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Tommy Ramone dies at 65; last original member of namesake punk band

If ever an opening song on a debut album could set the tone for the entirety of a band’s career, it was “Blitzkrieg Bop,” off the 1976 self-titled album by the Ramones. Lean, fast and propelled forward by a low-to-the-ground-beat and no-fuss … Continue reading

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X Revisit Pair of Punk Touchstones at Explosive L.A. Shows

Rightly, the PA at the Roxy on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip blasted nothing but Ramones records in the hour before showtime. But on a day, July 12th, charged with the news of the passing of that band’s last, surviving original member, drummer Tommy Ramone, … Continue reading

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World Cup, Hobby Lobby, Nick Cave, and Louis Zamperini

• DUP-Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer by P.J. O’Rourke (The Daily Beast) • Hobby Lobby: A Company liberals could love by Ross Douthat (NY Times) • I am the real Nick Cave (NY Times) • Remembering the “Unbroken” spirit of Louis … Continue reading

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Brian Setzer’s rockabilly riot, God and Mammon, Ann Coulter LOVES soccer, and Creative Habits

• Q & A: Brian Setzer Out to Spark Another Rockabilly Riot: Melissa Locker chats with the guitar legend about his new album (Time) • God and Mammon: Jesus drove money changers out of the Temple, calling them “a den of thieves.” … Continue reading

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What Jack White can teach the Church

By Jason Micheli I’ve been listening to Jack White’s new album, Lazaretto, incessantly over the last two weeks. Running, reading, driving. Cooking. In case you’re one of those cretans who only listen to pop music or, worse, are still listening to … Continue reading

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Jimmy Fallon and the Joy of the Lord

I’m not a super disciplined person. But recently I’ve taken up a new spiritual discipline, and I’m quite excited about it. At night, when the rest of the family is in bed, I have been regularly and routinely seeking time alone to … Continue reading

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Hula Mass and the faith of Hawaii’s Queen Lili`uokalani

I was delighted to hear about a hula mass to honor the feast day of Queen Lili’uokalani, the last reigning monarch in Hawaii. Writer Dianne Smith tells a very interesting story about Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. “Queen Lili`uokalani had great … Continue reading

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NPR’s interview with Over the Rhine

Tremendous interview from NPR’s David Greene with Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist — the husband and wife duo behind Over the Rhine.  This conversation took place last year shortly after the band released Meet Me at the Edge of the World. This is … Continue reading

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The Bible Reduced To Minimalist Posters

The Bible is often referred to as the word of God. In reality, it’s significantly longer: around 775,000 words spread across 66 different books, when all is said and done. How do you distill the word of God down into … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday Selfies

From Wall Street Journal CHICAGO— Gaby Driessen stopped by St. Peter’s Church here and a priest put a thick smudge of ash on her forehead—a traditional way Catholics and other Christians physically show their commitment to the faith on Ash Wednesday, … Continue reading

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