Happy 41st, Elliott

Today marks what would have been Elliott Smith’s 41st birthday and I’d like to share a brief thought. Think about some of the most influential popular musicians from the last 50 years.  Perhaps Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Creed [followed by an audible laugh] and so on.  Perhaps we could come … Continue reading “Happy 41st, Elliott”

Top 50 Albums

by Greg (An asterisk [*] indicates that an album is shared between Elijah’s Top 50 Albums list and mine.) III (1991) Sebadoh* A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) Coldplay Achtung Baby (1991) U2 Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Eggs (2005) Andrew Bird Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British … Continue reading “Top 50 Albums”

Nihilo sanctum estne?

I recall when the first iPod came out in 2001.  It was revolutionary – 1000 songs on a portable and extremely attractive hard drive!   Less than two years after the release of the iPod, Apple launched the iTunes Store.   It was one thing to fit [a portion of] your CD collection onto an … Continue reading “Nihilo sanctum estne?”

About Greg

Greg used to write under the pseudonym “Sgt. Grumbles” (inspiration for the name Sgt Grumbles may be found here), but owns the words he puts on these pages under his Christian name now. Greg has resisted throwing his surname into the mix here as one needs to be careful as to where one’s name is … Continue reading “About Greg”

About LITC

Lost in the Cloud was launched by Greg and Elijah in January 2010 and is devoted to engaging with culture, religion and anything else we find interesting enough to share in our vain attempts to provide thoughtful insights. The name of our blog comes from the coda of Sufjan Stevens’ ‘The Transfiguration’ from his 2004 … Continue reading “About LITC”

21 Artifacts from the 21st Century

The end of the decade has resulted in a number of best of the decade lists.  We’ve kind of OD’d on best of lists here already, but Elijah and I wanted to throw in our votes for those works of culture from the 2000’s WE think will/should stand the test of time. I feel somewhat … Continue reading “21 Artifacts from the 21st Century”

Best Albums (and more) of 2009 (thus farther)

Our own brilliant Elijah Wade Smith posted his favorite new albums of the year a bit early this year (August) [ELIJAH ADDS: and with a stated reason for doing so…], but I’d like to pick up where he left off and share some favorite albums from this year, along with my definitive songs of 2009 … Continue reading “Best Albums (and more) of 2009 (thus farther)”

A Portrait of the Artist in The Age of Adz

Sufjan Steven’s new album, The Age of Adz, officially comes out on Oct. 12.  For those of us anxious souls who pre-ordered the CD (myself) or vinyl (Elijah), a link to download MP3’s of the tracks was available this past Tuesday.  So I have listened to the album all the way through a few times … Continue reading “A Portrait of the Artist in The Age of Adz”