I’ll be performing back to back shows tonight at Strange Brew in Austin, Tx with Shinyribs. The first one is sold out and I have a feeling the second one will be as well. If you want to go, get your tickets now. Tomorrow we are in the Fort Worth area. You can get all the details up above.
Yesterday I watched the latest episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Real Time with Bill Maher. I also finally viewed Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. I was struck by how all three of these programs were more informative than anything on cable news. They were also more interesting and entertaining as well. The documentary was a serious piece by an award winning filmmaker, so it it is no surprise there. The other two are comedy shows that talk about current events. Comedians are still our biggest mainstream truth tellers, even after John Stewart and Stephen Colbert have gone off the air.
I’ve been reading Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. It is a murder mystery that takes place in an abbey in 1327. But it uses the genre of the murder mystery, although with a historical twist, as a jumping off point for discussions on religion and philosophy. It’s amazing the amount of visual and historical detail he is able to pack in, while still holding the reader’s attention throughout.
Next month features a host of records that I am really excited about. New records by Darlene Love, New Order, Iron Maiden, and Public Image Ltd. all make appearances.