Blake I. Collier | The Dirty Deacon

Contributor for Mockingbird | Co-creator of Son of Byford | Contributor for Christ & Pop Culture
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Week 4 | July 1989 | Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys

"High Plains Drifter" | Track # 5

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Check out my first article, as a regular contributor, for Christ and Pop Culture on Humans of New York and how it seeks to remind all of us that every person we meet, including our enemies, are made in the image of God. While you are there check out the other great articles and the CaPC podcast which is one of only a handful of podcasts that I listen to!
Humans of New York: Reclaiming the Image of God

Check out my first article, as a regular contributor, for Christ and Pop Culture on Humans of New York and how it seeks to remind all of us that every person we meet, including our enemies, are made in the image of God. While you are there check out the other great articles and the CaPC podcast which is one of only a handful of podcasts that I listen to!

Humans of New York: Reclaiming the Image of God

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One…The Parable of The D.O.C.

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Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One…The Parable of The D.O.C.

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It’s the prototypical cautionary story of success.

Rapper comes up with his hometown posse. In this case, Dallas rapper D.O.C. and the Fila Fresh Crew. A member of his crew is closely associated with a bigger act. In this case, Dr. Rock and his association with World Class Wreckin’ Crew’s Dr. Dre.

Dr. Dre invites the Fila Fresh Crew to jump on this new compilation called NWA and the Posse. Upon…

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j3 lays down some truth about human nature allegorically through the career The D.O.C. Yes. It is THAT GOOD.

Week 3 | July 1989 | No One Can Do It Better by The D.O.C.

"Grand Finale" | Track # 13

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From Exile, Grow Man turned 4 today!
Here’s to four years of mediocrity with sparse bright moments.Here’s to those who keep on following me regardless: Aubrey, Garnet, Micah, Eric, Zachary, Ruben, and, if I forgot you, it was not intentional, I am just getting old and forgetful. I love you too, trust me.

From Exile, Grow Man turned 4 today!

Here’s to four years of mediocrity with sparse bright moments.
Here’s to those who keep on following me regardless: Aubrey, Garnet, Micah, Eric, Zachary, Ruben, and, if I forgot you, it was not intentional, I am just getting old and forgetful. I love you too, trust me.

I have been stuck on Shad’s album from last year, Flying Colours, and I recently came upon the music video for “Remember to Remember” which features fellow Canadian musician Lights. This is a stellar song and a wonderful video that I wanted to draw your attention to.

Perhaps you want me to die of unrelieved boredom while you keep on talking.
From The Bondage of the Will, pg. 244 of Luther’s Works, Vol. 33

so. i am contemplating doing a series of posts on here where i open the floor to people on here, Twitter and Facebook to name a political topic for me to write about and give my own perspective on.

the up side to this idea: no one will pay any attention.
the down side to this idea: someone might pay attention.

The Cusack Chronicles: The Factory (2012)
Nothing new here. Cop working on the case that has baffled him for months, if not years. His daughter gets taken by whoever is committing these crimes and he goes outside the bounds of justice to save her. Except he barely goes outside the bounds of justice. Really all he does is harass some suspects and bash some heads into some desks. This film is definitely not interested in showing the toll of vengeance, nor is it really interested in building up a solid plot…just enough to make the gimmick, the twist, at the end, work.
And, I will give it to the writer and director, I didn’t see it coming. But when the truth came out, I wasn’t really taken a back, just dispassionately committal to it being the case. I will give credit to one aspect of the ending, which I will not give away here, but it was probably the best choice the writer and director made in the making of this film.
Some of the cinematography was decent. Lots of snow and dreary days that were well shot and the crimes of the psycho in the film were at least creative, albeit in a very sick, disturbing way, but nothing that Cronenberg couldn’t have done better.
John Cusack did alright, but part of me felt like he was calling this one in. It struck me as more of a paycheck and less of a role that he felt connected or dedicated to. I think he could have made the character darker and more torn up by rage and grief and I think the writing could have given him more to work with, but, I just don’t think he was in it to make a good movie. Which is sad. But, no actor has a perfect filmography. It just seems like his bad films seem to be hitting a center of mass—all of them seem to be hitting around the same time.

