New Music Tuesday 9.3.13

New Music Tuesday 470

One of the best New Music Tuesday's in quite a while. Three albums I'd like my readers to check out.

Okkervil River: The Silver Gymnasium | One of my favorite lyric-centered bands playing.

Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You | One of my favorite voices and songwriters going. Her other albums are on sale too! Check out Fox Confessor Brings the Flood & Middle Cyclone ($5.99 each).

Volcano Choir: Repave | Creative. Imaginative.


I should mention, though many have had it for a couple of weeks, that Derek Webb's new album, I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You is officially out today and available at Amazon. I've been enjoying it.

New Books On The Shelf

SchreinerI have a number of exciting new additions to my bookshelves...

New Music Tuesday 1.22.2013

New Music Tuesday 470Two albums I've been talking about coming out today are cheap! I'm grabbing both. 

Other new albums you need to check out because I like their previous work and/or because of some really great reviews...

Keller | "How Faith Affects Our Work"

Tim Keller PostPhoto

In his new blog post about his book, Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller discusses four ways Christian faith influences and shapes our work. It is what he says is the meaning of his book in a nutshell. Here they are listed for you. Go read Dr. Keller's post, "How Faith Affects Our Work" for more explanation of these four points. And pick up a copy of Every Good Endeavor.

  1. The Christian faith gives us a moral compass, an inner GPS giving us ethical guidance that takes us beyond merely the legal aspects or requirements in any situation. 
  2. Your Christian faith gives you a new spiritual power, an inner gyroscope, that keeps you from being overthrown by either success, failure, or boredom.
  3. The Christian faith gives us a new conception of work as the means by which God loves and cares for his world through us.
  4. The Christian faith gives us a new world-and-life view that shapes the character of our work.

Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian


I'm very excited to read the new book from Tullian Tchividjian, Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free. Check it out...

In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real) like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life. In Glorious Ruin, Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots trying to deal with it, and the comfort that the gospel brings for those who can’t seem to fix themselves—or others. 

This is not so much a book about Why God allows suffering or even How we should approach suffering—it is a book about the tremendously liberating and gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you. It is a book, in other words, about the kind of hope that takes the shape of a cross.

This looks great. Go grab it!

New Music Tuesday 9.4.12


Tuesday is when new albums come out, and here are some worth checking out this week...

Animal Collective: Centipede Hz | Their 2009 album, Merriweather Post Pavilion ($5 right now!), earned the #2 album of 2009 spot for me. It's getting good reviews.

Two Gallants: The Bloom & The Blight | Forgot about this one too! Loved it while it was streaming. Now buying it. It's like Jack White & Nirvana & The Black Keys created a band.  

Deerhoof: Breakup Song | Some of the quirkiest music out there. It won't be your favorite album for reading a book, but these guys are clever and interesting and cool. You are getting an experience with this album. And the reviews are good too.

Stars: The North | Hip indie band. Catchy and fun!

Cat Power: Sun | Her 2006 album, The Greatest ($5), is an enduring favorite of mine and it was my #7 album of 2006Solid reviews and a new edge to her music. 

Lecrae: Gravity | If you haven't found Lecrae yet, you should. Christian rap & hip-hop, the way it should be done. Stream it free here if you need an introduction.

Derek Webb: Ctrl | Oops! Forgot one. Check it.

Music Monday 6.18.12





American Gospel: Tall Tales Vol. 1

American gospel

I made a discovery today. Streaming free today is an album by a band (dude) I've never heard of. Gregg DellaRocca is American Gospel. Tomorrow American Gospel's album, Tall Tales Volume 1, is out. I'm guessing very few of my readers have heard of this album and I hope you'll check it out. Gregg is the vocalist/singer for The Republic of Wolves.

The album is DellaRocca on nearly every instrument and vocals. Gregg writes...

Tall Tales Vol.1 combines story telling and personal experiences to deliver a fun, compelling, and sometimes dark, multi-genre musical experience. From a production standpoint the entire album was DIY, and for the most part I’m playing all the instruments (with an exception to the horns). Because most of the songs are about stories I could go on and on about them, but for the sake of time I thought I would sum them all up for you on this track by track. 

Continue reading his explanation track-by-track through the album.

