Thursday, May 31, 2007
Why are people ignorant like that? Why do they stereotype and make ad homenum attacks on Liberty and its students? Sure some people from LU suck, but so that‘s just the way the world works... take homosexuals for example (since that seems to be a flash point in the Liberty discussions) most people who are gay are pretty normal... but then there are some who feel the need to crude and brash... like not only am I gay but I am also flamboyant and shameless and I want to force you to accept me because I am gay in all my over the top glory... okay... glad to hear your gay... but I have a thing against assless chaps... not against you just the fact that you and your partner are walking around in assless chaps... Am I crazy... am I missing something?
Jeremy: My initial reaction to this kind of persecution is to fight back and be hateful towards them. “They suck, and are stupid and ignorant.” Then my thinking changes just a bit towards, “hey, if they want to make themselves look like a big jerks then let them.” I think rational people will determine that they have crossed the line socially, and then judge their comments accordingly. Of course, Jerry at times "crossed the line socially", but he was quick to either apologize or explain himself.
That of course doesn't give these jerks the right to go ahead and do the same thing back. In the great words of Derek Webb: "an eye for an eye will never satisfy" Any who, we can’t stop people from being stupid and making dumb comments like that, and I don't think we should fight back and come up with reasons justifying why we are right and they are wrong...even though it seems easy. People are always going to be ignorant, and people are always going to persecute you for loving Jesus (John 15:18-26)Oh well....
Adam: You are right... but I think when Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek, He is not telling us to ignore it, but telling us to respond to it respectfully, Rob Bell talked about how culturally Jesus was telling his followers to stand up for themselves but not to be disrespectful... I think it is incumbent on us to love those who hate us, and to stand up and tell them that. "Hey I think you are wrong, and I don’t like what you said, but I love you and want to understand what causes your hate."
Jeremy: I think we may have brushed on this topic before. I hate being taken advantage of and being picked on for stupid stuff, but I don't really know where to draw the line on fighting back and standing up for myself.
I think you make a very good point, and if we could pull some scripture together to back that up, that would be cool. Did Mr. Bell reference any verses?
It’s like on one hand you have the homeless guy who sits at the intersections and begs for money knowing that he could make 10 bucks an hour just because people are nice. I feel like the homeless dude is taking advantage of people like that, and I don't want to give them money, but Jesus says to give to the poor. And then there are those jerks who think they can just slander Christians verbally as much as they want because they know we are nice and won’t hate them back.
Adam: In essence Jesus told Peter that he is to forgive unconditionally and forever. However, Jesus also told his disciples that unlike Moses they should turn the other cheek. Was he telling them to be push-overs? On the surface you would think that means that He is saying we should let ourselves be walked over, but there is more to the story. Jesus is preaching to believers in Jerusalem around 30 AD or so and because of that there are context clues in the culture of the time that help us to better understand what He was saying.... this may take a bit of explaining but I think it is cool when you hear it out...
So before the advent of modern plumbing many cultures had sanitary rules about what hand to use in restroom activities and what hand to use in every day life. This is still the case in places like rural India. In Israel the rule was that you used your left hand for your restroom duties and your right for everything else (eating, handshaking whatever.) This is important because this would mean that if someone were to strike a cheek they would use their right hand to strike your left cheek... try it at home... but then if you turn your right cheek to them it becomes impossible for them to strike you with their right hand, in fact the really only way to do it would be with your left, but here is the rub... in that culture using the left hand was severely frowned upon and would be considered shameful, and you can probably guess that at that time shame was a big deal (yeah shame only died about ten years ago) so what Jesus is saying is take it, be forgiving but take it standing up... they hit you then you stand up turn the other cheek and say alright you want to hit me then why don’t you hit me here too... obviously those who are truly evil would do it, but in reality Jesus was espousing a form of non-violent civil disobedience... sound familiar(MLKJ)? So while Jesus obviously teaches us to forgive... I think at the same time He is not telling us to get walked on... do you know what I am saying?... now the part that hangs me up... what is the practical interpretation of this in our modern culture?
Jeremy: I was looking at different translations for that passage of scripture.The Message is a bit interesting:"...Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift-wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously...
Adam: So maybe our best response is this... "Thank You for hating us because we believe in a risen savior and the led us to attend school at Liberty University, which was founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell. We are sorry that our schooling upsets you, and we hope that we change your mind in the future." Does that seem like a logical and loving response... or is it too jerky?
