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.