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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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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

The polls are still open for Group 12, but for the rest of you, here is Group 13:

Half-Handed Cloud – Let’s Go Javelin / Ezekiel Bread
This Beautiful Mess – Soundtrack of My Life
Kids in the Way – Scars that Save
Paper Route – MySpace only

Download the MP3s if you need ’em, but judge the artists and not just the song.

Here are the six matches to vote on:

1) Half-Handed Cloud vs. This Beautiful Mess
2) Half-Handed Cloud vs. Kids in the Way
3) Half-Handed Cloud vs. Paper Route
4) This Beautiful Mess vs. Kids in the Way
5) This Beautiful Mess vs. Paper Route
6) Kids in the Way vs. Paper Route

Let the voting begin! All votes must be received in the comments by 8:00 am CST on Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

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

This Beautiful Mess MySpace
Buy This Beautiful Mess MP3s on iTunes
Buy This Beautiful Mess CDs at Amazon

Kids in the Way MySpace
Buy Kids in the Way MP3s on iTunes
Buy This Beautiful Mess CDs at Amazon

Paper Route MySpace
Buy Paper Route MP3s on iTunes
Buy Paper Route CDs at Amazon

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week

blahchristmas2007_big.jpgIn the spirit of the holiday season, today I offer to you the first ever mix CD at The Blah BlahHave a Blah Christmas, 2007.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Christmas music, but I like it a lot better in December than in October, and I like all the songs in this mix a lot. To download the album art, just right-click on the picture to the left and select “Save Target As.”  To download the songs, do the same with the links below.

1. Jars of Clay – Love Came Down at Christmas
2. Destroy Nate Allen – Holiday
3. Sufjan Stevens – Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!
4. Phantasmic – Come On Ring Those Bells
5. Half-Handed Cloud – Plant a Little Fir Tree
6. Don Peris – Silent Night
7. Friction Bailey – Angels We Have Heard on High
8. The Lighthouse Band – O Holy Night
9. Poor Old Lu – What Child is This
10. Soul-Junk – Dayspring from On High

Hope you like these!  Head to the artists’ MySpace for more.

MySpace Pages:
Jars of Clay
Destroy Nate Allen
Sufjan Stevens
Half-Handed Cloud
Don Peris
Friction Bailey
The Lighthouse Band
Poor Old Lu
Soul-Junk

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

If you enjoy Sufjan Stevens and Half-Handed Cloud, who I’ve posted about here, then check out their record label, Asthmatic Kitty.  You’ll find all sorts of great bands there, and they all have free downloads of a few songs, so you can get a feel for them before buying their CDs.

Asthmatic Kitty is an indie record label whose claim to fame (thus far anyway) is Sufjan Stevens, but they’ve got a load of great artists who are doing things that might surpass Sufjan in popularity one day.  They’re not a “Christian label” but a lot of the artists they support are Christian or at least have a Judeo-Christian worldview. You can read about this and more in an interview with Lowell Brams, the owner, here.

I don’t know which of all their musicians are Christian.  Sufjan Stevens and Half-Handed Cloud seem obvious.  I’m pretty sure Emily Joyce and Rafter Roberts of Bunky are Christians.  But the rest I haven’t looked into yet.

Unfortunately, the tattoo-your-denominational-affiliation-on-your-forehead law hasn’t been passed yet, so you gotta do some work to figure out what everybody believes.  Arrgh! (picture The Incredible Hulk)  I just wish artists would let us in on their spiritual beliefs more freely.  I don’t think I’m the only one who really does want to know whether they’re listening to a Buddhist, a Secularist, a Muslim, or a Christian making music.  I’ll still listen to your music if you’re not a Christian, but I’d like to know that you’re not a Christian.

That’s all I have to say about that (picture Forrest Gump).

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