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  1. Hey all, If you're in or near Houston, you won't want to miss a very intimate concert with the amazing Mike Roe of The 77s & Lost Dogs... Call me (6502180544) or email me (mattnightingale at mac dot com) for more info. Or if you're on Facebook, RSVP here. Help me have a nice big crowd and pay for this thing! Matt
  2. "Hurricane Mike" Hits Houston... I'm hoping to have Mike Roe here for a house concert next month... possibly the 10th of November. Is there any interest? I need to see if I can get critical mass before committing.
  3. I'm really digging Jonatha Brooke's "The Works." At the invitation of the Woody Guthrie Foundation, she set a bunch of Guthrie's unheard lyrics to her music and recorded them with Bob Clearmountain. I love this record. Check it out here.
  4. I totally agree. Joan Wasser is amazing. I was absolutely mesmerized by her song "The Ride" from her debut.
  5. How 'bout musicals? Oliver! is a great movie...
  6. Do documentaries count? If so, Dark Days is great...
  7. I am really enjoying the *two* new releases from Hawksley Workman. Have you heard of this guy? I discovered him with 2001's "(Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves" and have been a pretty rabid fan since. It started with a song called "You Me and the Weather" that my brother Micah played for me. The guy has an amazing multi-octave voice and considerable songwriting skills. Anyway, he just released "Between the Beautifuls" and "Los Manlicious," but not in the USA. You can get them on his website.
  8. My faves are Sticks and Stones (probably because it was the first one I knew and loved), Seventy Sevens, Pray Naked & ep. I am also a BIG fan of the 7 & 7 Is "Fun with Sound" project. Of Mike's solo stuff, I think that "The Boat Ashore" is the greatest... so many good songs like "The Boat Ashore," "Honey Run," "Blue All Over"... although many fans argue that "Safe As Milk" is a better album. Making a record with Mike as producer and guitarist was an amazing experience. I got to know him as a musician and as a friend, and after I got over being star-struck, I enjoyed every minute of it.
  9. Sheesh. I haven't read this whole thread, so forgive me if I'm bringing up something already discussed. I think this Slate article is ridiculous.
  10. I just finished reading this book... Really enjoyed it. I always seem to slip into thriller/horror mode sometimes during the summer; not quite sure why. Anyone else into Stephen King? I read Cell last summer and really didn't like it very much, but 'Salem's Lot was very satisfying. I've also read Misery and The Shining, but I think that's it. Any other recommendations?
  11. This is very, very good music. My goodness, I love Sixpence. I'm glad! I've really been enjoying NoiseTrade. (And no, they're not paying me... unless you count lots of free music!) Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Waterdeep and Sixpence are all great. There are some that I won't even bother with. (Jeni Varnadeau. Ugh.) But I've made some cool discoveries too, like Katie Herzig and The Major Labels.
  12. You can download the EP here at Noisetrade by either inviting 3 friends to check it out or by paying whatever you want, from $1-25.
  13. He's talking about Jennifer Knapp. C'mon, guys... What, you can describe her but not give her name?
  14. Looks pretty amazing... sounds good too. I'm listening as I type. Read about it here. Myspace page here. Download it legally for free here.
  15. I discovered this site the other day. The concept is basically this: Download an album either by choosing a price (from $1 - $25) you're willing to pay or by giving them the email addresses of 3 friends you'd like to share the music with. Lots of good stuff. Sandra McCracken, Derek Webb, Waterdeep, Matthew Perryman Jones, etc. Check it out here! Matt
  16. Just got mine in the mail... Listening to the first track as I type. I love the 77s. I love these guys... What a cool concept...
  17. My bad. Sorry. Have a nice day. No problem. I'm planning to!
  18. To clarify... 1) I am not promoting Sacred Harp. I am a different Matt. I get the whole po-mo ancient/future thing. 2) I just thought the Stuff Christians Like post was funny and thought people might enjoy that blog. Cheers!
