I’ll keep it short and sweet – going to a David Bazan house show is a sublime experience. My wife and I went to one in Bellingham, WA a few years back (right after “Curse Your Branches” came out) and it was incredible; we had seen him perform before with Pedro the Lion in clubs, and even in a church (the acoustically blessed Music Gallery in Toronto), but there is nothing quite like sitting cross-legged in a stranger’s packed living room, listening to the sonorous voice of a master songwriter.
Well, you have the opportunity to go to a Bazan house show, and it is not one you should pass up. If your city is on the list for the 2014 tour, you can buy tickets here.
For a little preview, here’s video of Bazan performing the arresting “Hard to Be.” If I ever finish making (and writing about) my “faith and doubt playlist,” this will be the first song on the list. Sorry I can’t figure out how to embed the video:Read More
I am in the midst of putting together a proposed syllabus for an introductory Theology and Pop Culture course and would love suggestions/feedback on the best/worst books on the subject. I was thinking of using these 3 as primary texts: Detweiler, Craig and Barry Taylor. A matrix of meanings : finding God in pop culture. Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Academic, 2003. Romanowski, William. Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture. Grand Rapids,... Read More
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Zachary Thomas Settle: The End is Nigh: Season 5, Episode 13 I think last night’s episode of Breaking Bad was genius, and it has rejuvenated my hope for the ending. I’ve been convinced of Gilligan’s abilities to gracefully end this hellish ride for some time now, but the immanence of the end started setting in last night. I had an extremely difficult time writing on this episode, though. To a certain extent, whatever sort of pith commentary... Read More