The name, American Gospel, first intrigued me. As a preacher of the Gospel and I often talk about the American version of the Gospel vs. THE Gospel. Match an interesting name with an album titled "Tall Tales" and I had to give it a shot. I had no idea what to expect, but what I found was a creative, thoughtful, and at times provocative album. Listen to it for free today and buy it tomorrow if you like it. Let me know what you think.

Here's "Bayonet" followed by Gregg's explanation of the song...

This is a song that deals primarily with religion, death and trying to understand my own purpose in life. Written shortly after the passing of my great grandmother, “Bayonet” is about finding your place in the world, and being able to make the decisions to get to that place on your own. Structurally it’s short and constantly building, It’s broken up into three sections that don’t repeat themselves. In comparison to the opening track “I Know”, “Bayonet” is much more minimal in design, thus creating a strong point of contrast and setting the tone for track to track dynamics for the remainder of the album.

Stephen Miller: God & Sinner Reconcile


I get excited thinking about the direction some are taking with worship music. While there's a glut of stuff out there that all sounds the same to me and that I just can't listen to, there's a new breed of creative, biblical/theological worship guys at solid churches who are changing the game. I want to do what I can to encourage the creation of new, good worship music. Some of the music I've pointed to before includes Sojourn, Bifrost Arts, Aaron Ivey, Joe Day, Page CXVI, and others. Today I want to introduce you to someone who may be new to you.

Stephen Miller, worship leader at The Journey church in St. Louis, has a new worship album out today: God & Sinner Reconcile. I've been enjoying it for a couple of weeks. It's entered the rotation of music for personal worship as well as what we listen to on Sunday morning as a family before gathering with the church. I've also shared it with our worship leaders. I hope many of my readers will check it out and pick it up.

Check out Stephen Miller's websiteFacebook page, and Twitter feed. Then grab a copy of God & Sinner Reconcile. It's only $6.99!

Music Monday | Cheap, New, Free | 10.24.2011


Go pick up the Bifrost Arts free sampler. Love their music!





A Very She & Him Christmas (out today, only $5)

Music Monday 8.29.11

Check out some music this week. 

On My Radar

The War on Drugs: Slave Ambient | getting great reviews

Cheap & Noteworthy

$5 Albums for August - Ends Wednesday!

Streaming FREE

Music Monday | Cheap, New, Free | 4.25.2011






    Good New Music (out now)...

    Coming Soon | Streaming Free

Bon Iver Self-Titled Album | June 21st


From Pitchfork...

...on June 21, Bon Iver will finally return when Jagjaguwar releases their self-titled sophomore album.

Vernon and brother Nate recorded and mixed the album over a three-year period at a former veterinarian's clinic in Wisconsin. Regular Vernon collaborators Sean Carey, Mike Noyce, and Matt McCaughan play, sing, and contributed production to the album. Volcano Choir members Jim Schoenecker and Tom Wincek helped out with processing, and Rob Moose, who has worked with the National and Antony and the Johnsons, helped arrange strings. The LP also features pedal steel player Greg Leisz and a horn section that includes Mike Lewis, C.J. Camerieri, and free-jazz monster Colin Stetson. The lush cover art, from Minnesota artist Gregory Euclide, is above.


Bon Iver:

01 Perth
02 Minnesota, WI
03 Holocene
04 Towers
05 Michicant
06 Hinnom, TX
07 Wash.
08 Calgary
09 Lisbon, OH
10 Beth/Rest

Music Monday | Cheap, New, Free | 4.11.2011




    Good New Music (out now)...

    Coming Soon | Streaming Free


Music Monday | Cheap, New, Free | 4.4.2011




        Good New Music (out now)...

        Coming Soon | Streaming Free


    Music Monday: Cheap | New | Free 3.21.11

    Music please

    It's Music Monday and you need some good new music at a good price. Here you go!




        Good New Music (out now)...

        Coming Soon (all coming out March 29th)

    • True WidowAs High As The Highest Heavens | (buy) Dark, heavy, fuzzy. Love it so far. Play it loud if you need to slowly strip the paint off your walls. ..::stonegaze::..
    • The Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck | Always worth hearing.
    • Peter Bjorn and John: Gimme Some | Like their fun debut. Haven't heard this one yet.