Archive for December 2007

Musics

December 27, 2007

For anyone who might actually care, here’s a roughly ordered list of some music I enjoyed from the passing year (click on artist’s name to listen):

1. Blonde Redhead, 23

2. Chicago Underground Trio, Chronicle

3. Humcrush, Hornswoggle

4. PJ Harvey, White Chalk

5. Han Bennink, Amplified Trio

6. James Blackshaw, The Cloud of Unknowing

7. Battles, Mirrored

8. Jandek, Manhattan Tuesday

9. Radiohead, In Rainbows

10. New David Garza tracks on MySpace

Other records I enjoyed this year for the first time: Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen; a Nina Simone compilation a friend made; Atomic, Happy New Ears!; Art Blakey, Moanin’; Boris, Pink; Can, Ege Bamyasi and Tago Mago; Ornette Coleman, Dancing in Your Head; Midlake, The Trials of Von Occupanther (the first half of it, anyway).

And, since I’m in a list mood, my favorite concerts this year were:

1. Instant Composers Pool Orchestra @ the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

2. Borbetomagus (with Lexie Mountain opening) @ some loft in Baltimore, MD

3. Humcrush @ Emo’s, Austin, TX

4. Jandek @ The Rose Marine Theatre, Forth Worth, TX

5. Atomic @ Twins Jazz, Washington, D.C.

6. Lexie Mountain Boys @ SXSW, Austin, TX

7. Bodies of Water @ Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA

8. Asthmatic Kitty showcase @ Okay Mountain, SXSW, Austin, TX (feat. Red Hunter, Castanets, Weird Weeds)

9. Willie Nelson @ the Backyard, Austin, TX

10. Acid Mother’s Temple @ Rock N Roll Hotel, Washington, D.C.

11. Blonde Redhead @ Emo’s, Austin, TX

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Hauerwas

December 5, 2007

Okay, here are some decent links about Hauerwas, the second theologian I’m writing about:

Christian Contrarian is the piece Jean Elshtain wrote in Time naming Hauerwas America’s “best theologian.” Hauerwas has responded that “best” is not a theological category.

This is a good, short piece on Hauerwas’s pacifism.

And Faith Fires Back is a fairly long interview with Hauerwas by Bill Cavanaugh that touches on several aspects of Hauerwas’s theology.

None of these articles gets much into Hauerwas’s development of virtue and narrative as determinative for Christian theology–the moves he made his name on in the 70s and early 80s. But the articles should provide a decent look into his character and thought for those who are interested. And for those really interested, and who haven’t noticed yet, there is quite a debate going on about Hauerwas in the comments section of my post on Milbank.

Why I love Scotland

December 4, 2007

I opened the shared refrigerator on my floor tonight, and found this:

For the uninitiated, this is a Scotch egg. The wrapper describes it as an egg, wrapped in bacon, and breaded. Mmmmmm.