Jeremy: Maybe a bit too jerky and sarcastic. I don't think I would really thank someone for hating me.
Adam: Yeah... but How do you stand up for yourself while still being Loving?
Jeremy: That is the question we are trying to answer, huh? See that's where I don't know where to draw the line, and I think it's a case by case basis. I mean you have to react to people differently. All people accept love in different ways, so I think whatever's best for the situation, but again....I don't necessarily know how to do it. Sometimes I’ll instinctively(or holy spirit led) react and say things that I had no idea where they came from, and later ill be like, "holy sweet!, how did I come up with that?" truth is, it was probably the holy spirit taking over my body and using it and I had nothing to do with it.
Adam: I hear what you are saying about the Holy Spirit guiding us, and I agree. I mean really the point is our sinful selves want to get ego stuck up in it, but in reality its like Peter said, you will be persecuted for your faith and you should consider it a blessing. The real point is that we need to rely on the Grace of God to guide us and we need focus on his peace instead trying to make our own... That's just what I think.
Jeremy: You pretty much summed it up, so I don’t have much thought in addition to that. I was thinking about how different people need to be loved differently, and how "tough love" is really the best kind for some people. I was also thinking about how "being nice" and "being loving" may not necessarily be the same thing. I’m not sure exactly where that fits in the thing with the deal, but you know what I’m saying.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
We all know Tooth and Nail to be a prevalent music influence in the life of Adam and Jeremy, but neither of us expected their support, as a record label, for the new sequel to Bruce Almighty "Evan Almighty".
See below on what they had to say:
On June 22, Steve Carell (The Office) stars in EVAN ALMIGHTY as Evan, the next one appointed by God (Morgan Freeman) to accomplish a holy mission. Newly elected to Congress, Evan leaves Buffalo behind and shepherds his family to Virginia. Once there, his life gets turned upside-down when God appears and mysteriously commands him to build an ark. But Evan's befuddled wife (Lauren Graham) and kids just can't decide whether Evan is having an extraordinary mid-life crisis or is truly onto something of Biblical proportions... Mark your calendars for this hilarious adventure that also sends a powerful message to do good."
It's fair to be cautious about all movies especially when they have the potential to be direclty blasphemous, but i think if you watch these movies, you will not only think its not negative, but you will recomend it as a positive movie for all audiences.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Honestly I don't understand all the hate, but it seems to me that Rosie has a lot of it stored up, and it seems to be unleashed on Elizabeth Hasselback frequently! We here at Adam and Jeremy want to go on the record as supports of Elizabeth... in case you wondered.
Adam and Jeremy had the pleasure of seeing Dylan play a couple years back, and it was a truly fabulous event. We don't know how many years he has left, but make sure you fork out the $50 or however much it cost to see him if he comes near your town.
If you're lucky, you have a local indy station like the one in Asheville(WNCW) dedicating the entire day to him playing nothing but Dylan originals in between Dylan covers.
All to say we are big Dylan fans, and hope he will continue rocking throughout eternity.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Adult Swim Give Music Away to Make Up for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Debacle.
Seriously check out this link to the Adult Swim website; you can download a free compilation album featuring top notch acts like TV on the Radio, The Rapture, The Good the Bad the Queen, Broken Social Scene and more... oh and just as a reminder its free!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Another video has surfaced from the Beastie Boys up coming instrumental album "The Mix-Up." Check out the video for Off the Gird and the Rat Cage on stereogum, and get psyched man get psyched. Well don't get too psyched, but get appropriately psyched!
So both WOTB and Tess have alerted me to a little nugget that will blow your mind! Oh yes the Slip is getting a new 1,500 seat club to accommodate larger acts like Less Than Jake, George Thorogood etc. The club is called Toad's Pace and of course it will be opening June 7th with who else... Carbonleaf performing... well I guess you have to start somewhere. Remember when Fighting Gravity was the perennial house band for Richmond?
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
It is officially the week of Dad Rock. Check out the free album streams on AOL from Rufus Wainwright, The National and Wilco. Then take a long nap because that sounds like a combination that could wear anyone out!
Linkin Park Rock It Like It's 2001
Linkin Park releases their latest album, Minutes to Midnight, today and Hot Topic's everywhere are mobbed.
