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Jon Foreman didn’t leave the “h” out of his name because he can’t spell.  He didn’t forget the rules of Wheel of Fortune and think he had to buy consonants, finding himself only able to afford two for his first name.  No, he leaves the “h” out just because he can.

That’s how cool he is.

You probably know Jon Foreman from the band Switchfoot, which has been around since 1996, but he’s got some great solo stuff that you should check out.

I actually only own a few of his songs, because most of his solo stuff isn’t available on e-music, and since I’m danged near broke, I don’t like to pay $1 per download.  So until e-music gets more Jon Foreman up, I’ll have to listen to my three songs of his over and over again.  Life is so cruel sometimes…

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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

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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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Geology.  It was one of those subjects I hated in High School and will probably never really get.

It also happens to be the solo project of Greg Jehanian, the totally wickedly sweet bassist from mewithoutYou.  If you know me or have read much of this blog, you know that I consider mewithoutYou to be one of the few nearly-perfect bands out there.  I say that half-facetiously, but one of the main reasons I really dig mewithoutYou is Greg’s ability to craft powerful bass lines that can carry a song.  If you don’t get what I’m saying, just listen to “In a Sweater Poorly Knit” or “A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains” from their latest album Brother, Sister.  I could go on and on about how great his bass lines are, but I’ll try to contain myself.  If you’re into jazz, just think of him as a Louis Armstrong as opposed to a Dizzy Gillespie.  Dizzy may get more notes in, but Louis hits the few he hits at exactly the right time.

Anyway, Greg is awesome on bass, so it came as no surprise to me that his solo stuff was just as good.

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When I created this blog, I never planned on offering the latest up-to-date album reviews or news releases.  I just wanted to get the word out on some of the music I like, emphasizing artists I listen to who have a Christian faith but wouldn’t necessarily fall into the CCM category.

Today, I offer another not-so-timely review of an album I got about a month ago, though it feels like I’ve been waiting on doing a review for a few months.  Why have I waited so long?  Plain and simple laziness mixed with a little feeling of being overwhelmed with the blog.

So today, I introduce to you Amy Courts and her new album These Cold and Rusted Lungs, set to be released in July.  It’s not a perfect album but it’s definitely worth your listening.

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Way back here, I wrote a post about the Australian-based band the Sons of Korah.  They’ve become one of my favorite bands as of late for the creativity and artistry of what they’re doing.

The Sons of Korah take the Psalms and turn them into contemporary music that draws on folk and world music traditions. And they do an excellent job of it.  Musically-speaking, the guys are great musicians in their own right, but when it comes to capturing the Psalms in music form, they’re just brilliant.

I’ve heard a lot of Psalms turned into songs, and the Sons of Korah create some of the best.  So, if you will, read on for my recent over-email interview with Matt Jacoby, lead singer and guitarist of the group.

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Dumb title for the post.  I know.  It’s hard coming up with genius every time.

Anyway, Alli Rogers is an artist who is easy to like on one level or another (just like Mr. Rogers – see?).  She’s not my all-time favorite ever, but she’s got a great voice, a sweet and simple folk sound, and some really well-written, catchy lyrics.  Her music isn’t weird, artsy, ecclectic, bizarre, or any of the other adjectives that often describe music I like.

But I dig it.  It’s easy to get into and appreciate – you don’t have to work hard when you listen.

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I got this sweet “cover” of Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” sent to me a while back, and I just remembered I was going to post it.  It was made by Brad Breeck of The Mae Shi for Michael Mohan’s independent film One Too Many Mornings.

It has nothing to do with God or Christianity, and it’s not really a cover of Bob Dylan’s song, but it’s great nonetheless.

Download it or listen to the streaming version.  Or check out the music video on YouTube, if you’re feeling industrious.

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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.

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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.

To pre-order the new album go here and check out the trailer here.

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