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Merry Christmas!  It’s once again time for The Blah Blah’s annual Christmas mix cd – Have a Blah Christmas.  Hope you like it.

Download or preview the MP3s individually, or get the whole thing (complete with cover art) in one massive zip file here.

Otherwise, I apologize but the songs aren’t edited to be in the correct order according to track number.  You’ll have to do that yourself.  I just ran out of time.

Enjoy the mix, and stop by the Sounds Familyre Blog for A Familyre Christmas, Vol. 1 and 2, with more great Christmas music.

1. Rosie Thomas – Christmas Time is Here (Download or Stream)
2. Lenny Smith – Finally, It’s Christmas Eve (Download or Stream)
3. Sufjan Stevens – We’re Goin’ to the Country (Download or Stream)
4. Over the Rhine – Little Town (Download or Stream)
5. Anathallo – Come Ye Sinners (Download or Stream)
6. Elin Smith – Oh Holy Night (Download or Stream)
7. Threnody Ensemble – Cello MiscO2 Mix01 (Download or Stream)
8. Joe Dorsey – Silent Night (Download or Stream)
9. Alli Rogers – O Little Town of Bethlehem (Download or Stream)
10. All Stars – Jesus is the Reason for the Season (Download or Stream)
11. Ryan Dean – To Us a Child of Hope is Born (Download or Stream)
12. Robbie Seay Band – Song of Hope (acoustic) (Download or Stream)
13. Mike (?) – Greensleaves (Download or Stream)
14. Joshua Stamper – Immanuel (Download or Stream)
15. Sleeping at Last – Merry Little Christmas Volume Up (Download or Stream)
16. Over the Rhine – One Olive Jingle (Download or Stream)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week.

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.

Note: all MP3s will be removed after one week.

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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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.

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 

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Sorry for the later post today… I blame the Packers, for losing to the Giants last night, and now the entire state of Wisconsin will be stuck in a deep depression until spring. Anyway, keep voting on Group 13, but if you’re ready here is Group 14 for Christian Music Superbowl I:

Sufjan Stevens – Casimir Pulaski Day
Pushstart Wagon – Paul
Ponoka – September
Starflyer 59 – Good Sons

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) Sufjan Stevens vs. Pushstart Wagon
2) Sufjan Stevens vs. Ponoka
3) Sufjan Stevens vs. Starflyer 59
4) Pushstart Wagon vs. Starflyer 59
5) Pushstart Wagon vs. Ponoka
6) Ponoka vs. Starflyer 59

Let the voting begin! All votes must be received in the comments by 8:00 am CST on Saturday, January 26, 2008.

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

Pushstart Wagon MySpace
Buy Pushstart Wagon MP3s on iTunes
Buy Pushstart Wagon CDs at Amazon

Ponoka MySpace
Buy MP3s on YouMakeMusic
Buy Ponoka CDs at Amazon

Starflyer 59 MySpace
Buy Starflyer 59 MP3s on iTunes
Buy Starflyer 59 CDs at Amazon

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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).

Rosie ThomasI have a two-year-old daughter who is crazy about Thomas the Tank Engine.  When I put on a Rosie Thomas song the other day, she said, “Who’s this, Daddy?”  I told her, “Rosie Thomas.  I just found her.”  She looked confused then continued on in our conversation with, “Thomas the Tank Engine?  I like that.”

There you go.  Rosie Thomas gets the Thomas the Tank Engine comparison from my daughter.  I think that’s a good thing.

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