I was out of the office for several days this week and last, and I feel like I’ve been doing little more than playing catch up since my return. Aside from the many job-related tasks and domestic duties that piled up in my absence, I returned to a long list of new music awaiting my listening ears. These past two weeks, especially, saw the release of several anticipated albums, all of which are sitting still in a Spotify playlist waiting for me to give them attention. For those interested to know what I will be listening to for the next several weeks, here’s a list of new albums I’m most anxious to hear:

William Fitzsimmons – Lions

Phantogram – Voices

Beck – Morning Phase

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Neneh Cherry – Blank Project (yes, the Neneh Cherry of 80s “Buffalo Stance” fame!)

On another front, yesterday I learned of James Allison‘s visit to Eugene next month and I read through the discussion on Scot McKnight’s blog about penal substitutionary atonement and mimetic theory. These two things made me realize I need to catch up on Rene Girard.