After the amazing success of our first house show several months ago, we just had to have another one. Therefore tomorrow, Saturday, December 4th at 7pm in Philadelphia, we are having our second house show entitled The Birdhouse presents, Vol. 2: The Housecooling (Go to the Facebook event page for details and to RSVP). Our house, as a venue, is called “The Birdhouse” (it’s even on Foursquare). The show’s gonna be really, really good. This time around we have four main acts performing (with me doing a little intro set). Acts include:
- Chris Currie (formerly of Full Fathom Five) & friends
- Luke Bartolomeo (novelist, poet, and editor of the Monongahela Review)
- Heath Warner (also known as “Paul Warner” by day)
We will be recording this evening and putting online for free, just like the first show (Chris also played at that one, though just by himself). We will have some drinks and snacks, but feel free to bring a six pack, a bottle of wine, or some food (baked goods are always welcome!). See you there!
Monday I showed how someone could take some bad Christian culture and redeem it to truly honor God. Well, thanks to Andrew Vogel, a good friend and former classmate, whose comment showed me another video that really needs to be redeemed, remixed, or just removed. Here’s the video. If anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears. Big. Floppy. Ears. Somebody get some GaGa in this thing.
There will be very little commentary from me here. I just want to show everyone a process of the Kingdom of God breaking through Christian culture to redeem it. First, watch this. Please, watch the whole thing. Whatever you do, do not stop this video before the 2-minute mark. You might want to take notes.
Then, see how the “secular” culture (if there was ever such a thing) comments on this, care of Talk Soup:
A little more than an month ago, myself and my roommates held a Housewarming show to inaugurate our new presence in South Philadelphia. In all, we had six musical acts play, 32 songs performed, and almost 60 people attend. It was an amazing night. One of the best I had had in a long time. For all those that came, thank you again.
We also live recorded the music that night, and today, we are proud to officially release The Birdhouse Presents, Vol. 1: The Housewarming. Those recordings are now available for download for free (or donation, if you like). The album comes in two editions. The Color edition has the evening broken up by individual song; the Black & White edition contains each artists’ full sets, including the talking, joking, and intros between each song. Just click on the banner below and pick your edition:
The recordings themselves are a bit quiet, but are fine with headphones or external speakers. They came out really well. As a preview, here were some of the covers and songs everyone seemed to enjoy a lot that night from each of the performers:
For those living in Philadelphia, tonight (on the 4th of July) will be what is supposedly the largest outdoor concert in the country (really?). Last year they had Bruce Springsteen come in and play.
This year? Well, the Goo Goo Dolls are headlining (I had no idea they were still around). But that’s not why I’m writing this.
One of the other acts is Philly’s very own The Roots. For much of the country, this band gained notoriety as Jimmy Fallon’s band on his late night show. For me, they’re perhaps my favorite hip-hop ensemble out there.
Their new album How I Got Over came out a couple of weeks ago. It is amazing; one of the best hip-hop albums released in the past few years, in my opinion. I’m working on a review of the album for Patrol Magazine, so to prepare, I’ve been listening through The Roots‘ entire discography this past week. Wow. What a group. I can’t wait to see them tonight. And if you’re around, you should be just as excited to come out.
As most people know, last year I gave a seminar/lecture/sermon thingy at my old church, Epiphany Fellowship. The topic I spoke on was Beauty. I spent about nine months doing research, reading, talking, and thinking before ultimately delivering it last August. Recently, I updated some parts of the manuscript for a friend and thought I’d post the updated manuscript. There aren’t too many changes. The main updates happened in the last half of the manuscript. I also updated the language of the manuscript overall to make it more appropriate as a written piece rather than a manuscript for speaking from. I’m hoping to use this as the core of one of the first books I’m working on that I’ll actually finish. After the break is the full “Table of Contents” for each part of the blog series I did going through each individual part of the manuscript. Those blog parts have not yet been updated. Here are the the updated full written Manuscript, the audio of my “lecture”, and an appendix with the Greek/Hebrew breakdown of the words for “Beauty” in the Bible.
I hope this brightens your day and makes you laugh. Out loud. At my expense. Enjoy.
I’m having blogging withdrawal. So sorry. I’m still trying to find my rhythm with the new job. I have several articles I’ve slowly been working on and others that I was working on, only to have the “moment” pass before they were done. This is particularly true of some political articles I’ve been thinking through. Just when I get an idea for a political article, the proper time passes before I’m actually able to get the thing written and published. So once again, sorry.
But, I’m not slacking on my writing for Patrol Magazine. Here’s the new article:
David Bazan: An Example for Christians After All?
As I said last week, I am the new Thursday blogger for the site. My first article went up last week, and it was on Christopher Hitchens’ brother, Peter Hitchens. This week’s article concerns a David Bazan show I went to early this week and some things this show taught me concerning my own spirituality. So read and feel free to comment!
[photo by az. from Flickr]
Last night, I went swing dancing.
And it was amazing.
I hadn’t gone ballroom dancing (of any kind) in a while. I used to do it a lot more. Ever since middle school, I’ve been a pretty good dancer (believe it or not). In high school for a summer, I was even part of a community dance troupe, so I’ve done most all of the throwing girls in the air over my shoulders, around my back, and catching them in mid-jump — you know, all that stuff. At one point I was picked out of my school choir as one of the few people that would do the “more advanced” swing dancing moves in front of the choir in a concert we gave. There I did all the pulling girls between the legs and wrapping them around the back and all that. In college, many Friday nights were spent at Dancespace, where we would get lessons in ballroom dancing and then dance the night away. It would usually be my group of a handful of us college kids and a bunch of senior citizens. It was awesome. Our particular crew usually consisted of me, several girls that were very inexperienced in dancing, and a few guys that were super shy and not very good who were talked into going against their wills.
Yesterday I wrote about how Catholicism views the idea of torture and how a possible response to it and it’s socio-political effects can be found in the Eucharist. That article was written because the idea of Torture has come front and center in the political discourse once more. For those not keeping track of the current political climate concerning the previous administration, John Yoo is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley that was given the charge by the Bush administration and the CIA to define the nature and limits of “enhanced interrogation techniques“. He along with Jay Bybee authored the famous “torture memos” which gave legal justification for the use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and other techniques in order to get information from suspected terrorists.
Last year, the Office of Professional Responsibility wrote a report finding the two men guilty of professional misconduct and recommended the Justice Department do a full investigation. Ealier this month, both Bybee and Yoo were officially cleared of all wrongdoing in the eyes of the Department of Justice. Further, the DOJ strongly suggested that no further investigation nor disciplinary action from the bar should be sought. Last week the Department officially closed its investigation. Yesterday, the top ethicist of the Department of Justice said that not only did Yoo and Bybee do nothing criminal, but neither did they even act unethically. (Full summary of the metanarrative of all of this can be found here.)