The role of meteorites in religion. I’m fascinated by the Hadschar al Aswad cornerstone of the Kaaba al Musharrafah – a friend has been, but he said he was focused on not getting, you know, trampled.
Lady & Pups is my favorite home cooking blog, which deals in an appealing cultural hybridity. The Pullman tacos got claps.
The story of Leslie McFarlane, author of most pre-WWII Hardy Boys books, and his germ of literary talent. Recommended only if you read the books as a kid.
A new issue of my new wave comp. Goofy and all over the place this year. Click the cover to download!
My friend Andy just put together an absolutely killer mix of alternate versions of well-loved songs from the 80s and 90s. In his own words:
“‘Beloved Songs: Alternate Versions’
An assemblage of my favorite songs, in the form of demos, radio sessions, extended mixes, remixes, or live recordings. It focuses mainly on the long 80s, 1976 – 1991, but with some Radiohead, James, Slowdive, and Interpol sprinkled in.
I’ve organized the track-listing into 3 sections:
1) “Big” Names, at least to me smile emoticon
2) Artists I heard on the radio growing up
3) Artists I’ve never heard on terrestrial radio
Below the list of, err, 372 songs are links to highlights on Mixcloud, for your streaming convenience and/or smartphone pleasure.
Yearly update! Switching from metal to cheese for 2015. AAC with chapters, click the cover to download.
There were fewer metal albums I loved this year than last, but man, the good ones were ferocious. AAC with chapters, click the cover to download.