May 19, 2009

Jars of Clay Live with a Derek Webb update

Posted in Christian Music tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:42 am by Bryant

Before I get into the Jars of Clay concert last night, I’ll give you a little update on Derek Webb’s Stockholm Syndrome project yet to be released due to a dispute with his record label.  He has sent out two messages to his fans sort of explaining the situation with the label.  I say “sort of” because he essentially says he can’t really talk about it.  He did say that the dispute is over one particular song that Derek feels passionate about that has a lot to do with race and sexuality.  That’s scarey because I do not know what Derek is going to say in the song.  He has since then reported that he will not be using his twitter account for updates and has created a new twitter account named “ssyndrome”.  He seems to be dishing out clues about something to somebody, but I haven’t figured out what is going on.  As far as I know the label trouble is real; however, I think he has turned this into a marketing opportunity to get people excited about the album’s release.  It seems to be working.  This morning when I started following ssyndrome, I was one of like 600.  Now there are over 3000.  To read the messages that he sent out to fans, go to derekwebb.com.  From what I heard him say live about the album, it is almost purely digital with the possiblity of a little bit of guitar.  He said he was bored and wanted out from what is the typical.  I bet Mute Math could identify.  On to the Jars of Clay Concert… Read the rest of this entry »

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May 11, 2009

I Hate All Your Show

Posted in Christian, Christian Music, Christianity, Reform tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:29 pm by Bryant

Despite how the title reads, this is actually a positive review.  First, please notice the quick updates to the right side of this.  That serves to quickly update any readers of news or stuff that happens that doesn’t warrent a post at that instant.  The Derek Webb concert was great.  The Ellery opened for him, and they were really good live.  Try their MySpace to hear what they sound like in the studio.  Derek brought the folk as usual and took almost all requests.  His new studio projet is called Stockholm Syndrome and should come out this week; however, as Derek explained to us… his label has some issues on the content of the album and so he might be forced to have it released through a different medium.  I would guess he would release it through NoiseTrade.com which is a website set up where people can download artists’ music for free by referring 5 people or paying what you want for it.

I bought the new Jars of Clay album The Long Fall Back to Earth Extended Edition which includes 2 remixes and “The Story Behind the Songs” video which should really help me understand their vantage point playing the songs.  Upon the first listen-through, I really loved the album.  It was very chill, a sound I had only really appreciated from bands with the letter U and the number 2 and Coldplay.  So I’ll try to go through the album a few more times to give you a substantial review and see how great the lasting appeal  is.  I also purchased the new Remedy Drive album and the new Anberlin album for $5 from Amazon.com.   They have 50 albums that are offered at this price, with some Christian bands represented.  I haven’t had an opportunity to get to those albums either, but I usually only listen to music when I drive, and I guess I haven’t driven far enough anywhere to knock these albums out, much less my podcasts.

This post is dedicated to reviewing some of Jon Foreman’s work, namely Read the rest of this entry »