Saturday, September 24, 2016

Podcast #008 - The Grab Bag

"A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That"

In this grab-bag of an episode, we explore the connections between the 4th century churchman Athanasius and new Broadway star Alexander Hamilton. And we ask the important question: whose severed limb was that anyway? We also point out a couple of Christian comedians who are actually funny. And we reply to the lovely things that our lovely listeners have said to us recently.


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Link: The podcast "The Fear of God"
Link: Episode 351 of the podcast "Catholic Under the Hood"
Link: More Than One Lesson episode about "Christian Satire"
Link: The band Insomniac Folklore
Link: Comedian John Crist
Link: The Babylon Bee
Link: Anderson Cale's music 

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

New Music From One Of Our Faves!

Cornerstone 2012 was festival of musical discovery. That sounds strange, because it was the last year for that festival. Yet we found a range of wonderful artists there, many of whom we have followed since. We are big fans of her 2012 release "Over Land and Sky."

One of those was the Canadian singer Lauren Mann, who played at that festival with her band, The Fairly Odd Folk. Lauren has a new solo album, Dearestly. The new album is available in various forms, including a pay-what-you-want digital download.



For a preview of the new album, check out this music video from the first single, "Brave Face."


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

John Crist: "How Christian Music is Made"

We posted a John Crist video a month or so ago. Well, he's put out another excellent video, this one about how to have a successful song on Christian radio. More videos and other information can be found at Crist's website. 


"A, D & G. It's the holy trinity of Christian music."

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Podcast Recommendation

I wanted to give a "shout-out" to a new podcast that is taking a look at a genre that many Evangelical Christians are very wary of, to say the least.

A spin-off from More Than One Lesson, the podcast The Fear of God is a show that analyzes the horror genre from a Christian point of view. Hosts Reed Lackey and Nathan Rouse plan to look mostly at movies, but have mentioned that TV and comic books could eventually be discussed, as well. The first few episodes includes coverage of the movie Devil, and discussion of the Conjuring films is coming up soon.

I am not a fan of horror, but I am looking forward to listening to the discussions of horror that this show will bring. Check out their show for a weekly dose of the scary stuff.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

John Crist in "Christian Mingle Inspector"

This is the first video I ever saw from comedian John Crist, Most of his work that I 've seen is very funny, making him one of the few Christians in comedy who consistently produces material that is ... you know ... funny.

He pokes fun at the Evangelical sub-culture in a way that points out its shortcomings, but not in a harsh or biting way. Here is his take on faith-based dating sites:


"Personally, I just don't see how someone can be a Christian and wear yoga pants."

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Kickstarter: Insomniac Folklore


One of our favorite bands, Insomniac Folklore, has a Kickstarter campaign going! The link to the campaign is here. As of this post, they are 45% funded, with more than a week to go. They have a range of great premiums available, although the homemade cookies are all gone!


They are describing their new album as "apocalyptic," although I doubt the album will be all that dark. They are from Portland, for crying out loud. Their website described the band as: "lovable hooligans that would probably be considered offensive, if only they weren’t so darned cute." Did we mention that band includes Wallace the Musical Sheep?

We saw the band at Audiofeed this year, and chatted with them for a while after their show. They are some of the nicest people around.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Podcast #007 - Kingdom Come

"It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's A Podcast Crossover!"

In this episode, we continue a conversation that began on episode 243 of Michael Bailey's Views From the Longbox podcast. Over there, we covered the basic comic-book stuff in Alex Ross and Mark Waid's 1996 graphic novel "Kingdom Come."

In this episode, the three of us talk about the spiritual and religious aspects of the comics. We cover Reverend McKay's pastoral style, whether Superman should be presented as an analog of Jesus or of Moses, and whether an atomic bomb could really create a mushroom cloud in the shape of a cross.

Because we had a guest on this episode, we did not cover feedback from our terrific feedbackers. But please send in feedback on this episode, and we will cover it all on the next one!

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Link: Michael Bailey's View from the Longbox
Link: Anderson Cale's music 


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