Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A nice slice of baby-disco:

(dedicated to TZ)

Bombers - Get Dancin' (1979)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Friday Nights (10-1)

JAZ = Uncle (since Oct. 28)

Introducing Tommy Z.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

1 Corinthians 13:12

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."

Friday, October 03, 2008

Connecting the dots between Article 26 of "The 39 Articles of Religion" (1562) and 1980

Article XXVI: Of the Unworthiness of the Ministers...

"Although in the visible Church the evil be ever mingled with the good, and sometimes the evil have chief authority in the Ministration of the Word and Sacraments, yet forasmuch as they do not the same in their own name, but in Christ's, and do minister by his commission and authority, we may use their Ministry, both in hearing the Word of God, and in the receiving of the Sacraments. Neither is the effect of Christ's ordinance taken away by their wickedness, nor the grace of God's gifts diminished from such as by faith and rightly do receive the Sacraments ministered unto them; which be effectual, because of Christ's institution and promise, although they be ministered by evil men."

(note: Thank you Cliff Swartz for this amazing nugget!)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wonder Woman (JAZ edit)

Mark Mattes quote:

"Theology should not be about providing an overall system, but instead should deconstruct systems." (taken from p. 181, The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology)

David Foster Wallace (R.I.P.)

Monday, September 08, 2008

The alternative:

...You can hear him spin some of those gems on Thursdays in NYC, or check out his amazing blog: Voodoo Funk

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

New 12" out:

"Claremont 56 sublabel with another collection of stunning disco tracks. Track one is a peak into the album by JAZ that will be released later this year and is a driving disco number for peak times. On the flip manchester's Cosmic Janes edits are not the obvious choice of tracks..but therefore much more interesthing then many of the edits comibg out these days. Diving into the 80's obscure pop releases we have some excellent tracks that will get the party started!! well done!" (Flexx)

Available from Juno, Piccadilly, and Flexx.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Grace in Practice quote:

"People become semi-Pelagians the day (after) they become Christians. This is the heart of it. People in the world, including Christians, are Pelagians by nature. They want to do it for themselves. 'Control' is the key word or concept. But control fails massively at some specific, vulnerable point of opening. When this happens, people are undone and they open up to grace...But the moment things are patched up a bit, life morphs back toward control, into semi-Pelagianism. Semi-Pelagianism is the compromise Christians force between the grace that saved them and the Pelagianism inherent in their human nature. It is the Achilles' heel that besets Christians and all the Christian churches." (pp. 92-93)

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Rodney Mullen

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Spike the Punch (Italo 101 Mega-Mix)

Re: Dennis Wilson

Wonderful to see Pacific Ocean Blues re-issued recently with much of the Bambu sessions material on it as well. Dennis Wilson is one of my all-time faves! The music he made toward the end of his quite tragic career was undeniably Christian. He was, for me, the archetype of the sinner-in-need-of-a-savior, albeit of a most drunken and sentimental variety, which may be why I like him so much, because of the extremity of his own predicament, and the deep need that his helplessness generated.

Here follow four wonderful quotes, all found on the recent re-release of Pacific Ocean Blues/Bambu Sessions:

"I believe my Jesus is in my soul. Come on brother, let's rock and roll." (Friday Night)

"I know a carpenter who had a dream, killed the man but you couldn't kill the dream. Who said it was easy? People gotta be free!" (Dreamer)

"My Jesus, you open up my heart and make me laugh when I'm feelin' down. No more lonely nights." (You and I)

"Turn the corner all alone? He meets you there. The one you love is everywhere, and you can follow. When summer burns and winter blows, the Holy Man. When you lose the innocence, he's standing there. Holy Man will meet you there." (The Holy Man)

Amazing, no? I think so. And wait 'til you hear the music and especially his tortured and beautiful voice! -JAZ+

p.s., For what it's worth, I could say most of the same things about Andy Gibb too.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Adolf Koberle quote:

"The sanctification of conduct by the strengthening of the will; the sanctification of the emotions by a strenuous training of the soul; the sanctification of thought by a deepening of the understanding; moralism, mysticism, speculation, these are the three ladders on which men continually seek to climb up to God, with a persistent purpose that it seems nothing can check; a storming of Heaven that is just as pathetic in its unceasing efforts as in its final futility." (p. 2, The Quest for Holiness)

Friday, July 04, 2008

Y'all know about larping?

Which is better?

Magic Missle
Lightning Bolt

Learn more:

...and check out the:

Dragon Fight (featuring World of Warcraft fantasy car in background at 0:59)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Kilpatrick quote:

"But the honeymoon period is over. Humanistic psychology looks more and more like one of those seemingly benign drugs whose harmful effects don't become apparent until years later." (p. 36, Emperor's New Clothes)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Mux!

Click Me!