Franz Ferdinand, Lilly Allen and Amy Winehouse: Who Are People In My Jacuzzi Last Night Alex.
I can always count on NME to provide quality trash talk about English Bands; Franz Ferdinand is working on a new album due out in 2008! Lily Allen thinks shes fat and apparently does not think to high of Amy Winehouse.
New Rilo Kiley Makes World A Better Place
Under the Black Light, the new album from Adam and Jeremy favorite Rilo Kiley will be released August 20th in the UK... we would definitely fly to England for Jenny Lewis... definitely.
The Hives: New Album, New Tour, Same Old Trash Talk
The Hives are working on a new album, have announced a new tour and talking trash with funny Swedish accents... would we expect anything less?
Don Ho and Daughter Dead
Did you know Don Ho died? Even sadder still his fifty something daughter died just a week later... tragic.
Rick Rubin Sells Out In Columbia
What is Rick Rubin doing in Columbia? Wait... he is not in Columbia he is on Columbia... like the record label... this is not good news... sounds like a sell out to us.
New Tracks From Beastie Boys and Spoon
Click over to Stereogum and listen to new tracks from the Beastie Boys and Spoon or die a painfully slow and awful death.
Smashing Pumpkins Coming To Asheville... Forever!
Ashevilles very own Orange Peel will host a 9 night residency for the newly reformed Smashing Pumpkins from June 23 to July 5... WOOT WOOT!
Ted Leo Likes to Tour
Ted Leo and the assembled Pharmacists have announced yet more tour dates, but the closets they make it to Richmond this go around is Townson Maryland... one hopes that's not to close to Baltimore; you might accidentally catch something.
In Other News...
Scrubs has been renewed for another season (Jeremy just wet himself) and Sawyer is going to be Gambit in X Men 4.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Green Day - Dookie
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th:
See Beasite Boys, Modest Mouse, Smashing Pumpkins, MIA, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Sound System, and 311 perform live at Virgin Festival in the human cesspool of a town know as Baltimore.
Frdiay, Saturday and Sunday, September 14, 15 and 16
See Bob Dylan, Bjork, The White Stripes, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberist, Damien Rice, Amy Winehouse, Regina Spektor, and Ben Kweller perform live at the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin Texas.
Tuesday September 17th:
Try to tape back together pieces of head that blew off when head exploded in the simultaneous presence of Bob Dylan and Jack White.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
It's a good read, and although it reminds me of the sad truth that babies are being killed everyday, it was encouraging.
It recaps the story of this girl named Anna, who went to have an abortion, and right before the execution took place, she decided to spare the life of her innocent baby. This story didn't really bring any new incite to me on the issue, but it did enforce my belief that mothers know the difference between right and wrong and although some can murder their own child and have no regrets about it, others can be convicted to do right thing.
Bjork + Volta = Today!
The latest from enigmatic and beautiful Icelandic rocker (three adjectives; YES!) Brojk, "Volta," hits shelves today. Ageing Hipsters are stoked, but Pitchfork hates it... for what its worth.
New Music from Travis, Feilds, and the View (not that View) are streaming for free on AOL right now! Oh and a greatest hits album from Nordic Goths HIM... greatest hits? Go figure.
Linkin Park New Album and Tour.
Linkin Park have a new album coming to a Hot Topic near you next week (May 15,) and now they have a tour to back it up. The Projekt Revolution tour will also feature My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday and HIM. The tour is coming to D.C. so save up your lawn mowing money kiddies.
MIA Record August 21; Great Videos and MP3's NOW!
Adam and Jeremy Favorite MIA will release "Kala," her latest album, August 21st. Right now you can head over to Pitchfork and see photos and videos and even hear a couple of MP3's from "Kala."
Winehouse Woes the WORLD With Sultry Voice.
Our favorite future member of Alcoholic Anonymous, Amy Winehouse, is apparently taking over the world. Not only is she shunning rehab and embracing her alcoholism, but apparently she has been tapped to be the next "Pussy Galore." Stereogum is rumoring that she will play the next Bond Girl... and if you think that's cool NME tells me that Prince is also trying to get her on the bill with him for his 7 night Stand in London this summer... 7 Nights! Take that Sting!
In Other Music/Movie News...
The rumors were false; Borat will not be playing Freddy Mercury in the upcoming Queen Biopic... Very Nice!
