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I should have posted about this weeks ago, but Waterdeep’s new album Pink & Blue is awesome.  I got an advance copy a while back, but I’ve just been too busy to review it until now. I only hope the world will not stop spinning because of my tardiness.  God help us all.

Moving on…  The album is amazing.  Don and Lori continue to astound me with every offering.  Whether it’s Don’s weird alt-folk Khrusty Brothers, or their worship stuff on albums like You Are So Good to Me, or their best offer to date (in my opinion) Heart Attack Time Machine, Waterdeep is a band that knows what it’s doing and does a great job of it.

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Don Chaffer is a pretty recognizable name in certain circles of the music industry.  Whether it’s his solo projects, his years with Waterdeep, or his new project The Khrusty Brothers, the guy deserves the attention he gets.

The first time I heard of The Khrusty Brothers, I thought, “Who the heck would name their new band that?!”  It’s a weird name.  Relax, the music is weird too, so it fits.

With that, the first time I heard their self-titled album, I didn’t like it.  It was weird, but not quite weird enough; normal, but not quite normal enough.  It felt stuck somewhere between really weird, trippy, cool alt-folk… and more normal, well-written, expertly-played classic folk. Read the rest of this entry »

I posted yesterday about musical genius Don Chaffer.  Today, I thought it’d be fun to pass on to you some live recordings I’ve found of Waterdeep that show off Don’s skills.

I don’t remember where I found these, but there’s a zillion live recordings out there - I’m sure you can find your own easy enough.

All Along the Watchtower – DownloadStream
The Razor Light – DownloadStream

Note: all MP3s will be removed after one week.

I’m sure many of you have heard of Don Chaffer, but for those of you who haven’t, I hope you’ll read on and get hooked on one of the greatest musician story-tellers out there. Don is perhaps best known for his part, along with wife Lori Chaffer, in the awesome folksy, hippy, bluesy, jam band Waterdeep.

Waterdeep is great.  Lori’s incredibly unique yet powerful voice carries the group out of the realm of normalcy and into the legendary.  For years, I ignored Don’s additions to the group, focusing on how much I loved Lori’s voice, but after downloading some solo songs by Don, and listening to what he did on the Waterdeep albums, I’ve come to a renewed appreciation for his musical prowess.

(Side note: When you use words like “prowess,” it makes you sound smart.  If, however, you use words like “prowess” in sentences like “The tigress had great prowess” it makes you sound less smart and more like a chidren’s author.)

Enough of his prowess…  Don is a story-telling artist who’s medium happens to be music and tapestry happens to be your ears.  If you can’t appreciate his acoustic/folk/blues/funk style, I understand, but look beyond the style of music and watch an artist at work.

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I’ve been doing the Worship Wars since way back in mid-February, and I think I’ve gotten tired of it, so this will be my last post in the series, at least for now.

And what better way to end the Worship Wars than with Enter the Worship Circle?

I’m not a huge fan of the primary Enter the Worship Circle series of albums, but I respect Ben and Robin Pasley as musicians and I love their heart to worship.  Besides, when it comes to hippy, gypsy acoustic worship music, no one does it better than the original Worship Circle crew.

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dontbreakmyheart.jpgHere it is, the much-coveted Don’t Break My Heart mix CD, now with songs you can download and listen to.

1. Steven Delopoulos – She Held My Hand
2. Bob Dylan – Girl from the North Country
3. Rosie Thomas – Say Hello
4. The Innocence Mission – Love That Boy
5. Destroy Nate Allen – Ambulance
6. Aaron Sprinkle – Really Something
7. Dave Thompson – Overboard Love Song
8. Michael Blair Project – Peace to You
9. Jesse Sprinkle – Sunsites
10. Bill Mallonee – Here Comes the Heartache
11. Don Peris – Catherine-Anne
12. Waterdeep – Diana
13. Fine China – Are You on Drugs?
14. Sufjan Stevens – The Mistress Witch from McClure
15. Relient K – Faking My Own Suicide
16. Ben and Bruno – New Friend

If you’ll allow me to chat a bit more, let me explain the story of the album and the songs it contains.

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dontbreakmyheart.jpgI got up an hour and a half ealier today to make a Valentine’s Day mix CD to post, filled with the ups and downs and inside-outs of love, the hopes, dreams, and fears that go with relationships, the triumphs and the heartaches.  It was gonna be a masterpiece.

But after all my listening, sorting, ordering, and creating, I have nothing to post because Internet Explorer has decided not to let me upload files, for whatever reason.

