Thursday, September 15, 2011

Archie Comics Tackles Gay Marriage

There will be an issue next year supporting gay marriage and a wedding will take place in it.  And no, I'm not joking.  Read about it here.


Shawn Abnoxious has a new blog

Be sure to check out ...THWART, Shawn Abnoxious (co-host of Functional Inconvenience, published poet, longtime un-zine producer (The Neus Subjex) bassist for The Socials, artist, Author of "Teetering On The Brink of Science" as well as consultant to an un-named soon-to-be finished dystopian novel)'s new blog (his previous one was Kill Tomorrow, on Myspace).  He's an incredibly insightful writer who has influenced me a lot.  I can't recommend his work enough.

Obscure Christian Folk Artists from the 60's and 70's

Found these on

(Click the above link to go to a page with the album for free download.)

Linda Rich's first lp on the Chicago based IVR label from 1969 is an amazingly beautiful set of original xian folk-pop. Outstanding sparse production, excellent songwriting, and Linda's understated, yet confident vocals make this a record that reaches way beyond any kind of novelty factor often used to "handicap" Christian records. In fact, like many of the best Xian records, there are not constant knock-you-over-the-head Jesus saves type lyrics – rather, her songs are very personal and introspective. All tracks are either totally acoustic, or very lightly and tastefully orchestrated in a style somewhat reminiscent of an early Leonard Cohen album. Apparently she has two other lp's on IVR that I'm anxious to hear."

Obscure private press christian folk recording by pro-lifer Barbara Sipple, released on the Lazarus label out of Willingboro, NJ. The majority of the record is pretty deep (and good) folk music, while a few of the tracks are accompanied by a group of kids called the "Lollipop Express Chorus," who join Sipple on some sing-a-long jams. I don't necessarily hate those but it's pretty clear that the tracks where the LEC are out on the playground and not in the studio are a bit more listenable.

"Song for Life" has recently been included on a female folk compilation entitled, "Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies from the Canyon". Fans of Linda Perhacs' Parallelograms LP could probably get with this; sublime acoustic guitar joined by cello a minute or so into the song. "Hold On" will appeal to the folk-funk crowd and is probably my favorite on this record. Oh and I can't forget "Song of the Unborn" which is the most "out there" of the tracks — is that a heart beating?

Sipple is supposedly still active in the music business, however she's retired her xian folk guitar stylings to be an opera singer.

Listen to a few tracks:

Song for Life

Hold On

Song of the Unborn

Here's a message from Barbara (from the back cover):
"This collection of songs is a joyful celebration of every man's most precious possession, life itself. The offering is made as an expression of personal gratitude to my friends of the National Youth Pro-Life Coalition who have helped put my values into perspective through their love."
Barbara — March 1973