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The Ever Present Past of the Beatles (and the Saddest Record of the Year)

The Ever Present Past of the Beatles (and the Saddest Record of the Year)

They say you can tell a lot about a person by their favorite Beatle. Cuddly Paul, edgy John, moody George, or funny Ringo, you choose the one you either most readily identify with, or would most like to identify with. Of course, having to name only one is a dodgy practice in the first place, and not just because Paul could be edgy (“Helter Skelter”), John moody (“I’m a Loser”), George funny (“Savoy Truffle”, Life of Brian), and Ringo cuddly (“Octopus’ Garden”). I for one don’t mind pegging them as archetypes rather than people–Beatles mythology is way too fun to…

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January Playlist

January Playlist

Ding Dong, Ding Dong – George Harrison
Hold My Hand – Dave Davies
The Country life – The Bees
Fool – Luke Wilson
I Just Can’t Take It Anymore – The Lemonheads
Jews for Jesus Blues – Clem Snide
A White Shade of Pale – The Everly Brothers
The World’s Loneliest Man – Vince Eager
On Jesus’ Program – Mark Lanegan
Need For Love – The Marvelettes
Shoes – Reparata and the Delrons
Strange Mercy – St. Vincent
Lost in Time – Stellastarr*
Love the Way You Lie, Pt 2 – Rihanna feat. Eminem
Forget Myself – Elbow
Dusted – Guided By Voices
We Share The Same Skies – The Cribs
I Resign – The Bigger Lovers
I…

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PZ's Podcast: The Pipes of Pan, Removals Men Pts 1&2

PZ’s Podcast: The Pipes of Pan, Removals Men Pts 1&2

Episode 69: The Pipes of Pan

This is a thought on some words of Our Lord in St. Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 11, Verses 16-19.

Christ observes that a communicator has to lay down any thought of convincing people, or getting them to agree with you. You can play the “Pipes of Pan” in the most danceable way, and those who are in earshot can still refuse to “get on up.” Or you can play them the “Pathetique” Symphony and they can still shut down their emotions just as sharp as you please.

Yet, Christ says, “Wisdom is justified by her children”. Somebody out…

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Another Week Ends: Brooks on Empathy, more Quiet Beatle, American Commandments, Kaling on Chick Flicks, Meth to Master, Pre-Marital Hanky Panky, Psycho Congress, Tweedy & Ryan Adams

Another Week Ends: Brooks on Empathy, more Quiet Beatle, American Commandments, Kaling on Chick Flicks, Meth to Master, Pre-Marital Hanky Panky, Psycho Congress, Tweedy & Ryan Adams

1. David Brooks continues with his one-man campaign for a more realistic conception of human nature, and the implications it might have on ethical behavior, in his new column, “The Limits of Empathy.” This time he focuses on the question of motivation, exploring how easily/frequently something as ‘good’ as empathy is subordinated to self-interest (and laziness), ht TB:

People who are empathetic are more sensitive to the perspectives and sufferings of others. They are more likely to make compassionate moral judgments. The problem comes when we try to turn feeling into action. Empathy makes you more aware of other people’s suffering, but it’s not…

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Another Week Ends: 9/11, Emasculated Sitcoms, 4-Hour Soul, Open Source Christians, Watch the Throne, Wilco & more Procrastination

Another Week Ends: 9/11, Emasculated Sitcoms, 4-Hour Soul, Open Source Christians, Watch the Throne, Wilco & more Procrastination

1. The Internet Monk invited us to do a guest post on 9/11 this week, and RJ Heijmen, Mbird contributor and head honcho at St Paul’s in NYC, took up the gauntlet. His reflection is entitled “In Love’s Service Only Wounded Soldiers Can Serve,” and it’s very much worth your time, and not only because he moved to NYC on Sept 14, 2001. A few poignant portions include:

As the weather began to turn cooler, my wife and I noticed dark evening rings around our throats as we pulled off our turtlenecks – dust carried from the site by the winds…