The Cusack Chronicles: The Factory (2012)

Nothing new here. Cop working on the case that has baffled him for months, if not years. His daughter gets taken by whoever is committing these crimes and he goes outside the bounds of justice to save her. Except he barely goes outside the bounds of justice. Really all he does is harass some suspects and bash some heads into some desks. This film is definitely not interested in showing the toll of vengeance, nor is it really interested in building up a solid plot…just enough to make the gimmick, the twist, at the end, work.

And, I will give it to the writer and director, I didn’t see it coming. But when the truth came out, I wasn’t really taken a back, just dispassionately committal to it being the case. I will give credit to one aspect of the ending, which I will not give away here, but it was probably the best choice the writer and director made in the making of this film.

Some of the cinematography was decent. Lots of snow and dreary days that were well shot and the crimes of the psycho in the film were at least creative, albeit in a very sick, disturbing way, but nothing that Cronenberg couldn’t have done better.

John Cusack did alright, but part of me felt like he was calling this one in. It struck me as more of a paycheck and less of a role that he felt connected or dedicated to. I think he could have made the character darker and more torn up by rage and grief and I think the writing could have given him more to work with, but, I just don’t think he was in it to make a good movie. Which is sad. But, no actor has a perfect filmography. It just seems like his bad films seem to be hitting a center of mass—all of them seem to be hitting around the same time.

If you have been keeping up with this season of Louie, then come check out Howie Espenshied & I’s new discussion piece over at Mockingbird. While you are there, check out the other wonderful articles, resources and books available for purchase.
"Louie" Discussion 2.0 - A Season 4 Recap

If you have been keeping up with this season of Louie, then come check out Howie Espenshied & I’s new discussion piece over at Mockingbird. While you are there, check out the other wonderful articles, resources and books available for purchase.

"Louie" Discussion 2.0 - A Season 4 Recap

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Episode 1- Bad News

LOVE IT.

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Episode 1- Bad News

LOVE IT.

This may, officially, be my favorite song of the year. So good. 

French Style Furs | “All The Way Down” | Is Exotic Bait 

Nathan Willett & Matt Maust from Cold War Kids

Nathan Warketin from We Barbarians

Think about the Apostle’s Creed when you listen to it. The lyrics on this album come from Thomas Merton’s poetry.

Week 2 | July 1989 | The Desolate One by Just Ice

"Hijack" | Track # 8

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Son of Byford Casts Pods w/ Sunday Oldskool

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Son of Byford Casts Pods w/ @SundayOldskool where we discuss @WeAreDeLaSoul

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You. The followers of this blog. Yes, you. Have you ever wondered what j3 & The Dirty Deacon sound like or maybe just how big of nerds we actually are? Or just how big of fanboys of De La Soul we really are? Or if we are just a couple of brats like the kid in the picture (but let’s be honest, that’s the coolest kid on the block!)?

Well. Now is your chance to answer all of those questions and…

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Ever wondered what I or nosleeptillwolflin sound like and how big of hip/hop nerds we really are? Well, here is your chance to find out. The Sunday Oldskool podcast invited Son of Byford on to discuss some De La Soul. And, now, it is officially up for all to hear!

You like Lana Del Rey? Are you depressed, but, equally, in love with her new album, Ultraviolence? Well, Matthew Linder & I are in the same boat, so we decided to have a little discussion about it over at Mockingbird. Feel free to join in on the conversation with us!
New Music: Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence

You like Lana Del Rey? Are you depressed, but, equally, in love with her new album, Ultraviolence? Well, Matthew Linder & I are in the same boat, so we decided to have a little discussion about it over at Mockingbird. Feel free to join in on the conversation with us!

New Music: Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence

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