Podcast – May 31st, 2010

Featuring SURPRISE INTERVIEW from a special guest… the INSUFFERABLE HIPSTER!

Free – Checkpoint Charley
Fallen – Cindy Bury
State of Decay – American Hollow
I’ll Find You – The Neighbors
Perfect Eight – Fossil Fools
Treasure the Moment – Australis
Impressionism – Crossing Columbia

special thanks to Thomas Hatton, the Insufferable Hipster

Podcast – May 31st, 2010

Lime Colony – Lime Colony review

Recommended if you like: The Flaming Lips, Badly Drawn Boy, Wilco, The Decemberists, Bela Fleck

Lime Colony’s self-titled release is an example of an album that is better than the sum of its parts—what it lacks in truly memorable melodies or vocals, it more than makes up for in intelligent, intricate instrumental arrangements.  This is music that will grow on you. In fact, the whole album grows, beginning in its first track (“Terry’s Theme”) with some very simple guitar strumming; a second guitar is added, then a horn, a saxophone, percussion, until it builds into a beautiful, layered instrumental track—witih definite echoes of contemporary folk master Bela Fleck—before quietly fading back out. Continue reading “Lime Colony – Lime Colony review”

Lime Colony – Lime Colony review

New Young Sim mixtape available for free download

Young Sim is releasing a new mixtape called Honest Flows Is All I Know, Vol. 1 as a free download. You can find it HERE. ENJOY!

Also for your enjoyment, here is Sim being interviewed by Chase Beecher, who appeared on his album doing a couple skits, about his upcoming release. He does NOT diss Tina Fey in this video.

New Young Sim mixtape available for free download

Fictionist

ROCK/SPACE ROCK

Some bands “explode” onto the local music scene; others are merely on the verge of “blowing up”. And some bands let the kinetic energy of their music speak for itself. Provo band Fictionist eschews such metaphorical pyrotechnics, focusing instead on honesty within the creative process, as well as creating a sense of community within the 6-member band. Continue reading “Fictionist”

Fictionist

David Archuleta memoir “Chords of Strength” available June 1st

I recently read an article at the Chicago Tribune about the long-term success (or lack thereof) of singers from American Idol.  It’s a bizarre system to begin with, to be sure – American Idol is in its 9th season, and, as the article points out, it has now churned out 80 would-be stars since it began.  Add my skepticism about the whole venture to the pile, considering that the whole Idol concept is based around contestants singing truncated versions of songs they didn’t write, and being judged by critic-celebrities and text messages from viewers at home.  Not winning first place seems almost preferable, as the fine print of the recording contract one “wins” at the end of the season is actually pretty weak, and gives the artists stiflingly little creative leeway.  Then, these artists are all pushed out into a market that is decreasingly able to support big stars.

Gee, when I put it like that, one might wonder how anyone who graduates from that system could get anywhere at all.  However, there have been a couple notable exceptions, one being baby-faced David Archuleta, a Latter-day Saint from Sandy, and later Murray, Utah.  David has actually sustained a relatively substantial fan base over the last few years, though I think his greatest achievement is undoubtedly his David Archuleta Vietnam fan blog, run by the downright enthusiastic Vietnamese girls Huong, Dung, and (other) Huong.   Continue reading “David Archuleta memoir “Chords of Strength” available June 1st”

David Archuleta memoir “Chords of Strength” available June 1st

Podcast – May 16th, 2010

Hey everyone.  I think we have the podcast fixed now.  If you’re still having trouble, let me know and we’ll take care of it.

Growin’ Old – The Awful Truth
Skipping Stone – Armorie
Throw – Lime Colony
Without You – Lori Cunningham
The Stone – Canoe
Light – Miles Haeberle
You Suck – Maurice Dew

Podcast – May 16th, 2010

Saints Unified Voices with Gladys Knight performance review

I have been a member of the Church my whole life, I’ve served the Church in several missionary callings, I’ve even served a full-time mission, and I have never seen a missionary like Gladys Knight. Last night I was able to attend a performance here in Lexington, Kentucky of the Grammy Award-winning Saints Unified Voices choir directed by the legendary Gladys Knight, and it was one of the most powerful and moving events I’ve ever attended in a Church meetinghouse. I knew I would have to write about it. Last night, I went to the performance thinking Gladys Knight is a legend, and I walked away from the performance loving her personally. It was a performance I will remember for quite some time. Continue reading “Saints Unified Voices with Gladys Knight performance review”

Saints Unified Voices with Gladys Knight performance review