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Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
I'm a writer, editor, husband, father, and man about town.
Interests: music, politics, baseball, barbecue, theology, fiction, and film., political music, fictional theology, theological fiction
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Frank Turner's new album is both the most optimistic and most pessimistic album of the year so far. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Mostly ignored when it was released, Endless Wire is a beatiful meditation on aging, identity, and loss. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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I've seen somewhere in the ballpark of 500 shows in the last 30 years, and I don't think I've ever heard a concert audience as quiet as the one in Madison a few weeks ago when Jason Isbell played "Last of My Kind" and "Cover Me Up" at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, WI, a couple weeks back. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Gavin Martin's Talking Musical Revolutions marries words and music with a power that evokes John Trudell Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Japandroids' Near to the Wild Heart of Life is rebellion and reconciliation as one, and I swear it sounds better every time I listen to it. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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The terrific new documentary The Smart Studios Story ends with the blast of Against Me!’s “New Wave,” which—with its DIY call to arms “We can be the bands we want to hear”—would serve as a perfect tagline for the film... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Gord Downie's Secret Path is the most moving work of art I experienced in 2016, drawing its power from the magnitude of history and the heart-rending details of the story of Chanie Wenjack. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Even at his most experimental, David Bowie never lost sight of the value of bringing as many people as possible along for the ride. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Frank Turner at the Majestic Theater, Madison, WI, 12/1/15. (Photo: Joe Rasmussen) Frank Turner called his first solo EP Campfire Punkrock, and after seeing him live (finally, after years of missed opportunities), I can see why. Early on in his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Scratched Into Our Souls
For years, I gave the credit for my passion for music to someone I hardly knew. In doing so, I was blind to the person who was really responsible: my mom. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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It seems as if it's harder than ever to hear the music today, but that's not the music's fault. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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For a decade now, the Easter season makes me think of two things: Mel Gibson and a stranger at my front door. In 2004, less than two years after I'd converted to Catholicism, Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Alice Cooper's DaDa marks the high point of his post-Alice Cooper Band career, embracing horror and humor to get to the monsters inside us all. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Rodney Crowell and the Cicadas' "We Want Everything" is a haunting reflection on suicide, and a call for empathy in a hard world. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Scratched Into Our Souls
David Cantwell brings his encyclopedic knowledge and deep love of country music to bear on Merle Haggard's entire career, with just enough biographical details and sociopolitical analysis to provide context. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Scratched Into Our Souls
Hi Stuart...so glad you found my review. And I was so glad to find like-minded people to talk with before the show. What an amazing night.
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In June of 1998, my wife Kris came home from a weeklong road trip with a friend of hers. I swear to god, her first words when she got out of the van were "We're getting a dog." Kris had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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For the second time in four years, a business trip to London just happened to coincide with a Bruce Springsteen appearance there. My friends and family accuse me of some sort of conspiratorial connivance, but I assure you it's nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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The other night (Tuesday, May 15, I believe) storms moved through the area in three directions around us, but managed to miss us entirely. The skyshow, though, was spectacular—an amazing mix of rolling, dark clouds (kind of like the storm... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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The plum tree outside my office window has been blossoming for the last week, enough that its flowers clogged a downspout last Thursday night. Can't eat the fruit off of it, but it sure is pretty. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Last week, our neighbor's lawn was covered in dandelions. My seven-year-old daughter caught a glimps as we drove past and shouted "Wow! Look at all the flowers! How come we don't have any flowers on our grass?" I started explaining... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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Right across the street from the Frederick Douglass historical marker is a restaurant that, any way you look at it, should be one of my regular haunts. I mean, IT'S GOT THE WORD "CHILI" RIGHT IN THE NAME! It advertises... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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In October of 1856, Frederick Douglass visited downtown Beaver Dam in an effort to raise funds and increase involvement in the Dodge County abolitionist movement. A historical marker now stands on the site, which today is underwhelming to say the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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I suppose it's almost cheating as much to use sunset photos as to use kitten photos. But this was the first really beautiful sunset of the spring, on one of the first really beautiful days of spring, and I couldn't... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at Scratched Into Our Souls
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OK, so there's no shortage of cute kitten pictures on the internet, and so I guess it's kind of cheating to use cute kitten pictures as part of my Photo a Day project. But these are my kittens; more accurately,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at Scratched Into Our Souls