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Another Week Ends: American Dreams, Van Halen, Hereditary Sin, Netflix, Control Freaks & Hipsters

Another Week Ends: American Dreams, Van Halen, Hereditary Sin, Netflix, Control Freaks & Hipsters

1. Old news by now, but David Brooks’ editorial about “The Gospel of Wealth” had some interesting tidbits about the intersection of affluence and Christianity in America, highlighting the efforts of one pastor in Birmingham, AL:

The tension between good and plenty, God and mammon, became the central tension in American life, propelling ferocious energies and explaining why the U.S. is at once so religious and so materialist. Americans are moral materialists, spiritualists working on matter.

[Birmingham pastor David] Platt is in the tradition of those who don’t believe these two spheres can be reconciled. The material world is too soul-destroying. “The…

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The Nazarene Allure of the Underrated (or Reviled)

The Nazarene Allure of the Underrated (or Reviled)

In 1994, Chuck Klosterman wrote an insightful and very funny piece for Spin entitled “Give Me Centrism of Give Me Death!” where he argued:

If you are the kind of person who talks about music too much, there are two words that undoubtedly play an integral role in your workaday lexicon: “overrated” and “underrated.” This is because those two sentiments pop up in 90 percent of all musical discussions…

I am not interested in overrated and underrated bands.

It’s too easy, and all it means is that somebody else was wrong. I’m obsessed with bands that are rated as accurately as possible-in other…

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April Playlist

This one has it all:

1. Harmour Love – Syreeta with Stevie Wonder [Theme Song from Junebug]
2. Can’t Hardly Wait – Justin Townes Earle
3. To Live Is To Fly – Townes Van Zandt
4. It Never Rains In California – Albert Hammond [Sr.]
5. That Same Song – The Beach Boys
6. Make The Woman Love Me – Dion [prod. by Phil Spector]
7. My Maudlin Career – Camera Obscura
8. 1901 – Phoenix
9. I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
10. Joy – Mick Jagger with Bono
11. I Dreamed A Dream – Les Mis
12. The Power Of Love – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
13. Monkey…

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The Redemption of Sammy Hagar

I love Van Halen. And like all intelligent people in the universe, I think David Lee Roth, their original (and again) singer is the real deal, while Sammy Hagar was, at best, an approximation. However…

Hagar and Van Halen recorded a song (from the 1986 album 5150) called “Love Walks In” that is pure Gospel, water in a land that is waste. Here’s a video of a live performance:

Why is this song so awesome? Check out the chorus:

…and then you sense a change,
nothin’ feels the same,
all your dreams are strange–
love comes walkin’ in.
some kind of alien
waits for the opening,
simply pulls a…

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