back Catalog to Regain Control of Her Masters.”

Read Fatherly’s piece “Highlights Magazine Denounced Migrant Family Separations. This Is What Happened Next.” Highlights Magazine has more guts than many of our churches.

ReadJoan Didion on Grief” at Brain Pickings.

Read NPR’s piece: “Billie Full Of Grace: How Billie Holiday Learned To Sing At The House Of The Good Shepherd.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece “How US Churches Cover Millions in Medical Debt.”

Read PopMatters’ review of the recent Sun Ra Arkestra San Francisco shows: “The Sun Ra Arkestra Brings Interplanetary Music to San Francisco.”

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “David Hasselhoff’s new album features “Sweet Caroline” with Ministry, and other odd collaborative covers.”

Read the Daily Mail’s report: “NFL players help pay $50,000 cash bail of undocumented immigrant who spent 89 days in an ICE detention center after reciting 'Dear America' poem that blasted US immigration policies at city board meeting.”

Hear “All the Samples In Burna Boy's 'African Giant

Read as Relevant wonders: “Wait, Is Trump Calling Himself the ‘King of Israel’ and ‘Second Coming of God’?”

Read CNet’s report: “Antisurveillance clothes foil cameras by making you look like a car.”

Read Spin’s 1988 with Public Enemy’s Chuck D.

Read as Ibram X. Kendi talks about his book How To Be An Antiracist with NPR Books.

Read The Guardian’s piece “Art Spiegelman: golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of fascism.” And, please, if you haven’t read Maus, please do so.

Hear The Highwomen's new statement song, 'Highwomen' at The Current.

Read Consequence of Sound’s report “Neil Young and Crazy Horse announce COLORADO, the band’s first new album in seven years.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece “Shane Claiborne on guns, love and why he wants a new Christian narrative.”

Read WDRB’s report “Florida vacation home invaded by vomiting vultures.”

Watch the Trailer For Bruce Springsteen’s Concert Film ‘Western Stars’” at Rolling Stone.

Read Slate’s answer to your question “What Happened to Sha Na Na?”

Read Artnet’s report “Experts in Pompeii Have Discovered a Female Sorcerer’s Mysterious Arsenal of Charms—See Them Here.”

R.I.P. Henri Belolo (co-founder of the Village People.) (11/36 - 08/03/19).

Read The Palm Beach Post’s report “After sex scandal, Billy Graham’s grandson is starting a church in Palm Beach Gardens.”

Read Brooklyn Vegan’s piece “Henry Rollins talks bigotry in the Trump era, separating art from artist, and more.”

Read The Daily Beast’s piece “How Slave Owners Dictated the Language of the 2nd Amendment Southern aristocrats wanted armed militias mainly to control their slaves. So they wanted language in the new nation's constitution protecting that right.”

Watch Mister Rogers cut a record.

ReadRichard Rohr On White Privilege” at Sojourners. "White privilege is largely hidden from our eyes if we are white."

Read Artnet’s report “A Long-Lost Set of Sketches From Beloved Classic ‘The Little Prince’ Has Turned Up in a Swiss Storage Facility.”

Read Rolling Stone’s report “Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs Threaten Phish Labor Day Event.”

Read as Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy talks with Radio Milwaukee.

Read Stereogum’s report of Kim Gordon’s debut solo album and watch a new video.

Read Variety’s report “‘Matrix 4’ Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski.”

Read IGN’s report: “Spider-Man Out of the MCU If Marvel, Sony Can't Reach Deal.”

  • Read as Salon asks: “How many times must "Spider-Man" die, Sony?”

  • Read C/Net’s report: “Stan Lee's daughter speaks out against Marvel/Disney in Spidey spat "No one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives,"

Browse Uproxx’s list: “We Had Brewers Tell Us The One IPA You Have To Try.”

Stream Brittany Howard’s new track “He Loves Me” at Stereogum.

Read/Watch Open Culture’s piece: “The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders: A Tokyo Restaurant Where All the Servers Are People Living with Dementia.”

Read Buzzfeed News’ report: “Chinese Media Is Running Facebook Ads To Convince Westerners The Country’s Detention Centers Aren’t Human Rights Violations.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece “Churches Are Saving Ethiopia's Last Remaining Native Trees.”

Read as The Millions considers “Maya Angelou in the Kitchen.”

Read as Jesca Hoop discusses her favorite albums with Quietus.

Read Salon’s piece: “As cannabis cuts into spirits spending, distillers release "hemped" products.”