MxPx, Project 86 and Hawk Nelson to Headline Corporate Sell Out Tour.
Tooth and Nail is sending out half of its roster on a tour sponsored by White Castle this summer... Headliners Mxpx will be joined by the likes of Project 86 and Hawk Nelson... alas all you middle school drop outs will have to travel to Pittsburgh to see them, because that's as close as they are coming to Richmond, and if you think Adam and Jeremy have it in for Baltimore then you don't even want to know what we think of Pittsburgh!
Amy Lee Goth Diva
Amy Lee has pushed yet another member of her pop-Goth outfit Evanescence out the door! Remember when we thought Ben Moody was nuts for leaving this band? Yeah turns out he may have been the sane one... Alas Ms. Lee is still every Goth boys dream and every radio programmers headache so we can expect to see more of her in the future no matter how much of a diva she becomes.
Yeah we don't know who CocoRosie, but apparently if you are into Freak Folk you will be super bumbed to hear that CocoRosie have been "arrested," and therefore they have canceled the rest of their current tour.
Monday, May 7, 2007
LOST; 51 Episodes and Counting...
So the folks who make LOST, the worlds most awesome TV program, have inked a deal with ABC to run three more 16 episode seasons, and then draw the curtain on what will undoubtedly be the most mindblowing series in television history! For the next three years ABC will run 16 new episodes of LOST from February to May without interupiton (just as they did with the second half of the season this year.) So LOST will end in 2010 and by my count that leaves us with just 51 episodes to figure out who shot JR.
Showgirls/Saved By the Bell Star Offers Advice to Young Women
Honestly you would think that a story about a failed TV actress/porn star offering advice about self image and other pre-teen issues to girls who are dealing with said issues would be a story in the Onion, but apparently its true... file this under "strange things people do to salvage their careers."
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Some of the symptoms include:
- unnaturally orange skin
- clothing three sizes too small for their disproportionately large rear
- popped collars
- Listens to Q94
- excessive amounts of "product" in ones hair
- a vacant glassy gaze that continues even while the individual blathers on about nothing at all for more than fifteen minutes
- a strong desire to be at any and all outdoor events that serve alcohol
- an inability to exist outside of the "pack"
- obnoxiously flashy "designer" sun glasses that may at no time lose contact with the wearers head in some form or fashion
- an unsettling willingness to talk about nothing but themselves
- a complete dearth of cultural knowledge on any topic not related to beer pong or dancing on poles
- disappears from October to April
- A large black hole were their soul once resided
- Last but not least consumes abnormally large amounts of beer and other adult beverages
Unfortunately there is no cure for this devastating disease, but it can be momentarily suppressed by rain. Thankfully the rain helped us avoid a full blown outbreak of the "Friday Cheers" disease today; because the effects of having an out break at the race track and Brown's Island may have been too much for even the most healthy Richmonder to take.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Friday May 4
Wolfmother @ the Orange Peel (Asheville) You can get your iPod fix with these retro rockers.
The Back Up Plan
Lily Tomlin @ the Paramount Theater (C-ville) Good for a couple of laughs I am sure.
Saturday May 5
Cinco de Mayo Festival on Browns Island (Richmond) Can you beat it? Half drunk college co-eds mix with winos from south of the river all to the soothing sounds of the Mariachi.
The Back Up Plan
Mountain Sports Festival (Asheville) Three straight days of sweaty hippies doing semi athletic activities, and copious amounts of "natural pain relievers."
Sunday May 6
Blonde Redhead @ the 930 Club (Washington DC) Yeah you have heard the name, but you have no clue who they are... well they are worth checking out.
The Back Up Plan
Spider-Man 3 (World Wide) Yeah so its a slow night, and you know everyone is going to see this... so don't be "that guy" at the water cooler who didn't see the movie over the weekend.
If Money is an issue head over to the Canal Club (Richmond) Friday and Saturday night for free music from all your favorite local artists (all is relative term.)
If Money is no issue the NASCAR boys will be at RIR for two races this weekend to race around in a circle... yeah if its your thing.
If rednecks, beer, and cars driving in circles are not your idea of fun then check our the Richmond Braves and Asheville Tourist Baseball teams; both of which have three game home stand's at their respective feilds this weekend... mmmm suburbanites, beer, and middle aged men scratching themselves.
