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Free Americana

What are the Essentials of Americana? Each year at Americana Fest, the list gets longer as artists from around the world gather in Nashville for the annual celebration of blues, country, roots, indie and insert-genre-here music. And each year, Yep Roc Records and The Americana Music Association invite a variety of artists that fall into that category to record exclusive acoustic sessions while they’re in town. This year, the sessions were incredibly special, as they were recorded at the Historic RCA Studio A in the heart of Music Row. Now, these sessions are available in The Best of the Americana Music Festival 2014 exclusively at NoiseTrade.

It’s Hard To Be A Dingo

And we think we have problems.

There is a covenant between dogs and humankind, the breaking of which is no different to the breaking of the covenant between parent and child. Like the abuser of children anybody who mistreats any dog, tame or wild, has no right to call themselves truly human.

Tattooed Priests Chat Up Prettiest Faithful During Procession

From NewNowNext:

Pope Francis has ordered a special envoy to investigate a scandal-plagued diocese in northern Italy, where priests have reportedly been posting nude photos on gay websites, keeping girlfriends and raiding the church treasury.

One priest was found guilty of organising an under-age prostitution ring, another was forced to take naked pictures off his Facebook page.

Other accusations include:

• Raiding church coffers and stealing communion money

• Sexually harassing parishioners and courting the “prettiest” faithful

• Priest accused of having courted married woman during a procession

• Living in secret with gay partners

• Getting tattooed

• Moon-lighting as barmen and sleeping with co-workers

• Several priests convicted or investigated for child abuse

At least one priest in the diocese is furious with what’s been allowed to go on: Father Filippo Bardini says the scandal “sickens” him. He surmises that more than half of the 175 priests in the diocese are “bad apples,” with a number involved in outright criminal activities.

Of course, some of the alleged offences are vile and should be punished severely if true. But the minor offences are no big deal. I mean who hasn’t courted the prettiest faithful in their time or courted a married woman during a church procession? As for getting a tattoo and moonlighting as barmen. Really! The only thing less scandalous than that would be living in secret with a gay partner.

Arm Of Jesus Found In Tree


Jesus in the treeResidents in the area of Lowe’s say they’ve been inspired by yet another image that could be seen as having spiritual qualities, this one appearing to show Jesus on the cross. The image is visible in a silver maple tree on the Amelia Court property of Brian Quirk, a man who frequently writes letters to the editor criticizing Mayor Charles Lombardi.

Quirk said people can believe it or not, but the image inside the small oval growth, measuring about two inches wide and a little more than three inches tall, doesn’t require much imagination to see Jesus.

“Its ability to evoke a spiritual sense of awe is immeasurable,” said Quirk, a non-practicing Catholic.

Well, the fact that he is a critic of the bullying Republican mayor of North Providence does make him a reliable witness. So I think I’m going to give this one the big thumbs up. Definitely the arm of Jesus. No doubt about it.

On the other hand, if you have seen the film, “The Hand,” you may have another suggestion.

Bon Anniversaire, Niki!

saint-phalleGood to see Google is celebrating the late Niki de Saint Phalle’s 84th. birthday today (tomorrow, yesterday, depending on your place on this planet of ours). Her sculptures, with all their life affirming curves, bold, bright colours and cheeky playfulness, were what the phrase “joie de vivre” was invented. Heck, they can even make an old misery like me crack a grin. Then, to top it all, she was completely babelicious till the day she died.


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