Read as Kathleen Hanna breaks down Bikini KIll's "Rebel Girl" for NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Read as PopMatters interviews Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.

Browse Inside Hook’s list of reissue labels to watch.

Read “When Robert Smith and David Bowie interviewed each other” at Far Out Magazine.

Listen to Daniel Johnston’s wonderfully menacing cover of The Beatles ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ at Far Out Magazine.

See “George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” Illustrated by Ralph Steadman” at Brain Pickings.

Watch “David Lynch Teaches You to Cook His Quinoa Recipe in a Weird, Surrealist Video” at Open Culture.

Hear the gun-control-benefit song “Fish In A Gun Barrel” from NOFX.

Read “Lord Byron’s Moving Elegy for His Beloved Dog” at Brain Pickings.

Read Christianity Today’s piece: “Southwestern Distances Itself from Paige Patterson in Sex Abuse Lawsuit.” Even after all these years, Paige Patterson is still blaming the Calvinists.

Hear the new Robbie Robertson song ‘Let Love Reign’ featuring Glen Hansard.

Read “Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer” at Brain Pickings.

Read Pitchfork’s report: “Concert Company Sofar Sounds Under Investigation by New York State Department of Labor.”

Read Stereogum’s piece: “Björk Announces Utopia Box Set With 14 Handmade Birdcall Flutes.”

Read/Hear PRI’s piece: “Hieronymus Bosch painted sheet music on a man's butt and now you can hear it.”

Read Pitchfork’s piece: “Toni Morrison and the Music of Black Life.”

R.I.P. Peter Fonda.

Watch “Live Footage Timeline of Pink Floyd Transitioning From Syd Barrett to David Gilmour From 1967 Through 1972” at Laughing Squid.

Read Consequence of Sound’s piece: “Slayer apparently too “terrifying” for NASCAR as band’s sponsorship is pulled due to “reactionary concerns”

Browse Phoenix New Times’ list of “21 Movies You (Probably) Didn't Know Were Filmed In Arizona.”

Watch deleted scenes of the Grateful Dead at Woodstock.

In light of the Trump administration re-writing American Values, consider Slate’s piece “The Complicated History of Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus”.

Read “45 Minutes From Stardom: What It's Like Performing at Madison Square Garden as the Opener” at Billboard.

Read Phoenix New Times’ piece: “True North Studio Plans Seven-Story Parking Garage in Roosevelt Row.”

Read about “Syria's first lady receiving top medical care in a Damascus hospital to cure her of her cancer while her husband bombs hospitals in areas held by the armed opposition.”

Explore “Two Hundred Years of Blue” at Brain Pickings.

Read “Ezra Koenig Interviews Foster the People’s Mark Foster About Jeffrey Epstein Conspiracy Theory” at Pitchfork.

ReadTalk Talk’s Mark Hollis and the Language of Silence” at Vulture.

Read as Relevant wonders “Should Christians Participate In Partisan Politics?”

Read Religion News Service’s piece: “With a flurry of recent actions, President Donald Trump’s administration is now winning conservative religious leaders' praise for aggressively fulfilling many of their goals for his presidency.”

Read Relevant’s interview with Scot McKnight: “Why the Book of Romans Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means.”

Read CNBC’s piece: “The US won’t provide flu vaccines to migrant families at border detention camps.”

Read the New York Times report: “Fires in Amazon Rain Forest Have Surged This Year.”

Read Francis Beckwith’s piece “God Is Not A Scientific Hypothesis” at The Catholic Thing.

The Weekly Town Crier (08/16/19)


Welcome to the Weekly Town Crier. Here’s a collection of some of the links I found particularly interesting this week. What’s been on your mind?

Browse the “Complete Archive of Folk Music For All Countries.”

Listen to all 52 episodes of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Listen to a mix of artists who have performed Habañero Collective house shows.

Read/Watch about the “Man wearing TV on head caught on camera leaving old TVs on Virginia front porches.”

Watch Paul Simon & Bob Weir duet on "The Boxer" at JamBase.

ReadKurt Vonnegut on Reading, Boredom, Belonging, and Our Human Responsibility” at Brain Pickings.

Because I know you were wondering: “Q&AZ: How Many State Parks Does Arizona Have?

Watch the piece “SPAM is jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. Really.”

