May it be so…

September 21, 2009

Great video from one of my favorite bands, mewithoutYou.  Their latest album, It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright. is a gem.

Unfortunately, embedding is disabled, but please take the extra second & check this out:

The Fox, The Crow, & The Cookie

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what i want to be when i grow up…

January 6, 2009

for more music i enjoy, check out my life & times page…


music with meaning

January 2, 2009

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Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” broke headlines this year with their outside the box way of delivering music sans brick & mortar shops & normal fees by making their album available online for whatever donation fans decided they wanted to contribute.  though not the first band to distribute albums on a donation only basis, they were the biggest (that i know of), and thus it brought quite a bit more press, particularly in light of the supposed demise of the record industry classic ways of distributing music.  

just the other day i received an email from MAE, a band that for a time was near the top of my favorite bands list. their release “the everglow” was, in my simple mind, groundbreaking for it’s use of album art, song flow, and overall experience to create more than just a collection of songs.  unfortunately i felt that their last album was a significant departure from this creativity and thoughtfulness.  but i’d never bothered to leave their mailing list, so every so often i get updates & usually dump them.  

however, this one caught my eye… Read the rest of this entry »


mockingbird

May 10, 2007

Derek Webb’s not so new album (he just came out with a new one, but this one’s really not that old), Mockingbird is a scathing reprimand to modern evangelical Christianity. and rightly so. sometimes i feel like there’s more wrong with the church today than there is right. and while i know that’s a broad overstatement, that a statement can even be made in that direction does indicate that there’s something wrong and it’s not worth ignoring. anyway…these lyrics really struck me today:

don’t teach me about politics and government
just tell me who to vote for
don’t teach me about truth and beauty
just label my music
don’t teach me how to live like a free man
just give me a new law

i don’t wanna know if the answers aren’t easy
so just bring it down from the mountain to me

i want a new law
i want a new law
gimme that new law

don’t teach me about moderation and liberty
i prefer a shot of grape juice
don’t teach me about loving my enemies
don’t teach me how to listen to the Spirit
just give me a new law

what’s the use in trading a law you can never keep
for one you can that cannot get you anything
do not be afraid


a study in music videos

March 22, 2007

sorry it’s been so long. rather intense last week. on the other hand, not really sure many people take a look here that often. so if you hadn’t noticed i hadn’t posted recently, then i’m not sorry for you. but if, for some strange reason, you do check in here regularly and were disappointed by my lack of material, to you i am deeply apologetic.

anyway.

music videos usually interest me very little. i find them largely uninspired and often incoherent. so i don’t usually watch them. however, this isn’t because i don’t believe that there’s incredible potential in music videos. such a genius mix of two complimentary art forms…swelling sound and moving pictures.

today i stumbled across a music video made for a song by a band called Menomena. as to the music, i’m still undecided as to if, why, and how i like their style. but i found this video absolutely entrancing because of it’s creative genius. yes, perhaps it is somewhat incoherent in the sense that i don’t know that there’s a disctinct message. but the genuine uniqueness of it is engaging. so you’ll find that as the first video here. following that, i thought to myself, i wonder how this song would be changed by a different video accompanying it. so, employing my friend youtube, i found two other versions. the one, found second here, is beautifully shot and has some intriguing artistry (interestingly shot on 16mm film). the third, and final video i found largely uninspiring, but kept it solely for what i thought was a brilliant shot found from 1:54-2:08, where there’s three distinct modes of transportation laid atop one another. i just like the flow of the shot…as an amateur videographer/student of cinema i saw in it a flash of brilliance. and i did find that each version gave me a different understanding and aftertaste of this sing, “wet & rusting”. i’m interested to hear what anyone thinks…about the song, about the movies, about the genre…

(the final one won’t let me imbed…you can see it by clicking here).


tours

February 15, 2007

interesting things coming toward & through the general vicinity:

mat kearney dropping his entrancing combination of acoustic/folk/spoken word beauty at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron on March 1st. i, unfortunately yet happily, will be guest speaking at LateNight at Kent State on “Being Worldly…Poverty & Social Justice”. yeah. i know. to which shall you attend?!?

mewithoutYou firing off their beautiful mix of poetry and authentic musical vigor at one of my favorite venues, Mr. Smalls (near Pittsburgh), on March 16th. i likely will be in attendance with (hopefully) multiple swell people (perhaps yourself?)

unbelievably (even more than plausible) your favorite nerdy heroes and mine are coming to Akron. The Mythbusters will be at EJ Thomas Hall on March 31st as part of a live tour shindig thing. i have yet to purchase a ticket, but can’t afford to miss this educational opportunity.

in an amazing two for one evening of wonderment, Relient K & MAE will be unleashing a bombardment of new music of their fresh cd’s coming out in the next few months. this will be in Cleveland on May 3rd, and i plan on being in attendance with the legends femur matt and derke.

i have to end this post on a sad note, though. the ineffable Explosions in the Sky, while making me quite happy by releasing a new cd next week, are not venturing anywhere near during their spring tour, despite hopping the pond to London not once, but twice. the nerve!


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