I guess I’ll try again tomorrow, after Valentine’s Day is over and the mix CD will be pointless, but for now, here’s the track list:

1. Steven Delopoulos – She Held My Hand
2. Bob Dylan – Girl from the North Country
3. Rosie Thomas – Say Hello
4. The Innocence Mission – Love That Boy
5. Destroy Nate Allen – Ambulance
6. Aaron Sprinkle – Really Something
7. Dave Thompson – Overboard Love Song
8. Michael Blair Project – Peace to You
9. Jesse Sprinkle – Sunsites
10. Bill Mallonee – Here Comes the Heartache
11. Don Peris – Catherine-Anne
12. Waterdeep – Diana
13. Fine China – Are You on Drugs?
14. Sufjan Stevens – The Mistress Witch from McClure
15. Relient K – Faking My Own Suicide
16. Ben and Bruno – New Friend

As you can see, it was gonna be an amazing CD exploring love in all its dimensions, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to upload the songs.  Come back then to check it out, and in the meantime, download the album cover above.

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You can still finish up voting for Group 16 of Round 1, but for those of you ready to move on…

Welcome to Round 2, where the action gets really heavy and the voting gets even tougher.  Rules are a little different now.  First thing you’ll notice is that there will be matches every day from now until the Superbowl, and then on the Superbowl, there’ll actually be two matches, a morning one and an evening one.  Next thing is that instead of having 5 days (120 hours) to vote, now you’ll only have 2 days (48 hours), so that I can squeeze it all in by the time of the Superbowl.

There are four groups in Round 2, each made up of the winners in Round 1, with order randomly selected.  Each group has 4 artists competing in 6 head-to-head matches, just like in Round 1.  Vote for the winner of each head-to-head match, just like you did in Round 1.

If that all makes sense, let’s see who we’re voting on today:

Over the Rhine – Don’t Wait for Tom (Download - Streaming)
Waterdeep - Everyone’s Beautiful (Download - Streaming)
Half-Handed Cloud – I Got a Letter (Download - Streaming)
Jeremy Casella – Distress Signal (Download - Streaming)

Download the MP3s if you need ‘em, but judge the artists and not just the song I put up.

Here are the six matches to vote on:

1) Over the Rhine vs. Waterdeep
2) Over the Rhine vs. Half-Handed Cloud
3) Over the Rhine vs. Jeremy Casella
4) Waterdeep vs. Half-Handed Cloud
5) Waterdeep vs. Jeremy Casella
6) Half-Handed Cloud vs. Jeremy Casella

Let the voting begin! All votes must be received in the comments by 8:00 am CST on Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

Official Links
Half-Handed Cloud MySpace
Buy Half-Handed Cloud MP3s on iTunes
Buy Half-Handed Cloud CDs at Amazon

Over the Rhine MySpace Page
Buy Over the Rhine MP3s on iTunes
Buy Over the Rhine CDs on Amazon.com

Jeremy Casella MySpace Page
Buy Jeremy Casella MP3s on iTunes
Buy Jeremy Casella CDs on Amazon.com

Waterdeep MySpace Page
Buy Waterdeep MP3s on iTunes
Buy Waterdeep CDs on Amazon.com

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

Keep voting on Group 3 until 7:00 am CST Wednesday, December 26, but when you’re done, Group 4 is below for your voting pleasure.  If you need them, the official rules are here, but things are pretty simple.  Just listen to the MP3s below if you’re unfamiliar with the artists, then vote on who you think is better for each of the one-on-one matches.

Anyway, here’s today’s four artists:

Lifehouse – The Joke
Waterdeep – And I Can’t Sleep
Colour Revolt – A New Family
The Listening – Be in Your Eyes

Download the MP3s if you need them, but judge the artist based on their entire work, not just the one MP3 here.  And here are your six matches:

1) Lifehouse vs. Waterdeep
2) Lifehouse vs. Colour Revolt
3) Lifehouse vs. The Listening
4) Waterdeep vs. Colour Revolt
5) Waterdeep vs. The Listening
6) Colour Revolt vs. The Listening

Vote away, and feel free to leave any comments on your reasoning!

All votes must be received by 7:00 am CST on Monday, December 31, 2007.

Official Links
Lifehouse MySpace Page
Buy Lifehouse MP3s on iTunes
Buy Lifehouse CDs on Amazon.com

Waterdeep MySpace Page
Buy Waterdeep MP3s on iTunes
Buy Waterdeep CDs on Amazon.com

Colour Revolt MySpace Page
Buy Colour Revolt MP3s on iTunes
Buy Colour Revolt CDs on Amazon.com

The Listening MySpace Page
Buy The Listening MP3s on iTunes
Buy The Listening CDs on Amazon.com

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

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