Watch “1,000 Musicians Gather To Cover Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”

Watch Stephen Colbert say that president Trump is a “heretic to reality,” saying: “Our president wants to live in a fantasy world where only the way he perceives the world is the way it is, only things that sort of serve his vision, and he's also trying to convince us that that is the only world that exists. It's extremely solipsistic. But he's also trying to invite us into this madness that he has, and that is heresy against reality."

Read “How Two Sisters Started Miami's First Afro-Cuban, Woman-Owned Cigar Company” at Miami New Times.

Read about the “driver at a quasi-privately run immigration detention facility in Rhode Island drove their pickup truck last night into a crowd of 'Jews Against ICE' protesters, seriously injuring a 64-year-old man, and others.” “Captain Thomas Woodworth has been placed on administrative leave.”

Read as ABC News and Good Morning America finds “36 cases invoking 'Trump' in connection with violence, threats, alleged assaults.”

Watch Cardi B and Bernie Sanders Talk About the Issues at a Detroit nail salon” at Flood Magazine.

Read Consequence of Sound’s report: “St. Elmo’s Fire series being developed by NBC.”

Read/watch as Republican Steve King tries to defend a total ban on abortions by arguing that rape and incest have helped grow society.

Read Slate’s piece: “The New Hate Pastors Sarah Silverman is “a God-hating whore of Zionism.” We need to “Make America Straight Again.” How a new class of religious zealots is going viral—and already tearing itself apart.”

Read Universal-Sci’s piece: “The Milky Way’s Black Hole Just Flared, Growing 75 Times As Bright For A Few Hours!”

Read Atlas Obscura’s piece about “Champing,” or “Camping in Abandoned Medieval Churches.”

Read as Christianity Today argues: “Preaching Against Racism Is Not a Distraction from the Gospel.”

Read Sojourners piece: “Politically Homeless: How Republicans — and Democrats — Are Leaving Many Christians Behind.”

Read AV Club’s piece: “Hugh Grant says Paddington 2 is his best movie, so don't tell him otherwise.”

Read AV Club’s piece: “Flea is dropping a dreamy, jazz-inflected memoir later this year.”

Read “Tom Waits: Our 1985 Interview, Tom Waits for No Man” at Spin.

Stream Here Lies Man’s new album ‘No Ground To Walk Upon’ at Brooklyn Vegan.

Watch the “the Trailer for Terrence Malick’s New Religious War Drama ‘A Hidden Life’” at Relevant.

Hear “Wooden Wand – The Thump Sessions” at Raven Sings The Blues.

Read “Voice of the Desert: After Making a Name at Gawker and Wonkette, Ken Layne Created the 'Desert Oracle' to Showcase the Wacky, Weird and Wonderful of the High Desert” at

Read as report: “Garcia Peoples Announce Five-Night Nublu Residency.”

Listen to Jeff Tweedy with Tape Op.

Read the Santa Maria Times’ piece: “Santa Barbara County supervisors agree to use cannabis revenue to close three libraries’ budget gaps.”

Read Post-Punk’s report: “Peter Murphy Suffers Heart Attack During NYC Residency.”

Read the Riverfront Times’ piece: ‘Burglary Suspects Foiled by Meddling Comic Book Store Owner’.

Read the Independent’s 2011 piece: “Douglas Adams said it was the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. He meant it as a joke, but a new book shows how the number 42 has played a significant role in history.”

Pre-Order the latest Garcia Peoples album One Step Behind at Bandcamp.

Read about the Americana Awards giving Elvis Costello a Lifetime Honor at Variety.

Read about the “The pickle sandwich” (pickles instead of bread) at The Take Out.

Read “Mr. Bungle reunite for first concerts in 20 years” at Consequence of Sound.

Browse Treble Zine’s “Top 150 Albums of the ’70s.”

Relive the moment Andy Warhol went digital with his portrait of Blondie’s Debbie Harry” with Far Out Magazine.

Watch “Watch Jeff Buckley Tear Through ‘Mojo Pin’ in Previously Unreleased Video” at Rolling Stone.

Read as Rolling Stone considers the question we’ve all been wondering: “How Randy Newman ended up on a Chance the Rapper song.”

Read Vinyl Factory’s piece: ‘Krautrock guitarist Dominik von Senger collages archival recordings on Brüsseler Platz.”

Download “oichai daen-isan: molam brake taek” from

Read “Arizona's Troubadour Hans Olson Reflects on 50 Years” at Phoenix New Times.

To celebrate the return of AMC’s Lodge 49 for season 02, read Jason Woodbury’s talk with show “creator Jim Gavin about the “inexhaustible metaphor” of alchemy and secret societies—and the gap between the seen and unseen—last fall for Aquarium Drunkard. No big spoilers, so feel free to read even if you're not caught all the way up.”

