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After a long time of not being able to post MP3s to The Blah Blah, I’ve finally got my own hosting service at www.theblahblah.net set up to at least let me upload MP3s for your downloading pleasure.
Sometime, I’ll transfer the whole blog over there, but for now, just to have files hosted somewhere stable is a good thing.
But enough of that. You want to hear about John Mark McMillan. I know you do. I can tell.
John Mark McMillan, who has a name every Catholic grandmother in the world should fall in love with, is one of the new artists I found recently on emusic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – sign up for emusic. It’s the smartest thing you can do for downloading cool music. Not only can you get 50 free downloads for just trying, but if you sign up for a monthly subscription, I get 50 free downloads and you get downloads at 30 cents a piece. Beat that, iTunes. And when you have a subscription, you can get your friends to sign up under you and earn you 50 downloads too. In the past month, I’ve probably gotten 300 free MP3s from people signing up under me. Don’t be dumb. Just sign up for emusic so I can stop talking about it.
Yeah, I know – the post title is dumb. Let’s just all agree on that so we can move on from there to other things.
Other things like the new album from Eugene Francis Jnr.
I know I’ve had a lot about Eugene on here lately, but that’s just because I really dig his music, and his publicity peeps keep sending me great new stuff. So… I’ve become a servant of The Man now I guess, putting up whatever comes my way. But at least I get to score free stuff.
Well, now that I’ve confessed that I’m a sellout, let me move on to the album itself. I scored a pre-release copy of The Golden Beatle last week from the nice folks at Legion Presents, and it’s almost everything I hoped it would be.
Since my account at HotLinkFiles still doesn’t seem to be working and I haven’t got my own website set up yet, I’m still posting all sorts of things that don’t require MP3 uploads.
Today, I want to draw your attention to a few artists who I don’t have any MP3s for, but I think they’re worth your time.
Mike Helms – I’m not sure what exactly to think of Mike Helms, but I know I like his heart. I like his passion. I like his zeal. I like his message. Head over to his website to hear the song “Nice Little Church” that he recorded recently. It’s sort of an old-school folk sound with controversial Keith Green-inspired lyrics. He’s also got a few cool articles he’s written on there about various topics related to the song.
Francisco the Man – This stuff is completely awesome. Bluesy 60s-influenced indie rock with some sweet pop hooks and a lot of distortion. The only way they could be any better is if they were on e-music.
Jared Colinger – He’s done stuff with Frank Lenz (Headphones, Starflyer 59) and Jason Martin (Starflyer 59, Brothers Martin), but you should definitely check out his solo new wavey stuff. Keep an eye out for him to show up on the next Joy Electric album in November too.
The Cotton Jones Basket Ride – Coming from Michael Nau, the mastermind behind Page France, is this trippy psychadelic blues-leaning band with the longest name I’ve ever seen for a band. Well, other than Reverend Raven and his Chain Smoking Altar Boys. Check his stuff out.
The Glorious Unseen – Worship music that’s a little different. It’s not quite as artsy as David Crowder or as moody as Robbie Seay, but it’s really good. I can’t wait to get a few MP3s of this band sometime. But, alas, they’re not on e-music yet, so I’ll have to wait.
Michael Sheldon – Some cool acoustic music. He says about himself, “Michael Sheldon is a man focused on living his life in dedication to Jesus Christ, because Mike believes that Jesus Christ is the only way to achieve life, both here and beyond. His music however will not always display this affection toward Jesus Christ. It will often be angry, confused, distraught, or worse because Mike believes that those raw human emotions reveal a truth about who he is in relation to the God he loves. Mike makes no pretentious statements about his perfection, but hopes to reveal to himself, and to those who are willing, God’s perfection.”
That’s about it for now. Keep coming back and soon I’ll be able to put MP3s up again.
Since my hosting service at www.hotlinkfiles.com seems to be messed up for some reason, I’ve recently signed up to register an official domain name of my own. Yes, folks, soon, you’ll be able to head over to www.theblahblah.net instead of my WordPress page.
But until I get everything set up, I’ll keep doing posts here that don’t require MP3 uploads. Kinda’ sucks, but soon all will be well.
In the past 3 weeks, I’ve downloaded another 250 free MP3s from emusic (all thanks to you kind-hearted readers), so I’ve got tons of bands I want to talk about, besides all the songs from bands that e-mail me or send me CDs in the mail. I’m freakin’ out not being able to upload anything.
Head over to IdioMag for a sweet new idea that I hope really takes off. The basic idea is that IdioMag compiles a daily personalized music magazine, built around bands that you want to read about.
