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The Raw Devotion of Julien Baker

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Jia Tolentino, writing at The New Yorker:

    When she was twelve, she made her dad take her to see Underoath, a post-hardcore band that, like her, circles Christian ideas without courting a specifically Christian fan base. “It revolutionized my world to watch someone imploring the audience in that way,” Baker said. (She has a stick-and-poke tattoo of the band’s logo.) It was soon after this that she got into the local punk scene. “A house show feels like a true faith community, socialist and communal,” she said. “The lead singer is less than two feet away from thirty people who are screaming the same thing. Punk teaches the same inversion of power as the Gospel—you learn that the coolest thing about having a microphone is turning it away from your own mouth.”

  2. Man oh man do I want to hear that ten-minute conversation they had about Calvinism.
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  3. Frank Lapidus

    Regular Supporter

    Damn - the press she's been getting on this album is amazing. The New Yorker, NY Times, etc.
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  4. justin.

    請叫我賴總統 Supporter

    I can't picture Baker being a Calvinist. Odder things have happened, though.
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  5. justin.

    請叫我賴總統 Supporter

    Julien is without a doubt one of my favorite modern songwriters.
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  6. Based on the concluding paragraph of this article, it looks like she was one (or that she at least held to some sort of view of "total depravity" -- although a seemingly skewed view, from what this writer said); but Baker's current pastor has more recently changed Baker's views.
  7. shogunTORTOISE


    This is easily my favorite record of the year. No fucking contest.
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  8. carrytheweird

    Appointments is contagious.
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  9. artbynickferran

    This was an incredible read. As someone who has been non-religious for many years, I've never agreed with an outwardly-religious person nearly as much as I have Julien Baker.
  10. BEsterley


    Restarting to get into her. This new album has really caught my attention as well. Love the whole story and hoping I get more into her music
  11. GEM37

    She haunts the roads

    ....soooo does this mean she saw Underoath back when they didn't think dinosaurs or gay marriage were real?
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