Mellissa Hughes and Matt Marks on the "The Little Death: Vol. 1" album cover.

Blessing the Childish

Jesus as cockblock in Matt Marks’ post-Christian nihilist pop-opera.

Saturday's Warrior

The Communicant’s Summer Jamz!

I had a hankerin’ for Tommy Brew’s unpopular Youth Mass 1970 album. Considered a riposte to Ray Repp (whom Brew considered to be overly sentimental), the songs were never performed…

Jason Castro on American Idol: "Praise Yahweh."

A Cold and a Broken “Hallelujah”

Leonard Cohen’s song, baptized by American Idol.

Resonanda in concert.

Resonanda in Ecclesia

On Saturday night, we hosted a stunning concert by Resonanda, Brown University’s medieval music ensemble, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn. The program, titled “My Beloved Arrives…,” was a…

Stephen Higa singing "Ave Maria," photographed by Phoebe Neel.

Naked Voice

Reflections on resurrecting medieval song.

St. Joseph's

Medieval Music Resounds in Brooklyn

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 7:30 – 9:30 pm St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 856 Pacific Street Brooklyn, New York All are welcome, as are donations On May 22nd, at one of…

Thomas Brew's 4

Four is the Loneliest Number

You never know what you’re going to find once you put on your miner’s helmet and head into the KtB stacks. Sometimes, you strike gold. As in this bona fide…

Jason Sagebiel in his office in Iraq.

The Songs of War

In the first years of the Iraq War, what distinguished Maj. Gen. David Petraeus’s success in the north from his fellow commanders’ difficulty in the south was his correct assessment…

The Quiff

Morrissey Debuts New Song!

Just in on, the best Morrissey newsoutlet in the web! Adding to his collection of songs with Asian or Islamic themes (Bengali in Platforms, Asian Rut and I Will…

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God Hates Lady Gaga

According to yesterday’s New York Times, this has been an unusually cold winter due to a mass of high pressure over Greenland that has forced the jet stream down under…

"The Mountain Goats" by Beth Rankin via Flickr

Experiments in Sincerity

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats helps bring the Age of Irony to a close.


Journey to the End of the Night

The sounds of the soul stretch from 16th-century Spain to David Lynch’s LA.

Cornel West in Examined Life.

Cornel West: Truth

A drive through Manhattan with a jazzman in the world of ideas crammed in the back seat.

"Not to Be Reproduced" by Rene Magritte

Music for the Crossroads

Oscar Bettison’s O Death: A Requiem Masque for Six Players as out-of-body experience.

Killing the Buddha

American Mythology

For a Halloween special, Buddha-killer E.J. Park shared with us this wonderful film of his, the story of a mystic Jew in search of the American dream. (He meets the…

Killing the Buddha

Admittedly, My Knowledge of This Comes from Barbara Pym Novels

Anglican rite! Shall we have jumble sales and excellent women and layers of cardigans keeping us warm in the drafty vicarage? Cups of tea and Whitsuntide? Evensong? Compline? A whole…

Killing the Buddha

Bono Can Kill You Just By Clapping His Hands

A friend who is an administrator at a progressive church writes me that U2 is in her town this weekend and that the buzz is making her crabby. I understand.…

Small buddha statues at the Oeosa temple, Pohang, South Korea.

Breakin’ It Down

A meditation on ass-shaking.