Monday, June 16, 2008

A special song from the Cosmos:

Capon quote:

"Direct, straight-line, intervening power does, of course, have many uses. With it, you can lift the spaghetti from the plate to your mouth, wipe the sauce off your slacks, carry them to the dry cleaners, and perhaps even make enough money to ransom them back. Indeed, straight-line power ("use the force you need to get the result you want") is responsible for almost everything that happens in the world. And the beauty of it is, it works. From removing the dust with a cloth to removing your enemy with a .45, it achieves its ends in sensible, effective, easily understood ways.
"Unfortunately, it has a whopping limitation. If you take the view that one of the chief objects in life is to remain in loving relationships with other people, straight-line power becomes useless. Oh, admittedly, you can snatch your baby boy away from the edge of a cliff and not have a broken relationship on your hands. But just try interfering with his plans for the season when he is twenty, and see what happens, especially if his chosen plans play havoc with your own. Suppose he makes unauthorized use of your car, and you use a little straight-line verbal power to scare him out of doing it again. Well and good. But suppose further that he does it again anyway -- and again and again and again. What do you do next if you are committed to straight-line power? You raise your voice a little more nastily each time till you can't shout any louder. And then you beat him (if you are stronger than he is) until you can't beat any harder. Then you chain him to a radiator till....But you see the point. At some very early crux in that difficult, personal relationship, the whole thing will be destroyed unless you -- who, on any reasonable view, should be allowed to use straight-line power -- simply refuse to use it; unless, in other words, you decide that instead of dishing out justifiable pain and punishment, you are willing, quite foolishly, to take a beating yourself.
"But such a paradoxical exercise of power, please note, is a hundred and eighty degrees away from the straight-line variety. It is, to introduce a phrase from Luther, left-handed power...Left-handed power is precisely paradoxical power: power that looks for all the world like weakness, intervention that seems indistinguishable from nonintervention."
(Kingdom, Grace, Judgment, pp. 18-19)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Twinkling Tower

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Poppin John

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Big Train

Monday, March 17, 2008

Barrabas: On The Road Again (1981)

With one voice they cried out, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!" (Luke 23:18)

Karl Holl quote:

"Christianity, on the other hand, drew the rabble." (from The Distinctive Elements in Christianity's amazing 2nd Chapter)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Flexi Cowboys

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

JAZ on the Un-Free Will:

February 20th, '08, Church of the Holy Cross, Daniel Island -- Click Me To Listen!

Monday, February 11, 2008

JAZ Mixes

Here are links to most of the mixes I've made in the last year:

Disco-Rock Mix for "Cosmic Disco"Leather Get Going or HERE

"ARAWA" 1st Anniversary Mix: Biluminescently or HERE

Show Me on the Doll mixes on "Lovefingers":Show Me (pt. 2) and Show Me (pt. 4)

Cosmic mix for "Cosmic Disco":Cosmic 101 or HERE

Mix for "Another Night on Earth": Press Play #8: Fresh into the Sexy Night or HERE

Mix for "24 Hours": Slow-Wave or HERE

Mini-mix for "Talking in Stereo": Furby Mini-Mix or HERE

Mix for "Video Kitten": Amor Mix

Show Me on the Doll (pt. 3) for "Talking in Stereo": Show Me (pt. 3) or HERE

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Thanks to DZ and Josh Kulseth for help with this graphic! -JAZ+

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Don't Build Your House on the Sandy Land:

Ruth Norman: "I prefer a Cartesian approach."

*note: the above quote was made up by this blog's author and in no way reflects the actual thinking of the actual Ruth Norman.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

To Summarize:

Thursday, January 17, 2008

JAZ edits -- New 12" out now!

Phonica says:

"Following on from his work on the Beard Science: Razor Sharp Edits twelve that caused a bit of a storm round these parts late last yeat, John Zahl AKA Jaz returns with another 4 high class disco/ funk/ boogie edits for the Sixty Five label. Smoky, funky quality all round!"

Piccadilly says:

"As per usual the lovely paul Murphy sends us his records direct, which means we get no hype or sales notes, which when it comes to edits means trawling the internet searching for lyrics. This time I have been advised not to bother, for Paul, The Idjuts and even Moonboots haven't got a clue what the OG's are. I will still give you a run down. "Show Me The Doll" is an 80's sounding funk / disco crossover with ace bassline and synths, great drum fills and a Bowie-esque delivery (kind of). Next up is "Leg Room", a brilliant wonky piece of sludge disco with sampled voices and a nagging synth loop. Over on side-B "Jokin' My Way" is a bit of rock disco for you and last up is "I Fought The Claw And The Ray-Gun" which to me hints at Ray Mang and possibly Bear Funk / Big Bear, but it doesn't sound like, that being a driving bit of electro disco rock. Aceness all around, Jaz who is just some guy with a full time job, has me flummoxed."

Available from Juno, Phonica, Piccadilly
and other fine establisments. (Limited to 500)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Goals for 2008:


& also: