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My wife and I are taking it easy this Thanksgiving.  Normally we drive up to Green Bay to spend the weekend with my parents, but with our weeks being rather crazy lately, I decided we’re just gonna hang out at home and eat some pizzas (cooked on the grill of course).

This change of the normal tradition got me thinking.  I think Thanksgiving may have more to offer than just boat loads of pie, turkey, and mashed potatoes.  Seriously, the Thanksgiving season is a great time to remember how much God has given us.  Even if your life seems sucky, man, we’ve all got a lot to be thankful for.  It’s with this in mind that I created a soundtrack for your Thanksgiving holiday (you can thank me later): Life is Good.

I hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving mix!

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Here it is – the highly-anticipated second summer mix CD at The Blah Blah: Baby, You Can Drive My Car.  Pop this bad boy into your CD player and drive until your butt cramps up and your bladder’s about to explode.

Man, I love road trips.  Nothing clears my head like driving for 10 or 12 hours straight, getting away from everything you’re used to.  Road trips are therapeutic for me.  I don’t even need to be going anywhere amazing.  Just the fact that I’m leaving wherever I am and doing nothing but driving is enough sometimes.

Given the choice between flying and driving, I’d always rather choose driving, as long as the cost is the same and I can get enough time off to do the drive.  Flying always leaves me a little discombobulated feeling, like I just went through some intense time travel or warped to a different planet.  I get off the plan and feel disoriented for a while, like I shouldn’t have gotten to California from Wisconsin in under 5 hours.  Driving leaves me time to clear my head, see the country, and adjust to the fact that I’m going somewhere.  By the time I get there, I’m ready for it.

One time, I found out my friend Greg had never been west of Minnesota (we live in Wisconsin), so I convinced him to drive with me to Wyoming and back in under a day and a half.  We cranked high speed and got there in about 13 hours.  It was about 3 am so I pulled off the highway and napped for a couple hours before we drove to Devil’s Tower, snapped some photos, then headed home.  We stopped at Mount Rushmore for maybe an hour, cruised into the Badlands, shopped at Wall Drug, and got home in time for a late dinner the next day.  I was short on funds for the trip, and Greg couldn’t get more than a day off of work, which made it a challenge, but a memorable one.  My lack of funds meant we ate nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches the whole time.  At the end of the trip, exhausted and delirious, we stopped for the best McDonald’s meal I’ve ever had.

I made this CD with road-tripping in mind.  Some songs are actually about road trips.  Others just have an “I’m driving a car for a really long time” feel to them.  Hope you enjoy it.

1. Robbie Seay Band – Better Days (Download or Stream)
2. The Listening – The Factory (Download or Stream)
3. Justin Fox – When You Drive (Download or Stream)
4. Destroy Nate Allen – Arizona (Download or Stream)
5. Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (Download or Stream)
6. Havalina Railroad Company – Tundra (Download or Stream)
7. Jason Harwell – California (Download or Stream)
8. Rosie Thomas – Much Farther to Go (Download or Stream)
9. Jeremy Enigk – River to Sea (Download or Stream)
10. Jeff Caylor – The Egypt Vibe (Download or Stream)
11. The Innocence Mission – Lakes of Canada (Download or Stream)
12. The Cold Comfort Band – A Heart Unseen (Download or Stream)
13. Don Chaffer – Motel Rooms (Download or Stream)
14. Daniel Smith and Sufjan Stevens – Worried Shoes (Download or Stream)
15. Starflyer 59 – No New Kinda Story (Download or Stream)
16. mewithoutYou – A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains (Download or Stream)
17. Brave Saint Saturn – Gloria (Download or Stream)

Enjoy the CD!  To download the album art, just save the image above.

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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.

The Blah Blah – serving up the best in Christian music MP3s.

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Nate Allen (of Destroy Nate Allen) wanted to say thanks to everyone who voted for him in the Superbowl.  And for those who didn’t vote for him…  well, I don’t want to go there.

Go here to download all his songs for free.

nateallensuperbowltrophy.jpgThanks, everyone, for voting for the Christian Music Superbowl I, and thanks to all the artists who participated!  I had a lot of fun, and I hope you all did too.

After tallying all the votes, we have the final numbers right here:

Keith Green – 33
Over the Rhine – 39
Agents of Future – 51
Destroy Nate Allen – 61

Way to go, Nate Allen!  Your prize package should be coming soon.

I’m really glad to see Nate win.  I would have been happy if Agents had won.  If Keith Green had won, I’d be a little dissapointed (but not too much… he is Keith Green after all).  If Over the Rhine had won, I’d have cried.  Not literally, but spiritually, which is even sadder.  No, seriously, they’re great musicians and did an awesome job in the competition, but I’m glad to see Nate pummel them.

