Good Morning Passenger now available on iTunes

The eponymous new album from Good Morning Passenger is now available on several websites including iTunes.  I’m waiting on my copy, so I cannot write a proper review quite yet, but I have half of the songs from our podcasts.  Ian is an incredibly unique and talented songwriter, and his style has a very mellow yet driving spacey sound.  I’m a big fan actually, and so I feel good about already recommending this album to anyone.

Once I receive a copy I will let you know by writing a review, but if the rest of the album is anything like what I have now, I can already tell you I’m going to like it.

Good Morning Passenger now available on iTunes

Canoe – The Goldminer review

Recommended if you like: Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake
Recommended tracks: “The Stone”, “The Planet”, “The Sea of Glass”

It has been a while since I received The Goldminer from Canoe’s Carl Hoiland, but it takes me a while to fully digest albums like this. However, Canoe has just released their newest album, The Ship, on iTunes, and I felt like it was time. Though perhaps it borders too much on the philosophical, this album is a dreamy, crystalline journey that definitely gives back what you put into it.  It’s a beautiful, mystical album that deserves far more attention than it has gotten, particularly now that their next album threatens to overtake it in popularity. Continue reading “Canoe – The Goldminer review”

Canoe – The Goldminer review

Gladys Knight and David Archuleta to perform July 4th show in D.C.

Both Gladys Knight and David Archuleta are scheduled to perform at the annual “A Capitol Fourth” show in Washington, D.C. on July 4th.  A Capitol Fourth will be celebrating its 30th year of July 4th shows.  It will be shown on PBS at 8:00 p.m. that night.  David and Gladys are both devout members of the LDS Church, and seeing them both performing the same show will be quite a treat for Church members.  Especially Church members whose favorite 4th of July activity is sitting at home and watching PBS.

Now if we could only get Anthony Mather up there…

…we would really have an odd LDS combination.

Gladys Knight and David Archuleta to perform July 4th show in D.C.

An Introduction: Poetic Function and Music

Hello!

My name is Jake and this my first official post as a member of the Linescratchers team and I could not be more thrilled about it.  To start off I would like to pose a simple question: what is poetry? Is it flowery words?  Or fourteen lines about love with a specific rhyme scheme?  Maybe even deep thought smashed into a simple text?

Well, if you ask Roman Jakobson, a Russian linguist born in 1896, it is none of these.  Poetry, or the poetic function, is simply communicating in a form different then the standard norm or language.  For example, if we spoke in rhyme all the time then rhyming sentences would become the norm or standard.  Any deviation from this norm, or not rhyming, would be using the poetic function.  Poetry is noticed and memorable because it stands out among the background of everyday speaking.  I bring this up to point out that poetry is made simply by being different, pushing your way outside the box in order to be seen, and if applied to music, to be heard. Continue reading “An Introduction: Poetic Function and Music”

An Introduction: Poetic Function and Music

Podcast – June 21st, 2010

Featuring a new segment with CALLERS from all over the world!

Whistler – Armorie
Ya Va A Salir El Sol – Rumbo Rumba
Weightless – Cindy Bury
Passage – Australis
Out Of My Hands – Definit and Young Sim
Learning Curve – KaRyn Daley
Dancing on the Clouds – Jennifer Thomas

special thanks to Allison Hatton, Thomas Hatton, and Russell Stevenson, voice actors extraordinaire

Podcast – June 21st, 2010

Site redesign blues

Over the next few days we will be experimenting with some new designs of our website. The Three Nephites, Zorro, Tim Valenta, and Merlin the Magician are all working diligently to improve the site. If something seems miss ng or

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place, just hang tight and everything will eventually work itself out automatically, like magic. Thanks for your patience.

Site redesign blues

JP Haynie

Should Mormons make money off spirituality? Could LDS music possibly be elevated to the same level as hymns?  Complicated questions with complicated answers.  A few weeks ago, in response to a series I have been writing called The Top 10 LDS Musicians You’ve Never Heard Of, someone told me that I needed to look up JP Haynie, and I’m very glad I did. Upon first listen, the arrangements will seem vaguely familiar, but they also have a definite ring of their own. Listeners will find the songs literate, sparse, and harmonic, with a touch of bliss and melancholy. I sent a few interview questions to Jordan Haynie and asked him about his music, his upcoming album called The Sand, Deseret Book music, and the scene in Salt Lake, and he responded graciously and honestly. Great interview, and highly recommended from Linescratchers. Continue reading “JP Haynie”

JP Haynie

David Archuleta – Chords of Strength review

I don’t get opera.

That isn’t to say I don’t appreciate certain elements of opera, or understand its importance, or get why I think other people like it. I just don’t really get it myself. It’s the wide vibrato and wandering recitatives maybe, or perhaps it has something to do with suspension of disbelief. All I know is, when I took a humanities class at BYU-Idaho, I was determined to “get” opera. We watched clips from The Magic Flute, Aida, and Wozzeck, which I believe gave me a pretty good cross-section of what opera is capable of, and so I checked out a stage production video of The Magic Flute, determined to watch, appreciate, and ultimately enjoy it. Halfway through the opera I couldn’t stand it anymore and I discovered that I could get the gist of things by fast-forwarding through and just reading the subtitles at the bottom of the screen. I tried. Maybe I’m just too dumb or unrefined, but it was all just lost on me. Maybe I’ll try again someday.

When I wrote a little snarky piece a couple weeks ago about David Archuleta’s memoir Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song, and the Power of Perseverance, I was not anticipating the response I would get.   Continue reading “David Archuleta – Chords of Strength review”

David Archuleta – Chords of Strength review

Annelise LeCheminant house concerts video

If y’all are unfamiliar with the concept of “house concerts,” check out the video below. Previous Linescratchers interviewee Annelise LeCheminant is a veteran of house concerts, and this video gives you a feel for what it’s like.

In short, artists set up smaller, more intimate shows within the comfort of someone’s home. Then you can invite however many people you want, have food, or play games in addition to having a personal concert. There are numerous advantages of setting up house concerts in your own home. You have a chance to really interact with the musician. When it comes to singer-songwriters like Annelise, lyrics are a very important part of the message they’re trying to convey, and interacting with them in such small settings really allows you to get to know them. Generally you work with the musician to determine how much it will cost to set up a show. Continue reading “Annelise LeCheminant house concerts video”

Annelise LeCheminant house concerts video