Read Vulture’s piece “Lodge 49 Wants to Be the ‘Least Aspirational Show on TV’.

Stream the first episode of Lodge 49 Season Two at the AMC site.

Read AZ Central’s piece: “Misfiled in the Don Bolles files: Filming 1976's 'A Star Is Born' at Sun Devil Stadium,” which reports about “A misplaced document shows how "A Star Is Born" producers got crowd scenes for the movie. They put on a dirt-cheap concert at Sun Devil Stadium.”

Read Relevant’s piece about Hillsong writer Marty Sampson, who says: “I’m genuinely losing my faith, and it doesn’t bother me. Like, what bothers me now is nothing."

  • Read as Michael Frost wonders: “What could have helped Marty Sampson's faith?”

  • Read Relevant’s piece: “Marty Sampson Has Responded to the Skillet Frontman’s Viral Criticism of His Doubts About Faith,” in which Sampson is cited as saying: “Wow. Where do I begin? What right have you to put words in my mouth? I wouldn’t presume to put words in yours."

ReaRead as Vanity Fair profile Ta-Nehisi Coates about his forthcoming novel, The Water Dancer.

R.I.P. Toni Morrison.

  • Read as the New York Times considers 12 of Morrison’s most memorable quotes.

  • Read as the New York Times considers “Toni Morrison’s Essays and Criticism".

  • Read as The Believer considers “Five Poems by Toni Morrison.”

  • Read as Image Journal reflects: “Toni Morrison Wrote the Novel That Will Help America Heal.”

R.I.P. David Berman.

  • Read as Jagjaguwar remembers Berman.

  • Read one of Berman’s last interviews with City Pages.

  • Read as “Drag City Shares Eulogy For David Berman” at Stereogum.

  • Read as Thomas Beller remembers Berman for the Los Angeles Times.

  • Watch Phosphorescent, Hiss Golden Messenger & more cover Silver Jews songs live in tribute to David Berman at Brooklyn Vegan.

  • Read Pitchfork’s piece: “David Berman Changed the Way So Many of Us See the World.”

Stream a new track from Moon Duo at Paste Magazine.

Read David French’s piece “Another Pop-Culture Christian Loses His Faith” for National Review which states in part: “Christians are not prepared for the social consequences of the profound cultural shifts — especially in more secular parts of the nation. They’re afraid to say what they believe, not because they face the kind of persecution that Christians face overseas but because they’re simply not prepared for any meaningful adverse consequences in their careers or with their peers.”

Reserve your place at Arizona’s Changing Hands Bookstore for a Debbie Harry book reading.

Read NPR’s piece: “On The Border With Maybelle Carter And Lydia Mendoza.”

Read as Brian Falduto (“the gay kid from School of Rock,”) shares new, exciting chapters of his life.

Browse Dead & Co.’s Fall tour dates at Jam Base.

Read as Pitchfork reports: “A$AP Rocky Found Guilty of Assault in Sweden.”

Read as Aquarium Drunkard interviews Terry Allen.

Watch “Stereolab perform “Miss Modular” live in Chicago for Pitchfork Music Festival 2019.”

Stream a new song from the Pixies at Spin.

Help Preemptive Love help Refugee kids get an education.

Read as Vice considers “Ten Essential Books That Illustrate Toni Morrison's Literary Legacy.”

Read as Aauarium Drunkard reconsiders Bob Dylan’s Oh Mercy as the album turns 30.

Read as The Current Rewind interviews Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker about their 25 years in the band Low.

Read “Duane Allman 1957 Goldtop Les Paul Scores $1.25 Million At Auction” at Jam Base.

Watch the latest trailer for “The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance” which AV Club says “somehow looks even more impressive” than the last. What do you think?

Stream a new Guided By Voices song at Brooklyn Vegan.

Read as The New York Times recommends books to better understand the U.S.-Mexico border.

Read NBC News’ piece: “'Green shirt guy' goes viral over reaction to 'sanctuary city' heckler.”

Read as #GreenShirtGuy considers “How I went viral’ at CNN in which he states: “I was lucky in many ways to be where I was: inches away from hate but miles away from danger. In another locale, or with different bigots, I could have been in serious trouble."

Read Rolling Stone’s report that “Lady Gaga is Funding Classrooms In Cities Affected By Recent Mass Shootings.”