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Trailer for Scorsese’s George Harrison Documentary


Still no word on the soundtrack…

August Playlist

August Playlist

I’m skipping ahead one month this time, so that the dates in which we’re listening to the playlist match the month of the mix:

Black Treacle – Arctic Monkeys
I Can Hardly Believe You’re Mine – The Raspberries
Pieces of a Dream – South
Things I Don’t Understand – Coldplay
Places That Are Gone – Tommy Keene
Dig My Heels – The 77s
Up The Junction – Squeeze
I-95 – Fountains of Wayne
Back From Somewhere – Husker Du
Days That Used To Be – Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Nine in the Afternoon – Panic! At the Disco
Drinking on Your Dime – Jay Bennett and Edward Burch
My Dark Star –…

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Another Week Ends: Divorce Delusions, FNL, KJV, Natural Family Planning, Pastafarianism, Harry Potter and 30 Rock

Another Week Ends: Divorce Delusions, FNL, KJV, Natural Family Planning, Pastafarianism, Harry Potter and 30 Rock

1. New Mbird favorite Heather Havrilesky hit another home run in this past Sunday’s NY Times Magazine with her column “The Divorce Delusion,” in which she exposed the current sunny pop-climate about divorce for what it is, namely, delusional. Or at least very naive. She also took the opportunity to muse on the underlying narcissism:

The moral to this modern divorce story? If everyone involved doesn’t emerge stronger, happier and more productive, well, then, in the vague parlance of today’s progressive preschool, someone is making bad choices.

The notion that there’s some “right” choice for every life challenge fits neatly into the…

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Lifting Up Jeff Lynne, ELO and the Wilbury Sound

Lifting Up Jeff Lynne, ELO and the Wilbury Sound

There haven’t been any books written about Jeff Lynne yet, but there will be. Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) was sublime and would certainly be enough to qualify him as hagiography-worthy. What separates Jeff from many of the pop musicians of his generation, however, is the extremely potent second wind he caught in the late 1980s.

ELO never put out a dud in their 15 or so years together, refining a “sound” so infectious and cool that it’s no surprise it ha experienced such a dramatic revival in the past few years (where would the Flaming Lips be without ELO?!). Jeff’s outspoken…

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Thursday Morning Rock N Roll: Prince’s Guitar Gently Weeps

The Wilburys do a decent job with the vocals but it is Prince’s solo, which begins around the 3:30 mark, that is the real gem here. Apparently he had never heard the song before being asked to contribute…

Worshiping at the Altar of the Beatles (and Their Monaural Magic)

Worshiping at the Altar of the Beatles (and Their Monaural Magic)

Two lists to celebrate the release of the long-awaited Fab Four reissues. First and most relevantly, five quasi-Gospel moments in the Beatles-related videography. Counting down:

5. The first modern worship song? Or simply the strangest number one single of all-time?

4. “I’m A Loser” performed in France in 1965. “I’m not what I appear to be” is absolutely classic Lennon – vulnerability bordering on repentance, identity and artifice, suffering, unrequited love, this one has it all.

3. The 1968 performance of “Hey Jude” on The David Frost Show has worship written all over it:

2. The unbelievable energy of “She Loves You” makes another…

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July Playlist

July Playlist

Because even I need some relief from Michael Jackson sometimes! Especially when the relief comes in the form of B-list brit-pop and recent A-list singles from Brooklyn:

1. Young Adult Friction – The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
2. Wasting Your Town – Trevor Giuliani
3. How A Resurrection Really Feels – The Hold Steady
4. Dream City – Free Energy
5. Daniel – Bat For Lashes
6. My Girls – Animal Collective
7. Simply Shady – George Harrison
8. If I Were The Man You Wanted – Lyle Lovett
9. Hurricane – Levon Helm
10. Step Into My World – Hurricane #1
11. Chasing Rainbows – Shed Seven
12. Autophilia…

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