Oh and if you are not willing to drop twenty dollars and a kidney to see Spider-Man 3 this weekend you can check out the cheap flicks at the Brew N View (Asheville) and the Byrd Theater (Richmond.) The Brew N View is showing Norbit and Reno 911 and the Byrd is showing We Are Marshall and Zodiac (Oh Jake Gyllenhaal is so SEXY!)
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Adam: Hey so Global Warming is a big deal, right? I mean people are all nuts about it right now, but did you know in the 70's people where worried about global cooling? Could the real problem be that finite man is trying to understand the creation of an infinite God? Or maybe our culture is just addicted to fear... we must be scared of terrorists, hurricanes and criminals and global warming... do they not know that the whole world is the Lords and everything in it? We are under the watchful eye of God the Father and everything that happens; happens because of Him... how can we fear man or the effects of man, but turn a blind eye to the one being that holds the very breath of those men in His hand? How often does the Bible teach us to not be afraid, Jesus said to fear not for he is with us, oh and he said not to worry just like the sparrow doesn’t worry... Paul said that we have not been given a spirit of fear… the angles told us to not be afraid of their celestial presence... I propose a new mantra for Christians... Fear God and nothing else... then maybe we won't get hung up on stupid things like Y2K.
Jeremy: There is a quote from a Caedmon’s Call song that I really love. It says "this world is making me drunk, on the spirits of fear..." then you know it goes on to say that "this world has nothing for me and this world has everything..." but I just love the line of the spirits of fear. It’s like Satan has workers for himself that their whole purpose is just to make people afraid, and unfortunately it’s obvious they are doing a good job.
Adam: You know even as a Christian it is so hard to not be afraid. Sure the big stuff is easy to ignore; so things like Y2K and Global Warming we can just shrug off, but the little every day things I think are more powerful. The fear of failure, or rejection; the fear of losing a job or the fear of losing stuff. I think if people began to look at their lives as they are, vapors that disappear in an instant, then they could start to understand how foolish those fears are. Not that I am innocent... I am afraid of everything it sometimes seems like... most notably I am afraid of sharks, but the point is if we can look to God and see that He is in control and that our fears are burdens to be cast off, and when we cast them off we can have a closer and fuller relationship with our Creator... I mean look at Paul... dude nearly got stoned to death for preaching the gospel in a city, and so what does he do... wipes the dust off rubs some dirt in his wounds and goes right back into the city to preach the gospel... the man understood that his life belonged to God and so he had nothing to fear... and because of that he was closer to God and better able to share the Love of God with others.
Jeremy: Yes. I am guilty of the fear we are talking about. Maybe that's why it seems so evident to me. I was just on my back from visiting a client and I was thinking about the song again. Often we think that we are tempted so often by maybe the spirits of lust or the spirits of greed, or the spirits of hatred. We never even consider that the spirits of fear are running rampant and causing a huge ruckus in the kingdom of heaven. You may have recently heard me say that I am afraid of nothing. Simply because I was thinking of this same issue, and I see how wrong it is to have fear. Unfortunately, though, just saying your not afraid of anything doesn't mean you won’t actually have fear. When push comes to shove, I probably get very worried and fearful about a great many things. I wouldn't mind hearing a few sermons from the pulpit about the devastating effects of fear instead about "don't drink alcohol".
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
"He also railed against the war in Iraq and likened Bush administration officials to Nazi war criminals.
"This current administration is no exception. They should be tried and hung and shot," he said."That's strange because we just read that same quote on the Rolling Stone review of the concert, and they completely missed that whole Nazi thing... don't believe me? Read for yourself...
"During the final pre-encore song, “Wake Up,” de la Rocha finally spoke to the crowd at length, spitting a furious political rant that began by suggesting that every U.S. president should have been hung for war crimes. “This current administration is no exception –- they should be hung and tried and shot,” he said, during the song’s breakdown. “But the challenges we face go beyond the current administration… It’s not a system that changes every four years.. It’s a system we have to tear down, generation after generation.” The band moved back into the main riff, while de la Rocha screamed “Wake up!”"
Odd it seems that bias does not know blue or red, but only green! Sure Rage is over the top, but at least they are trying to draw attention to the plight of the poor and working class the world over... the class that makes it possible for me to sit on this computer right now and make this post...