Read about the “Lost David Bowie, Krautrock, and Sly Stone Outtakes Found in Fab Philly Funk Soul Archive” at Dangerous Minds.

Stream a new song from Mudhoney: ““One Bad Actor” from their upcoming EP Morning In America.

Read “Relevant’s” piece "How to Grieve With People Who Are Suffering” and please let me know what you think.

Read as Brooklyn Vegan looks back on The Stooges' debut album, released 50 years ago.

Read What’s Your Grief’s piece: “Grief and Regrief (aka growing up with a grief monster).”

Stream a new track from New Pornographers at Spin.

Read The Telegraph’s piece: “Why diners look like trains – a brief history of the American fast food icon.”

See John Coltrane’s “Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music.”

Read “Jon Foreman on Mass Shootings: ‘This Is a Volcano That We Need to Face’” at “Relevant.”

Stream a new track from Bat For Lashes at Spin.

Stream a playlist of cover songs curated by David Byrne.

Browse Egyptian Street’s post: “Summer Read Suggestions: 11 Literary Works by Egyptian Writers.”

Read Christianity Today’s piece “Jesus, Deliver Us from This Racist Evil Age” which states: “Regardless of political affiliation, Christians must not play political games with racism and white supremacy. We must reject all forms and expressions of racism and white supremacy. We must not employ racist rhetoric about image-bearers who are immigrants and people of color. We must not dehumanize or hate any image-bearer based on the color of their skin (Asian, black, brown, or white).”

Stream a new song from Elbow featuring Jesca Hoop.

Read AV Club’s piece: “A TV adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's memoir A Moveable Feast is in the works.”

Read Relevant’s piece: “Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Forms Social Justice Partnership with the NFL.”

Read’ report that ZZ Top has announced a biographical documentary.

Listen to a new song from the Muffs at Brooklyn Vegan.

Read NPR World Cafe’s piece: “T Bone Burnett On Producing Legends And Singing His Own Tunes.”

Stream the new Sleater-Kinney song ““Can I Go On” at Stereogum.

  • Watch “Sleater-Kinney Perform ‘Stripped Down’ Version of New Song ‘Broken’” at Rolling Stone.

  • Read as Hanif Abdurraquib considers “What It Means To Listen To Sleater-Kinney Now” for NPR Music.

Hear Eamon Fogarty and Chris Schlarb of Psychic Temple’s free-jazz version of Chris Bell of Big Star's "I Am the Cosmos" at Aquarium Drunkard.

Read about the “Single Dad Has Fostered More Than 50 Young Men In The Last 12 Years” at HuffPost.

Read “Boots In Transit: An Appreciation of the Dead on Cassette” by J Jackson Toth at Aquarium Drunkard.

Read about “President Trump’s top immigration official suggested a footnote to the iconic poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty,” to say: “Give me your tired and your poor — who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.” Later, clarifying himself: “Trump official says Statue of Liberty poem is about Europeans.”

See Shepard Fairey’s largest mural yet in Vancouver.

Read Rolling Stone’s piece: “Museum of London to Host ‘The Clash: London Calling’ Exhibition.”

Read’s piece: “Jimmy Cliff and 'The Harder They Come': 'It's the story of politics and religion.'

Listen To David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart Perform As ‘David And The Dorks’ at Live For Live Music.

Read AZ Central’s piece: “Toxic groundwater lies beneath Phoenix, and a cleanup has been delayed for years.”

Read the Relix report: “Apparently Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Dropped Acid Backstage with Dead & Company”.

Read the Brooklyn Vegan report: “Dave Navarro, Billy Idol & more performing Stooges & Bowie albums at benefit show.”

Watch a 1952 Anti-Prejudice PSA at

Read NPR Music’s report: “Los Tigres Del Norte Announce Documentary, Album Of Historic Folsom Prison Concert.”

Read Stuff’s report: “Crowded House reunite to headline Aussie music festival.”

Read AZ Central’s report: “Jimmy Eat World drummer calls out Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins on Twitter after tour.”

Hear Amanda Palmer Read Wendell Berry’s Stunningly Prescient Poem “Questionnaire” at Brain PIckings.

New music from Sahel Sounds! “Tuareg guitar gets the electronic treatment, with a reissue of the cassette by legendary Nigerien composer Abdallah Oumbadougou. Produced in Benin in 1995, “Anou Malane” is one of the first studio recordings of Tuareg guitar”.

Watch the Highwomen and Jimmy Fallon Cover Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’” at Rolling Stone.