Thank you, everybody, for humoring me for the Superbowl, and hopefully next year’s will be even better.  Leave your congratulations (for Nate, not for me) in the comments, and any suggestions on how to improve.

Official Links
Destroy Nate Allen MySpace
Download all Destroy Nate Allen’s songs for free 

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

Welcome to the biggest event of your life – the first ever Christian Music Superbowl!

We’ve narrowed down from 60 amazing groups to reach the four you see here:

Destroy Nate Allen – Come to the Mountain (Download Streaming)
Agents of Future – Sewn in My Skin (Download Streaming)
Keith Green – Make My Life a Prayer to You (Download Streaming)
Over the Rhine – Don’t Wait for Tom (Download Streaming)

Here are the six matches to vote on:

1) Destroy Nate Allen vs. Agents of Future
2) Destroy Nate Allen vs. Keith Green
3) Destroy Nate Allen vs. Over the Rhine
4) Agents of Future vs. Keith Green
5) Agents of Future vs. Over the Rhine
6) Keith Green vs. Over the Rhine

All votes must be received in the comments by 9:00 pm CST today, February 3, 2008.

Official Links
Agents of Future MySpace Page
Get MP3s on their site 

Destroy Nate Allen MySpace
Download all Destroy Nate Allen’s songs for free 

Keith Green and Last Days Ministries Home Page
Buy Keith Green MP3s on iTunes
Buy Keith Green CDs on Amazon.com 

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

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

Voting for the first ever Christian Music Superbowl will begin tomorrow morning, but I wanted to give everyone a preview of who the final contestants will be.

The final epic battle on Superbowl Sunday will be between the following four stellar (first use of the word “stellar” at The Blah Blah) artists.  You will see them listed below, along with witty descriptives which have nothing to do with the band other than that I think they are hilarious but they might just be retarded.

Over the Rhine (but not the hill)
Keith “No Compromise” Green
Destroy Nate “Votes for Himself” Allen
Agents of “We Have the Most ‘U’s in Our Name” Future

So be sure to come by tomorrow morning to vote on the final match.  See you then!

You have one more day to vote on Round 2, Group 2, but if you’re ready for more, here are your bands for today:

The Cold Comfort Band – A Heart Unseen (Download Streaming)
Sufjan Stevens – To Be Alone With You (Download Streaming)
Derek Webb – Mockingbird (Download Streaming)
Destroy Nate Allen – Come to the Mountain (Download Streaming)

Here are the six matches to vote on:

1) The Cold Comfort Band vs. Sufjan Stevens
2) The Cold Comfort Band vs. Derek Webb
3) The Cold Comfort Band vs. Destroy Nate Allen
4) Sufjan Stevens vs. Derek Webb
5) Sufjan Stevens vs. Destroy Nate Allen
6) Derek Webb vs. Destroy Nate Allen

All votes must be received in the comments by 7:30 am CST on Friday, February 1, 2008.

Official Links
The Cold Comfort Band MySpace

Derek Webb MySpace
Buy Derek Webb MP3s on iTunes
Buy Derek Webb CDs at Amazon 

Sufjan Stevens Website
Buy Sufjan Stevens MP3s on iTunes
Buy Sufjan Stevens CDs at Amazon 

Destroy Nate Allen MySpace
Download all Destroy Nate Allen’s songs for free 

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

Group 15 of the Preliminary Rounds is here!  Only one more to go and then we go on to the real stuff in Round 2 of the Superbowl, where the winners of the Preliminary Rounds will battle each other to see who makes it to the finals.  If you haven’t yet, please vote on Group 14, but if you’re ready to go here is Group 15:

Deas Vail – Shadows and City Lights (Download Streaming)
Geology (formerly The Tourist) – Golden Morning (Download Streaming)
Destroy Nate Allen – Don’t Walk Away (Download Streaming)
Newsboys – Million Pieces (Download Streaming)

Download the MP3s if you need ’em, but judge the artists and not just the song.  (Note the new option to stream the audio instead of download it, to save you some time.)

Here are the six matches to vote on:

1) Deas Vail vs. Geology
2) Deas Vail vs. Destroy Nate Allen
3) Deas Vail vs. Newsboys
4) Geology vs. Destroy Nate Allen
5) Geology vs. Newsboys
6) Destroy Nate Allen vs. Newsboys

Let the voting begin! All votes must be received in the comments by 7:00 am CST on Monday, January 28, 2008.

Official Links
Deas Vail MySpace
Buy Deas Vail MP3s on iTunes
Buy Deas Vail CDs at Amazon

Geology MySpace

Destroy Nate Allen MySpace
Download all Destroy Nate Allen’s songs for free

Newsboys MySpace
Newsboys MP3s on iTunes
Newsboys CDs at Amazon

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

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