REVIEW: Blue Man Group’s “Three”

    REVIEW: Blue Man Group's "Three"

    This week, the Blue Man Group, the eccentric group of men with blue facepaint and dull gray clothing, have released a studio album of their latest work. The music renews the classic sounds of the group, which centers around heavy percussion and the use of PVC pipes in various ways. The album dropped on Thursday, featuring 14 new tracks. Two of the tracks, including “Hex | Read More »

    REVIEW: David Bowie’s “Blackstar”

    REVIEW: David Bowie's "Blackstar"

    Today is David Bowie’s birthday, and to celebrate, the 69 year old rock star has released a new album, called Blackstar. The title track is just shy of 10 minutes long and is the most David Bowie song and video of all time. However, the seven-song album is filled with tracks that all sound totally different, but each is very much the classic Bowie that drew confused | Read More »

    VIDEO: New David Bowie song possibly the most David Bowie song ever

    VIDEO: New David Bowie song possibly the most David Bowie song ever

    David Bowie is releasing a new album on January 8, 2016, the date of his 69th birthday. A few years back, he released The Next Day, an album that was only partially reminiscent of the David Bowie we’ve all come to know and love and somewhat question the sanity of. This new album, Blackstar, is possibly going to be the most David Bowie thing ever, and the | Read More »

    REVIEW: Adele’s “25”

    REVIEW: Adele's "25"

    Adele made headlines a few weeks ago with the release of the first single from her new album, 25. The single, “Hello,” was everything we expected of an Adele song – everything about it was beautiful, yet miserable. The announcement of the album wasn’t much more uplifting. She referred to it as a make-up album, saying she was “Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I | Read More »

    “Drones”: New Muse album is emotional, antiwar, and awesome

    In taking a break from the politics of the day, let’s talk about the music of the day. Muse, the alternative rock band out of England, has long been a favorite of mine, typically because the music is just so well done. You could strip away the lyrics (which more recently have been a bit hit-or-miss for me), leave the music, and still have extremely | Read More »

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    In praise of worship

    God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:10-11, NLT) Jon Gabriel has a post up about modern evangelical churches and in particular contemporary Christian music. In his post, | Read More »

    Tech at Night: Why NSA probably didn’t know about Heartbleed. Music royalty issues.

    Tech at Night

    If you want an explanation of the ‘Heartbleed’ bug in the news, Francis Cianfrocca gives a good explanation in Coffee and Markets. But more important is his point about NSA. He always speaks carefully about that organization, but in his roundabout way he made an excellent point: NSA has a dual mandate. NSA’s job is both to break into enemy communications, and to protect our communications. The Heartbleed bug is so devastating that if they knew about it, they’d have to work to protect us from it, before someone else could use it against us. That’s how bad it is. There’s no way they knew about it a year.

    If you don’t like that businesses hire lobbyists, shrink government and quit picking winners and losers so they don’t have to.

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    The Most Senseless Boomerang

    Just over seven years ago, I was in a high school band that was cool enough with bartenders from the Shreveport, Louisiana area to get to play in bars. I was a senior in high school, and we were just writing music for the sake of doing it. We didn’t have any experience in what we were writing about (a number of the songs were | Read More »

    A little sunshine in your life

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    Obama says we’ll learn to love it [his health care plan]

    President Obama is on the road with a message right out of Top 40 songs:  “You’re going to learn to love me–and my health care law.” That message sounds more like one from George Orwell’s “1984.”  Everyone must love Big Brother–or else! Trying to convince us after the fact that it’s a good deal is like a glib salesman dealing with unhappy customers after their | Read More »

    Drunked up on Orchestral Balls, a Reminscence on the power of revolutionary music

    Sunday 1/31/10,  noon (I have to go on a raid for a few days, and will leave St George Frederick…we call him Singee, here…on this station. If I can get to a computer with Latin keyboard, I’ll try to look in. We’ve had a bit of a snow and the drive to Dulles may take awhile…) Lenin once said that he stopped listening to Beethoven | Read More »

    “Turning the Jukebox Into An Instrument of Torture”

    Since learning that their music was used at high volumes to induce terrorists to cooperate with the US, groups such as Nine Inch Long Nails, R.E.M, Rosanne Cash, Rage Against the Machine, and Pearl Jam are filing FOIAs with the DoD and supporting the closure of Gitmo. REM issued a statement: “We have spent the past 30 years supporting causes related to peace and justice | Read More »

    50 Years After His Death, The Boy Finally Meets his Father

    The boy that was born two months after his famous father died in a tragic accident saw his father’s face for the first time fifty years after the fatal day that stole the elder from our world. How is that, you ask? Well, it may seem like one of those riddles or some exercise in logic but, no, I assure you it’s quite true. And | Read More »


    A Tuesday Open Thread for Christmas week

    And I really like this video, especially considering that the guitarist is playing a Taylor: (ht: Between Two Worlds) So here’s an open thread for today. Enjoy the week and remember who Christmas is all about. Oh, and in case someone wants to buy me a Christmas present, this would be interesting.

    Darn Floor – Big Bite — Rereleased, remastered Nov. 25th.

    Daniel Amos (D. A., Dä), the most totally awesome Christian New Wave band of the 1980s (so awesome that their albums are banned from most Christian bookstores) is re-releasing this Tuesday what some consider to be their greatest album Darn Floor-Big Bite. It will be available from Amazon, iTunes, and all the regular places.