  19. I can't help myself... I enjoyed this entry on one of my favorite blogs, "Stuff Christians Like." A few months ago, a friend that works at a big church told me about a new service they were starting. The conversation went like this: Friend: "We're about to start a new service called 'the Zone.'" Me: "The Zone? Is that just the new name for your contemporary service?" Friend: "No, we're still going to have a traditional service and a contemporary service, this is a brand new format. This is the Zone." Me: "What does that mean?" Friend: "It's kind of like the contemporary service, but it has more electric guitar. It rocks a little harder than the contemporary service." Me: (At this point, if I had been more honest I would have said) "Then why don't you just name it 'the more electric guitar' service." (Or I could have said) "That's it, I'm officially starting my own church." (Instead, I said) "Oh. I see." (And then proceeded to throw an imaginary smoke bomb and roll out of the room unseen.) We like creating new services. We like putting our hymnals in the closet and getting a graphic designer with a nose ring to create a new logo for the "iXtreamtastical Zone" service. And we do it because we think you want it that way. You don't like hymns. We know this. When you come to church for the first time and you see a musty off red hymnal, you're a little disappointed. We understand. You want something more upbeat. More "today" if you will. More "phat" as the kids are saying. You want us to "put on for our city" as Young Jeezy would say. So we created "contemporary" services for you. And by that, I mean we added a drummer to the stage. His name is Darren and he used to be in Journey. OK, it was a Journey cover band called "Oh Sherry" which doesn't even make sense because that was when Steve Perry was solo but Darren's a good guy. He's in a fishbowl. And for a while everything worked well. We sang a lot of Chris Tomlin. I mean a lot. But that wasn't enough. You wanted more. (Insert your own cowbell joke here.) So we hired a consultant with frosted tips and a cool business card. He told us that we need to push the envelope and think outside the box. He said we needed more synergy with our community and that we had to shift our paradigm. He said we had to be more "impactful" which is not even a real word. It felt like he was just saying fake sentences and words until he wore us down. It worked, we gave up. We got the lasers. We got the smoke machine that sets off the fire alarm every now and then. We're going to sing Coldplay's new song "Viva la Vida" this Sunday. Maybe we'll do Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" soon too. We even made Bono type sunglasses mandatory for our worship leader. But now he can't see the words of the songs and sometimes sings "How gray is our God" instead of "How great is our God." We hope you like it because we're at 11 on the scale of 1-10 when it comes to rocking out. We can't rock any harder. This is it.
  20. I think I was a little inebriated when I replied to this post... I am not usually so easily incensed. But really... I think it's really easy for people in the pews to take pot shots at the people who are giving their lives to serve the church in worship ministry. I'm totally open to conversation, but sometimes the comments are so out of left field and so sweeping in scope... "All worship music is drivel." And then I think that translates into other music critique as well. People get totally set in their ways. Either it's the music that was cutting edge and truly great when they were first coming to Christ or becoming aware of what great art could be (maybe Rich Mullins or Mark Heard or Daniel Amos or Larry Norman) or it's music that has somehow been deemed cool because it's made by people in non-Christian settings (Maria McKee, the innocence mission, Sam Phillips, Sufjan Stevens) or whatever. People tend to talk about how "only 20" bands have ever reached for artistic greatness or whatever. It's just lazy, in my opinion. There is great music all around us, indie bands and major labels. Christian and non-Christian. That's all. I love music.
  21. Forgive me for continuing in my rant. But have you noticed how on here everyone has like 20 bands they are convinced are the best ever? It's all about Pedro the Lion and Maria McKee and Sam Phillips and Daniel Amos... Oh yeah, and of course there's Bill Mallonee and Mark Heard, who is now a saint. These are just examples. Many more: Cockburn, innocence mission, OtR, T Bone Burnett, Rich Mullins. Don't get me wrong. I really like a lot of these bands. A LOT. But why the crazy insistence that all the really COOL people listen to these "subversively Christian" bands? How about the reality that Sara Groves is a really great singer and writer? Can I get banned for saying I like tobyMac?
  22. I'm glad some of you defended the "drivel" that is passing itself for worship music. I am a worship pastor and have been one for 10 years. It makes me angry and hurt, frankly, when people throw such undeserved grenades our way. I care deeply about good music and art. I care deeply about worship and God's people coming together to worship and experience God. I know I'm not alone. I find much to praise and much to use in today's praise and worship market. Like you, I love Bruce Cockburn and Over the Rhine and the innocence mission and Sam Phillips. I love The Choir and Bob Dylan and Lost Dogs and 77s. I often roll my eyes at the whole "Christian Bookstore" subculture. But I also know that most "worship" artists are honestly trying to give the best of who they are and what they can do to serve the Lord's purposes in the Church and in the world. I think there are some great writers and musicians today dedicated to writing music that the Church can express to the Lord... Vicky Beeching, David Crowder, Tim Hughes, Brian Doerksen, and some of Hillsong United's stuff is beautiful. I guess I just hate generalizations. "All worship music is crap." Whatever. I mean, if it's the commercialization of worship music you are against, say that. If it's the Christian subculture that cloisters itself away from the world, rail against that. If it's mediocre music and lyrics, say that. But the whole "worship music sucks" thing has been been beat to death, and it's just not true. It never was.
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    Katy Perry

    Scathing review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine on allmusic.com here.
  24. It *was* a great show. Just a little too short... But I got to hear the new stuff AND meet Sam Phillips and Jeffrey Overstreet. Here's some video I found of the show... Here's "Signal"
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