You can either input a couple of bands and it’ll compile articles based on those selections, or input your username for Pandora, Last.fm, iLike, MySpace, and other music sites and it’ll look at what you listen to there and build a magazine to match. There’s interviews, videos, photographs, tour news, reviews, and random articles, all with relevant MP3s streaming in the background – if MTV killed radio, IdioMag might just kill your standard music magazine, or at least provide an interactive alternative.
The main beef I have is that I don’t have enough time to enjoy it. There’s tons of sweet stuff they compile for me every day, but I only make it over there once in a while. They also don’t have as much of the indie Christian stuff as I’d like, but it seems to be getting better… And I’m almost getting annoyed with this whole concept of personalized everything. Almost.
It’s pretty easy to sign up and takes only a minute, and it’s better than getting an entire print magazine filled with ads and a bunch of articles you don’t want to read. Oh, yeah, and it’s free. So head over here and get yourself a personalized daily magazine.
As you probably know, the Village Thrift series of re-mixed worship music put out mainly by Ben and Robin Pasley of 1000 Portraits and Enter the Worship Circle depends on you to make the remixes. Ben and Robin and the other artists involved provide a framework, and then the rough recordings are given out to the community to be re-mixed and edited.
The guys have finished the rough recordings (or 8-packs) for the new Village Thrift: Circa 2008 album, and the best remixes and edits will make it to the final recording. They’ll be releasing 2 8-packs a week for the next 10 weeks, for free download, so start editing now. Get what you need right here.
Or, if you’re like me, just download the rough recordings and enjoy the songs for their own sakes. If I had the right software, I’d love to see if I could make a cool mix… but until then the songs are pretty sweet in and of themselves.
Well, my upload service, HotLinkFiles seems to be having problems. All the MP3s that should be hosted there are not accessible, and it won’t let me upload any new ones. What the heck’s going on? A lot of the pages don’t seem to be working anymore on their site either.
Anybody have any ideas on what’s going on?
I had a pretty sweet new single from Eugene Francis JNR (who I’ve posted on here and here) to send your way, but since I can’t do that, I’ll just tell you to get on over here to listen to the song “Beginners” and keep an eye out for The Golden Beatle to be released on April 28th.
When I figure out what’s going on with HotLinkFiles, I’ll be sure to put up the MP3 for you to download. Until then, just envision the most awesome, inspiring, emotionally-moving song you’ve ever heard and take it down maybe one or two notches. Seriously, the song is great, as all of EFJ’s stuff is, and I can’t wait to get the whole album.
Yesterday, I posted Part One of an interview I did over e-mail with the Chicago band Overhang, so welcome back for Part Two today!
The Blah Blah: Which one of your songs is your favorite? Why?
Joel: Currently my favourite is “Escape” but I am also excited about the new material we are working on, some of which we are playing live.
Jeff: At our live shows we do a one-two combo of “Disaster” followed immediately by “Four Winds,” both of which are very strenuous on me as the drummer, but have an energy that’s unrivaled in our other material from Another Hole For You to Crawl Into.
Nate: My favorite songs are ones we haven’t released yet. But I love the funk in the pre-verses on “Scream and Shout” and the grandiose chorus on “Disaster”.
Grant: “Buried in the Earth”. I love the mood in it. Also “Before I Go” because the melody reminds me of the classic songbook songs that people like the Beatles and Brian Wilson were influenced by.
Way back in January (here), I did a post about Chicago grunge / alternative rock band Overhang and their new album Another Hole for You to Crawl Into. I asked the guys if they’d be into doing an e-mail interview for The Blah Blah, and Grant, Joel, Jeff, and Nate were all into it. They sent their responses back to me over a month ago, but it wasn’t until today that I had a free slot to get a post up.
If you haven’t heard Overhang yet, head over to their MySpace and listen to a few songs. This is hard and driving rock, without any frills or technological bells and whistles to get in the way. They describe themselves as, “four instruments hurling musical 18-wheelers, hurricanes, and holy books into the crowd. Moody rock’n’roll on marching feet, a band of four beating drums of sonic war, following the fire in their eyes to the promised land.” It’s loud, intense, in-your-face kind of rock.
So, without any further ado, today I give you Part One of the Overhang interview.
Well, life is still extremely busy with all the normal work / church / family stuff, and we’re still remodeling the church building, so that’s taking up extra time… but I just had to get a post in.
I’ve been wanting to post about the band PinStripe for a while, but I had so many other bands I’d committed to first that I’ve finally got an opening now. These guys are pretty sweet. Coming from Racine, Wisconsin, they’ve got a raw, edgy sound that brings back memories of early Talking Heads or other punk / grunge bands from back in the day.