Michial Farmer, of the Christian Humanist Podcast, joins Danny Anderson for a discussion about U2 and REM, two titans of American music. When considering the “Alternative Music” radio format of the 1990s, what role did these two bands play in shaping an immensely popular style of music? What relationship do these groups have with the punk movement of the 1970s? What archetypes do these bands establish for the Alternative music that would follow in their footsteps? Why does U2 seem like a superhero team, while REM embraces privacy? Is one better than another? All this and much more. And bonus coverage! Stay to the end to hear about Victoria Farmer’s personal encounter with REM!
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At the 2016 Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC, Danny Anderson had the opportunity to sit down with the Rev. Julian DeShazier, who is also a hip hop artist performing under the name J. Kwest. In addition to discussing J. Kwest's latest album, Lemonade, the discussion built on the Sectarian Review Wild Goose theme of Hipness, applying it to a specific performer and the philosophy and ethics driving his art. J. Kwest discusses the ethics and theology of occupying the margins in his art and his ministry. In addition, this interview was recorded the day after the shooting of another African-American man by a police officer. In the shadow of that tragedy, Danny and Rev. DeShazier discuss race, the possibilities and problems with progressive Christian politics, and art. Download or stream for an powerful conversation with a Christian artist working our God's will in the margins.
Listen to Lemonade by J.Kwest on @AppleMusic.