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In my usual fashion of delivering late-breaking news after it’s already past late and broken, I want to introduce you to Sarah MacIntosh and her new album The Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers, and Me.
You may know of Sarah from her short time as lead vocalist and guitarist for Chasing Furies, a band she started with two of her siblings. The band capitalized on Sarah’s powerful voice with an indie rock / shoegaze sound, winning loads of critics to their side but breaking up in about a year.
Well, Sarah is back, after almost a decade, with a solo album she says captures a question she asked herself before producing it: “If someone were to sit down and talk with me, what would they hear me saying?” The Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers, and Me is what came out. Read the rest of this entry »
I first found The Singing Mechanic while perusing through the artists signed with Sounds Familyre Records. Despite the fact that his name conjurs up images (at least in my head) of that famous dancing and singing crew of men, men in tights in the movie by the same name, The Singing Mechanic is a pretty swell artist to have in your library.
I had a few songs off the 2001 album It Wouldn’t Be What It Is, and I enjoyed them enough to listen off and on, but just recently, after downloading the whole album, I’ve really begun to appreciate the music of Vincent Voss.
My good friend and semi-delinquent blogger Ryan over at Communal Feast has created a mix CD that he calls a soundtrack inspired by the book of Revelation. I call it Trumpets, Woes, and Beasts, because it sounds a lot more menacing.
Ryan has been preaching through the book of Revelation Wednesday nights at my church, and it’s been awesome. If you want to check out some of the teachings, head on over here to the church website and download a few. I think you’ll really get a ton out of them – they’re not your standard Revelation sermons (whatever that means).
But, of course, what you’re really after is the music, so here is The Blah Blah’s first ever Revelation compilation, made up mostly, but not completely, of Christian artists:
1. Chapter 01: Phil Keaggy – John the Revelator (Download or Stream)
2. Chapter 03: Brian Doerksen – Light the Fire Again (Download or Stream)
3. Chapter 04: Miss Angie – 100 Million Eyeballs (Download or Stream)
4. Chapter 05: Jon Abel – The Revelation Song (Download or Stream)
5. Chapter 06: Solomon Jabby – Four Horses Ready (Download or Stream)
6. Chapter 10: Lenny Smith – I Saw a Mighty Angel (Download or Stream)
7. Chapter 12: Over the Rhine – The Trumpet Child (Download or Stream)
8. Chapter 13: Larry Norman – Six-Sixty-Six (Download or Stream)
9. Chapter 16: Believer – Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) (Download or Stream)
10. Chapter 16: One Bad Pig – Bowl of Wrath (live) (Download or Stream)
11. Chapter 17: The Swirling Eddies – Mystery Babylon (Download or Stream)
12. Chapter 19: Earthsuit – Whitehorse (Download or Stream)
13. Chapter 20: Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around (Early Take) (Download or Stream)
14. Chapter 21: Randy Bruce – New Jerusalem (Download or Stream)
15. Chapter 22: R.E.M. – It’s the End of the World as We Know It (Download or Stream)
* Download all the songs as one giant RAR file right here.
Enjoy the CD, listen to the song with its appropriate chapter if you feel so inclined, and download the album art here.
Even though I said I was back a couple weeks ago, life hadn’t really settled down until yesterday, so finally I can do another post today. I hope to do more regular posting this fall, as the summer craziness fades away.
What was I up to the past few weeks? Well, I mentioned I took my family to the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming for some much-needed time away (see a pic here if you haven’t already). Then I filled in for a friend doing two paper routes at night. Then my in-laws came up from Virginia for a week. Then we cranked high-speed on the church / coffeehouse remodel, in order to be up and running for our biggest outreach event of the year. Then I headed up for a week in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota for a men’s canoe trip. Now I’m finally back into normal life, the server issues are dealt with, and I’m looking forward to getting some blogging going again.
But that’s not really what I want to write about. I wanna clue you all in to the soon-to-be-released latest album by Woven Hand (or Wovenhand if you wanna look really hip) – Ten Stones.
Well, I’m back anyway. I don’t know about that whole “better than ever” part, but I’m back from my vacation in the Wyoming Rockies, I’ve finally figured out my hosting issues, and I’ll be getting some MP3s up for ya’ll pretty soon. It’s been a frustrating battle with domains, servers, and the like, but I think it’s finally over.
I don’t have anything important I want to say today. Just random things that are on my mind. Our family trip out West was incredible. The scenery definitely beats southern Wisconsin’s, and all we did was hike, talk, sleep, eat, swim, and drive around. Jessie (my wife, for the uninformed) and I did go on one date to see The Dark Knight. Very good movie, if a bit creepy. But it’s Batman, so what do you want – singing purple dinosaurs?
So, yeah, the vacation was great, and I highly recommend the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming to anybody looking for a relatively inexpensive, less crowded place to do some camping or hiking. If you live in the upper midwest like I do, it’s a little closer than Yellowstone or the Colorado Rockies and much easier to get to.
Anyway, this week I’m filling in for a friend on his early morning paper routes, so I’m pretty sleep deprived right now and will probably crash in a few hours. If this post doesn’t make much sense, I blame my sleep deprivation.
Well, until I get the next official post up, check out the view from Lake Helen below. This was my favorite place we checked out during our vacation in Wyoming. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but the quiet solitude and majestic mountain scenery were awesome. Getting the view required a 10-mile round-trip hike up 1000 feet of elevation to get to it, but it was worth it.